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NSW chalks up a third consecutive day with no fresh COVID cases

NSW has recorded no new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 for the third day in a row. Seven cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 4193, according to NSW Health. There were 12,465 tests reported to 8pm on Saturday, compared

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At least eight children killed in 'brutal' attack on Cameroonian school

Attackers armed with guns and machetes killed at least eight children Saturday in a raid on a school in southwestern Cameroon, the United Nations said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack on the bilingual school in Kumba, but the area has been caught up in violence between Anglophone separatists

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib retires after beating Gaethje

Khabib Nurmagomedov chokes Justin Gaethje unconscious to retain title, announces retirement following death of his father and coach. Khabib Nurmagomedov cemented his claim to be the most dominant MMA fighter of all time with a 29-0 record [File: Christopher Pike/Reuters] UFC superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov has announced his

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Venezuela opposition figure leaves Caracas refuge for abroad

Leopoldo Lopez’s party says the opposition leader left Venezuela on Saturday and will work from abroad. Leopoldo Lopez had been holed up at the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Caracas since a failed military uprising he led in April 2019 against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro [File: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]

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Texas court ruling temporarily reinstates ballot dropbox limits

The state’s supreme court has temporarily stayed a ruling that blocked the governor’s limit of one drop box per county. Long lines have been seen across the United States as a record number of voters are casting their ballots early in advance of the November 3 presidential election

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Turkey's Erdogan says Macron 'needs mental treatment' over attitude to muslims

France on Saturday said it was recalling its envoy to Turkey for consultations after comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed a mental health check-up that Paris condemned as unacceptable. France and its NATO ally are at loggerheads over a range of issues including

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At least 18 killed in suicide attack on Kabul education centre

A suicide bombing at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens more. IS claimed responsibility for the bombing, the group said in a statement on Telegram, without providing evidence. A Ministry of Interior spokesman, Tariq Arian, cited security guards as identifying

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Long lines in New York on first day of early voting

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Hundreds loot Bukuru warehouse as Nigeria protests continue

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A new program is helping young people with special needs to play basketball

Launching a start-up during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown was a tough decision to make, but the founders of HoopNow knew it was an important one.  “The goal of HoopNow is to bring all kids with special needs, no matter what difficulty they’re facing, into an environment that’s judgment-free,” co-founder and CEO

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Erdogan says Macron ‘needs treatment’ over attitude to Muslims

France is recalling its envoy to Turkey after Erdogan said his French counterpart needed ‘mental checks’. Earlier this month, Macron pledged to fight ‘Islamist separatism’ in France, drawing a sharp rebuke from Erdogan [File: Murad Sezer/Reuters] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a fresh attack on

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‘Got ’em’: US authorities destroy ‘murder hornet’ nest

The nest of Asian giant hornets, an invasive species, was the first ever found in the United States. An entomologist for the Washington State Department of Agriculture displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in Blaine, Washington [Elaine Thompson/AP] The first Asian giant

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Record-breaking Colorado wildfires force more evacuations

Flames illuminate the sky as the East Troublesome Fire burns outside Granby, Colorado, US October 22, 2020 [Jim Urquhart/Reuters] Authorities in the US state of Colorado have issued an evacuation order for residents near Rocky Mountain National Park, as gusting winds on Saturday fanned the second-largest wildfire in

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Tense calm in Nigeria after days of unrest

Abuja, Nigeria – Relative calm has returned to Nigerian cities after more than two weeks of deadly protests against police brutality and widespread anger over the shooting of peaceful demonstrators. In Lagos, the country’s commercial hub and the epicentre of the protests, authorities on Saturday eased a 24-hour curfew, while

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Ethiopia slams ‘belligerent threats’ after Trump dam comments

The US president said Egypt will ‘blow up’ the Ethiopian dam if an agreement is not reached over operation and water flow. Trump suggested on Friday that Egypt would eventually bomb the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam if an agreement is not reached over control of operations and water

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Iran’s supreme leader calls for ‘decisive action’ on COVID-19

Khamenei set new tasks for the gov’t, calls for stricter penalties as Iran’s daily cases continue to rise again. Iran’s supreme leader said the country needs to persuade public opinion so people and different organisations can work together to defeat the virus [File: Iranian Supreme Leader’s office]

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Guinea election: President Conde wins third term in office

