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Iran sentences five to death over killing of paramilitary member

Authorities in Iran have sentenced five people to death for allegedly killing a member of a paramilitary force affiliated with the country’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), state media reported, while 11 others received lengthy prison sentences.The 16 unidentified defendants – 13 men and three minors – were charged

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Alleged Club Q attacker charged with hate crimes and murder

Anderson Lee Aldrich is accused of carrying out a shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs that killed five.The alleged attacker in the Club Q gay nightclub shooting that killed five people has been charged with hate crimes, murder, and assault. The suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, appeared in court

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China’s Xi to visit Saudi Arabia to ‘bolster ties’

Initial agreements worth $29.26bn will be signed during a Saudi-Chinese summit this week, official Saudi agency said.Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia this week, meeting the king and de facto ruler of the world’s biggest oil exporter. The Chinese leader will arrive on Wednesday

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What is in Al Jazeera dossier for the ICC on Abu Akleh’s killing?

Testimonies in the dossier show that Israel’s killing of the reporter has led to widespread, crippling fear among Palestinian journalists about their safety.The Hague, the Netherlands – A dossier submitted by Al Jazeera to the International Criminal Court (ICC) with a formal request to investigate the killing of veteran television

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PM Plenkovic on whether Russia has any leverage over Croatia

From: Talk to Al JazeeraCroatian PM Andrej Plenkovic discusses relations with the Kremlin and in the Balkans region, the EU, the Ukraine war and NATO.In one of the most thrilling matches of the Qatar World Cup, Croatia beat Japan on penalties to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

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Ukrainians allege abuse, beatings at Russian ‘filtration’ camps

Names marked with an asterisk have been changed to protect identities.In February, Kharkiv Polytechnic graduate Dmitry* was visiting Mariupol from the United Kingdom to refurbish his recently purchased apartment. But soon, Moscow invaded Ukraine. He says he was rounded up by Russian soldiers during the siege of the port city

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Excited Moroccan fans scramble for last-minute World Cup tickets

Their side has entered the final 16 of the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.While the spirited atmosphere at Education Stadium on Tuesday before the Morocco-vs-Spain World Cup round-of-16 match was overwhelmingly dominated by Moroccan fans, not all Atlas Lions’ fans were happy. For days, many Moroccans

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UK refusal to sanction Bangladesh ‘death squad’ revealed

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (I-Unit) can reveal that the United Kingdom was set to impose sanctions on Bangladesh’s anti-terrorism Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in 2021 but held back for reasons that remain unexplained.The US implemented sanctions against the RAB and seven high-ranking current and former members on December 10, 2021,

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Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 286

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 286th day, we take a look at the main developments.Here is the situation as it stands on Tuesday, December 6: Fighting A third Russian airfield is ablaze from a drone attack, a day after Ukraine demonstrated an apparent new ability to penetrate hundreds

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A Legacy: Reviving Rwanda’s dramatic hairstyle

From: Africa DirectRwanda’s striking Amasunzu hairstyle, with its crests and partings which once carried messages, is making a comeback.Rwanda’s Amasunzu hairstyles are eye-catching sculptures of dramatic shapes, peaks and shaved partings. These once-famous styles were worn as a form of identity in pre-colonial times, with each hair design

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Tanzania scraps independence celebration, diverts funds to kids

President Samia Suluhu Hassan redirected this year’s budget to building dormitories for children with special needs.Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has cancelled Independence Day celebrations scheduled for Friday and directed that the budget instead be used to build dormitories for children with special needs. The 61st Independence Day event was

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Ukraine war will make renewables top electricity source: IEA

The Ukraine war has made the security and price stability of domestically produced renewable energy so attractive to governments that it will become the world’s top source of electricity in the next three years, according to The International Energy Agency.The world will build 2,400 gigawatts (GW) of new generating capacity

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Which teams have reached the World Cup quarter-finals?

