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WHO 'very concerned' as virus numbers climb in PNG

Sydney - The WHO expressed concern Friday over a "sharp increase" of Covid-19 cases in Papua New Guinea warning the outbreak was at a critical stage and could fuel a much larger epidemic.

Google broke Australian law over location data collection: court

Sydney - Google violated Australian law by misleading users of Android mobile devices about the use of their location data, a court ruled Friday in a landmark decision against the global digital giant.

Op-Ed: IVAS – A new class of game-changing technology takes off

Sydney - IVAS (Integrated Visual Augmentation System) was designed as a military system for the US Army. It’s AI-based and designed to assess combat zones. The irony is that it has many more high-value applications in other spheres.

Anniversary highlights Aboriginal deaths in custody crisis

Brisbane - Thirty years after sweeping reforms were recommended to end the injustice of Indigenous deaths in Australian custody, a spate of recent fatalities and soaring rates of Aboriginal incarceration have highlighted failures to act.

Australia sending envoy to Europe amid scramble over vaccine roll-out

Sydney - Australia will dispatch its trade minister on a mission to Europe on Thursday, amid a dispute over more than three million doses of a EU-manufactured shot which Canberra has purchased but not received.

Op-Ed: Assange and the inexcusable repression of journalism

Washington - You have to wonder what’s journalism these days. A US government spent 4 years calling literally everything fake news and publishing its own fake news. Real news, however, can get you arrested, and that’s Assange’s big issue. The difference is…?

Former school principal in Australian court on sex abuse charges

Melbourne - A former principal of a Jewish ultra-orthodox school accused of child sexual abuse will remain in custody ahead of her pre-trial hearing in September after appearing in an Australian court Friday.

Australia halts AstraZeneca shots for under 50s over clot concerns

Sydney - Australia on Thursday joined a growing number of countries halting the use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for younger people over fears it can cause serious blood clots.

Australia says politicians no longer exempt from sexual harassment rules

Sydney - Australian politicians will no longer be exempt from rules against sexual harassment at work, the conservative government announced Thursday as it tries to quell public anger over parliamentary sex abuse scandals.

Chatting with author Arthur Bozikas, OAM: 'The Book Glasses' book Special

Sydney - Australian author Arthur Bozikas, OAM chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about his book "The Book Glasses."

Australia blames EU supply issues for slow vaccine rollout

Sydney - Australia's prime minister on Wednesday blamed restricted vaccine supply from Europe for his country's halting coronavirus inoculation efforts, as he faced growing public frustration over the sluggish rollout.

Op-Ed: Idiocy — A law so users have to provide ID to use social media

Sydney - 533 million Facebook users accounts have been put up for free on a hacker site. The Australian government wants people to provide 100 points of ID for all social media accounts. This is a virtual gift for hackers.

Australia says two citizens released from Myanmar detention

Sydney - Two Australians who were detained in Myanmar late last month have been released and have left Yangon, Canberra's foreign affairs department said Monday.

Op-Ed: 65 per cent of women harassed online by organized ‘terror’ groups

Sydney - It’s a very sick statistic. 65% of Australian women report online abuse and harassment. There are indications that extremist groups are grooming younger guys in this. Is this just part of the ongoing polarization of humanity, or more?

Australia's Brisbane lifts snap virus lockdown ahead of Easter

Brisbane - Stay-at-home orders for more than two million people in Australia's third-biggest city Brisbane were lifted Thursday, ending a snap coronavirus lockdown just ahead of the traditionally busy Easter holidays.

Op-Ed: Australia’s climate future – ANU’s new study of idiotic apathy

Sydney - New projections of super heat waves and other issues by the Australian National University are showing a familiar trend – Total catastrophic breakdown of climate norms, and no action. What’s new is the level of deadly certainty.

Australia misses vaccine target as concerns grow over slow rollout

Sydney - Australia will fall well short of its initial Covid-19 vaccination target, Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted Wednesday, claiming European export restrictions were partly to blame.

Two Australian cabinet ministers demoted after dual rape scandals

Sydney - Two Australian ministers were demoted from top cabinet posts Monday as the ruling conservative party tried to draw a line under dual rape scandals that have convulsed national politics.

Snap lockdown ordered in Australia's Brisbane after virus outbreak

Brisbane - More than two million people in Brisbane were ordered into a three-day lockdown Monday after a cluster of coronavirus cases was detected in Australia's third-biggest city.

Op-Ed: Australia — Prehistoric idea of tax on home solar must go

Sydney - “For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory” wasn’t actually written about the Australian energy sector for some reason. The sector seems to think it was, and wants a very inglorious tax on rooftop solar.
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