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Qantas to step up international flying amid 'massive demand' from Australians

Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) said on Friday it would speed up plans to restart flights to many destinations and use some bigger planes amid "massive demand" for international flying as quaran...

Melbourne reopens as world's most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions

MELBOURNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Melbourne residents flocked to the city's pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world's most locked-down city emerged from its ...

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Qantas Airways on Friday brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to ...

Wayne Bennett signs as NRL expansion club's foundation coach

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s most successful rugby league coach will be taking over the NRL’s newest team after Wayne Bennett agreed to lead the Redcliffe-based Dolphins into the top tier in...

Australia's Queensland state to open to vaccinated travelers

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Queensland state announced plans Monday to open up to vaccinated travelers, ending the status it has enjoyed throughout the pandemic of remaining virtually free ...

Chiefs Super Rugby star Sean Wainui dies in car accident

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Sean Wainui, a rising star of Super Rugby with the Hamilton-based Chiefs, died Monday in an auto accident. He was 25 and the father of two children. Hi...

Sydney eases more COVID-19 restrictions as vaccinations pass key milestone

Thousands of children returned to Sydney's schools on Monday after nearly four months of home learning as Australia's largest city eased more restrictions just a week after lifting its COVID-1...

Australia's Sydney to welcome overseas arrivals without quarantine

SYDNEY (Reuters) -The Australian city of Sydney will allow the entry of fully vaccinated travellers from overseas from Nov. 1 without the need for quarantine, authorities said on Friday, although the ...

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated passengers when scheduled international flights restart in Australia within two weeks, officials said on Friday, while mainta...

Melbourne set for COVID lockdown exit despite record cases as vaccinations spike

SYDNEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Melbourne will exit months of COVID-19 lockdown next week helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday, ahead of s...

New Zealand businessman sent to jail for child abuse images

SYDNEY (AP) — One of New Zealand’s best-known businessmen Ron Brierley was sentenced in a Sydney court on Thursday to 14 months in prison for possessing thousands of child sex abuse images. ...

Holocaust survivor-author Eddie Jaku dies in Sydney aged 101

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who last year published his best-selling memoir, “The Happiest Man on Earth,” has died in Sydney, a Jewish community leader said. He was 101. ...

Australia's NBL season tip off delayed until December

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s National Basketball League season has been pushed back by two weeks and is set to open Dec. 3 with a debut home game for expansion team the Tasmania Jack Jumper...

Sydney opens to vaccinated after 100-plus days of lockdown

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney hairdressers, gyms, cafés and bars reopened to fully vaccinated customers on Monday for the first time in more than 100 days after Australia’s largest city achieved a...

'Freedom Day': Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

SYDNEY, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Sydney's cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to begin living with the ...