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Security concerns block Chinese bid for Australian builder

Sydney - A Chinese company's bid for an Australia-based building contractor has been abandoned after the Australian government signalled it would block the purchase over national security concerns.

Australia, China F1 postponed as coronavirus hits 2021 calendar

Melbourne - Formula One's Australian Grand Prix was postponed to November and China's race was put on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus forced a 2021 calendar rejig on Tuesday.

India captain Kohli denounces racist abuse in Sydney Test

Sydney - India captain Virat Kohli has denounced as "absolutely unacceptable" the alleged racial abuse of the India team from sections of the crowd in the third Test against Australia in Sydney on Sunday.

UK virus strain triggers snap lockdown in Australia's Brisbane

Brisbane - Australia's third-largest city headed into lockdown and borders were set to tighten nationwide Friday, after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel contracted the UK coronavirus strain that appears to be more infectious.

Washington chaos leaves image of 'exceptional' America in tatters

Sydney - The storming of the US Congress left America's image as a beacon of democracy severely tarnished Thursday, with allies unable to hide their shock and authoritarian regimes gleefully exploiting the unrest.

Australia vows not to rush vaccine rollout, citing UK 'problems'

Sydney - Under mounting pressure to speed up coronavirus vaccinations, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday said he would not take "unnecessary risks" and emulate Britain's emergency drug approval.

Op-Ed: Anti-mask protest fizzles out in Sydney

Sydney - It’s not a great look. Out of a city of 5 million people, a few dozen staged an anti-mask protest in Bondi to be met with a very unimpressed response. Masks became mandatory in Sydney as of yesterday.

World begins ushering in locked-down New Year

Sydney - The world began ushering in the New Year Thursday, with pandemic controls muting celebrations for billions of people eager to bid farewell to a virus-ridden 2020.After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.

Two rescued in Australian outback after half-day trek for help

Sydney - A father and son have been rescued in the remote Australian outback after their car became bogged in floodwaters, forcing a 12-hour trek for help.

Australian lobster sector claws back trade after China ban

Fremantle - Even in the scorching Australian summer sun, long queues of customers snake around Fremantle harbour -- a soothing sight for beleaguered local fishermen trying to replace lost business with China.

Facebook bans Australian celebrity chef over virus misinformation

Sydney - Facebook has banned Australian celebrity chef and conspiracy theorist Pete Evans for repeatedly spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Sydney eases virus restrictions for Christmas

Sydney - Sydney on Wednesday eased lockdown restrictions for Christmas after Australia's largest city reported a second day of new coronavirus cases in the single digits.

Sydney sees fewer coronavirus cases amid record testing

Sydney - Sydney has seen a two-day dip in coronavirus cases after Australian authorities imposed a snap lockdown and residents flocked to testing centres in record numbers, but officials have cautioned the outbreak is still "evolving".

Dancing, singing out in Sydney as virus cluster grows

Sydney - Dancing, singing and chanting were banned across Sydney in a fresh round of restrictions introduced Sunday as Australian authorities raced to control a growing coronavirus outbreak in the city.

Parts of Sydney locked down as Australia battles growing cluster

Sydney - Parts of Sydney were heading into a fresh lockdown on Saturday as officials in Australia's most populous city said they hoped the restrictions would be enough to control a growing outbreak in time for Christmas.

Op-Ed: True roos — Kangaroo intelligence and social skills proven

Sydney - Aboriginal stories have a lot to say about kangaroos. If you’ve ever met one in the wild, they make a lot of sense. Now, finally, European science is starting to agree… In a sort of oblique way.

Australian virus cluster triggers travel clampdown

Sydney - Australian officials declared Sydney's northern beaches a coronavirus hotspot Friday as a cluster of cases grew to 28 and triggered a return of domestic travel restrictions.

Australian counter-terrorism police probe Brisbane murders

Sydney - Australian police said Friday they were treating the murder of an elderly couple in their Brisbane home as a terrorism incident.

New Sydney Covid-19 cluster gives Australians 'wake-up call'

Sydney - Health officials were rushing Thursday to trace the source of a growing cluster of Covid-19 cases in Australia's largest city of Sydney, with thousands of residents urged to stay home.

Australia watchdog sues Facebook over 'misleading' VPN app

Sydney - Australia's consumer watchdog launched legal action against Facebook on Wednesday, alleging the social media giant "misled" thousands of Australians by collecting user data from a free VPN service advertised as private.
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