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Canberra: Capital of Australia
Canberra is the capital city of Australia. Founded following the federation of the colonies of Australia as the seat of government for the new nation, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory; 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne.

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China slaps Australia with barley tariffs as trade tensions flare [Video]

China slaps Australia with barley tariffs as trade tensions flare

China imposes tariffs on barley, suspends beef imports from Australia after Canberra pushes for COVID-19 enquiry.

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Australia's got beef with China over trade [Video]

Australia's got beef with China over trade

After Australia called for an international inquiry into the origins of the new coronavirus, trade tensions have been rising between Canberra and Beijing. David Doyle reports.

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Australia sets out principles for resumption of sport [Video]

Australia sets out principles for resumption of sport

Morrison lays out principles for Australia's sport restart

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Australia defends call for an inquiry into COVID-19 origins [Video]

Australia defends call for an inquiry into COVID-19 origins

Australia's calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 is "reasonable" and not targeted at any specific country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. Olivia Chan reports.

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Australian javelin world champion keeps husband-coach busy during pandemic [Video]

Australian javelin world champion keeps husband-coach busy during pandemic

Home isolation during the coronavirus pandemic has left javelin world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber with fewer chances to hurl her spear but the Canberra-based Australian is taking it all in her stride..

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Australia calls for probe into coronavirus origins [Video]

Australia calls for probe into coronavirus origins

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison sought support for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in phone calls with U.S. President Donald Trump and the German..

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