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Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest buys stake in Tasmanian salmon farming giant Huon Aquaculture

Western Australian mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest has expanded his agricultural empire with a 7.33 per cent stake in Tasmanian salmon company Huon Aquaculture. The stake, purchased through the investment vehicle Tattarang, is worth nearly $20 million and represents over 8 million individual shares in the company, which is the second largest salmon farmer

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Bitcoin forms ‘death cross’, hinting at more pain to come

Its average price over the last 50 days has fallen below that of its 200-day moving average, a sign of impending losses.After a slew of news related to renewed crackdowns from China triggered a Bitcoin selloff, chartists and analysts are turning to a sinister-sounding technical signal. The original cryptocurrency has

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‘In danger’: UNESCO flags risk to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

An expert group of the United Nations cultural agency has recommended that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be added to the list of World Heritage sites that are “in danger” when it meets next month, prompting a furious response from the government.The committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

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More skilled workers now eligible to have visas to Australia fast-tracked

More migrant workers will be eligible to have their visas fast-tracked by the Australian government after it expanded the list of skills considered priority occupations.Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has announced 22 job categories will be added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) designed to lure critical workers into

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In Tibet, historical sites are at risk because of a tourism boom

Tourism is booming in Tibet.More and more Chinese are travelling in-country because of the coronavirus pandemic, but this poses risks to the region’s fragile environment and historical sites. “The biggest challenge for us is the contradiction between the protection and usage of the cultural relics,” Gonggar Tashi, head administrator of

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Dating apps find users want friends, not sex, in post-COVID world

I’ve just come out of a long-term lockdown. Can we be friends?Amorous entanglements are not what is uppermost in the minds of many people emerging from long periods of pandemic isolation. Instead, they crave the friendships and social groups they have been starved of over the past year. That is

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What's happening with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Australia?

The reputation of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has taken a beating in the past few months, with links to very rare blood clots and changing health advice limiting its use to younger Australians.But as both medical and governmental authorities say – the jab is still among the best bets Australians

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Mexico extends deadline to repeat disputed GM contract vote

Mexican authorities on Monday extended the deadline for the union at a General Motors Co plant in Silao, Mexico, to redo a disputed contract vote that has drawn US scrutiny, warning the plant’s collective contract would be terminated if the date is missed.The union at the plant in the central

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‘Vaccine or jail?’: Duterte warns as COVID’s Delta variant surges

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to send people to prison for refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, as the government placed the country’s border controls on “heightened alert” over new cases of the Delta variant.“You can choose: you get the vaccine or I will send you to jail,”

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US SEC probing clients of SolarWinds over cyber-breach: Report

SEC is concerned some listed firms may not have disclosed the cyber-hacks in December, in breach of law, Reuters said.The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has opened a probe into last year’s SolarWinds cyber-breach, focusing on whether some companies failed to disclose that they had been affected by the

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Hong Kong leader defends crackdown on Apple Daily

Carrie Lam slams criticism of moves against Apple Daily as attempt to ‘beautify’ acts that endanger national security.Hong Kong’s leader has defended a crackdown on the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper, insisting that the arrest of senior editors and a freeze on its assets did not amount to an attack on

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Court rejects call to return Keiko Fujimori to jail for graft

Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year jail term for Fujimori over claims of corrupt funding in previous election campaigns.A Peruvian judge has declined a prosecutor’s request to return presidential election candidate Keiko Fujimori to remand prison for allegedly failing to comply with her bail conditions for the charges of money laundering

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Fears that Barnaby Joyce's return as Nationals leader will alienate women

Barnaby Joyce’s political resurrection has prompted criticism that the National Party is “not listening” to the concerns of women. Mr Joyce was sworn in as deputy prime minister on Tuesday morning after retaking the Nationals leadership – a role he was forced to relinquish in 2018.His exit from the job in

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COVID-wary Japan gingerly approaches Olympics starting line

Tokyo, Japan – In front of the red-brick walls of Tokyo Station, a digital clock counts down the days to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Banners carrying the five Olympic rings hang from lamp posts above it, while shops in the area are stocked full of shirts, posters and keychains

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Spaniards turned away from French vaccination centre

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Iran's Raisi says US must return to nuclear deal

President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday (June 21) the United States must return to the nuclear deal but said “no” to meeting US President Biden if current sanctions on the country were lifted. Raisi said the United States had violated the deal and the European Union had failed to fulfil

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Carl Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

Nassib made the announcement in an Instagram video and pledged $100,000 to support LGBTQ youth.Carl Nassib, who plays defensive end for the American football team the Las Vegas Raiders announced that he is gay, becoming the first active member of the National Football League (NFL) to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality.

