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Unlike other famous Australian animals such as the koala or kangaroo, the beaver-like platypus is rarely seen in the wild due to its reclusive nature and highly specific habitat needs. Dean Lewins/via REUTERS(REUTERS)

Australia building world's first platypus sanctuary

Reuters, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:49 PM IST
  • The Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the New South Wales State government said they would build the specialist facility at a zoo 391 km from Sydney, by 2022, which could house up to 65 platypuses.
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Australia has been relatively successful in containing the spread of Covid-19, with just under 29,000 cases recorded in a population of 25 million and few virus restrictions now in place.(via REUTERS)
Australia has been relatively successful in containing the spread of Covid-19, with just under 29,000 cases recorded in a population of 25 million and few virus restrictions now in place.(via REUTERS)

Australia extends Covid-19 pandemic border closure by three months

AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 08:33 AM IST
Australia closed its international border early in the pandemic, shutting out most non-citizens except in special circumstances.
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Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media in Sydney,(AP)
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media in Sydney,(AP)

Australian prime minister Morrison stands by minister accused of rape

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 05:25 PM IST
Several opposition lawmakers said late last week they received a letter detailing an allegation of rape by a male cabinet minister before he entered parliament.
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Australian regional airline Rex to launch more flights amid Covid-19(Twitter/THE_Russell)
Australian regional airline Rex to launch more flights amid Covid-19(Twitter/THE_Russell)

Australian regional airline Rex to launch more flights amid Covid-19

Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:01 PM IST
At a time when domestic air traffic remains low due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian regional airline, Rex, to challenge Qantas and Virgin on the country's big-city routes by launching more flights in competition
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Last year China's direct investment to Australia focused on just 20 projects in three sectors -- real estate, mining and manufacturing -- the fewest in a decade.(AP)
Last year China's direct investment to Australia focused on just 20 projects in three sectors -- real estate, mining and manufacturing -- the fewest in a decade.(AP)

Chinese investment in Australia plunges due to souring relation, Covid-19 impact

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 04:04 PM IST
Data from the Australian National University released Sunday showed direct investment plunged to US$800 million last year, from US$2.05 billion in 2019.
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FILE PHOTO: Commuters wearing protective face masks in accordance with new public health regulations for riding public transit depart a train station in the wake of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Commuters wearing protective face masks in accordance with new public health regulations for riding public transit depart a train station in the wake of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo(REUTERS)

On wage policy, Australian oppn blames govt for harrying workers' savings

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:50 PM IST
The government is seeking greater flexibility to allow workers to be able to choose increased take-home pay over a mandatory superannuation increase.
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Space junk is seen falling over the Sunshine Coast in Buddina, Queensland, Australia.(via REUTERS)
Space junk is seen falling over the Sunshine Coast in Buddina, Queensland, Australia.(via REUTERS)

Queensland skies light up as debris from Chinese rocket burns up in atmosphere

Reuters, Australia
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 01:31 PM IST
Professor Jonti Horner of the University of Southern Queensland's Centre for Astrophysics said the light show came from the re-entry of a Chinese rocket.
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FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Australian flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Australian flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)

Facebook signs pay deals with 3 Australian news publishers

AP, Canberra
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 07:22 AM IST
The commercial agreements are subject to the signing of full agreements within the next 60 days, a Facebook statement said.
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New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill waves to the crowd as he leaves the field after he was dismissed for 97 runs during the second T20 cricket international between Australia and New Zealand at University Oval In Dunedin, New Zealand, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)(AP)
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill waves to the crowd as he leaves the field after he was dismissed for 97 runs during the second T20 cricket international between Australia and New Zealand at University Oval In Dunedin, New Zealand, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)(AP)

Guptill credits Williamson for helping set game up against Australia in 2nd T20I

ANI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:40 PM IST
  • After being one wicket down in the fourth over, going through a lean patch, Guptill slammed a whirlwind 97 off just 50 balls to steer New Zealand to 219 runs in the allotted 20 overs
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook said on Tuesday that the changes allow it to choose publishers it will support and indicated that it will now start striking such deals in Australia.(Stock image: Getty)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook said on Tuesday that the changes allow it to choose publishers it will support and indicated that it will now start striking such deals in Australia.(Stock image: Getty)

