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Spacing Pfizer COVID jabs boosts antibody levels: UK study

Oxford University study finds that a longer gap between doses of Pfizer vaccine leads to higher overall antibody levels.A longer gap between doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine leads to higher overall antibody levels than a shorter gap, a UK study has found, but antibody levels are not sustained for long

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China mulls turning tutoring companies into non-profits

The sweeping set of rules under consideration could decimate the country’s $100bn education technology industry, sources tell Bloomberg News.China is considering asking companies that offer tutoring on the school curriculum to go non-profit, according to people familiar with the matter, as part of a sweeping set of constraints that could

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EU regulator endorses use of Moderna’s COVID-19 shot for children

European Medicines Agency gives all clear for vaccine to be used in children aged between 12 and 17.The European Union’s medicines regulator has recommended authorising Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged between 12 and 17, marking the first time the shot has been approved for people under 18.

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Slain Haitian president’s hometown holds funeral amid violence

The body of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise was returned to his hometown Friday for a private funeral amid heavy security following violent protests and fears of political volatility in the Caribbean nation.His wife, Martine Moise, arrived at her husband’s service in Cap-Haitien to cries of “Justice! Justice!” as she

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Can Israel criminalise Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the US?

Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling ice cream in Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories may prove a pivotal moment in the campaign against Israel’s apartheid system, Palestinian rights advocates say.The United States-based ice cream maker, known for its creative, chunky flavours and progressive social stances, is already facing

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Officials warn of ‘race’ against Delta variant as US cases surge

New COVID-19 cases are surging in parts of the United States and globally where vaccination rates are low as the highly infectious Delta variant spreads rapidly, prompting new warnings from US government officials.“As long as this virus is out there anywhere, replicating, we’re going to see more variants, and those

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Could lower vaccine doses be key to ending the COVID pandemic?

During an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Brazil in 2018, there was a global shortage of vaccines.In the face of those limitations and the virus’s rapid spread, health officials in Brazil decided to administer fractional dosing. They gave people one-fifth of the normal dose. More people got protection in less

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American Express sees windfall from reinvigorated US consumers

American Express’s revenue jumped to $10.24bn from $7.68bn last year, the company reported on Friday.Spending at restaurants, shops and entertainment venues has come back in force as coronavirus vaccines become more common — and that spending fuelled a revenue surge at American Express during the second quarter. Momentum picked up

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Cleveland baseball team changes name from Indians to Guardians

Ohio MLB team’s name change comes after decades of protests by Native American groups calling it a harmful stereotype.Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will change its name to the Guardians from the Indians starting next season, it said on Twitter on Friday, after having promised to give up a name

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Bosnia’s peace envoy imposes ban on genocide denial

The top international official in Bosnia and Herzegovina has banned denial of genocide in the Balkan country to counter attempts by Bosnia’s Serbs to deny the scope of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, Europe’s only post-World War II genocide.The killings of more than 8,000 Bosniaks by Bosnian Serb forces in

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China’s Xi urges people in Tibet to ‘follow party’ in rare visit

President Xi’s visit comes as China faces increased security concerns as a result of clashes with India and the withdrawal of US-led troops from Afghanistan.China’s President Xi Jinping made his first visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region as national leader this week and urged people there to “follow the party”,

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Prince Harry is producing a memoir – but is he writing it?

