Australia

Australia: Melbourne heads back into coronavirus lockdown

Country's second-largest city to be locked down again from midnight on Wednesday following surge in cases.

Australia: Melbourne heads back into coronavirus lockdown

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Generational scarring: 'It's a ticking time bomb'

Already burdened with insecure work and stunted opportunities, the youngest workers are more likely to be out of a job.

'Not future-proof': Gen Z bears economic brunt of coronavirus

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Border between Australia's most populous states closed

Border between New South Wales and Victoria shut down indefinitely as COVID-19 cases soar.

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Buy now, pay later? Instant loans encourage more online purchases

Alternative credit firms have seen their market value rise as buying has shifted online due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

Buy now, pay later? Instant loans encourage more online purchases

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'Smart call': Victoria, NSW to seal border because of coronavirus

Australia's two most populous states to close border for first time in a century after spike in coronavirus in Victoria.

'Smart call': Victoria, NSW to seal border because of coronavirus

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Melbourne: Thousands in public housing towers asked to lock down

New coronavirus cases discovered in Australian city, as thousands of public housing residents are ordered to stay at home.

Asia Pacific

US Congress backs sanctions over China's Hong Kong security law

Legislation targeting banks doing business with Chinese officials behind new law to be sent to White House.

US Congress backs sanctions over China's Hong Kong security law

Asia Pacific

Jackson Pollock masterpiece Blue Poles goes under the microscope

An ambitious and unprecedented conservation project begins on American abstract expressionist artist's most significant work.

Asia Pacific

Australia considers 'safe haven' offer for Hong Kong people

Move comes as US House approves sanctions bill targeting Chinese officials responsible for Hong Kong security law.

Australia considers 'safe haven' offer for Hong Kong people

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Australia prepares massive defence boost in 'dangerous' world

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says additional spending will include long-range missiles risking China response.

Australia prepares massive defence boost in 'dangerous' world

Asia Pacific

Australia koalas 'on verge of extinction'

MPs say koalas will become extinct in New South Wales within 30 years unless urgent action is taken to protect them.

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Australia's green revival: Group calls for more clean energy jobs

Lobby group sets out plan to create around 1 million renewable energy jobs to help economy recover from coronavirus.

Australia's green revival: Group calls for more clean energy jobs

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Australia's Qantas airline lays off thousands amid pandemic

Country's largest airline says it does not expect the nation's borders to open - at least for tourists – until next year.

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Qantas to cut 6,000 jobs, ground 100 planes due to coronavirus

Australian airline will also keep another 15,000 staff stood down temporarily, and plans to raise up to $1.3bn.

Qantas to cut 6,000 jobs, ground 100 planes due to coronavirus

Asia Pacific

Australia cyberattacks: PM has not named suspected state

The government says cyber-experts identified the attacks as state-based.