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Avalanche that killed Sydney teen 'triggered' by rescue process, family says

Avalanche that killed Sydney teen 'triggered' by rescue process, family says

The parents of a Sydney teen killed while skiing in Austria say the avalanche that engulfed their son was triggered when a ski patrol was trying to rescue them.

  • by Sarah Keoghan

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Flashback, 1939: Sydney's hottest day
Extreme weather

Flashback, 1939: Sydney's hottest day

80 years ago today, 38 people died across New South Wales as a prolonged heatwave reached its crisis point.

  • by Staff reporters
Morning Update: Monday January 14

Morning Update: Monday January 14

Making headlines this morning: a severe heat record for Sydney is expected to be broken, a council employee whose father made a $1.3m profit from a property - in one day. And the Australian Open kicks off.

  • by Ben Weir
Avalanches claim more lives as heavy snowfalls continue in Europe
Austria

Avalanches claim more lives as heavy snowfalls continue in Europe

Three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in Austria and a fourth was still missing on Sunday, say police.

'Horrid, muggy days': Sydney to swelter through record-breaking heatwave
Sydney

'Horrid, muggy days': Sydney to swelter through record-breaking heatwave

The 'severe' heatwave is expected to break an eight-year-old record, with five days over 30 degrees in a row not recorded at Sydney observatory since 2011.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
States and territories to bake in heatwave

States and territories to bake in heatwave

Every state and territory will bake through a heatwave on Monday with meteorologists saying soaring temperatures will last for days in some parts.

  • by Sonia Kohlbacher
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Fatal road crashes as storm dumps deep snow on US Midwest
USA

Fatal road crashes as storm dumps deep snow on US Midwest

At least five people were killed in crashes on slippery roads in Kansas and Missouri.

'Animal welfare crisis': The fate of creatures trapped in Menindee bog
Animals

'Animal welfare crisis': The fate of creatures trapped in Menindee bog

Wildlife authorities have moved swiftly to deal with a mix of animals trapped in mud near dried-out lakes at Menindee amid calls for more action to ease an "animal welfare crisis".

  • by Peter Hannam
Queensland swelters but heatwave won't topple records

Queensland swelters but heatwave won't topple records

The heatwave in western Queensland is business as usual for residents and unlikely to topple records, a weather forecaster says.

  • by Christine Flatley
Big chill: heavy snow takes its toll across Europe
Extreme weather

Big chill: heavy snow takes its toll across Europe

The Australian teenager who died in an Austrian avalanche was one of at least 20 to die in snow-related carnage in Europe.

Lessons learnt (and perhaps forgotten) from Australia's 'worst fires'
Investigation
Extreme weather

Lessons learnt (and perhaps forgotten) from Australia's 'worst fires'

Eighty years ago this week, Victoria burned and NSW melted in bushfires and heatwaves that have gone unmatched ... so far.

  • by Peter Hannam