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Australia: Island country in the southern hemisphere
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The population of 26 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

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No country will be spared, warn experts, as fight against coronavirus ramps up

No country should make the "fatal mistake" of assuming it will be spared the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as governments from Iran to Australia raced to contain the..
Reuters - Published

Health ministers are coming together to review coronavirus response

Australia isn't waiting for a global pandemic declaration before it launches its emergency response plan to deal with the coronavirus.
SBS - Published

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Schools shut, travel curbed as world scrambles to fight coronavirus [Video]Schools shut, travel curbed as world scrambles to fight coronavirus

Governments battling coronavirus epidemics from Iran to Australia shut schools, canceled big events and stocked up on medical supplies on Thursday in a race to contain the outbreak’s rapid global..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:19Published

GOP activists urge vote for Sanders in South Carolina [Video]GOP activists urge vote for Sanders in South Carolina

Republican activists in South Carolina are urging GOP voters to do the seemingly unthinkable: support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ bid for the White House in the state’s Democratic primary on..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 03:09Published

Gove: Canada-style FTA would be 'straightforward' for EU [Video]Gove: Canada-style FTA would be 'straightforward' for EU

The Government has published its negotiating mandate for trade talks with the European Union. The guidelines state the UK's intention to rely on World Trade Organisation terms under an arrangement with..

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'We're trying to make sure we make the right decisions' - Australian Olympic boss on coronavirus [Video]'We're trying to make sure we make the right decisions' - Australian Olympic boss on coronavirus

Mission chief Chesterman insists that his athletes are totally focussed on Tokyo 2020 and expect to be in Japan in July

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Australian PM says world headed for 'pandemic,' puts emergency response plan in place [Video]Australian PM says world headed for 'pandemic,' puts emergency response plan in place

There is every sign the world is about to be gripped by a pandemic of coronavirus, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Thursday, as Canberra kicked off emergency measures to restrain the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Floods engulf Indonesian capital [Video]Floods engulf Indonesian capital

Flooding caused by torrential rain paralyzed large parts of Indonesia's capital on Tuesday (February 25), as major streets were inundated with murky, brown flood water and power supplies cut in certain..

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Two killed after Australia train derails [Video]Two killed after Australia train derails

An Australian XPT train travelling from Sidney to Melbourne derailed on Thursday night, resulting in the deaths of the train driver and co-driver.

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Andy Farrell: They were up for it more than us [Video]Andy Farrell: They were up for it more than us

Ireland coach Andy Farrell speaks about the team's 24-12 Six Nations loss to England at Twickenham. England’s claim they were ready to rediscover the form that swept them to last autumn’s World Cup..

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Eddie Jones: We stepped up today and we will again for Wales [Video]Eddie Jones: We stepped up today and we will again for Wales

England head coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media following the team's 24-12 Six Nations triumph against Ireland. England’s claim they were ready to rediscover the form that swept them to last..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:38Published

Djokovic looks ahead to Dubai Open after Australian Open win [Video]Djokovic looks ahead to Dubai Open after Australian Open win

Serb star Novak Djokovic looks ahead to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as the world number one returns to action following his Australian Open triumph.

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England look forward to kicking off their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa [Video]England look forward to kicking off their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa

England cricket captain Heather Knight says the team are looking forward to playing their T20 World Cup opening match against South Africa at the WACA in Perth, Australia.

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John McDonnell: Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US [Video]John McDonnell: Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US for political purposes. The Labour politician on Thursday visited Assange for two hours at..

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'Finally!': Australian passenger relieved leaving quarantined ship [Video]'Finally!': Australian passenger relieved leaving quarantined ship

An Australian passenger filmed her final moments walking through the corridors of a cruise liner quarantined due to the coronavirus outbreak, before being evacuated from Japan on Wednesday evening.

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Two Diamond Princess passengers die of coronavirus [Video]Two Diamond Princess passengers die of coronavirus

Experts are criticizing Japan's handling of the coronavirus outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which claimed the lives of two elderly passengers on Thursday (February 20). Gloria Tso..

