With Chris Dawson’s Arrest in Sydney Killing, Others Break Silence on Teacher Misconduct

Police officers in September searching the former home of Lynette Dawson, who disappeared in 1982.CreditCreditDan Himbrecht/EPA-EFE SYDNEY, Australia — The 36-year-old cold case had always been memorable: Lynette Dawson, a nurse and child care worker, vanished from a coastal suburb of Sydney, leaving two young daughters behind. Days later, her husband, an athlete turned teacher, […]

Australia’s Migrant Camps Are ‘Crime Against Humanity,’ Lawsuit Claims

Protesters in Canberra, Australia, last month demanded the resettlement of minors held in detention on Nauru.CreditCreditLukas Coch/EPA, via Shutterstock MELBOURNE, Australia — Asylum seekers who attempted to reach Australia by boat but were instead detained in offshore camps are suing the government, claiming that they have been subjected to “torture” and “crimes against humanity.” In […]

Australian Government Passes Contentious Encryption Law

Opponents of the legislation said it was being rushed through Australia’s Parliament without proper consultation with the public.CreditCreditMick Tsikas/EPA, via Shutterstock CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications. Privacy advocates, technology companies and […]

In Sydney, an Arrest and a Podcast Break Silence Around High School Sexual Misconduct

Police officers in September searching the former home of Lynette Dawson, who disappeared in 1982. A podcast, “Teacher’s Pet,” has sparked interest in the case and a pervasive culture in the 1980s of high school teachers dating students.CreditCreditDan Himbrecht/EPA-EFE SYDNEY, Australia — The 36-year-old cold case had always been memorable: Lynette Dawson, a nurse and […]

Australia’s Liberal Party, Seeking to Project Stability, Tries to End Leadership Coups

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was seen at the G-20 summit meeting last weekend cribbing from notes about the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison. She met a different prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, earlier this year.CreditCreditLukas Coch/EPA, via Shutterstock SYDNEY, Australia — Well, at least Angela Merkel may be relieved. Australia’s governing Liberal Party announced overnight […]

Wildfires Burn Across Eastern Australia in Sweltering Heat Wave

An undated photo released by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services showing fires north of Bundaberg in northeastern Australia.CreditCreditQueensland Fire and Emergency Service, via Associated Press More than 100 wildfires burned across Queensland in eastern Australia on Thursday, the second day of evacuations and rapidly changing conditions affecting thousands of people during a sweltering heat wave. […]