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Gaza photographer wounded in attack by Israeli forces loses eye

Darwish, who sought medical treatment in Egypt and Jordan since his injury, was told on Sunday he had lost vision in his left eye [Screenshot/Twitter] For the second time in less than three months, a Palestinian photojournalist has lost his eye after being targeted by Israeli forces during

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Leaders agree to back Libya arms embargo

The international participants of a Libya peace summit in Berlin have agreed to uphold a UN arms embargo and end military support for the country’s warring factions, German news agency dpa reports. A declaration, signed by 16 states and organisations, also set out plans for international efforts to monitor the

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Tributes for Iran crash victims as bodies repatriated

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Large dust storms smother Central West NSW

A massive dust storm has enveloped parts of Central West of NSW, turning the sky dark and blanketing communities in a thick coat of red dust. Videos posted to social media showed dust storms descending on Dubbo and nearby towns that were so thick they blocked out the sun. The

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Clashes cut short Hong Kong rally as police officers are attacked

Riot police fired tear gas and arrested several protesters near a park after demonstrators attacked plain-clothes officers [Ng Han Guan/AP] Clashes between protesters and police have broken out in Hong Kong, cutting short a rally after thousands gathered at a park to call for greater democratic freedoms in the Chinese-ruled city.

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Former UN official slams Israel 'humiliation' of Palestinians

Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is a deliberate act of humiliation, according to a former top United Nations human rights official, who stepped down from his post at the end of last year. He has described the situation for Palestinians as “appalling” and “indescribable”. Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports.

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UK and France reiterate commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Following Washington’s decision to withdraw from the deal in May 2018, Iran began dropping its commitments [File: Christian Hartmann/Reuters] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated their commitment on Sunday to the Iran nuclear deal and agreed a long-term framework was needed. The leaders’

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Iraq protests swell with people angry at slow pace of reforms

Iraqis angry at the government’s slow pace of reforms have ramped up their protests, sealing the streets of capital Baghdad with burning tyres and threatening further escalation unless their demands are met. Protesters on Sunday blocked roads in Iraq’s capital and in the holy city of Najaf a day before their deadline

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EsmaiI Qaani: New 'shadow commander' of Iran’s Quds Force

Brigadier General Esmail Qaani, centre, attending memorial for Qassem Soleimani, former commander of IRGC’s Quds Force [File: Anadolu] Within hours of the United States assassination of Qassem Soleimani, a top general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the country’s Supreme Leader named a successor to head the elite

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Bodies of Ukrainian victims of Iran plane crash repatriated

Mourning relatives, airport staff and government officials gathered at Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport [Gleb Garanich/Reuters] The bodies of the 11 Ukrainian citizens who died when a passenger plane was accidentally shot down by Iran this month have returned to Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy looked on on Sunday as

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Timeline: Haftar's months-long offensive to seize Tripoli

A months-long offensive by forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar to seize Libya’s capital from the UN-recognised government has killed hundreds of people and drawn increasing foreign involvement. As world powers push efforts for a ceasefire, with a UN-backed peace conference held in Berlin on Sunday, here is

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Soleimani and the weight of history

Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated on January 3, 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq [File: AP/Maya Alleruzzo] A plethora of articles has been published in recent days on the US air strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Many authors claim that it “is

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End of the library fine: Australian initiative catching on

Since 2017, libraries in Australia have stopped charging fines when their customers return books late. Initially conceived of because management realised it cost more in administrative costs to manage the fines than the money made, the new policy has increased the number of items returned and people using libraries. Al

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Comoros votes in parliamentary poll boycotted by opposition

President Azali Assouman (L) urged the opposition parties to drop the boycott threat in the run-up to the vote [Ibrahim Youssouf/AFP] Voters in Comoros are casting their ballots in the first round of a parliamentary election boycotted by opposition parties. Most voting stations in the Indian Ocean archipelago’s capital,

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Hong Kong protests: Several arrested as demonstrators defy ban

Violence has once again broken out in Hong Kong after thousands of anti-government demonstrators attempted to march through the city, in defiance of a ban. Protesters had gathered in the centre of the city for the demonstration which was approved by authorities – as long as participants stayed in one

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Did China capitulate to the US on 'beautiful monster' trade deal?