Six teams have booked their place in the quarter-finals after a series of thrilling round-of-16 matches in Qatar.World Cup 2022 is in the business end of things. The knockouts are under way and qualification for the quarter-finals is heating up. Below are the teams that have advanced into the last eight:

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Polls open in crucial Georgia runoff race for US Senate

Polls have opened for the United States Senate runoff election in Georgia, a tight race that has drawn a record number of early voters.On Tuesday, the Georgia electorate will decide whether to send incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock or his Republican opponent Herschel Walker to Washington to be sworn in with

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What the rise of Prigozhin and Kadyrov tell us about Russia

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” goes an old saying. It comes to mind when thinking of the situation the Russian political elite finds itself in amid military failures in the war in Ukraine.In the early days of the full-scale invasion, President Vladimir Putin held regular meetings

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An unsolved murder amid Costa Rica’s Indigenous land disputes

It was about three hours after sunset on March 18, 2019, when a resident of Yeri, a remote Indigenous settlement near the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, heard the sound of gunfire from his neighbour’s home. When two policemen arrived at the crime scene a couple of hours later, they

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‘Repeating cycle’: Protesters decry Sudan agreement

Khartoum, Sudan – Sudanese protesters have denounced a framework agreement between the military, powerful armed groups and political parties.The deal, signed on Monday, is aimed at ending the standoff that exceeded a year between security and political elites following a military coup on October 25, 2021. Critics fear the deal

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Herzog’s Gulf trip aims to consolidate Abraham Accords

The past few days have seen a new milestone in Israel’s relations with the Gulf, with Isaac Herzog becoming the first Israeli president to visit Bahrain on Sunday, during a regional trip that also included a visit to the United Arab Emirates.Herzog’s visits to Manama and Abu Dhabi are significant

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EU, Western Balkans leaders meet amid fears of Russian influence

EU aims to reassure six Balkan countries of a future in the bloc amid fears of rising Russian and Chinese influence.European Union and Western Balkans leaders have met in the Albanian capital Tirana for a summit meant to reassure the region of a future in the wealthy bloc amid fears

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Samuel Eto’o attacks man after World Cup match

Footage has emerged that shows the current Cameroon FA chief and former footballer hitting a man with his knee.Samuel Eto’o, former Cameroon, Barcelona and Inter Milan striker, has been filmed attacking a man outside Stadium 974 in Qatar’s capital Doha after Brazil’s 4-1 victory over South Korea. Video footage shows

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How to get away with murder on the high seas

Crimes like this don’t often happen on land. A 10-minute slow-motion slaughter captured by a cellphone camera shows a group of unarmed men at sea, flailing in the water, shot and killed one by one, after which the culprits pose for celebratory selfies. The only thing more shocking than the footage was

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Chad jails more than 260 people after mass trial over protests

A total of 401 people were put on trial in Koro Toro prison over anti-government protests that took place in October.A court in Chad has handed out jail terms of between two and three years to more than 260 people arrested after anti-government protests in October, while defence lawyers have

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First Dance Steps: Contemporary dance in Mali

From: Africa DirectA Malian contemporary dance company travels to a remote village to integrate traditional dances into their work.Lassina Koné is a dancer, choreographer and the artistic director of his contemporary dance company Don Sen Folo, meaning “first dance steps”. He wants to raise the profile of dance

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An HIV-free world is finally within reach

British health authorities recently announced that they hope to prevent all new cases of HIV in England and officially make the country the first in the world to “defeat the virus” by 2030. They say they will achieve this through a series of new deals they made with pharmaceutical companies

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Behrouz Boochani was told he would never set foot in Australia. He just did

HighlightsKurdish writer Behrouz Boochani has landed in Melbourne on Tuesday to promote new book.It comes years after the previous government asserted he would never be permitted to enter Australia.He said his visit is work-related and that he would continue to advocate for refugees and asylum seekers. Kurdish refugee and writer

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Protests erupt in Greece over teenager’s shooting in police chase

Police officer allegedly shoots a 16-year-old Roma in the head after he drives away from a petrol station without paying.Violent protests have broken out in Greece’s second-largest city over the police shooting of a Roma boy after he allegedly filled his vehicle at a petrol station and drove off without

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Al Jazeera takes the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh to the ICC

The Hague, the Netherlands – Al Jazeera Media Network has submitted a formal request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute those responsible for killing veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.Abu Akleh, a television correspondent with Al Jazeera for 25 years, was killed by Israeli forces on

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Spain vs Morocco round-of-16 predictions: World Cup 2022

