February 21, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - One of Australia's leading universities said on Friday it is offering Chinese students A$1,500 ($992) if they travel through a third country as higher education providers seek to minimise the impact of a ban on foreigners arriving from mainland China.
February 21, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - The government of the Solomon Islands is seeking a $100 billion loan from Chinese interests in negotiations that started shortly after the small South Pacific archipelago switched diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing last year. The proposal have sparked concern over whether the small economy can handle a loan that represents more than 66 times its annual economic output.
February 21, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - The Chinese women's national team will play the home leg of their Olympic qualification playoff against South Korea in Sydney to avoid any travel complications from a coronavirus outbreak, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.
February 20, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Two people have died and a number of others were injured after an Australian interstate train derailed just outside of the southern city of Melbourne on Thursday evening, police said.
February 19, 2020 – Australia, Asia, Oceania - For all the relief felt in other parts of eastern Australia as torrential rain in the past few weeks doused wildfires and filled reservoirs, the tiny township of Murrurundi, one of the driest places in the country, just can't seem to catch a break. The struggling farming community of less than 900 people saw the rain falling in surrounding hills, and watched as the clouds passed by, but the three weeks of drizzle it has received was barely enough for families desperate to fill their water tanks. While the horrific wildfires that ravaged Australia in recent months ignited a national debate over climate change, the tinder for that argument was already provided by the three-year drought endured by rural communities like Murrurundi.
February 18, 2020 – Australia, Asia, Oceania - Eastern Australia is expected to have an ample supply of natural gas in 2020; however, prices for businesses and industry have not fallen as much as would be expected, Australia's competition watchdog said today.
February 12, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - An Australian investigator who helped bring criminal cartel charges against Citigroup Inc and Deutsche Bank AG told a court on Wednesday he felt "pressure" after his boss made public comments suggesting imminent prosecutions.
February 11, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Torrential rain across Australia's east could extinguish all remaining bushfires in the country's most populous state by the end of the week, authorities said on Tuesday, raising hopes a deadly national crisis is almost over. Australia has been battling hundreds of blazes since September in an unusually prolonged summer wildfire season that was fuelled by three years of drought, which experts have attributed to climate change.
February 10, 2020 – Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - An Australian antitrust investigator who helped bring criminal cartel charges against Citigroup and Deutsche Bank denied acting with "impropriety" when presented with communications between the regulator and informants' lawyers.
February 10, 2020 – Australia, Asia, Oceania - A four-day downpour across Australia's east coast has brought relief after months of devastating bushfires and years of drought, but also widespread storm damage and forecasts of more wild weather to come. The weekend drenching represented the biggest sustained run of rainfall in Sydney and surrounding areas for 30 years, dousing some bushfires and replenishing depleted dams across New South Wales, the country's most popular state.