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Australian Police Drop Probe of Reporter, Whistleblower

Australian police on Wednesday dropped the investigation of a prominent journalist and government whistleblower over leaked government secrets, ending a case which sparked wide-ranging debate over press freedom in the country.

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Australia Plans to Lift Most Virus Restrictions by July

Australia's government on Friday unveiled a three-stage plan to get the economy back to a new "COVID-safe" normal by the end of July.

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Australian Beaches Locked Down as Virus Cases Pass 1,000

Sunbathers, surfers and tourists were banned from Bondi Beach on Saturday in efforts to contain the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 1,000 people in Australia.

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Australian Minister Who Met with Ivanka Trump Says He Has Virus

A senior Australian politician tested positive for the new coronavirus and was quarantined  in hospital on Friday, days after returning from Washington where he met Ivanka Trump and US Attorney General William Barr. 

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Australia Developing Satellite to Predict Bushfire Danger Zones

Australian scientists are developing the country's first satellite designed to predict where bushfires are likely to start, following months of devastating fires.

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Dams Overflow as Australia Braces for More Floods

Dams near Sydney overflowed Thursday after days of torrential rain, as Australia braced for more storms expected to bring dangerous flash flooding to the country's east.

Recent downpours have brought relief to areas ravaged by bushfires and drought -- as well as chaos and destruction to towns and cities along the eastern seaboard.

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Australia Capital Airport Closed as Bushfires Flare Anew

Bushfires near the Australian capital Canberra forced the city's airport to close on Thursday, as passenger flights were halted to make way for aircraft working to extinguish the blazes, authorities said.

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Rain Hits Australian Fires, but Blazes Still Rage

Heavy rain fell on bushfires in eastern Australia Friday for a second straight day, offering further relief from a months-long crisis, but dozens of blazes remained out of control.

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Relief as Rain Falls over Australian Bushfires

Heavy rain fell across parts of fire-ravaged eastern Australia on Thursday and more wet weather was forecast, giving some relief following months of catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change.

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Bushfire Smoke Hits Australian Open Again, but Rain Raises Hopes

Bushfire smoke disrupted the Australian Open build-up Wednesday for a second straight day to deepen concerns about the fate of the year's first tennis Grand Slam, but a cool change late in the day raised hopes of rain soaking the blazes.

The toxic haze that descended on Melbourne, where the Australian Open is due to begin next week, drifted down from out-of-control fires that have endured for months in eastern and southern Australia.

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