【The D】【ec. 6】【 atta】【ck fu】【rther】【 comp】【licat】【ed U.】【S.-Sa】【udi r】【elati】【ons a】【t a t】【ime o】【f hei】【ghten】【ed te】【nsion】【s bet】【ween 】【the U】【nited】【 Stat】【es an】【d Ira】【n, Sa】【udi A】【rabia】【’s re】【giona】【l riv】【al. I】【t als】【o cas】【t the】【 inte】【rnati】【onal 】【milit】【ary e】【xchan】【ge pr】【ogram】【s the】【 U.S.】【 mili】【tary 】【belie】【ves h】【elp f】【orge 】【long-】【term 】【partn】【ershi】【ps in】【 a ne】【gativ】【e lig】【ht.】
The discussion, due to start in the late afternoon, will take place a day after the EU Commission is expected to announce new plans to strengthen coordination among EU states on testing strategies, contact tracing and quarantine length, officials told Reuters.
Australia recorded its first case of Native Title compensation last year when the High Court awarded A$2.5 million ($1.72 million) to traditional owners from Timber Creek in the Northern Territory for their losses, including spiritual connection to the land.
（1）The decision will likely bring to an end the long-running prosecution of the cardinal for sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys in the 1990s when he was Archbishop of Melbourne. Pell is the highest ranking Catholic worldwide to be jailed for child sex offences.
（2）The Diamond Princess was ordered to stay under quarantine at Yokohama port on Feb. 3 after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man, who was on board from Jan. 20 to Jan. 25, developed the virus.
（3）Australia has introduced a strict lockdown and night curfew in the city of Melbourne, aiming to stifle an outbreak there. Neighbouring New Zealand, where life has largely returned to normal, on the weekend recorded 100 days with no new cases of local transmission.
【Aust】【rali】【a’s 】【Bure】【au o】【f Me】【teor】【olog】【y sa】【id t】【here】【 is 】【a 50】【% ch】【ance】【 tha】【t th】【e bu】【lk o】【f th】【e co】【untr】【y’s 】【east】【 wil】【l re】【ceiv】【e av】【erag】【e ra】【infa】【ll f】【rom 】【Marc】【h 1 】【thro】【ugh 】【to M】【ay 3】【.】：
（1）The discussions, held despite the global coronavirus pandemic, followed some movement on prisoner releases, with Kabul freeing some 300 insurgent detainees and the Taliban releasing a first batch of government prisoners.
（2）【The】【 de】【al 】【ann】【oun】【ced】【 ea】【rli】【er 】【in 】【the】【 da】【y b】【y t】【he 】【Tal】【iba】【n w】【oul】【d h】【ave】【 re】【mov】【ed 】【a m】【ajo】【r h】【urd】【le 】【to 】【the】【 co】【nve】【nin】【g o】【f p】【eac】【e t】【alk】【s b】【etw】【een】【 th】【e s】【ide】【s a】【s p】【art】【 of】【 a 】【U.S】【.-b】【rok】【ere】【d p】【roc】【ess】【 ai】【med】【 at】【 en】【din】【g A】【mer】【ica】【’s 】【lon】【ges】【t w】【ar 】【and】【 br】【ing】【ing】【 pe】【ace】【 to】【 Af】【gha】【nis】【tan】【.】
（3）Australia’s ban on foreigners arriving from China, Iran and South Korea was extended on Thursday to cover Italy, and has formed a key part of Australia’s move to stop the spread of the virus.
（4）The decision to ship its products internationally was the prerogative of the Russian president and government, it said.
（1）【The】【 de】【al 】【did】【 no】【t s】【pel】【l o】【ut 】【- a】【s E】【rdo】【gan】【 ha】【s r】【epe】【ate】【dly】【 de】【man】【ded】【 - 】【tha】【t S】【yri】【an 】【for】【ces】【 wi】【thd】【raw】【 to】【 th】【e e】【dge】【 of】【 th】【e I】【dli】【b “】【de-】【esc】【ala】【tio】【n z】【one】【”, 】【aro】【und】【 wh】【ich】【 Tu】【rke】【y h】【as 】【sta】【tio】【ned】【 a 】【doz】【en 】【mil】【ita】【ry 】【obs】【erv】【ati】【on 】【pos】【ts,】【 mo】【st 】【of 】【the】【m n】【ow 】【sur】【rou】【nde】【d b】【y R】【uss】【ian】【-ba】【cke】【d S】【yri】【an 】【gov】【ern】【men】【t f】【orc】【es.】
（2）【At】【 t】【he】【 t】【im】【e,】【 t】【he】【 p】【ol】【ic】【e 】【sa】【id】【 t】【he】【 t】【as】【k 】【fo】【rc】【e 】【wo】【ul】【d 】【fo】【cu】【s 】【on】【 g】【et】【ti】【ng】【 c】【ri】【mi】【na】【ls】【 o】【ff】【 t】【he】【 s】【tr】【ee】【ts】【, 】【re】【du】【ci】【ng】【 a】【cc】【es】【s 】【to】【 g】【un】【s 】【an】【d 】【ex】【pl】【os】【iv】【es】【 a】【nd】【 i】【nc】【re】【as】【in】【g 】【th】【e 】【po】【li】【ce】【 p】【re】【se】【nc】【e 】【in】【 a】【ff】【ec】【te】【d 】【ar】【ea】【s.】
（3）Australia is experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons on record, with fires burning since September and claiming the lives of 28 people, destroying more than 2,500 homes and razing forests and farmland the size of Bulgaria.
（4）The department said its decision followed three reports by industry players that raised concerns about the state of readiness.
（5）Australia has avoided the high COVID-19 casualty numbers of other countries after closing its borders and going into nationwide lockdown in March, with some 9,300 infections and 107 deaths.