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The twin struggles of Hong Kong and the Philippines

Hundreds of protesters in the Philippine capital march against the new anti-terror law, 27 July 2020, Manila, Philippines (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) Hong Kong’s new draconian security law has been occupying headlines around the world since it was forcefully imposed by China on June 30. The law, which allows

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Beirut explosion: Remembering victims of the deadly blast

It has been one week since a massive explosion caused by 2,750 tonnes of stored ammonium nitrate devastated Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, killing some 200 people and wounding 6,000 others. The blast displaced some 300,000 people, leaving the city with billions of dollars in damage. Questions remain as to why such

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As we fight COVID-19, we should turn our gaze to space

This image provided by NOAA/NASA shows the Earth’s western hemisphere on May 20, 2018 made by the new GOES-17 satellite, using the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument [NOAA/NASA via AP] Humanity is facing an invasion. In the span of a few months, an invisible outside force we about

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New Zealand reports return of coronavirus after 102 days

Auckland will be locked down for at least three days and some physical distancing restrictions will be reintroduced in the rest of the country [File: Greg Bowker/AFP] New Zealand has announced its first locally transmitted coronavirus infections in more than 100 days, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to

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Powerful storm causes widespread damage across the US Midwest

Storm known as a Derecho lasted several hours as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois [AP] A rare storm with power similar to a hurricane swept across the US Midwest uprooting trees, tossing vehicles, and causing widespread property damage. More than

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'We need new blood': Lebanese demand change after gov't quits

Many people in Lebanon, and on social media, felt Monday’s announcement by Diab would do little to change the political situation [Mohamed Azakir/Reuters] Angry Lebanese have demanded the removal of what they see as a corrupt ruling class to blame for the country’s woes, adding that the government’s resignation on

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Iran convicts citizens for spying for foreign powers

Iran’s national flag waves as the Milad telecommunications tower and buildings are seen in Tehran [File: Vahid Salemi/AP] Iranian courts sentenced two men to 10 years each in jail for spying on the country for the United Kingdom, Germany and Israel in separate cases. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili

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India watchdog to inspect airports hit by heavy rain after crash

The flight was repatriating Indians stranded in Dubai due to the novel coronavirus pandemic [Reuters] India’s air safety regulator plans to conduct special audits of airports across the country affected by heavy rain, the watchdog’s chief told the Reuters news agency, days after a plane crash killed 18 people and raised questions about safety. An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board

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Pompeo kicks off central Europe tour, Huawei dominates agenda

Pompeo will spend two days in the Czech Republic before moving on to Slovenia, Austria and Poland [Petr David Josek/Pool via Reuters] US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Prague to begin a five-day visit to central Europe with China’s role in 5G network construction dominating

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Bolivia: Opposition blocks roads, demand election goes ahead

Bolivia’s government has called in the military, after violence broke out involving protesters who are angry about elections being delayed. Supporters of former President Evo Morales set up roadblocks around the country. Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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UN says Facebook has not shared 'evidence' of Myanmar crime

Some 750,000 Rohingya were forcibly displaced from their homes in Myanmar and crossed the border into Bangladesh [File: Rafiqur Rahman/Reuters] The head of a UN investigative body on Myanmar said Facebook has not released evidence of “serious international crimes”, despite promising to work with investigators looking into abuses

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What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease [Hannah McKay/Reuters] A new coronavirus that emerged in China late last year has spread to at least 188 countries on six continents, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of the pathogen a pandemic.  More than 736,000 people

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Dozens hurt as shooting rumour sparks panic on French Riviera

Dozens of people have been treated in hospital for minor injuries after false rumours of a shooting unleashed panic on the main promenade of the French Riviera town of Cannes, according to officials and rescuers. The emergency services counted 44 injured at 4am local time (02:00 GMT) on Tuesday, some

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Egyptians vote for revived upper house of Parliament

Egyptians queue up to vote outside a polling station for a new Senate in an upper house election [Khaled Desouki/AFP] Egyptians have started voting for the Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year, in an

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Belarus election challenger Tikhanovskaya flees to Lithuania

Tikhanovskaya refused to concede her defeat against President Alexander Lukashenko [Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters] The main challenger in Belarus’s disputed presidential election has fled to Lithuania after a second night of street clashes between police and opposition supporters left a protester dead. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who refused to concede her defeat

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In Pictures: Family in cave home faces Israeli eviction

Ahmed Amarneh’s home, its wooden door leading into cushion-lined rooms, is not the first Palestinian residence in the occupied West Bank to receive a demolition notice from Israel. But it may be the first built inside a cave that Israel has threatened to destroy. Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer, lives

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At least six prisoners killed in Mogadishu prison shoot-out

Operation to restore order in the prison complex has been completed, according to state media [File: Tobin Jones/AFP] At least six prisoners were killed and six others wounded in a shoot-out inside a prison in the Somali capital, Mogadishu on Monday. There were conflicting reports of how the