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Great Barrier Reef 'in danger' UNESCO says

Australia will contest a draft recommendation to list the Great Barrier Reef as a world heritage site “in danger” after a United Nations body called for more government action on climate change.Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley says the government was “blindsided” by the report by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which

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Wildfires burn across US West threatening Flagstaff, Arizona

Officials are warning rural residents near an Arizona wildfire to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.Dozens of wildfires were burning in hot, dry conditions across the western United States, including a blaze touched off by lightning that was moving towards northern Arizona’s largest city. The mountainous city of

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AMLO to investigate US-Mexico border killings of innocents

Mexico’s president pledged to investigate the border shootings that left 19 dead during the weekend, even as the latest homicide figures showed a rebound in killings nationwide.President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said evidence indicated that 15 of the victims were innocent bystanders. The other four dead were suspected gunmen from

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Israel allows limited Gaza exports, one month after truce

Israel has allowed a limited resumption of commercial exports from the besieged Gaza Strip in what it called a “conditional” measure, one month after a truce halted an 11-day offensive on the Strip.“Following a security evaluation, a decision has been made for the first time since the end of (the

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New Zealand is set to lift travel restrictions on Victorian tourists from tomorrow

Tourists and visitors from Victoria will be welcome back in New Zealand from Wednesday after the easing of government restrictions.Jacinda Ardern’s government halted the trans-Tasman bubble last month in response to Melbourne’s latest COVID-19 outbreak.With new community case numbers slowing to a trickle, the Ministry of Health has given the

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Why is Stonewall Inn banning some beers during NYC Pride?

The Stonewall Inn, considered the birthplace of the US gay rights movement, said it will not sell alcoholic drinks made by the Anheuser-Busch brewer during June 25-27’s NYC Pride weekend, due to corporate donations to conservative lawmakers.New York City’s famed LGBT+ Stonewall Inn said it would pour Bud Light and

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White House’s global COVID jab distribution plan hits a snag

The remaining 55 million COVID vaccine doses will be distributed, but not in time to meet President Biden’s deadline.The Biden administration on Monday revealed allocation plans for 55 million coronavirus vaccination doses, amid what officials say are logistical challenges that have delayed a commitment to share 80 million with other

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By the time refugees can enter Australia again, some support groups will have fewer staff

One of the country’s leading refugee resettlement agencies has suffered major cutbacks to staff and funding, as intake numbers dwindle due to international border closures.Settlement Services International (SSI) is the largest not-for-profit humanitarian settlement organisation in Australia. It employs many refugees and migrants, with pre-pandemic staff numbers nearing 1,000.During the

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Trump wanted to send COVID-infected Americans to Guantanamo: Book

New book by Washington Post reporters claims Trump asked if detainment camp could be used to house infected.Former President Donald Trump considered sending US citizens infected with the coronavirus pandemic to Guantanamo Bay, according to a new book “Don’t we have an island that we own?” Trump asked staff in

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Violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’: UN

Grave violations against children in conflict remain “alarmingly high”, with the coronavirus pandemic increasing their vulnerability to abduction, recruitment and sexual violence, a new United Nations report has found.In its annual Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) report (PDF), released on Monday, the UN said at least 19,379 children affected by

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In Pictures: Powerful tornado sweeps through Chicago suburbs

A tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing multiple injuries, officials said.At least eight people were hospitalized in Naperville, where fire officials said 22 homes were destroyed and dozens of others were damaged when a tornado

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Argentina, Mexico withdraw envoys over Nicaragua crackdown

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s government has arrested 17 opposition figures this month, including five presidential hopefuls.Mexico and Argentina have recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultations in response to President Daniel Ortega’s mounting crackdown on the opposition, a joint statement said on Monday. Both countries want to consult their ambassadors

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WHO to set up mRNA COVID vaccine hub in South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the initiative to boost vaccine access ‘will put Africa on a path to self-determination’.The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is setting up a hub in South Africa to give companies from poor and middle-income countries the know-how and licences to produce COVID-19 vaccines,

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US, EU, Canada and UK slap sanctions on Belarus

The United States, the European Union, Canada and The United Kingdom have imposed sweeping sanctions on Belarusian entities and officials and called on Minsk “to end its repressive practices against its own people”.The allies also told the administration of President Alexander Lukashenko to cooperate with investigations into the forced landing

