Author Archives: Sahar Mourad

Victoria records two new local COVID cases, possible source for Delta cluster found

Victoria has recorded two new locally acquired cases of coronavirus, with around 83 active cases in the outbreak. Both new cases are linked to the current outbreak. One is a child linked to the West Melbourne outbreak, and the other is a close contact of a case at Arcare Maidstone. The child diagnosed yesterday is a student at North Melbourne ...

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Australian Federal Police and FBI nab criminal underworld figures in worldwide sting using encrypted app

More than 200 members of Australia’s mafia and bikie underworld have been charged in the nation’s largest-ever crime sting, police say. As part of a three-year collaboration between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), authorities say underworld figures were tricked into communicating via an encrypted app that had been designed by police. The app, known as ...

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Friends of Biloela Tamil asylum seekers question time it took for authorities to evacuate sick Tharnicaa

By: Phoebe Hosier Family friends of a Tamil asylum seeker family in immigration detention on Christmas Island say they are concerned about how long it took authorities to address the suspected serious illness affecting the youngest child. Three-year-old Tharnicaa Murugappan was flown to Perth Children’s Hospital last night after being sick with vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness for several days. Legal representatives said both parents, ...

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The ATO is going after crypto investors this financial year, after Australians dove into the market in record numbers

By: Bianca Healey Cryptocurrency profits are top of the ATO’s agenda this year, as the tax office takes a microscope to the millions of Australians who now own crypto. If cryptocurrency is sold at a profit it is subject to Capital Gains Tax, the ATO has warned. “Prices have rocketed and we have seen a lot more people investing in ...

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‘I have no fear now’: Yang Hengjun’s final message to sons before trial

By: Eryk Bagshaw Imprisoned Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun has told his sons that he is ready to face his worst fears as he prepares to front a Beijing court on espionage charges. In a final message to his family and supporters before the trial begins on Thursday, the 56-year-old said there was nothing more liberating than having those fears ...

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Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak grows as Victoria records six new local cases

Victoria has recorded another six local COVID-19 cases, bringing the cluster in Melbourne’s north to 15. The Department of Health had reported 10 new local cases in the 24 hours to midnight, and Acting Premier James Merlino revealed another case had been identified on Wednesday morning. Mr Merlino said all of the new cases were close contacts of the cases that have already ...

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Virgin CEO calls for open borders, even if ‘some people may die’

By: Stuart Layt Virgin Australia’s chief executive has called for the country’s borders to be reopened before the stated goal of mid-2022, saying it made long-term sense, even if “some people may die”. Speaking at a business lunch in Brisbane on Monday, Jayne Hrdlicka said she did not agree with the current stated reopening date of “mid-2022” put forward by ...

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Deputy Premier threatens to sue YouTube comedian

By: Evin Priest      NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has threatened to sue a popular YouTube comedian over alleged defamatory comments.   YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies – whose real name is Jordan Shanks – posted videos last year that appeared to mock Mr Barilaro’s accent.   Shanks imitated Mr Barilaro in an exaggerated Italian accent, repeatedly using the word “bruz” ...

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Death of Indigenous woman in Northern Territory crash being treated as a death in custody

The death of an Indigenous woman in a crash involving a car being chased by Darwin police is being treated as a death in custody. Officers say the woman was a passenger in a Hyundai Hatchback which crashed into another car after allegedly running a red light at a northern Darwin intersection about 2.30am on Sunday. Emergency services tried to ...

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UN warns of ‘uncontainable crisis’ as clashes between Israelis and Palestinians claim more than 200 lives

Israeli strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily toll yet in almost a week of deadly clashes, as the UN Security Council met amid global alarm at the escalating conflict. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pleaded for an immediate end to the “utterly appalling” violence and warned of an “uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis”. But ...

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