Coronavirus live news: WHO drops hydroxychloroquine trial and warns of ‘second peak’ in pandemic | World news

6.56am BST06:56 Global report: ‘disaster’ looms for millions of children as WHO warns of second peak The coronavirus pandemic will have a “disastrous” impact on children’s rights worldwide, making them more vulnerable to forced labour and underage marriage, a rights group has said, as the World Health Organization warned of an “immediate second peak” in […]

Child sexual abuse victims should not be put off by George Pell decision, experts say | Australia news

Victims of child sexual abuse should not be dissuaded from coming forward and reporting perpetrators as a result of the jury conviction of Cardinal George Pell being overturned by the high court, a barrister and professor of law at La Trobe University in Melbourne says. Prof Gideon Boas said he was concerned by those questioning […]

Coronavirus live news: UK wakes up to lockdown as Trump insists US will ‘reopen’ in weeks | World news

8.16am GMT08:16 UK mobile firms asked to alert Britons to heed coronavirus lockdown The UK government has taken the unprecedented step of asking mobile companies to send an alert to everyone in the UK telling them to heed the new nationwide lockdown rules. It is the first time ministers have called upon all the UK’s […]

AFP has dropped Angus Taylor investigation, report says – politics live

Australian federal police decide not to pick up inquiry into Taylor over doctored documents, Keith Pitt to take Matt Canavan’s former portfolio, and veteran affairs portfolio to move into cabinet. All the day’s events, live 3.59am GMT Josh Frydneberg continues to use old auditor-general reports to attack Labor, in some sort of tactic to explain […]

Australian Open 2020: day two – live! | Sport

3.10am GMT03:10 Second set: Vekic* 6-3 4-4 Sharapova (*denotes server): Sharapova’s forehand woes start to come back to haunt her but a searing return down the line keeps her alive at 40-30. Vekic then defends brilliantly at full stretch to keep the ball in play, avoid deuce, and consolidate her break. Pressure right back on […]

NSW fires: 20 structures destroyed in bushfires as Australia records hottest day ever – live | Australia news

7.33am GMT07:33 PM is ‘pretty well connected’, says Angus Taylor Angus Taylor told ABC24 he had been in touch with prime minister Scott Morrison, who is on holidays, and he is “pretty well connected about what’s gone on.” Taylor: I’m not convinced he’s having a very significant holiday right now. He’s working very hard to […]

Australia fires: helicopter crashes as 140 blazes rage in NSW and Queensland – live | Australia news

Queensland is choking on NSW’s bushfire smoke as a southerly change sweeps across the state bringing testing conditions for firefighters. The southeast corner of the state is shrouded in smoke, with the World Health Quality index showing unhealthy levels of air quality across parts of Queensland. “We have seen a southerly change move up from […]

Chaos in parliament over Coalition's union-busting bill – politics live

Scott Morrison announces cut in number of government departments as part of public service overhaul. All the day’s political news, live 3.43am GMT Scott Morrison is asked a question on what he is doing to increase the number of nurses in aged care facilities. I will take that matter up. and make sure I get […]

Labor calls for royal commission into defence veteran suicide – politics live | Australia news

3.28am GMT03:28 Labor accuses the prime minister of misleading parliament by claiming the government has not increased debt. Labor’s Jim Chalmers says the government has doubled Australia’s debt. Scott Morrison describes Chalmers as “Obi Swan’s padawan” in his response. it is a complex sort of thing for him to understand. Because in the Labor party […]

Chinese students in Australia speak: ‘Australia embraces all cultures while losing its own’ | World news

Chinese students in Australia have been accused of trying to stifle freedom of speech on campus, of attacking pro-democracy protesters and of undermining the quality of education at our top universities which are increasingly dependent on the money they bring. They stand at the centre of many of our political debates as we navigate the […]