Al Jazeera’s AI robot Kashef has crunched the numbers and has some predictions for today’s game.Spain take on Morocco in the round-of-16 match at the World Cup 2022 on Tuesday. Kashef, our artificial intelligence (AI) robot, has analysed more than 200 metrics, including the number of wins, goals scored and FIFA

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Portugal vs Switzerland round-of-16 predictions: World Cup 2022

Al Jazeera’s AI robot Kashef has crunched the numbers and has some predictions for today’s game.The last round-of-16 match at the World Cup 2022 will pit ninth-ranked Portugal against 15th-ranked Switzerland. Kashef, our artificial intelligence (AI) robot, has analysed more than 200 metrics, including the number of wins, goals scored and

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Glencore to pay $180m over DRC corruption claims

The commodities company reached an agreement over bribery allegations spanning from 2007 to 2018.Commodities giant Glencore has agreed to pay $180m to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to cover corruption allegations, the latest payment in a series of graft cases it has faced worldwide. The Anglo-Swiss mining company

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Hope and optimism in Morocco ahead of World Cup last-16 match

The perennial underachievers are finally soaring at a World Cup.Morocco are on the verge of qualifying for a World Cup quarter-final, a feat that the team has never achieved in five previous World Cup appearances. A draw against World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia was followed by a shock win over

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At least seven killed in northern Afghanistan roadside blast

Those killed were petroleum company employees on board a bus in Mazar-i-Sharif, according to a local official.At least seven people have been killed in a roadside blast in northern Afghanistan, according to local officials, the latest attack in the violence-racked country. Those killed in the 7am (03:00 GMT) blast on

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Can a new triple alliance save rainforests from ruin?

On Tuesday, December 6 at 19:30 GMT:Brazil, Indonesia, and DR Congo are home to more than half of the world’s tropical rainforests, and have now formed a tripartite alliance aimed at better preserving them amid the worsening global climate emergency.The countries signed an agreement on November 14, capping years of

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Asian, African fans relish ‘affordable’, close-to-home World Cup

Doha, Qatar – It’s the first time that four teams from Asia and Africa have made it to the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup. In-form Morocco are still in the fray. But for many fans from those continents, including the Middle East, there’s another reason to celebrate the ongoing

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When is the World Cup final and how can I watch it in Australia?

Key pointsThe FIFA World Cup final will be played at 2am Monday 19 December AEDT. It will be the 64th match of the tournament, which has involved 32 teams.The match will be played on Qatar’s national day.The final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played on early

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Airfare prices have soared to new heights, and they could rise even further

HighlightsThe cost of domestic flights has soared by nearly 30 per cent compared to pre-pandemic prices, an ACCC report found. “Discounted economy airfares” have been hardest hit by escalating prices.In better news, the report also found flight cancellations and delays were falling closer to normal levels.Australians are paying almost 30

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Big banks announce interest rate moves after cash rate hits decade high

Key pointsThe Reserve Bank of Australia has increased the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.1 per cent.The cash rate target is at its highest level since November 2012.Treasurer Jim Chalmers said rate rises are “having harsh and heavy consequences” on households.Mortgage holders are facing more repayment pain after

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SBS News in Easy English Bulletin 6 December 2022

This is SBS News in Easy English. I’m Hannah Kwon.National Cabinet will be meeting virtually on Friday.Prime Minister Anthony Albanese tested positive to Covid-19 yesterday, which delayed initial plans for state and territory leaders to meet on Wednesday.The energy price crisis will be the National Cabinet’s key focus at Friday’s

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Pay secrecy is now banned in Australia. Here’s how that could benefit you

Key pointsThe Albanese government’s “Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill” includes a ban on pay secrecy policies.The ban is primarily aimed at reducing gender-based pay differences.Studies have shown that greater transparency promotes a decline in the gender pay gap.Do you work for an organisation that treats pay information like a state

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Chinese rush to buy COVID tests, medicines

Chinese residents are rushing to snap up COVID-19 antigen kits and medicines for fevers and colds as the country’s recent easing of prevention measures triggers widespread concern among the public they could now catch the virus. Online medicine platforms, pharmacies and drug makers have in recent days reported surging

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Fed-up England sacks rugby coach Eddie Jones

