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Health authorities in Hungary, Latvia and South Korea have registered an increase in coronavirus cases while the World Health Organisation says global infections overall have fallen in the past week.Hungary recorded its highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases in five months on Thursday amid a spike in coronavirus deaths and hospitalisations.
A chapter in Italian aviation history is set to end when ailing carrier Alitalia runs its last scheduled passenger flight.An Alitalia service is due to fly from Calgliari airport in Sardinia to Rome late on Thursday evening.
GettyImagesLeading people through the pandemic is clearly no easy task. But does the criticism currently directed at New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveal a major misstep on her part, or something deeper about the nature of leadership itself? Ardern has previously won widespread praise for her COVID-19 response and crisis communication, topping Fortune magazine’s “world’s greatest leaders” list in 2021. Focused on minimising harm to both lives and livelihoods, her pandemic leadership
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused European Union institutions of infringing on the rights of member states as he prepared to present the country's position in a row over the rule of law next week before the European Parliament.Poland's nationalist government has been at odds with the European Commission in Brussels over judicial reforms, media freedoms and LGBT rights since taking power in 2015 but a recent court ruling that parts of EU law are incompatible with the Polish con
Britain's Brexit minister David Frost says the European Union needs to make significant change if there is to be a deal over the Northern Irish part of the Brexit divorce deal, Politico reports.The EU on Wednesday offered Britain a package of measures to ease the transit of goods to Northern Ireland.
A US appeals court has refused a petition by the US Department of Justice to put on hold Texas' restrictive abortion law, which bars the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy.The US Fifth Court of Appeal on Thursday said the law could stay in effect pending "expedited" further proceedings in the high profile legal challenge.
The death toll from a fire in southern Taiwan that engulfed a building overnight has risen to 46, according to officials who say at least another 41 people were injured.The 13-story building caught fire around 3am on Thursday, fire officials in the city of Kaohsiung said.
A dangerous drug linked to "a substantial number of deaths worldwide" has been detected in MDMA being circulated around Melbourne, the health department says.Para-Methoxymethamphetamine, also known as PMMA or 'Dr Death', is a stimulant with mild hallucinogenic properties and has been found disguised in MDMA as crushed yellow crystals.
Victoria's 2020/21 deficit has been revised downwards after the state's economy performed better than expected between lockdowns.The government 2020/21 financial report, tabled in parliament on Friday, shows the state recorded a $14.
Australia will scrap quarantine for international arrivals into NSW but initially limit the new arrangements to citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families.The NSW government made a shock decision on Friday to announce isolation requirements would be scrapped from November 1.
Space exploration company Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc is delaying its commercial space travel service to the fourth quarter of 2022 and will not conduct another planned test flight this year.Virgin Galactic on Thursday said "commercial service is now expected to commence in Q4 2022.
ShutterstockMore than half of the most popular New Zealand websites may be unfairly manipulating visitors, according to our latest research into the use of “dark patterns” in sites with a “co.nz” domain name. While legal, dark patterns have been described as a type of online design employed to manipulate users into “making decisions that, if fully informed and capable of selecting alternatives, they might not make”. They’re effective because they use insights about human psychology to undermine
Mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest is confident Australia can emerge from its trade and diplomatic deep freeze with China if the two countries "sort it out like adults".The chair of Fortescue Metals Group, who is one of Australia's richest people, believes the alternative is unthinkable.
A Coles customer has revealed a disturbing find in a punnet of strawberries she purchased from the supermarket. Find out why she was shocked by the dicovery.
The small Pacific nation of Palau is leading the world in Covid vaccination rates. Read why.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has backed embattled Labor MP Anthony Byrne to remain in federal parliament in the wake of a branch stacking inquiry.Earlier this week, Mr Byrne admitted he paid for other people's party memberships during an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission inquiry.
Times Square's largest billboard will feature an image of a burning kangaroo this evening. Find out why
Andy Green became the first human being to break the sound barrier on land almost exactly 50 years after Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the air in an experimental Bell X-1 jet. Read more about his experience.
5-magnitude earthquake has shaken La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands in what was the strongest recorded temblor since volcanic eruptions began 26 days ago, authorities say.The quake was one of about 60 recorded overnight, Spain's National Geographic Institute said as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continued to spew fiery rivers of lava that are destroying everything in their path and dumping molten rock into the Atlantic Ocean.
Former US president Bill Clinton is "doing fine" in a California hospital, President Joe Biden says after his fellow Democrat was admitted with a non-coronavirus infection earlier this week.Clinton, 75, who left office in 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening for the infection, according to his spokesman, Angel Urena.