Victoria records 74 new coronavirus cases, public housing tenants under lockdown have rent waived

Victoria has recorded another 74 coronavirus cases overnight as Premier Daniel Andrews announces the more than 3,000 public housing tenants placed under hard lockdown will not have to pay rent for two weeks. Mr Andrews also announced a range of financial support for all tenants in the nine buildings under lockdown. “Those who are employed […]

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'A tragedy for our community': Sunshine Coast man killed by shark at Fraser Island remembered as a loving father

Tributes are flowing for a father of two from the Sunshine Coast who was killed by a shark off Fraser Island yesterday. Matthew Tratt, 36, was spearfishing off Indian Head in the island’s remote north-east when his leg was mauled about 2:00pm. Bystanders, including a doctor and a nurse, treated him before paramedics arrived, but […]

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Coronavirus update: English hospitals ready for New Year's Eve-style weekend as pubs reopen

Pubs in England have reopened after being closed for three months, prompting fears of excessive partying. India, while easing restrictions to reinvigorate its economy, has recorded a new record for daily increases in coronavirus cases, and Spain has reimposed lockdowns on more than 200,000 people in areas where outbreaks have been detected. This story will […]

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Donald Trump expected to draw huge crowd of supporters and protesters at Washington July Fourth celebrations

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to converge in the heart of Washington where US President Donald Trump will host an Independence Day fireworks display and military flyover, while protesters will march for racial equality. Key points: Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser had asked Mr Trump’s team not to hold a fireworks display over the […]

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Cleveland Indians to review team name in light of protests against racial injustice

BBC The Cleveland Indians are to review their team name in order to “embrace their responsibility to advance social justice and equality”. The Major League Baseball side’s announcement comes in light of recent protests against racial injustice in the United States. On Friday, NFL side the Washington Redskins said they would review their name after […]

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Close result predicted in Eden-Monaro by-election as final votes are cast

Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro Fiona Kotvojs has predicted a tight result in today’s by-election as final votes are cast at polling booths across the electorate. Key points: Both major candidates referred to the need for “rebuilding” the electorate as they made their final pitch to voters People in Eden-Monaro have experienced bushfires, floods and and […]

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Players reach agreement with Cricket Australia on revenue projection

Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association have reached an agreement over a contentious revenue forecast model that threatened to further strain the relationship between the players and governing body. Key points: The players association disagreed with Cricket Australia’s revenue projection in June saying there was a lack of good faith in the figures The […]

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Northern Territory quarantine breaches mount, angering authorities

Northern Territory Police say people “aren’t getting the message” about coronavirus risks after another series of “utterly unacceptable” quarantine breaches. Key points: On Thursday the NT recorded its first locally diagnosed coronavirus case since April 6 The NT’s quarantine system allows interstate arrivals to self-isolate in their homes, unless they are from a hotspot NT […]

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Driving into the art of Vincent Van Gogh

BBC Toronto’s Immersive Van Gogh exhibition allows audiences to experience art from the comfort of their car. Producers had to rethink how people would experience the show in light of social-distancing restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Tickets for the drive-in experience start at around 95 Canadian dollars ($70, £56). The exhibition opened in Paris and […]

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Edouard Philippe: France's former PM faces probe into Covid-19 response

BBC A court has launched an inquiry into the French government’s handling of the coronavirus response. The investigation focuses on three senior figures, including outgoing Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, following complaints from unions and doctors. Earlier on Friday, Mr Philippe resigned amid a cabinet reshuffle. The government has faced criticism over shortages of medical equipment […]

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China warns India not to 'make a strategic miscalculation' as tensions also rise in South China Sea

China has issued a warning to India not to make a “strategic miscalculation” on their disputed border. Key points: China and India are continuing to trade barbs following a deadly brawl on their disputed border The Philippines and the United States are concerned about Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea China has […]

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Coronavirus update: Another 50,000 US cases confirmed as Trump promises fireworks

As the United States again records more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus in a 24-hour period, President Donald Trump has promised the country’s biggest fireworks show in recent memory to celebrate independence. Meanwhile authorities in South Africa are concerned that their medical facilities are reaching a “tipping point” as the nation records a daily […]

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Coronavirus update: Trump plans huge Independence Day fireworks display despite record COVID-19 tally

As the United States again records over 50,000 new cases of coronavirus in a 24-hour period, President Donald Trump has promised the biggest fireworks show the country has seen in recent memory to celebrate the nation’s independence. Meanwhile authorities in South Africa are concerned that their medical facilities are reaching a “tipping point” as the […]

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