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Taskforce to examine RAT price-gouging

Federal police have launched an investigation into the price-gouging of rapid antigen tests. A specialist taskforce has been set up by the AFP, after investigations began in NSW and Queensland following referrals from the consumer watchdog. Retailers caught price-gouging on the tests have been warned they will face five years

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US charges second man in killing of Haitian President Moise

Dual Haitian-Chilean citizen is second man charged in the US over plot to assassinate Jovenel Moise in July last year.The United States Justice Department has announced charges against a second man it accuses of being involved in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise last year. Rodolphe Jaar, 49, a

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COVID leaves lasting scars as Biden marks first year in office

Washington, DC – Sabila Khan says she is frustrated and tired.She lost her father, Shaqat Khan, to the coronavirus in 2020, and feels disappointed by what she says is an overwhelming push to “normalise” the pandemic in the United States, despite rising cases and deaths due to the Omicron variant. “I

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China, Russia block US bid to sanction North Koreans at UN

China and Russia have delayed a US effort at the United Nations to impose sanctions on five North Koreans in response to recent missile launches by Pyongyang, diplomats said.The move by Beijing and Moscow came before a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on North Korea on Thursday – the second

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US sanctions four Ukrainians accused of working for Russia

Biden administration targets Ukrainian nationals, including two lawmakers, it accuses of working to destabilise country.The United States has imposed sanctions on four Ukrainian nationals, including two lawmakers, accusing them of working on behalf of Russian intelligence services to “destabilize” Ukraine in advance of a possible Russian invasion of the country.

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‘Loss of lives’ as explosion in Ghana destroys buildings

Road collision involving explosive-laden truck and motorcycle results in deadly blast in Western Region, police say.A vehicle carrying explosives used in mining collided with a motorcycle and blew up in western Ghana, causing an unknown number of fatalities and injuring scores of people, the police have said. Videos from the

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Panel investigating Capitol riot request cooperation of Ivanka Trump

Investigators are looking into how the attack, which shut down Congress, took place and whether then-president Mr Trump and members of his circle had a part in encouraging it.Read MoreThe committee has already issued subpoenas for several key figures in Mr Trump’s orbit, including White

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Algeria dumped out of Cup of Nations after Ivory Coast defeat

Nicolas Pepe scores a superb solo goal as Ivory Coast beat Algeria 3-1, kicking the defending champions out of African Cup.Nicolas Pepe scored a superb solo goal as Ivory Coast beat Algeria 3-1 to send the defending champions crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations following a disastrous Group

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More than 100 countries to get access to cheaper COVID-19 pill

Under the deal, negotiated by the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) with Merck, the US company will not receive royalties for the sale of the low-cost version of the pill while the pandemic continues.The MPP said the deal stipulated the pill would be distributed to 105 less-developed nations, including India, Indonesia,

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Barbados PM hails governing party’s landslide election victory

Mia Mottley’s Labor Party won all 30 legislative seats in Barbados’ first vote as a republic, preliminary results show.Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has hailed a landslide victory in the Caribbean nation’s first general election since it became a republic last year, as preliminary results showed her governing party won

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Sudanese judges, US denounce crackdown on anti-coup protesters

Thousands resume anti-coup protests in Sudan as US diplomats try to bolster UN efforts to cajole the military in restoring the transition to full civilian rule.Sudanese judges have condemned violence against anti-coup protesters as the United States said it would consider taking steps against those holding up efforts to resolve

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Russia’s central bank proposes ban on crypto mining and trading

Russia’s central bank proposed a blanket ban on the use and creation of all cryptocurrencies within one of the world’s biggest crypto-mining nations, citing the dangers posed to the country’s financial system and environment.Crypto bears the hallmarks of a pyramid scheme and undermines the sovereignty of monetary policy, the central

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Symbolic Doomsday Clock remains dangerously close to midnight

Doomsday Clock stays at 100 seconds to midnight, as scientists warn of threats of nuclear war and climate change.The metaphorical Doomsday Clock, which symbolises how close humans are to extinction, has remained alarmingly close to midnight – at 100 seconds – for the third year, with scientists warning against the

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Snowstorm brings more misery for Syrians at IDP camps

Sheikh Bilal camp, Syria – The residents of the Sheikh Bilal Camp for internally displaced people in Afrin, northwestern Syria, are struggling to keep their homes intact after a fierce winter storm brought more than a foot of snow.As children built snowmen and took part in snowball fights in the

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US, Europe present united front before Blinken-Lavrov talks

The United States and its Western allies have insisted they will be united in responding strongly to any Russian incursion into Ukraine before talks between Washington and Moscow’s top diplomats over the crisis.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said any “new acts of aggression” from Moscow towards its

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US jobless claims rise as Omicron weighs on labour market