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Pompeo 'cleared of wrongdoing' over arms sales to Saudi, UAE

Mike Pompeo used an emergency procedure to ram through arms sales to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan [Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via Reuters] US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been cleared of wrongdoing in a disputed arms sale to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, according

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Coronavirus pandemic: How to travel safely

Editor’s Note: This series is produced in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). Several countries have reopened their borders and are gradually lifting travel restrictions after months of lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Last month, the WHO published new guidelines for the resumption of international

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Duterte volunteers for trial of Russian coronavirus vaccine

Duterte’s office on Tuesday said the Philippines stands ready to work with Russia on vaccine trials, supply and production [File: Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia’s efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine and is himself willing to participate in trials,

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Kashmir family alleges Indian forces killed three civilians

India has stationed more than half a million soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir [File: Dar Yasin/AP Photo] The family of three missing Kashmiris have alleged the trio was killed in a staged operation by the Indian army, bringing back memories of past cases of extrajudicial killings in the Muslim-majority

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Indian independence hero Gandhi's iconic glasses go on sale in UK

The talismanic non-violent icon believed to have given the glasses to the seller’s uncle, who worked for British Petroleum in South Africa between 1910 and 1930, said the auction house [File: Sam Panthaky/AFP] A “rare and important” pair of iconic glasses worn by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi

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China accused of seeking to turn Taiwan into 'the next Hong Kong'

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen pose for photos during their meeting at the presidential office in Taipei [Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via Reuters] Taiwan faces an increasingly difficult position as China pressures the democratic island to accept conditions that would

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Hong Kong's Apple Daily vows to 'fight on' after Lai's arrest

Volunteer hands out copies of Apple Daily in Hong Kong on August 11, 2020 [Isaac Lawrence/ AFP] Hong Kong’s Apple Daily has responded with defiance to the arrest of its owner under a new national security law imposed by Beijing, promising to “fight on” in a front-page headline

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Student protesters, royalists hold rival rallies in Thailand

Thousands have joined an anti-government demonstration at a university in Thailand, the largest such protest by students, challenging the government and conservative establishment even as royalist rivals held their own rally. About 3,000 to 4,000 protesters chanted “Long live democracy” at Thammasat University on the outskirts of Bangkok on

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Worldwide coronavirus cases surpass 20 million: Live updates

Worldwide coronavirus cases have surpassed 20 million, with Brazil and Mexico reporting a combined 27,000 infections in just one day. More than 12.2 million have recovered, and almost 734,000 have died from the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. US President Donald Trump is considering a measure to block

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US denounces arrest of Hong Kong media mogul

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai’s news publication, Apple Daily, was raided on Monday after he was arrested by the national security unit [Tyrone Siu/Reuters] US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denounced China for the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who he called a

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US: Hate crime survivor Demetria Hester arrested in Portland

Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland [File: Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP] One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon, early Monday is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile

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US Rep Ilhan Omar readies for tough primary challenge

United States Representative Ilhan Omar faces a competitive challenge in Tuesday’s Democratic primary [File: Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press] Ilhan Omar, a progressive United States representative from Minnesota who in 2018 became the first Somali-American and one of the first of two Muslim women to serve in Congress,

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US President Donald Trump says there was shooting outside WH

US President Donald Trump left a coronavirus pandemic briefing at the White House in Washington, DC amid reports of a shooting outside the grounds [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters] US President Donald Trump abruptly left an on-camera briefing at the White House Monday then returned a few moments later saying a

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Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a new coronavirus which causes an illness known as COVID-19 that has spread to nearly every country. The disease has killed more than 731,000 people and infected almost 20 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 12 million people

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Tracking Africa's coronavirus cases

Most countries on the continent have put in place restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus [Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters] The outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached every nation in Africa, a continent of 1.2 billion people. As of August 10, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the

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Lebanon crisis timeline: From Beirut blast to gov't's resignation

Lebanon’s prime minister has announced his government’s resignation, less than a week after a huge explosion tore through capital Beirut, causing unprecedented public outrage. The blast at Beirut’s port on August 4 killed some 200 people and wounded more than 6,000. Anger over the incident spilled on to the streets with

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Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

Germany’s Bundesliga returned on May 16 becoming Europe’s first major league to resume matches [Stuart Franklin/Reuters] The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which as of August 9, has killed more than 731,000 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  As the number

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Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

Countries around the world are scrambling to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As of August 10, more than 731,000 people worldwide have died of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 has reached more than 19.4

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Coronavirus: All you need to know in under 500 words

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, a pandemic.  As of August 10, the global death toll surpassed 731,000 amid almost 20 million cases. More than 12 million people have recovered from the disease worldwide, according to the data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the

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Outrage as Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai

