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World Sep 19Australia says France knew of ‘grave’ submarine concerns
France accused Australia of concealing its intentions to back out of the 90 billion Australian dollar ($66 billion) contract for French majority state-owned Naval Group to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines.
Politics Sep 16Australia to acquire nuclear submarines through new security alliance
Australia's prime minister says it has canceled a contract with France for conventional submarines and instead will build nuclear-powered submarines using U.S. technology because of changing strategic conditions in the Asia-Pacific region.
World Mar 15Australians rally at Parliament to demand justice for women
Australians rallied in the capital and other cities Monday demanding justice for women and calling out misogyny and dangerous workplace cultures as the government reels from two rape allegations.
World Feb 23Facebook to lift Australia news ban after dispute over paying for journalism
The social media company caused alarm with its sudden decision last week to block news on its platform across Australia.
World Feb 18In surprise move, Facebook blocks news access in Australia
In a surprise retaliatory move Thursday, Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news stories, escalating a fight with the government over whether powerful tech companies should have to pay news organizations for content.
World Dec 31Major cities ring in a muted New Year’s amid global pandemic
New Year's Eve is being celebrated like no other in most of the world, with pandemic restrictions limiting crowds and many people bidding farewell to a year filled with challenges.
World Sep 2488 whales rescued from Australia’s worst mass beaching
Authorities have rescued 88 pilot whales and are attempting to free 20 others that survived Australia's worst mass stranding, as crews prepare to remove 380 decomposing carcasses from the shallows of Tasmania state.
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.