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Georgia’s future hangs on the outcome of the war in Ukraine

From: People & PowerHow the Ukrainian war is forcing the South Caucasus nation of Georgia to choose between West and East.Georgia has a long and troubled relationship with its giant neighbour Russia, which the war in Ukraine has not made any easier. With Russian troops occupying two of

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Croatia’s Sosa fit for quarter-final, but Brazil’s Sandro out

Borna Sosa will face Brazil on Friday, but Alex Sandro misses out with a hip injury.Croatia defender Borna Sosa is fit to face Brazil in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final match in Qatar. The 24-year-old left back was to take part in the final training session ahead of the game at

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A Very British Way of Torture

From: Featured DocumentariesThe shocking story of how Britain secretly used torture in its war against the Kenyan anti-colonialist Mau Mau movement in the 1950s.Between 1952 and 1960, Britain fought a vicious war in Kenya against the anticolonial Mau Mau movement. It was an exceptionally bloody conflict, with atrocities

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Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim’s anti-corruption award winners announced

The ceremony for Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s Anti-Corruption Excellence award held in Doha for the first time as Qatar hosts the 2022 World Cup.The winners of the sixth edition of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award have been announced in

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EU backs Croatia’s entry into Schengen, rejects Bulgaria, Romania

European Union members have confirmed the admission of Croatia to the bloc’s passport-free Schengen area while rejecting the candidacies of Bulgaria and Romania.The decisions came on Thursday during a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels. “Last step completed! Council decision adopted – It is now formally confirmed that Croatia

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COVID disruptions led to 63,000 more malaria deaths: WHO

There were also 13 million additional infections globally – most of them in Africa – over two years, according to World Malaria Report.The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted efforts to control malaria, resulting in 63,000 additional deaths and 13 million more infections globally over two years, according to a report from

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Greek authorities call for calm after unrest over police shooting

Protests have been raging in different Greek cities since a 16-year-old Roma boy was shot in the head by police.Greece’s government has called for calm after the police shooting of a Roma boy sparked protests in a neighbourhood of Athens and outside the country’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki. Demonstrators gathered overnight

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Our plastic problems are worse than you think | All Hail

From: All HailWhy we can’t recycle our way out of the planet’s plastic crisis.Plastics are the lifeblood of a modern culture of speed, convenience and disposability – but we rarely stop to ask: Where does it all come from? What a lot of people don’t realise is that

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Brazil will keep dancing after World Cup goals, says Vinicius Jr

Vinicius Jr calls critics killjoys, as Brazil follow in the fabled tradition of Roger Milla and Bebeto.Twinkle-toed Brazil winger Vinicius Jr has hit back at criticism of his team’s celebratory dance routines following goals, saying he and his teammates would “continue to express our joy”. The 22-year-old, whose goal against

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Elon Musk and Twitter: How not to lead a business

From: The Bottom LineManagement gurus weigh in on why some CEOs crash and burn while others take their businesses to the Moon.The richest man alive has bought Twitter and is bending it to his will. But Elon Musk is not the only billionaire who has a huge impact

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Photos: Funky fan fashion turns World Cup into striking spectacle

From colourful wigs and body-painting designs to elaborate masks and dresses made out of flags, fans from every corner of the planet have gone to great lengths to bring their best football party outfits to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.The eye-catching spectacle in the stadiums and the streets of

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Russia frees US basketball star Brittney Griner in prisoner swap

Russia says Griner traded for Viktor Bout, a Russian former arms dealer jailed in the United States.Russia has released US basketball star Brittney Griner in a prisoner exchange, US and Russian officials have said. Russia’s foreign ministry said she had been traded for Viktor Bout, a Russian former arms dealer

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It is time to rethink how we deliver aid to Syria

A crucial UN Security Council resolution authorising cross-border aid deliveries to Syria without the approval of the Syrian government is due to expire in January. Since 2014, these deliveries have been a lifeline for millions of people living in rebel-held areas in the country’s north. A failure to pass an

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Why was Peru President Pedro Castillo impeached?

