Westpac hikes home loan rates
Westpac hikes home loan rates
The death toll from a migrant boat that sank off the Syrian coast after sailing from Lebanon has risen to 86, according to Syrian state TV.The incident was deadliest so far as a surging number of Lebanese, Syrians, and Palestinians have been trying to flee crisis-hit Lebanon by sea for a better future in Europe.
Military-aged men are fleeing Russia in droves, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilisation.Queues stretching for 10 kilometres on Friday formed on a road leading to the southern border with Georgia, according to Yandex Maps, a Russian online map service.
Post-tropical cyclone Fiona has knocked out power to more than 500,000 customers in Canada, damaging homes with strong winds and rain as it made landfall.Fiona transformed from a hurricane into a post-tropical storm late on Friday, but meteorologists cautioned it still could have hurricane-strength winds and bring drenching rains and huge waves.
Police in Paris have cleared a refugee camp in the city centre where about 100 people were living, officers say, citing public order and health issues.The people had been living at the camp at Place de la Bastille since the end of May, the police prefecture said.
Russian forces have launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied regions to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow.Zaporizhzhia Governor Oleksandr Starukh said the Russians targeted infrastructure facilities in the Dnieper River city.
Fiona, a Category 4 hurricane, has pounded Bermuda with heavy rains and winds as it swept by the island on a route forecast to have it approaching northeastern Canada late in the day as a still-powerful storm.Authorities in Bermuda opened shelters and closed schools and offices on Friday ahead of Fiona.
North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile towards its eastern seas, extending a provocative streak in weapons testing as a US aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint military exercises in response to the North's growing nuclear threat.South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile launched on Sunday from the western inland town of Taechon flew 600 kilometres cross-country on a maximum altitude of 60km before landing in waters off North Korea's eastern coast.
Online news site Crikey was directing ridicule and hatred towards Lachlan Murdoch since the media mogul launched a defamation lawsuit against it, a judge has been told.Crikey had paid for billboards in Melbourne this week continuing a claim of martyrdom in being sued by someone wealthy, his barrister Sue Chrysanthou SC said on Friday in the Federal Court.
A mob of angry Russian reservists have been filmed yelling at a military officer. Watch it here.
The federal opposition has called on the government to wind back and re-prioritise spending in the upcoming budget to ease cost of living pressures.Opposition finance spokeswoman Jane Hume said the October budget to be handed down by Labor Treasurer Jim Chalmers should include "more cautious spending".
Russian police moved quickly to disperse peaceful protests against President Vladimir Putin's military mobilisation order, arresting hundreds, including some children, in several cities across the vast country.Police detained more than 700 people, including over 300 in Moscow and nearly 150 in St Petersburg, according to OVD-Info, an independent website that monitors political arrests in Russia.
Australia will seek a seat on the United Nations Security Council as it pushes for greater membership for smaller states, after raising concerns about the veto powers of permanent member Russia.Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong told the UN General Assembly on Saturday Australia wants the council to make room for other "small and medium-sized" countries from Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The cashless card looks likely to be abolished as the federal government seeks to pass legislation to scrap the program.After consulting across the country, the government will on Monday introduce the reforms to parliament that could see people taken off the cashless debit card scheme in less than two weeks.
A man is accused of driving a mechanical loader into another man and then ramming the vehicle through a roller door and into a home following an argument in the NSW Hilltops region.The incident unfolded in Iandra Street at Young, with emergency services alerted by reports of a dispute in which a man had been injured, about 12.
A neighbour's note has divided the internet after it warned residents to expect damage to their cars. Find out what happened.
A council spokesperson said staff are not exempt from local laws. Find out what they did.
Russia has made its case to the world for its war in Ukraine, repeating a series of grievances about its neighbour and the West to tell the UN General Assembly meeting of leaders that Moscow had "no choice" but to take military action.At the heart of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's address was a claim that the United States and its allies -- not Russia, as the West maintains -- are aggressively undermining the international system that the UN represents.
Richarlison scored twice as World Cup contenders Brazil breezed past Ghana with a comfortable 3-0 victory in a friendly in Le Havre.Brazil's first-half performance gave fans plenty of reason to be excited by a young team heading to Qatar where they will bid for a record-extending sixth title.
The news anchor slammed his own station after going rogue during a live segment. See what he had to say.
Labor may not need the support of the Greens or independents for its federal anti-corruption watchdog if the coalition gets on board.Opposition Leader Peter Dutton says the coalition is engaging in "good faith" negotiations with the Albanese government on the bill to set up what will be known as the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).