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Melbourne sites glow red, gold for China

Melbourne landmarks will shine red and gold, while a trade delegation will visit China as the state Labor government pledges solidarity with Chinese communities.

Cruise ship Australians arrive in Darwin

Australia has extended its ban on foreign travellers from China for another week as 170 evacuees from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship off Japan arrived in quarantine in Darwin.

China posts drop in new virus cases

Mainland China has reported the lowest number of confirmed cases of a new coronavirus since late January, partly because of a change in diagnostic criteria for patients in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Hundreds of preventable disability deaths

Four hundred Australians with intellectual disability will continue to die each year from potentially avoidable causes unless a neglectful health system is urgently fixed, a royal commission has been told.

Jobless rate grows fastest in Queensland

EMPLOYMENT DATA FOR JANUARY 2020* Unemployment rose slightly across the nation to 5.3 per cent, seasonally adjusted* Queensland rose 0.6 points to 6.3 per cent* Victoria rose 0.4 points to 5.4 per cent* Tasmania rose 0.4 points to 5.9 per cent* WA rose 0.4 points to 5.8 per cent* NSW...

Super Retail underpayments rise by $8m

Super Retail Group's shares have jumped more than 10 per cent despite announcing a 20 per cent drop in first-half profit and admitting its underpayments problem is worse than first thought.

Coronavirus spreads like flu, not SARS

Scientists in China who studied nose and throat swabs from 18 patients infected with the new coronavirus say it behaves much more like influenza than other closely related viruses, suggesting it may spread even more easily than previously believed.

Harry, Meghan royal label talks 'ongoing'

The British royal family is discussing with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan the use of the word "royal" in their branding after they abruptly decided to start a new life in Canada.