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Beirut hit by huge blast, at least 100 die

Lebanese rescue workers are digging through the mangled wreckage of buildings looking for survivors after a massive warehouse explosion sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 100 people and injuring nearly 4000.

COVID-19 claims youngest Aussie victim

Australia's youngest coronavirus victim, a man in his 30s, has died in Victoria as the state suffered its worst day, with 725 new cases and 15 fatalities.

Qld bans diplomat quarantine exemptions

Queensland will no longer offer hotel quarantine exemptions to diplomats after a coronavirus-infected contractor used the loophole to enter the state from Afghanistan.

NSW works to end virus transmission chains

Victorians trying to enter NSW have been issued a stern warning while health authorities work to track down and end the chains of COVID-19 transmission across the state.

Microsoft buying TikTok would be OK: Trump

US President Donald Trump says he would approve of Microsoft or another major US company buying the US arm of the social media app TikTok, while continuing to threaten a ban if an acquisition deal is not reached by September 15.

Retail hit hard amid Vic virus measures

Most retail in Melbourne will be closed to customers while tight restrictions will be in place at construction and meat processing sites, as part of efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok's US ops

Microsoft Corp says it will push ahead with talks to acquire the US operations of Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok, a potential blockbuster deal that could reshape the social media industry and further inflame US-China relations.