Peru’s former President Pedro Castillo has been arrested after he was removed from office by the Congress in an impeachment trial.Left-wing leader Castillo announced on Wednesday that he was dissolving the Congress, introducing a curfew and using emergency powers to call new elections. The move was condemned by the constitutional

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Modi’s BJP set for a landslide in state polls in India’s Gujarat

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is heading for a record-breaking landslide victory in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat for a seventh straight term.The right-wing party is leading in 156 of the 182 seats in the state assembly, according to data released by the election commission on

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China’s Xi meets Saudi’s MBS ahead of summit with Arab leaders

Saudi Arabia and China are expected to sign deals worth around $30 billion ahead of a summit with Arab leaders.Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has received China’s President Xi Jinping in Riyadh as part of a visit expected to bolster political and economic ties. Xi was greeted

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‘World will take note:’ Saudi fans on Ronaldo link to local club

The Portuguese superstar has reportedly received a tantalising offer from Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr club.Doha, Qatar – Cristiano Ronaldo may have spent most of Portugal’s round-of-16 game against Switzerland on the bench, but his late introduction was greeted by deafening cheers from thousands of fans at Lusail Stadium on Tuesday

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Sterling aims for World Cup return after break-in at family home

The England winger is said to have asked if he can return to Qatar ahead of the quarter-final against France.Raheem Sterling is said to have asked England’s Football Association (FA) if he can return to Qatar in time for his side’s quarter-final clash against France on Saturday. The Chelsea and

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Russia and Ukraine enter grim winter campaign as war losses mount

Russian and Ukrainian forces fought vicious battles in Ukraine’s east without significant territorial changes over the past week, the 41st of the war, with neither side showing any willingness for immediate negotiations to put an end to the fighting.Meanwhile, Ukraine scored its deepest strikes in Russian territory yet and its

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Nigeria denies mass ‘abortion programme’ of Boko Haram victims

The Reuters report said at least 10,000 pregnancies were forcefully terminated, mostly without consent, in northeast Nigeria.Nigeria’s military has denied conducting a years-long illicit programme to carry out abortions among women and girls who have been victims of armed groups in the northwest, a claim reported by Reuters on Wednesday.

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Germany opens Wirecard fraud trial over missing $2bn

Germany’s Wirecard fraud trial has opened, with ex-CEO Markus Braun and two former executives in the dock over their roles in the country’s biggest-ever accounting scandal.The trial in Munich began on Thursday, two and a half years after the digital payments firm collapsed in spectacular fashion following admission that 1.9

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Iran carries out first execution over Mahsa Amini protests

HighlightsIran carried out its first known execution over protests triggered by Mahsa Amini’s death. The Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights says 458 protesters have died over the last three months. At least 11 people have been sentenced to death in connection with the protests. Iran carried out its first known

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Israel kills three Palestinians in Jenin, general strike called

Ramallah, occupied West Bank – The Israeli army has killed three Palestinian men during a raid in Jenin, the latest people to die in a months-long Israeli campaign of near-daily raids in the occupied West Bank.The Palestinian ministry of health identified the three killed on Thursday morning as Siqdi Zakarneh, 29,

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M23 rebels killed at least 131 civilians in eastern DRC, UN says

Victims were ‘arbitrarily executed’ during a massacre in two villages in North Kivu in late November, a preliminary investigation has found.M23 rebels killed at least 131 civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo late last month as part of a campaign of murder, rape, kidnapping and looting, the United

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As US watches on, China-Saudi relations grow in importance

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Riyadh for a three-day trip, underscoring the constantly growing importance of Sino-Saudi relations, and a clear message from Saudi Arabia that it will not take diktats from the United States.Xi’s first trip to Saudi Arabia in six years gives Saudi Crown Prince and Prime

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Some ‘ISIS brides’ have returned home. For others, the future is less clear

KEY POINTSThere has been no decision made on repatriating remaining ‘ISIS brides’.Changes to the terror listing system are being considered.The federal government says right-wing extremism is a growing threat.Australian citizens stranded in Syrian refugee camps are still in indefinite limbo, with no decision made on when they will return home.And

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NYT journalists, workers on 24-hour strike for ‘better newsroom’

Hundreds of journalists and other employees at The New York Times have begun a 24-hour walkout, the first strike of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years.Newsroom employees and other members of The NewsGuild of New York – the union for news professionals in the United States’

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AFLW ditches white shorts from uniform policy to tackle period stigma

