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Asia-Pacific countries ease travel restrictions but hurdles remain

SYDNEY — Asia-Pacific countries including Singapore, Australia and Japan are gradually easing some international travel restrictions as coronavirus cases slow, in hopes of helping to revive their economies.

Australia warns of more economic pain

AUSTRALIA’S GOVERNMENT warned of mounting hardship as Victoria state announced only a gradual easing of one of the world’s most stringent lockdowns, with key sectors of the economy under controls until at least the end of October.

Facebook sends world a warning with threat to Australian news

Facebook Inc. has flashed a warning to global regulators by taking a hardball stance against Australia’s plan to force it to pay media companies...

Australia touts deal for COVID-19 vaccine as virus flare-up subsides

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE — A fresh outbreak of infections in Australia’s coronavirus hot zone of Victoria eased further on Wednesday, while the country agreed a deal to secure a potential COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine that it plans to roll out cost-free to citizens.

Australia borders to stay shut as COVID-19 daily deaths surge

SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said internal border closures were unlikely to lift before Christmas, as the country on Monday reported a record single-day rise in COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) deaths.

The little luxuries people can’t give up—even in a pandemic

Before the pandemic, Levi Fedley would bike to one of Melbourne’s famous laneway cafes, sit down with the perfect cup of coffee and watch the world go by.

Australia’s Victoria declares state of disaster as coronavirus cases spike

AUSTRALIA’s Victoria state tightened restrictions and declared a state of disaster after its outbreak showed no signs of abating three weeks after capital Melbourne was put under lockdown.

Australia says virus outbreak could take weeks to subside

SYDNEY — A surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Australia’s second-biggest city could take weeks to subside despite a lockdown and orders to wear masks, Australia’s acting chief medical officer said on Monday as the country braces for a second wave of infection.

Australia’s economic reckoning delayed as loan holiday extended

AUSTRALIA’S big banks have just given the economy some breathing room.

The mistakes that pushed Melbourne back into lockdown

ALL it took was missteps in the handling of travelers returning from overseas and complacency in a handful of neighborhoods to plunge Australia’s second-largest city into lockdown for the second time in four months.

Australia closes state border for first time in 100 years to...

SYDNEY — Australian officials are closing the border between Australia’s two most populous states from Tuesday for an indefinite period as they scramble to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus in the city of Melbourne.

Australia’s economic slump threatens openness to immigration

Australia’s immigration program, a key factor in the economy’s record stretch without recession, is under threat amid calls for the nation to turn inward while it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia fears 2nd wave of COVID-19 cases

AUSTRALIA’S second-most populous state has tightened coronavirus controls as a spike in cases triggers fears the nation could be hit by a second wave of infections.

Australia’s Afterpay settles with regulator for loans issued without license

AUSTRALIA’S buy-now-pay-later firm Afterpay Ltd. will refund late fees paid by customers in California for loans, which were deemed “illegal” by the US state’s financial regulator, the two sides said as part of a settlement.

Australian banks need extra $8.5B to meet tougher rules

WELLINGTON/HONG KONG — Australia’s major banks shrugged off concerns about further weakness in dividend payout ratios and earnings downgrades after New Zealand announced tougher capital requirements on Thursday.

Australia’s property recovery remains in-house as rest of economy struggles

SYDNEY — When Michael Jiang scored a liquor license four years back, he had hoped it would help drive more sales at his struggling small grocery business in Sydney.

Large banks’ cartel case inches ahead in Australia

SYDNEY — An Australian magistrate shifted hearings to a larger room as a long-awaited criminal cartel case against Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and the local units of Citigroup and Deutsche Bank inched ahead on Tuesday.

Australia’s ‘golden apples’

THERE’S A belief that the many golden apples mentioned in Greek mythology — the food and playthings of the gods — were actually oranges from the East. Also, just in case you want to know, the name of the color comes from the fruit and not the other way around. Now, the fruit is grown everywhere, with 2018 data from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization stating that 73 million tons of oranges are grown worldwide.

Australia bank regulator faces overhaul after review

AUSTRALIA’S banking regulator is set for a major overhaul after a government-commissioned review found it had a “culture of conformity” and needed to become more forceful.

Australian banks win concession on capital

AUSTRALIA’S banking regulator has softened its capital buffer requirement on the nation’s largest banks after they argued that there wasn’t sufficient market capacity available to raise the necessary funds.