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Poorer nations bear brunt of global development fund dry up: UN

The COVID-19 crisis caused global FDI to plummet by a third, threatening sustainable development goals.The COVID-19 crisis has caused a severe fall in global foreign direct investment (FDI), with investment flows dropping by a third – from $1.5 trillion in 2019 to $1 trillion – in 2020, a new report

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US Democrats face crucial test on voting reform

Democrats in the United States Congress plan to push voting rights legislation to a crucial test vote in the Senate this week laying bare a clash with Republicans who are blocking reforms at the national level and enacting new voting restrictions in key states.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to

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Al Jazeera Digital wins two Gracie Awards

Al Jazeera Digital scoops two wins at the 46th Gracie Awards for excellence in work produced by, for and about women.Al Jazeera Media Network’s Digital Division has won two Gracie Awards for excellence in work produced by, for and about women. Adding to previous wins for Al Jazeera English, the

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Gulf states show ‘limited’ progress kicking oil & gas dependency

The latest report from credit ratings agency Moody’s found that despite ambitions to diversify Gulf economies away from fossil fuels, the results have been ‘limited’ and efforts will be constrained by lower oil prices.The clock is ticking for Gulf economies to end their overreliance on fossil fuels, as more countries

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Canada: Fully vaccinated citizens face no quarantine after July 5

Canada removes restrictions on incoming travellers as the country pushes to have 80 percent of Canadians vaccinated by end of July.Canada will start cautiously lifting border restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens and other eligible people on July 5 but US and other foreign travelers will still be excluded, the government

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US Supreme Court sides with former athletes in dispute with NCAA

The court ruled that the NCAA’s curbs on non-cash payments to college athletes are anticompetitive under a federal law.Siding with student-athletes, the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the organisation’s bid to maintain limits on education-related compensation for them that critics have said

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Emir opens Qatar Economic Forum focusing on post-pandemic growth

Qatar’s Emir inaugurates three-day virtual event to discuss global post-pandemic leadership and economic growth.Qatar’s Emir has officially opened the Qatar Economic Forum 2021, which will focus on global leadership and strategies to support post-pandemic economic growth. The three-day virtual event held in cooperation with Bloomberg under the slogan “New Horizons

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Bill and Melinda Gates divorce throws spotlight on money manager

For almost three decades, Michael Larson has quietly shuffled around one of the world’s biggest fortunes with a chief priority: Keep his fabulously wealthy bosses out of the headlines.The conservative bets, the nondescript office, the investment firm’s generic-sounding name; they were all carefully designed to shield Bill Gates and Melinda

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Bachelet seeks Xinjiang trip amid reports of Uighur persecution

UN human rights chief says she is pressing for ‘meaningful access’ to the region this year.UN human rights chief Michele Bachelet has said she hopes to agree terms for a visit this year to China, including its Xinjiang region, to look into reports of serious violations against the Uighur minority.

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‘We love you Catalonia’: Spain to pardon jailed separatists

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has confirmed controversial plans to pardon nine Catalan separatists who were jailed for their role in the illegal independence referendum of 2017.The Socialist leader made the widely expected announcement during a speech in Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, on Monday morning. “Tomorrow, guided by this constitutional spirit

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Former president Karzai says US failed in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s former president has said the United States has failed in its two-decade mission of bringing stability to “fight extremism” and bring stability to his war-tortured nation.In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday just weeks before the last US and NATO troops leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years,

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Spacewalking astronauts install solar panels on ISS

It took two spacewalks for French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough to install and unfurl the panel to its full 63 feet (19 meters) in length.The solar wing unrolled like a red carpet once the final set of bolts was released, relying solely on pent-up energy.The slow but

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Sweden faces political uncertainty as prime minister loses no-confidence vote

Swedish centre-left Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has been ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament, plunging the country into deep political uncertainty as it tackles the COVID-19 pandemic.Mr Lofven, who was defeated after nearly seven years in power over a plan to ease rent controls for new-build apartments, now has

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5 die in Antwerp school construction site collapse

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Catch up: SBS World News (21 June 2021)

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Whiskey Au Go Go murderer’s ‘crushing’ confession

A journalist was “crushed” by the betrayal of a convicted murderer who confessed to firebombing Brisbane’s Whiskey Au Go Go after years of claiming his innocence. The Sun newspaper journalist Dennis Watt first had contact with James Richard Finch in 1984 when he was behind bars, but denied any involvement

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Labor brands Joyce a ‘clown’ in first question time back as deputy PM

