Society

Australia floods inundate Brisbane, over 90 missing

Thousands of residents of Australia's third-largest city evacuated homes on Wednesday as massive floods threatened to inundate the financial district, sparked panic buying of food and left authorities despairing for more than 90 people missing.

'Biblical' floods threaten thousands in Australia

Flood waters swept through vast areas of northeastern Australia Saturday, threatening to inundate thousands more homes in a disaster one official said was of "biblical proportions".


Aussie outback mayor seeks "ugly duckling" women

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A plea for lovelorn female "ugly ducklings" to move to a remote Australian mining town to reverse a shortage of eligible women has landed the local mayor in hot water.

Wife auctions evidence of husband's affair on Internet

SYDNEY (AFP) — An Australian woman has taken revenge on her cheating husband by auctioning his mistress's "huge" panties and his "size small" condom packet on eBay.


Australian doctors warn against 'designer vagina' craze

SYDNEY - AUSTRALIAN doctors have raised concerns about clinics offering vaginal cosmetic surgery, warning the trend towards so-called 'designer vaginas' may be exploiting vulnerable women.

Australian fashion gets hip

Fleur Britten Times Online 27.07.2008
Australian fashion gets hip

Once considered a cultural and style backwater, the land down under is now home to designers and labels celebrities love


Activists win right to promote condoms to Catholics at World Youth Day

Young Catholics attending World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney may find themselves swamped with offers of free condoms after legislation giving police the power to arrest anyone who "annoys" pilgrims was overturned by a court.

Bored of your life? Man auctions his off on Sunday

Belinda Goldsmith Yahoo! News 22.06.2008
Ian Usher poses on a beach at Lancelin, about 130 km (81 miles) north of Perth in this undated handout photo made available to Reuters June 18, 2008.   (Handout/Reuters)

CANBERRA (Reuters) - When Ian Usher's partner of 12 years left him broken-hearted, he decided the best way to move forward was to auction his whole life, in one job lot.