World Health Organization figures show the increase in new Covid-19 infections is now about 70,000 per day, up from about 50,000 just a few days ago. Here are the latest updates for March 30:
Beijing reports 433 more cases of new coronavirus and a total of 2,744 deaths, while Australian PM Scott Morrison says the world is about to be gripped by "a pandemic of coronavirus."
Addressing Australia's parliament on a landmark state visit, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo cast the two nations as would-be "Avengers" – "forces of good" uniting to defeat a "common enemy" and shared challenges.
This is the first such warning for Canberra since 2003.
High temperatures and strong winds fuelled an outbreak of new blazes across several areas in eastern Australia on Thursday, ending a period of respite following several days of rains and cooler weather.
One volunteer firefighter was killed and two suffered burn injuries after their truck rolled over when it was hit by extreme winds amid raging bushfires in New South Wales. Ten other firefighters have been killed so far this fire season.
Authorities raise forecast for greater Sydney region to catastrophic fire danger for Tuesday, the first time the city has been rated at that level since new fire danger ratings were introduced in 2009.
Rival media businesses have published redacted front pages in a coordinated effort to protest media restrictions. In June, the government raided the home of a News Corporation journalist and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation HQ.
David William McBride appears in court on charges relating to the leaking of classified documents about Australian Special Air Service involvement in Afghanistan to ABC journalists.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in his victory speech dubs his surprised election win as a "miracle".
The tough new legislation will be brought to parliament next week as Canberra pushes for social media companies to prevent their platforms from being "weaponised" by terrorists in the wake of the mosque attacks in New Zealand's Christchurch.
The multi-billion-dollar agreement is signed in Jakarta after months of diplomatic tensions Canberra’s contentious plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
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