Firefighters attend a blaze near Perth (Evan Collis/DFES via AP)

Dozens of homes destroyed in Australian wildfire


An out-of-control wildfire burning north-east of the Australian west coast city of Perth has destroyed at least 56 homes and is threatening more, with many locals in the region told it is too late to leave.

Russell Dawson of the Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers participates in a smoking ceremony during Australia Day ceremonies in Sydney (Rick Rycroft/AP)

Australia Day marked with ceremonies and protests


Australia Day was marked by socially distanced leaders offering calming words as protesters denounced celebrations of a day some dub “Invasion Day” because of historical wrongs committed against Indigenous people.