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Australia approves remdesivir as virus treatment

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:36 PM

It is the first drug approved by Australian authorities to treat the virus and promised to reduce hospitalization time for coronavirus patients

REMDESIVIR. One vial of the drug Remdesivir at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020. File photo by Ulrich Perrey/AFP

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's offer to Hong Kongers infuriates Beijing

A Chinese paramilitary police officer gestures while standing at the entrance gate of the Australian embassy in Beijing on July 9, 2020. Australia on July 7 warned its citizens they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations.  NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

5 million begin lockdown in Australian city

Jul 09, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Melbourne residents are told to stay at home for 6 weeks after other measures to contain a spike in COVID-19 failed to prevent the virus spreading

Members of the Melbourne Fire Brigade prepare to enter a locked down building on a housing estate to deliver food, in Melbourne on July 9, 2020 on the first day of the city’s new lockdown after an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Five million people in Australia's second-biggest city began a new lockdown, returning to tough restrictions just weeks after they ended as Melbourne grapples with a resurgence of coronavirus cases. William WEST / AFP

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Five million residents are ordered back into a six-week lockdown as soaring community transmission of the coronavirus brings more than 100 new cases daily

Police in the southern New South Wales (NSW) border city of Albury check cars crossing the state border from Victoria on July 8, 2020 after authorities closed the border due to an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus in Victoria. With the city of Melbourne going into lockdown for the next six weeks, the entire state of Victoria will effectively be sealed off from the rest of the country with the state border to NSW closing on 08 July. William WEST / AFP

Australia's second-biggest city under new virus lockdown

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Although the lockdown covers the Melbourne metropolitan area, the entire state of Victoria will effectively be sealed off from the rest of the country from Tuesday midnight, as state borders are closed

Medical staff perform a COVID-19 coronavirus test on a resident of one of nine public housing estates locked down due a spike in infection numbers in Melbourne on July 6, 2020. Australia will effectively seal off the state of Victoria from the rest of the country, authorities said on July 6, announcing unprecedented measures to tackle a worrying surge in coronavirus cases. William WEST / AFP

Australia locks down high-rise apartments as virus cases spike

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The rise is driven almost entirely by 108 new cases in the southeast state of Victoria

DESERTED. A man (L) walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market on May 5, 2020. Photo by William WEST/AFP

Australian mountains ditch King Leopold name

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:12 PM

The King Leopold Ranges are now called the Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges to reflect its traditional owners

Australia considering 'safe haven' offer to Hong Kongers

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:30 AM

China has warned its students and tourists before against going to Australia

Supporters of the same-sex marriage "Yes" vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. Australians voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry, official results showed on November 15, sending the task of legalising marriage equality to a deeply divided parliament. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Philanthropists save Australia's AAP newswire from closure

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The investor consortium, which includes former News Corp chief Peter Tonagh, tells staff in an email they shared 'a common goal – a desire to protect media diversity in Australia'

Bain wins bid to buy ailing Australian airline Virgin

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:45 PM

United States private equity giant Bain Capital is buying Virgin Australia and commits to 'the retention of thousands of jobs'

VOLUNTARY ADMINISTRATION. An aircraft of Virgin Australia. Photo from Virgin Australia's Facebook page

CBA facing huge fines in latest Australian banking scandal

Jun 23, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is accused of receiving Aus$22 million ($15 million) in prohibited payments from a subsidiary to promote its retirement fund to customers

UNDER SCRUTINY. A pedestrian passes a Commonwealth Bank branch in Sydney on August 10, 2016. Peter Parks/AFP

Fears of second virus wave in Australia's Melbourne

Jun 22, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Australians are warned to avoid traveling to Melbourne as it is tightening coronavirus restrictions due to fears of a second wave of the epidemic

MELBOURNE. A cleaner wipes down a pole in Melbourne's central business district on June 17, 2020, as more Australians return to the city center with a relaxing of the coronavirus rules. File photo by William West/AFP

Australia plans university fees hike to deter humanities students

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The Australian government plans to double fees for humanities courses to persuade people to take up more 'job-relevant' programs instead, in order to boost the country's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic

Australia under 'malicious' cyberattack from state actor

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Attacks target 'a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure,' says Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison

Australian unemployment hits 2-decade high

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Australia's unemployment rate jumps to 7.1% as 227,700 jobs are lost in May 2020

ECONOMIC SLUMP. A man walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market in Australia on May 5, 2020. Photo by William West/AFP

Australia accuses China of fueling 'infodemic' over virus

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne calls for nation's to bolster global bodies such as the World Health Organization to counter the 'infodemic'

'INFODEMIC.' Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne speaks at a joint press conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (not pictured) in Canberra on February 6, 2020. File photo by Andrew Taylor/AFP

Australian PM 'concerned' over China death sentence for actor

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:37 PM

A Chinese court reveals Karm Gilespie, a Sydney-based actor turned investment coach, had been condemned to death earlier in the week on drug smuggling charges – after being held secretly in jail for 7 years

