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Australia news live: Victorian man tests positive to Covid after completing hotel quarantine; coronavirus vaccine rollout reset

Fifteen Sydney waterfront workers waiting on coronavirus test results after boarding ship carrying infected sailors; national cabinet decision to offer all over-50s AstraZeneca vaccine from 17 May welcomed. Follow the latest Scott Morrison claims future generations will ‘thank us’ despite no new emissions pledgeMalcolm Turnbull accuses resources minister Keith Pitt

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Oxford Malaria vaccine proves highly effective in Burkina Faso trial

Vaccine developed by scientists at Jenner Institute, Oxford, shows up to 77% efficacy in trial over 12 monthsA vaccine against malaria has been shown to be highly effective in trials in Africa, holding out the real possibility of slashing the death toll of a disease that kills 400,000 mostly small

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Chinese Don Quixote is translated into Spanish after 100 years

Lin Shu’s forgotten 1922 text, The Story of the Enchanted Knight – with a less deluded Don Quixote – in edition for China and SpainIn the early 20th century a pioneering and appropriately idiosyncratic man of letters took it upon himself to translate the first part of Don Quixote into

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Delhi hospitals run out of oxygen as India’s Covid crisis mounts

Six hospitals said they had exhausted their supplies on Thursday night as the country recorded another daily record of 332,000 casesAs many as six hospitals in the Indian capital, Delhi, had completely exhausted their oxygen supplies by Thursday evening, as another unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases overwhelmed health systems in

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NSW MP John Sidoti reprimanded during fiery Icac inquiry hearing

Former minister told to stop giving speeches and asked if he has memory problems while giving evidence at anti-corruption inquiryNSW MP John Sidoti has insisted to an anti-corruption inquiry that he was “indifferent” to the outcome of a last-ditch effort to enact zoning changes which would benefit his family.But the

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Biden calls for climate action as Xi renews carbon neutral pledge

US president wants to cut country’s gas emissions in half by 2030 from the 2005 level, while Chinese leader sets limits on coal consumption.US President Joe Biden has opened an international climate summit saying that the United States “isn’t waiting” to lead on an issue of “moral and economic imperative”,

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Window visits keep parted Spanish couple connected

Since the coronavirus pandemic struck Spain, a glass pane of Carmen Panzano’s aged care residence has kept her husband Xavier Antó from touching her. The home is closed to visitors, and it’s the first prolonged separation in the couple’s 65-year marriage.

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'A disgrace': Greta Thunberg blasts US politicians for 'ignoring' the climate crisis

Environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg assailed powerful politicians on Thursday for “ignoring” climate change, as she demanded an end to fossil fuel subsidies and implored the current generation of leaders to take the crisis more seriously.Speaking as world leaders gathered at a climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden, Ms Thunberg, 18, warned that

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UK apologises for racism in memorials to WWI dead

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Colombian police raid illegal gold mine

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New video shows additional angle in death of Ma’Khia Bryant

A neighbour’s security footage shows the moments before a white Columbus, Ohio policeman arrived and fatally shot the Black teenager.New footage emerged on Thursday in the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl who was shot on Tuesday by a white police officer during an alleged altercation in

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Great expectations: US firms beat profit estimates at record rate

With results in from 110 of the S&P 500 companies as of Thursday, 85.5 percent have beaten analysts’ estimates for earnings per share, according to Refinitiv’s data.While it’s still early in the earnings period, a record percentage of first-quarter profit reports from major United States companies are coming in above

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Anti-Asian hate crimes bill passes US Senate

New law would require the US Department of Justice to focus on prosecuting hate crimes amid surge in attacks.The United States Senate passed a bill Thursday to combat the rise of hate crimes against Asians during the coronavirus pandemic, setting the stage for enactment of major new anti-hate-crime law. The

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US Senate overwhelmingly passes bill targeting anti-Asian hate crimes

A hate crimes bill to combat violence against Asian Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic passed the US Senate overwhelmingly on Thursday, a rare bipartisan vote in the evenly divided chamber.The bill passed 94-1, with Missouri Senator Josh Hawley the only no vote.It must pass the House of

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Drought in Mexico reaches critical levels as lakes dry up

Authorities fear that once-thriving bodies of water that served surrounding communities may turn into dusty plains.Drought conditions now cover 85 percent of Mexico, and residents of the nation’s central region said Thursday that lakes and reservoirs are simply drying up, including the country’s second-largest body of freshwater. The mayor of

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Tesla tricked into autopilot with no one at wheel, watchdog warns

Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver’s seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls.Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car’s

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Daunte Wright remembered as ‘prince of Brooklyn Center’

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States – The funeral of Daunte Wright concluded on Thursday with tears and calls for law enforcement reform.Wright, 20, was fatally shot by former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop on April 11. Wright’s death came amid an already-charged political atmosphere caused by

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How many people in Australia have been vaccinated against coronavirus?

