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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

SYDNEY, Australia — Confronting a surge of cyberattacks attributed to the Chinese government, Australia moved to bolster its defenses on Tuesday, promising to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on its ability to take the battle overseas. The investment of 1.35 billion Australian dollars ($930 million) over the next decade is the largest the […]

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Coronavirus live news: Fauci warns against Trump rallies; health fears in Australia over BLM protests | World news

5.39am BST05:39 EU leaders are set to join Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday for talks on jumpstarting the nation’s economy, but opposition figures have shunned the hastily organised – and roundly criticised – initiative. Despite a bevy of A-list political speakers, Italians such as far-right leader Matteo Salvini planned to sit out Conte’s […]

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Australia, New Zealand Float Coronavirus Travel Bubble

Earlier on Tuesday, Ardern addressed reporters in Wellington, New Zealand, explaining mandatory quarantine at either end of a trans-Tasman domestic tourism market would defeat the purpose of the bubble. “People wouldn’t travel if they had to stay on either side in quarantine for a two-week period,” Ardern said. “I think everyone would acknowledge it would […]

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Government could fail surplus ‘test’ says Labor – politics live | Australia news

Welcome to the last sitting day of this week. There is a one week break after this, and the mood in the building could best be described as ‘GETOUTOFMYWAYIHAVETOGETOUTOFHERE’, which, honestly, is a mood most of them have put on themselves. The Nationals are still trying to convince everyone that they have moved on. Party […]

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Australia v New Zealand: third Test, day four – live! | Sport

5.01am GMT05:01 22nd over: New Zealand 40-5 (Watling 1, de Grandhomme 2) CdG gets away from the danger end swiftly, inviting Watling to see off the bulk of another probing over from Nathan Lyon. Watling has been around for 34 balls for his one run. 4.58am GMT04:58 21st over: New Zealand 39-5 (Watling 1, de […]

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‘Catastrophic’ Wildfires Continue To Rage Across Australia : NPR

Rural Fire Service officers engage in property protection of a number of homes along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor, New South Wales, as the Green Wattle Creek Fire threatens a number of communities in the southwest of Sydney. Dean Lewins/AP hide caption toggle caption Dean Lewins/AP Rural Fire Service officers engage […]

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cuts short Hawaii holiday after two firefighters die tackling enormous bushfires

Australia’s Prime Minister has cut short his holiday in Hawaii following fierce criticism of his government’s handling of an unprecedented wave of bushfires in which two firefighters were killed. Scott Morrison expressed regret for the trip amid a record heatwave this week which has exacerbated dozens of out-of-control blazes. Pressure had been building on Mr Morrison […]

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The Coalition’s religious discrimination bill: what’s changed and can doctors refuse treatment? | Australia news

On 10 December, Scott Morrison and the attorney general, Christian Porter, released the second draft religious discrimination bill. The new bill is designed to respond to a revolt from conservative religious organisations that forced the Coalition to miss its self-imposed deadline to introduce the bill to parliament by year’s end. What is the original bill […]

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Australia fires: helicopter crashes as 140 blazes rage in NSW and Queensland – live | Australia news

Queensland is choking on NSW’s bushfire smoke as a southerly change sweeps across the state bringing testing conditions for firefighters. The southeast corner of the state is shrouded in smoke, with the World Health Quality index showing unhealthy levels of air quality across parts of Queensland. “We have seen a southerly change move up from […]

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