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'Inexcusable': Australian inquiry blasts officials over cruise ship that spread COVID

5:36am EDT

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Health officials in Australia's most populous state made "unjustifiable" and "inexcusable" mistakes which allowed cruise ship passengers with COVID-19 to disembark in central Sydney, an inquiry said on Friday.

Fortescue reviews plans that threaten 60,000 year-old Australian site

Aug 07 2020

MELBOURNE Fortescue Metals Group said on Friday it will review plans at an iron ore mine in Western Australia after an Indigenous group said a planned expansion threatened sacred sites, including a 60,000 year old rock shelter.

Rio Tinto didn't inform cave blast owners of other mine plans: CEO

Aug 07 2020

MELBOURNE Rio Tinto did not tell Aboriginal traditional owners of two ancient caves destroyed to mine iron ore about three alternative mine plans, its CEO told an inquiry on Friday, despite saying it had won fully informed consent for blasting.

Australia's Melbourne clamps down in frantic race to curb virus

Aug 03 2020

MELBOURNE Australia's second-biggest city, Melbourne, already under night curfew, announced fresh restrictions on industries including retail and construction on Monday in a bid to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus. | Video

CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-Australia's Melbourne clamps down in frantic bid to curb virus

Aug 03 2020

MELBOURNE, Aug 3 Australia's second-biggest city, Melbourne, already under night curfew, announced fresh restrictions on industries including retail and construction on Monday in a bid to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus.

UPDATE 2-Australia's Tasmania opens travel bubble for COVID-free states

Jul 24 2020

* Class action filed against Carnival's Ruby Princess (Recasts with details about Tasmania's travel bubble; adds bullet points)

'Please mine more nickel,' Musk urges as Tesla boosts production

Jul 23 2020

BEIJING/MELBOURNE Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk urged miners to produce more nickel, a key ingredient in the batteries that power the company's electric cars, warning the current cost of batteries remained a big hurdle to the company's growth.

'Please mine more nickel,' Musk urges as Tesla boosts production

Jul 23 2020

BEIJING/MELBOURNE Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk urged miners to produce more nickel, a key ingredient in the batteries that power the company's electric cars, warning the current cost of batteries remained a big hurdle to the company's growth.

'Please mine more nickel,' Musk urges as Tesla boosts production

Jul 23 2020

BEIJING/MELBOURNE, July 23 Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk urged miners to produce more nickel, a key ingredient in the batteries that power the company's electric cars, warning the current cost of batteries remained a big hurdle to the company's growth.

Sacred sites blast exposes Australia's laws skewed to mining

Jul 09 2020

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY When mining giant Rio Tinto blew up two ancient caves in Western Australia's iron-ore rich Pilbara with state approval, the destruction was met with anger from indigenous landowners for whom the sites were of deep cultural and sacred importance.

World News

As UAE hails Israel accord, silence from Saudi Arabia

As media and people in the United Arab Emirates hailed the Gulf state's deal to normalise relations with Israel as a diplomatic victory that helps the Palestinians, silence reigned in Saudi Arabia, longtime figurehead of regional policy towards Israel.