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Chess champion Magnus Carlsen accuses Hans Niemann of cheating

The accusation comes after five-time world champion Carlsen abruptly withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup in the US after losing to Niemann.Chess superstar Magnus Carlsen has for the first time openly accused American player Hans Niemann of cheating, saying the rising star had done so more recently and more often than

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Photos: Japan holds state funeral for Shinzo Abe amid protests

A rare and controversial state funeral for assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken place in tense Japan where the event for one of the country’s most divisive leaders has deeply split public opinion.The ceremony started at 2:00pm (05:00 GMT) on Tuesday, with Abe’s ashes carried into the Nippon

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Final round of Qatar World Cup ticket sales starts today

FIFA says more than 2.4 million tickets were sold in the three rounds of sales so far this year.The final round of ticket sales for the Qatar 2022 World Cup starts on Tuesday. Thirty-two teams will take part in the tournament that kicks off on November 20, with the final

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Australia announces plan for new corruption watchdog

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says body will ‘restore trust and integrity to federal politics’Australia has unveiled plans for an independent corruption watchdog after years of debate over the need for greater oversight of the country’s politics. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said in a statement on

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World Bank slashes economic outlook for Asia over China slowdown

The Washington-based lender expects the region to grow 3.2 percent in 2022, down from a 5 percent forecast in April.The World Bank has slashed its economic outlook for the Asia-Pacific, pointing to China’s ultra-strict “zero-COVID” policy as a drag on regional growth. The region’s economies are expected to grow 3.2

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How samovar tea is warming hearts in Qatar

Doha, Qatar – Mohammed Ali, a restaurateur in Qatar’s capital Doha, has a story about a female customer who would come to his shop every day with a flask and have it filled with karak tea.One day, her driver brought the flask and said the woman was in a hospital

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Who is responsible for the deaths of children at EU borders?

On August 10, the world found out about the tragic death of five-year-old Maria on the Greek-Turkish border. The little Syrian girl was part of a group of 39 refugees, who had crossed from Turkey into Greece to seek asylum, but who were instead pushed back by the Greek and

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Malaysian defence contractor ‘Fat Leonard’ seeks Venezuela asylum

Local media reported that Leonard Glenn Francis had requested to remain in Venezuela on health and political grounds.A fugitive Malaysian defence contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of United States Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela almost a week after he was arrested

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Why is the British pound tanking as the US dollar soars?

As the British pound plummets in value, the US dollar is flying high.Against a tumultuous backdrop that includes the Ukraine war, soaring prices and China’s COVID lockdowns, sharp fluctuations of some of the world’s major currencies are injecting new uncertainty into the global economic outlook. Why is the British pound

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Japan honours Shinzo Abe with controversial state funeral

DEVELOPING STORYDEVELOPING STORY, Japan says goodbye to assassinated leader as anger grows over the cost of the state funeral and his party’s ties to the Unification Church.Japan is bidding farewell to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was killed on the campaign trail in July, with a rare

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Japan lodges protest after Russia detains diplomat in Vladivostok

Tatsunori Motoki, accused of spying by Russia’s FSB, was held for a few hours before being released and ordered to leave the country.Japan has accused Russia of “unreasonable” behaviour and threatened “equivalent steps” after the FSB, the Russian federal security agency, detained a diplomat in the eastern port city

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Giorgia Meloni is on track to winning. What’s next for Italy?

Rome, Italy – It was never in doubt. As pollsters had predicted throughout a chaotic election campaign, Italy is set to be led by its most hard-right government since World War II.Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni, a largely peripheral figure in Italian politics up until a few years ago, emerged triumphant

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US whistleblower Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship by Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, nine years after he exposed the scale of secret surveillance operations by the National Security Agency (NSA).The 39-year-old fled the United States and was after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and

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The church linked to Abe’s killing, Japan’s political turmoil

Shinzo Abe was not his assassin’s preferred target.Investigators say Tetsuya Yamagami, who fatally shot Japan’s longest-serving prime minister on July 8, had initially wanted to kill the leader of the Unification Church — a South-Korean religious sect that the 41-year-old blames for his family’s financial ruin. But the COVID-19 pandemic

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Apple says it will make some of its iPhone 14 in India

Apple has asked manufacturers to shift production from China amid geopolitical tensions and pandemic restrictions.Apple Inc will make some of its iPhone 14s in India, the company has said, as manufacturers shift production from China amid geopolitical tensions and pandemic restrictions that have disrupted supply chains for many industries. “The

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Kremlin says no decision to seal Russia’s borders amid chaos

The Kremlin says no decision has been taken on whether to seal Russia’s borders to stop an exodus of military-aged men fleeing the country after days of chaotic scenes during partial mobilisation for its war in Ukraine.Asked on Monday about the prospect of the border being shut, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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NASA spacecraft to hit asteroid in planetary defence test

In world’s first attempt to change the motion of an asteroid, scientists hope the method can prevent collisions with Earth.A NASA spacecraft is scheduled to slam into an asteroid, in an unprecedented test designed to prevent potentially devastating collisions with Earth. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will hit

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Will Italy have its first female prime minister?