When playful footage of a jersey-clad Scott Morrison and 84-year-old World War II survivor Jane Malysiak rolling up their sleeves was broadcast across the country, Australians had every reason to be hopeful the coronavirus pandemic might be coming to an end.The prime minister declared it was a “historic day” for

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Aguililla: The Mexican town in the crossfires of a cartel war

A dirt road nestled in the mountains is the only way to get to Aguililla, a Mexican town caught in the middle of a turf war between two drug cartels.Located in the southwestern state of Michoacan, checkpoints surround the entrances to the town, guarded by armed men. For weeks, the

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US Republicans’ infrastructure offer a fraction of Biden’s plan

Senate Republicans propose a narrower and lower-cost alternative to the $2.3 trillion Joe Biden hopes to spend.A group of Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a public works proposal with a much smaller price tag and a narrower definition of infrastructure than what President Joe Biden has proposed, highlighting the stark

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UNSC: ‘Deep concern’ about sexual violence allegations in Tigray

Hundreds of women have reported horrific accounts of rape and gang rape since the start of the conflict in Tigray Nearly six months after the eruption of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United Nations Security Council has issued its first joint statement on the continuing crisis, expressing “deep concern” about

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Cathie Wood’s ARK says Bitcoin could help fight climate change

The world’s top cryptocurrency has a massive carbon footprint, but ARK Invest says Bitcoin could boost investment in renewables.Pushing back against climate activists concerned about Bitcoin’s carbon footprint, the head of research at Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest is arguing that the world’s largest cryptocurrency, far from being a danger to

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Algerian scholar gets three years in jail for ‘offending Islam’

Said Djabelkhir, who was released on bail, says will appeal sentence and keep fighting for ‘freedom of conscience’.A renowned Algerian scholar on Islam, Said Djabelkhir, was handed a three-year prison sentence on Thursday for “offending Islam” in three Facebook posts, but pledged to appeal and keep fighting for “freedom” of

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Biden to propose nearly doubling capital gains tax for the rich

US President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate for wealthy individuals to 39.6 percent, sources tell Bloomberg News.President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate for wealthy individuals to 39.6%, which, coupled with an existing surtax on investment income, means that

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‘I felt he was guilty’ Chauvin trial alternate juror says

Lisa Christensen, one of two alternate jurors in the case, says she ‘locked eyes’ with Derek Chauvin several times during the trial.An alternate juror at the trial of Derek Chauvin said she agreed with the jury’s decision to convict him in George Floyd’s death, saying she saw Chauvin as the

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US House votes to make Washington, DC, the 51st state

Democrats in the United States House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to make the city of Washington, DC, the 51st US state.Voting along party lines with minority Republicans in opposition, the House approved the bill 216-208. It now faces a tough fight in the US Senate where it

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Turkey: Crypto exchange CEO flees country as probe is launched

Turkish crypto exchange Thodex has ceased operations and its CEO has fled the country, after Turkish authorities opened a probe following allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were stolen.The Turkish crypto exchange Thodex ceased operations and its chief executive officer has fled the nation amid allegations that hundreds of

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New York City subway bomber sentenced to life in prison

Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, had attempted to blow himself up inside a busy transit hub at rush hour in 2017.A Bangladeshi man convicted of setting off a pipe bomb during rush hour in New York City’s busiest subway station, Times Square, was sentenced to life in prison. Akayed Ullah, 31, of Brooklyn had

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EU yet to decide on legal case against AstraZeneca over shortfall

European Commission says no decision taken on whether to sue AstraZeneca over a shortfall in deliveries of COVID shots.The European Commission has said no decision had yet been taken on whether to launch legal action against AstraZeneca over a shortfall in deliveries of coronavirus vaccine doses, after Ireland’s health minister

