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Briton, Aussie killed while clearing WWII bombs in Solomon Islands

Briton, Aussie killed while clearing WWII bombs in Solomon Islands

Two bomb disposal experts from Britain and Australia died in the Solomon Islands when World War II ordnance they were helping to clear exploded, officials said Monday. Police said the blast took place on Sunday afternoon in the Pacific island nation’s capital Honiara and the two foreign nationals died after being taken to hospital. The charity...

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Poll shows PM Scott Morrison’s approval rating rises

Poll shows PM Scott Morrison’s approval rating rises

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating has risen slightly, a poll showed on Monday, as measures by the conservative government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic helped to maintain his popularity. A Newspoll conducted for The Australian newspaper showed Morrison’s performance rating rose a percentage point to 65% from a month earlier, just short of...

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Taj Mahal reopens to tourists despite rise of COVID-19 cases in India

Taj Mahal reopens to tourists despite rise of COVID-19 cases in India

India’s most popular tourist site the Taj Mahal reopens to visitors on Monday in a symbolic business-as-usual gesture, even if the country’s COVID-19 cases are set to overtake the US as the global leader in coronavirus infections. India, home to 1.3 billion people and some of the world’s most crowded cities, has recorded more than...

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IAB announces plans to future proof audience measurement

IAB announces plans to future proof audience measurement

IAB Australia has laid out its plans to future proof the industry supported standardised digital audience measurement currency with the removal of the reliance on 3rd party cookies and 3rd party data providers, while also addressing the future role of industry content data with increasing programmatic buying. Through the remainder of 2020 the IAB with...

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NSW gov’t allows huge crowds in upcoming NRL finals

NSW gov’t allows huge crowds in upcoming NRL finals

The New South Wales government is looking to double NRL crowds when finals kick off in just over two weeks – including 40,000 fans at ANZ Stadium. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian looks set to increase stadium capacities to 50 per cent from October 1, as reward for the state keeping coronavirus case numbers under control....

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Israel, UAE, and Bahrain sign Abraham Accord in the US

Israel, UAE, and Bahrain sign Abraham Accord in the US

In what could alter the political landscape of the Middle East, the UAE and Bahrain on Tuesday signed the historic Abraham Accords to normalise relations with Israel. US President Donald Trump presided over the signing ceremony held at the sprawling White House South Lawn at around 9pm UAE time, with flags of all the four...

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Berejiklian not impressed with new border criteria

Berejiklian not impressed with new border criteria

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has taken a jab at her Queensland counterpart after the state slightly relaxed targets New South Wales needs to hit before border restrictions are relaxed. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would reconsider a hard border closure with her southern neighbour if there were 14 days with no community transmission of coronavirus....

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Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s Prime Minister

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s Prime Minister

Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Keeping his usual straight face, Suga bowed deeply several times when the results were announced as his fellow ruling party lawmakers applauded in Parliament’s lower house, the more powerful of the two chambers where he has a...