We end today taking you on a musical voyage between two cities, two cities that are as almost as distant as you can get from each other. For Ben Frost, these would be his two homes of Melbourne, Australia and Reykjavik, Iceland.
Demonstrators are protesting in Australia, where dozens of assaults against Indian students have been reported in the past year. Gautam Gupta, a student who was attacked, joins The Takeaway from Melbourne to talk about the rise in ethnic tensions.
Anchor Lisa Mullins features two female singer-songwriters in today's Global Hit -- Anna Ternheim from Stockholm, Sweden, and Missy Higgins from Melbourne, Australia. Each has won Best Female Artist awards in her country.
Tens of thousands of holiday makers fled seaside towns on Australia's east coast on Thursday as bushfires approached, and military ships and helicopters began rescuing thousands more trapped by the blazes.
As the coronavirus continues to upend the lives of people around the world, many are using the simulation game to live out experiences and routines disrupted by the pandemic — and for a sense of normalcy and connection.
Australian authorities moved on Friday stop protests inspired by the death of black American man George Floyd, saying large gatherings risk new coronavirus infections and banning the biggest rally planned for Sydney.
Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, went back into lockdown for six weeks to try to contain a spike in cases of the coronavirus. Also in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today the country is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. And, South Korean police are searching for Park Won-soon, the mayor of Seoul, after his daughter reported him missing Thursday.
After getting a taste of some version of normalcy, Melbourne went into another lockdown this week. Five million residents will be barred from leaving their homes except for essential reasons and orders between Victoria closed between neighboring states are shut down.
Australia recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday as Melbourne grapples with a spike in coronovirus cases. And, former US Marine Trevor Reed has been sentenced to nine years in jail in Russia. And, the National Employment Savings Trust, the UK's largest pension fund, announced it will begin divesting from fossil fuels.
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