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News | Australia | Charges Payments Against Facebook: Facebook Has to Pay News Corp for News Content.

Image Facebook to pay News Corp for content in Australia BBC News 4-6 minutes image copyrightGetty Images image captionRupert Murdoch's News Corporation has secured payments from Facebook in Australia Facebook has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia for journalism from its local mastheads. The deal was secured just weeks after Australia passed a controversial world-first law aimed at making tech platforms pay for news content. News Corp has not disclosed the value of the three-year contract in Australia. Last month, it clinched a global deal with Google . Mr Murdoch's media empire began with his Australian newspapers. The deal covers all of News Corp Australia's content. It controls about 70% of newspaper circulation in Australia with titles including The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Herald Sun. It also owns, as well as the Fox News-modelled conserv

News | Australia | Politics: Australian 'war crimes': Elite troops killed Afghan civilians, report finds

6-8 minutes - Source: BBC There is "credible evidence" that Australian elite soldiers unlawfully killed 39 people during the Afghan war, a long-awaited report has found. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has released findings from a four-year inquiry into misconduct by its forces. It said 19 current or former soldiers should be investigated by police over the killings of "prisoners, farmers or civilians" between 2009 and 2013. The ADF blamed crimes on an unchecked "warrior culture" among some soldiers. The inquiry - conducted by Major Gen Justice Paul Brereton - conducted interviews with more than 400 witnesses. It also found evidence that: Junior soldiers were told to get their first kill by shooting prisoners, in a practice known as "blooding" Weapons and other items were planted near Afghan bodies to cover up crimes An additional two incidents could constitute a war crime of "cruel treatment" Afghanistan sa

News | Australia: Scientists begin tests on two possible vaccines

5-6 minutes - BBC Image copyright CSIRO Image caption CSIRO scientists are testing two vaccine options Scientists in Australia have begun testing two potential coronavirus vaccines in "milestone" lab trials. The vaccines, made by Oxford University and US company Inovio Pharmaceutical, have been cleared for animal testing by the World Health Organization. Australia's national science agency will assess if the vaccines work, and if they would be safe for humans. The first human trial took place in the US last month, but skipped a stage of animal testing. There are several other vaccine developments occurring around the world at the moment at ext

News | Australia | Business | Retailing: Woolworths underpaid thousands of workers by up to $300m

Ben Butler 7-8 minutos - Source: The Guardian The supermarket giant Woolworths is to be investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman in what is believed to be Australia’s biggest wage underpayment case after admitting it owes staff as much as $300m. Woolworths on Wednesday told the stock exchange it had so far identified 5,700 current staff it had underpaid for as much as nine years. But the number of underpaid workers is set to increase as Woolworths sifts through payment records, because the company is yet to determine how many former staff have also been shortchanged. The Fair Work Ombudsman, Sandra Parker, said she was “shocked” to see Woolworths join a list of large companies guilty of underpayment that already included Wesfarmers , Qantas, Commonwealth Bank, Super Retail Group and Michael Hill Jewellers. “The Fair Work Ombudsman will conduct an investigation in relation to Woolworths’ self-disclosure and hold them to account f