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Parents of alleged Michigan school shooter arrested in Detroit

Police in the United States have arrested the parents of a teenager accused of murdering four fellow high school students north of Detroit, Michigan.Authorities began searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley after Oakland County prosecutors on Friday charged each parent with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the

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Pakistan: Dozens arrested after Sri Lankan lynched, set ablaze

Official says up to 120 arrests made and raids are continuing after factory manager, accused of blasphemy, was killed on Friday.Dozens of people have been arrested in Pakistan after a Sri Lankan factory manager was beaten to death and set ablaze by a mob who accused him of blasphemy. Several

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Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Tehran, Iran – All the signatories of the nuclear accord inked by Iran and world powers in 2015 say they want it restored as there is no viable alternative, but Iranian and Western definitions of a “good deal” to achieve that goal remain heavily at odds.The seventh round of talks

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European countries looking to set up new diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron has revealed.Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Taliban after they took over Afghanistan in a lightning advance

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Brazil orders probe into Bolsonaro linking COVID vaccine and AIDS

President Bolsonaro had claimed that COVID-19 vaccines may raise the chance of contracting AIDS.The Brazilian Supreme Court has ordered a probe into President Jair Bolsonaro for claiming that COVID-19 vaccines may increase the chances of contracting AIDS. In a live broadcast on October 24, Bolsonaro said that “official reports from

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Six refugees granted visas in Australia but ordeal far from over

Six more refugees in Australia have been granted visas and released from immigration detention, giving them temporary freedom as they fight to stay or seek a more permanent home in a third country.The Department of Home Affairs granted visas to all six men, five of whom were held in a

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New Zealand’s Ajaz Patel takes 10 wickets in innings versus India

Kiwi spinner becomes only the third bowler in Test cricket’s history to take all 10 wickets in an innings.New Zealand’s Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel has claimed all 10 wickets in the second Test against India, becoming only the third bowler in cricket history to achieve the feat. Patel, a left-arm

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Skiing in Colour: Can snowsports become more inclusive?

On Monday, December 6 at 19:30GMT:Although several athletes have broken the colour barrier, the sport of skiing remains, pardon the pun, as white as snow.  But now there is a growing avalanche of ski enthusiasts hoping to make the slopes more inclusive.These include artist and snowboarder Lamont Joseph White, whose exhibit

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Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro to be investigated for linking COVID-19 vaccine to AIDS

A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has ordered a probe be opened into President Jair Bolsonaro for having said during a live broadcast on multiple social media platforms in October that COVID-19 vaccines may raise the chance of contracting AIDS. Mr Bolsonaro, who has refused to take the vaccine, was temporarily suspended from both

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Gambians vote in first presidential election since Jammeh era

Saturday’s voting will be closely watched as a test of the democratic transition in the country, where Jammeh ruled for 22 years.Gambians were due to head to the polls on Saturday, in the first presidential election in the tiny West African nation since former dictator Yahya Jammeh fled into exile.

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Cook Islands records first case of COVID-19 since the pandemic began

The Cook Islands on Saturday recorded its first case of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, as the South Pacific country edges toward reopening its borders to tourists.The nation of around 17,000 people has one of the highest vaccination rates globally, with 96 per cent of the eligible population double-dosed.The virus

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France evacuates more than 300 people from Afghanistan

France and Qatar jointly operated the humanitarian mission while also delivering medical equipment, food and winter supplies to Kabul.France has carried out an evacuation mission in Afghanistan, taking 258 Afghans as well as 11 French, some 60 Dutch nationals and an unspecified number of people linked to them out of

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Joe Biden vows to make any Russian invasion of Ukraine 'very, very difficult'

Moscow, in turn, has accused Ukraine and the United States of destabilising behaviour and suggested Kyiv might be preparing to launch its own offensive in eastern Ukraine, which the Ukrainian authorities deny.”What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make