Labor frontbenchers have slammed resurrected Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce as “red-faced” and a “clown” on his first day officially back in the job, as the Nationals leader faced down critics inside and outside his party over past controversies. It took just 10 minutes of Tuesday’s question time for Opposition

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Lockdown not ruled out for NSW as primary school mystery case sparks concern

Sydney is bracing for a significant virus outbreak after a mystery case at a primary school and a COVID-positive retail worker were detected in NSW. Sydney Catholic Schools confirmed a year 3 student returned a “preliminary positive” COVID-19 test on Tuesday. St Charles Catholic Primary School in Waverley closed and

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‘Greater disappointment’: Kim Jong-un’s sister mocks US

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has dismissed prospects of an early resumption of diplomacy with the US, saying US expectations for talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment”. Kim Yo-jong issued the statement on Tuesday after US National Security adviser Jake Sullivan described as “interesting

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‘Extraordinary concession’: Vaccine supply fears behind lack of ad campaign

Officials behind Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout have admitted the government has shunned a public advertising blitz because it remains worried about supply – a disclosure labelled “extraordinary” by Labor leader Anthony Albanese. But federal health experts have shot down claims they could have bought more vaccines earlier, shrugging off sensational

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NSW coronavirus bill tops $4bn – with more to come

The bill for NSW’s COVID-19 management has reached $4 billion, with another $1.1 billion set aside in the 2021/22 budget to continue the state’s virus suppression and vaccine rollout efforts. NSW Health received a total of $30.2 billion in Tuesday’s budget, made up of $27.1 billion in recurrent expenditure and

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Light plane crashes at Melbourne golf course

A pilot is in a serious condition after his six-seater light plane crashed at a luxury golf course in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. Police and emergency services were called to the incident about one kilometre from the Capital Golf Club in Heatherton just after 12pm on Tuesday. A Victoria Police spokesperson

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Hundreds strip off for chilly solstice dip in Hobart

After a year off because of coronavirus, Hobart’s Dark Mofo nude winter solstice swim has returned to a nippy River Derwent. Some 1500 people braved the three-degree air temperature to strip off at 7.42am on Tuesday and mark the shortest day of the year. The water was a comparatively warm

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The great energy bill pricing gap and why you’re missing out

Last year electricity and gas prices dropped to a five-year-low, according to the Australian Energy Regulator*. But those costs aren’t being passed onto the average household, as a recent survey from Compare Club found just 14% of Australians felt their energy bills had dropped over the past three months**. Energy

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Why it’s safe and simple to book a hearing test

While COVID-19 restrictions caused life as we know it to change drastically, many industries quickly adjusted to the new normal – and that was especially true of hearing aid companies. Hearing specialists knew that many of their customers would be wary or even unable to get to an appointment, so

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Daughter of surgeon Charlie Teo ‘free’ after charges withdrawn

The daughter of renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has been spared a criminal trial after the dangerous driving case against her was withdrawn. Nicola Teo, 26, was accused of dangerously driving on the wrong side of the road when she crashed into former Comancheros boss Jock Ross at Lower Macdonald, northwest

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NSW virus rules tighten amid alarming spike in Bondi cluster

Sydney’s mask rules have been extended and broadened for at least another week after a worrying spike in community virus cases, with 10 more infections on Tuesday. NSW Health confirmed five locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Monday, including two flagged earlier. There are also a further

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Queensland confirms second community case, traces hotel breach

Queensland has confirmed another local case of COVID, as it also believes it has tracked the source of the latest hotel quarantine leak into the community. A man who dined at the same Portuguese restaurant as an airline worker later diagnosed with the virus has also tested positive, state authorities

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Space oddity: NASA puts squid into orbit

Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii have been blasted into space in a bid to help solve health problems faced by human astronauts. The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid were raised at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory and were sent into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply

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Police hunt three men in Stuart MacGill kidnapping allegations

Detectives are hunting three men they believe are involved in the kidnapping of former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill. Police have released CCTV footage of two of the men entering a Bunnings just hours before Mr MacGill was abducted and assaulted on Sydney’s north shore at gunpoint by a group

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Mouse plague forces evacuation of NSW jail

The mice plague that has cut a destructive swathe through western NSW for months is forcing the evacuation of a jail in the region. Up to 200 staff and 420 male and female prisoners at Wellington Correctional Centre will be transferred to other prisons in the next 10 days while

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Actor Samuel Johnson hospitalised after being struck by car

Gold Logie-winning actor and philanthropist Samuel Johnson is in hospital with “a sore head” after being hit by a car on the weekend. His sister Hilde Hinton alerted fans the 43-year-old Melbourne actor had been involved in an accident with a post on the Love Your Sister charity Facebook page.