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Uganda: DRC’s reparation claims ‘dangerously disproportionate’

Uganda says the more than $13bn in reparations sought by DRC over Ituri conflict could ruin its economy.Uganda has told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the billions of dollars in reparations sought by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the former’s role in the conflict in the

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Angola: Luanda flood death toll rises to 24, thousands displaced

More than 11,000 people affected and at least 2,300 homes flooded, provincial government says.The death toll from a torrential rainstorm that hit Angola’s capital, Luanda, this week has risen to 24, with more than 2,000 homes flooded, according to officials. The hours-long storm pounded the coastal city on Monday, triggering

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License to scroll: UK spy agency MI5 joins Instagram

Social media presence will be dedicated to busting ‘martini-drinking stereotypes’ and promoting career opportunities.The United Kingdom’s domestic intelligence service, MI5, opened an official Instagram account on Thursday in the latest step by the country’s spy agencies to come out of the shadows. The Security Service, as it is formally known,

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What is next for Aleksey Navalny’s movement?

On April 20, tens of thousands of people across Russia protested against the imprisonment of opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. Navalny was arrested in January, when he returned to Moscow after spending several months in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack, which he blames on Russian authorities. He has been on

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How Deby’s death will affect the Sahel and beyond

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – The sudden death this week of Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby has thrown the country, as well as its neighbours and international partners, into disarray.The 68-year-old died after succumbing to wounds sustained while commanding troops fighting off advancing rebels who go by the name Front for

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Jordan releases 16, keeps two detained over ‘sedition’ plot

State prosecutor frees 16 detained people at the request of the king, but says two key suspects will remain in detention.Jordan’s prosecutor has released 16 people detained for “sedition” at the request of King Abdullah II, state media said, nearly three weeks after an alleged plot to “destabilise the country”

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US jobless claims dip to one-year low, as reopening gathers pace

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week dropped to a fresh one-year low, suggesting layoffs were subsiding and strengthening expectations for another month of blockbuster job growth in April as a reopening economy unleashes pent-up demand.But the labour market recovery has a long way to

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Remote work really does make us more productive

The remote work boom will lift productivity in the United States economy by 5 percent, mostly because of savings in commuting time, a new study finds.The great work-from-home experiment occasioned by the pandemic has divided opinion in the corporate suite and sparked endless debates about whether employees work as effectively

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US general ‘concerned’ about Afghan troops after US withdrawal

Top general McKenzie said Afghan military may not be able to hold ground against Taliban once foreign troops leave.Top US General Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the head of Central Command which directs forces in Afghanistan, has said he is concerned over the “ability of the Afghan military to hold the ground

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Record COVID cases in India as world grapples with virus: Live

India recorded more than 314,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday – a world record for a daily count in a single country.The world’s second-most populous country is battling a brutal second wave of the coronavirus, amid a faltering health care system that is running out of hospital beds and oxygen

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Minneapolis prepares for Daunte Wright funeral

A US police officer faces manslaughter charges for shooting Wright on April 11 not far from where George Floyd was killed last May.Minneapolis, Minnesota – The US midwestern city Minneapolis is in mourning on Thursday as it prepares for the funeral of Daunte Wright after a week of victories for

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Russia to pull back troops from Ukraine border

Defence minister’s announcement comes after fears in Ukraine and the West that Moscow had been attempting to provoke hostilities.Russia will on Friday begin returning troops to permanent bases inside the country, pulling them back from near the border with Ukraine, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported. Thursday’s announcement comes after

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Ethiopian county, home to 25,000 people, seized by fighters: EHRC

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says it received reports an armed group had taken control of Sedal Woreda, with civilians killed and public servants abducted.An armed group has taken control of a country in western Ethiopia that is home to about 25,000 people, reportedly killing civilians and abducting public servants, according

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Earth Day Summit: Biden opens with pledge to slash US emissions

United States President Joe Biden on Thursday reclaimed global leadership on the climate crisis, kicking off the two-day virtual Earth Day Summit with a pledge to halve US emissions by the end of the decade.“Time is short, but I believe we can do this,” Biden said in his opening remarks.