Australia goes for back-to-back rate cuts, keeps option for more

AUSTRALIA executed its first back-to-back interest-rate cuts in seven years and left the door open for additional easing as policy makers attempt to support a slowing economy and try to rekindle dormant inflation.

Garbage to be returned to Hong Kong

THE garbage that was illegally imported into Misamis Oriental from Hong Kong will be sent back, Malacañang said on Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo...

Palace: PHL to send back Australian trash

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the government wants the trash recently dumped in Misamis Oriental shipped back to Australia.

A broad and deep relationship

The Philippines is one of Australia’s longest-standing bilateral partners, according to the Web site of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. With these ties...

One by one, bond markets around the world are flashing same...

JUST MONTHS after rising bond yields spooked markets, they’re now tumbling to the lowest levels in years to underscore concerns about slowing global growth.

Traders push yields close to RBA cash rate ahead of employment...

INVESTORS CAN’T SEEM to get enough of Australian bonds amid worries about an economic slowdown. This week’s employment data may just whet their appetite for more.

For sale: Australian pub in the middle of nowhere

ONE OF Australia’s most well-known pubs, located in the country’s remote outback thousands of miles from major cities, is on the market for the first time in decades and attracting local and international interest.

Is 5G more vulnerable to hackers than 4G? Australia thinks so

Though 5G promises to be so fast it could revolutionize the way we use everything from home appliances to cars, the technology may also...

Cebu Pacific to launch Manila-Melbourne flights in August

Cebu Pacific (Cebu Air, Inc.) will be launching direct flights to Melbourne, Australia next month as it looks to maintain its dominance in the...

Philippines, Australia players face huge fine over ‘basketbrawl’

Basketball's governing body FIBA on Thursday handed down hefty fines and suspensions over an ugly on-court melee in Manila between the Philippine and Australian...

Australian scientists develop ‘world first’ melanoma blood test

Sydney -- Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a "world first" breakthrough...

Australia buys high-tech drones to monitor South China Sea, Pacific

Sydney -- Australia will invest Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) to develop and buy high-tech US drones for joint military operations and to monitor waters...

Philippine-Australia maritime exercises reinforce capacity for goal of zero abduction at...

THE PHILIPPINE Navy is taking lessons learned from the 3rd Philippine-Australia Maritime Security Activity (MSA) that was concluded on June 5 to strengthen capabilities towards its goal of zero abduction at sea this year.

X-ray technology may speed up miners’ search for hidden gold

A breakthrough x-ray technology that can detect and analyze unseen gold is now up and running in Australia, the world’s second-biggest producer, with plans...

Ayala enters Australian renewables market

AC ENERGY Holdings, Inc. is making its foray into Australia, as it announced on Wednesday its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Australian...

Ready, aim, fire: Aussie diners given water pistols to ward off...

PERTH, Australia — Annoyed at seagulls that pester its patrons, a restaurant in the Australian city of Perth has armed customers with water pistols...

AC Energy moves to buy 50% stake in UPC Renewables Australia

AC Energy Holdings, Inc. is investing $230 million to acquire a 50% stake in the Australian business of UPC Renewables and provide funding for...

PHL, Australia hold 3rd maritime security joint exercises

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN Navy patrol ships were welcomed by the Philippine’s Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom)-Naval Forces on May 14 at the Zamboanga City Pier for...

Australian wins lottery twice in a week

Sydney -- Talk about lucky. A stunned Sydney man who was celebrating an Australian lottery windfall could not believe it when he won again...

‘No appetite’ for major TPP changes to accommodate US

SYDNEY — There is “no appetite” among the Trans-Pacific Partnership signatories for major renegotiations to accommodate the US, Australia said Sunday after President Donald...

PAL to start non-stop Manila-Brisbane flights in March

PHILIPPINE Airlines announced on Friday that it will be fielding non-stop flights between Manila and Brisbane starting March 27. By removing the stopover at...

Elvis fans all shook up on Aussie party train to fest

SYDNEY — Elvis fans shook up Sydney’s Central station Thursday with hundreds rocking to his famous tunes ahead of a special train trip to...

Climbing Australia’s giant red rock Uluru banned

CLIMBING the world’s largest monolith Uluru was banned Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a “theme park,” undermining the giant red rock’s deep cultural...

Massacre fears spark race to save rare Australia parrot

SYDNEY — Critically endangered Swift Parrots are under threat from squirrel-like sugar gliders in a battle for space in Australia’s ancient forests, scientists said...

Australia employment growth outpaces US

AUSTRALIAN employment growth is now outpacing the US after hiring surged more than twice as much as expected in August. The jobless rate Down...