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Coronavirus live news: US nears 5m cases as Australian border closures ramp up 

US approaches horrific milestone; border restrictions tightened in Australian state of New South Wales; Brazil passes 100,000 deathsEx-health minister attacks Bolsonaro as Brazil Covid-19 deaths tops 100,000Trump signs order for relief, with less help for jobless ‘Queensland first’: Palaszczuk closes the borders and amps up election rhetoric Boris Johnson ‘w […]

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Microsoft expands TikTok takeover ambitions to entire global business: Report 

Microsoft Corp is chasing a deal to buy all of TikTok’s global business, including its operations in India and Europe, an international daily reported on Thursday, citing five people with knowledge of the talks. Microsoft has said it is seeking to buy the assets of TikTok in North America, Australia and New Zealand. It has not disclosed how much it is willin […]

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How ‘lockdown birdwatching’ is helping Australia’s bushfire recovery 

Birdwatching has boomed during Australia’s Covid-19 lockdown – and it’s having an unexpected benefit.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia has no intention of sharing Chinese app TikTok 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has distanced himself from US President Donald Trump’s threat to ban the Chinese-owned app.

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Uluru closed to tourists after indigenous group blocks access road, fearing visitors will spread coronavirus 

Australia has closed the national park that is home to the revered indigenous site of Uluru after some in the community blocked an access route for fear that visitors could carry in coronavirus infections.The country is battling a new wave of the deadly virus, with southeastern Victoria state reeling from hundreds of infections, while Indigenous Australians […]

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Australia: Melbourne to enforce new pandemic measures 

Residents of the eastern Australian city are now under strict lockdown due to a surge in coronavirus cases. Hundreds of thousands of people will not be able to work for several weeks.

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Scott Morrison to launch TikTok investigation amid data fears 

Prime Minister Scott Morrion suspects Chinese social media apps are sending Australian users’ personal information back to Beijing and sharing it with the Chinese government.

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Australia to make Facebook, Google pay for news in world first 

Australia will force US tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world. The move comes as the tech giants fend off calls around the world for greater regulation, and a day after Google and Facebook took a battering f […]

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert granted meeting with Australian ambassador to Iran 

Exclusive: British-Australian academic will meet diplomat for first time since sudden move to a new notorious prisonThe imprisoned British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is set to be granted a meeting with Australia’s ambassador to Iran as soon as Sunday.Following reports in the Guardian that Dr Moore-Gilbert was seriously unwell in Qarchak prison a […]

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Facebook, Google Will Need To Pay Australian Media For News Content, Or Risk Facing Hefty Fines Under New Law 

Tech giants like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) subsidiary Google will have to pay for news content gener read more

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Coronavirus live news: France rules out lockdown despite infections rise; Japan reports second day of record new cases 

French prime minister says full lockdown must be avoided; Japan records 1,274 new cases on Thursday; number of global cases passes 17mAustralia sees record daily case riseUS passes 150,000 coronavirus deathsUK coronavirus live: latest updatesUS coronavirus live: latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.30pm BST Brazil’s first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro […]

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Tony Abbott fears China could source iron ore from west Africa and not need Australian exports 

Former prime minister Tony Abbott fears China could cripple Australia in the longer term by sourcing iron ore, used to make steel, from west Africa instead of Western Australia.

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Australia’s Qantas decommissions last Boeing 747 after 50 years 

The decommissioning of the aircraft is the latest blow for the aviation industry, which has been devastated by the pandemic.

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The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires 

The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Scientists calculate that the unprecedented wildfires burned 37,500 square miles. For already-endangered species, the conflagration may have spelled doom.

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Australian city to make mask-wearing compulsory 

Victoria state, which includes Melbourne, now has nearly 3,000 active cases of Covid-19 after a further 363 infections were reported Sunday despite a 10-day lockdown. Mask-wearing is not common in Australia and has not been part of the country’s COVID-19 response until now.

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