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No local COVID cases in Victoria, as borders start to reopen

Victoria has posted another day without local coronavirus cases as interstate and international borders start to reopen after its recent outbreaks. The state has 51 active COVID cases, including two new infections in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Tuesday’s results came from just over 13,000 tests – a fairly low

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‘Probably going to get me’: Friends star reveals cancer diagnosis

James Michael Tyler, best known for his deadpan portrayal of coffee shop manager Gunther on Friends, has announced he has stage four prostate cancer – a disease he “nearly died” from earlier in 2021. The 59-year-old actor, who often stole scenes set in the popular sitcom’s Central Perk cafe, detailed

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Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger’: UNESCO

Australia will contest a draft recommendation to list the Great Barrier Reef as a world heritage site “in danger” after a United Nations body called for more government action on climate change. Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the government was “blindsided” by the report by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee,

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Coal boss declines university role after ‘unjust’ backlash

The chairman of Whitehaven Coal, Mark Vaile, says an “unjust” campaign against him led him to turn down an offer to become chancellor of the University of Newcastle. Mr Vaile, a former deputy prime minister, emerged as the university’s preferred candidate earlier in June. But his role with the major

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Victorian Labor MP named over parliament sex accusation

A Victorian Labor backbencher has been named as the MP accused of having sex in his parliamentary office. Under parliamentary privilege, Liberal MP James Newbury identified Ringwood MP Dustin Halse as the state government member at the centre of the allegation during a budget committee hearing on Monday. “The Speaker’s

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TGA boss says COVID-19 Delta variant requires two vaccine doses for protection

Australians will need two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to adequately protect themselves against the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus, health authorities have warned. The Delta variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, is moving rapidly around the world and appears to spread much more easily than other coronavirus

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Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup to be restricted to vaccinated fans

Qatar will only allow people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend next year’s World Cup and is in talks to secure one million doses in case global immunisation efforts lag. The Gulf Arab state hosts the four-week tournament in November 2022 and the president of global soccer body FIFA has

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Simon Yates joins Team BikeExchange squad for Tour de France

Simon Yates has been confirmed as part of Australian outfit Team BikeExchange’s squad for the 2021 Tour de France, where he will attempt to build on his two stage wins from 2019. The 28-year-old Briton will head into the Tour on a high after earning a podium finish at

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Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May

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Animal by Lisa Taddeo review – abrasive and unsparing

In the debut novel from the bestselling author of Three Women, a woman hunts down the traumas of her pastAs Animal begins, its narrator, Joan, has driven cross-country to Los Angeles, where she’s rented a ramshackle three-storey house in a compound in Topanga Canyon. Joan is defined by the trauma

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Uncertainty again for Mariners as Alen Stajcic quits A-League club

Coach steps down days after Central Coast’s season endedStajcic wants ‘new challenge and new direction’ in career The Central Coast Mariners face another period of uncertainty after coach Alen Stajcic quit the A-League club just days after leading them to their first finals series in seven years.Stajcic has been hailed

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New York, New Music: how the city became a hotbed for music in the 80s

In a new exhibition, the city’s more well-known breakout artists are celebrated alongside a richer, and lesser reported, strain of experimental musicIn Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ irrepressible 1980 song Darrio, a klatch of female backup singers bouncingly plead with the titular gentleman to get them into Studio 54. The

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Pauline Hanson gets own birthday wrong in bizarre superannuation debate

The One Nation leader was accused of giving herself a ‘birthday present’ as she argued for an amendment to superannuation legislationPauline Hanson has misstated the date of her own birthday in parliament, causing confusion during a debate about the government’s proposed superannuation legislation.The Senate on Thursday passed a trio of

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My number one fear in life? Being boring | Adrian Chiles

It started 40 years ago, at school, when I was telling a story and saw a yawn begin stirring on my teacher’s face. I’ve been on red alert for stifled yawns ever sinceI have a visceral fear of boredom, not on my own account but on everyone else’s. I never

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Australia politics live: Coalition grilled on changed AstraZeneca advice as NSW Covid cases rise to four – question time

AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for over-60s; Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows; Victoria records no new local cases. Follow the latest updates liveSydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows as Queensland asks residents to reconsider travelNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listAstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians aged 60

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