Proponents of free press have described the arrest of Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai and the raid of his newspaper offices as part of a deepening crackdown on dissent in the Chinese city as “outrageous” and “horrible”.  Mr Lai was among seven arrested in an operation focused on his Next Media

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Fire-fighting plane crashes in Portugal

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Health workers voice PPE woes during COVID

Victoria might need to improve getting protective equipment to health workers, but there are no issues with availability in the state, the premier says. Daniel Andrews’ comments on Monday came in response to ongoing concerns about the availability of proper PPE for health workers. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

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Action against Chinese diplomat dismissed

Legal action by a student activist suing China’s Brisbane consul-general has been dismissed, with a magistrate ruling he has diplomatic immunity. Beijing critic Drew Pavlou made an application under Queensland’s Peace and Good Behaviour Act complaining that Xu Jie had incited violence against him. The complaint followed a protest at

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US man in his 20s dies of plague

A young man in New Mexico dies of septicaemic plague, 24 hours after Chinese authorities reported the death of a man from bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia.

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Russia approves coronavirus vaccine despite testing safety concerns

Drug, given to one of Vladimir Putin’s daughters, skipped large-scale safety trialsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRussia has approved a controversial Covid-19 vaccine for widespread use after less than two months of human testing, and administered a dose to one of Vladimir Putin’s daughters.The development was hailed by

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Revealed: QAnon Facebook groups are growing at a rapid pace around the world

Guardian investigation finds the Facebook communities are gaining followers as Twitter cracks down on QAnon contentNew and established QAnon groups on Facebook are growing at a rapid pace and helping to spread the baseless and dangerous conspiracy theory to new countries around the world, a Guardian investigation has found.The Guardian

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Russia approves world’s first coronavirus vaccine: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin says Russia has become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of

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Auckland to go back into lockdown on Wednesday after coronavirus discovered

Auckland will return to level-three lockdown for at least three days from Wednesday midday after four cases of the coronavirus were discovered. It ends New Zealand’s golden COVID-19 run with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirming the country’s first cases in the community for 102 days. “While we have worked hard

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Brisbane ponders sacking NRL star Tevita Pangai Jr after biosecurity breach

Tevita Pangai Jr could pay a huge price for breaking the NRL’s strict biosecurity protocols, with Brisbane set to tear up his $650,000-per-season contract. The troublesome 24-year-old has two-and-a-half years left on his deal, but his latest indiscretion appears to be the final straw for the Broncos’ board. Pangai Jr’s

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Second man charged over Sydney rugby league stabbing

The alleged stabber of three men at a west Sydney rugby league match has become the second man charged over the attack. The incident unfolded after an under-20 community game between Penrith Brothers and Wentworthville Magpies in North Parramatta on Sunday. Brothers player Bradley Wayne Middlebrook, 20, was sent from

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Unions want working holiday visas axed as Australians struggle finding jobs

Australian farmers need to stop hiring international backpackers to harvest their crops and instead employ young people in regional and rural areas, according to several unions. The Australian Workers Union, the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association and the Transport Workers Union have formed an alliance, calling for an urgent

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Hong Kong rallies around Apple Daily after arrest of founder Jimmy Lai

Newspaper prints 500,000 copies, up from 100,000, as readers queue for hours to buy pro-democracy tabloidHong Kong residents have rallied behind the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily after its founder Jimmy Lai was detained under a controversial national security law being used to crack down on dissent.Residents lined up around 2am

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Second Darwin Supercars round locked in for August 22-23

The Supercars’ second Darwin round of 2020 will be held on the same day as the Northern Territory election and a blockbuster AFL match in the top end. The Darwin Supersprint has been moved to August 22-23 after the NT’s first Supercars event was postponed due to COVID-19 complications. Teams

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City of Perth report finds systemic failings in ‘dysfunctional’ council

A two-year inquiry into the trouble-plagued City of Perth would have recommended the council be removed had it not already been disbanded, Local Government Minister David Templeman has told Parliament. Mr Templeman was tabling the inquiry’s long-awaited report into the embattled council. The lengthy inquiry, commissioned in April 2018, was

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Liberal fundraisers spark concerns about virus risk

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing calls to intervene and stop a series of Liberal fundraisers planned for Parliament House later in August, amid concerns from crossbenchers that they pose a coronavirus risk. The fundraising events, first reported by The Guardian, reportedly cost $2500 a head and are a money-spinner

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Three Australian job market trends and how to increase employability

During the turbulence of COVID-19, the job market has taken a severe hit. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Australia is at 7.4% (as of June 2020). This is the highest rate since 1998 and means that there are 992,300 people currently unemployed. For those

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3 Australian job market trends and how to increase employability

During the turbulence of COVID-19, the job market has taken a severe hit. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Australia is at 7.4 per cent (as of June 2020). This is the highest rate since 1998 and means that there are 992,300 people currently unemployed.

