Authorities in Sydney have activated a heatwave plan as temperatures soared to an almost 80-year high and thousands were hit by power outages.
Passage of a law expanding Australia's spying powers may have global implications for encrypted communications. Critics say the law may unleash unintended consequences.
Japan has issued fresh health warnings amid temperatures of 40C (106F) that extremely hot days "are expected to continue until early August." Japan has recorded its highest ever temperature during the deadly heat wave.
Extreme heat continues to grip Portugal and Spain, with little relief in sight. The continued hot, dry conditions are presenting great challenges to firefighters across Europe.
Thousands of Australian children have walked out of school calling for government action on climate change. Australia is one of the biggest per capita carbon polluters in the world.
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