HighlightsFrom next year, AFLW players will no longer have to wear white shorts for away games.The AFL says the decision was made after “extensive consultation” with players. Officials say the move is also designed to remove barriers stopping girls and women from playing the sport. White shorts have been axed

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North Korean hackers used Itaewon tragedy for malware: Google

Google’s anti-hacking unit says state-backed hackers exploited the Halloween disaster to target internet users with malware.North Korean hackers exploited South Korea’s deadly Halloween crowd crush to target internet users with malware, according to a report by Google’s anti-hacking unit. The state-backed hackers planted malicious software in Microsoft Office documents disguised

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Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 288

Here is the situation as it stands on Thursday, December 8:Fighting Russian shelling has killed at least six people and set buildings on fire in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kurakhove, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the fighting in Ukraine could last for

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Iran conducts first protest-related execution

DEVELOPING STORYDEVELOPING STORY, The person was convicted of injuring a security guard with a long knife, semi-official Tasnim news agency reports.Iran says it has executed the first prisoner known to be convicted for an alleged crime stemming from ongoing nationwide protests. The person was convicted of injuring a

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Lizzo shared her People’s Choice Award with 17 activists: who are they?

HighlightsLizzo shared the stage with 17 activists after being announced as the People’s Champion at the People’s Choice Awards.The US singer told the audience she wanted to use her platform to “amplify marginalised voices”.The “People’s Champion” called on the audience to follow and support the activists.American singer-songwriter Lizzo proved why

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FTX founder Bankman-Fried facing market rigging probe: Report

Investigation is focused on whether Sam Bankman-Fried manipulated the market for two cryptocurrencies, the New York Times says.FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried is being investigated by authorities in the United States to determine if he manipulated the market for two cryptocurrencies leading to their collapse and the implosion of his own

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SBS News in Easy English Bulletin 8 December 2022

This is SBS News in Easy English. I’m Hannah Kwon.The Australian government says it’s a “difficult day”, after the person who made the bomb used in the 2002 Bali Bombings attack, was released from prison on parole.Umar Patek has served just over half of his 20-year sentence, after being found

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Japan upgrades Q3 GDP as global recession, COVID risks linger

Tokyo says economy contracted 0.8 percent in July-September period, compared with earlier estimate of 1.2 percent.Japan’s economy, the world’s third-largest, shrank less than initially estimated in the third quarter, bolstering a view that it is slowly recovering from COVID-19 doldrums even as large export markets show further signs of weakening.

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Cambodia’s Mekong dolphin is dying despite efforts to save it

The fishing gangs visit the river by night and the rangers do nothing to stop them.Working in large groups, the boatmen use fishing methods that have long been outlawed in this part of the Mekong – one of Asia’s mightiest rivers – like gillnetting, which uses nets that hang like

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Indonesia releases convicted Bali bomber Umar Patek

Patek was serving a 20 year sentence for his role in the 2002 attacks that killed 202 people from 21 countries.Indonesia has released on parole Umar Patek, convicted for his role in the Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people in 2002, after he completed just more than half

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Theranos’s Balwani gets nearly 13 years over blood-testing hoax

Former chief operating officer of blood-testing startup was found guilty of conspiracy and fraud in July.Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, the former Theranos executive and business partner of disgraced biotech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for defrauding investors and patients. Balwani, 57, was on Wednesday

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World’s biggest mutual fund manager quits Net Zero effort

Top investors including Vanguard, face pressure from Republican US politicians over use of ESG factors in investments.Vanguard Group Inc is pulling out of a leading investment-industry initiative on tackling climate change, the world’s biggest mutual fund manager has said, explaining it wants to demonstrate independence and clarify its views for

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US Supreme Court hears case to determine authority over elections

The United States Supreme Court engaged in tense arguments on Wednesday in a Republican appeal that could transform the country’s elections by giving politicians more power over voting rules and curbing the ability of state courts to scrutinise their actions.The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, heard about three

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Time magazine names Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy ‘Person of the Year’

Time magazine named President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as well as “the spirit of Ukraine” as its 2022 person of the year on Wednesday, for the resistance the country has shown in the face of Russia’s invasion.Calling Mr Zelenskyy’s decision to remain in Kyiv and rally his country “fateful,” Time editor-in-chief Edward

