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May, 31, 2016

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Bleaching kills 1/3 of coral in Gr. Barrier Reef's north
Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists said on Monday.
 
Vivid Sydney
An image of an indigenous Australian man is projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House during the opening night of the annual Vivid Sydney light festival in Sydney, Australia, May 27.
 
An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologized for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.
 
Saving devils in a single disease-free part of Tasmania on its SE peninsula
Drive over one narrow isthmus in Tasmania, and then another, and you'll reach the last place on Earth where wild Tasmanian devils live apart from a contagious cancer that threatens the fearsome marsupials' existence. Conservationists are doing everything they can to keep it that way.
 
Nine people were plucked to safety from their struggling hot air ballon in a dramatic water rescue carried out by a family on the Australian coast.
 
Palace and parade for Leicester on Thailand tour
Newly crowned English Premier League champions Leicester City received a royal seal of approval Thursday at Bangkok's Grand Palace, with the Thai-owned team presenting its trophy to a portrait of the king before a bus parade through the capital.
 
A desperate fisherman threw spanners and spark plugs to fight off circling crocodiles after his friend drowned when one of the animals capsized their small boat, reports said Wednesday.
 
Working holidaymakers from overseas were given a reprieve Tuesday from being hit with a so-called "backpacker tax" in Australia after a campaign by farmers and the tourism industry.
 
BRISBANE, Australia -- An Australian firebrand preacher deported from the Philippines and four other suspected jihadists appeared in a northern Australian court on Monday charged with planning to head for Syria in a 7-meter (23-foot) boat to fight for the Islamic State group.
 
Five young men face life behind bars after they were charged with terrorism offenses over a plan to sail to Indonesia to join jihadist groups in Syria, Australian police said.
 
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