From: Inside StoryA right-wing coalition, led by Giorgia Meloni, is set to take a majority of seats in parliament.Italy appears to be on course to elect its first female prime minister and far-right leader since World War II. The coalition will be led by Giorgia Meloni, who is

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BoE says monitoring markets ‘very closely’ after pound plunges

The Bank of England has said it would not hesitate to change interest rates and that it is monitoring markets “very closely” after the pound plunged to a record low and British bond prices collapsed in response to the new government’s financial plans.The finance minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, sent sterling and

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Turkey files protest with Greece and US as Aegean tensions rise

Turkey summons Greek ambassador and files protest with US amid Aegean islands row, while Greece slams latest move as ‘unfounded’.Ankara has summoned the Greek ambassador and protested to Washington after accusing Greece of deploying United States armoured vehicles on two Aegean islands near the Turkish coast. Greece branded the move

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EU, US question Serbia’s EU commitment after Russia deal

West questions Belgrade after signing a deal with Moscow pledging long-term consultations on foreign policy.The European Union and the United States have questioned Serbia’s proclaimed commitment to join Europe’s 27-nation bloc after Belgrade signed an agreement with Moscow pledging long-term “consultations” on foreign policy matters amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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UN says aid truck hit by debris from Ethiopian drone strike

Truck carrying food to internally displaced people was hit in Ethiopian drone strike, the United Nations food agency says.Debris from a drone strike in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region has damaged a truck carrying humanitarian aid and belonging to the World Food Programme (WFP) and injured the truck’s driver, the United

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Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden

Former US security contractor Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals listed by the decree as being granted Russian citizenship.President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former US security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader. Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals granted

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US aircraft carrier starts joint military drills in South Korea

US military official says aircraft carrier’s visit is ‘clear and unambiguous demonstration’ of commitment to alliance.A United States aircraft carrier and its accompanying ships have launched joint military exercises with South Korean forces as tensions with North Korea intensify. The drills, which started on Monday off the Korean Peninsula’s east

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Cuba overwhelmingly approves same-sex marriage in referendum

New code also would allow surrogate pregnancies, broader rights for grandparents and measures against gender violence.Cubans have overwhelmingly approved a sweeping “family law” that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt, the electoral commission said, in a move that will also redefine rights for children and grandparents. More than

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UN chief calls for end to ‘era of nuclear blackmail’

Guterres renews call for the abolition of nuclear weapons as concerns grow over Russia’s threat to use them in Ukraine.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has renewed his call for the global abolition of nuclear weapons as concerns grow over Russia’s threat to use them in the Ukraine war. “Decades after

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Hurricane Ian strengthens as Cuba and Florida brace for impact

Hurricane Ian has moved near the Cayman Islands and western Cuba, where authorities are bracing for heavy rainfall and “devastating” wind, as the storm is expected to intensify further before hitting the US state of Florida as a major hurricane later this week.The fast-growing storm was located about 160km (100

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Wall Street mixed as it deals with ‘tsunami’ of news

US stocks were mixed, oil prices were choppy, and the dollar and Treasury yields rose on Monday, with Wall Street digesting a raft of macroeconomic news.The moves came after sterling slumped to a record low earlier in the day, before recovering, and a renewed selloff in British gilts pushed euro

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Venezuela-Colombia border reopens to trade as tensions ease

Trucks loaded with aluminum and medications have crossed a bridge linking Colombia and Venezuela for the first time in seven years, as the neighbouring countries continue to mend relations after years of political conflict.The border reopening – which will see goods like coal, toilet paper and fruit moved through crossings

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Gunman opens fire at Russia school killing 15

At least 15 people have been killed, including 11 children, after a gunman opened fire at a school in Izhevsk city, 960km (600 miles) east of the capital Moscow, authorities said.Russia’s Investigative Committee identified the gunman as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the school that he attacked. He shot

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World reacts to Meloni’s right-wing victory in Italy election

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party, is set to become Italy’s first female prime minister after leading a right-wing alliance to victory at Sunday’s election.Meloni’s party, which has fascist origins, is expected to form a coalition with other far-right groups, including League, led by

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Al Jazeera Digital wins two Online Journalism Awards

Interactive website about women with disabilities and long-form print series about missing and murdered Indigenous women win for social justice reporting.Al Jazeera Digital won top jury prizes in the 2022 Online Journalism Awards (OJA), its latest wins in global awards competitions. AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera Media Network’s virtual reality documentary

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Alan Rickman’s diaries reveal he nearly quit Harry Potter role

Alan Rickman nearly walked away from his starring role as anguished Hogwarts Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter, excerpts from the beloved British actor’s extensive diaries have revealed. Entries from the late actor’s diaries have been published in the lead-up to the release of a book of them early next

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‘Large hail, damaging winds’: Dangerous storm threats for two states

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued in two states, with further heavy rain putting NSW and Queensland on watch for more flooding. The weather bureau issued a warning for “large hail [and] damaging winds” in an area of NSW from Coffs Harbour north to the Queensland border on Tuesday afternoon.