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Europe hits 75 million COVID cases as it braces for Omicron: Live

blinking-dotLive updatesRise in the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in the UK in the latest week, however, was driven by the dominant Delta variant rather than Omicron.Europe has crossed 75 million coronavirus cases, according to a Reuters news agency tally, as the region braces for the new Omicron variant at a

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Biden signs stopgap funding bill, avoiding a government shutdown

Both chambers of Congress passed the legislation on Thursday to avert a short-term shutdown of the government.US President Joe Biden has signed into law a bill that will fund the government until February 18, the White House said, avoiding the risk of a shutdown after the legislation met opposition from

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Palestinians launch first national amputee football team in Gaza

Gaza City – Palestine’s first-ever amputee football team was launched in Gaza City on Friday to coincide with International Day for People with Disabilities.The Palestine Amputee Football Association national squad is supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The squad of 20 consists of young Palestinians who

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Women in Chile voice fears over far-right presidential candidate

Santiago, Chile – Olga Valenzuela waits on the side of a busy street in the Chilean capital in the late November heat, wearing a black T-shirt with the name “Muriel” printed on it.Muriel, Valenzuela’s daughter, was killed four years ago by her boyfriend during an argument in their home. She

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Biden says crafting plan to deter Russian action against Ukraine

The US president says he is putting together a plan to make it ‘very, very difficult’ for his Russian counterpart Putin to invade Ukraine.US President Joe Biden says he is preparing a “comprehensive” plan to make it difficult for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, as the two

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Entire Yorkshire coaching staff quit club amid racism scandal

England’s most successful cricket club is under fire after racism allegations made by ex-player Azeem Rafiq.Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale have left the cricket club along with the entire coaching staff in the latest fallout from a damaging racism scandal. “We can confirm that

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WHO chief scientist urges people not to panic over Omicron

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) chief scientist has urged people not to panic over the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant and said it was too early to say if vaccines would need to be reworked.Speaking in an interview at the Reuters Next conference on Friday, Soumya Swaminathan said it

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US officials’ phones hacked with NSO Group spyware: Reuters

The phones of at least nine US State Department employees were hacked by NSO Group spyware, the news agency reports.The phones of at least nine US State Department employees were hacked using Israeli firm NSO Group’s spyware, the Reuters news agency has reported, citing four unnamed sources familiar with the

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Michigan school shooting: Parents of 15-year-old suspect charged

Involuntary manslaughter charges aim to ‘hold individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable’, prosecutor says.The parents of the teenager accused of killing four students at a high school in the US state of Michigan this week have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, after officials accused the pair of allowing their

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Stocks sink as Omicron worries persist, investors move to havens

Markets are also digesting comments earlier in the week from United States Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who said the US central bank will consider ending bond purchases a few months earlier than had been anticipated.Global stock markets faltered on Friday, while benchmark bond yields gave up earlier gains after

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New California law affirms Indigenous right to controlled burns

San Francisco, California – Overgrown forests and increasingly destructive wildfires are the legacy of more than a century of fire suppression policy in California. Historically, state laws held people liable for damages if they started a fire that burned out of control.But a new California law will remove the liability

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Sri Lankan factory manager lynched and set on fire in Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan says he will personally oversee the investigation into ‘the horrific vigilante attack’.A Sri Lankan factory manager in Pakistan has been beaten to death and set ablaze by a mob, police confirmed, in an incident local media reported was linked to alleged blasphemy. The incident took place

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Taliban bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan

The Taliban has issued a decree barring forced marriage in Afghanistan, saying women should not be considered “property” and must consent to marriage, but questions remain about whether the group that returned to power in mid-August would extend women’s rights around work and education.The decree was announced on Friday by

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Canada’s job market blows past estimates quadrupling gains

The numbers show how close Canada is to full employment. The unemployment rate fell to 6 percent – very near pre-pandemic levels – from 6.7 percent in October.Canada’s labor market blew past expectations in November as the end of income support programs helped fuel new hiring. Employment rose 153,700 last

