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Australia's Westpac agrees to $920 million fine over exploitation payments

Sep 23 2020

SYDNEY Australia's Westpac Banking Corp agreed on Thursday to pay a record A$1.3 billion ($920 million) fine to settle a lawsuit accusing it of enabling millions of payments to people exploiting children, closing off its darkest chapter.

Australia says majority of 470-strong beached whale pod has died

Sep 23 2020

SYDNEY The majority of a 470-strong pod of pilot whales found stranded off Australia's remote southern coast has died, officials said on Wednesday, as rescuers struggled in freezing waters and fading light to free those still alive.

Australia's Crown Resorts CEO says VIP gamblers a higher risk

Sep 23 2020

SYDNEY The CEO of Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd said on Wednesday the company's holiday package clients posed a higher risk of money laundering breaches than other gamblers, and acknowledged it could do more to prevent illegal payments.

Australia saves 25 stranded pilot whales, rescue efforts continue

Sep 22 2020

SYDNEY Rescuers set free around 25 whales on Tuesday that were marooned on a sandbar off the remote west coast of Tasmania in one of Australia's worst beaching events, and hope to save more in coming days. | Video

Australia heads for lowest virus count in three months

Sep 20 2020

SYDNEY Australia looked set to record its lowest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in three months on Sunday as a hard lockdown in the city of Melbourne brought the country's virus epicenter down sharply. | Video

Australia COVID-19 hotspot records fewest cases since June

Sep 18 2020

SYDNEY The Australian state at the center of the country's coronavirus outbreak on Saturday reported its lowest daily increase of infections in three months, putting it on course to relax a hard lockdown in the capital city by the end of the month.

'It's their call': Australia regulator dares Facebook to block news content

Sep 17 2020

SYDNEY Facebook Inc will be "weakened" if it stops Australians from sharing news so the company can avoid paying for content under proposed laws, Australia's top antitrust regulator said on Thursday.

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