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Out-of-control Australian bushfire threatens Perth homes

Sydney - Australian firefighters said they expect to battle an out-of-control bushfire well into the night on Saturday, as the blaze threatens lives and homes in the west coast city of Perth.

Emirates stops flights to three major Australian cities

Sydney - Emirates has suspended flights to Australia's three largest cities as the country further restricts international arrivals over fears of new virus strains.

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.

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.

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.

Indonesia set to free Bali bombing-linked cleric Bashir

Jakarta - A radical Indonesian cleric linked to the deadly Bali bombings will be released from prison this week, authorities said Monday, after an earlier bid to free him early was axed following a public uproar.

Australia's national anthem now reflects its Indigenous history

More than 140 years after it was first composed and performed, Australia's national anthem, "Advance Australia Fair," is again being updated in a move the Prime Minister says reflects a "spirit of unity,"

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.

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.

Israeli minister signs Australia deport order for sex abuse suspect

Jerusalem - Israel's justice minister on Wednesday signed a deportation order against Malka Leifer, a former Jewish ultra-Orthodox school principal accused of sexual abuse against pupils in Australia.

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.

Australia takes China to WTO as trade war deepens

Sydney - Australia called Wednesday for the World Trade Organization to investigate Chinese tariffs on barley imports, turning to an "independent umpire" to adjudicate one of several bitter politically tinged disputes between the two nations.

Australia's Byron Bay beach shrinks as sand disappears

Byron Bay - Australia's Byron Bay usually conjures images of bathers lounging on sunkissed shores, or blissed-out longboarders cruising along cyan-blue waves -- but coastal erosion and lashing storms have reduced its seashore to a debris-strewn slither.

Australia says China coal ban would be clear WTO breach

Sydney - Australia on Tuesday decried China's reported ban on its coal exports as an obvious breach of World Trade Organisation rules, as tensions between the two countries flared again.

Storms help Australia contain UNESCO heritage island fire

Brisbane - Australian firefighters have managed to control a bushfire that burned more than half of the UNESCO world heritage-listed Fraser Island, around two months after a suspected illegal campfire sparked the blaze.

New Zealand aims to open to Australians in early 2021

Wellington - New Zealand hopes to open a travel bubble with Australia by April next year and is working to finalise the necessary anti-coronavirus border measures, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Aboriginal group urges mining 'reset' after ancient site destroyed

Perth - Aboriginal landowners have called for a "reset" in Australia's lucrative mining sector after an inquiry pilloried Rio Tinto for blowing up a 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

UN expert demands Assange's release, 10 years on

Geneva - A UN rights expert on Tuesday urged Britain to release Julian Assange immediately following a decade of "arbitrary detention", insisting the WikiLeaks founder should await a decision on extradition to the United States outside prison.

Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

Sydney - Facebook and Google could be required to pay news outlets for their content in "world first" legislation set to be introduced to Australia's parliament on Wednesday.

Australian surfer survives great white shark attack

Sydney - An Australian surfer told Monday how he managed to paddle back to shore and walk hundreds of meters to get help after being attacked by a great white shark.

Japan space agency hails return of asteroid dust on Earth

Apo - Japan space agency officials on Sunday hailed the arrival of rare asteroid samples on Earth after they were collected by space probe Hayabusa-2 during an unprecedented mission.

Asteroid dust collected by Japan probe arrives on Earth

Apo - In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2.
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