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In Mexico border camps, families ‘wait for US doors to open’

Reynosa, Mexico – When *Albert, 36, and his 10-year-old son reached the United States border last week, they hoped their month-long journey with smugglers from Honduras would end in a happy reunion with cousins in Florida ready to welcome them.But after crossing the Rio Grande River into Texas, US border

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Immigration hardliner Nehammer to take over as Austrian leader

Ruling conservative People’s Party nominates interior minister to succeed Alexander Schallenberg as chancellor after two-month stint.Austria’s ruling conservative People’s Party (OVP) has picked current Interior Minister Karl Nehammer, an immigration hardliner, to lead them and the country after a wave of resignations by senior officials set off by Sebastian Kurz.

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US adds only 210,000 jobs in November but the picture is mixed

The labour market recovery in the United States appeared to downshift sharply in November, with the economy adding only 210,000 jobs, the US Department of Labor said on Friday. But while that disappointing number fell far short of most analysts’ expectations, the full jobs market picture was more encouraging than

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Israeli academic denounced for report denying Srebrenica genocide

On November 10, the German president was supposed to honour Israeli historian Gideon Greif with the Order of Merit at a ceremony in Israel for his contributions to Holocaust research, which focuses on the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.But following a wave of criticism over a report which denies the genocide in

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Turkey central bank intervenes again to shore up embattled lira

For the second time this week, Turkey’s central bank dipped into its precious foreign exchange reserves and sold dollars to prop up the lira.Turkey’s lira has edged near to its record low, prompting the country’s central bank to intervene for a second time this week in foreign exchange markets and

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Lira crash slams Turkey’s factories, farmers and retailers

Istanbul, Turkey – Turkey’s lira crisis is threatening to put Mehmet Sapci’s 86-year-old pharmaceutical company out of business.With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, his firm – Merkez Ilac – was able to leverage its production lines to pump out disinfectants that turned out to be crucial for stopping the

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Prunes: The snack that helps you cut down on … Christmas snacking

When the bowls of chips and pretzels are being passed around at the officer Christmas party, shake your head and say: “No thanks, I’m waiting for the prunes.” They may not go so well with chardonnay but University of Liverpool researchers report that “consuming prunes can help control appetite and

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NSW records 11 fresh cases of the mutant Omicron virus

NSW authorities are racing to track down the source of an emerging Omicron variant cluster at a western Sydney school, as COVID-19 case numbers begin to spike again. The state reported another 325 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, and one death, 12 fewer than the number reported

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Victoria’s COVID ordeal refuses to end: 1365 fresh cases and nine deaths

Victoria has added 1365 infections to its COVID-19 caseload and recorded a further nine virus-related deaths. The state continues to manage almost 14,400 active coronavirus cases. There are 288 virus patients in Victorian hospitals, 44 of them in intensive care and 20 requiring ventilation. Health authorities say virus testers

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Cancer specialists blame lockdowns for steep ‘jump’ in female genital cases

Cancer specialists have noticed a worrying increase in women presenting with advanced forms of rare cancer  following Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdowns. AAP understands some Melbourne practitioners have seen a 30 per cent rise in late-stage cases of vulvar cancer. Epworth private hospital gynaecological oncologist Julie Lamont says she has noticed

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Fair Work Commission shoots down BHP’s jab requirement

A decision by mining giant BHP to ban unvaccinated workers from the biggest coalmine in the NSW Hunter region was made without adequately consulting employees and was not lawful or reasonable, the Fair Work Commission has ruled. BHP announced in October it would make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of

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Labor 2030 emissions plan positive but not ambitious enough: experts

While Labor’s much-anticipated emissions reduction plan is more ambitious than that proposed by the federal government, climate advocates warn it still falls short. Labor Leader Anthony Albanese on Friday promised lower power bills and a green jobs boom under the opposition’s new while announcing the climate plan the federal opposition

