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Rio Tinto investors welcome chair's decision to step down after Juukan Gorge scandal

Simon Thompson accepts he is ‘ultimately accountable’ for the destruction of ancient rock sheltersInvestors have welcomed the Rio Tinto chair Simon Thompson’s decision to leave the company after accepting he was “ultimately accountable” for the mining company’s decision to blow up ancient rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara.Thompson

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Cyclone Niran wipes out banana crops in far-north Queensland

Growers around Innisfail and the Cassowary Coast left in despair but banana prices not expected to skyrocket in wake of stormSome banana crops have been wiped out as Cyclone Niran intensifies off the far-north Queensland coast.Niran was expected to become a category three storm within 24 hours and while it

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California crash leaves 13 people dead after truck and SUV collide

Officials say the Ford Expedition, designed to hold five to eight people, was carrying 25 passengers and several died at the sceneAt least 13 people were killed in southern California on Tuesday when a tractor-trailer slammed into an SUV carrying 25 passengers, officials said.The crash occurred in the early morning

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Medics risk lives to treat injured in Myanmar anti-coup protests

An injured woman receives treatment from volunteer medical responders in Mandalay on February 20. On that day, the military violently cracked down on those protesting against the coup, killing two people [Al Jazeera] Aye Nyein Thu finished medical school in Myanmar’s central city of Mandalay less than a

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Biden withdraws budget director nomination amid opposition

Both Republican and Democratic US legislators had raised opposition to Neera Tanden’s nomination over her past tweets. Neera Tanden testifies during a Senate committee hearing on February 10 [File: Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters] US President Joe Biden has withdrawn his nomination for the next director of the

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Biden promises vaccine supply for all US adults by end of May

US president invokes wartime law to require Merck & Co to help produce newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. President Joe Biden speaks about efforts to combat COVID-19 at the White House [Evan Vucci/AP Photo] The United States will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every

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Biden presses Senate Democrats to pass COVID-19 relief

US president pushes for Senate action on $1.9 trillion federal aid package as Republicans line up in opposition. President Joe Biden is urging Senate Democrats to hold together to pass his proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan for the US [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters] United States President Joe Biden

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Texas governor lifts mask mandate, COVID restrictions

The move by Republican Governor Greg Abbott marks the furthest any US state has gone so far to roll back harsh restrictions on businesses and residents. ‘It is now time to open Texas 100 percent,’ the state’s Governor Greg Abbott said at a Tuesday news briefing [File: Eric

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OPEC+’s balancing act between crude optimism and pandemic risk

Tightening supply and coronavirus vaccine optimism have both helped drive crude prices to pre-COVID levels in recent weeks [File: Christian Hartmann/Reuters] OPEC and its allies have a tough decision to make when they meet on Thursday: Remain cautious and keep supplies tight, or take the current crude price

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New Harry Potter video game will allow transgender characters

Hogwarts Legacy players will be able to create characters that have a masculine or feminine voice no matter what their bodies look like, sources told Bloomberg News. Hogwarts Legacy is scheduled to be released in 2022 from publisher Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment Inc and developer Avalanche

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Australia's international border closure extended for another three months

Australia’s international borders will remain closed for at least another three months in a blow to almost 40,000 citizens still stranded overseas more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic began. On Tuesday evening, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the extension of the “human biosecurity emergency period” which bars travellers

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Erdogan tells Macron cooperation has ‘very serious potential’

In a video call, the Turkish president says dialogue has always played an important role in relations as NATO members work to normalise ties. Last year Turkey and France repeatedly traded barbs over international issues including conflicts in Syria, Libya, and the Eastern Mediterranean [File: Arif Hudaverdi Yaman

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Macron asks Iran for ‘clear gestures’ on nuclear inspections

French president asks Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, for Iran’s full cooperation with UN watchdog on nuclear inspections. The French leader also expressed his ‘deepest concern’ over Iranian violations of the accord [File: Ludovic Marin/AFP] French President Emmanuel Macron has asked his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, for “clear

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Amazon apologises to Indian viewers over Tandav controversy

