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EU chief says Polish court ruling is a threat to the bloc

Ursula von der Leyen warns Warsaw that Brussels will act over acrimonious dispute concerning primacy of EU law.The European Union’s top official has slammed a ruling by Poland’s constitutional court, saying it challenges the supremacy of the bloc’s laws and will not be left unanswered. Addressing EU politicians in Strasbourg

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US: College football coach Rolovich fired for refusing COVID jab

Washington State University fired prominent coach Nick Rolovich for defying vaccine mandate for all state employees.A public university in the US state of Washington has fired prominent American football coach Nick Rolovich and four assistants for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Monday’s sacking made Rolovich the first prominent college

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NRL rival Josh Aloiai accuses Paul Gallen of ‘ducking’ bout

Manly prop Josh Aloiai has accused Paul Gallen of “ducking and diving” over plans for the pair to meet in the ring due to fears it could ruin his chances of a highly anticipated fight with Sonny Bill Williams. Gallen dispelled the notion his boxing exploits were a novelty as

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Lebanon sets March date for parliamentary election

Politicians also vote against adding six seats to represent the diaspora and reject quota for women MPs.Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon’s parliament has voted to set a date of March 27 next year to hold a parliamentary election, slightly ahead of schedule. The vote on Tuesday came as MPs separately decided

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US agency plans to allow ‘mix and match’ COVID boosters: Report

The FDA is set to allow vaccinated individuals to get a booster of a different vaccine, according to the New York Times.The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reportedly planning to allow people in the country to get a booster shot of a different COVID-19 vaccine than the

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Colombia ‘responsible for kidnap, attack and rape of journalist’

Inter-American Court of Human Rights issues ruling holding Colombia’s govt responsible for kidnap, torture and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya in 2000.The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has issued a ruling holding Colombia’s government responsible for the kidnap, torture and rape of a journalist by paramilitary groups in 2000. Jineth

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Turkey issues rebuke to 10 Western embassies over Kavala case

Istanbul, Turkey – Turkey has summoned the ambassadors of 10 Western nations to lodge its complaint with them over a joint statement calling for the release of Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala.Kavala, 64, has been in prison since October 2017, and is currently being tried on a range of charges including

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The inhumane futility of border policing

On September 22, as I descended from the ferry into the bustling port of Lesbos, Greece, I was stopped by a police officer. “Don’t worry, it’s just a security check,” he said, gesturing for me to follow him, and insisting my friend come too. We were directed to a beige

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UK building safety crisis: ‘We are at breaking point’

Finally, after years of hard work and saving, I had done it. In late 2017, I purchased a one-bed flat, and it was a dream come true. But this dream did not last long. It soon crumbled into a horrific nightmare. A nightmare where I am at risk of losing

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‘Detected and blocked’ Indian submarine incursion: Pakistan army

Pakistani military says attempted incursion by Indian vessel occurred on Saturday night.Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s navy claims it “detected and blocked” an Indian military submarine from entering Pakistani territorial waters earlier this week, according to a statement – the third such reported incursion by an Indian submersible vessel since 2016.

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Kashmir migrant workers flee amid rise in suspected rebel attacks

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Panic has gripped migrant workers in Indian-administered Kashmir after four of them were shot dead in two days, as anti-India rebels threaten more such attacks, forcing thousands to flee the region.Kashmiri rebels have been fighting for decades, demanding an independent state or merger with neighbouring Pakistan,

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UK under pressure to reimpose restrictions as COVID cases soar

Many scientists are pressing the British government to reimpose social restrictions and speed up booster vaccinations as coronavirus infection rates, already Europe’s highest, rise still further.The United Kingdom recorded 49,156 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the largest number since mid-July. New infections averaged 43,000 a day over the past week,

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Strong earthquake hits Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt

No casualties reported as magnitude 6 earthquake struck cities across several countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.A strong earthquake has struck several islands in Greece and other regions in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the southern Antalya region in Turkey as well as cities in Egypt. The tremor was felt on the