The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level since mid-October.The number of people in the United States filing claims for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week, signalling that the fast-spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 is negatively impacting the jobs market recovery. Some

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Ghislaine Maxwell requests new trial after juror revealed abuse

Maxwell lawyers say ‘incontrovertible grounds’ for new trial after a juror shared personal abuse story in deliberations.Ghislaine Maxwell has formally requested a new trial, less than a month after her conviction on sex trafficking charges. The British socialite’s lawyers raised concern about a juror’s possible failure to disclose before the

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Colombia can’t resume coca aerial spraying for now, court rules

Bogota, Colombia – Rights groups and politicians in Colombia have welcomed a decision by the country’s Constitutional Court, which ruled this week that the government failed to consult local communities over its plan to restart aerial fumigation of coca crops.In a decision on Wednesday, the court said the government of

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Africa CDC chief calls for COVID vaccines with longer shelf life

Africa’s top public health bodies have called for donated COVID-19 vaccines to come with a shelf life of three to six months so countries could plan their rollouts and avoid a situation where doses expire.John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said 2.8 million

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UK police arrest two men over Texas synagogue hostage-taking

Arrests come as audio emerges of the attacker’s final call to his brother, which indicated he intended to die.The British police say they have arrested two people in connection with a hostage-taking at a synagogue in Texas. Counter Terrorism Police North West said one man was arrested on Thursday in

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Why Biden’s Jerusalem consulate promise remains unfulfilled

Washington, DC – The United States’s diplomatic presence in Jerusalem predates the establishment of the State of Israel by nearly a century, and an American consulate in the holy city provided services to Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza since 1967.That is, until former President Donald Trump

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Infographic: The US economy during Biden’s first year in office

The US jobs market is on fire, but soaring inflation is making Americans feel less confident about the economy.One year into Joe Biden’s presidency and the economic news is decidedly mixed. Despite promising numbers in several key areas, inflation is dampening Americans’ view of the economy. We take a look

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Israel police chief orders probe into NSO spyware claims

Police commissioner says an internal investigation of police force using NSO spyware did not yield cases of unlawful surveillance.Israel’s police chief says he has ordered an extensive investigation into a newspaper’s claims that the police force had used controversial Israeli spyware to hack the phones of protesters, mayors and other

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Ex-pope Benedict accused of inaction in sexual abuse cases

Long-awaited report says Joseph Ratzinger ‘failed to act’ on instances of alleged misconduct while archbishop of Munich and Freising.Former Pope Benedict XVI failed to take action against clerics in four cases of alleged sexual abuse when he was archbishop of Munich and Freising, a report has found. Munich law firm

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Turkey’s central bank hits pause, leaves interest rates unchanged

Turkey’s central bank voted to hit pause on an easing cycle that started in September and saw the lira crash.Turkey’s central bank has ended its latest policy-setting meeting by keeping interest rates unchanged, halting a cycle of cuts initiated last September that economists warned was plunging the country into a

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What Germany’s climate movement got right: Breaking rules

In late November 2021, Germany’s new coalition government announced its aim to phase out coal power across the country by 2030, eight years ahead of schedule.Earlier that month, the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where activists have been protesting against coal mining, announced it would accelerate phasing out

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US Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to shield docs in Capitol probe

High court rejected Trump’s assertion that diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts related to January 6 are shielded by executive privilege.The United States Supreme Court has rejected a request from former President Donald Trump to block White House records sought by a congressional panel investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at

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Greece receives ‘game-changer’ Rafale aircraft from France

Tanagra, Greece – “La bas!” – “Over there” – a French journalist broke the silence pointing at a formation of specks in the overcast sky.Greece’s newly-acquired fourth generation Rafale aircraft made a series of deafening overpasses before landing at Tanagra Air Force Base, 70km (43 miles) north of Athens. They

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The Trial of Anwar Raslan

From: People & PowerThe second of a two-part special report that goes behind the scenes at the landmark trial of a notorious Syrian colonel.Warning: This episode contains images that viewers may find distressing. During Syria’s civil war, tens of thousands of people were detained, tortured, raped and

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Biden’s warning risks destabilising Ukraine-Russia crisis: Moscow

The US president said Russia would face ‘a disaster’ if it invades Ukraine, a comment the Kremlin says did little to ease tensions.US President Joe Biden has risked further destabilising the Russia-Ukraine crisis with his harsh warning to Moscow, the Kremlin said. On Wednesday, Biden told reporters at the White

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‘Gold in the sea’: Brazil’s booming fish bladder trade

Belem, Brazil – It was 7am on a day in late October last year and Belem, a port city in northern Brazil lying on the edge of the Amazon rainforest and about 100km inland from the Atlantic Ocean, was already sweltering hot.Belem’s Ver-o-Peso open-air market, one of the largest in

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What lies in the way of North Macedonia’s EU membership?

