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Science • Space
2020 Strawberry Moon lunar eclipse occurs today
Full moon, so called "Strawberry moon" viewed  from Tochigi prefecture, eastern Japan.
Full moon, so called "Strawberry moon" viewed from Tochigi prefecture, eastern Japan. Credit: On-chan (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Today's lunar eclipse that begins at 17:45(UTC) and lasts until 21:04(UTC) will be a "penumbral eclipse," which occurs when the outer ring of Earth's shadow just grazes the moon.

This subtle lunar eclipse will be entirely visible for observers in eastern Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and Australia. It will start at moonrise for those on the eastern coast of South America, western Africa and Europe, and at moonset for skywatchers in Japan and New Zealand.

The full moon in June is called a Strawberry Moon because it coincides with the strawberry harvest. In Europe, an old name for this full Moon is the Mead Moon or the Honey Moon.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Australian embassy contacts US government over attacked journalists
A screen-capture shows Network Seven cameraman Tim Myers and reporter Amelia Brace as they were assaulted by police officers while covering protests outside the White House
A screen-capture shows Network Seven cameraman Tim Myers and reporter Amelia Brace as they were assaulted by police officers while covering protests outside the White House Credit: Video Reproduction

After Tim Myers and Amelia Brace, journalists of the Australian Channel 7, were beaten by police outside the White House while covering the ongoing protests the Australian embassy has contacted the US State Department to shed light on the situation.

One of the journalists has stated that "It was an absolutely terrifying experience but we came through it together" when they were beaten with a truncheon, hit with a riot shield and punched in the face by the police.

Channel 7 is yet to make a formal police complaint.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump postpones G7 summit and plans to invite other countries

President Donald Trump said Saturday he would postpone the G7 summit scheduled to take place in June. Trump also said he would like to invite Australia, India, Russia and South Korea.

"I don't feel that as a G7 it properly represents what's going on in the world. It's a very outdated group of countries," Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she could not attend a June G7 summit in person.

Business • Economy
Covid-19 hoarder tries to return goods, gets denied

A shopper in Adelaide, Australia who made use of a team of people to stockpile 150 bottles of hand sanitizer and 132 packs of toilet paper rolls has unsuccessfully tried to return the goods. Worth around $10,000 the shopper tried to sell the goods online, but his "eBay site has been shut down" and the director of the supermarket has refused to refund the purchases.

Science • Animals
After Australian wildfires: first koalas released back into nature

After being rescued from the wildfires that destroyed large parts of nature in Australia, 12 koalas have been released back into nature, their natural habitat in the Blue Mountains. The Taronga Zoo in Sydney had taken care of the animals and "while they have coped well in care, we are delighted to finally send our koalas home", said Dr. Kellie Leigh the executive director of the Science for Wildlife organization.

Health
Following Covid-19 diagnosis Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been released from hospital

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have transferred from the hospital to their home in Queensland, Australia and will stay in self-quarantine there. Both had been diagnosed positive with the coronavirus.

Health
First supermarkets create special shopping hours for elderly people to protect them from Covid-19

Multiple supermarkets and grocery chains have announced that they'll implement special shopping hours for elderly people, which are especially at risk when being infected by the coronavirus.

Health
Australia keeps schools open, Prime Minister advises children to stay 1.5 meters apart from each other

The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the schools in his country will stay open and advises following the policy of social distancing. Students should stay 1.5 meters apart from each other while being at school. In addition to this Australia banned handshakes and implemented a policy that people need to go into self-isolation for 14 days upon entering the country.

Health
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix cancelled after McLaren team member tests positive for Covid-19

Following the withdrawal of the McLaren Racing team from the Australian Grand Prix, after a team member was tested positive for the coronavirus and isolated, the Grand Prix race was canceled. The team principles discussed the situation and they "concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead."

Health
McLaren Racing withdraws from the Formula1 Australian Grand Prix

After a team member of McLaren got tested positively for Covid-19 the team decided to withdraw from the Grand Prix. The team member went into self-isolation as soon as they started to show symptoms and is now being treated by local health authorities.

Health
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for Covid-19 in Australia

The actor announced on his Twitter that Rita Wilson and he got checked in Australia, after having multiple symptoms like feeling tired, body aches, chills and slight fevers. While these symptoms aren't a clear indication for the coronavirus, and for example can be the cause of a cold, they both got positive test results for Covid-19. Both will now go into isolation and be subject to further tests following the official protocols in Australia.