England coach Eddie Jones has been fired less than a year out from the Rugby World Cup. Jones was fired after seven years in charge of the national team. The Rugby Football Union has acted in response to a dismal autumn that concluded England’s worst year since 2008, comprising of

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Ex-Cameroon star filmed in Doha altercation

Cameroon soccer federation president and former star Samuel Eto’o has been filmed apparently kicking a man to the ground in an altercation outside a World Cup stadium early on Tuesday. Eto’o had paused to pose for photos with fans near Stadium 974 after Brazil beat South Korea 4-1. Footage circulating

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Domestic airfares go sky high, while Bonza promises $50 flights

Australia’s consumer watchdog has put airlines on notice as domestic airfares soar, while Qantas expects a summer of huge demand that will test its service and reliability. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it will “monitor them [airlines] closely” to ensure the likes of Qantas and Virgin aren’t

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Charity starts at home for scammers: Here’s ways to stay safe

Australians are warned to be very cautious when donating to charities this festive season, after a series of massive data leaks and scams. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) said on Tuesday that fake charities are on the rise. ACNC acting commissioner Deborah Jenkins said “hundreds of thousands of

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Beijing relaxes COVID-19 testing protocols

People in China’s capital Beijing are allowed to enter parks, supermarkets, offices and airports without showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test as measures ease across the nation in the wake of historic protests. “Beijing readies itself for life again” read a headline in the government-owned China Daily newspaper,

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Russia accuses Ukraine of staging drone attacks on air bases

A drone attack on an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region has set fire to an oil storage tank a day after Russia accused Ukraine of audacious drone attacks on two military airfields deep inside its territory. Roman Starovoyt, the governor of the Kursk region bordering Ukraine, said on the Telegram

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Church pastor kept Houston abuse report secret

A senior church pastor told her grandnephew she would not support him reporting sexual abuse committed against him by Hillsong founder Brian Houston’s father to police, a court has heard. Brett Sengstock has given evidence that Houston’s father, Frank Houston, sexually abused him, beginning the day before his eighth birthday

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Twenty gay men bashed daily, NSW inquiry told

Assistant NSW police commissioner Anthony Crandell has told a landmark inquiry about 20 gay men were violently bashed every day for a period spanning more than four decades. The special commission of inquiry, in its second block of hearings, is probing the police approach to suspected hate crimes against

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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake rattles Bali, Java

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has rattled Indonesia’s Bali and Java islands, the country’s geophysics agency says. The quake occurred off the southern coast of East Java province, at a depth of 10 kilometres and 305 kilometres southwest of Denpasar, Bali, the agency said, adding that it was not expected to trigger

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Labor keeps Northcote in nail-biting battle

Kat Theophanous has been re-elected after a nail-biting count in the marginal Melbourne seat of Northcote. The Labor MP won the seat by 184 votes after preferences, defying a swing of almost 1.5 per cent against Labor. The result came 10 days after the Victorian election and a tight contest

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Consumer confidence dips after Black Friday

Consumers are a little uneasy about their personal finances in the lead-up to Christmas, with confidence edging lower. ANZ and Roy Morgan’s weekly consumer confidence indicator has dipped 0.5 per cent, led by a 6.2 per cent plunge in its “current financial conditions” measure. Its “future financial conditions” gauge also fell

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Aboriginal girl’s rare heart issue hard to detect

A young Aboriginal girl whose family believes she was let down by Victoria’s health system was suffering from a particularly rare and deadly complication, a paediatric infectious diseases physician said. The girl, who has been given the pseudonym Sasha at an inquest, died at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital in August

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Car rentals may spur electric vehicle uptake

Two in three Australian drivers would like to hire an electric vehicle before buying one, new research shows. The study by car rental firm Hertz also found more than half the driving population is considering an electric car for their next ride. But the purchase price, availability of public chargers and

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War decisions must not change: Defence

National security would be harmed if Australia’s process for sending troops to war was changed, a parliamentary inquiry has been told. In a submission to a review of international armed conflict decision-making, the Defence Department warns against changing the status-quo and describes the current process as necessary. “Defence assesses these

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Teenager hospitalised after Sydney drain fall

