Rain an ‘absolute saviour’ for farmers, but could this dam have helped them sooner? | ABC News

NSW’s mid-north coast is normally an area of high rainfall, where farmers take full advantage of fertile soils. While the weather has been true to form recently, the region has been in a prolonged drought. Farmers had hoped to access a 200 megalitre capacity dam, but say regulators have been standing in the way. Read … Read more Rain an ‘absolute saviour’ for farmers, but could this dam have helped them sooner? | ABC News

Polls close in Iranian parliamentary election

Votes are being counted in Iran’s parliamentary elections. Because thousands of moderate and reformist candidates were barred from running, the results are expected to change the face of the country’s legislature. The expected boost to the conservatives could affect Iran’s policies towards the region and the United States, which has placed a series of sanctions … Read more Polls close in Iranian parliamentary election

Coronavirus epidemic: Wuhan residents ordered to remain indoors

It’s been nearly four weeks since Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, sealed off its borders. Stricter measures have been now imposed by the Chinese government, which is determined to control the crisis that has brought the country to a standstill. Millions have been forbidden to leave their homes – a food and … Read more Coronavirus epidemic: Wuhan residents ordered to remain indoors

Bob Brown Foundation protesters banned from Tasmanian forest | ABC News

Tasmania’s workplace regulator has taken an unprecedented step in a bid to shut down protest action. The Bob Brown Foundation’s been banned from forest protesting across the state. It’s sparked accusations of political interference. Here’s reporter Erin Cooper. Image: Supplied/Dan Broun Read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-21/bob-brown-protesters-banned-from-tasmanian-forests/11986996 For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can … Read more Bob Brown Foundation protesters banned from Tasmanian forest | ABC News

Ukrainian protesters hurl rocks at bus carrying evacuees

Fears over the spread of coronavirus have turned into violent confrontations with police in Ukraine. The president reassured locals that they will not pose any danger. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish … Read more Ukrainian protesters hurl rocks at bus carrying evacuees

Chinese high school students can return to Australia under strict travel ban exemptions | ABC News

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the coronavirus, COVID-19, has been contained in Australia with no new diagnoses in the general population within the last week. Mr Hunt also announced a strict exemption for high school students in year 11 and 12 from mainland China, excluding from Hubei, who will be considered for entrance to … Read more Chinese high school students can return to Australia under strict travel ban exemptions | ABC News

CWA infuriated by Government’s ‘disrespectful’ drought grants program | ABC News

The Government’s latest attempt to provide drought support has been described as “insulting” by the Country Women’s Association (CWA). The Coalition wants the CWA to distribute new drought funding on its behalf via vouchers. But as national rural reporter Kath Sullivan explains, based on the Government’s current proposal, the CWA is refusing to take part. … Read more CWA infuriated by Government’s ‘disrespectful’ drought grants program | ABC News

Australian researchers one step closer to coronavirus vaccine | ABC News

A team of researchers from the University of Queensland is one step closer to developing a vaccine for coronavirus COVID-19. Professor Paul Young says they’ve been able to create their first vaccine candidate in the laboratory. Image: AP/NIAID-RML; ABC News For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content … Read more Australian researchers one step closer to coronavirus vaccine | ABC News

The island fuelling Tasmania’s newest wilderness battle | ABC News

Police are investigating vandalism and stolen property at a remote Tasmanian island that’s become the centre of a new battle over the state’s wilderness. The number of exclusive leases handed to businesses for protected Tasmanian land has more than doubled since the Liberal Government came to power in 2014. A proposal for a luxury camp … Read more The island fuelling Tasmania’s newest wilderness battle | ABC News