Bulgaria and North Macedonia launched new talks this week, aimed at clearing a path to North Macedonian membership of the European Union.Tuesday marked North Macedonian premier Dimitar Kovachevski’s first meeting with a foreign leader since receiving a vote of confidence in parliament on Sunday. His predecessor, Zoran Zaev, stepped down

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Interactive: How much of your country’s electricity is renewable?

About 30 percent of the world’s electricity comes from renewables, including hydropower, solar and wind among others.The demand for energy is growing fast. The world’s annual energy consumption nearly tripled from 62,949 terawatt-hours (TWh) in 1969 to 173,340TWh in 2019. As of 2020, nearly 80 percent of the world’s energy

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A year on, I’m still glad Biden, not Trump, is president

This column was borne of a conundrum.Let me explain. Editors everywhere like anniversaries. So, I was asked last week to write a piece about President Joe Biden’s first year in office that would appear today. Of course, I happily obliged. Still, I knew that my column would join a library

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First Australian and New Zealand aid flights have landed in 'devastated' Tonga

Defence Minister Peter Dutton said the planes are delivering equipment to help rebuild Tonga’s communication network after a vital underwater cable was damaged during the submarine volcano eruption which sparked a tsunami.”We are working closely with Tonga and listening to their needs and their requests,” Mr Dutton told 2GB on

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Novak Djokovic has a major stake in biotech firm developing COVID-19 treatment

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, recently deported from Australia, is co-founder and majority shareholder of a biotech firm developing a COVID-19 treatment, the Danish company’s CEO said Wednesday.”He is one of the founders of my company we founded in June 2020,” the chief executive of QuantBioRes, Ivan Loncarevic, told AFP.According to

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Australia records 49 further COVID-19 deaths

Read MoreIn Victoria, the health department reported 21,966 new COVID-19 cases.The total number of active cases in the state is currently 246,894, with 1,206 patients in hospital, 122 in ICU and 40 on ventilators. It comes as national cabinet is due to meet on Thursday, with

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Why the ambulance systems in NSW and Victoria are in a state of crisis

Unfortunately, no one answered.Once.Twice.Finally on the third time, an operator picked up the phone.“I gave them my details, told them I am pretty certain I’ve broken a leg,” Mr Gerrard said.“After half an hour of no ambulance, I rang back and they said, ‘Oh, look, [the case] hasn’t even been

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Defence in focus for Australia-Britain talks

Australia and Britain’s defence and foreign affairs ministers will meet in Sydney for AUKMIN talks aimed at finding better ways to cooperate. Friday’s session is the first 2+2 ministerial discussion in the country since the start of the pandemic. Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton both met

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Teen completes bid to fly around the world

A British-Belgian teenager has become the youngest woman to fly solo around the globe and the first person to do it in a microlight plane after a five-month, five-continent odyssey in her Shark ultralight. Nineteen-year-old Zara Rutherford landed back at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in Belgium after flying 51,000 kilometres over 52

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Boris Johnson’s govt accused of ‘blackmail’

A senior Conservative MP has accused the British government of intimidating and attempting to “blackmail” politicians they suspect of wanting to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson out of power. Mr Johnson faces growing calls to step down over a series of scandals, including admitting he had attended a party at

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Fleeting joy of Kyrgios ends respectfully, as sentiment sent packing

Thursday was not a night for the romantics at Melbourne Park. Nick Kyrgios, ranked 115 and the great entertainer, is gone from this year’s Australian Open, his conqueror the tournament favourite Daniil Medvedev in a surprisingly tight encounter ending at 10.15pm on Rod Laver Arena. It was a truculent finale

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Michael Pascoe: Grants corruption rolls on, with bias in bowls too

Sure, $17.6 million is peanuts in the general scheme of the Morrison government’s multibillion-dollar grants corruption, but given the historical significance of a bowling club stunt lighting the fuse for blowing up the Coalition’s industrial-scale rorting, let’s go bowling. (Of course there’s bias in lawn bowls, but having avoided most

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WA Premier Mark McGowan shelves February 5 border reopening plan

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has broken his promise to reopen the state’s borders next month, claiming it would be “reckless and irresponsible” to do so given the surge in Omicron COVID-19 cases across the country. Mr McGowan announced the extraordinary backflip during a late-night press conference on Thursday, saying

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All-rounder Tahlia McGrath stars in ultimate Ashes coronation

Tahlia McGrath produced one of the finest games in Australia’s T20 history to celebrate her coronation as the team’s chief all-rounder and start the Ashes with a nine-wicket win over England. Just hours after Australia made the biggest selection decision in memory by dropping Ellyse Perry, McGrath made a statement