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Plan to turn off NSW Opal readers revived

NSW train commuters could be travelling for free as the rail union revives a plan to indefinitely deactivate Opal card readers. Rail workers will vote on whether to shut down Opal readers at train stations after that plan was withdrawn when the government threatened legal action earlier this month. It

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Labor outlines $262m integrity watchdog

A new anti-corruption body will cost $262 million over four years to ensure it is resourced well enough to improve integrity in public life. Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus briefed the Labor caucus on the legislation on Tuesday morning and will introduce the bill to parliament on Wednesday. He said the cost

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Labor’s integrity body under fire for ‘major red flag’

Key independent MPs have raised a “major red flag” as Labor revealed more about its plans for a new federal anti-corruption body. Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus briefed the Labor caucus on the legislation on Tuesday morning and will introduce the bill to parliament on Wednesday. It will cost $262 million over

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New boss for Jetstar – as it cancels more overseas flights

Jetstar has announced it has a new boss – as the budget carrier faces fresh accusations of leaving holidaymakers stranded overseas. Qantas chief customer officer Stephanie Tully will take over as Jetstar’s new chief executive. But she arrives at a time of turmoil for the budget airline. It was reported

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Caddick’s husband had ‘no idea’ of fraud

Melissa Caddick’s husband says he had no inkling his wife was defrauding family and friends of millions of dollars, nor did he ask her why federal police or the corporate watchdog was suddenly raiding their home. Anthony Koletti began giving evidence at the NSW Coroners Court on Tuesday at the

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PM arrives in Japan for funeral, meetings

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has lauded late Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe for being integral to establishing the Quad security dialogue and advancing common interests in the region. Speaking at the start of a bilateral meeting with Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, Mr Albanese said the two nations were working

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FIBA investigates Mali World Cup punch-up

Governing body FIBA has launched an investigation after two players on the Mali women’s basketball team exchanged punches following another loss at the World Cup in Sydney. The scuffle between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou broke out as Serbian player Sasa Cado was being interviewed in the mixed zone

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Consumer confidence highest in months

Consumers have regained some confidence in the economy as rising interest rates do little to rein in spending. The 2.1 per cent boost in sentiment was driven by an uplift in confidence in Australia’s economic conditions. ‘Current economic conditions’ jumped 4.8 per cent, according to ANZ-Roy Morgan’s weekly consumer confidence

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Vic steps up wastewater tests for polio

Victoria has increased surveillance testing for traces of the polio virus in wastewater. Chief health officer Brett Sutton confirmed authorities stepped up testing after a man aged in his 20s was paralysed by the virus in New York earlier this year. He said the risk of an outbreak in Victoria

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Royals return to duty as mourning ends

The British royal family and their households are returning to official duties as the period of official mourning in memory of the late Queen ends. The royal family has only carried out official duties where appropriate since the Queen’s death on September 8 and its members have dressed in black

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Putin grants Snowden Russian citizenship

President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, nine years after he exposed the scale of secret surveillance operations by the National Security Agency. Mr Snowden, 39, fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed

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No decision to seal Russia border: Kremlin

Russian-organised referendums that could annex 15 per cent of Ukraine’s territory are ending as the Kremlin says no decision has been taken on whether to seal Russia’s borders to stop military-aged men fleeing. Voting in the Ukrainian provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the east and southeast began

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Robodebt inquiry pledges accountability

The royal commission into the controversial robodebt scheme will focus on the people in charge, promising to hold senior government figures to account. Hundreds of thousands of people were caught in the Centrelink debacle and the investigation is examining what went so badly wrong. The commissioner and senior counsel assisting

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Dutton’s defamation case discontinued

Peter Dutton’s defamation case against a refugee advocate has come to an end after an agreement was struck over legal costs, following the overturning of a finding in favour of the opposition leader. A notice of discontinuation was filed in the High Court on Friday. Refugee advocate Shane Bazzi in

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Shots fired at police officers in Tasmania