SCOTT MORRISON. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Facebook rejects call to share revenue with Australian media

Jun 15, 2020 - 12:02 PM

'If there were no news content available on Facebook in Australia, we are confident the impact on Facebook’s community metrics and revenues in Australia would not be significant,' the company says

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook feed page is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in WArlington, Virginia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Thousands march for racial justice in Australia

Jun 13, 2020 - 7:06 PM

The biggest demonstration takes place in the Western Australian capital, Perth, where several thousand people gather in a park waving 'Black Lives Matter' signs and Aboriginal flags

Demonstrators attend a Black Lives Matter protest to express solidarity with US protesters and demand an end to Aboriginal deaths in custody, in Perth on June 13, 2020. Thousands of protestors rallied for racial equality in cities across Australia on June 13 despite official warnings the demonstrations could undermine the country's success in suppressing the coronavirus. Trevor Collens / AFP

China sentences Australian to death for drug trafficking

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The man, identified by Australian media as Cam Gillespie, is handed the death penalty by Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court on June 10, according to a notice posted on the court website

Australia won't be 'intimidated' amid China economic threats, says Prime Minister

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Beijing issues warnings that Chinese should avoid Australia due to concerns about racist incidents targeting ethnic Asians during the coronavirus pandemic

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Aussie scientists turn to drones to protect sea turtles

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Stunning drone footage released by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation shows thousands of turtles swimming in the crystal blue ocean

TURTLES. Green turtles swim near the world’s largest green turtle rookery on Raine Island, a remote vegetated coral cay situated 620 km northwest of Cairns. Photo by Great Barrier Reef Foundation/AFP

China warns of racism in Australia, issues travel warning as row escalates

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:51 PM

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says many Chinese in Australia have faced harassment linked to the coronavirus

A man (L) walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market on May 5, 2020. - Australia's economy is losing 4 billion Australian dollars (2.5 billion USD) every week its virus shutdown continues, while a million workers have already lost their jobs in the crisis, according to figures announced on May 5. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Defiant Australians protest racial injustice despite warnings

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Organizers say they hoped to highlight the high rates of imprisonment among Aboriginal Australians and the large number of deaths in custody of indigenous people – more than 400 in the last 3 decades

AUSTRALIAN SOLIDARITY. Demonstrators attend a Black Lives Matter protest to express solidarity with US protesters in Melbourne on June 6, 2020. Photo by William West/AFP

Australia heading for recession after economy contracts

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Australia's gross domestic product shrinks 0.3% in January-March 2020. It is now on track to enter its first recession since 1991.

AUSTRALIA ECONOMY. People queue outside a benefits payment center in Sydney on March 23, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australia probes U.S. police assault on its journalists

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne wants the Australian Embassy to investigate the incident, wherein 7NEWS journalists are slammed with a riot shield and punched and hit with a baton during a broadcast

PUSHING BACK PROTESTERS. Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators shooting tear gas next to St. John's Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C., during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

Google rejects call for huge Australian media payout

Jun 01, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Google's top executive in Australia says Google made barely Aus$10 million per year from news-linked advertising, a fraction of a government watchdog's estimates for the sector

GOOGLE. A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 21, 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

News Corp to stop printing more than 100 Australian papers

May 28, 2020 - 2:23 PM

News Corp Australia says the permanent changes had been brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which had impacted the sustainability of local publishing

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2018: Retiree sitting on a bench reading a newspaper.

Australian media to be tried for contempt over reporting on George Pell

May 26, 2020 - 1:50 PM

If convicted, the journalists face prison terms of up to 5 years and the media organizations fines of up to Aus$500,000

GEORGE PELL. Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. File photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Bushfire-hit Australians still in tents as virus slows recovery

May 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Six months after Australia's bushfire crisis and some 6 hours away from Sydney, scores of people still live in limbo

SCORCHED. This picture taken on May 21, 2020 shows scorched mailboxes on Quinlans street in Quaama in New South Wales state, months after Australia's bushfire crisis. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia watchdog suggests news boycott of Google, Facebook

May 20, 2020 - 10:59 AM

The idea is among a series of bargaining tools put forward by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to encourage Google and Facebook to pay news media businesses for the use of their content

Puppy scammers target lonely Aussies during lockdown

May 19, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Australia's consumer watchdog ACCC says Scammers fleeced people looking for a new pet out of some Aus$300,000 ($196,000) in April alone, 5 times higher than the normal monthly average

Australia threatens WTO action as dispute with China deepens

May 19, 2020 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Australia is considering going to the World Trade Organization, but says there is 'no trade war' with China

Containers are seen being loaded on a cargo ship at Port Botany in Sydney on March 27, 2020. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

China to levy 80.5% in tariffs on Australian barley

May 18, 2020 - 10:00 PM

China says it investigated Australian grain exports, and found that Australian subsidies and dumping 'substantially damaged domestic industry'

TRADE. This aerial photo taken on April 14, 2020, shows containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