Three years ago Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in front of the world’s business elite in Davos, defending the post-war international liberal order as President Donald Trump railed against globalisation. Now, 18 months later, a trade deal of sorts has been signed. The deal, whichever way you choose to break

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SBS World News bulletin: 19/01/20

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Several dead after blaze engulfs Czech care home

At least eight people have been killed following a fire at a care home in the Czech Republic, according to emergency services.  The blaze in the small town of Vejprty, on the northwestern border with Germany, broke out shortly after 6am (05:00 GMT) on Sunday. Authorities have not said what

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Conor McGregor defeats Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return

Conor McGregor has returned to action with a stunning knockout of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in under a minute at UFC 246, in his first mixed martial arts fight since losing a lightweight title bout to Khabib Nurmagomedov 15 months ago. The former two-division champion left Cerrone bloodied just seconds

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Racism in Portugal: A blind spot for the media?

In Portugal’s election last October, Romualda Fernandes, Beatriz Gomes Dias, and Joacine Katar Moreira made history by becoming the first women of African descent elected to Parliament. Dias, Gomes and Moreira all represent different political parties – the Socialist Party, Left Bloc and Livre, respectively – but their critiques of

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Facebook apologises for rude mistranslation of Xi Jinping's name

The translation hiccups occurred during Xi’s trip to Myanmar, the first by a Chinese leader in almost 20 years [Nyein Chan Naing/Reuters] Facebook has apologised for a distasteful mistranslation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name from Burmese language posts during a visit to Myanmar, blaming a technical glitch. The

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Afghanistan snows: Communities calling for help

Heavy snows in parts of Afghanistan has killed dozens of people in recent weeks. This has exacerbated their already difficult existence, as medical facilities are now well out of reach, over snow-covered hills that they cannot navigate. Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi went to Herat province, in western Afghanistan, where residents

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Mexico begins allowing Hondurans through southern border

Mexico has begun allowing migrants and asylum-seekers from a caravan moving north through Guatemala to start crossing into the country. There were scuffles on the border earlier when dozens tried to force their way across the border and were pushed back by Mexican security forces. But, under pressure from the

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Sixty dead in attack on Yemen military camp: reports

Iran-aligned Houthis attacked a military training camp in the Yemeni city of Marib on Saturday, killing 60 military personnel and wounding dozens of others, Saudi state television says. Al Ekhbariya television quoted sources as saying the attack was carried out with ballistic missiles and drones. A proxy war has been

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Anthony Albanese says Labor's 45 per cent emissions target was a 'mistake'

Anthony Albanese believes his Labor party has got over the disappointment of losing the 2019 federal election, but eight months on the opposition leader is keeping future policy changes close to his chest. In an interview with Sky News, Mr Albanese confirmed the party’s controversial franking credits policy that disgruntled

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China reports 17 new cases of mystery virus in Wuhan

China has reported 17 more cases of a new coronavirus in the central city of Wuhan [Noel Celis/AFP] China reported 17 new cases of a mysterious virus on Sunday, including three patients in a severe condition, heightening concerns of more infections as hundreds of millions of people prepare

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World powers to meet in Berlin to discuss Libya crisis

World leaders at a UN-backed summit in Germany hope to reach a more lasting ceasefire in protracted Libyan conflict [File: Mahmud Turkia/AFP] Rival camps and their foreign backers are arriving in Berlin for a summit on Sunday to discuss ways to end the long-running war in Libya, and

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'A mistake': US archive sorry for blurring 'God hates Trump' protest photos

The National Archives says it made a mistake when it blurred images of anti-Trump signs used in an exhibit on women’s suffrage. The independent agency is charged with preserving government and historical records and said it has always been committed to preserving its holdings “without alteration”. But the archives said

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Sixty killed in Houthi attack on military camp in Yemen

Yemeni army soldiers secure a site in the south of the country after an attack last year [File: Ali Owidha/Reuters] Iran-aligned Houthi rebels attacked a military training camp in southern Yemen on Saturday, killing 60 military personnel and wounding dozens others, Saudi state television said. Al Ekhbariya television quoted

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Harry, Meghan drop 'royal highness' titles and pay back millions

Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer use the titles “royal highness” or receive public funds under a deal struck for them to step aside as senior royals, Buckingham Palace says. The palace said Harry and Meghan will cease to be working members of the royal family when the new

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China-backed dam threatens indigenous people in the Philippines

In April 2019, a Philippine company signed a contract with the state-owned China Energy Engineering Co Ltd, to build a $800m dam in Pulangi despite indigenous people’s objections [Nick Aspinwall/Al Jazeera] Kibawe, Philippines – The Pulangi River surges through the remote Pantaron range of central Mindanao, where Manobo