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Ex-rugby player and family die in alleged murder-suicide [Video]Ex-rugby player and family die in alleged murder-suicide

An ex-rugby player killed himself in Australia after allegedly dousing his family with petrol and setting them alight in their family car in Brisbane on Wednesday (February 19), local media reported...

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Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From Coronavirus Areas [Video]Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From Coronavirus Areas

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating or planning to evacuate from China. Diplomatic staff and citizens of other countries currently in parts of China hit by the coronavirus are..

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January 2020 was the warmest in weather history [Video]January 2020 was the warmest in weather history

The past month was the hottest January in weather history, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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After Horrific Daytona 500 Wreck, Injured Newman "Awake And Speaking" [Video]After Horrific Daytona 500 Wreck, Injured Newman "Awake And Speaking"

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is "awake and speaking" after suffering serious injuries in a horror crash during the Daytona 500. Newman, 42, was injured in a last-lap wreck in Monday's race at Daytona..

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Eagle sweethearts 'serenade' each other in Australian reserve [Video]Eagle sweethearts 'serenade' each other in Australian reserve

A white-bellied sea eagle couple sing a ‘duet’ as they bond at Newington Nature Reserve in Sydney Olympic Park

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Eagle couple sing ‘duet’ in Australia [Video]Eagle couple sing ‘duet’ in Australia

A white-bellied sea eagle couple sing a ‘duet’ as they bond at Newington Nature Reserve in Sydney Olympic Park

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Ryan Newman Hospitalized In Serious Condition Following Daytona 500 Crash [Video]Ryan Newman Hospitalized In Serious Condition Following Daytona 500 Crash

Ryan Newman is hospitalized in a "serious condition" following his final-lap accident at the Daytona 500. According to Autosport, doctors have confirmed that his injuries are not life-threatening...

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Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China [Video]Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating diplomatic staff and citizens from China. The widespread evacuations are in response to the new coronavirus. Australia will evacuate more..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Australian PM responds to firefighter's viral tirade [Video]Australian PM responds to firefighter's viral tirade

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday he was pleased that volunteer firefighter Paul Parker had not been dismissed following his viral tirade against the prime minister himself. Emer..

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Australian PM 'angry' at General Motors decision [Video]Australian PM 'angry' at General Motors decision

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday (February 17) that he was angry and disappointed at General Motors decision to retire the Holden brand, although not surprised.

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Jacinda Ardern to press Scott Morrison on issue of forced deportations

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in Sydney.
SBS - Published

WHO warns against 'fatal' complacency in global coronavirus fight

No country should make the "fatal mistake" of assuming it will be spared the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as governments from Iran to Australia raced to contain the..
Reuters - Published

Health ministers set to work on virus plan

Australia isn't waiting for a global pandemic declaration before it launches its emergency response plan to deal with the coronavirus.
SBS - Published

'We do a lot of crying': American couple in quarantine for coronavirus separated in Japan, US

It seemed like a dream vacation: Six months around Asia and Australia, including a stint on Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess. Then came coronavirus.
USATODAY.com - Published

Quaden Bayles: Bullied boy's family turns down trip to Disneyland

Relatives of the Australian nine-year-old say they will give the crowdfunded cash to charity.
BBC News - Published

Schools shut, travel curbed as world races to fight coronavirus

Governments battling coronavirus epidemics from Iran to Australia shut schools, canceled big events and stocked up on medical supplies on Thursday in a race to contain the outbreak's rapid global..
Reuters - Published

Australia cruise to Women's T20 World Cup victory over Bangladesh

Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney's opening stand of 151 sets up Australia for a comfortable 86-run victory over Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup.
BBC News - Published

Number of new coronavirus infections now higher outside China than inside

number of new coronavirus infections now higher outside china than inside
Sydney/Seoul — Governments ramped up measures on Thursday to battle a looming global pandemic of the coronavirus as the number of infections outside China, the source of the outbreak, for the first..
WorldNews - Published