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Tata’s real challenge: Making Air India worth flying

Tata Sons’ $2.4bn purchase of debt-ridden, government-owned Air India will give the conglomerate immediate access to valuable flying rights and landing slots that will help it claw back market share from foreign rivals.But industry executives warn any success will be a long and complicated process that could cost it more

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Africa calls for climate finance tracker after donors fall short

The demand highlights tensions between the world’s 20 largest economies and developing countries, which are bearing the brunt of the effects of global warming.African countries want a new system to track funding from wealthy nations that are failing to meet a $100bn annual target to help the developing world tackle

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China, Russia naval ships jointly sail through Japan strait

A group of 10 vessels from China and Russia sailed through Tsugaru Strait, which separates the Sea of Japan from the Pacific.Ten naval vessels from China and Russia have sailed through a strait separating Japan’s main island and its northern island of Hokkaido, the Japanese government said, adding that it

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Does getting the flu with COVID double your risk of death?

Globally, an estimated 290,000 to 650,000 people typically die each year from seasonal flu. Last year, however, was different. The northern hemisphere winter of 2020-21 saw some of the lowest recorded flu death rates.Scientists believe this was mainly due to restrictions put in place at the height of the COVID-19

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Kabul orphanage struggles to feed its children as cash runs low

Ahmad Khalil Mayan, programme director at a large Kabul orphanage, says he is cutting back on the amount of fruit and meat he gives the children each week because the home is running out of money.For the last two months, since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan and millions of dollars in

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SEC GameStop report ends conspiracies around its volatility

The US markets functioned well during January’s GameStop volatility, while short-selling was not the main cause of the unprecedented rise in the “meme stock” according to a long-awaited Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) report.The report published on Monday provides a postmortem into how amateur traders using commission-free retail brokerages drove

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India: Couple in flood-hit Kerala sail to wedding in cooking pot

Couple borrow pot from local temple and enlist two men to push the makeshift boat, as images go viral on social media.An Indian couple have sailed across submerged streets in a massive cooking pot to reach their wedding venue, as heavy rains flood the southern state of Kerala. The couple

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Hundreds of political prisoners freed in Myanmar after amnesty

Hundreds of political prisoners have been freed from Myanmar’s Insein prison, including Aung San Suu Kyi’s party spokesman and a famous comedian, according to local media.The prisoners walked free after state television announced an amnesty in conjunction with the Thadingyut festival for more than 5,600 people on Monday night. The

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Revisited: Memorable moments from cricket’s T20 world cups

The seventh edition of cricket’s Twenty20 World Cup kicked off on Sunday.The T20 format faced opposition when it started making inroads into international cricket in the 2000s as many experts questioned the competitiveness of the latest version and the need. However, the format is now witnessing it’s seventh World Cup

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China’s Xi dials back recent efforts to shake up businesses

Chinese President Xi Jinping took a big gamble shaking up key industries ahead of a political gathering that could decide whether he rules the country indefinitely. Now he’s starting to hit the brakes.In recent weeks Chinese authorities have moved to soften sweeping policies designed to make the economy less dependent

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Hundreds protest in Bangladesh over deadly religious violence

Hindu groups and others protest in Dhaka, calling for an end to religious violence that has gripped the country for days.Hundreds of people have protested in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, calling for an end to religious violence that has gripped the country for four days, leading to at least six deaths

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Increase skilled migration to 200,000 per year, says leading business group

Read MoreThe ACCI on Tuesday released its “Better Australia” strategy outlining 10 goals aimed at improving the nation’s economic performance by 2050.The group says migration targets must be set that address “severe” skill shortages and maximise economic outcomes as part of these reforms.“A figure of around

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Ecuador president declares state of emergency over drug violence

President Guillermo Lasso orders the mobilisation of police and military in the streets as he struggles to curb drug-related violence.Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency as the country grapples with a surge in drug-related violence, and ordered the police and military onto the streets. “Starting immediately,

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Afghanistan: Taliban agrees to door-to-door polio vaccine drive

Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan are the last countries in the world with endemic polio, an incurable and highly infectious disease.Health workers in Afghanistan will begin a house-to-house polio vaccination drive next month after the new Taliban government agreed to support the campaign, the World Health Organization and the United Nations

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One person is displaced every second by our warming planet. Where will they go?