In a statement, Amazon apologised ‘unconditionally to anyone who felt hurt’ after its political drama Tandav allegedly offended Hindu viewers. In a statement Tuesday, Amazon said it deeply regrets that viewers considered certain scenes from its Prime Video show Tandav to be objectionable [File: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters] Amazon.com Inc’s

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Ilhan Omar unveils bill to sanction MBS for Khashoggi’s murder

Representative Ilhan Omar speaks at a campaign event in Nashua, New Hampshire, on December 13, 2019 [File: Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters] US Representative Ilhan Omar introduced a bill on Tuesday to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) for his role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, putting

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Mississippi city enters third week without running water

Power has returned but Jackson, Mississippi residents are still without water after last month’s winter storms. Bottled water has been going scarce in Jackson, Mississippi, as residents rush to stock up [File: Shelby Tauber/Reuters] Thousands of residents in the city of Jackson, Mississippi, have been without running

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FBI Director says Capitol riots were 'domestic terrorism'

FBI Director Chris Wray sought to beat back right-wing conspiracy theories suggesting that fake supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6, telling lawmakers the FBI has “not seen evidence of that.” In his opening statement, Wray accused supporters of Donald Trump who carried out

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US sanctions two Houthi leaders for attacking Saudi Arabia

Sanctions on top Houthi military leaders come shortly after the US removed the rebel movement from the ‘terror’ list. Armed Houthi followers ride on the back of a truck after participating in a funeral of Houthi fighters killed in recent fighting against government forces in Yemen’s oil-rich province

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In talks with Myanmar military, ASEAN urges halt to violence

At least 21 people have been killed since the February 1 military coup that ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi [File: STR/AFP] A number of Myanmar’s neighbours have urged its new military government to release detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cease using lethal force against

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Six Dr Seuss books are being pulled because of racist imagery

Six Dr Seuss books – including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo – will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy says. “These books portray people in ways that

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Bosnia receives jabs from Serbia amid COVAX dispute

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, centre, walks with Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia Sefik Dzaferovic, left, and Serb member of the presidency Milorad Dodik, right, at Sarajevo International Airport [Serbian Presidential Press Service via AP] Bosnia and Herzegovina received 10,000 vaccines from neighbouring Serbia amid a

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Cboe seeks green light for first US Bitcoin ETF

Cboe Global Markets Inc is seeking approval to list and trade shares of what could be the first Bitcoin exchange traded fund in the United States. Last month Canadian securities regulators cleared the launch of the Purpose Bitcoin ETF, making it the first to gain regulatory

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‘Fantastic step forward’: First COVAX vaccines arrive in Nigeria

Africa’s most populous country receives nearly four million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, with healthcare and front-line workers to be the first to be inoculated. The first batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses are offloaded from a plane during its arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, in

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Can school kidnappings in Nigeria be stopped?

24:50 From: Inside Story Governor insists no ransom was paid saying so-called ‘repentant bandits’ helped to secure their release. Read more By  Inside Story 2 Mar 2021 More episodes from Inside Story

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FBI director says far-right Capitol riot was ‘domestic terror’

FBI Director Christopher Wray arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the January 6th insurrection on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC [Mandel Ngan/Pool via Reuters] FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday accused supporters of former President Donald Trump who carried out a deadly January 6 attack

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Three female media workers shot to death in eastern Afghanistan

Journalists, religious scholars, activists and judges have all been targeted in a recent wave of attacks [File: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo] Three female media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday while heading home from work. Local broadcaster Enikass TV said the women

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Lebanon’s embattled currency hits new record low

A protester holds an Arabic placard that reads: ‘Soon the dollar = 10,000 Lebanese pounds and if you are not happy, immigrate’ [Hussein Malla/AP] The Lebanese pound hit a record low against the United States dollar on the black market on Tuesday, a sign of the country’s multiple

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Children seized. Towns attacked. Can Nigeria fix security crises?

