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Two cities locked down, virus kills 17

China has put on lockdown two cities at the epicentre of a new coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and infected nearly 600, as health authorities around the world scramble to prevent a global pandemic.

Fear grows in Tas mine worker search

Fear are growing for the safety of a miner who went missing after an earth collapse at Tasmania's Henty Gold Mine early on Thursday morning.

What we know about the new coronavirus

Global health authorities fear the transmission rate of coronavirus will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.

US mum accused of suffocating children

A US woman arrested on suspicion of killing her three young children told investigators that she suffocated her son and two daughters with her hands, police say.

Aussies waiting longer for aged care spots

Older Australians are waiting longer to enter residential aged care, with most waiting about five months after being approved for a spot by a health professional.