The University of New South Wales’ Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law is hosting a conference that started on Tuesday, addressing the questions of global warming displacement.Centre director Professor Jane McAdam said it was an issue close to home.”We know already that 80 per cent of disaster-related displacement

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US envoy to Afghanistan resigns in wake of chaotic withdrawal

Zalmay Khalilzad had been under pressure since the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s takeover.Top United States envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is stepping down, the State Department has announced, less than two months after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover of the country.

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North Korea test fires at least one ballistic missile into sea

DEVELOPING STORYThe launch comes as the US and South Korea try to nudge the nuclear-armed North back to the negotiating table.North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile towards the sea off its eastern coast on Tuesday, South Korea and Japan have said. One unidentified ballistic missile was launched at

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ACT to allow travel from Sydney next month, records 24 new COVID-19 cases

The ACT has recorded 24 locally acquired COVID-19 cases, a day after the territory eclipsed the 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone.There are 18 people in hospital and 10 in intensive care.The ACT will scrap quarantine requirements for residents returning from NSW from 1 November in light of the vaccination

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Attacks on freedom of expression ‘devastating’ for public health

Censorship, misinformation during pandemic have had ‘a devastating impact’ on access to information, Amnesty says.Attacks on freedom of expression by governments, and the spread of misinformation globally during the COVID-19 pandemic have had “a devastating impact” on people’s ability to access accurate information to help them cope with the health

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Feminist group sues Miss France over 'discriminatory' selection criteria

A leading feminist organisation in France said Monday it was suing the promoters of the Miss France beauty contest in a labour court, alleging they used discriminatory criteria to select participants.The “Osez le feminisme” (Dare to be a Feminist) group, along with three failed contestants, said they were targeting the Miss France company as well as Endemol Production,

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Trump files lawsuit to block release of Capitol riot records

House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection is seeking Trump White House records from US archives.Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in a United States court on Monday in an attempt to block the US Congress from obtaining White House records on the deadly January 6 Capitol insurrection. Trump

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NSW records 273 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths

NSW has recorded 273 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths. The number of people in NSW hospitals with COVID-19 has dropped, with 589 in hospital with the virus, 128 of whom are in intensive care.In the 24-hour reporting period to 8pm on Monday, 92.1 per cent of

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Trudeau visits Indigenous community reeling from unmarked graves

Warning: The story below contains details of residential schools that may be upsetting. Canada’s Indian Residential School Survivors and Family Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited an Indigenous community in British Columbia, following the discovery earlier this year of more than

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Another 1,749 new local COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths recorded in Victoria

The new deaths take the toll from the current outbreak to 163.It comes after 1,903 local cases were reported on Monday and as Victoria’s COVID-19 commander suggests businesses split staff into separate groups to avoid entire workforces being knocked out by the virus as the state reopens.With the state already managing more

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Alien landscapes and collapsing homes as Siberia's permafrost thaws

The old airport in the Siberian settlement of Churapcha has been unusable for years, its runway transformed into a swampy field of puffed-up mounds and reliefs. Like cities and towns across northern and north-eastern Russia, Churapcha is suffering the consequence of climate change thawing the permafrost on which everything is

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Children reported dead in Tigray after Ethiopian military air strikes

They were the first air raids on Mekele since the early stages of the war in northern Ethiopia that has killed untold numbers of people and triggered a deep humanitarian crisis.The bombardments – reported by residents, humanitarian officials and diplomats – came as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government appeared to

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Women escaping domestic violence can now access $5,000 federal payments

The Escaping Violence Payment was announced in the May budget as part of a $1.1 billion women’s safety package of programs.One in six women experiences partner violence in Australia, compared to one in 17 men, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.One in six women and one in ten men also

