Author Archives: Sam

Australia’s economy was weak before coronavirus. Could a ‘job guarantee’ help repair the economy?

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg hates it when it’s pointed out, but Australia’s economy was in poor health well before COVID-19 hit our shores. A former federal Treasury secretary, Martin Parkinson, said it himself last week. “Going into COVID, we’d had very weak productivity growth, very weak income growth, economic growth was quite anaemic,” he said. “If you look at our productivity ...

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Breaking News and Live Updates: Victoria records 394 new cases, 17 more deaths; Pledge of extra mental health support; Hundreds of Sydney schoolkids in isolation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government has a moral duty to ensure children return to school next month. Most pupils have been out of the classroom since the UK went into lockdown in March, though some primary-age children have returned. Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Johnson said “keeping our schools closed a moment longer than absolutely ...

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Victoria records 17 coronavirus deaths on Australia’s deadliest day of pandemic so far

Australia has recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic so far, after 17 people died in Victoria in the 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday. Ten of the 17 deaths were linked to aged care homes, and the state also recorded 394 new cases of Covid-19, premier Daniel Andrews announced. Sunday’s figures surpass the previous deadliest day – Wednesday – when Victoria reported 15 deaths, ...

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Australian victim of Beirut explosion identified as two-year-old Isaac Oehlers

Australia’s vibrant Lebanese community is in grieving after the nation’s only victim of the horror explosion in Beirut was identified as two-year-old Isaac Oehlers. The toddler’s exact cause of death remains unknown, but his devastated family today issued a statement to say they are “heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of our beautiful boy following the disaster in Beirut.” “Isaac was two ...

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Syria: Assad’s party wins expected majority in parliamentary polls

Syria’s ruling Baath party and its allies have won a widely expected majority in parliamentary elections that were held across government-controlled areas of the war-torn country, according to the results announced on Tuesday. President Bashar al-Assad’s party and allied candidates, who contested the election under the “National Unity” list, won 177 of the 250 seats in Sunday’s vote. Turnout stood at 33%, as compared to ...

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Baghdad airport reopens as Iraq coronavirus cases top 100,000

BAGHDAD: Baghdad International Airport reopened for scheduled commercial flights on Thursday after months of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Iraq especially hard in recent weeks. The country has recorded 102,226 coronavirus infections and 4,122 deaths, and regularly reports more than 2,000 new cases each day. Thursday’s tally was 2,361, according to health ministry figures. Iraq suspended all flights ...

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Qatar Airways Sues For $5+ Billion In Compensation For Blockade

Qatar Airways announced on Wednesday that it had launched an international arbitration against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt for losses incurred due to the quartet’s ongoing blockade against Qatar. The carrier said it is seeking at least $5 billion in compensation for damages to investments and global operations. The ongoing two-year airspace blockade against Qatar by four of ...

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Egypt’s coronavirus infection rates are expected to reach zero soon: Official

Daily coronavirus infection rates are expected to reach zero starting September 15, Head of the Ministry of Health’s Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus Hossam Hosny said on Wednesday. During an interview on the television channel DMC, Hosny added that rates will continue declining in the coming days, due to people’s commitment to adhering to preventive measures to limit coronavirus outbreak. ...

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Egypt: Two soldiers and 18 alleged insurgents killed in Sinai’s Bir al-Abd

Egypt’s military said it killed 18 suspected Islamist militants in aerial and ground operations in the restive North Sinai region on Tuesday, as part of its battle to quell a long-running insurgency. The army said in a statement that its forces succeeded in foiling “an attack by takfiri terrorist elements on one of the security complexes” in the town of ...

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Egypt stresses need for its share of potential coronavirus vaccine to GAVI alliance: Cabinet

Egypt has stressed the need to receive its share of the coronavirus vaccine from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI), said Bahaa El-Deen Zidan, the head of the authority for unified procurement. In a report sent to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on the efforts exerted by the procurement authority to follow up on the latest developments on the ...

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