Jordan was abused just for holding his boyfriend's hand

This weekend’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a time to celebrate LGBTIQ+ people and relationships. But Australia doesn’t always make it easy, writes one young gay man.
SBS - Published

Prime Minister says Australia expects coronavirus to move to pandemic

The Prime Minister has announced extended travel bans for China, saying his team expects the coronavirus to now move towards a 'pandemic' phase.
SBS - Published

England to play Tonga at Twickenham in autumn

World Cup finalists England will play Tonga at Twickenham in a November Test series that includes fixtures against New Zealand, Australia and Argentina.
BBC News - Published

Coronavirus pandemic likely, Australia's prime minister says

coronavirus pandemic likely, australia's prime minister says
SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday there was every sign the world is about to be gripped by a pandemic of coronavirus, as Canberra kicked off emergency measures to..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Coronavirus: Risk to US ‘very low’, says Trump as more countries report cases

coronavirus: risk to us ‘very low’, says trump as more countries report cases
US president Donald Trump has sought to play down the threat from coronavirus despite mounting concerns about unchecked worldwide contagion, with Australia’s prime minister launching an emergency..
WorldNews - Published

Scott Morrison says coronavirus outbreak likely to become a pandemic as emergency response plan initiated

The travel ban on foreign nationals from China entering Australia has been extended, as the government prepares for the World Health Organization to declare a global pandemic.
SBS - Published

World about to be gripped by coronavirus pandemic, Australia's Morrison says

There is every sign the world is about to be gripped by a pandemic of coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Thursday, as Australia kicked off emergency measures to restrain the spread of..
Reuters - Published

Watch: SBS World News live

Tonight on SBS World News the Prime Minister says Australia is preparing for a pandemic as the coronavirus spreads to four continents, New Zealanders living here call for the Jacinda Arden's..
SBS - Published

Watch: The Prime Minister says Australia is preparing for a pandemic during live update on the coronavirus outbreak

Watch here on SBS News for breaking national and international news.
SBS - Published

Growth forecasts cut even before virus

There are further signs the Australian economy was weakening before the coronavirus outbreak although financial markets were calmer after three days of falls.
SBS - Published

Tasmania snow: Cold snap concludes Australia's summer of extremes

A cold snap in Tasmania adds a final chapter to Australia's summer of dramatic weather.
BBC News - Published

Signs of weak GDP prior to virus outbreak

Construction figures suggest the Australian economy was slowing even prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
SBS - Published

Australian students failing science: Can you answer these year 6 questions?

Half of all Australian year 10 students do not meet the benchmark for scientific literacy, while year 6 students are only just scraping by. Take the NAPLAN science quiz.
The Age - Published

The woman who refused to be married into Australia's Spanish brides movement

When Mari Paz Moreno arrived in Australia in 1960, the government hoped she would quickly marry one its many single Spanish sugarcane workers looking for love - but she had other plans.
SBS - Published

States' pandemic playbooks reveal plan to combat COVID-19

Sporting stadiums converted into quarantine camps, police guarding medical stockpiles and schools temporarily shut down are some of the actions authorities are prepared to take if Australia succumbs to..
The Age - Published

Cyber thieves target charity bushfire grants

Cyber thieves are tying up valuable resources at a major Australian charity trying to distribute bushfire funds, by using bots to generate hundreds of fraudulent claims.
The Age - Published

'It would be devastating': Athletes fears over future of Olympics

Australia's Olympic team chief has told athletes to "stay calm" as a top official warns the coronavirus poses the greatest peace-time threat to the Games.
The Age - Published

Australian athletes urged to keep training amid concerns Olympic Games could be cancelled

Australia is urging athletes to keep training amid suggestions the coronavirus could force the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
SBS - Published

Australia would need 1.8 million beds if coronavirus pandemic hits

Experts say the health impact in Australia could be worse than it has been in China because there are more older people - who are more susceptible to the virus.
The Age - Published

