The finishing touches are being put on a glitzy show at the Sydney Opera House, as the venue prepared to host an opera crowd for the first time since March. "The Merry Widow" will open on Tuesday to masked audiences up to 75 percent capacity, in a sign of hope for a performing arts industry crippled by the pandemic
A historic bell tower in Sydney bursts into flames after it was struck by lightning as a severe thunderstorm hit the Australian city. Firefighters put out the fire and managed to save the residence in the Sydney suburbs, which local media say was built in the 1880s. The top of the tower however was gutted by the blaze.