Prince Harry announced this week that he is writing a memoir “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become”.But the person drafting every certain-to-be-scrutinised word about the United Kingdom royal’s life is actually Pulitzer Prize-winner JR Moehringer, who helped pen Open, tennis champion Andre

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As Olympics begin, Japan rolls out red carpet for Pfizer CEO

Japan’s prime minister met with Pfizer’s CEO to ensure the drugmaker delivers COVID-19 vaccines as supply dwindles.Japan’s prime minister met with Pfizer’s CEO in an unusually high-profile setting Friday to make sure the drugmaker would deliver the COVID-19 vaccine as promised in the coming period as the nation faces supply

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Azerbaijan jails 13 Armenian military personnel for six years

Azerbaijan’s serious crimes court says those sentenced will be deported after serving their prison terms.An Azerbaijan court has sentenced 13 members of Armenia’s armed forces to six years in prison, finding them guilty of illegally crossing the border, weapons possession and terrorism offences. Armenia had no immediate reaction to the

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Zomato IPO catapults founder towards list of Indian billionaires

A 66% stock jump on debut turned Zomato Ltd founder Deepinder Goyal into a poster boy for India’s fledgling startup scene, pushing his fortune close to the $1bn mark.A 66% stock jump on debut turned Zomato Ltd founder Deepinder Goyal into a poster boy for India’s fledgling startup scene, pushing

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Canada is deporting its ‘guardian angels’

In 2017, in response to then-United States President Donald Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban”, Canadian President Justin Trudeau tweeted: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.” Four years on, many across the world continue to believe Trudeau’s assertion

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White is not a colour – white is an ideology

The rising public conversations about race and racism in the United States have once again confused millions of well-meaning Americans into believing that if they look like what is now socially codified as “a white person” then they must feel guilty about the racist history of their country. This is

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Reluctance and distrust define vaccine attitudes in Gaza

More than five months since the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 jabs in the Gaza Strip, the vaccine rollout in the besieged coastal enclave has been met with general distrust and, in many cases, outright refusal.According to data from Gaza’s health ministry, some 98,000 people – or just

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India’s weight-loss guru Rujuta Diwekar on why grandma knows best

“Rujuta Diwekar doesn’t measure her weight and height,” I was informed over email by her office, which signed off as “Team Rujuta”.From someone who is considered India’s weight-loss guru and whose name still conjures up the image of Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan’s body transformation to a skin-and-bones “size zero”

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Eight missing after boat carrying migrants sinks off Turkey

Turkish naval ships and an aircraft have been deployed as part of search and rescue efforts.Eight people remain missing after a boat carrying migrants and refugees sank off southwest Turkey, the Turkish defence ministry has said, with search and rescue efforts ongoing. Thirty-seven people were rescued from the vessel, the

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Catch up: SBS World News (23 July 2021)

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Iran water shortages: Khamenei says protesters not to blame

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Iranians protesting over water shortages in the country’s drought-hit southwest cannot be blamed, and called on officials to deal with the crisis, according to state media.“The people showed their displeasure … but we cannot really blame the people and their issues must be

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Bangladesh reimposes COVID lockdown for two weeks

Shutdown back in place to stem the tide of infections and deaths from the virus after a weeklong recess for the Eid al-Adha festival.Bangladesh is reimposing its coronavirus shutdown for two more weeks to stem the tide of infections and deaths from the virus after a weeklong recess that allowed

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Tokyo Olympics officially begin under spectre of pandemic

The opening ceremony marks the beginning of the Summer Games, delayed by a year and held under unprecedented restrictions.The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games has begun in Tokyo, with a blaze of white and indigo fireworks officially kicking off the quadrennial international sporting event being held under the

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Sixteen civilians killed in eastern DRC ambush

One child among those killed as they were returning from a weekly market in North Kivu province.Attackers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have killed at least 16 civilians as they were returning from a weekly market, according to a report citing medical and local sources. The

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Landslides in western India kill dozens, more trapped in floods

At least 36 people dead and 1,000 others trapped by floodwaters as monsoon rains pound Maharashtra state.Landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have hit parts of western India, killing at least 36 people and leading to the overnight rescue of more than 1,000 others trapped by floodwaters, officials say. Three

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COVID-positive man boards Indonesia flight disguised as wife

Wearing a full-face veil, a COVID-positive man disguised himself as his wife to board a domestic flight but was caught midair.A COVID-positive Indonesian man has disguised himself as his wife so that he could board a domestic flight, an official in Jakarta said. The man used his wife’s identification card

