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Shark attacks: Is 'Jaws' back? updated: Tue Jul 17 2012 06:04:00

A 24-year-old surfer was killed last weekend in a shark attack off the coast of Western Australia, marking the fifth such reported incident in ten months.

Shark rips surfer in half in Australiaupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 06:04:00

A massive hunt is on for a great white shark that killed a surfer off the coast of Australia. Fionnuala Sweeney reports.

Surfer killed in shark attack off Australian coastupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 08:08:00

A surfer was killed Saturday in a shark attack off the coast of Australia, at least the fifth such attack in less than a year.

Divers fend off great white sharkupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 08:08:00

Two Australian divers fought off a great white shark while spearfishing. CNN's Jonathan Mann talks to one of the divers.

Aegean crew member: 'I miss these guys'updated: Mon Apr 30 2012 05:28:00

Aegean crew member Mike Patton was to be on board the sailboat that was in an apparent collision during a boat race.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing sailor in race updated: Mon Apr 30 2012 05:28:00

The U.S. Coast Guard called off a search Sunday afternoon for a sailor who went missing after an apparent collision during a boat race Saturday from Newport, California, to Ensenada, Mexico.

Rescue after yacht race crashupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 11:59:00

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter hoists two survivors from the sailing vessel Low Speed Chase.

Great White sharks to be tagged in deadly waters off Australiaupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 03:50:00

After four fatal shark attacks in seven months, beachgoers on the south coast of Western Australia are understandably anxious about entering the water.

Witness: Attack like scene out of 'Jaws'updated: Wed Apr 04 2012 03:50:00

A mother describes witnessing her daughter being attacked by a shark.

Race yacht with injured crew limps into Californiaupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 11:27:00

A yacht damaged by a giant wave during an around-the-world race limped into Oakland, California, on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. Coast Guard brought two sailors injured in the storm to California.

Coast Guard rescues 2 from racing yachtupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 11:27:00

The U.S. Coast Guard rescues two injured crew members from a racing yacht off the California coast.

Sailors injured after mammoth wave hits racing yacht arrive in San Francisco Bayupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 19:21:00

Two sailors injured when their 67-foot racing yacht was damaged by a colossal wave pulled into San Francisco Bay on Monday, less than a day after being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

2 injured sailors rescued by Coast Guard, to be flown for treatmentupdated: Sun Apr 01 2012 23:40:00

After bad weather hindered earlier emergency efforts, two seriously injured sailors were safely on a boat off California's coast Sunday evening -- preparing to fly to San Francisco after their 67-foot racing yacht was damaged a day earlier by high seas, a Coast Guard official said.

Australia unearths country's largest pink diamondupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 22:42:00

A 12.76-carat pink diamond has been unearthed in an Australian mine, the largest ever found in the country.

Save wild forests, save migratory birdsupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 19:00:00

As the forests of the East changed this fall into their seasonal reds and oranges, a remarkable migration of birds headed south. About 30 million ducks, cranes and other species cross the U.S.-Canadian border each autumn day.

Shark attack victim 'one of a kind'updated: Thu Oct 27 2011 11:00:00

Sisters remember the 32-year-old man who died in a shark attack while scuba diving off Western Australia.

Putting Australia's shark attacks in perspectiveupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 11:00:00

There is no doubt that the three recent fatal shark attacks in Western Australia involve great white sharks. This species is known to inhabit the shallow waters along this coast and are known to migrate south around this time of the year to the seal colonies on the southwest coast.

Australian shark attack victim remembered as 'one of a kind'updated: Mon Oct 24 2011 09:33:00

The 32-year-old Texas man who died in a shark attack over the weekend while scuba diving off Western Australia was remembered Sunday by his sisters as "unique" and "one of a kind."

American killed in shark attack off Western Australia coastupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 19:06:00

A 32-year-old Texas man was killed Saturday in a shark attack while scuba diving off the coast of Western Australia, police said.

Shark kills man, 21, boogie boarding off Western Australia coastupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 10:35:00

A popular Western Australian beach was closed to the public Monday as authorities hunted for the shark they believe killed a 21-year-old man while he was out boogie boarding with friends.

Surfer killed in shark attackupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 10:35:00

A young Sydney man died after being mauled by a shark in Western Australia. Network TEN reports.

