Australia and Oceania

Canadian immigration will likely remain low, Royal Back economist

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — It’s unlikely Canada will meet its immigration target to admit 401,000 newcomers this year, according to an economic report from the Royal Bank of Canada. The bank concludes border restrictions …

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90% Covid vaccination rate may be needed to achieve herd immunity; 3rd vaccine close to approval

By Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service OTTAWA (Eagle News) — A higher percentage of Canadians may have to be vaccinated than originally thought to achieve herd immunity because of the Covid-19 variants, said Health Canada’s chief medical advisor. Dr. …

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Misinformation fears after Facebook blacks out news in Australia

    By Holly Robertson Agence France-Presse (AFP) — Facebook’s news blackout in Australia has raised fears misinformation could come to dominate the platform in the country, with fake news and conspiracy theories left untouched while credible sources have been cut …

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Canada’s prime minister announces tough new gun control measures

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service OTTAWA (Eagle News) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is moving forward with his plan to impose tougher gun laws across the country. “Today we are announcing new legislation for stronger measures than …

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Hawaiian Kingdom’s last monarch championed respect, nonviolence despite being overthrown

  HONOLULU (Eagle News) – The measure of a leader can be determined by how they handle defeat. And no better was it shown than by the Kingdom of Hawaii’s only ruling queen and last sovereign, Lili’uokalani.   How she …

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New Zealand PM says ‘we beat the virus again’

  WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND (AFP) —Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on Monday New Zealand “beat the virus again” and announced restrictions in the country’s largest city would be eased, after a second Covid-19 wave was contained. The virus was believed …

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US donates personal protection equipment to Independent Samoa

  HONOLULU (Eagle News) – A shipment of U.S. government-funded medical supplies departed by ship from Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, September 18, and is due to arrive in the Samoan capital of Apia on October 5. U.S. Ambassador to …

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New Zealand PM hits back at Trump’s ‘patently wrong’ virus claims

WELLINGTON (AFP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday slapped down Donald Trump’s talk of an out-of-control coronavirus “surge” in New Zealand as “patently wrong”. She expressed dismay after the US president exaggerated the new virus outbreak in New Zealand …

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Tom Hanks in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

GOLD COAST, Australia (AFP) — Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia for a film project, the Oscar-winning US actor said Thursday. Hanks and Wilson, both 63, were in isolation in hospital …

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New Zealand confirms first coronavirus case

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — New Zealand confirmed its first coronavirus case Friday, saying a recent arrival from Iran who traveled to Auckland via Bali had tested positive. Health officials said the person, aged in their 60s, was being treated …

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Two Australian evacuees from Japan ship have coronavirus

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Two Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said Friday, raising questions about Japan’s policy of allowing evacuees to return home after testing negative. “We have two people who …

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Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians: survey

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Three in four Australians — almost 18 million people — were affected by the country’s deadly bushfire crisis, according to a survey released Tuesday that also pointed to plummeting support for the government and for coal …

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