New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -  Japan Today The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is...

Coronavirus: Australia to close Victoria-New South Wales border

BBC.COM-Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities have launched a massive response to the virus outbreak in Melbourne The border between Australia's two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), is to close...

Australia new virus cases fall, but testing blitz runs into resistance

By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE Australia reported a drop in new coronavirus cases on Friday, with a surge in the second most populated state Victoria appearing to have eased, although more than 10,000 people have refused to...

New Zealand’s health minister resigns after virus blunders

By NICK PERRY WELLINGTON, New Zealand New Zealand's health minister resigned Thursday following a series of personal blunders during the coronavirus pandemic. David Clark had earlier described himself as an “idiot” for breaking the nation's lockdown measures...

Australia to increase defense spending by 40% over 10 years

By Colin Packham -  Japan Today SYDNEY Australia will boost defense spending by 40% over the next 10 years, buying long-range military assets that will be focused on the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said...

Shaoquett Moselmane: Australian lawmaker’s office raided ‘amid China probe’

BBC.COM- Image copyright ABC NEWS Image caption Shaoquett Moselmane has been a member of NSW parliament since 2009 An Australian lawmaker is to be suspended from his party following reports his office is facing investigation...

Australia Has Become Target of ‘Sophisticated’ Cyber Attack by a ‘State-Based Actor’ – PM...

The Australian PM, during a press conference, said that the actor behind the cyber attack is "state-based", judging from the "scale and nature of the targeting". However, he did not name the country Canberra...

Australia says it has been target of ‘state-based’ cyberattacks

By Colin Packham -  Japan  Today SYDNEY A "sophisticated state-based actor" has been attempting to hack a wide range of Australian organizations for months and had stepped up its efforts recently, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said...

New Zealand puts Covid-19 quarantine in hands of military after border fiasco

Prime minister says release of two overseas arrivals without being tested ‘should never have happened and it cannot be repeated’ Charlotte Graham-McLay in Wellington  -  The Guardian New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has halted compassionate...

New Zealand’s first Covid cases in 24 days came from UK

BBC.COM-Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File photo of travellers arriving at Auckland International Airport New Zealand has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, ending a 24-day streak of no new infections in the country. Both...

Australian PM tells locals to avoid Black Lives Matter protests due to COVID-19 threat

By Colin Packham SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged people not to attend planned Black Lives Matter protests around the country this weekend, citing the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Organizers expect thousands of people to...

UK Gov’t ‘Tossed Out Lockdown Plan for Care Homes Proposed to Stem COVID-19 Deaths’

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, care homes in the UK have increasingly become epicentres for deaths linked to the respiratory disease, with some 16,000 residents suggested to have died, according to official UK figures. Public health...

New Zealand beaches turn red as lobsters dig in to the death

Swaths of coastline covered with squat lobster, which cling to the sand at high tide and then perish Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin -  The Guardian New Zealand squat lobster turning an Otago beach red Photograph:...

New Zealand hit by second earthquake in two days

WELLINGTON New Zealand's capital shook for a second consecutive day on Tuesday after a magnitude 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Wellington, data from monitor GeoNet showed. There were no initial reports of damage, according to news reports...

Ardern stays cool as earthquake rattles New Zealand capital

WELLINGTON An earthquake struck near New Zealand's capital on Monday morning, shaking many residents including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who continued with a live TV interview at the parliament building. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake was 37...

Australian man fined for rescuing whale from sea nets

BBC.COM-Image copyright ABC NEWS Image caption Onlookers say they saw the man speed out to rescue the whale by himself An Australian man who acted on his own to free a whale caught in sea...

China Slaps Australia with Huge Barley Tariff Amid Canberra’s Push for COVID-19 Origins Probe

Beijing's recent decisions come against the backdrop of heightened diplomatic tension between China and Australia, following a push by Prime Minister Scott Morrison for an independent COVID-19 investigation amid allegations the Asian country had...

Australia’s coronavirus death toll reaches 100

By Jane Wardell -  Japan Today SYDNEY Australia's death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 100 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally of official data, a fatality rate much lower than in North America and...

Mushroom foragers warned amid jump in poisonings in Australia

Wet, mild weather brings abundance of fungi – but picking them requires expert knowledge Elias Visontay  - The  Guardian Health authorities across the country are urging Australians not to eat wild mushrooms as favourable growing conditions...