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Juan Guaido interview: 'All Venezuelans want change'

In January 2019, Juan Guaido, the almost unknown president of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly took his country and the world by surprise: Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela. The justification was that President Nicolas Maduro was not a legitimately elected leader but an usurpator and dictator. Venezuelans, desperate for

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Hondurans march towards Mexico seeking a better future

Hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers gather at the border crossing into Mexico on January 18 [Jeff Abbott/Al Jazeera] Ayutla, Guatemala – Hondurans taking part in a caravan of more than 4,000 migrants and asylum-seekers hope to pass militarised Mexican border checkpoints on Saturday. Paula Dolmo, a 30-year-old

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Democrats, Trump offer duelling arguments on impeachment

US President Donald Trump (with son Barron} headed to his Mar-a-Lago resort for the weekend ahead of the start of his impeachment trial on Tuesday [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters] The Democratic lawmakers leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump in the United States said on Saturday the president

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'We made a mistake' altering anti-Trump images: National Archives

Hundreds of thousands marched down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC [File: Bryan Woolston/AP Photo] The United States National Archives said on Saturday it made a mistake when it blurred images of anti-Trump signs used in an exhibit on women’s suffrage. The independent agency

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'A rapist in your path' anthem sets defiant tone at Women's March

Washington, DC – Pointing at the United States White House on Saturday, women and their supporters chanted “the oppressive state is a rapist. The rapist is you.” The lyrics are part of a Chilean performance piece that has become an anthem of the feminist movement worldwide. “Patriarchy is a judge,

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Iran football body slams AFC ban on hosting international matches

Iran has four teams – Persepolis, Esteghlal, Sepahan and Shahr Khodro – in AFC Champions League [File: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters] The Iranian Football Federation (IFF) has said it would stand up to the “illegal” decision by the Asian Football Confederation to ban the country from hosting any international matches

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Police use tear gas in new 'yellow vest' protests in Paris

The movement has held weekly protests since November 2018 [File: Benoit Tessier/Reuters] French police have fired tear gas at protesters hurling projectiles and arrested dozens of people as thousands of “yellow vest” anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris. Demonstrators on Saturday shouted slogans denouncing the police,

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Why is the United Kingdom acting against Hezbollah?

The United Kingdom has added Lebanon’s entire Hezbollah movement to its blacklist of what it terms terrorist organisations.  It is freezing Hezbollah’s assets and will prosecute anyone in the UK who continues to have accounts or financial services connected to the group. In March 2019, the British government said it

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India's anti-CAA protesters launch postcards to PM Modi campaign

A Muslim demonstrator at New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh displays the campaign poster along with her letter to Modi [Bilal Kuchay/Al Jazeera] New Delhi, India – Protesters in India have launched a postcard campaign in which they plan to send thousands of letters to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

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Germany to host meeting aimed at ending Libya war

Germany is set to host a meeting to try and persuade a promise from foreign countries to end their involvement in the war in Libya. A recent attempt by Russia and Turkey to broker a truce failed, raising fears of a prolonged conflict. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Berlin.

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Dozens wounded as Lebanon's anti-gov't protests turn violent

Dozens of people have been wounded after security forces used tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds of anti-government protesters trying to reach Martyrs’ Square, the hub of a months-long protest movement in Lebanon calling for changes to the country’s political and financial systems. On Saturday, demonstrators set

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Syria's protesters: 'Talks of ceasefires turn out to be lies'

Frustration is growing in Syria after a ceasefire agreement was violated, killing 21 people in the rebel-held province of Idlib. The deal came into effect last Sunday, but violence has continued, forcing more people from their homes and protesters to the streets. Al Jazeera’s Katia Lopez Hodayan reports.

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Chinese birth rate falls to its lowest in 70 years

The country’s birth rate in 2019 fell to its lowest since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, posing a long-term challenge for the country’s government, which faces an ageing population and a slowing economy.

