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Environment

Human smuggling shipwreck in Australia

At least 27 refugees have died this morning, after a human smuggling boat headed for Australia with reported Iraqi and Iranian families hit rocks and sank in heavy seas off Christmas Island.Joining us for more on the story is Nick Bryant from the BBC.

Arts, Culture & Media

Australia hoping for Oprah effect

Oprah Winfrey is filming some of the last episodes of her TV show in Sydney, Australia. And the Australian government is hoping Oprah will provide a much-needed boost to the country's sagging tourism industry. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.

Global Politics

Whale rider wanted by Australian officials

An eye-witness says a boy climbed onto the back of a southern right whale off the coast of Australia and 'rode' on its back. The report has caught the attention of the authorities. Anchor Lisa Mullins gets details from the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

Researchers are developing a robot that they hope will one day provide home care for the elderly. They've enlisted the help of a Sydney performance artist to make the robot seem more human. Correspondent Phil Mercer has the story.

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