New Zealand has offered in-principle support to an ambitious climate change treaty championed by Vanuatu which aims to phase out fossil fuels.Vanuatu President Nikenike Vurobaravu issued an emotional rallying call at the United Nations on Saturday (AEST), asking fellow nations to develop and commit to a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty.
Residents of Florida's Gulf Coast have boarded up homes, packed up their vehicles and headed for higher ground as Hurricane Ian drew near, threatening to bring a deadly storm surge and more than 30 centimetres of rain to some areas.Ian churned across the southeastern edge of the Gulf of Mexico headed for Florida after slamming into Cuba earlier in the day, leaving the entire country without power, forcing mass evacuations and swamping fishing villages.
Queues have formed at petrol stations around the country in a bid to score cheap at the bowser before the fuel excise cut comes to an end at midnight. Find out more here.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong has backed a "prompt, independent investigation" into the death of a young Iranian woman in custody.Mahsa Amini's death two weeks ago has sparked anti-government demonstrations across Iran, with protesters calling for the end of the Islamic clerical establishment.
Living through the harrowing experience of walking her father through voluntary assisted dying has led Liberal senator Jane Hume to change her view on the issue.Her father Steve was diagnosed with pneumonia, fibromyalgia and finally a tumour on his lung which spread to his spine, giving him six months to live in late 2019.
The United States has begun a first-of-its-kind summit with Pacific island leaders, saying they had agreed a partnership for the future and holding out the prospect of "big dollar" help to a region where it hopes to stem China's expanding influence.Leaders from 12 Pacific island states were expected to take part in a two-day summit in Washington DC, with two more sending representatives, and Australia and New Zealand attending as observers.
Australia's medical regulator has granted provisional approval for a Pfizer COVID-19 booster for children aged between six months and five years.The Therapeutic Goods Administration says the booster will protect against severe COVID-19 outcomes including hospitalisation and death.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz has named his son and heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom's prime minister and his second son Prince Khalid as defence minister, a royal decree shows.The reshuffle kept another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister, the aged king said in the royal decree on Tuesday, carried by state news agency SPA.
The death toll from Iranian attacks on opposition groups in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq has risen to nine, the region's Health Minister Saman Barzinji says.The attacks by explosives-laden drones and rockets targeted the opposition Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) and Komala in the provinces of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, Kurdish media reported.
Supporters of Iraq's influential Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have attempted to storm Baghdad's Green Zone government area as the Iraqi parliament held session on the resignation of its Speaker.Associated Press journalists saw those supporting al-Sadr waving flags as security forces gathered around them.
A man who planned to fly with Jetstar on his upcoming holiday used two handy websites to make sure he wasn't going to be left behind. Find out more.
The 26-year-old remains in critical condition as new details about the accident emerge. Find out more.
Jury selection has begun in the trial of the founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates charged with seditious conspiracy, one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan.Amid complaints by lawyers for Stewart Rhodes and the others that they cannot get a fair jury in Washington, the judge began winnowing the pool of potential jurors who will decide the fate of the first January 6 defendants to stand trial on the rare Civil War-era charge.
A Sydney woman posted about a scam that purported to be from her dad. Find out what happened.
NSW's opposition and the unions have slammed a proposed shake up of the state's public schools that could see some expert teachers being paid up to $180,000 a year.A NSW government discussion paper released on Wednesday lays out a plan which would limit the most substantial pay packets to expert teachers.
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After her tweet caused an uproar, Pauline Hanson doubled down on her rhetoric, resulting in one of her colleagues calling her a scumbag. Read more.
Stronger measures to heal the ozone layer and reduce harmful emissions have been introduced to parliament.Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said the proposal would modernise and streamline current laws which manage synthetic emissions that affect the world's ozone layer.
Florida Gulf Coast residents have emptied grocery shelves, boarded up windows and fled to evacuation shelters as Hurricane Ian churns closer, lashing the state's southern tip hours before it was forecast to make landfall.Ian has strengthened into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane, the US National Hurricane Centre said on Wednesday.
The Aussie businesswoman said it was a 'big mistake' going into the store. Find out what happened.