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Namibia: Indigenous leaders want big oil out of Kavango Basin

Windhoek, Namibia – The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most threatened species, including endangered African wild dogs and cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, and lions.The delta – a World Heritage site recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – is also pivotal to the

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Protests in Columbus after police shoot girl

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Margot Robbie surprises Qld charity with award call

Homegrown Hollywood actress Margot Robbie has shared an international award with a Brisbane charity supporting people living with a disability. Alongside Charlize Theron and Travis Scott, Robbie received the inaugural RAD IMPACT AWARD, which honours “cultural icons who inspire purpose”. Award recipients select a charity to share the award with

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‘Robbed in the cruellest way’: Family grieves baby lost to murder-suicide

WARNING: THIS STORY CONTAINS DETAILS THAT READERS MAY FIND DISTRESSING An anti-domestic violence campaigner says the suspected murder-suicide at the Barossa Reservoir highlights the need for more to be done to prevent such tragedies. Henry Shepherdson, 38, jumped from the Whispering Wall tourist attraction with his nine-month-old daughter Kobi in

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Police pay compensation over former AFL coach’s pics

Six Victoria Police officers must pay compensation to former AFL coach Dani Laidley over leaked photos of her in police custody. Images including Ms Laidley’s mug shot and another of her in an interview room wearing a blonde wig and dress were shared among police and on social media last

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Burps in space: new satellite to track global methane emissions

New Zealand to be mission control for ‘MethaneSAT’ which will collect data on emissions from bovine flatulence and leaking oil and gas pipelinesIn space, no-one can hear you belch – at least, not for the time being. New Zealand has announced mission control for a new satellite that will orbit

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Entire Australia Post board to face Senate

Australia Post’s entire board is set to be grilled over Liberal Party links at a Senate inquiry into former boss Christine Holgate’s controversial departure. Ms Holgate says she was unlawfully stood down after it emerged she gifted four Cartier watches worth $20,000 to executives who had clinched a lucrative deal.

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Victorian man positive for COVID after leaving WA hotel quarantine

Victoria’s streak of days without locally acquired coronavirus cases has ended, with a local man testing positive for the virus after leaving hotel quarantine in Western Australia. The man travelled from Perth to Melbourne on April 21, where he was instructed to get tested for the virus and quarantine. All

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‘Enough is enough’: Gold Coast a domestic violence hotspot, advocates say

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC DETAILS Support groups say the Gold Coast has become a hotspot for increasingly violent crimes against women. Domestic Violence Prevention Centre CEO Rosie O’Malley said nearly a quarter of the state’s domestic and family violence orders were recorded in the Gold Coast region in recent

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Tokyo faces new virus state of emergency as Olympics loom

The Japanese government is set to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures amid a jump in coronavirus cases just three months before the start of the Olympic Games Japan, which is struggling to contain a resurgent pandemic, is seeking a “short and powerful” solution

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Bay City Rollers lead singer Les McKeown dies aged 65

Les McKeown, the former lead singer of the 1970s Scottish pop sensation Bay City Rollers, has died suddenly at the age of 65, his family said Thursday. A statement from his family posted on social media said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved

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Former PM Turnbull backflips on detained Biloela family

Malcolm Turnbull has flipped his position on releasing a family of Tamil asylum-seekers being detained on Christmas Island. Mr Turnbull was prime minister when Priya, Nades and their two young daughters were taken from Biloela in central Queensland and put into detention. More than three years on, he now supports

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‘No beds, no oxygen’: Devastating virus crisis sweeps India

India has recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 coronavirus infections as a devastating wave of the virus sweeps across the country. Health officials across northern and western India, including the capital Delhi said they were in crisis on Thursday, with most hospitals full and running out of oxygen. Some

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Elon Musk offers $100m carbon removal prize

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has offered inventors $US100 million in prize money to develop ways to fight global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or ocean. “Right now we’ve only got one planet, said Mr Musk, chief executive of electric car maker Tesla. “Even a 0.1 per cent

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Sydney wharfies exposed to COVID-infected ship’s crew

A group of Sydney dock workers are sweating on the results of coronavirus tests after boarding a ship now found to have been carrying infected sailors. The Inge Kosan, an LPG tanker, was docked in Port Botany for a day from March 31 after arriving from the Papua New Guinea

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Queensland man recovers from clots after vaccine

A Queensland police sergeant is back on duty after recovering from blood clots he developed three days after receiving a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The Therapeutic Goods Administration and health authorities are still investigating whether there’s any link between the man’s condition and the vaccine. Queensland police said the 40-year-old officer