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Israel granted official observer status at the African Union

Israeli ambassador presents credentials to Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the African Union Commission, at bloc’s headquarters in Addis Ababa.After nearly 20 years of diplomatic efforts, Israel has attained observer status at the African Union (AU). Making the move official, Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi and Chad Aleli Admasu on

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Fresh floods in central China as typhoon heads towards east coast

Villagers were evacuated over makeshift bridges on Friday as floods submerged swaths of central China, and a clean-up began in Zhengzhou where at least 33 people died earlier this week after days of torrential rain.Millions have been affected by the floods in Henan province, trapping people without fresh food or

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A special mental health unit for incarcerated women has opened in Western Australia

Content warning: This article contains reference to suicide.Women incarcerated in Western Australia have been given access to the first dedicated mental health unit inside the state’s prison system.A 29-bed unit opened on Friday at WA’s largest women’s jail, Bandyup Women’s Prison, to address the complex mental health needs of women behind bars.Bandyup

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French person among 6 held over plot to kill Madagascar president

Public security minister says those arrested also included two Malagasy and two Malagasy and French bi-nationals.A French citizen is among six suspects arrested over a failed plot to murder Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina and other top political figures in the Indian Ocean island nation, according to officials. “One of the

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‘Nothing left’: A catastrophe in Madagascar’s famine-hit south

“Look at my child, please help us!” cries the woman.She hurriedly undresses the five-year-old girl, uncovering gaunt arms and ribs that are painfully visible under the skin. The child allows herself to be pulled around before starting to shake. The mother and her daughter live in the famine-stricken region of

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El Salvador orders graft arrest of ex-President Sanchez Ceren

Investigators say they will seek international help to locate and detain the former president and other officials.El Salvador’s attorney general’s office has ordered the arrest of former President Salvador Sanchez Ceren and nine top officials from a past administration as part of a money laundering and corruption investigation. While Sanchez

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India’s DNA data law could harm minorities, hurt privacy: Experts

Privacy advocates fear data can be misused for caste-based or community profiling in a country where minority groups are disproportionately criminalised.A proposed Indian law on the collection and use of genetic data to tackle crime can violate privacy, and target minorities and marginalised communities disproportionately, according to technology experts and

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Taliban: ‘No one wants a civil war’ in Afghanistan

The Taliban says it does not want to monopolise power but insists there will not be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed.In an interview with The Associated Press news agency, Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, who is also a

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Tokyo 2020: Nigara Shaheen on her journey to Refugee Olympic Team

Nigara Shaheen was born in Afghanistan but moved to Pakistan when she was just six months old.Her family, based in Jalalabad, fled the war in Afghanistan, walking for two days and two nights in 1993 to cross the border into Pakistan. Eighteen years later, Shaheen decided to study at the

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Sydney’s crafty cockatoos master suburban bin diving

A few years ago, a Sydney scientist with the Australia Museum noticed a sulphur-crested cockatoo opening his rubbish bin. Not every resident would be thrilled but ornithologist Richard Major was impressed by the ingenuity.It is quite a feat for a bird to grasp a bin’s flip lid with its beak,

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NSW pleads for refocus of vaccination strategy as Sydney outbreak deteriorates

Authorities in New South Wales are pleading for a refocus of the national vaccination strategy to get more jabs into arms as COVID-19 infections from the state’s outbreak continue to soar.  NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said authorities had declared the situation a “national emergency” ahead of a national cabinet meeting with

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New Zealand suspends travel bubble with Australia for at least two months

New Zealand has suspended travel ties with Australia for two months as several states deal with coronavirus outbreaks.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the decision after a cabinet meeting on Friday.The trans-Tasman bubble will burst at 11.59pm but there will be managed return flights over the next week to allow New

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Death toll from two prison riots in Ecuador climbs to 22

