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Ravenous rats await US restaurant-goers

Beware rogue ravenous rats - that is the latest coronavirus-tinged health warning from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the rodents that have been starved of restaurant leftovers these past two months make themselves known.

Growing inequalities in life expectancy

The coronavirus pandemic may exacerbate a widening socio-economic gap in premature death rates that is contributing to a stagnation in Australians' life expectancy, researchers say.

More than 8000 virus deaths in Germany

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased by 431 to 178,281, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases shows.

Bushfires royal commission starts hearings

THE NATIONAL ROYAL COMMISSION INTO AUSTRALIA'S UNPRECEDENTED BUSHFIRES STARTS HEARINGSWHAT IS IT?* The official name is the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.

Trump returns to golf as virus toll rises

US President Donald Trump has played golf for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society.