Between June 2011 and March 2020, at least $18m was paid to kidnappers as ransom, according to a report by SB Morgen [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters] Abuja, Nigeria – Swirls of dust, whipped up by a construction site nearby, envelop Ibrahim Usman’s stationed commercial tricycle. But the 26-year-old, who

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‘Constant fear’: Iraq and Syria face ISIL resurgence

Children look at a member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after leaving the ISIL group’s last holdout of Baghouz in Syria’s northern Deir Az Zor province [File: Bulent Kilic/AFP] Rania Najim Abed is terrified that ISIL (ISIS) might return to Tel Eskof, her hometown in northern

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Biden and Lopez Obrador meet to reset US-Mexico relations

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US President Joe Biden during a virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from the White House in Washington, US, [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]  United States President Joe Biden held a virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez

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Trump received COVID vaccine at White House in January: US media

Trump, who had continually downplayed the coronavirus threat, had not previously disclosed he had received the vaccine. Former President Donald Trump quietly received the COVID-19 vaccine at the White House in January [File: John Raoux/AP Photo] Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump quietly

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SDF militia forcibly conscripting teachers in Syria: Report

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria, in October 2017 [File: Erik de Castro/Reuters] Istanbul, Turkey – A continuing campaign to forcibly conscript people into the ranks of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has seen 61 teachers in northeast

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US Supreme Court mulls power of landmark Voting Rights Act

In the wake of Trump’s 2020 election loss, Republican officials are proposing new measures to restrict voting access. The Supreme Court is hearing a case that could weaken the 1965 Voting Rights Act [File: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo] US Supreme Court justices will on Tuesday consider whether

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US oil lobbying group mulls throwing weight behind carbon pricing

The American Petroleum Institute is considering endorsement of putting a price on carbon emissions – a move that would herald a major shift after the API long resisted mandatory government climate policies, a source tells Reuters. Within API, there has been a widening rift between Europe’s top energy

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Conservation is failing communities who share space with wildlife

We must address the needs of rural communities in Africa to help solve the continent’s human-elephant conflict. When we think of elephants, we may think: gentle giants, majestic, noble creatures. All of which is true. Especially for visitors to the areas they usually inhabit. But these same elephants

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UK: Four plead not guilty in case of toppled slave trader statue

Group charged with criminal damage over Edward Colston statue says stunt was an expression of free speech, but judge warns against ‘wholly unmeritorious’ arguments. Years of calls by anti-racism campaigners for Colston’s statue to be removed had met with fierce local resistance [File: Giulia Spadafora/NurPhoto] Three men

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Big box bonanza: Target sees surging sales growth in 2020

Last year’s surge surpassed Target’s annual sales growth over the past 11 years combined as US shoppers stocked up on supplies. Like other big-box stores, Target was allowed to stay open during the early onset of the coronavirus pandemic last year, while department stores and mall-based retailers were

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Swiss Muslims denounce ‘burqa ban’ proposal as referendum nears

The legislation, referred to locally as the burqa ban, does not specifically mention the facial coverings worn by Muslim women, but is largely seen to target them [File: Michael Buholzer/Reuters] Zürich, Switzerland – Less than a year ago, Valentina made the decision to switch her headscarf for a

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US slaps sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning

Senior Biden administration officials said on Tuesday that the US has imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities over Russia’s attempts to kill opposition figure Alexey Navalny with a nerve agent. United States sanctions are a response to a Russian attempt to assassinate Alexey Navalny last year, a

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Cathie Wood’s flagship ETF powers back with near record inflow

Pain for Cathie Wood’s flagship exchange traded fund proved fleeting as the ARK Innovation ETF notched its second-biggest inflow ever on Friday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Friday’s $464m cash injection followed a four-day rout that saw Cathie Wood’s ARK Innovation exchange traded fund slide

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Erdogan promises stronger freedoms, human rights in Turkey

Turkey will improve the judiciary system, strengthen freedom of expression and organisation, the president says. Erdogan outlined measures to improve the judicial system [Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters] President  Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised Turkey will strengthen freedom of expression and organisation in the country and the

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Army, private firm, fighters accused of Mozambique war crimes

A girl sits outside an overcrowded house in an area that has become one of the main arrival points for displaced people fleeing from armed violence raging in the province of Cabo Delgado, in the Paquitequete district of Pemba, northern Mozambique, 21 July, 2020 [File: Ricardo Franco/EPA] Fighters,

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Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash

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Neo-Nazi films alleged assault of security guard

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‘Very sad year’: Qantas’ plea on border closures