Australia-Facebook tussle: Tech giant to pay $1bn over 3 yrs to news companies

PTI, Menlo Park, San Francisco
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:18 AM IST
The social giant, which has been tussling with Australia over a law that would make social platforms pay news organisations, said it has invested $600 million since 2018 in news.
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Facebook on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years. (AFP)
Facebook on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years. (AFP)

Australian MPs to okay changes to new pay-for-news law

By HT Correspondent, Canberra
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:39 AM IST
The government introduced amendments to the so-called Media Bargaining Code after Facebook last week escalated a dispute over the new laws by blocking Australian users from sharing and viewing news content on its popular social media platform.
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A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone. Facebook had cut off news in Australia last week amid tense negotiations with the government.(Reuters / Representative image)
A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone. Facebook had cut off news in Australia last week amid tense negotiations with the government.(Reuters / Representative image)

Australia passes landmark law requiring Google, Facebook to pay for news

Reuters, Sydney
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:59 AM IST
The new code makes Australia the first country where a government arbitrator will set the rates tech giants have to pay if negotiations with media companies fail.
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People of all age groups are susceptible to infection and individuals who live in or visit endemic areas are considered at the greatest risk.(National Buruli ulcer control programme, Benin)
People of all age groups are susceptible to infection and individuals who live in or visit endemic areas are considered at the greatest risk.(National Buruli ulcer control programme, Benin)

Buruli ulcer in Australia: 10 things to know about the flesh-eating disease

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:19 PM IST
  • The mode of transmission has not been established yet, which means there are no primary prevention measures for the disease.
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The Google and Facebook logos, the words "media, news, media" and the Australian flag are displayed in this illustration.(Reuters)
The Google and Facebook logos, the words "media, news, media" and the Australian flag are displayed in this illustration.(Reuters)

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:13 PM IST
The social network's commitment to the news industry follows Google's $1 billion investment last year, as technology giants come under scrutiny over their business model as well as the proliferation of misinformation on their platform.
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Sheep Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia.(via REUTERS)
Sheep Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia.(via REUTERS)

Baarack from the brink: 35 kg fleece shorn off rescued wild sheep in Australia

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:05 PM IST
The sheep named Baarack is now settling in with other rescued sheep at Edgar's Mission.
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A koala with a prosthetic foot lies in a tree in Lismore, Australia February 22, 2021 in this still image taken from a video. (REUTERS)
A koala with a prosthetic foot lies in a tree in Lismore, Australia February 22, 2021 in this still image taken from a video. (REUTERS)

Koala named Triumph climbs and runs thanks to prosthetic foot

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 07:54 PM IST
Veterinarian nurse Marley Christian had rescued the joey koala in northern New South Wales in 2017, after she found him next to his dying mother with only three feet and a protruding bone in place of the fourth.
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A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration.(Reuters)
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration.(Reuters)

Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 07:05 PM IST
Australia and the tech giants have been in a stand-off over the legislation widely seen as setting a global precedent.
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A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag. (Reuters)
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag. (Reuters)

Australia won't advertise Covid-19 vaccine on Facebook but vows publicity

Reuters, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 09:58 AM IST
Since the news blackout, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has said he would talk with Facebook about its move over the weekend. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Facebook had "tentatively friended us again" without giving further details.
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Australian prime minister Scott Morrison (L) watches pharmacist Blanko Radojkovic (R) preparing a simulated vaccine at the Sydney Local Health District Vaccination Hub in Camperdown.(AFP)
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison (L) watches pharmacist Blanko Radojkovic (R) preparing a simulated vaccine at the Sydney Local Health District Vaccination Hub in Camperdown.(AFP)

Australian PM Morrison gets Covid-19 vaccine as inoculation rollout starts

Reuters, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:23 AM IST
Up to 4 million Australians are expected to receive a Covid-19 vaccine voluntarily by March, with Morrison and Paul Kelly, the country's chief medical officer, among a small group of Australians receiving the first inoculations.
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The image shows a group of kangaroos.(Instagram/@australia)
The image shows a group of kangaroos.(Instagram/@australia)

