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World Aug 01Mexico no. 3 in virus deaths; storm could hinder U.S. response
Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind Brazil and the United States, where a hurricane bearing down on the East Coast on Saturday is threatening to complicate efforts to contain the virus.
World Jul 21Fear of China driving Hong Kong extradition concerns
With Britain the latest country to scrap its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, the focus in the semi-autonomous city has returned to the concerns about China’s legal system that sparked months of anti-government protests last year.
World Jul 15Virus resurgence forces countries to reimpose restrictions
Countries around the world are reimposing lockdowns and implementing new health checks at their borders in an effort to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus before it spins even further out of control.
World Jun 17New Beijing outbreak raises virus fears for rest of world
China raised its emergency warning to its second highest level and canceled more than 60% of the flights into Beijing amid a new coronavirus outbreak in the capital.
World Apr 07Cardinal welcomes Australian court’s dismissal of sex abuse conviction
Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia's highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church's handling of the clergy abuse crisis.
Economy Mar 03Australia cuts interest rate to record low to fight novel coronavirus impact
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the slowdown in the global economy that started in 2018 appeared to be coming to an end. Now, economists fear the virus will drag down global growth.
World Feb 01Wildfires threaten Australian capital and southeast towns
Wildfires burned out of control near Australia’s national capital, Canberra, and across surrounding New South Wales state on Saturday, with endangered residents warned to prepare to evacuate. The capital region declared a state of emergency on Friday because of a…
World Jan 23Firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing 3 Americans
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the crash deaths in the state's Snowy Monaro region, which came as Australia grapples with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction.
World Jan 16Australia firefighters save world’s only rare dinosaur trees
Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote gorge in the Blue Mountains a week before a massive wildlife bore down.
World Jan 08Storms bring relief to Australian wildfires, but also raise concerns
Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes.