Australian academic Susan Carland was tired of all the hate she receives online so she decided to donate $1 every time someone sends her a hate tweet. For Carland, it's about changing the toxicity to positivity.
The genteel world of cricket was rocked this week by the death of Phillip Hughes, an Australian star who was seemingly on his way to greatness. Hughes was hit in the neck by a bowled ball, highlighting the dangers of a sport many think of as an easygoing pastime.
If you've ever found some Lego figures and accessories, from dragons to swords to diving masks and more, on an Atlantic beach, there's a chance a child left them ... or they might have come from a storm 17 years ago. A woman in England told us the story of the Legos lost at sea.
As the Sydney hostage crisis unfolded, some Australians feared their Muslim neighbors would be targeted for harassment and abuse. So, starting with Melbourne's Tessa Kum, they volunteered to ride the trains and buses alongside Muslims, using a hashtag that exploded in a matter of hours.
The Stroke a Chord choir in Melbourne, Australia, is made of people who have lost their abilities to speak normally because of strokes. But thanks to a quirk of the brain, they're still able to express themselves in song.
Rumors are flying that a new toad that has shown up in a part of Madagascar can kill people and even cows. It's not true, but the imported amphibians could mean big trouble for what's left of the island's unique plants and animals.
For almost 100 years, the Australian government maintained a policy of forcibly taking Aborigine children from their families and putting them with white families. Some, like Levon Ennis, were even sent abroad. Ennis is now trying to reconnect with his heritage and find his place in the world.
Rumors of possible Russian intervention abound as protests in the Ukraine escalate. And even the Pope's weekend prayer for peace in the country ended in an ominous sign. Working-class stiffs in the Republic of Congo show that style isn't exclusive to the rich. And a New Zealand doc doesn't let a shark attack ruin his day, in today's Global Scan.