Qantas wants further “ad hoc” border closures ruled out as Australia’s vaccine program rolls out, warning of further redundancies if uncertainty continues. “It’s been a very sad year,” Qantas domestic and international chief executive Andrew David told a parliamentary inquiry into the future of Australia’s aviation sector post-COVID-19. Qantas took

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Australia extends strong economic recovery

The Australian economy grew by 3.1 per cent in the December quarter, continuing the strong rebound from last year’s recession. The result was much stronger than the expected gross domestic product gain of 2.5 per cent and followed an upwardly revised 3.4 per cent in the September quarter. However, the

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Neera Tanden withdraws from nomination to direct budget office – live

‘It now seems clear there is no path forward to gain confirmation’Governor Greg Abbott says: ‘It is now time to open Texas 100%’US set have vaccines for all Americans by end of May – BidenWray: white supremacists make up ‘biggest chunk’ of US terroristsSenate confirms Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary

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SoundCloud announces overhaul of royalties model to 'fan-powered' system

Streaming company says it will start directing money from subscribers to the artists they actually listen toSoundCloud announced on Tuesday it would become the first streaming service to start directing subscribers’ fees only to the artists they listen to, a move welcomed by musicians campaigning for fairer pay.Current practice for

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‘Step down’: Pressure mounts on accused cabinet minister

Pressure is mounting on the cabinet minister at the centre of a historic rape allegation to step down and for a judicial inquiry into the claims. The accused minister, who emphatically denies all allegations, is expected to make a public statement on Wednesday and repeat his staunch denial of the

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Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson to resign over the Juukan Gorge disaster

The chairman and a board director of Rio Tinto will resign over the Juukan Gorge caves destruction. The big miner announced chairman Simon Thompson and non-executive director Michael L’Estrange, a former top public servant, would step down ahead of next year’s annual shareholder meeting. Last year, Rio destroyed two 46,000-year-old

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ASIC takes REST Super to court for misleading members

The default superannuation fund for retail employees has been accused of delaying and preventing members from moving some or all of their savings to another superannuation fund. Financial regulator ASIC announced late on Tuesday that it had commenced civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court against the Retail Employees Superannuation

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ICAC to probe NSW Liberal MP John Sidoti

NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has announced it will hold a public inquiry into state Liberal MP John Sidoti. The ICAC will probe allegations Mr Sidoti improperly used his influence to advance developments around Five Dock, in Sydney’s inner-west between 2011 and 2018. Mr Sidoti stood aside as NSW

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Leyonhjelm loses appeal bid, must pay $120,000 for defaming Hanson-Young

Former Senator David Leyonhjelm has lost his bid to overturn a ruling that he defamed Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, meaning he will have to pay $120,000 in compensation. The Federal Court found Mr Leyonhjelm defamed Ms Hanson-Young by suggesting she was a misandrist and a hypocrite in Parliament and in

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Daniel Andrews confirms state funeral for Michael Gudinski

Music industry icon Michael Gudinski will be farewelled with a state funeral. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he visited Gudinski’s widow Sue on Tuesday night and she accepted the offer. Gudinski died in his sleep on Monday night aged 68, stunning the entertainment industry. A giant of the local music

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Defence chief queried over assault advice

Australia’s top military officer is under fire for suggesting first-year cadets should avoid being alone and attractive to ward off sexual predators. The Canberra Times reports that Defence chief Angus Campbell told trainee officers to avoid the “four As” – alcohol, out after midnight, alone and attractive. Labor frontbencher Kristina

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International borders to remain closed for a further three months

Australians hoping to get back overseas will have to wait it out a little longer, with international borders to remain closed until at least June 2021. Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed the three-month extension to border closures on Tuesday, in a devastating blow to the thousands of Australians who remain

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Cyclone Niran still a threat for north Queensland

Cyclone Niran is expected to intensify into a category three storm over the next few days, bringing gales to coastal and island communities. The slow-moving category two system is hovering about 335 kilometres north-east of Cairns. Winds of 95 kilometres an hour have been recorded at Niran’s centre, with gusts

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More than a dozen dead in horror US highway crash

A semi-trailer has crashed into an SUV carrying 25 people on a highway in southern California, killing 13 and leaving others injured. State highway patrol chief Omar Watson said 12 people died at the scene, about 18 kilometres north of the Mexico border, and another after arriving at hospital. Emergency

