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The first aircraft carrying humanitarian supplies has arrived in Tonga, five days after the South Pacific island nation was hit by a volcanic eruption and tsunami that devastated communities and spoiled drinking water.A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules landed in Tonga's Fua'amotu International Airport on Thursday, a defence spokesperson said, after a blanket of volcanic ash was cleared off the runway.
Police searched the Corowa home around 10pm on Wednesday after concerns were raised about the child's welfare. Find out more.
The federal health department has categorically denied claims the Commonwealth was requisitioning rapid antigen tests from businesses.It comes as Health Minister Greg Hunt revealed he had asked the consumer watchdog to investigate claims made by businesses of testing kits being seized.
Suicides by Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people rose by 75 per cent in 2021.In a new report released on Thursday, the Coroners Court of Victoria revealed 35 deaths by suicide in 2021, compared to 20 the year before.
A nurse in Italy was caught giving out fake Covid-19 vaccinations after police set up a hidden camera. See the footage the police shared.
Austrian MPs have passed a bill making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory while authorities in France and Israel have announced an easing of pandemic restrictions.Lawmakers in Austria's lower house of parliament voted 137 to 33 to approve the mandate, which will apply to all residents of Austria aged 18 and over from February 1.
An Australian firm has announced a partnership with a global leader in encryption technology to roll out the nation's first sovereign quantum encryption service.AUCloud is one of a handful of companies trusted by governments worldwide to host secure sovereign cloud services.
Afghanistan's acting prime minister, Mullah Hasan Akhund, has called for international governments to officially recognise the country's Taliban administration, saying all conditions had been met."I ask all governments, especially Islamic countries, that they should start recognition," Akhund said at a news conference in Kabul in his first major public broadcast appearance since he assumed the role in September.
Jacinda Ardern has pledged rapid antigen tests will be free, warning New Zealanders to brace themselves for new daily COVID-19 case records when Omicron runs loose in the community.After a summer free of the ultra-transmissible variant, health authorities fear an outbreak may be around the corner.
More than 70 theatres, museums and concert halls in the Netherlands have opened their doors in light-hearted defiance of the country's anti-coronavirus regulations, repurposing each venue to highlight the inconsistency of the rules.Some stages were transformed into hairdressing salons while others became yoga studios for the day in a protest action called Hair Salon Theatre, the brainchild of the well-known Dutch actor and cabaret artist Diederik Ebbinge.
Tonga's 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic flag-bearer is continuing to lead his country as it begins its recovery from damage caused by a volcanic eruption and tsunami.Pita Taufatofua, who has represented Tonga in both taekwondo and cross-country skiing, has started a GoFundMe page to raise much-needed funds.
There has now been 93 deaths reported in just the past 72 hours in NSW. Find out more from the latest Covid data.
The body of the missing boy, Dean Verberckmoes, was found on Monday after the arrest of a 34-year-old man. Now his mum is speaking out.
Woolies has shared reusable bag tips that customers say will make shopping a whole lot easier. Find out how.
A man will front court on Thursday over the allegedly stolen batch. Find out more.
Andre Leon Talley, the towering former creative director and editor at large of Vogue magazine, has died aged 73.Talley's literary agent David Vigliano confirmed Talley's death to USA Today late on Tuesday, but no additional details were immediately available.
ShutterstockThe Earth Biogenome Project, a global consortium that aims to sequence the genomes of all complex life on earth (some 1.8 million described species) in ten years, is ramping up. The project’s origins, aims and progress are detailed in two multi-authored papers published today. Once complete, it will forever change the way biological research is done. Specifically, researchers will no longer be limited to a few “model species” and will be able to mine the DNA sequence database of any
Students and teachers will have a clearer idea how schools will operate as states and territories unveil their COVID-safe plans in coming days.The federal government has agreed to split the cost of surveillance testing for those states and territories wanting to roll out such a scheme.
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 the state's hard borders will remain in place indefinitely.
Isolation periods for COVID-positive patients won't be reduced, following discussions on workforce constraints at the latest national cabinet meeting.The prime minister, along with state and territory leaders, agreed the seven-day isolation period won't be lowered further to five days, as has been done in other countries.