'The Naked Adventurer' rescued while trying to row across Indian Oceanupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 06:43:00

An Irish man known as "The Naked Adventurer" was rescued off the coast of Western Australia during a failed attempt to row across the Indian Ocean.

Investigators survey damage after devastating bushfires in Australiaupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 02:48:00

As residents returned Tuesday to Western Australia neighborhoods where fierce bushfires destroyed dozens of homes, state officials announced they would donate $1 million to a relief fund for victims.

Brushfires ravage Australiaupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 02:48:00

CNN's Anna Coren talks with Steve Joske from Australian Red Cross about the brushfires breaking out in Perth.

Bushfires rage in Western Australiaupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 21:34:00

Firefighters battled bushfires in and around Perth in Western Australia on Monday, emergency officials said.

Warne comeback talk gains momentumupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 14:42:00

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has described calls for him make a return to Test cricket as "very flattering."

Man saves Australian woman during shark attackupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 00:14:00

A quick-thinking man grabbed a shark by the tail as it attacked an Australian woman, causing the shark to release its bite on her, rescue officials said.

Police chief: Multiple Taser incident 'unacceptable'updated: Wed Oct 06 2010 09:36:00

A senior Australian police chief has a described an incident in which a man was Tasered 14 times while in police custody as "unacceptable and extremely disappointing."

Tasers under fire in Australiaupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 09:36:00

Some in Australia call for stricter rules on the use of Tasers after a man's death. ABC Australia reports.

Australian child migrants: In their wordsupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 07:25:00

"Barbaric ... inexcusable ... unfettered." Those were the words Norman Johnston used to describe his harrowing time as a child migrant in Western Australia.

Bushfires ravage Australiaupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 06:44:00

More than 30 homes are destroyed as a bushfire sweeps across Western Australia. AuBC's Veronica Buck reports.

Power lines blamed for Australia bushfiresupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 06:44:00

Officials in Western Australia declared a natural disaster Wednesday after bushfires roared across the state, destroying more than 30 homes. John Mayer Tweets About Britney Spears Lip-Sync Scandalupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 13:29:00

Critics in Australia blast the American superstar for not singing live on her Circus tour - but fans defend her

BHP points to signs of broad global recoveryupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 01:09:00

BHP Billiton on Wednesday added its voice to tentative signs of a more broad-based global recovery when the Anglo-Australian mining group reported record iron ore production in the three months ended September.

Woman checks old lottery ticket, wins $10 millionupdated: Thu May 28 2009 09:20:00

Concerned about her family's finances, a university student in Australia cashed some long-forgotten lottery tickets this week -- hoping the money would help her parents.

Tiny seahorse, world's longest insect among top new speciesupdated: Fri May 22 2009 12:08:00

A pea-sized seahorse, the world's longest insect, a "ghost slug" and the world's smallest snake were among the top 10 species discovered in 2008, a committee of scientists said Friday.

CNN's Hong Kong digital teamupdated: Tue May 12 2009 23:01:00

CNN's Hong Kong digital team has touched five continents (so far) and claims they can at least bluff their way through the Cantonese, Czech, French, Japanese, Khmer, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish languages. Even a little English, too. Below is a little more on the people who make the magic happen.

Fast, fickle, fatal: Face-to-face with wildfiresupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 12:35:00

It was the speed that caught us off guard. And the noise. Like a roaring, out-of-control freight train. Hometown to Honor Heath Ledger with Theaterupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 13:05:00

Perth, Australia, will proudly house a permanent landmark to its native son Ancient Tools Unearthed in Australiaupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 19:00:00

Tools dating back at least 35,000 years have been unearthed in a rock shelter in Australia's remote northwest, making it one of the oldest archaeological finds in that part of the country, archaeologists said Monday

Disconnecting is key to exploringupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 07:47:00

There is such a thing as being out of time: of looking at a map in your bedroom and realizing the most intriguing bits of the world have already been explored, that many indigenous groups had already been ruined by modern life, that vast tracts of rainforests or deserts or seas had also been spoiled by progress, that climbing Everest has become just another sport.

Hayden rebuked for Harbhajan insultupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 12:10:00

Australia's Matthew Hayden has been rebuked by Cricket Australia for a breach of their code of conduct after describing Harbhajan Singh as an "obnoxious weed" and criticizing Ishant Sharmar while speaking on a Brisbane radio station. Ledgers Ask for Time and Space to Mournupdated: Thu Feb 07 2008 12:10:00

A spokeswoman speaking on behalf of Heath Ledger's family in Australia has asked for the press and public to "give them the space to grieve and to lay to rest their son and brother in a dignified manner."

