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Australia holds national summit online to examine country’s worsening bush fire conditions

Australia holds national summit online to examine country’s worsening bush fire conditions

Australia on Tuesday held a national summit online to examine the country’s worsening bush fire conditions amid challenges brought by climate change. Scientists, ex-defence officials, indigenous experts and climate activists all spoke in a virtual public panel discussion, organized by Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, a coalition of former fire and emergency chiefs. According to […]

Australia opens up domestic life further as China dispute lingers

Australia opens up domestic life further as China dispute lingers

Australian officials announced a raft of plans on Wednesday to speed up the resumption of public life to boost the ailing economy amid a diplomatic spat with major trading partner China. The government is also talking with Australian universities about allowing the return of some international students, a sector that contributes more than A$30 billion […]

Australian PM says no evidence Coronavirus originated in China laboratory

Australian PM says no evidence Coronavirus originated in China laboratory

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has angered Beijing by calling for a global inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak, said he had no evidence to suggest the disease originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was confident the coronavirus may have originated in a […]

Austrian president evacuated following bomb threat

Austrian president evacuated following bomb threat

Austria’s president and others in the presidency in downtown Vienna were briefly evacuated on Wednesday following a bomb threat, officials said. President Alexander Van der Bellen was among those brought to safety, according to his spokesman Reinhard Pickl-Herk. “The president was at the presidency. He was warned and brought to safety. He is safe,” he […]

Australia to import 10 million coronavirus tests from China despite diplomatic row

Australia to import 10 million coronavirus tests from China despite diplomatic row

An Australian mining magnate on Wednesday unveiled a deal to import 10 million coronavirus tests from China to Australia, despite a bitter diplomatic spat between the two countries. Andrew Forrest, head of mining giant Fortescue, said he had used contacts to secure an order for the tests with Chinese genomics firm BGI Group at a […]