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Australian Open 2020: day one – live! | Sport

4.04am GMT04:04 Second set: Federer 6-3 1-0 Johnson* (*denotes server): Federer is mixing flowing attacking tennis on his own serve with precise error-inducing tennis on Johnson’s. That strategy earns Federer a game to love in a performance that resembled a warm-up for him and the most stress-inducing nightmare for his opponent. 4.00am GMT04:00 First set: …

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NSW and SA fires live: five million hectares burned in Australia’s bushfires – latest updates | Australia news

Labor welcomes Scott Morrison’s decision to provide additional support for volunteer firefighters on the frontline – something he has repeatedly claimed is unnecessary. It’s good that federal public servants will receive the same conditions currently enjoyed by army reservists, but many volunteer firefighters will not be assisted by this decision. Many private-sector workers, self-employed workers, …

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Australia fires: weather bureau says Tuesday was nation’s hottest day on record – live | Australia news

Thousands across Victoria are without power as the state swelters, with just one day of respite from the hot weather before the mercury soars again. Melbourne reached a scorching 39.7C just before 3pm today, while the state’s northwest is expecting to crack the mid-40s, AAP has reported. Power went out out for about 3,000 PowerCorp …

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Western Australia bushfire out of control as temperatures expected to surge above 40C | Australia news

An out-of-control bushfire has burnt through more than 11,000 hectares of land north of Perth with residents urged to leave while they still can. The blaze is moving west after an early morning wind change, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on Saturday. “People in Guilderton should leave now in a northerly direction …

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World’s first fully electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Canada | World news

The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes. “This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Australian engineering firm magniX. The company designed the plane’s motor and worked in …

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Three men jailed for 28 and 16 years over Christmas terrorism plot on Melbourne’s Federation Square | Australia news

Two men will spend at least the next 28 years in jail and another at least 16 years after conspiring to plot a terrorist attack in Melbourne’s Federation Square. Ahmed Mohamed, Abdullah Chaarani and Hamza Abbas are three of four men convicted over the plot to behead people and set off bombs on Christmas Day …

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Two-step plebiscite is only way Australia could be a republic, Malcolm Turnbull says | Australia news

Malcolm Turnbull says the only chance Australia has of evolving successfully into a republic is if a future government holds a plebiscite where voters first thrash out whether the proposed change is to a direct election or parliamentary appointment model. Turnbull, who served as the chairman of the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) from 1993 to …

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