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Malala Yousafzai urges the Taliban to let Afghan girls return to school

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Pakistani Taliban as a schoolgirl, has urged Afghanistan’s new rulers to let girls return to school.It has been one month since the hardline Islamist Taliban, which seized power in August, excluded girls from returning to secondary school while ordering

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Mass poisoning survivors stage protest at Madrid’s Prado Museum

Survivors of a mass food poisoning four decades ago have occupied Madrid’s El Prado art gallery, threatening to commit suicide if the government does not respond to their demands. A photo from inside showed six people – one in a wheelchair – holding a protest banner in front of Las

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Veteran suicides inquiry eyes planned claims changes

The royal commission into military suicides will keep an eye on changes to the veterans claims system being made alongside its inquiry, with the government announcing it is bringing in consultants. Veterans’ Affairs Minister Andrew Gee on Monday announced the appointment of consultants McKinsey’s to improve the claims system, which

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Car dealers launch $650 million class action against Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is being taken to court over a change to its business model that could force Australians to pay more for their cars. The Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) said franchisees were pressured to sign a new contract that will transform dealerships from independent businesses into agents and resellers for

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Here’s how to plan your next holiday without breaking the bank

Camping atop South Australia’s Bunda Cliffs overlooking the Great Australian Bight was one of Catherine Best’s most special experiences. The writer was on holiday with her young family – and she didn’t have to break the bank to visit such a breathtaking place. In fact, it was free. Ms Best,

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Qantas charged after cleaner stood down

Qantas has been criminally charged after a cleaner and health and safety representative was stood down after raising concerns about COVID-19 risks when cleaning aircraft arriving from China in early 2020. Theo Seremetidis was “brushed off” when he asked about COVID-19 measures in late January last year, according to the

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PM has mandate on net-zero decision: Joyce

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has conceded Scott Morrison will make the final call on committing to a 2050 net zero carbon emissions target as coalition climate divisions continue. The Nationals leader said his party would not bully or coerce the Prime Minister, conceding it was his “prerogative” to make the

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Labor MP ‘used racism’ to avoid scrutiny

Former Victorian Labor minister Adem Somyurek and his political protégé accused journalists of racism in an effort to stop them from investigating taxpayer-funded grants awarded to their factional allies. Banyule Mayor Rick Garotti, who was mentored by Mr Somyurek, told Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission inquiry on Tuesday he helped

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Shooting club pitch ‘strange’, ICAC told

A proposal for a regional shooting facility that public servants dismissed as “low priority” was rushed to a cabinet committee meeting with the help of then NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian, a corruption inquiry has heard. Paul Doorn, a former executive director in the NSW government’s Office of Sport, says he

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Australians reignite travel plans with rush to book flights

As the country races to reach its 70 per cent fully vaccination target, Australians are rushing to buy tickets for their interstate and overseas travel plans. Virgin Australia and Qantas have both reported surges in flight bookings on Monday after Victoria and Queensland announced the upcoming re-opening of their borders. Traffic

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Albanese ready for possible 2021 election

Labor is prepared for the possibility of a December federal election, even as the Coalition indicates it plans to go full term. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese thinks it’s possible Prime Minister Scott Morrison will call an election for December 11 after returning from COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November.

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Ten charged over deadly Mexico subway collapse

Mexico City prosecutors have brought criminal charges against 10 “individuals and companies” for construction and design defects that caused an elevated subway line to collapse in May, killing 26 people. Ulises Lara, spokesman for the city attorney-general, on Monday said the charges are for negligent or involuntary homicide, damages and

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NSW train strike to cause mass disruptions

About two-thirds of the Sydney Trains and regional TrainLink network will be disrupted on Wednesday as rail workers strike over the lack of progress on a new enterprise bargaining agreement. The Rail Tram and Bus Union says it has been “forced to take industrial action” after a “continued refusal to

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Victoria just hours from pivotal vaccine milestone