I-Reporters recall meeting kind, handsome Heath Ledgerupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 18:26:00 reader Kristy O'Connor took a prenatal yoga class with Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams and says she was "in awe of his devotion and attention to Michelle." Reader Dena Michnowih says she came across Ledger in Brooklyn, New York, teaching his young daughter Matilda her right from her left, and was enchanted.

Remembering Heath Ledgerupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 18:26:00

Joel Vetsch of Colstrip, Montana, describes how the death of actor Heath Ledger has affected him.

Howard fights for survival in Australian voteupdated: Fri Nov 23 2007 22:23:00

Veteran Prime Minister John Howard was fighting for political survival Saturday, as Australians went to the polls in a federal election that could sweep a center-left opposition leader into power.

Fortune: Australia's new gold rush, courtesy of Chinaupdated: Mon Nov 19 2007 17:25:00

I'm wedged into a corner of the Wild West Saloon in Kalgoorlie, Australia, listening to a couple of investment bankers from Sydney discuss the tight market for Maseratis, when my new pal Ashok Parekh, the saloon's owner, interrupts.

Australia duo double up with tonsupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 04:38:00

Australia compiled an imposing 329-3 on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka as Phil Jaques and Mike Hussey scored back-to-back centuries against the tourists in Tasmania.

Equine flu dismounts Aussie policeupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 01:54:00

Australian authorities canceled thoroughbred racing in a second state on Tuesday, including the iconic outback Birdsville races, as the nation's first outbreak of equine flu spread.

Diamonds unlock secrets of early Earthupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 23:25:00

Diamonds more than 4 billion years old -- nearly as old as the Earth itself -- have been discovered in Western Australia, giving scientists vital clues about the early history of our planet.

Paul Skinner interviewupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 00:59:00

Paul Skinner interview

Man knew UK bombing suspectupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 04:17:00

Man knew UK bombing suspect

Australian police step up UK terror investigationupdated: Thu Jul 05 2007 22:51:00

Australian federal police questioned and later released five doctors Friday as part of an expansive investigation into last week's botched UK terror threats, including unexploded car bombs in London and an attack on Glasgow airport in Scotland.

Dalton finally arrives in Virginiaupdated: Thu Apr 26 2007 09:32:00

At 0257 local time (0657 GMT) on Wednesday April 25, Velux 5-Oceans Race skipper Graham Dalton finally arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, 102 days after leaving Fremantle in Western Australia, in what has been an epic battle across the planet's fiercest oceans in The Ultimate Solo Challenge.

Langer quits international cricketupdated: Mon Jan 01 2007 08:45:00

An emotional Justin Langer has announced he is joining his Australian team mates Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath by retiring from international cricket after the final Ashes test.

Cook warms up with an unbeaten 106updated: Sun Dec 10 2006 10:25:00

Opener Alastair Cook hit an unbeaten century for England, who enjoyed a valuable day of batting practice before the third Ashes test, in their drawn tour match against Western Australia in Perth on Sunday.

Anderson leads impressive displayupdated: Sat Dec 09 2006 05:31:00

Paceman James Anderson was the pick of England's bowlers on the first day of the tour match against Western Australia in Perth on Saturday with three for 47 in the home side's 309 for eight.

Gillespie unable to greet Englandupdated: Mon Nov 06 2006 04:19:00

Pace bowler Jason Gillespie has been ruled out of the Prime Minister's XI side to face England in their tour opener on Friday because of a shoulder injury, Cricket Australia said on Monday.

Gronholm suffers as Hirvonen leadsupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 13:43:00

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen opened a healthy lead after an action-packed first day in the Rally of Australia on Friday, but the championship hopes of his team mate Marcus Gronholm looked to be in ruins..

Searching for a piece of paradiseupdated: Mon Jun 12 2006 05:15:00

How many times have you returned from holidaying in an idyllic location, wishing you owned your own piece of paradise there?

Union will probe Giteau's switchupdated: Sun Apr 23 2006 05:01:00

The Australian Rugby Union is to investigate third-party agreements following Matt Giteau's move to the Western Force at the end of the current Super 14 season, managing director Gary Flowers said on Sunday.