‘Tai Chi or gossip’: What do you think the kangaroos are doing in this pic

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:52 AM IST
"Wow that looks so beautiful," wrote an Instagram user while commenting on the post.
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Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (File photo)
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (File photo)

Rape claims linked to Australian parliament widen with new case

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:19 AM IST
PM Scott Morrison said he was extremely distressed by a report of the alleged assault on the second woman, adding that a lot of work had to be done to change the workplace culture.
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A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo.(REUTERS)
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo.(REUTERS)

Australia says Facebook ‘Back at the Table’ after blocking pages

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 08:07 AM IST
Facebook on Thursday blocked news sharing on its platform in Australian in response to a legal standoff with the government.
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Facebook blocks news feeds in Australia, capturing some government, community and charity sites as well, saying it cannot work with the code.(REUTERS)
Facebook blocks news feeds in Australia, capturing some government, community and charity sites as well, saying it cannot work with the code.(REUTERS)

Events leading to Facebook’s dramatic unfriending of Australian news outlets

Reuters, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 02:13 PM IST
Here's a timeline of how the events unfolded in recent years.
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Pippa, a rescued orphaned seven-month-old wallaroo, rests in a homemade pouch.(REUTERS)
Pippa, a rescued orphaned seven-month-old wallaroo, rests in a homemade pouch.(REUTERS)

Woman nurses orphaned kangaroo joey back to health in Australia

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 12:49 PM IST
Attacked by crows after losing his mother, the joey, an eastern grey named Andy, now stays in a cloth pouch in the carer's home, where he will remain until he is strong enough to be released back into the plains.
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Google and Facebook logos and Australian flag are displayed in this illustration taken, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration(REUTERS)
Google and Facebook logos and Australian flag are displayed in this illustration taken, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration(REUTERS)

Australian news sites' traffic falls after Facebook blocks content: Report

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 06:38 AM IST
Facebook on Wednesday barred users from sharing or reading news from Australian publishers on its platform in protest of a looming law that will force it and Alphabet Inc's Google to pay publishers for content.
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Berners-Lee worries that Australian plans to make digital giants pay for journalism could set a precedent that renders the Internet as we know it unworkable.(AP File Photo )
Berners-Lee worries that Australian plans to make digital giants pay for journalism could set a precedent that renders the Internet as we know it unworkable.(AP File Photo )

Australian media law raises questions about 'pay for clicks'

AP, Canberra
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 02:49 PM IST
Google contends the law does require it to pay for clicks.
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The image shows Arthur the cat.(Facebook/@Animal Emergency Service)
The image shows Arthur the cat.(Facebook/@Animal Emergency Service)

Cat gains ‘angel wings’ after saving human siblings from poisonous snake

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 11:13 AM IST
The incident shared on Facebook by Animal Emergency Service, Australia has now tugged at the heartstrings of people.
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A customer shops at a Bunnings Warehouse store, operated by Wesfarmers Ltd., in Sydney, Australia.(Bloomberg)
A customer shops at a Bunnings Warehouse store, operated by Wesfarmers Ltd., in Sydney, Australia.(Bloomberg)

Covid-19: Unemployment falls further in Australia as recovery intensifies

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 10:38 AM IST
Australia is experiencing a V-shaped recovery as the relative containment of Covid-19 boosts confidence and encourages cashed-up households to spend.
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The page for the Bureau of Meteorology has since been rectified, but other pages that were not intended to be caught up in the news-sharing block remain inaccessible in Australia.(AP)
The page for the Bureau of Meteorology has since been rectified, but other pages that were not intended to be caught up in the news-sharing block remain inaccessible in Australia.(AP)

Facebook Australia’s strike on media blocks government pages, satire sites

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 10:35 AM IST
The pages for the Queensland and South Australia health services were among those affected, preventing them from serving Covid-19 information days ahead of a national vaccination program rollout.
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A petrol pump attendant waits for customers as national petrol and diesel prices rise at Bharat Petroleum Fuel Station, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI)
A petrol pump attendant waits for customers as national petrol and diesel prices rise at Bharat Petroleum Fuel Station, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI)

News updates from HT: Petrol hikes to 89.88/L in Delhi, diesel crosses 80

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Anjali, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 08:58 AM IST
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