It took pressure, and lots of it, to get Iranian cartoonist known as "Eaten Fish" out of the Australian-run detention camp and it was social media that started the domino of pressure and activism that finally freed him.
Lawmakers, who had cast aside a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples, waved rainbow flags and embraced on the floor of the chamber, after the overwhelming vote in favour of the bill.
In a trial at the reef's Heron Island off Australia's east coast, the researchers collected large amounts of coral spawn and eggs late last year, grew them into larvae and then transplanted them into areas of damaged reef.
Australia forces all would-be asylum-seekers into camps on two islands. Police in Manus, where one of the camps is located, removed dozens of refugees in an effort to end a stand-off that has drawn global attention to Canberra's tough asylum-seeker policies.
About 600 asylum-seekers in an Australian offshore detention camp on Papua New Guinea are hunkering down and refusing to leave. The power has been cut off, there's no air conditioning and food is running out.
Anchor Lisa Mullins reveals the answer to our Geo Quiz today. We wanted the name of the continent that extends into all 4 hemispheres of Earth -- north, south, east and west. The answer is Africa, which has portions both north and south of the equator, and portions both east and west of the prime meridian.
Australia's Whitsunday Islands are the answer to today's Geo Quiz. Tourism authorities there are looking for an island caretaker to promote tourism to the islands in and around Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The successful candidate will have to write a weekly blog to help generate a buzz and travel throughout the islands 6 months of the year.
Today we're heading to South Australia where the international cycling race, the Tour Down Under, is under way. The answer is Adelaide, Australia. Anchor Marco Werman gets details about the race from ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) sports reporter John Thompson-Mills who's got his eye on American cyclist Lance Armstrong as he tries to make a comeback.
Today's Geo Answer is New Zealand, where the government has announced a major agreement with several indigenous Maori tribes. It's intended to settle disputes that date back to the 19th century. The World's David Leveille has details.
We were looking for a nation with two big islands in the southwestern Pacific. The answer is New Zealand. The country's national rugby team was set to play rival South Africa, but that match might be canceled because of South Africa's post-apartheid rules. Anchor Marco Werman has more details.
For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for a former convict settlement in a town located on Tasmania, Australia. The answer is Port Arthur. Producer Jake Warga, takes us on a ghost tour of the historic prison.
For today's Geo Quiz, we challenged you to come up with the name of the sea that's off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Lisa Mullins provides the answer (the Coral Sea) and tells about the dramatic return of Sophie, a cattle dog that went missing there and was feared drowned.