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Woolworths underpayments rise, profit dips

Woolworths' staff underpayments have jumped to $315 million across a larger number of employees than initially thought, with the figure potentially rising further once a review into the nine-year scandal is complete.

Virgin reduces fleet, forecasts virus hit

Virgin Australia is slashing its Tigerair fleet and cutting back on flights to rein in costs as the coronavirus cruels demand for leisure destinations and its budget airline's routes.

Greens push 'common sense' RFS fund bill

The Greens will put forward legislation to ensure $52 million donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service via a Celeste Barber-inspired online bushfire appeal is used to help torched communities and animals.

US braces for threat of virus outbreak

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has alerted Americans to begin preparing for the spread of coronavirus in the United States after infections surfaced in several more countries.

German driver injured 61 at carnival

Security has been stepped up at some German carnival processions after a local man ploughed his car into a parade, injuring 61 people, including 20 children.

Weather warning in Top End after Esther

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding are predicted across the Top End as ex-tropical cyclone Esther continues to move westward.

Nations must prepare for virus: WHO expert

Countries need to prepare immediately for an outbreak of the novel coronavirus so they can respond rapidly when it arrives, a top World Health Organisation expert says.

WikiLeaks password 'leaked by journalists'

Thousands of classified US diplomatic files obtained by WikiLeaks were only made public after the password to unlock the trove was published in a book, Julian Assange's lawyer says.

Global stocks pause after virus shakeout

Global stock markets have stabilised on Tuesday after a wave of early selling petered out and Wall Street futures managed a solid bounce after the previous day's sharp sell-off on fears about the spreading coronavirus.