Alpha Conde, 82, won 59.5 percent of the votes cast, according to a preliminary tally from the election commission. Conde says a constitutional referendum in March reset his two-term limit, but opponents say he is breaking the law by holding onto power [File: John MacDougall/Pool via Reuters]

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‘Ignition of new war:’ Sudan political parties reject Israel deal

Women chant slogans in Khartoum to protest against the contentious decision of the president of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to meet Israel’s prime minister last February in a move towards normalising relations [File: Marwan Ali/AP] Sudanese political parties have rejected the government’s decision to normalise relations

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EU border agency ‘involved in illegal pushbacks’ of migrant boats

Media investigation reveals ‘senior Frontex officials know about illegal practices by Greek border guards’. The report said more than 600 people from the European border agency equipped with boats, drones and aircraft are deployed in Greece, where many migrants and refugees first enter the EU [File: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters]

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NASA probe leaking asteroid samples due to jammed door

Images beamed back to ground control revealed it caught more material than scientists anticipated and was spewing excess of flaky asteroid rocks into space. A US probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged in the

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We will not allow Khashoggi’s killers to evade justice

Activists protesting against the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold a candlelight vigil outside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on October 25, 2018 [File: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis] Last week, Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), the human rights organisation founded by late Saudi dissident and Washington Post

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Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh after Washington talks

Azerbaijan reported fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh despite Pompeo holding talks with both sides in Washington, DC. The collapse of two Russia-brokered truces had already dimmed the prospect of a quick end to fighting [File: AP] Clashes broke out between Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh

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Nine civilians killed in bomb attack on bus in Afghanistan

Four policemen were also wounded, Ghazni police spokesman said, blaming the Taliban for the attack. Rights group Amnesty International said at least 50 people had been killed in attacks just in the preceding week [File: AFP] A roadside bomb tore through a passenger bus east of the

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‘Libya deserves better’: Hope, doubts follow ceasefire deal

Cars drive near shell-pocked buildings in Libya’s eastern coastal city of Benghazi after a ceasefire agreement was signed [Abdullah Doma/AFP] Libyans have reacted with a mix of hope and doubts after the signing of a nationwide ceasefire deal intended to pave the way towards a political solution to

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Catch up: SBS World News (24 October 2020)

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Kapil Dev: Indian cricket legend recovering after heart surgery

The 61-year-old suffered a heart attack but is now in a stable condition, hospital says. Dev, who led India to their first World Cup title in 1983, was rushed to a hospital in the capital after complaining of chest pain on Friday [File: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP] Indian cricket

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Egypt votes for new ‘rubber-stamp’ parliament

Protests have been effectively banned under a restrictive 2013 law, and a renewable state of emergency has been in place since 2017 [File: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP] Egyptians are voting to elect a new parliament which critics say will just replicate a “rubber-stamp” body in place since 2015 under hardline

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A Refugee’s Tale

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/al-jazeera-correspondent/2020/10/24/a-refugees-tale/

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Seychelles votes to elect president, parliament

Voters go to polls amid economic downturn as restrictions on global travel bottom out the tourism industry. The country’s economy has slowed significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic [AFP] Voters in Seychelles are casting their ballot on the main day of the presidential and parliamentary

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Palm oil peril: Is your peanut butter putting primates at risk?

It is tricky to know what we as individuals can do to best help in beleaguered environmental times. We might switch off the lights more often or consider our fashion sources, but it can feel like a meagre and perhaps pointless contribution, wrong though that may be. Food brings it

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At least 22 killed in Ghana church collapse

Officials say 11 women, 10 men and a baby died after an under-construction three-storey building collapsed. At least 22 people, including a baby, were killed when an unfinished three-storey building collapsed in eastern Ghana, emergency officials said on Friday. The accident happened on Tuesday while a church community

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Malaysia rulers to meet amid talk of emergency declaration

Malaysia has already imposed partial lockdowns in some areas over COVID-19 and there is now talk a state of emergency will be imposed [Lim Huey Teng/Reuters] Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah will meet the country’s sultans to discuss proposals put forward by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, the palace said

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Galapagos sees record rise in penguins, flightless cormorants

A drop in tourism and weather patterns associated with La Nina are thought to have helped the bird species in the remote archipelago. A Galapagos penguin on Isabela Island, in the Galapagos archipelago [File: Charles Darwin Foundation/AFP] The population of Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants, two species