President Guillermo Lasso declares a state of emergency in the country’s jail system as a new wave of violence erupts.At least 22 inmates have been killed and several police injured during riots at two of Ecuador’s largest jails, the Andean nation said, marking the second big deadly wave of prison

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Large rat interrupts parliament in Andalusia, Spain

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Vic COVID-19 Delta outbreak grows to 147

VICTORIA’S LATEST COVID-19 OUTBREAK:* New locally acquired cases (during 24-hour reporting period): 14* Linked cases: All 14 linked to existing outbreaks- Four linked to AAMI Park, one patron and three household contacts;- Two to Ms Frankie, customer and staff member;- Two to Trinity Grammar, both students;- One to St Patrick’s

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Several inmates killed in prison riots in Ecuador

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South Australia records one new local COVID-19 case linked to known cluster

South Australia has recorded one new local COVID-19 case in its current cluster, linked to a winery in Adelaide’s north.The man in his 60s initially tested negative but returned a positive result after developing symptoms while in quarantine, authorities said on Friday. The new case comes from a record 23,572 tests, and

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'National emergency': NSW has recorded 136 new local COVID-19 cases

New South Wales has recorded 136 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as medical authorities advise the current outbreak is now a “national emergency”. Of the new cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, at least 53 were infectious in the community.  Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the upward trend of daily

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TGA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15

Australia’s medical regulator has provisionally approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed its decision in a statement on Friday. “Provisional approval for use in the 12 to15 years age group has been made following careful evaluation of the available data supporting

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TGA approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15

Australia’s medical regulator has provisionally approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed its decision in a statement on Friday. “Provisional approval for use in the 12 to15 years age group has been made following careful evaluation of the available data supporting

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Hundreds of wildfires ravage northwestern Ontario

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Court backs in Samoa’s first woman PM

Samoa has its first female prime minister after a three-month electoral deadlock was broken by the courts. The Pacific nation went to the polls on April 9, with the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party claiming victory over the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). On Friday, the country’s

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German gymnasts may don full bodysuits for Olympics comp

German female gymnasts will choose whether they want to wear full-body suits in Sunday’s qualifications at the Tokyo Olympics after receiving accolades for donning the outfits in the past in a stand against the sexualisation of their sport. The German team wore fuchsia unitards – combined leotards and leggings extending

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Fears for travellers missing in the NT

Concerns have been raised for two Victorian travellers who have not been seen for four days in remote central Australia. Yasemin Aslaner, 49 and Elias Awad, 22, were last seen on Monday at the Kulgera border checkpoint, about 275 kilometres south of Alice Springs. They have not been in contact

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Echuca publican fined for flouting lockdown

A pub owner in regional Victoria has had a run in with the law for pouring pints and serving parmas despite public health measures prohibiting it. Trevor Andrews of the Pastoral Hotel Echuca has been opening to patrons for three days, serving meals and drinks in defiance of the state’s

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‘Sydney is on fire’: Premier calls for ‘ring of steel’ to cut off city

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has called for a “ring of steel” to be established around Sydney, to contain the city’s growing outbreak. Mr Andrews agrees with the NSW chief health officer’s assessment that the Sydney outbreak is a “national emergency” and said the state had a “national responsibility” to contain

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Lorna Jane fined $5m for COVID-19 claims

Lorna Jane has been fined $5 million and labelled “predatory and exploitative” by the Federal Court after the popular activewear brand falsely claimed its clothes could eliminate COVID-19 and stop it spreading. During the deadly virus outbreak, the company claimed its anti-virus activewear had been sprayed with a substance called

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Body-in-box murder accused faces Qld court

A man extradited from NSW after a woman’s body was found inside a box on the balcony of a Brisbane apartment has faced court charged with murder. Yang Zhao, 26, was transported to Queensland by two officers ahead of his appearance in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, police said in

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Star drops proposal to merge with Crown

