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Bird flu hits Australian duck farm

Bird flu hits Australian duck farm

CANBERRA — Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found on a duck farm near Melbourne close to five poultry farms where the virus had already spread, the government of Australia’s Victoria state said. The duck farm was within a quarantine zone set up around other affected facilities and the government said its infection was not a...

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Australian woman faces first hearing ahead of mushroom deaths trial

Australian woman faces first hearing ahead of mushroom deaths trial

SYDNEY — An Australian woman, accused of murdering three elderly people after they allegedly consumed poisonous mushrooms at a lunch hosted by her, faced her first hearing in court on May 23, media reported. Erin Patterson, 49, appeared via video link for the brief directions hearing ahead of her murder trial, the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC)...

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Australian PM Albanese says China military air incident unacceptable

Australian PM Albanese says China military air incident unacceptable

SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday (May 7) it was unacceptable for Australian defence personnel to be put at risk in international airspace by the Chinese military as they took part in an operation to enforce United Nations sanctions on North Korea. A Chinese fighter jet endangered an Australian military helicopter during an...