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Facebook switches news back on in Australia, signs content deals

9:34pm EST

SYDNEY Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers.

Australia COVID-19 cases trend lower, Qantas pushes back international flights

Feb 24 2021

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday continued its downward trend of COVID-19 cases, stoking hopes of a faster return to normal, while Qantas Airways pushed back international travel plans by four months as it waits on the country finishing its vaccination drive.

UPDATE 2-New Zealand central bank to consider impact of monetary policy on housing

Feb 24 2021

* Debt-to-income ratios and interest only mortgages considered (Adds background, comments from analyst and opposition leader)

Victoria state to end snap lockdown, allow fans at Australian Open

Feb 16 2021

SYDNEY A five-day snap lockdown in Australia's Victoria state will end on Wednesday, officials said as they reported no new cases in a cluster linked to a quarantine hotel in the city of Melbourne.

COVID-19 vaccines touch down in Australia, New Zealand, inoculations to start

Feb 15 2021

SYDNEY Australia and New Zealand have received their first COVID-19 vaccine deliveries and will begin rolling out inoculations in the coming week, while populous cities of Melbourne and Auckland remained locked down following the emergence of new cases.

Australian officials say too early to make call on ending Victoria lockdown

Feb 14 2021

SYDNEY The leader of Australia's Victoria state said on Monday it was too early to say if a snap five-day coronavirus lockdown would end as planned on Wednesday evening, as authorities confirmed a national vaccine rollout was on track to begin next week.

UPDATE 3-Threat of damage from large South Pacific earthquake eases

Feb 10 2021

* 7.7 magnitude undersea earthquake strikes South Pacific region

Australia to ease caps on returning citizens, Perth exits COVID-19 lockdown

Feb 04 2021

SYDNEY Australia's biggest state will exit a snap five-day COVID-19 lockdown after reporting no cases for five straight days, as the national cabinet decided to lift the temporary caps on citizens returning from overseas from the middle of this month.

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