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Mr Frydenberg said he spoke to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and the head of Google at the weekend, where “constructive discussions” took place in relation to making digital giants pay for news.  The Treasurer believes Australia will be able to secure significant commercial deals which would generate world-leading reform benefiting the media landscape. “We have …

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, will begin its third lockdown on Friday due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster centered on hotel quarantine. The five-day lockdown will be enforced across Victoria state to prevent the virus spreading from the state capital, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said. The Australian Open tennis tournament will …

French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, following a week when he has met with numerous European leaders. The French and Spanish prime ministers are among those self-isolating because they had recent contact with him. Macron took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared” and will self-isolate for seven days, …

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has not yet heard from his Chinese counterpart, despite the Federal Government signing the largest ever free trade deal in history. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed yesterday, with 15 countries including Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and the 10 members of the Association of South-East …

HAMBURG, N.Y. — Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg has experienced a cluster of positive COVID-19 patients this week, according to a spokesperson with The McGuire Group. The spokesperson told 2 On Your Side that the patients, many of whom were asymptomatic, have been transferred to Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Williamsville, per the …

President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden went on offense on Sunday, with each campaigning in states they are trying to flip during the November 3 election that is just over two weeks away. Trump began his day in Nevada, making a rare visit to church before an evening rally in Carson City. …

The agency would not, however, identify the high school. AUSTIN, Texas — Multiple high school students have tested positive for COVID-19 after a weekend party, according to Austin’s top doctor. Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott shared that information during a briefing by Austin Public Health (APH) at the Travis County Commissioners Court …

A home quarantine system is being considered by the Federal Government as the coronavirus pandemic moves into a new phase. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in the early days of the virus, home quarantine had worked in Australia particularly among returning Chinese and European residents. That, he said, “proved absolutely vital in Australia’s success in managing the …

Shadow Services Minister Bill Shorten said he’s worried about virus outbreaks in Melbourne’s aged care homes as some of city’s restrictions begin to lift today. Most of the state’s hundreds of deaths have been in aged care facilities. “I’m concerned that aged care isn’t right yet,” Mr Shorten told Today. “I’m concerned that if there is an outbreak …

By Mark Saunokonoko and Lara Pearce17:03 Queensland recorded four new coronavirus cases yesterday, as Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young urged everyone in the state’s south-east to consider themselves a casual contact of a positive case. The new infections prompted the temporary closure of an Ipswich school and a Brisbane childcare centre. All four of …