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Australians targeted in Indian phone scam

As US investigators built their case against Indian call centre scam mastermind Hitesh Madhubhai Patel they accessed his gmail account and searched for the keyword "script".

WHO-led hydroxychloroquine trials halted

Tests of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients have been halted following a recent report that the anti-malarial drug could increase the mortality in coronavirus patients, the World Health Organisation says.

Judge rules on $51m Barber bushfire appeal

Millions of dollars raised by Celeste Barber's bushfire appeal can't go to interstate charities but can be used to support injured firefighters and the families of those who died, a NSW court has ruled.

Ardern muddled on trans-Tasman movement

After a day of mixed messages, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says state borders are a matter for Australia and doesn't expect their reopening before the establishment of a trans-Tasman bubble.

JobKeeper underspend could go into tourism

The massively underspent JobKeeper scheme could be used to support the battered tourism sector, while the government remains firm it won't be expanded to workers who missed out.

Growing inequalities in life expectancy

The coronavirus pandemic may exacerbate a widening socio-economic gap in premature death rates that is contributing to a stagnation in Australians' life expectancy, researchers say.