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Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has used a speech to threaten military retaliation against anybody who attacked his country, as tensions over the war in neighbouring Ukraine remained high.Speaking on Saturday on the eve of the country's Independence Day, Lukashenko said he had ordered his armed forces to target "the decision-making centres" of Western capitals in the event of an attack on Belarus, adding: "Don't touch us - and we won't touch you," according to state news agency Belta.
Libya has witnessed truly chaotic scenes as the country descends further into disarray.
Western Australia's government is promising an understanding approach as a ban on many single-use plastics comes into effect.WA is the first state or territory to ban thick plastic bags and unlidded containers under changes to be enforced from Friday.
The victim’s father said she had previously reported the defendant to the authorities out of fear he would attack her.
More than a million have spilled onto the streets of London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride parade, festooning the British capital with a spectacle of rainbow flags, glitter and sequins.After two years of cancellations because of the coronavirus pandemic, the parade came half a century after Britain's first march to celebrate Pride in 1972 in London.
Fighting has intensified for Lysychansk, Ukraine's last bastion in the strategic eastern province of Luhansk, while blasts shook a southern city after the civilian toll from Russian strikes climbed in towns well behind the front lines.Rodion Miroshnik, ambassador to Russia of the pro-Moscow self-styled Luhansk People's Republic, told Russian television on Saturday that "Lysychansk has been brought under control," but added: "Unfortunately, it is not yet liberated.
The US Food and Drug Administration has recommended COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers change the design of their booster shots to combat coronavirus sub-variants.If authorised, the changes would mark the first major retooling of COVID vaccines, but also could slow their rollout.
The haunting last moments of Joshua James Connell, from Canberra, were captured on CCTV.
Anti-terrorism powers available to NSW Police should be wound back because they aren't able to use them correctly, the law enforcement watchdog says.The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission's (LECC) latest tri-annual report on NSW Police's use of anti-terror powers has given a bruising assessment of the force's use of legislation.
West Australian authorities are investigating the death of a woman who had earlier sought mental health assistance at a Pilbara hospital.WA Country Health Service has confirmed the woman attended Hedland Health Campus in the Pilbara region prior to her death but declined to provide further details.
With pandemic restrictions pretty much all but gone, NSW residents have been enjoying outdoor dining and the government is keen to keep businesses benefiting from the influx of diners.The hospitality industry can look forward to another 18 months of alfresco dining without the need to apply for special permits effectively cutting red tape.
Guy Sebastian's former manager who was found guilty of fraudulently embezzling more than $600,000 remains out on bail while the pop star says he feels vindicated by the verdicts.Titus Day, 49, had pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges alleging he embezzled almost $900,000 owed to Sebastian through royalties, performance and ambassador fees.
Defence Minister Richard Marles has vowed Australia will fix patrol vessels sent to Pacific island nations that were found to have potential faults.The Defence Department said it had advised the government of issues involving possible faults in the exhaust system of Guardian-class patrol boats.
The federal government is to provide almost $3 million to help restore and enhance 12,400 hectares of mangroves and saltmarsh habitats north of Adelaide.The project aims to restore natural tidal flows thereby improving the ecological health of local ecosystems.
Voting in Papua New Guinea's national election begins on Monday, with police mounting a major security operation to stop a repeat of violence that saw more than 200 people killed during the island nation's last election five years ago.Voting will take place from July 4 to 22, with ballots airlifted to remote constituencies with assistance from the Australian Defence Force.
Eating disorder recovery advocates are hopeful an initiative to offer a suite of treatment options in a single register will boost support, particularly in regional areas.A national directory of eating disorder clinicians called connect*ed has been launched to help Australians who struggle with conditions like anorexia to get treatment faster.
Fabio Jakobsen has won stage two of the Tour de France in a reduced sprint finish after a late crash split the peloton in Nyborg, Denmark.Jakobsen, making his Tour debut less than two years after suffering life-threatening injuries in a crash at the Tour of Poland, delivered Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl's second stage win in as many days as he beat Wout van Aert and Mads Pedersen to the line.
Australia's carbon credits scheme will be independently assessed following concerns raised about its integrity.Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen on Friday announced the "comprehensive" review, to be led by former chief scientist Professor Ian Chubb.
The Israeli military says it has shot down three unmanned aircraft launched by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah heading toward an area where an Israeli gas platform was recently installed in the Mediterranean Sea.The launch of the aircraft on Saturday appeared to be an attempt by Hezbollah to influence US-brokered negotiations between Israel and Lebanon over their maritime border, an area that is rich in natural gas.
The 18-month-old boy was fed a strict vegan diet of just fruit and vegetables. His parent called police when they noticed he wasn't breathing.