A merger proposal for Crown Resorts has been withdrawn after a royal commission raised the prospect the gaming group could lose the licence for its Melbourne casino. Star Entertainment, which operates The Star casino in Sydney, said it had limited engagement with Crown since it launched the non-binding offer to

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Grounded: NZ sticks pin in quarantine-free travel

New Zealand has suspended travel ties with Australia for two months as at least three Australian states deal with coronavirus outbreaks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the decision on Friday, after a cabinet meeting. The trans-Tasman bubble will officially burst at midnight on Friday but there will be managed return

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Parole pending for fake collar bomber

A man who broke into a schoolgirl’s Sydney home and put a fake collar bomb around her neck has offered a “deep-founded” apology to his victim during a parole hearing. The State Parole Authority on Friday reserved its decision on whether Paul Douglas Peters should be released from jail when

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NSW faces ‘national emergency’, as new cases hit 136

Thousands more Sydney residents will be banned from leaving their local areas, even for work, as NSW tries to contain its deadly COVID outbreak after another grim record on Friday. NSW will also push to significantly broaden the national vaccine rollout to focus on first doses for residents of virus-hit

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James Ashby legal claim dismissed

One Nation staffer James Ashby has failed to secure millions from the federal government for an earlier lawsuit he filed and may have to pay the Commonwealth’s legal fees in defending the case. Senator Pauline Hanson’s right-hand man appealed to the Federal Court for the Commonwealth to pay the $4.54

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Farewell ‘Strop’: Comedian John Cornell dies

Comedian, producer and actor John ‘Strop’ Cornell – a “classic Australian character” – has died, aged 80. Cornell died at his Byron Bay home, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Delvene Delaney and his daughters, Melissa,

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SA moves to keep grocery shelves stocked

Emergency measures have been invoked to allow food and other supplies to be delivered to South Australian supermarkets around the clock during the state’s COVID-19 lockdown. Planning Minister Vickie Chapman said the variation to regulations would ensure shelves remained stocked, helping to meet increased demand and prevent supply chain delays.

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Clever cockatoos? Scientists go beyond the garbage

Cheeky Australian cockatoos are teaching each other how to lift wheelie bin lids to snack on garbage. For the first time, a team of international scientists have proven that the iconic Australian species’ behaviour is learnt. It all started with an amusing video sent to the researchers a few years

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Victoria posts 14 more local coronavirus cases

Victoria has 14 more locally acquired coronavirus cases, all linked to current outbreaks. Ten of Friday’s cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period, while interviews continue with another. State health authorities confirmed the figures in a tweet, with further details expected later on Friday. Tweet from @VicGovDH For millions

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Car hits, injures six at Wales pub

Six people have been taken to hospital after a car ploughed into a crowd outside a pub in South Wales. Police were called to the serious incident in Pontyclun about 8.30pm on Thursday, sparking a huge emergency services response. South Wales Police said six people were taken to the University

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Qantas flight attendant positive for coronavirus

A Qantaslink flight attendant has tested positive for COVID after working on six flights across Queensland while potentially infectious. Deputy Premier Steven Miles confirmed the woman’s infection on Friday. “We think [she] was possibly infectious from 11 July. She crewed six flights during that period, between Brisbane, Longreach, Gladstone and

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Pfizer vaccine gets backing for use in under-16s

The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use among Australian children aged 12 to 15. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed the Therapeutic Goods Administration ruling on Friday. The Pfizer vaccine had previously only been approved for Australians 16 and over. The next step is for the Australian Technical Advisory

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Olyroos’ stunning upset against Argentina on hunt for Tokyo gold

Olyroos coach Graham Arnold insists the Australian team is in the hunt for gold after stunning Argentina 2-0 in their Tokyo Games opener. Lachlan Wales and Marco Tilio scored in Sapporo on Thursday as the Olyroos took control of their section, with Group C rivals Egypt and Spain battling out

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