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Mystery virus cluster at Sydney school grows to 17 infections

NSW health officials are working desperately to track the origins of a rapidly growing COVID cluster at a school in Sydney’s north-west. There were eight new virus infections linked to Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook on Tuesday, after nine on Monday. The school now has 17 confirmed cases after

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Network Ten axes high-profile presenters, three local bulletins

Network Ten will axe local news bulletins in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth in sweeping changes likely to be accompanied by widespread job cuts in three states. High-profile presenters Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Natarsha Belling, Tim Bailey and Mike Larkin will reportedly lose their jobs as part of the cost-cutting. Under a major

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Network 10 to axe three local bulletins

Network 10 is axing local bulletins in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth under a major restructure of its news operations. The Brisbane and Perth bulletins will be presented in Sydney from September 14, while Melbourne will present the Adelaide bulletin. Presenters, journalists and operations staff will lose their jobs under the

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Daniel Andrews slams parking ticket for doctor working at hospital

A doctor working at the heart of Melbourne’s COVID response has been given a parking ticket while at work, with Premier Daniel Andrews promising to personally intervene. Katarina Arandjelovic, who says she is an anaesthetics registrar, posted to social media a photo of a parking ticket she claimed to have

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Woman charged after violent confrontation with police over masks

A woman has been charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest, after a violent confrontation over masks on a Melbourne street. Footage emerged of the clash between Victoria Police officers and the unmasked woman in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Collingwood on Monday. In the video, the woman, since identified by

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Sumatrans watch as volcano erupts, sending ash 5km into sky

An Indonesian volcano has spewed a giant ash cloud five kilometres into the sky in its second eruption in three days, emitting a thunderous noise and turning the sky dark, authorities and witnesses say. The eruption of Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra on Monday comes after more than

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Defence Force not on offer to guard hotels: Premier

Defence personnel were never on offer to guard Victoria’s quarantine hotels, the Premier has told an inquiry after the state recorded another 19 COVID-19 deaths and 331 new virus infections. It’s the second day in a row the number of fatalities in Victoria has hit 19 – the highest daily

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Airport flags job losses as virus sends it into the red

Sydney Airport will cut costs and debt and has warned jobs could be lost as the coronavirus pandemic hit its bottom line, forcing it into the red. Australia’s most active airport on Tuesday reported a net loss of $53.6 million for the first half of this calendar year – a

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Claims of political purge as China arrests Hong Kong activists, media owner

Activists have accused China of carrying out a political purge in Hong Kong after 10 more people were arrested under a new national security law. Hong Kong’s democracy movement is increasingly gripped by fear, with well-known activist Agnes Chow, 23, becoming the latest target of police. Friends say the pro-democracy

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Fresh virus alert closes schools in NSW South Coast holiday town

Three new coronavirus cases have been confirmed on the NSW South Coast, where two schools have shut as a result. NSW health authorities say one student from Batemans Bay Public School and two students from Batemans Bay High School have tested positive to the virus. “All staff and students are

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Qld faces anxious wait on teenagers’ virus results

Queensland health authorities are waiting on coronavirus test results from two teens arrested after allegedly lying about being in COVID-19 hotspot Sydney. The girls, aged 15 and 16, arrived on a train from Sydney to Brisbane on Friday before the border closed. The pair then travelled to the Sunshine Coast.

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Premier, Minister to be grilled at hotel quarantine inquiry

Premier Daniel Andrews will be grilled about his government’s handling of Victoria’s second coronavirus wave at a parliamentary inquiry. Mr Andrews will be the first witness called at the second sitting of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee’s COVID-19 Inquiry on Tuesday. He last appeared at the hearing on May

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A century of no change: The mask slackers of the 1918 pandemic

The masks were called muzzles, germ shields and dirt traps. They gave people a “piglike snout”. Some people snipped holes in their masks to smoke cigars. Others fastened them to dogs in mockery. Bandits used them to rob banks. More than a century ago, as the 1918 influenza pandemic raged

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Lebanon’s government dissolved amid Beirut port blast outrage

Lebanon’s prime minister has announced his resignation after more than a third of ministers quit their posts following the Beirut port explosion. In a televised address on Tuesday morning (Australian time), Hassan Diab blamed last week’s disaster on endemic corruption in politics. He formally informed the president, Michael Aoun, that

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Medical groups call for a climate-focused COVID-19 recovery plan

Many of the medical professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic are urging the Australian government to also act on another health crisis – climate change. Australia’s peak medical groups representing GPs, emergency doctors, obstetricians and psychiatrists have written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging him to make climate

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Shops looted, shots fired in Chicago street clashes

Hundreds of people have smashed windows, stolen items from stores and clashed with police in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city’s downtown. At one point, shots were fired at police and officers returned fire, police spokesman Tom Ahern said on Twitter. No officers were injured

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