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Meghan awarded $A803,210 in court costs

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has been awarded 450,000 pounds ($A803,210) as a provisional payment towards her legal costs after she won a privacy claim against the Mail on Sunday which had printed extracts of a letter she wrote to her father. Last month, a judge at London’s High Court

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Company statements in response to JobKeeper Files

SEEK “In FY21, job ad volumes continue to recover in Australia and New Zealand and COVID is not impacting the business to the extent that it had previously, therefore the decision was made to voluntarily repay the $9.8m in subsidies received in FY21 across Australia and New Zealand as we

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The New Daily reveals the companies that kept JobKeeper – despite huge profits

The Morrison government paid more than $1 billion to some of Australia’s largest and most profitable companies last year, an analysis of corporate reports has revealed. More than 60 publicly listed businesses have disclosed receiving JobKeeper and other government handouts, recording combined profits worth more than $8.6 billion over the

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Michael Pascoe: Property prices + interest rise threat = Clickbait

When not promoting the government’s shakedown of Google and Facebook, the main focus of media companies is attracting eyeballs in the hope of subsequently gaining a few pennies from advertisers. And that, folks, is why we have clickbait. Wardrobe malfunctions, anything real or imagined about the Royal family, two-headed snakes

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Domestic terrorism to blame for Capitol attack, FBI Director says

Trump supporters who clashed with police as they broke into the US Capitol are ‘militia violent extremists’ and advocate for white supremacy, FBI Director Chris Wray has testified. Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time in almost two years, he labelled the Capitol insurrection on January 6,

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Six Dr Seuss books to stop being published and sold due to racist imagery

The business that preserves and protects Dr Seuss’ legacy has announced it will discontinue publishing six of the famous author’s books, which are read in schools around the world. Dr Seuss Enterprises said on Wednesday morning (Australian time) that it will cease sales of six children’s titles because they contain

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‘Little Foot’ fossil sheds further light on human origins

Sophisticated scanning technology is revealing intriguing secrets about Little Foot, the fossil of an early human forerunner that inhabited South Africa 3.67 million years ago during a critical juncture in our evolutionary history. Scientists said on Tuesday they examined key parts of the nearly complete and well-preserved fossil at Britain’s

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Socceroos lock in remaining 2022 World Cup qualifiers

The Socceroos will play their four remaining preliminary World Cup qualifiers at a “suitable location” between May 31 and June 15 due to COVID protocols. With new travel and quarantine restrictions impacting on several Asian soccer nations, Graham Arnold’s men will take on Nepal, Jordan, Kuwait and Taiwan at a

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‘Great psychological pain’: Japan asks China to stop COVID anal swabbing

Tokyo has officially asked China to stop performing anal coronavirus swab tests on Japanese citizens, saying the test is causing them “great psychological pain”. But Chinese health authorities are standing by the controversial testing regime. Some authorities say “science-based” research shows anal swabs are more effective at detecting COVID-19 than

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Man buys video clip for $US67,000, then sells it for $US6.6 million

Just when you thought you’d got your head around Bitcoin, try to process this: Buying a 10-second video clip for $US67,000 ($86,500). Then selling it for $US6.6 million six months later. That’s exactly what Miami-based art collector Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile did, and it’s the hot new trend in digital assets: Non-fungible

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There’s something not quite right about this video of Tom Cruise

Actor Tom Cruise has found himself embroiled in a dangerous new type of cyber warfare, which threatens to harm societies and even undermine governments. In a series of seemingly innocuous viral videos, the Top Gun star is seen hitting a golf ball, and in another he appears to trip over

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Morrison government mulls aged-care levy to bridge funding shortfall

The Morrison government is considering introducing a specific levy to fund better aged care after two decades of cost cutting stripped more than $9.8 billion from the sector’s annual budget. In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday morning, Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck said the sector required “considerable additional

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Michael Gudinski: More than the music man

Michael Solomon Gudinski AM (August, 22, 1952 – March 1, 2021) There’s no people like show people, the song says. There’s also no people like Michael Gudinski. He could have had a quiet, prosperous life in the family business, but just before his HSC he dropped out of school

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