August 05, 2020 - Australia, Asia, Oceania - Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd plans to cut a third of its workforce as part of an overhaul to focus on being a short-haul Boeing Co 737 operator under prospective new owner Bain Capital.
August 05, 2020 - Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said building an alliance in the Indo-Pacific region with like-minded nations will be a "critical priority" for his government, warning the pace of militarisation in the region was unprecedented.
August 05, 2020 - Canberra, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says “our hearts go out to Lebanon” and confirms the death of one Australian in A blast that ripped through a part of the city.
August 04, 2020 – Melbourne, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Australia's second-most populous city Melbourne endures second day of stage 4 restrictions to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus.
August 04, 2020 – Australia, Asia, Oceania - Some Indigenous Australians have started blocking entrance routes to Uluru over fears inter-state visitors will spread the coronavirus infection to their community.
July 31, 2020 – SYDNEY, Australia - OCEANIA - The number of Hong Kong citizens applying to study at Australian universities has hit a three-year-high midway through 2020, according to government data, amid fears a new security law is ushering in a more authoritarian era for China's freest city.
July 31, 2020 – OCEANIA - Australia will force U.S. tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world. Libby Hogan reports. Australia will become the first country to force U.S tech firms Facebook and Google to pay its national media outlets for news. It's a move seen to protect independent journalism and may draw attention from around the world as the tech giants fend off global calls for more regulation. It's set to become law this year. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Friday (July 31), Facebook and Google will pay for content under a royalty style system.
July 30, 2020 – New Zealand, Asia, Oceania - Support for New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rose during July, a poll showed on Thursday, keeping her Labour party on track to win a general election in September. The 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll showed Labour's popularity at 53%, a rise of 3 percentage points from late June. If repeated in the elections, that would allow the party to govern on its own rather than in coalition.
July 30, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Australia recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday with 14 deaths and more than 700 new infections mainly in Victoria state, where the government ordered all residents to wear face-coverings outside. The toll takes the country's total fatalities from the novel coronavirus to 190, more than half of which have occurred in Victoria, the second-most populous state, and its capital Melbourne, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
July 29, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Australian officials have sent an emergency medical team, usually deployed to disaster zones, to aged care homes in the city of Melbourne to try help contain a rapidly spreading outbreak of the coronavirus.