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Renowned German actor Hardy Kruger ‘suddenly and unexpectedly’ dies at 93

Hardy Kruger, considered one of post-war Germany’s best actors, has died aged 93. His Hamburg-based literary agent, Peter Kaefferlein, said on Thursday that Kruger died “suddenly and unexpectedly” on Wednesday in California, where he lived with his third wife, American-born writer Anita Park. Kruger starred in the 1957 British movie

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Schools plan left to states as teachers question COVID safety

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has left the challenge of reopening schools to the states and territories. Free rapid antigen tests for teachers and improved ventilation in classrooms are set to play a key role in keeping students and teachers safe. But there is no national plan for those protections –

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IVF petition pushes government to reverse emergency suspension

According to Victorian government figures, there were 67,596 people on the waiting list for elective surgery as of Thursday. These reportedly include some cardiac and cancer patients. In light of what’s occurred in the past 24 hours, one could suggest that many of these people, many dealing with debilitating pain,

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Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell formally request retrial

Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers have formally asked for a new trial after the British socialite’s lawyers raised concern about a juror’s possible failure to disclose before the trial that he was sexually abused as a child. Maxwell, 60, was convicted on December 29 on five counts of sex trafficking and other

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Judges release reasons court ruled against Novak Djokovic

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke needed to be satisfied of the potential risk to the “health, safety or good order” of the community in order to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa, the Federal Court says. A three-judge panel of the court has published the full reasons why it ruled unanimously against the

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Chance to virtually explore wrecked World War II submarine off NT

The secrets of a wrecked Japanese submarine destroyed during a dramatic battle with the Royal Australian Navy off the Northern Territory coast 80 years ago can now be explored from the comfort of your living room. The virtual reality experience has been launched to mark the anniversary of the sinking

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Seven-day isolation for workers to remain, PM says

Australia’s isolation rules for people who test positive to COVID will remain unchanged, despite a push by the federal government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison emerged from Thursday’s national cabinet meeting to confirm the requirement for people who are confirmed with the virus would remain at seven days. However, it would

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States go own way on safe school reopening

States and territories will go their own way on a safe return to schools despite weeks of leaders discussing a co-ordinated approach. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Commonwealth government will support states and territories that want to implement surveillance testing for schools on a 50-50 cost sharing basis. But

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O’Connell causes major upset at Open

Local wildcard Chris O’Connell has sent No.13 seed Diego Schwartzman crashing out of the Australian Open to advance to the third round at a grand slam for the first time. After claiming a marathon opening set in a tiebreak, the late-blooming O’Connell continued to play the big points better against

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NSW won’t consider COVID-19 ‘code brown’

A “code brown” COVID-19 emergency response is not being considered for NSW hospitals, despite calls for relief for health workers in the state. Premier Dominic Perrottet said healthcare teams are under stress but he is confident they are “pushing through this final wave” of cases. “In relation to hospitalisations and

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Approval given to Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

The Novavax vaccine has been approved for use in Australia, becoming the first protein-based COVID-19 vaccine in the country’s arsenal. Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters on Thursday the Therapeutic Goods Administration had given its approval for the vaccine. Australia has ordered 51 million doses, with the first shipment due in the

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Major dairy-product recall amid contamination fears

Eight butter products sold through major supermarkets across Australia have been urgently recalled amid fears of contamination. Food Standards Australia announced that Devondale and Woolworths butter and butter blend products had been pulled from shelves. Producer Saputo Dairy Australia said there were concerns about potential microbial contamination – contamination with

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Top seeds Muguruza and Kontaveit bundled out of Australian Open

Third-seed Garbine Muguruza and sixth-seed Anett Kontaveit have been eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open. Muguruza suffered a shock loss to French player Alizé Cornet, and Kontaveit succumbed to Danish teenager Clara Tauson. Tauson surprised even herself with a 6-2 6-4 second-round win over Kontaveit before Cornet

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Great Dane ousts Kontaveit from the Open

Wide-eyed teenager Clara Tauson has delivered one of the shocks of the Australian Open with a stunning second-round defeat of in-form sixth seed Anett Kontaveit. The junior champion at Melbourne Park three years ago, Tauson could barely believe it after sending Kontaveit packing with a 6-2 6-4 upset win on

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Avoid visa soap opera over Slater: Andrews

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says it is important to avoid another visa “soap opera” if vaccine-sceptic surfing legend Kelly Slater wishes to compete in Australia. Victoria’s Bells Beach and Western Australia’s Margaret River will host World Surf League events in April and May as part of a re-jigged calendar that

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Jobless rate lowest since August 2008

Australia’s unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 4.2 per cent in December from 4.6 per cent the previous month, its lowest level since August 2008. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said 64,800 people joined the workforce in December in a further recovery from last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns in NSW, Victoria and

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