Australia extends application for Australia Awards Scholarships

May 16, 2020 - 11:14 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline for the submission of applications is on June 30, 2020

Nearly 600,000 Australians lose jobs as virus lockdown bites

May 14, 2020 - 2:30 PM

'A very tough day. Terribly shocking, although not unanticipated,' says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as unemployment figures are released

A general view shows a near-deserted street in the central business district as people stay home due to COVID-19 novel coronavirus restrictions in Sydney on May 14, 2020. - New South Wales state will relax public gathering and business COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions from May 15. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Australian media group wants tech giants to pay $400 million a year

May 14, 2020 - 12:44 PM

In an initiative being closely watched across the world, the Australian government is due to unveil in July details of the mandatory payments as part of a code of conduct for the tech giants' dealings with news media

China cuts Australian beef imports after warning against virus probe

May 12, 2020 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Tensions between China and Australia continue to rise after the latter called for an independent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus outbreak

A display of Australian beef sits in a butchers shop in the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville on May 12, 2020. - China suspended imports from four major Australian beef suppliers May 12, just weeks after Beijing's ambassador warned of a consumer boycott in retaliation for Canberra's push to probe the origins of the coronavirus. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Nearly all 38 Filipinos positive for coronavirus in Australia now recovered

May 11, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Only 1 Filipino has yet to recover from the disease, says Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma Hellen De la Vega

TRANSITIONS. A man jogs in Melbourne on May 8, 2020, as Australia's government unveiled a 3-stage plan to get the economy back to a new 'COVID-safe' normal by the end of July. Photo by William West/AFP

Australia plans to lift most virus restrictions by July

May 08, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Federal authorities leave implementation plans up to the country's diverse states and territories, meaning coronavirus restrictions will remain in place for weeks or months longer in areas hardest hit by the disease

LIFTING RESTRICTIONS. A man jogs past a giant mask and eye display stuck to a tree in Melbourne on May 8, 2020, as Australia's government unveiled a 3-stage plan to get the economy back to a new "COVID-safe" normal by the end of July. Photo by William West/AFP

Cardinal Pell knew of clergy abuse for decades – inquiry

May 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Pell knew as far back as the 1970s and failed to seek the removal of accused priests, an inquiry reveals

CARDINAL. Australian Cardinal George Pell is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Rain brings optimism for drought-plagued Aussie farmers

May 06, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Australian farmers are, for the first time in a long while, confident enough to plant crops

LUSH GRASS. This photo taken on May 4, 2020 shows sheep feeding on lush grass on the property of Australian farmer Kevin Tongue near the rural city of Tamworth, north-west of Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australia 'losing $2.5 billion a week' in virus shutdown

May 05, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Australia's gross domestic product is expected to fall 10% in the 2nd quarter of 2020

A man (L) walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market on May 5, 2020. - Australia's economy is losing 4 billion Australian dollars (2.5 billion USD) every week its virus shutdown continues, while a million workers have already lost their jobs in the crisis, according to figures announced on May 5. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Man shot dead by police in Australia stabbing spree

May 01, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Police say the man stabbed one person at a motel and another outside a McDonald's in the city of Port Hedland before attacking 5 people at a mall

France, Spain to announce lockdown exit plan as Aussies hit waves

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Countries are beginning to chart their path out of shutdowns imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which emerged in China late last year and has now infected more than 3 million people worldwide

ON BONDI BEACH. Surfers carry their boards on Bondi Beach after it reopened following a 5-week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020 Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

China envoy threatens Australia boycott over virus inquest demand

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:12 PM

In a thinly veiled threat, ambassador Cheng Jingye warns the push for an independent inquest into the origins of the outbreak was 'dangerous'

CHINA AND THE VIRUS. This photo taken on April 25, 2020 shows medical workers wearing protective gear looking for close contacts with patients that tested positive on nucleic acid tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Suifenhe in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province. Photo by AFP

Nearly 2 million Australians download coronavirus tracker app

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Experts herald the COVIDSafe app as a way of improving authorities' ability to track new outbreaks of the disease

Perth Airport seizes Virgin Australia planes to recoup debt

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The operator of Perth Airport says Virgin Australia's planes are being held as collateral until the company pays 'significant' outstanding fees

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA. An Airbus A330 plane of the airline. Photo from Virgin Australia website

Virus-stricken cruise ship leaves Australia

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:16 PM

It is reportedly bound for Manila in the Philippines

RUBY PRINCESS. The cruise ship Ruby Princess departs from Port Kembla, some 80 kilometers south of Sydney, on April 23, 2020, after a few hundred virus-free crew members disembarked to begin the process of repatriation to their home countries. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia pounces on oil glut to build strategic reserve

Apr 22, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Australia will spend Aus$94 million (US$59 million) to begin developing an oil stockpile established on United States soil

Nozzles labeled with different types of fuel are seen at a filling station in Sydney on April 22, 2020. - Oil resumed its painful retreat on April 22, extending a rout that has torn through energy markets, though stock exchanges in Asia and Europe were mixed following a two-day sell-off. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)