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Melbourne back under lockdown; Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong; South Korean police are searching for the mayor of Seoul

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.

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Hong Kong national security law to take effect; Iran sentences journalist to death; Koalas could be extinct by 2050 in New South Wales

A controversial national security law for Hong Kong is set to take effect, as pro-democracy advocates warn of eroding freedoms in the semi-autonomous region. New reports say US President Donald Trump was briefed in February about suspected Russian bounties on US soldiers, contradicting the president's claims. An Iranian journalist has been sentenced to death. An Australian inquiry shows koalas in NSW could become extinct by 2050.

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Juneteenth celebrations take on new significance; Australia says China involved in cyberattacks; Anti-poverty program in Indonesia also helps save forests

Juneteenth has taken new significance this year amid protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the US that sparked a global movement. And, China said Friday it has charged two detained Canadians for suspected espionage. Also, Australia suggested today that China was the chief suspect in a number of cyberattacks on the Australian government.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Mental health, stress and resiliency during the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 continues to cost lives, sicken millions and force physical distancing. And we may be only beginning to see the psychological impacts of the pandemic. As part of a weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Dr. Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Environment

Cyclone hits Australia

Our Geo Quiz comes straight out of the news this time: a massive cyclone is battering northeastern Australia. The storm is impacting a part of the state to the north of areas hit by massive flooding recently. What's the name of the Australian state?

Conflict & Justice

Slowing down in Australia

Slow down or you'll miss today's Geo Quiz: We are looking for a little town in southeast Australia. It's located in the state of Victoria. The commission has convinced the town to change its name for a month in order to raise awareness about road safety.

Environment

Making the world a Better Place

Better Place, an electric car company, aims to put electric cars -- and the infrastructure to power them -- on roads in the next four years. Living on Earth talks with Wired magazine's Daniel Roth about the startup's unique approach to greening roadways.

Harvesting water from rooftops

The World's Jason Margolis reports that in many parts of the globe where water is scarce, people are boosting their supply by harvesting rainwater from their rooftops

Geo answer

Today's answer is the Australian state of New South Wales, where an exodus of sheep shearers is adding to the woes of an already troubled wool industry. Reporter Phil Mercer has the story.

Geo quiz and answer

Today's answer is the Australian city of Sydney, where a summer arts festival is fully underway. Reporter Sheri Fink sends us an audio postcard.

Citizenship questions

Australians are questioning whether their national citizenship test contains appropriate questions, and some think they smack of racism, as The World's Alex Gallafent reports on what the questions on citizenship tests say about various countries.