Symonds and Clarke smash recordsupdated: Wed Dec 07 2005 03:29:00

Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke smashed a series of batting records to help Australia amass 322 for five in the second Chappell-Hadlee one-day match against New Zealand.

Langer determined to play in testupdated: Sat Oct 29 2005 06:41:00

Australian opening batsman Justin Langer has insisted that he will be playing in the first test against West Indies next week, despite having a rib broken during a one-day match in Melbourne.

BHP piles up record $6.5bn profitupdated: Wed Aug 24 2005 01:53:00

Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton has lifted net profit a staggering 85 percent to a record $6.51 billion on the back of booming Asian demand for iron ore, coal and petroleum.

Winger Williams grabs five tries updated: Tue Jun 28 2005 05:14:00

Welsh winger Shane Williams scored five tries as the British and Irish Lions thrashed Manawatu 109-6 at Palmerston North, recording their biggest-ever win in New Zealand.

Thousands remember Gallipoli deadupdated: Sun Apr 24 2005 19:22:00

Thousands of people have taken part in a somber ceremony in Turkey to remember the start of a World War I battle in which hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives.

Two perish in Australian Outbackupdated: Mon Apr 11 2005 19:12:00

Two men have died in the Australian Outback after their four-wheel drive vehicle broke down and they ran out of water, less than 10 kilometers (6 miles) from a water supply.

Perth pulls plug on rally contractupdated: Mon Mar 21 2005 11:59:00

Perth will quit hosting the final leg of the World Rally Championships after 2006 with other countries now expected to challenge Australia for the event climax.

Stark contrast in 'battle royale'updated: Mon Feb 28 2005 20:06:00

You might say a "battle royale" is shaping up Down Under.

Kafer quits as Saracens head coachupdated: Tue Dec 14 2004 11:08:00

Former Wallaby centre Rod Kafer has quit as head coach of Saracens after just one and a half seasons in charge, the English Premiership club have said.

Gronholm increases Australian lead updated: Fri Nov 12 2004 07:39:00

Finland's double world champion Marcus Gronholm stretched his lead to 21.4 seconds in the season-ending Rally of Australia in his bid for a fourth Australian title.

Gronholm has narrow Australia leadupdated: Thu Nov 11 2004 14:25:00

Finland's Marcus Gronholm holds the early lead after the first stage of the Rally of Australia.

Chinese steel mills still buyingupdated: Tue Sep 28 2004 00:32:00

China's appetite for raw materials shows no sign of abating, with four steel mills agreeing to buy an extra $3.2 billion of Australian iron ore over the next 10 years, global miner BHP Billiton has said.

Drones to protect Australian gasupdated: Thu Sep 16 2004 00:19:00

Australia will start trials next year using unmanned aerial vehicles to protect the country's most valuable resource project, the North West Shelf.

Bowler Blignaut heads for Tasmaniaupdated: Thu Jun 03 2004 07:57:00

Fast bowler Andy Blignaut became the second Zimbabwe rebel in the past month to seek a new career in Australia when he agreed to sign for Tasmania.

Australia, U.S. sign sky marshalsupdated: Sat May 08 2004 03:26:00

Australia and the United States have agreed to put armed marshals on passenger flights between the two countries.

Aloca eyes $1bn alumina upgradeupdated: Thu May 06 2004 01:36:00

An Alcoa-led joint venture says it is studying a $1.1 billion expansion of alumina output at its Australian Wagerup refinery, joining rival BHP Billiton in upping production to keep pace with demand in China.

BHP spends up on diamonds, aluminaupdated: Tue May 04 2004 03:11:00

Global resources group BHP Billiton says it will spend more than $300 million upgrading a diamond mine in Canada and an alumina plant in Australia.

Australian wind farms start to spinupdated: Tue Mar 09 2004 00:50:00

The rush for "green power" is gathering pace in Australia, where power producers and distributors are committing more funds to wind-generated electricity that they hope will cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Japanese sailor plucked from boatupdated: Thu Feb 12 2004 22:40:00

A lone Japanese yachtsman has been plucked from his disabled boat in one of the world's most remote and inhospitable oceans.

Telstra, Shin sign satellite dealupdated: Wed Jan 28 2004 01:01:00

Australia's biggest telco Telstra will build earth stations in the Australian Outback for Shin Satellite's new ipstar satellite due for launch later this year.

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