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Australia steps up police patrols in Melbourne's locked down virus hotspots

6:41am BST

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Australian police set up suburban checkpoints in coronavirus hotspots in Melbourne on Thursday and were considering using drones to enforce stay-at-home orders as authorities struggled to contain new outbreaks in the country's second-largest city.

Australia to lock down 300,000 in Melbourne suburbs after coronavirus spike

01 Jul 2020

MELBOURNE Authorities will lock down more than 300,000 people in suburbs north of Melbourne for a month from late on Wednesday to contain the risk of infection after two weeks of double-digit rises in new coronavirus cases in Australia's second most populous state. | Video

Australia to lock down 300,000 in Melbourne suburbs after coronavirus spike

01 Jul 2020

MELBOURNE Authorities will lock down more than 300,000 people in suburbs north of Melbourne for a month from late on Wednesday to contain the risk of infection after two weeks of double-digit rises in new coronavirus cases in Australia's second most populous state. | Video

Australia to lock down 300,000 in Melbourne suburbs after coronavirus spike

01 Jul 2020

* Other states restrict Victorian travellers amid school holidays

BHP puts Australian thermal coal mine up for sale: sources

24 Jun 2020

LONDON/MELBOURNE The world's largest mining company BHP Group has hired Macquarie Bank and JP Morgan to sell its Australian thermal coal mine, three sources said, as miners face increasing pressure to reduce their exposure to fossil fuels.

BHP Group hires JP Morgan to sell Australian thermal coal mine - sources

23 Jun 2020

LONDON/MELBOURNE The world's largest mining company BHP Group has hired U.S. investment bank JP Morgan to sell its Australian thermal coal mine, following pressure from investors concerned about global warming, two sources said.

Rio Tinto launches board-led review into sacred caves blast

19 Jun 2020

MELBOURNE Rio Tinto on Friday launched a board-led review into how the miner destroyed two ancient and sacred Aboriginal caves in Western Australia, stepping up its response to the blasts after weeks of public criticism and shareholder dismay.

Rio Tinto chief says sorry for sacred caves blast; Australia starts inquiry

12 Jun 2020

MELBOURNE Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques on Friday apologised for distress caused by Rio's destruction last month of two ancient and sacred Aboriginal caves in Western Australia, pledging full cooperation with an Australian government inquiry.

Exclusive: Barrick offers PNG landowners a stake to resolve Porgera mine dispute

29 May 2020

SINGAPORE/MELBOURNE Barrick Gold Corp has offered an extra 15% stake in its Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea to local landowners, according to a letter from its CEO, in a bid to break an impasse with the national government over the mine's future.

Australia PM pushes jobs, Victoria to resume tourism as virus eases

25 May 2020

MELBOURNE Australia's prime minister stressed the need to create jobs as a way to minimise government welfare spending, while the country's second-most populous state Victoria set out measures to resume tourism to regions ravaged by bushfires and virus-linked curbs.

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