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US coronavirus cases rise by 47,000

New US COVID-19 cases increased by more than 47,000 according to a Reuters tally, the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic, as the government's top infectious disease expert warned that number could soon double.

July changes to NSW COVID-19 restrictions

CHANGES TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN NSW FROM JULY 1* Funerals, weddings, and church services now allow for the maximum number of people permitted on the premises, with one person per four square metres* Up to 20 people can visit another household in NSW at one time and guests can stay...

Morrison plans $270b defence spending

DEFENCE SPENDING OVER THE NEXT DECADEINFORMATION AND CYBER - $15 BILLION* Boost offensive and defensive cyber capabilities* Enhance electronic warfare and command and control systems* Improve intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems* Strengthen the ADF's network resilience from malicious actors* Expand and upgrade systems for delivering top secret information and communications...

Ten Melbourne postcodes put into lockdown

10 MELBOURNE POSTCODES LOCKED DOWN OVER OUTBREAKS:The following postcodes will return to stage three restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday night until at least July 29:* 3012 - Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray* 3021 - Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans* 3032 - Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore* 3038...

US 'Golden State Killer' pleads guilty

An ex-policeman turned violent serial prowler known as the "Golden State Killer" has pleaded guilty to 13 murders and confessed to dozens of rapes and home invasions that terrorised much of California during the 1970s and '80s.