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Find out why the World Health Organisation skipped two letters of the Greek alphabet when naming the latest Covid variant.
A new parcel facility has been set up by Australia Post in southeast Sydney to keep up with record demand following Black Friday sales and in the lead up to Christmas.The 20,000 square metre facility in Botany is capable of processing more than 100,000 parcels daily, bringing Australia Post's total processing capacity in NSW to almost 1.
The Morrison government is sticking to its argument that Labor must agree to its version of an integrity commission before introducing legislation to parliament.The government says draft legislation has been available for scrutiny for some time but Labor says it does not go far enough.
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has probably arrived in Germany, a minister in the western state of Hesse says, after mutations were found in a passenger arriving from South Africa."Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveller returning from South Africa," tweeted Kai Klose, social affairs minister in Hesse, home to Frankfurt airport, Germany's biggest hub and one of Europe's busiest airports.
His wife saw text messages between her husband and another woman discussing the alleged plot while calling his work to tell them he was sick, police said.
South Australia has tightened its border rules following the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.All international travellers and people arriving in SA from high-risk Australian locations will again be required to quarantine for 14 days.
At least two people have been killed and 16 others injured in western Niger when protesters clashed with a French military convoy they blocked after it crossed the border from Burkina Faso, the local mayor says.The armoured vehicles and logistics trucks had crossed the border on Friday after being blocked in Burkina Faso for a week by demonstrations there against French forces' failure to stop mounting violence by Islamist militants.
South Africa say it is being punished for its advanced ability to detect new COVID-19 variants early, as travel bans and restrictions imposed because of the new Omicron variant threaten to harm tourism and other sectors of the economy.South Africa has some of the world's top epidemiologists and scientists, who have managed to detect emerging coronavirus variants and their mutations early on in their life cycle.
The shopper shared her bargain buy, but not everyone was convinced that it was a good deal. Read more to find out why.
Israel is set to ban the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to the potentially more contagious Omicron coronavirus variant.It also says it will reintroduce counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in order to contain the spread of the variant.
At least 18 people have died and another five injured in a road accident in West Bengal state in east India."Deeply pained at reported death of 18 people and five others injured in Nadia District after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with (sic) a truck parked on the side of road," West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Twitter.
Hundreds of environmental protesters have blocked major roads in Serbia to protest against new laws they say will give free rein to foreign mining companies.Serbia's government has offered mineral resources to companies including Chinese copper miner Zijin and Australia's Rio Tinto, but green activists say the projects would pollute land and water in the Balkan nation.
A court in Siberia has remanded five people in custody for two months to face charges related to a mining accident that killed more than 50 people this week.Three managers of the Listvyazhnaya mine, including its director, were ordered to remain in custody until late January for flouting industrial safety standards, a spokesperson for the Russian regional prosecutor's office said.
When Pat Shannon was contacted by the Australian army to ask if he was related to Peter Shannon, a shearer-turned-soldier who died in the trenches during World War I, he was absolutely positive he couldn't be.The self-professed family historian from New Ross, Ireland had been fascinated by his family tree since he was a boy and was convinced he knew all the Shannons in the small town, dating back for generations.
The federal government has announced new measures to protect Australia from the new Omicron Covid-19 strain. Read more.
An infectious diseases physician has revealed his biggest fear about the new variant. Read more.
A road rule quiz about which car can turn legally has sparked debate online with some people saying they are concerned about how many motorists got the answer wrong. Read more to find out what's correct.
One man has been charged with murder and another is expected to be extradited from the ACT by NSW detectives investigating the shooting death of a woman at Newcastle.Stacey Klimovitch, 61, was gunned down after answering the front door of her home in Queens St at Stockton around 8pm on June 9.
France has postponed implementing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health workers in Martinique and Guadeloupe after the measure spurred widespread protests on the French territories.The two Caribbean islands have been hit by unrest over the last week after the French government imposed tougher measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Four new COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Northern Territory as concern also spreads to a remote community forced into lockdown.Lajamanu, south of Darwin, will stay in lockdown until December 11 after the virus was detected in wastewater sampling.