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All eyes on ‘new way’ in Kim Jong Un’s New Year speech

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for “offensive measures” to strengthen security ahead of a New Year speech that could flesh out the nuclear-armed nation’s threat to seek a “new way” forward after the expiration of its year-end deadline for US sanctions relief. Kim’s latest comments, made during a meeting

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China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”. Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in Chengdu,

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Nepalese worker dies in Malaysia meat machine accident

A Nepalese worker was killed Monday after he fell into a meat-mincing machine in Malaysia’s Malacca state, an official confirmed. The Malacca fire department’s Zulkhairani Ramli told AFP the 47-year-old man was working at a meat-processing factory near Masjid Tanah when the incident occurred. “The victim was doing maintenance with

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Russia, Japan meet to try to end WWII islands dispute

Russia and Japan’s foreign ministers met on Thursday to try and find a solution to a territorial dispute that has prevented them from signing a formal WWII peace treaty. The Soviet Union seized the strategically located volcanic archipelago north of Japan’s Hokkaido in the final days of World War II

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Xi to lead Macau handover party as Hong Kong seethes

Macau on Friday marks 20 years since the former colony was returned to China with a celebration led by President Xi Jinping touting the success of the pliant gambling hub while Hong Kong boils. The day’s festivities will centre around the inauguration of a new leader for a city that

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North Korea envoy confirmed as Pompeo’s number two

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed North Korea negotiator Stephen Biegun to be the State Department’s number two, raising the possibility that the veteran Republican will become the acting top US diplomat next year. Biegun, currently on a trip to Asia as tensions mount with North Korea, was easily confirmed

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Malaysia to host major summit of Muslim leaders

Malaysia will this week host a summit of Muslim leaders billed as a forum to look at the Islamic world’s problems, but it will be closely watched for Middle East power plays and their stance on China’s Uighur minority. Leaders from Iran, Turkey, and Qatar will be among hundreds of

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Former Pakistan leader Musharraf sentenced to death

Exiled former Pakistan military leader Pervez Musharraf was sentenced to death Tuesday after being found guilty of treason, an unprecedented move in a country where the armed forces are often considered immune from prosecution. The court’s decision marks the first time a former leader of the armed forces has been

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China’s second aircraft carrier enters service: CCTV

China’s second aircraft carrier entered service on Tuesday, adding major firepower to its military ambitions as it faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional neighbours around the disputed South China Sea. The commissioning of the ship, which has been named the Shandong, puts China in

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Up to AU$60,000 scholarships to study in regional Australia

Ever wanted to study in Australia, but didn’t think it was possible? Here’s your chance. The Australian Government has opened up applications for the Destination Australia scholarship programme, helping international students study in regional Australia. 40 scholarships of AUD$15,000 per year for four years are on offer, supporting study and

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Child’s play: Coding booms among Chinese children

Wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses and a red T-shirt, an eight-year-old Chinese boy is logged in for an online coding lesson — as the teacher. Vita has set up a coding tutorial channel on the Chinese video streaming site Bilibili since August and has so far garnered nearly 60,000

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The extraordinary legal battle over 19 protesters

The Pacific island nation of Nauru is well-known for its role in Australia’s offshore detention regime. But what’s less well known is Nauru’s treatment of its own citizens. Today on Full Story, how the former president of Nauru and 18 other protesters became embroiled

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Tour Down Under: Amanda Spratt edged by fast-finishing American

Australian cycling queen Amanda Spratt’s reign in the Women’s Tour Down Under is over, with American Ruth Winder taking out overall honours. Simona Frapporti (Bepink) upstaged the big guns to win Sunday evening’s final stage around a tight Adelaide street circuit, with Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) and Rushlee Buchanan (New Zealand)

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Round ball round up: Reds redeemed after coach talks tough

After four losses heading into A-League Round 15, Adelaide United coach Gertjan Verbeek didn’t hold back in venting his frustrations with his charges last week, and it paid dividends with his side’s 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory. “I’ve protected the team now for seven months,” Verbeek said beforethe ‘Original Rivalry’

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Harry and Meghan’s hardline exit to be reviewed in a year

The hardline deal announced by the Queen regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s retreat from life as senior royals may not be permanent. It will be reviewed in a year, according to reports. The monarch revealed on Sunday morning (Australian time) that Harry and Meghan will give up their HRH

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Gippsland’s Lakes Entrance hopes for tourist revival post bushfires

Lakes Entrance accommodation and tourism operators are hoping a flurry of visitors this Australia Day long weekend will boost turnover after fires ruined their summer trade. A four-hour drive from Melbourne, Lakes Entrance could affectionately described as the ‘Tweed Heads’ of Gippsland. It’s known for its spectacular beaches and lakes,

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Medicinal cannabis prescriptions at an all-time high in Australia

