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India ‘won’t review’ decision not to join RCEP as members prepare to sign pact by 2020-end

India has decided it won’t join any trade deal that has China as a member. But RCEP member nations are likely to sign deal despite Beijing’s belligerence.
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Australia warns of a ‘more unstable, more dangerous and more vulnerable’ post Covid world

Speaking on Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the region around Indo-Pacific is witnessing strategic realignment similar to that of World War 2. Read her full speech here.
Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds | ThePrint

Australia to keep working with US, China, like-minded countries like India: Defence Minister

Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the region around Indo-Pacific is witnessing strategic realignment that is similar to what had happened during World War II.
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Kim Jong-un says virus did not touch N Korea, 4 July could worsen it in US & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Australian Defence Force gather information and conduct temperature checks at a drive-in Covid-19 testing site set up at the Melbourne Show Grounds in Melbourne | Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Staff shortage, visitors allowed: Australia probes lapses at Melbourne quarantine hotels

Private security firms contracted by Victoria government to run hotels as quarantine centres for overseas arrivals are facing inquiry as Covid cases rise.
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Australia to open borders for one group: International students

Australia’s higher education sector has become increasingly reliant on overseas students with 40% of revenue coming from the higher fees they are charged.
Scott Morrison, Australia's Prime Minister, speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, U.S. | Photographer: Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg

Australia ups defence spend by 40% for ‘dangerous’ world, PM mentions India-China stand-off

Under Australia’s new defence strategy, India remains a key partner for Indo-Pacific. Australian PM names countries that have ‘agency' in the region.
People walk and ride along the beach at Brighton on May 13, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. COVID-19 restrictions have eased slightly for Victorians in response to Australia's declining coronavirus infection rate. | Photo by Daniel Pockett | Getty Images | Bloomberg

Victoria, home state to Melbourne, faces isolation from rest of Australia due to Covid spike

The resurgence of coronavirus cases in Victoria is in stark contrast to rest of the country where the spread of the disease has been largely contained.
People walk and ride along the beach at Brighton on May 13, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. COVID-19 restrictions have eased slightly for Victorians in response to Australia's declining coronavirus infection rate. | Photo by Daniel Pockett | Getty Images | Bloomberg

Australia records largest spike in Covid-19 since April

Australia managed to limit its number of Covid cases to about 7,550, but as restrictions eased, Victoria saw a double-digit increase for nine straight days.
People walk and ride along the beach at Brighton on May 13, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. COVID-19 restrictions have eased slightly for Victorians in response to Australia's declining coronavirus infection rate. | Photo by Daniel Pockett | Getty Images | Bloomberg

Australia fears a second wave as coronavirus restrictions are tightened

Concerns about community transmission are growing in Victoria, responsible for 116 new cases in the past week, which account for about 83% of the national total.

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

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No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
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It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.