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US to base Coast Guard ships in western Pacific to tackle China

The US says it plans to station Coast Guard cutters in the western Pacific [File: USCGC Sherman/US Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters] The United States will deploy Coast Guard patrol ships in the western Pacific to counter what it described as “destabilizing and malign” activities in the region by

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An island built from coral: How Indonesia’s Bajau made a home

Bungin was created by the Bajau people who live there – a nomadic sea people who used the coral to support their homes [Ian Neubauer/Al Jazeera] Bungin Island, Sumbawa, Indonesia – Scattered across many of the islands and coastal communities in Southeast Asia, the Bajau, numbering about one

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Coronavirus live news: cases surge in Europe; Melbourne delays easing of restrictions

France, Italy, Austria and Greece report record increases in Covid-19 cases; Melbourne cluster grows. Follow the latest updates liveUS coronavirus cases surge in final days before electionHow Australia is tracking where Covid cases come fromCoronavirus vaccine final-stage testing to restart in USWhich countries have the most coronavirus cases and deaths?

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Woman critical after falling from Cairns carnival ride

A 25-year-old woman who fell from a carnival ride in Far North Queensland late on Saturday afternoon is in a critical but stable condition in hospital. The incident happened at about 5:30pm at the Cairns showgrounds at Parramatta Park. The woman fell from a ride called The Hangover — a

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Afghan security forces kill senior al-Qaida leader

Abu Muhsin al-Masri was on FBI’s most-wanted list and had been charged with terrorism offences in USAfghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al-Qaida leader who was on the FBI’s most-wanted list, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a tweet late on Saturday.Al-Masri has been

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Seven new COVID cases as Victoria hopes for eased restrictions

Changes to COVID lockdowns will be delayed again for a number of days, Daniel Andrews has announced, due to an outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. While Melburnians had been hoping for a significant relaxation of coronavirus rules, with the state’s 14-day rolling average finally dropping below five on Sunday, citizens

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Woman critical after falling 30 metres from showground ride in Cairns

Paramedics say woman in her 20s fell into ‘components of the ride’s machinery’ A woman is in a critical condition after falling from an amusement ride in far-north Queensland.Emergency services were called to the Cairns showgrounds about 5.30pm on Saturday and took the woman, who is in her 20s, to

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Trump told Republican donors holding Senate will be ‘tough’ – report

Washington Post reports remarks before Nashville debatePresident also said he ‘just can’t’ help some GOP senatorsHow ending Obamacare would kill Fauci plan to conquer HIVShortly after Donald Trump insisted to reporters in Ohio he expected a “red wave” on election day, 3 November, it was reported on Saturday that he

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Diogo Jota completes Liverpool’s comeback win over Sheffield United

Another Saturday, another dose of VAR torment for Liverpool; only this time Jürgen Klopp’s champions would not be denied victory by strange goings-on at Stockley Park. Diogo Jota’s header lifted Liverpool level on points with Everton at the top of the Premier League after VAR had awarded Sheffield United a

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Coronavirus live news: UK records 174 deaths; Colombia due to surpass 1m cases

Polish president Andrzej Duda tests positive for Covid-19UK could be urged to keep windows open in effort to curb Covid-19Coronavirus vaccine final-stage testing to restart in USWhich countries have the most coronavirus cases and deaths? 9.50pm BSTUK paediatricians have published an open letter calling on the government to extend

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Police brutality sparks’ Nigeria’s worst street violence in 20 years

Nigeria’s police chief has ordered the immediate mobilisation of all force resources to control the worst street violence in two decades, stemming from protests against police brutality. The unrest, unprecedented since the 1999 return to civilian rule, is the most serious political crisis confronting President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military

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Top children’s doctors attack Tories over free school meals

More than 2,000 paediatricians back the drive by footballer Marcus Rashford to ensure children have enough to eatThousands of Britain’s top child-health specialists have joined forces to condemn the government for its refusal to fund free meals for disadvantaged children in England over the school holidays, amid a spreading grassroots

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump threaten to sue Lincoln Project

Anti-Trump Republicans’ Times Square billboards accuse advisers of showing ‘indifference’ to Americans suffering amid pandemicMeet the voters standing by Donald TrumpJared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have threatened to sue the Lincoln Project, if the anti-Trump Republicans do not remove two huge billboards from Times Square in New York City, in