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Fighting intensifies as Russia advances in east

Russian forces are pressing forward with air and ground attacks on several settlements in eastern Ukraine, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated seizing territory during the nine-month war. Near the city of Lysychansk, Russia deployed more troops to try to capture the village of Bilohorivka, Ukraine’s governor of

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Labuschagne, Head shine bright under Adelaide Oval lights

Marnus Labuschagne has set the foundation for a big nine months as centuries from he and Travis Head took Australia to 3-330 at stumps on night one against West Indies in Adelaide. With the biggest year of Australian cricket this century ahead, Labuschagne continued his sparkling start to the summer

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Ash Barty wins second coveted Don Award

Ash Barty’s on-court heroics and off-court humility have been recognised again after she became just the third athlete to win the coveted The Don Award for a second time. Barty shocked the tennis world in March when she announced her retirement at the age of 25 – less than two

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AI chatbot ChatGPT provides the internet with new meme machine

An artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot has gone viral online, with the bot able to write entire songs, essays and poems on demand. ChatGPT was released to the public by OpenAI just over a week ago. Within days, the program has garnered more than a million active users, who have pushed

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Harry, Meghan decry media harassment in doco

Prince Harry says it was his duty to expose the “exploitation and bribery” of the media, saying members of the British royal family regarded the harassment of his wife Meghan as a rite of passage. In the first episodes of the couple’s much anticipated Netflix documentary series, Harry, who stepped

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Scrapping age count to make South Koreans younger

South Korea has passed laws to scrap its traditional method of counting ages and adopt the international standard – a shift which will make its citizens either one or two years younger on official documents. Koreans are deemed to be a year old when born and a year is

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Iran executes protester for injuring guard

Iran has executed a protester convicted of injuring a security guard with a knife and closing off a street in the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reports. Nationwide protests that erupted after the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini on September 16 represent one of the

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White shorts ditched for AFLW players

White shorts have been axed from the AFLW to ease anxiety for players who are menstruating. The move, announced on Thursday, will take effect immediately across all women’s competitions run by and associated with the AFL. The league is following similar measures that have been rolled out in tennis (Wimbledon), cricket

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Stay vigilant warning as China loosens COVID curbs

While many Chinese embrace new-found freedoms after the country dropped key parts of its tough zero-COVID-19 regime, some cities are warning residents to maintain vigilance against a virus that, until now, has been largely kept in check. Three years into the pandemic, many in China had been itching for Beijing

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Damning report on deaths of Queensland children in care

Queensland’s child protection workforce is short-staffed and must be restructured to meet the needs of vulnerable young people, a report says. The Child Death Review Board (CDRB) has called for a restructure after probing 55 of the 69 child deaths in the protection system in 2021-22 in a report released

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Prosecutor slams police over Lehrmann case

The ACT’s top prosecutor says a public inquiry is needed into “political and police conduct” in the case of a former political staffer accused of raping colleague Brittany Higgins. In a document revealed under freedom of information laws, Shane Drumgold wrote that police had engaged in a campaign to pressure

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Warner agent says players told to tamper with ball

David Warner’s manager has sensationally claimed players were given permission to tamper with the ball by unnamed officials some 16 months before the Cape Town scandal. The drama of Warner’s leadership ban continued on Thursday after Warner pulled his application to have his sanction lifted due to frustration over the

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Medibank to shut down for security overhaul

Medibank will go offline to complete an overhaul of its cyber security systems following the massive hack of its sensitive customer data. The nation’s biggest health insurer will shut down its IT network, retail stores and customer call centre from 8.30pm on Friday until Sunday to “further strengthen systems and enhance

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Top officials shut down robodebt criticism

A senior public servant told a Social Services official to tone down language indicating the robodebt welfare management scheme wouldn’t be lawful before it was introduced. Andrew Whitecross, from the Social Services department, told the royal commission investigating the scheme it “couldn’t be clearer” calculating welfare debts based on an

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Murder charge for teen over Perth mother’s car park assault

A teenager accused of throwing a concrete block at a Perth mother, killing her and her unborn child, has had his charge upgraded to murder. Diane Miller suffered a heart attack last week when the object was thrown through the open window of her car at a Karawara shopping centre.

