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Women on 10 flights from Qatar invasively examined

Sydney - Australia revealed Wednesday that female passengers on 10 planes flying out of Doha were forced to endure "appalling" physical examinations, as Qatar expressed regret for the distress caused to the women.

Women on 10 flights from Qatar invasively examined: Australia

Sydney - Female passengers on 10 planes flying out of Doha were forced to endure invasive physical examinations, Australia's foreign minister said Wednesday, greatly expanding the number of women previously thought affected.

Virus-beating Melbourne enjoys 'big day' reopening

Melbourne - Australia's second-biggest city Melbourne reopened to exhilaration and relief on Wednesday, as residents began trickling back to shops and restaurants after a months-long coronavirus lockdown was lifted.

Australian police probe Vatican cash transfer in Pell case

Sydney - Australian police are investigating allegations a large amount of money was transferred to Australia by a Vatican rival of Cardinal George Pell in an apparent bid to help convict him of child sex abuse.

How 3D printing is surviving the pandemic Special

Glendale - The pandemic hasn’t been doing the business world too many favours. In 3D printing, which is typically a collaborative multi-party business, you need to know how to get business done.

Australia's second-biggest city eases lockdown as virus cases fall

Melbourne - Lockdown restrictions in Australia's second-biggest city were eased slightly Sunday following a steady decline in new coronavirus cases, but officials stopped short of ending a controversial "stay-at-home" rule.

Chatting with Dame Olivia Newton-John, DBE, AC Special

Dame Olivia Newton-John ("Grease") chatted with Digital Journal about the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, her upcoming auction where the proceeds benefit the foundation, as well as Fire Fight Australia and life during quarantine.

Aussies eye end to lockdown as virus numbers tumble

Sydney - Australians living under lockdown in the southeast of the country are eyeing a return of freedoms this weekend as coronavirus numbers reached a four-month low Friday.

Australia, Netherlands slam Russia withdrawal from MH17 talks

Sydney - Australia on Friday joined the Netherlands in slamming Russia's decision to withdraw from consultations over its involvement in the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, which killed 298 people, mostly Dutch and Australian citizens.

Australia 'deeply concerned' as writer faces China spying trial

Sydney - Australia on Wednesday expressed deep concern at the prosecution of writer Yang Hengjun after Beijing officials confirmed an espionage case against him would go ahead.

Great Barrier Reef's corals in steep decline

Brisbane - Half of the Great Barrier Reef's corals have died over the past 25 years, scientists said Wednesday, warning that climate change is irreversibly destroying the underwater ecosystem.

Thousands back inquiry into Murdoch's Australian media 'monopoly'

Sydney - More than 180,000 people have signed a petition launched by former prime minister Kevin Rudd calling for an inquiry into Rupert Murdoch's dominance over Australian news media.

Australia seeks answers on reported Chinese coal 'ban'

Sydney - Australia on Tuesday called for China to clarify whether restrictions have been placed on the import of Australian coal, a potentially significant hit to the already struggling economy Down Under.

Coronavirus 'can survive for 28 days on surfaces': study

Brisbane - The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can survive on items such as banknotes and phones for up to 28 days in cool, dark conditions, according to a study by Australia's national science agency.

Op-Ed: Big issue - COVID survival for a month on surfaces is grim news

Sydney - In a not-very-welcome finding, Australian CSIRO researchers have discovered that the virus can survive for weeks on surfaces. That’s much longer than influenza. That's not good news for transmission.

Aussie ex-PM registers as foreign agent over UK role

Sydney - Australia's right-wing former prime minister Tony Abbott registered as an agent of foreign influence Friday, after controversially taking up a role as a trade advisor to the UK government.

Australian wellness celeb fuels 'infodemic'

Sydney - One minute Australian "wellness" personality Pete Evans is posting a barbecued prawn recipe to 1.5 million Facebook followers, the next he's claiming the coronavirus pandemic is an elaborate global hoax.

'Like wolves to Yellowstone': Tasmanian devils released on Australian mainland

Sydney - Tasmanian devils have been released into the wild on Australia's mainland 3,000 years after the feisty marsupials went extinct there, in what conservationists described Monday as a "historic" step.

Australia approves major new fossil fuel projects

Sydney - Australia has approved two major new fossil fuel projects that proponents in the climate change-vulnerable nation say will create badly needed jobs despite growing concerns over emissions.

Acquitted Australian Cardinal Pell heading to Rome, says aide

Sydney - Cardinal George Pell will return to Rome from Australia for the first time since being jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges, an aide said Tuesday.
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