It’s impossible to list all the records set in 2012, but here’s a short rundown of some heralded highlights, plus 20 of our favorites, including some you might have missed.
The federal government is challenging a bill in Australian Capital Territory that legalizes same-sex marriage, contending that it violates the federal Marriage Act.
A registered nurse admits murdering 11 patients by burning down a nursing home. Earlier, he told TV reporters that he had heroically tried to rescue trapped victims of the fire.
Cruise ship couple overboard: Two passengers on a Carnival cruise ship fell overboard off the coast of Australia. Surveillance camera footage shows a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman going overboard.
Researchers studying a filament of hydrogen between the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies found rotating clumps of gas the size of dwarf galaxies. But questions remain.
Giant African snail: Discovered in Brisbane, authorities immediately dispatched the Giant African snail. The giant, non-native pest has a voracious appetite for more than 500 types of crops.
A Christian Science perspective: Fires have destroyed homes and farms in many parts of Australia. Here's how one resident is praying.
Wildfires uncover drug lab in New South Wales, Australia. The illegal drug lab was revealed, and 28 homes were destroyed, by more than 140 wildfires burning across Australia.
Four of Australia's hottest 10 days on record have been in 2013. Cooler conditions brought relief to firefighters, who were battling around 200 fires across Australia's southeast.
With temperatures soaring above the 100 degree mark, firefighters battle the heat as well as high winds. National parks have been evacuated, as well.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned today during a visit to wildfire-ravaged Tasmania that climate change could make such events more common in blaze-prone Australia.