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Australia warns conspiracy theories thwarting COVID containment efforts

Melbourne - Coronavirus conspiracy theories are hampering frantic efforts to contain a steep spike in cases around the city of Melbourne, where more than 10,000 people have refused testing, Australian health authorities warned Friday.

China crackdown sparks Western offers of asylum for Hong Kongers

Fpo - Western nations are moving to offer millions of Hong Kongers refuge after Beijing passed draconian security laws designed to choke the city's democracy movement -- but many obstacles prevent a mass exodus.

Australia considering 'safe haven' offer to Hong Kongers

Sydney - Australia is actively considering providing safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China's sweeping new security law, it said Thursday, a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing.

Actor Geoffrey Rush wins 'largest ever' Australian defamation payout

Sydney - Hollywood star Geoffrey Rush won a record multimillion-dollar payout Thursday after an appeal by a Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper against a defamation ruling was thrown out by an Australian court.

Chinese threats, weaker US alliance spur Australian military overhaul

Sydney - Australia has unveiled plans to dramatically tool-up its military as threats from China mount, but some see collapsing trust in the United States alliance as an underlying motivation.

Australia to revamp defences as China tensions rise

Brisbane - Australia announced an assertive new defence strategy Wednesday, beefing up its long-range strike capabilities and cyber-warfare efforts amid escalating tensions with China.

Australia to boost defence spending as China tensions rise

Brisbane - Australia will announce a substantial increase in defence spending and focus on projecting military power across the Indo-Pacific amid escalating tensions with China, in a major policy speech to be delivered Wednesday by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Swathe of Melbourne ordered into lockdown as virus spikes in Australia

Melbourne - Hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne's north and west were ordered to stay at home Tuesday as Australia's second-biggest city struggled to contain a spike in coronavirus cases.

Toilet paper limits imposed in Australia to stop virus panic buying

Melbourne - Supermarkets imposed purchase limits on toilet paper across Australia Friday following panic buying by people rattled over a surge in coronavirus cases in the country's second-biggest city.

Australian intelligence raids target lawmaker over China links

Sydney - Australian intelligence officers and police raided the home and office of an opposition politician Friday as part of an investigation into alleged Chinese influence operations, officials said.

Australia's Qantas cuts 6,000 jobs over COVID impact

Sydney - Australia's Qantas is cutting 6,000 staff and grounding 100 planes for up to a year in a US$10 billion cost-cutting blitz in response to the COVID crisis, the airline announced Thursday.

Australia to deploy 1,000 troops to Melbourne virus outbreak

Melbourne - Australia's military announced Thursday it would send 1,000 troops to Melbourne in an effort to help contain the country's only significant coronavirus outbreak over fears of a second wave.

Australia calls military in after virus surge

Melbourne - Australia's military was called in Wednesday to help tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne -- a surge in infections that has rattled the country's second-most populous city.

Australians' trust in China plummets amid rifts

Sydney - Australians' trust in China has collapsed, according to a public opinion poll Wednesday that showed the impact of rising confrontations between the two trading partners.

Security weaknesses behind the Australian cyberattacks Special

Australia has experienced a major state-based cyber attack, affecting all levels of government as well as essential services and businesses. Tim Wellsmore, Mandiant Government Solutions looks at the lessons.

Rio Tinto launches probe after destroying ancient Aboriginal site

Sydney - Mining giant Rio Tinto launched a high-level review of its operations in Western Australia on Friday after the company blew up a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

Australia under 'malicious' cyberattacks from state actor

Sydney - Australia's prime minister said Friday his country was under a broad cyberattack from a "state-based actor" targeting government, public services and businesses, with suspicions falling on China.

Australian PM 'concerned' over China death sentence for Oz actor

Sydney - Australia's prime minister expressed concern Monday for an Australian man sentenced to death in China in a case that could further inflame tensions between Beijing and Canberra.

Facebook rejects call to share revenue with Australian media

Sydney - Facebook on Monday rejected calls from the Australian government and news companies that it share advertising revenue with the media, suggesting it would rather cut news content from its platform.

Seven foreigners arrested at anti-govt protest in Nepal

Kathmandu - Nepali police arrested 10 protesters including foreign nationals from Australia, the United States and China on Saturday as hundreds staged a demonstration in Kathmandu against the government's handling of the virus crisis.

Thousands march for racial justice in Australia

Perth - Thousands of protesters rallied for racial equality in cities across Australia on Saturday despite official warnings the demonstrations could undermine the country's success in suppressing the coronavirus.

China sentences Australian to death for drug trafficking

Bejing - An Australian national has been sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking, in a ruling that could further inflame tensions between Beijing and Canberra.

Australian PM calls for racism protesters to be charged

Sydney - Black Lives Matter protesters should be punished for ignoring coronavirus lockdown rules Australia's prime minister said Thursday, sparking anger by also claiming slavery never existed in the country.

Joy as searchers find Aussie teen lost on Mount Disappointment

Melbourne - An autistic teen lost for two days in Australian bushland was reunited with his family Wednesday, after a hundreds-strong volunteer search than involved using Vegemite and the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune as lures.

Aussie scientists turn to drones to protect sea turtles

Brisbane - Australian researchers have discovered they were underestimating numbers at the world's largest sea turtle nesting site after turning to drone technology for the first time.

China urges students to be 'cautious' in Australia as row escalates

Bejing - China told students on Tuesday to be "cautious in choosing to study in Australia" citing concerns about the coronavirus and racism, further ramping up diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Canberra.

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

Bejing - Beijing warned Monday there has been "a lot of discrimination" against Chinese people in Australia, escalating a diplomatic row just days after telling its citizens not to travel there.

Defiant Australians protest racial injustice despite warnings

Sydney - Tens of thousands of Australians defied government calls to stay at home Saturday by spilling onto the streets for Black Lives Matter protests in major towns and cities across the country.

Australian newswire AAP back from brink as buyer emerges

Sydney - The Australian Associated Press appeared to have been saved from closure after the newswire's chief executive announced Friday that a sale was tentatively agreed with a philanthropic-led consortium.

Australia bans anti-racism protest citing virus

Sydney - An Australian court on Friday banned a Black Lives Matter protest planned in Sydney, backing government claims it could risk spreading the coronavirus.
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