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Hungry rats costing Brisbane car owners thousands in repairs

Brisbane’s cooler months have prompted warnings that rats may be looking for a cosy place to wine and dine — such as your car engine. One Holland Park resident, Tanya Wright, was recently hit with a costly bill after her car wouldn’t start. Her mechanic discovered the engine’s wiring had

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Police launch investigation over ‘failure’ to protect burned Gold Coast woman

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC DETAILS Queensland Police Service has vowed to make improvements and review its handling of domestic violence cases after Kelly Wilkinson was allegedly murdered by her estranged partner on the Gold Coast earlier this week. The promise comes after 27-year-old Ms Wilkinson’s charred remains were discovered

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One day left to find missing submarine before oxygen runs out

Indonesian authorities say rescue teams have detected an object with “high magnetic force” at a depth of 50 to 100 metres in seas north of Bali where a submarine carrying 53 crew disappeared. Yudo Margono, the navy’s chief of staff, said authorities hoped the unidentified object was the missing sub

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New photo marks youngest Cambridge royal’s third birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have marked Prince Louis’s third birthday by releasing a photograph of their son pictured on his first day of nursery school. Louis is growing up fast and is shown sitting on his bike in the grounds of Kensington Palace, smiling for mother Kate Middleton,

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Stephen Jones: Uncertainty on super is costing everyone

In Scott Morrison’s Australia, the only certainty in superannuation is uncertainty. It’s time for him to end the games and give working Australians something they can hold onto. Before the 2019 election he committed to the legislated super guarantee going to 12 per cent. Then he said he would repeal

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How the ‘recalibrated’ vaccine rollout will work

Scott Morrison hopes a Navy commander and a truce with state governments will pep up Australia’s sluggish COVID vaccine rollout, under a “recalibration” agreed to by national cabinet. At the second of the national cabinet’s “war footing” meetings on Thursday, state and territory leaders made a number of decisions, swearing

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Bunnings vaccine hubs? Why brands are pitching in to help fight COVID-19

From vaccines to car park COVID tests, big brands and celebrities have been keen to pitch in to help governments around the world fight the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, The Guardian reported that Bunnings Warehouse could become the site of mass coronavirus vaccination hubs to help boost community trust and

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Michael Pascoe: The ageing reality threatening Josh Frydenberg’s budget

Josh Frydenberg’s half-hour upon the budget stage next month will contain the standard tension between politics and economics, but with an extra twist: Conflict between the budget’s inevitably rosy projections of everyone living happily ever after and Treasury’s looming intergenerational report. That’s assuming the fifth report – the IGR –

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Joe Biden commits US to halve emissions by 2030

The Biden administration has pledged to slash US greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, a new target it hopes will spur other big emitter countries to raise their ambition to combat climate change. The goal, unveiled at the start of a two-day

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WA police suspend search for remains of Hayley Dodd

West Australian police have abandoned a fresh search for the remains of teenager Hayley Dodd at her killer’s former home. Special crime detectives and forensic officers have spent the past three days searching the property at rural Badgingarra, near where Hayley was last seen in 1999. It was formerly occupied

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Indigenous stories of Wonder Women light up Sydney Opera House

One of Australia’s most iconic landmarks is playing canvas to works by a group of Indigenous female artists. The sails of the Sydney Opera House were on Thursday illuminated for day one of the ongoing projection exhibition Badu Gili: Wonder Women. “Badu Gili – meaning ‘water light’ … is a

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Falling short of your household budget? These tips will help

Are you ready to break up with your budget? You’ve tried, really you have, but no matter what method you have used you always seem to be way off the mark when it comes to estimated spending versus your actual spending. You’re wondering what is the point and whether it

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Is Monday a public holiday for Anzac Day? It depends where you live

It’s the question on most people’s lips: Do we get a public holiday for Anzac Day? One of Australia’s most poignant public holidays is fast approaching. Anzac Day falls on a Sunday this year, and some states – but not all – will mark Monday as an ‘observance’ public holiday.

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Kylie, Dannii Minogue and Taika Waititi to join ‘dragtastic’ judging panel

Start your engines, because some familiar faces are gracing the judging panel for the inaugural season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.  Kylie Minogue, her sister Dannii, and Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok), are the first guest judges announced for the forthcoming season of the competitive

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