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Melbourne’s bad day

International | Officials call for additional restrictions in Australia’s second-largest city because of COVID-19
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/03/20, 01:05 pm

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne is under a state of emergency with business closures added to a nighttime curfew, as the country’s second-largest city tries to restrain the spread of the coronavirus. Overnight Saturday, 13 people died of COVID-19.

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Vietnam faces new COVID-19 cases

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/30/20, 04:27 am

After 100 days without any confirmed cases, Vietnam experienced a new outbreak of the disease in the coastal city of Danang over the weekend. Since then the coronavirus has spread to five other cities and provinces, infecting 43 people. Dak Lak province reinforced social distancing, closed nonessential services, and banned gatherings of more than 20 people.

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Stateless: No home away from home

Television | Compelling Netflix drama tells the stories of asylum-seekers in Australia from different perspectives
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/16/20, 03:37 pm

In Stateless, the lives of four individuals converge at the Barton Immigration Detention Center, located on a barren parcel of terrain in South Australia. One is an immigrant seeking asylum, and the other three are white Australians. Such a formula seems ill-suited to a political statement on refugee welfare. So, while the new Netflix limited TV series (rated TV-MA for occasional strong language and isolated moments of sensuality) does pro­ject concern for displaced persons, the personal dramas command center stage.

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