Uighur mother makes plea to join Australian husband

Nadila Wumaier denies Chinese official's claims that she is free to leave house arrest.
BBC News - Published

Virus emergency blueprint: Australia pulls trigger on pandemic plan

The Australian government has activated its emergency response plan to an impending coronavirus pandemic, foreshadowing fever clinics, fast-tracked vaccines and severe pressure on hospitals, blood..
The Age - Published

Uighur man issues desperate plea for wife and child after Chinese official 'lied' on Australian TV

Sadam Abdusalam is fighting to have his wife and three-year-old son, who is an Australian citizen, freed from house arrest in Xinjiang.
SBS - Published

What will happen in Australia if the coronavirus outbreak becomes a pandemic?

The coronavirus may soon turn into a pandemic. SBS News looks at what that means for Australia.
SBS - Published

Sports Minister: Australia will not risk health of Olympic athletes

After Australia's top Olympic doctor David Hughes warned "we would need to be sure that it is safe to take athletes into Japan".
The Age - Published

Why Josefina left her daughter behind in Spain to move to Australia 60 years ago

Hundreds of Spanish women board a plane bound for Australia in the 1960s, in search of a better life. What they didn't know was the Spanish and Australian governments had a plan to marry them off to..
SBS - Published

Calls for Australian political parties to introduce a 20 per cent target for non-white candidates

A new policy paper published by a Chinese-Australian think tank has argued for greater measures to ensure greater racial diversity in parliament.
SBS - Published

Olympic fears grow as Australian team doctor warns coronavirus a 'significant challenge'

Australia's top Olympic doctor has warned the next fortnight will be "the real test" in bringing the threat coronavirus poses to the Tokyo Games under control.
The Age - Published

Amelia Maria's husband was a passionate volunteer firefighter. He was 26 when he died of cancer

As Australia reels from one of the worst bushfire seasons on record, a group of firefighters have launched a campaign to get volunteers better respiratory protection.
SBS - Published

Economic impact from coronavirus will be 'more significant than the bushfires' in Australia

Fifteen Australians have been cleared of coronavirus and seven others only have mild symptoms, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.
SBS - Published

'Unfortunate' Bill lived an amazing life

When globetrotting Wall Street Journal correspondent Bill Hartley came to Australia in 1969 to write political and financial pieces, ACTU president Bob Hawke half-jokingly told him he was “the..
The Age - Published

Health experts say one man's 27-day coronavirus incubation is no cause to extend Australia's quarantine period

Health experts say particularly covert cases of coronavirus could attract an incubation period of up to 42 days.
SBS - Published

Australia spy chief warns of 'unprecedented' foreign espionage threat

Australia is under an "unprecedented" threat of foreign espionage and interference, one of the country's most senior spy chiefs said in a rare speech, citing the case of a "sleeper agent" who spent..
Reuters - Published

Rightwing extremism a growing threat, ASIO boss says

The head of Australia's national security organisation says the threat from foreign espionage is higher now that it was at the height of the cold war.
SBS - Published

'Globally unprecedented' bushfires burned more than 20 per cent of Australia's forests

A new study shows more than 20 per cent of Australia's forests burned during this season's devastating bushfires.
SBS - Published

Australian school students with English as a second language are outperforming their peers

An uptick in the quality of Australian students' writing is giving education experts hope and underlines the value of national testing.
SBS - Published

Australia under 'unprecedented' threat from foreign interference: spy chief

Australia is under an "unprecedented" threat of foreign espionage and interference, one of the country's most senior spy chiefs said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Extremists are targeting teenagers as young as 13 years old, ASIO boss warns

The head of Australia's national security organisation says the threat from foreign espionage is higher now that it was at the height of the cold war.
SBS - Published

Australia survive scare to beat Sri Lanka at Women's T20 World Cup

Australia recover from being reduced to 10-3 to beat Sri Lanka by five wickets and claim their first win of the Women's T20 World Cup in Perth.
BBC News - Published

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