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    Australia passes landmark law requiring tech firms to pay for news

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 01:57am on February 26, 2021

    Facebook and Google will be forced to pay for Australian news under legislation passed Thursday that is being closely watched globally for precedents in the...

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    Facebook to lift contentious ban on Australian news pages

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 02:47pm on February 23, 2021

    Facebook said on Tuesday that it would lift a contentious ban on Australian news pages, after the government agreed to amend a world-first law requiring...

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    Dozens of whales strand at notorious NZ bay

    Agence France-Presse . Wellington | Updated at 11:52pm on February 22, 2021

    Rescuers were racing Monday to save dozens of pilot whales that beached on a stretch of New Zealand coast notorious for mass strandings, wildlife officials...

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    Australia health dept not to advertise on Facebook anymore

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 10:54am on February 22, 2021

    Australia’s health department will no longer advertise on Facebook, it had announced, the latest escalation of the government’s feud with the social media giant, which...

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    Australia, Facebook in talks over sweeping news ban

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 10:16pm on February 19, 2021

    Australia and Facebook held high-stakes talks Friday after the social media giant sparked global outrage by blacking out news for its Australian users, as Canberra...

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    Backlash grows as FB imposes Australia news blackout

    Agence France-Presse . Brisbane | Updated at 12:05am on February 19, 2021

    Facebook was branded ‘arrogant’ and ‘unconscionable’ for banning Australian users from sharing news Thursday, as its defiant response to government regulation inadvertently crippled the pages...

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    Australia govt criticises ‘heavy-handed’ Facebook news ban

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 11:04am on February 18, 2021

    Australia’s government said on Thursday that Facebook was ‘heavy-handed’ and ‘wrong’ for introducing an unprecedented local ban on sharing news in response to pending legislation...

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    Australian journalist arrested in China  for ‘supplying state secrets’

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 12:35pm on February 08, 2021

    An Australian journalist who disappeared from Chinese state television’s airwaves six months ago and was detained by Beijing authorities has been formally arrested for ‘supplying...

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    Australian ‘lives and homes’ at risk as fire nears Perth

    Agence France-Presse . Perth | Updated at 11:01pm on January 04, 2021

    An out-of-control bushfire threatened lives and homes in Australia’s west coast city of Perth Monday, with locals told to shelter in place from toxic fumes....

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    Australia changes anthem to recognise Indigenous people

    Agence France-Presse. Sydney | Updated at 10:29am on January 01, 2021

    A line in Australia's national anthem officially changed Friday in a move the nation's leader said was aimed at better recognising the country's Indigenous people....