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Sacred sites blast exposes Australia's laws skewed to mining

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - When mining giant Rio Tinto blew up two ancient caves in Western Australia's iron-ore rich Pilbara with state approval, the destruction was met with anger from indigenous landowners for whom the sites were of deep cultural and sacred importance.

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U.S. Marines undergo quarantine after landing in northern Australian city

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Around 200 U.S. Marines arrived in the northern Australian city of Darwin on Tuesday for an annual military training exercise, but will first undergo two weeks of quarantine, the Australian government said.

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Amazon indigenous groups launch international fund to fight coronavirus

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Indigenous groups from nine countries in the Amazon basin called on Wednesday for donations to help protect 3 million rainforest inhabitants who are vulnerable to the spread of the novel coronavirus because they lack adequate access to healthcare.