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The Ferguson Report: NDIS left on deck as AUKUS submarines crash dive

Due to the “budget catastrophe we had to have”, the federal government is now forced to choose between the National Disability Insurance Scheme and AUKUS toy submarines. The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) is expected to announce that Australia has spent all the money it didn’t have on borrowing

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No secrets here: How Spotify has your 2021 listening neatly Wrapped

German reggae, folktronica, pirate metal, Gregorian chants – whatever dark musical secret you may be hiding, Spotify knows about it. Every December Spotify announces Wrapped, giving listeners the ability to look back on what kind of music or podcasts they listened to over the past year. The personalised experience takes

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Ditching Powershop? These green electricity providers want your business

Powershop Australia has been haemorrhaging customers after multinational oil giant Shell announced it was buying the company. The news made many customers feel betrayed, given that Powershop had built a reputation based on its carbon-neutral credentials, while Shell has been described as a “planetary death machine”. “The good news is

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SA has four new COVID cases, one a mystery

South Australia has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 – including one “unlinked” case in the Port Noarlunga region – prompting an urgent call for testing in Adelaide’s south. In an update late on Friday, SA Health said three men aged 20-70, and one woman in her 30s, had tested

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Musk sells Tesla shares worth $1.42bn

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has sold another 934,091 shares of the electric vehicle maker worth $US1.01 billion ($A1.42 billion) to meet his tax obligations related to the exercise of options to buy 2.1 million shares. In early November, the world’s richest person tweeted that he would sell 10 per

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Private beds not considered for St Basil’s

Evacuating residents of a Melbourne aged-care home hit by COVID-19 to private hospitals was never seriously considered despite hundreds of beds being available, an inquest has heard. Outbreak managers replaced the entire staff at St Basil’s Home for the Aged with an emergency workforce on July 22 last year, during

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Furious China slaps back at WTA’s stance on missing Peng Shuai

Beijing has taken umbrage at the Women’s Tennis Association’s decision to suspend all tournaments in China after the organisation made its strong stand over the safety of Peng Shuai. It comes amid reports of second video call with the missing tennis star, and as the ATP faces a growing backlash

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PM defends timing of Tudge investigation

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended not immediately launching an inquiry into the conduct of federal minister Alan Tudge when revelations of an affair with a staffer were first revealed. While the consensual affair was brought to light last year, Mr Morrison said the investigation was sparked by allegations of

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Unvaccinated Clive Palmer can attend trial

Billionaire Clive Palmer will be able to be present in a Sydney courtroom for his defamation trial despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19. He is suing WA Premier Mark McGowan in the Federal Court, claiming Mr McGowan’s public comments, including labelling him the “enemy of West Australia”, had damaged his reputation.

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‘We’ve won Powerball!’: WA gym buddies share $80m prize

A group of about 50 gym buddies in Western Australia have shared an $80 million Powerball jackpot – with their ticket the lone winner of the monster pool. Each of the women, who work out together at a gym in Perth’s north, will get about $1.5 million. According to The

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NT records first coronavirus death

The Northern Territory has recorded its first death from COVID-19. The unvaccinated woman in her 70s was from Binjari Aboriginal community, about 330 kilometres south of Darwin. There are 60 cases in the territory’s current outbreak. The fatality comes a day after the virus was detected in another remote community,

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10 gifts under $50 to get this Christmas

The New Daily wants to help you find useful goods and services. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. This year, shoppers are doing their Christmas shopping earlier instead of leaving it to the last minute due to supply chain issues causing a

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Jockey Caserta’s body found off Gold Coast

Jockey Chris Caserta’s body has been found 36 hours after he disappeared during a night swim at a Gold Coast beach. Queensland Police say the 26-year-old’s body was found floating about 200 metres offshore near a sand dredging jetty at Main Beach on Friday morning. “It is believed to be

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