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Australian Christmas tree farms run out as shoppers seek a merrier end to a tough 2020

Dec 07 2020

SYDNEY Christmas tree farms in Australia are already shutting up shop this year, as pandemic-weary consumers eager for some festive joy spurn plastic versions and seek out fresh pine trees to spruce up their homes. | Video

Australian winemakers look past China, U.S. woes and toast the home market

Oct 27 2020

POKOLBIN, Australia Faced with sluggish sales to top export markets, virtually no foreign tourists, and decreasing restaurant sales due to COVID-19, Australian wineries are increasingly looking to locals to secure their livelihoods as coronavirus curbs ease. | Video

Coronavirus can last 28 days on glass and currency, study finds

Oct 12 2020

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus, Australian researchers said on Monday, highlighting the need for frequent cleaning and handwashing. | Video

Australian sports set guidelines for inclusion of trans athletes

Oct 01 2020

SYDNEY Eight Australian sports federations, including peak bodies for tennis, rugby union and Australian Rules football, issued guidelines on Thursday aimed at encouraging the participation of transgender athletes.

Australian police warn Chinese students of 'virtual kidnap' scam

Jul 28 2020

SYDNEY Australian police have warned universities and Chinese officials about a spurt in "virtual kidnapping" scams that coerce foreign students to fake their own abductions and trick families overseas into paying ransoms. | Video

Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers most extensive coral bleaching

Jun 04 2020

SYDNEY Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffered its most extensive coral bleaching event in March, with scientists fearing the coral recovers less each time after the third bleaching in five years. | Video

Uluru Camel Cup kicks up some dust in Australian outback

May 30 2020

SYDNEY Australia's Northern Territory held the 2020 Uluru Camel Cup competition on Saturday, going digital for the first time in its nine-year history to play safe despite having no active cases of coronavirus.

Virus shutdown takes Australian zookeepers out of comfort zone

Apr 21 2020

SYDNEY There are no visitors and staff are worried about safety but that isn't stopping the animal keepers at Wild Life Sydney Zoo from taking on new challenges during the coronavirus shutdown.

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