Emergency crews have rescued a teenage boy who fell into a stormwater drain and fractured his arm while trying to retrieve a ball in Sydney’s western suburbs. Emergency crews were called just before 11am on Tuesday after the teen slipped into the drain near Grahame Thomas Oval in Bankstown. NSW

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Consumer watchdog takes Telstra to court

The consumer watchdog is taking Telstra to court over claims the telco giant was misleading customers on its broadband speeds. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has started proceedings against Telstra in the Federal Court about the company’s representation of its cheaper internet brand Belong. The commission alleges almost 9000

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Oxford Word of the Year a hangover from COVID lockdowns

Harsh lockdowns may not be in force for most countries anymore, but Oxford’s Word of the Year shows people could still be suffering a hangover from COVID restrictions. On Monday, Oxford University Press announced ‘goblin mode’ had taken out the top gong, after more than 300,000 English speakers voted for

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Scott Morrison’s secrecy appeal before hearing

Scott Morrison is calling for a stack of secret cabinet documents to be made public before he gives evidence at the robodebt royal commission. Lawyers for the former prime minister argue his reputation could be damaged if the confidential papers are kept under wraps. Mr Morrison was social services minister

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Indonesia bans sex outside marriage amid sweeping law changes

Indonesia has banned sex outside of marriage illegal in a series of sweeping changes to its criminal code. The laws, which were ratified on Tuesday, mean that people caught engaging in sexual intercourse or living together outside of marriage may face up to one year in prison. The changes are part

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Search for missing hiker nears one week

Police are deciding whether to continue a large-scale search for a woman missing in the NSW Central Tablelands, as concerns for her welfare deepen. Esther Wallace, 47, was reported missing last Wednesday morning, after becoming separated from a male companion in bushland approximately 20km southwest of Orange. Despite ongoing efforts to

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Interest rates rise to decade high as RBA delivers Christmas pain

The Reserve Bank has raised interest rates for an eighth straight month, lifting its target by 0.25 percentage points as it battles sky high inflation. The Christmas hike takes the overnight cash rate to 3.10 per cent, the highest level since 2012, adding another $75 to typical mortgage bills. A

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Australia-US talks to underpin nuclear submarines decision

Defence Minister Richard Marles has held high-level talks with his US counterpart as he mulls over which nuclear-powered submarines to buy. Mr Marles is making the final decisions on whether Australia will sign up for a US or UK nuclear submarine design under the trilateral AUKUS alliance, which is set

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Hybrid car sales power ahead of electric vehicles

More Australians are choosing eco-friendly vehicles for their next ride, with sales figures revealing low-emission cars are soaring in popularity. It’s not high-profile electric cars racking up the greatest sales though, but hybrid vehicles that combine battery and fuel technology. Hybrid vehicles have become so popular in Australia they now

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Green light for female Cuban boxers

Boxing powerhouse Cuba have given the green light to women who wish to partake in tournaments for the first time since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. The Caribbean island – long hailed for their top-ranked men’s boxers – have won 41 gold medals in the Olympic games since Munich in

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Cheers star Kirstie Alley dies, after battle with cancer

American film and TV actress Kirstie Alley has died. Alley, the star of 1980s sitcom Cheers and the 1999 film Drop Dead Gorgeous along with a string over other TV and film hits, was 71. Her children, True and Lillie Parker, confirmed Alley’s death in a statement on Tuesday afternoon Australian

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Airfares soar before Christmas holidays, hit 15-year record

Australians are paying almost 30 per cent more for domestic flights than they were before the pandemic, according to a new report, and airfares are showing signs of rising even higher before the Christmas holidays. Analysis by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission also found “discounted economy airfares” were

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Pudding proof: Coles tops Choice’s Xmas tests

Dessert can make a meal, and with Christmas around the corner, it might be a lot of pressure to choose the right one. Consumer group Choice has made the decision-making process a little easier by putting in the hard yards in the form of Christmas pudding testing. Choice tested 18

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Wait times fall at Victorian children’s hospital

Wait times have returned to normal at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital after some patients had to wait 12 hours to see a doctor. There were 100 patients seeking treatment at the hospital’s emergency department on Monday night, leading to warnings for families to find alternative care when possible. By 7am

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