Australian

Morrison celebrates 'miracle' win

  He told supporters he had "always believed in miracles" as partial results showed the Liberal-National Coalition close to a majority.

Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has announced he is resigning after accepting defeat.

Exit polls had suggested a narrow Labor win for the first time in six years.

The final result of the election may not be known for some hours, but with more than 70% of votes counted the Coalition has won, or is ahead in, 74 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, with Labor on just 66 seats.

   

Australia in state of shock over alleged gunman

Fifty people died on Friday after a gunman carried out shootings in two mosques on Deans Ave and Linwood Ave.

Australian man Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder for allegedly carrying out the attack.

The AM Show Australian correspondent Jason Morrison said Australians are in a state of shock over the attack.

"All I guess we can say is overwhelmingly we are so so so deeply sorry."

Mr Morrison said there is some culpability in Australia because Tarrant wasn't on any watchlist or being looked at.

Australian town plans 150th anniversary for incorrect year

The town of Charleville, in Queensland, had begun planning festivities for next year to mark what locals believed was its official recognition in 1868.

However, a check of state records showed the historic moment had actually taken place in 1865.

Mayor Annie Liston said it was a disappointment.

"We put so much budget towards it, then we found out it was gone. It was the biggest shock to all of us, I can tell you," she told the BBC.

"We were all prepared to have this big shindig next year and [the date] is not even correct."

Australian man's thumb surgically replaced by toe

Zac Mitchell, 20, was injured in April while working on a remote farming property in Western Australia.

"A bull kicked my hand into the fence," Mr Mitchell said of the incident.

He underwent two unsuccessful operations to reattach his thumb before doctors opted to relocate his big toe in surgery lasting eight hours.

Mr Mitchell said fellow workers had attempted to preserve his thumb immediately after the accident.

"They put it in the esky [cooler] with some ice," he told the BBC.

Spider bites Australian man on penis again

The man was using a portable toilet on a Sydney building site on Tuesday, when he suffered a repeat of an almost identical incident five months earlier.

Identified only as Jordan, he said he was bitten on "pretty much the same spot" by the spider.

"I think I'm just very unlucky to be honest," he told Sydney radio station Kiis FM.

"It seems like it got a better shot at it this time," he said.