No request from US for more troops: Bishop
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No request from US for more troops: Bishop
Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen has scored a breathtaking photo-finish win for Australian outfit Team BikeExchange on the third stage of the Tour de France.Belgian Wout van Aert maintained his yellow jersey but had to give best as fractional runner-up in Sunday's race, with third-placed Jasper Philipsen and fourth-placed Peter Sagan also pipped by Dutchman Groenewegen in a thrilling blanket finish.
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.
Australia's first truth-telling commission wants two more years to deliver its final report, as it moves to focus on modern injustices perpetrated against Indigenous people.To mark NAIDOC Week, the Yoorrook Justice Commission's interim report was tabled in Victorian parliament on Monday after it met with 174 local elders across the state and another seven in Melbourne-based public hearings in recent months.
The South Australian Liberals are set to retain the prized state seat of Bragg in a by-election forced by the resignation of former deputy premier Vickie Chapman, but not before being pushed to the wire.With only postal and pre-poll votes to count this week, Liberal Jack Batty is clinging to a narrow lead over Labor's Alice Rolls after another big swing to the ALP.
A Black man was unarmed when Akron police chased him on foot and killed him in a hail of gunfire, but officers believed he had shot at them earlier from a vehicle and feared he was preparing to fire again, authorities say.Akron police released video on Sunday of the pursuit and killing of Jayland Walker, 25.
A Queensland anti-drink driving advocate is calling on her mayor to quit after she crashed a council car while allegedly under the influence.Redland Mayor Karen Williams has taken unpaid leave as she prepares to face drink driving charges in court next month.
The NSW rail union has vowed to push ahead with planned industrial action this week in the face of the state government's legal bid to block a second straight week of disruption on the transport network.The Rail, Tram, and Bus Union is locked in a long-running stoush over a controversial Korean-made Intercity train fleet, arguing the NSW government has refused to sign a deal guaranteeing fixes to safety issues raised by drivers.
Russia says its forces and their allies have taken control of Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region, after capturing the final Ukrainian holdout of Lysychansk, although Ukraine has yet to comment after reporting heavy fighting there.After fierce Ukrainian resistance prevented Russian seizing the capital Kyiv after its February 24 invasion, Moscow turned its focus to taking full control of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.
With rain continuing to pummel communities across NSW on Monday, the SES warns flooding will be worse than in 2021. Find out the latest on the emergency.
Tasmania has launched a review into how a pedophile nurse had worked in a children's ward of Launceston General Hospital amid harrowing evidence from victims at an inquiry.Premier Jeremy Rockliff on Sunday said the state government will establish a Child Safe Governance Review of the hospital and its human resources, to focus on the handling of serious misconduct such as institutional child sexual abuse.
Border restrictions enforced in response to COVID-19 will be dropped this coming week, with arriving passengers no longer required to declare their vaccination status or obtain a travel exemption.Changes to the Biosecurity Act coming into effect on Wednesday were made following advice from the Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly that it was no longer necessary for travellers to declare their vaccination status.
Terrified shoppers hid from the gunman before attempting to run for safety. Watch the chilling footage here.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised an extra $100 million in military aid to Ukraine, and labelled Russia's bombing of Kyiv as a war crime.Mr Albanese visited the towns of Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel on Sunday near the capital under very tight security, before meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv.
Queensland miners will snub the state government's launch of its industry plan after a hike in coal taxes, while environmental groups plan to attend in protest.Miners have been paying more royalties on each tonne of coal sold for more than $175 since the start of the new financial year on Friday.
The Greens have urged the South Australian government to introduce a tax on vacant residential properties after reports thousands are empty across the state.Amid the current rental and housing crisis, census data suggests about 84,000 are lying vacant.
Western Australia's government has introduced a package of reforms to crack down on councillors behaving badly.The changes to the Local Government Act will be the most significant in its more than 25-year-history, the state government says.
Retired tennis player Ash Barty has been named person of the year at the 2022 NAIDOC Awards.Barty, a proud Ngaragu woman, was the first Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley to hold the no.
Could big pharma really have been behind coronavirus pandemic? We investigate the biggest Covid-19 conspiracies.
Independent ACT senator David Pocock is open to backing Labor's 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 target if it has "integrity".While Senator Pocock wants to see a higher target, he would welcome the less ambitious goal to ensure action started on combating climate change.
The nation's energy and resources sector is looking at back-to-back record years, helping to fuel a budget recovery after the financial fallout from COVID-19.The latest Resources and Energy Quarterly, issued by the federal government, show 2021/22 was a record year for export earnings for the sector.