Victoria is just hours from a crucial vaccine target, as millions of locked-down residents set their sights on restored freedoms within days. But the pivotal goal comes with a warning for those who are yet to line up for COVID shots. Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday that 89.4 per

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How to demonstrate your skills in an interview

Few of us like talking ourselves up. Afraid we’ll be misconstrued as conceited or boastful, we often leave others to do the talking for us. But when it comes to job interviews, it’s time to leave modesty at the door. Employers are relying on you to tell them about your

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‘Heartbroken’ mum in disbelief at teen’s killing

It’s been 11 weeks since Rachel Galleghan’s son was killed. “This is still something that I can’t believe has happened,” she said. “I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I will never see my precious son Jason again, and that his life was taken at the age of

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NZ virus cases surge to pandemic record

New Zealand has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case count of the pandemic, with 94 infections on Tuesday. The community case count exceeded the previous high of 89 in April 2020 and is a marker of worse to come. The rolling seven-day daily case average from the country’s Delta outbreak

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New Batman trailer shows the most deranged Dark Knight yet

The trailer for the newest Batman has arrived — and it suggests Robert Pattinson’s version of the Dark Knight might be the most deranged yet. Warner Bros unveiled The Batman trailer at the DC Fandom event on Sunday (US time), showing the vigilante in a new light. Bound on vengeance, Bruce

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Quarantine, masks and shops: ACT shakes up post-lockdown roadmap

The ACT will scrap quarantine requirements for residents returning from NSW from November 1. Fully vaccinated international arrivals will also be exempt from quarantine requirements from the same date to align with NSW. The reopening of non-essential retail in the ACT has also been brought forward to this Friday (October

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Net zero ‘could get ugly’ if PM rams plan through, Canavan warns

LNP senator Matt Canavan has threatened to vote against his own government’s legislation and campaign against a net-zero target if Scott Morrison ignores the Nationals and pushes the plan through, claiming his party is still yet to see detailed modelling. “This could get a little bit ugly,” the Queenslander said

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‘You know nothing about us’: NT Chief Minister’s blast for Ted Cruz

The Northern Territory’s chief minister has taken brutal aim at a controversial US senator who accused Australia of “COVID tyranny” over vaccines. Michael Gunner blasted Ted Cruz, telling him “you know nothing about us” after the Texas senator weighed in on the NT’s decision to require thousands of workers to

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NSW has 273 COVID cases, as fears rise for regions

COVID-19 cases continue to decline in NSW, with 273 new cases and four more deaths on Tuesday. The number of people in NSW hospitals with COVID-19 has also dropped, with 589 in hospital with the virus, 128 of whom are in intensive care. Chief health officer Kerry Chant said the

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Deadly day for Victoria as COVID cases drop

Victoria’s local virus cases have dropped again, with 1749 confirmed on Tuesday. There were also 11 more deaths, making it one of the deadliest days in the state’s current outbreak so far. The toll from the outbreak has risen to 163. But Tuesday’s cases are down on the 1903 on

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Trump sues panel investigating January 6 riot

Former US president Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against the House of Representatives committee investigating the violent January 6 attack on the US Capitol. His suit alleges the committee made an “illegal, unfounded, and overbroad” request for his White House records. Mr Trump asserted in the lawsuit filed in

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Missing WA girl may have been abducted: Police

The search for a missing four-year-old girl on Western Australia’s north-west coast is entering its fourth day amid fears she may have been abducted. Cleo Smith was last seen by her parents about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite at Macleod, north of Carnarvon. The girl was wearing a

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Mystery plunge in COVID cases has Japan baffled

Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning and somewhat mysterious coronavirus success story. Daily COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100 – an 11-month low. The bars are packed, the trains are crowded

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COVID update: Travel plans accelerating, and more regional exposures

Australians are a step closer to reuniting with loved ones based interstate or overseas, with the country on the cusp of a 70 per cent full vaccination threshold. Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan maintains returning Australians will be at the front of the queue when international borders reopen. But

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