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Australia ease more border reopening

SYDNEY Singing and dancing will renew in clubs in Sydney and Melbourne from the moment, while utmost obligatory check- sways have been scrapped as officers lifted nearly all Covid-19 checks in Australia's biggest metropolises amid a steady…

Tonga COVID-19 cases surge in wake of eruption

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga The Omicron coronavirus variant entered Tonga for the first time in the wake of last month's volcanic eruption, officials confirmed on Thursday (Feb 10), as the number of COVID-19 cases in the kingdom almost doubled to…

Australia rules out lockdowns

SYDNEY Australia must move past “the heavy hand of government” and authorities must stop shutting down people's lives with Covid-19 lockdowns, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today, as daily infections in the country shot up to a new…

Australia, Britain sign free trade agreement

SYDNEY Australia and Britain signed a free trade agreement Friday that will eliminate almost all taxes on exports between the countries. The FTA was signed at a virtual ceremony by Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan in Adelaide and…

Australia lifts international journey ban

Australia will raise a ban on citizens traveling overseas without permission, the authorities announced Wednesday, with the country's border set to open to skilled workers and international students by the year's end. More than 18 months…

Australian coalition support for net-zero 2050

MELBOURNE The junior partner in Australia’s coalition governments stated on Sunday it will provisionally help a net zero emissions goal by 2050, giving Prime Minister Scott Morrison a green mild to take the country’s updated climate…

Sydney ends lockdown after 4 months

SYDNEY Sydneysiders defied grey skies and drizzle to celebrate the end of almost 4 months of lockdown on Monday, hoping to put behind them a period of "blood, sweat and no beers" in Australia's biggest city. Sydney's more than five…

How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle…

PNG envoy calls for strong bilateral ties

NEW DELHI "There is need to strengthen cordial relations between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and India. This will help in both the countries mutually," said the PNG's High Commissioner to India Paulias Korni. Speaking at the 46th National…

5 things Biden heads to the UN

President Biden will address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for the primary time as president as world leaders take in new York City in the week . The meeting comes as Biden faces outrage from France over a replacement…

Wildfires, forest fires around world in 2020

The year 2020 saw many massive wildfires and forest fires around the world, including the Australian bushfires which started last year and continued until March, while the US state of California was also hit by blazes that left many dead.…

Weather raises Australia’s fire danger

SYDNEY: Navy ships plucked hundreds of people from beaches and tens of thousands were urged to flee Friday before hot weather and strong winds in the forecast worsen Australia’s already-devastating wildfires. More than 200 fires were…
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