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Bright cloud over southern parts of WA ahead an approaching low is bringing patchy light rain. Patchy cloud in the east with a trough is causing showers for eastern NSW and southeast QLD. Skies are largely clear elsewhere under a broad high pressure system.

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Queensland drought: Stranger amazes graziers by travelling 2,000 kilometres to lend a hand

11:18 EST

A western Queensland family has been overwhelmed by the generosity of a stranger who volunteered to help on a drought-stricken station.

Cyclone in July: Weather bureau declares Raquel poses no threat to Queensland

09:46 EST

Queensland forecasters have named Raquel as their first ever recorded July cyclone, which has formed this morning north of the Solomon Islands.

Vanuatu president's decision to leave country as Cyclone Pam approached criticised by Save the Children

09:34 EST

The decision by Vanuatu's president and senior disaster officials to fly to a conference in Japan as Cyclone Pam bore down on the Pacific nation in March made response efforts more difficult, aid group Save the Children says.