The doctor-dope drought has broken. Last year, news outlets reported that medicinal cannabis was “pretty much inaccessible”. In May, The New Daily reported on a study that found few Australian doctors had the confidence and knowledge to prescribe the drug. But new figures from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) show

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How parents can cut costs for the start of school

Fresh off the back of a Christmas spending frenzy, parents around Australia are now forced to spend even more preparing their children for the new school year. And research shows school supplies are more expensive this year than they were in 2019, with each child costing their mums and dads

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Conor McGregor wins UFC comeback with dramatic 40-second knockout

Conor McGregor stopped Donald Cerrone with a head kick and punches 40 seconds into the first round at UFC 246, announcing his return to mixed martial arts with his first win since 2016. The Irish former two-division champion returned from a three-year stretch of inactivity and outside-the-cage troubles with a

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Cricket: Steve Smith thinks short-ball commentary is a tall story

Steve Smith has dismissed concerns over a supposed vulnerability against the short ball, claiming the worries over his run of outs this summer has been overblown. Smith fell four times to New Zealand left-armer Neil Wagner as the Black Caps set fields for short-pitched bowling and regularly hit Smith with

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First came the fires, now Victoria faces the prospect of flash floods

Bushfire-ravaged parts of Victoria could now face the possibility of flash flooding as the state is expecting its wettest two-day period in months. Heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail are possible in eastern parts of the state including East Gippsland where fires continue to burn. “We’re going to see

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Trump’s Space Force duds: In space no one will hear them laughing

The newly created United States Space Force has unveiled its planned uniform, immediately raising a solar storm of snarky quips about its:  woodland camouflage motif. The issue was quickly a trending subject on social media and whoever manages the Twitter account of the Space Force had a busy day responding

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Govt earmarks $76m to help tourism industry rise from the ashes

The Morrison government is further dipping into its $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund, announcing an initial $76 million tourism recovery package. The initiative aims to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by get tourists travelling in Australia again. “Australian tourism is facing its biggest challenge in living memory,”

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US archive apologises for censoring anti-Trump historic protesters’ photos

The National Archives says it made a mistake when it blurred images of anti-Trump signs used in an exhibit on women’s suffrage. The independent agency, charged with preserving government and historical records, said it has always been committed to preserving its holdings “without alteration”. But the archives said “we made

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Olyroos break deadlock to defeat Syria on path to Tokyo

The Olyroos are just one win away from the Tokyo Olympics after a dramatic 1-0 quarter-final win over Syria at the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand. Al Hassan Toure broke the deadlock in the 101st minute at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on Saturday night to help push Australia into their first

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Harry and Meghan to drop HRH titles and stop receiving public funds

Exiting royals Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles or  receive public funds for royal duties, the Queen has confirmed. The couple will also pay back about 2.4 million pounds ($3.12 million) in taxpayers’ money for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage which will remain their home while

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Harry and Meghan to give up HRH titles and stop receiving public funds

Exiting senior royals Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles or receive public funds for royal duties, the Queen has confirmed. The couple will also pay back about 2.4 million pounds ($3.12 million) in taxpayers’ money for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage which will remain their home

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Disciplined doctor needs $100,000 a month just to get by: Medical board

A cosmetic surgeon whose registration was cancelled by the Medical Board of Australia – after he allegedly botched two tummy-tuck surgeries and put patients’ lives at risk – has been allowed to continue working, pending a further hearing. The doctor successfully argued that an outright suspension would bankrupt him, saying

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‘Czar Vladimir’: Putin tightens his ruthless grip on Russia

President Vladimir Putin’s surprise plans to change the constitution will all but guarantee his iron grip over Russia. Hardly anyone saw it coming – not even ministers in the Russian government. While the details are still murky, one thing is clear: Mr Putin is set to continue ruling long after

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Australia’s medical marijuana prescriptions at an all-time high

The doctor-dope drought has broken. Last year, news outlets reported that medical marijuana was “pretty much inaccessible”. In May, The New Daily reported on a study that found few Australian doctors had the confidence and knowledge to prescribe the drug. But new figures from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) show

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Fan saves Yellow Wiggle Greg Page’s life after heart attack

A nurse, who has been a Wiggles fan a since she was a child, has been credited with “saving the life” of founding member Greg Page after he suffered a heart attack during a bushfire relief concert in Sydney. Page, the children’s group’s original Yellow Wiggle, required CPR and a

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