The coronavirus pandemic has dominated headlines for months, but from auspol to international politics, the environment to global affairs, news outside this global health crisis continues. Whether covering events of public importance or delivering feel-good stories, AAP journalists and photographers and our international partner agencies are working hard to keep us informed.
AAP picture researcher Kristen Daly selects twelve stories of note from our recent archive that may have slipped under the radar.
Australian news, from a heated by-election to the aftermath of the bushfires...
Labor MP Mike Kelly's retirement sparks by-election contest
In late April Federal Labor MP Mike Kelly quit politics for health reasons, triggering a hotly contested by-election in his marginal southern NSW seat of Eden-Monaro. View more images for this story.
Elderly abuse survivors promised payouts
The Federal Opposition is calling on the Morrison government to make advanced payments to ill or elderly survivors of institutional child sex abuse so they don't miss out under a national redress scheme. "I can assure older Australians or more vulnerable Australians who are currently going through the redress process that we have absolutely prioritised your claims," Social Services Minister Anne Ruston told the ABC in late April. View more images for this story.
Victorian government urged to hasten bushfire cleanup
Only about five per cent of buildings destroyed in Victoria's bushfires this summer have been cleaned up as part of the state government's cleanup program, reported state Nationals leader Peter Walsh to a parliamentary question time in April. Premier Daniel Andrews said the program was intended to make people's lives easier rather than harder and would seek clarity from Bushfire Recovery Victoria. View more images for this story.
Good signs for Kangaroo Island wildlife
Animals on fire-stricken Kangaroo Island are beginning to fend for themselves after feeding stations were set up to protect them from starvation following the summer bushfires. RSPCA South Australia told AAP in March that since the stations were set up in January, habitats on the island have begun to regenerate, leaving wildlife less vulnerable. View more images for this story.
A dog named bear finds some 100 koalas in fire-hit land
As of May, more than 100 sick or injured koalas have been found in bushfire-ravaged parts of Australia by a dog named Bear and a team of experts. The five-year-old Australian koolie dog has been on the ground since November trying to detect surviving koalas in parts of NSW and Queensland. View more images for this story.
International coverage, from the US election to Greece swearing in its first female president
Joe Biden emerges as Democratic nominee, faces sexual assault allegations
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has already faced a number of controversies ahead of the US election on November 3, including accusations of sexual assault from Tara Reade, a staff assistant in Biden's senate office in the early nineties. Biden has denied Reade's claims that he pinned her against a wall and assaulted her in 1993. View more images for this story.
Canada bans assault-style weapons
In early May Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an immediate ban on the use and trade of assault-style weapons in Canada. Trudeau cited numerous mass shootings in the country, including the killing of 22 people in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19. View more images for this story.
Lawyers slam arrest of Hong Kong activists
In mid April Hong Kong police arrested at least 14 pro-democracy lawyers and activists on charges of joining anti-government protests last year. AAP reported that Australian lawyers were among those demanding their immediate release, with the Law Council of Australia saying the arrests violated the right to peaceful protest. View more images for this story.
Assange's partner pleas for his release
In April the partner of Julian Assange, who gave birth to his two children while he was living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has issued a plea for him to be released from prison. Stella Morris-Smith Robertson said there were now genuine fears for the health of the WikiLeaks founder. View more images for this story.
First heatwave recorded in Antarctica
Antarctica has experienced its first heatwave, with scientists fearing the long-term damage it could have on plants, animals and ecosystems. Extreme maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded over January 23 to 26 at Casey research station in Antarctica's east, ticking the classification for a heatwave. View more images for this story.
Greece swears in first female president
Greece's first female president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, was sworn in for a five-year term in mid March at a ceremony scaled down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Sakellaropoulou, 64, an ex-president of the Council of State, Greece's top administrative court, will succeed Prokopis Pavlopoulos. View more images for this story.
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