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    NZ announces return of coronavirus after 102 days

    Agence France-Presse . Wellington | Updated at 11:42pm on August 11, 2020

    New Zealand announced its first locally transmitted coronavirus infections more than 100 days on Tuesday and issued a stay-at-home lockdown order for the country’s largest...

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    Big fines for infected Australians breaking quarantine orders

    Agence France-Presse . Melbourne | Updated at 11:51am on August 04, 2020

    Hundreds of coronavirus-infected people in Australia’s worst-hit state have been caught flouting stay-at-home orders, authorities said Tuesday, prompting tougher fines. The southern state of Victoria...

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    Curfew imposed on Australia's 2nd-biggest city Melbourne

    Agence France-Presse. Melbourne | Updated at 01:44pm on August 02, 2020

    Australia on Sunday introduced sweeping new measures to control a growing coronavirus outbreak in its second-biggest city, including an overnight curfew and a ban on...

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    Billions of animals killed, displaced by Australia wildfires

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 01:20pm on July 28, 2020

    Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s unprecedented 2019-20 wildfires in ‘one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history’, according to...

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    ‘Virtual kidnappings’ warning for Chinese students in Australia

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 10:51pm on July 27, 2020

    Elaborate ‘virtual kidnappings’ are being used to extort money from the friends and relatives of Chinese students Down Under, Australian police warned Monday, after a...

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    Australia rejects Beijing’s South China Sea claims

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 11:45pm on July 25, 2020

    Australia has rejected Beijing’s territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea in a formal declaration to the United Nations, aligning itself more closely...

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    Melbourne orders compulsory masks

    Agence France-Presse . Melbourne | Updated at 10:57pm on July 23, 2020

    Anyone venturing out in Australia’s second-biggest city was ordered Thursday to wear a mask as authorities struggle to contain multiple coronavirus clusters in the country’s...

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    Australian virus resurgence forces suspension of parliament

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 11:08pm on July 18, 2020

    Australia’s parliament will be suspended for two weeks over fears that politicians could bring coronavirus from outbreak hotspots to the country’s capital, prime minister Scott...

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    Queen was not warned of Australia PM’s 1975 sacking, letters show

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 11:11pm on July 14, 2020

    Queen Elizabeth II was not informed in advance about the 1975 dismissal of Australia’s prime minister by her representative in country, letters kept secret for...

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    Global cases hit 12 million

    Agence France-Presse . Melbourne | Updated at 12:44am on July 10, 2020

    Millions of people in Australia’s second-biggest city went into lockdown on Thursday to battle another coronavirus outbreak, as the number of infections worldwide surged past...

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