REUTERS 12/15/14 Hostage taking in Sydney cafe sparks fears of Islamist-linked attack. Five hostages managed to flee the cafe, hours after the gunman first holed himself up in the store and forced hostages to display an Islamic flag.
A photograph of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes is displayed next to a condolences book. Australia bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes at a funeral in his hometown on Wednesday with a live coast-to-coast broadcast allowing a nation to unite in celebration of the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime. REUTERS/David Gray
NBCnews.com : A man uses a jacuzzi cover to move a TV set through floodwaters in Cornubia, Queensland, Jan. 29. Massive summer floods have killed four people and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes across the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales. Reuters
NZ joins Australia in court against Japanese whaling
A crew member holds a grappling hook on the bow of a Japanese whaling ship about 480 km (298 miles), north of Mawson Peninsula off the coast of Antarctica, in this handout picture released on January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Sea Shepherd/Handout