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DFAT updates travel advice to Indonesia as ‘bonk ban’ raises alarm

The Australian government has updated its travel advice to Indonesia after the country’s parliament passed laws criminalising sex outside of marriage. The so-called ‘bonk ban’, which will also apply to foreigners, would be punishable by up to one year in jail. Cohabitation between unmarried couples would also be prohibited under

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Cyber security strategy heads appointed

A new cyber security strategy will be drawn up by global experts in a bid to make Australia the most secure nation in the world, having become “unnecessarily vulnerable”. Cyber Security Minister Clare O’Neil announced the drafting of the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy at the National Press Club in

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Toni Collette makes sad personal announcement

Australian actress Toni Collette has revealed she and her husband Dave Galafassi are divorcing after 19 years of marriage. The split was confirmed by Collette in an Instagram post on Thursday, which came just hours after photos emerged of Galafassi passionately kissing a blonde mystery woman off a Sydney beach.

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Hillsong manager denies abuse ‘cover up’

Hillsong’s general manager says it was his job to make sure the church complied with NSW laws, but he didn’t inform authorities about disciplinary action taken against senior pastor Frank Houston following reports of child sexual abuse. George Aghajanian was previously the business manager of the Hills Christian Life Centre,

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Airport shock as security staff find dog in traveller’s backpack

Airport authorities in the US got a big shock this week when an X-ray machine detected a highly unusual find in a passenger’s backpack. The high-tech machine at the Wisconsin airport picked up the outline of a small brown pup curled up in the bag. “A dog was accidentally sent

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Review ordered on insurance premium rises

Financial regulators have ordered life insurance companies to review their policies following complaints about rises in the cost of premiums and poor quality information. In a joint letter to all insurers, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission said they had concerns companies had

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Pesutto crowned new Victorian Liberal leader

Former shadow attorney-general John Pesutto will lead the Victorian Liberals as the party looks to rebuild after its third election loss. Liberal MPs elected Mr Pesutto to replace Matthew Guy in a secret ballot during a party room meeting on Thursday morning, beating out Berwick MP Brad Battin. Mr Pesutto narrowly reclaimed the

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Flood-damaged roads to cost $3.8 billion to fix

With the cost of repairing Australia’s flood-damaged roads estimated at around $3.8 billion, there are calls for a new approach to road construction, maintenance and funding. Australian Local Government Association President Linda Scott says thousands of kilometres of local roads across NSW, Victoria South Australia and Queensland have been severely

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Australia on track for nuclear submarines

The defence ministers of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have met for the first time, endorsing a “pathway” to deliver nuclear-powered submarines. Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles met with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and British Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace in Washington DC under the

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250,000 lightning bolts pepper Queensland sky, heat promises encore

Brisbane is mopping up this morning after a night of wild storms with about 250,000 lightning strikes hitting the southeast with a repeat performance expected today. There were power outages affecting about 20,000 homes, mostly on the Sunshine Coast. The northern suburbs of Brisbane were also hit and storms were

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Trump team finds more classified records

At least two more items marked as classified were found in a storage unit in Florida after lawyers for Donald Trump arranged for a firm to search for additional material, according to a report. The Washington Post said the items were discovered by an outside team brought in by Mr

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Two South Australian universities set to merge

The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia have agreed to pursue a merger, a move that would create the nation’s largest university for Australian students. After months of discussions with the state government, the two universities will develop a business case and financial plan but have already

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Power prices surge 23 per cent, reform needed

The consumer watchdog has warned of further electricity price rises as the number of retailers shrinks and global factors weigh on the energy market. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in its latest national electricity market report the typical household power bill between April and October increased by about

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RBA maintains ‘open mind’ on digital money

The Reserve Bank will pilot a form of digital money next year but remains unconvinced that Australia needs it. “Our project team is in the process of selecting a number of proposed eAUD use cases to take forward into the pilot phase early next year,” Assistant Governor Brad Jones told

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Peru’s president ousted by Congress

Peru’s Congress has sworn in a new president in a day of sweeping political drama that saw the former leader, Pedro Castillo, ousted in an impeachment trial hours after he attempted a last-ditch bid to stay in power by trying to dissolve Congress. Ignoring Mr Castillo’s attempt to shut down

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