Gavin Butler

Coronavirus

Thousands of Australians Prepare to Stand on Their Porch and Scream in Response to COVID

As Melbourne enforces the country's strictest lockdown yet, this viral Facebook event has accumulated more than 30,000 frustrated attendees overnight.
Gavin Butler
a minute ago
crime

Police Arrest Man for Performing Scrotum Surgery at a Backpacker’s Hostel

It's been reported that officers also found a severed penis and testicles in the Australian man's freezer.
Gavin Butler
3 days ago
Hong Kong

Four Hong Kong Students Arrested for ‘Inciting Secession’ on Social Media

The students, aged 16 to 21, are the first people to be arrested as part of a police operation under China's new national security law.
Gavin Butler
4 days ago
environment

Here's How Melbourne, a City Nowhere Near a Fault Line, Just Got Rocked by an Earthquake

Australia experiences several earthquakes every year, according to experts – despite sitting in the centre of a tectonic plate.
Gavin Butler
4 days ago
Science

Pessimists Die Two Years Younger Than Optimists, According to Study

New research suggests that negative-minded people are more likely to develop life-threatening diseases.
Gavin Butler
7.29.20
Hong Kong

China Orders Hong Kong to Suspend Extradition Agreements with Australia, Britain and Canada

The move is the latest in an escalating tit-for-tat between Beijing and the Five Eyes nations.
Gavin Butler
7.29.20
crime

Chinese Students in Australia Are Faking Their Own Kidnappings. Here’s Why

Police are investigating a global extortion racket that has seen families being swindled out of millions of dollars.
Gavin Butler
7.27.20
ANIMALS

Light Pollution Is Probably Responsible for Thousands of Sleep-Deprived Birds

Scientists are urging people to turn off their lights and let pigeons get some rest.
Gavin Butler
7.24.20

Uzbekistan Will Pay You $3,000 if You Visit and Get COVID

“If you get COVID-19 on holiday in Uzbekistan, we will compensate you," promises a tourism ambassador in a written statement.
Gavin Butler
7.20.20
sharks

A Filmmaker Shooting a Shark Documentary was Attacked by a Shark on Her Day Off

"I still love sharks!" she shouted as she was wheeled into the emergency helicopter. "Sharks are beautiful!"
Gavin Butler
7.15.20
Coronavirus

Australia Begins 12-Month Human Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine, as Countries Race to Find a Cure

Preliminary results are expected in as little as three months.
Gavin Butler
7.14.20
Coronavirus

Cops Raid Melbourne Party During Lockdown After Guests Put in a 20-Meal Order With KFC

Police issued 16 fines, totalling $26,000, to people caught breaching lockdown restrictions.
Gavin Butler
7.13.20
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