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Julie Bishop’s ‘hipster’ innovation hub out of fashion at Dfat

innovationXchange, a creativity initiative launched in 2015, has been scrubbed from the department’s organisational chart and rebranded It was one of Julie Bishop’s pet projects as foreign affairs minister: an innovation hub she described as a “gorgeous little funky, hipster, Googly, Facebooky-type place”.But the “innovationXchange” – established in 2015 to

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Time to open up Victoria? Premier Daniel Andrews dampens expectations

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has sought to dampen expectations of easing coronavirus restrictions, but some health experts say it’s time to open up. The state is waiting nervously after Mr Andrews cast doubt over foreshadowed plans to further lift COVID restrictions on Sunday, pointing to concern over the outbreak in

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Police blame mafia and fascists as anti-lockdown riots rock Naples

Italian police have arrested two people after rioters rampaged through   Naples and demanded the end of a curfew and planned regional lockdown intended to stem the coronavirus. The pair were arrested during clashes and charged with resisting arrest, a police spokeswoman told said on Saturday, adding that two police officers

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Sir Dragonet bolts home to claim the Cox Plate

Glen Boss has won his fourth Cox Plate as a jockey after guiding Sir Dragonet to victory in the 100th running of Australasia’s weight-for-age championship at Moonee Valley. In a race decided on testing ground because of rain, Boss guided Sir Dragonet — purchased from Europe with the specific aim

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North Koreans locked down to avoid ‘virus infected’ wind from China

North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors, saying seasonal yellow dust blowing in from China might carry the new coronavirus into the country. “As the new coronavirus infections continue to spread around the world, the need to deal with the yellow dust and take thorough measures has become

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AstraZeneca resumes US coronavirus vaccine trial

AstraZeneca has resumed the US trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine after approval by regulators, and Johnson & Johnson is preparing to resume its trial early next week. The news signalled progress against the coronavirus, which has infected more than 41 million people globally and comes 10 days before the

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Craig Bellamy to make gut call on Storm line-up

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy will rely on a “gut feel ” in deciding whether to risk Tui Kamikamica in the NRL grand final despite the powerhouse prop not playing for almost a month and only featuring in five games for the season. Kamikamica and utility back Nicho Hynes both ran

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US virus deaths ‘could hit 500,000’ by February

The US death toll from COVID-19 could surpass 500,000 by February unless nearly all Americans wear face masks, according to researchers, as 14 states set new records for one-day increases in infections. The latest estimate by the widely cited University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reflects fears

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No new NSW local cases, restrictions ease

NSW has recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus infections for the second day running as more people are permitted to come together for worship, in hospitality venues and outside at gatherings. Five new cases were uncovered in travellers in hotel quarantine, NSW Health said in a statement. The five cases

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Asteroid samples escaping NASA spacecraft

A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space. The spacecraft Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu this week, NASA’s first attempt at such a mission. The mission’s lead scientist, Dante Lauretta, said the operation collected far more

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Thousands protest over Poland abortion law

Tens of thousands of people have protested across Poland in defiance of coronavirus restrictions, after a near-total ban was imposed on abortion by the country’s Constitutional Tribunal. The court announced that abortions due to foetal defects were unconstitutional, ending one of the few legal grounds for abortion, and setting Poland

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Four new cases confirmed in Melbourne’s northern suburbs outbreak

Victoria has recorded seven new coronavirus cases and no deaths in the past 24 hours. Melbourne’s 14-day average of new cases is now five and 0.2 in regional Victoria. Tweet from @VicGovDHHS  Four of the cases are linked to an outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The state’s health department has

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Israel and Sudan to normalise relations, Donald Trump announces

Israel and Sudan have agreed to take steps to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States. US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on November 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

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Dennis Atkins: Scott Morrison is the master of the dark political arts

Using an old theatrical saying, Canberra author, academic, historian and commentator Chris Wallace remarks that “action is character”. She uses the phrase to analyse the failure of Bill Shorten and the mastery of Scott Morrison in her incisive book, How to Win an Election. One of Wallace’s first maxims in

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Garry Linnell: Remembering the greatest grand final in AFL history

Australian football in the 1980s had become the sport of accountants, full of grim and dour struggles dominated by coaches unprepared to take risks. But in 1989 Geelong’s coach Malcolm Blight created a new side that even supporters of other clubs believed had injected something special into the game. The

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