November 14, 2019 - Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Official weather forecasts for Australia out today showed no substantial rains for at least three months, providing grim news as firefighters battle to get more than 100 bushfires raging across the east coast under control. Wildfires in New South Wales and Queensland states have killed four people, destroyed hundreds of homes and wiped out 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush over the past week.
November 14, 2019 - Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Australian bulk grain handler GrainCorp Ltd posted its biggest annual loss since listing, blaming one of the country's worst droughts on record, and withheld paying a dividend - and said it did not expect conditions to improve into 2020.
November 14, 2019 - Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - The Australian corporate regulator today hit back at claims that its anticipated imposition of tougher responsible lending rules is already hurting the country's sluggish economy.
November 13, 2019 - Wellington, New Zealand, Asia, Oceania - New Zealand lawmakers passed a bill today that would legalise euthanasia, paving the way for the public to vote on the issue in a referendum next year.
November 12, 2019 - Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Commonwealth Bank of Australia said margin pressure from record-low interest rates would persist as the country's biggest bank reported a near 10% drop in first-quarter cash profit today.
November 12, 2019 - Australia, Asia, Oceania - Tens of thousands of Australians took shelter today after authorities warned it was too late for them to leave their homes as bushfires raged across a vast area of the country's east coast.
November 11, 2019 - Australia, Asia, Oceania - Authorities declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of Australia's east coast today, urging residents in high risk areas to evacuate ahead of looming "catastrophic" fire conditions. Bushfires burning across New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland states have already killed three people and destroyed more than 150 homes. Officials expect adverse heat and wind conditions to peak at unprecedented levels on Tuesday.
November 11, 2019 - Wellington, New Zealand, Asia, Oceania - Most economists are expecting New Zealand's central bank to cut rates to a record low at its last monetary policy decision of the year on Wednesday after the bank signalled in recent months it was willing to ramp up stimulus if necessary to combat slowing economic conditions.
November 08, 2019 - Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - Online real estate classifieds portal REA Group said the recovering Australian residential market would boost revenue in the second-half as its first-quarter profit fell 14%, sending its shares to almost three-month lows today.
November 07, 2019 - New Zealand, Asia, Oceania - New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group said today that delays at its key construction project after a massive fire last month may hamper its ability to host conferences in 2021.