Rolling, global protests reflect rising anger over police treatment of ethnic minorities, sparked by George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis after a police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as fellow officers stood by.
Students of New South Wales, the most populous state, and the northern state of Queensland began going back to school on a limited basis to lessen the risk of spreading the illness, state leaders said.
More than 430,000 people worldwide have been infected with coronavirus and more than 19,500 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Here's the latest:
More than 18,500 people have died from Covid-19 globally, according to the Johns Hopkins pandemic tracker.
Footage showed severe flooding in the town of Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, with its streets submerged below the high water.
Australia has been battling hundreds of blazes since September in an unusually prolonged summer wildfire season that was fuelled by three years of drought, which experts have attributed to climate change.
There are still 33 fires burning in Australia's New South Wales state, but they are all at the lowest warning level of "advice" and mostly in southeastern areas where the rains are headed.
Recent rains have brought the number of fires burning across Australia's east and south coast to under 100 for the first time in weeks, easing a disaster that has scorched an area roughly one-third the size of Germany.
The giant prehistoric trees were thought to be extinct until 1994, but then authorities found 200 of them in a national park near the Blue Mountains north-west of Sydney.
Tens of thousands rally across the country to demand PM Scott Morrison's conservative government cut back on fossil fuels, as deadly climate-fuelled bushfires burn out of control.
Bushfires took out two substations and transmission lines, prompting New South Wales to warn that an area home to almost eight million people and the nation's largest city Sydney could experience rolling blackouts.
Townpeople in Cobargo, New South Wales yell at Morrison, make obscene gestures, and call him an "idiot" to criticise him for lack of equipment to deal with bushfires in town.
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