Police in southern Tasmania are hunting for a person who fired at officers as they were driving to an alleged family violence incident. Shots were fired at one police car containing two officers about 11.50pm on Monday as they travelled to arrest a person at Glenfern, about 35km northwest of

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NASA hails ‘new era’ with historic planetary defence test

A NASA spacecraft with specialist guidance from Australian tracking systems has crashed into a deep space asteroid in a dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock slams into Earth. The multimillion-dollar “vending machine-sized” rocket collided head-on with an asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza about 9.15am

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Labor to introduce cheaper childcare bill

More than 95 per cent of Australian families will benefit from the Albanese government’s childcare reform. Education Minister Jason Clare will introduce the legislation to parliament on Tuesday. The bill is expected to slash out-of-pocket costs for 1.26 million families with children in care. “The vast majority of this is designed

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Rescuers search for mother, daughter missing in sinkhole

Search efforts are underway for a mother and daughter who disappeared when their vehicle was swallowed by a massive sinkhole in Guatemala. The girl’s father was rescued on Sunday from the hole in Villa Nueva, southwest of the capital, along with three other people. The sinkhole opened in the middle

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Meloni vows to ‘restore dignity’ to Italy

Giorgia Meloni, who will become Italy’s first female prime minister, says she wants to “enhance what unites” people in the country rather than what divides them, after her alliance won parliamentary elections at the weekend. “The Italians have entrusted us with an important task. Now it is our job to

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‘Bad news’: Optus hacker’s ominous next threat

The alleged hacker behind the Optus cyber attack targeting the data of millions of Australians has released a tranche of the data, as they step up their ransom demands. In the updated claim on Tuesday morning, the hacker – known only as “Optus Data” – demanded the telco get in

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British economists sounding alarm and Bank of England to consider rate hike

Britons are bracing for yet more hip-pocket pain and the pound has plummeted to record lows as the fallout continues from the Conservative government’s so-called ‘mini-budget’. The Bank of England said early on Tuesday (Australian time) it was monitoring the falling currency value and would not hesitate to again hike

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Opals beat Canada 75-72 to advance to World Cup knockout stage

Sami Whitcomb’s fourth-quarter rampage has helped Australia to a 75-72 win over previously undefeated Canada that ensures the Opals will advance to the knockout stage at the women’s basketball World Cup. The victory at Qudos Bank Arena improved Australia’s record to 3-1, meaning it is on track to finish in the

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Islamist champion of Arab revolts, Sheik Youssef al-Qardawi, dies

Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, a spiritual guide to the Muslim Brotherhood who championed the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and unsettled rulers in Egypt and the Gulf with his Islamist preaching has died. He was 96. Born in Egypt, Sheikh Qaradawi spent much of his life in Qatar, where he became

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OECD says multiple crises risk recession in major economies

Global economic growth is slowing more than was forecast a few months ago in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as energy and inflation crises risk snowballing into recessions in major economies, the OECD says. Global growth this year was still expected at 3.0 per cent, but it is

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Official crackdown brings business to a stop along Hanoi’s Train Street

Merchants and locals along Hanoi’s iconic Train Street are distraught after Vietnamese authorities called time on the tourism hotspot. Narrow Train Street draws is famous for drawing crowds of tourists every day to get up close with the daily locomotives that run along it. Trains pass through twice a day

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Dreyfus on the brink of a deal on corruption commission, as Dutton plays his hand

The government is on the brink of securing support for legislation establishing a national anti-corruption commission on Monday after confirming that third parties will potentially be subject to its investigations. With the bill scheduled for introduction on Wednesday, there were positive indications of support from both the Coalition and the

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Cheaper medications as Albanese government eyes overhaul of PBS list

The Albanese government will slash the cost of popular medications as it begins what it says is the biggest cut to drug costs in the 75 years of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. In a twin-pronged announcement on Monday, Health Minister Mark Butler said more than 2000 medications on the PBS

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NSW and Victoria take lead in search for ‘devastating’ polio virus

Australia has been polio-free for 22 years, but some state governments are concerned the country may be about to break its streak. Michael Toole, associate principal research fellow at the Burnet Institute, told the ABC News Daily podcast the New South Wales state government has put together an expert panel to

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Heartbreak High shows class as it explores the diversity of teenage life

Few settings invite drama, messy emotions and chaos like a high school. The original 1990s Heartbreak High ran for seven seasons and was broadcast in more than 70 countries including the UK, US, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, India and Indonesia. The show followed a cast of students at a multicultural Sydney

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Motorists face $2.20 petrol as retailers cash in before tax sting

Petrol prices may hit $2.20 a litre within weeks as service stations raise bowser rates to multi-month highs, motorists have been warned. Daily average petrol prices across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane sit at 191 cents per litre (cpl) after a 23 per cent hike since prices bottomed two weeks ago,

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