Author Archives: Sahar Mourad

Lebanon: Anger mounts over economic crisis as politicians dawdle

Pharmacies went on strike and petrol stations rationed scarce fuel on Thursday across Lebanon as public anger over an accelerating economic collapse intensified with little sign of an end to a high-level political standoff. Politicians have since late 2019 failed to agree on a rescue plan to unlock foreign cash that Lebanon desperately needs. “We are really looking at the ...

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TGA approves domestic production of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

Australia’s medical regulator has approved the domestic production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, with the first batches expected to be released “in the next few days.” In a statement, the Therapeutic Goods Administration said the approval was granted “earlier today” and that it was a “critical and very exciting milestone” in Australia’s response to the pandemic. “Specific approval of Australian ...

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Chinese ‘research’ ship is spotted off the coast of Australia

A Chinese research ship has been spotted off the coast of Australia. Ryan Martinson, an assistant professor in Chinese Maritime Studies shared the movements of a vessel called Shiyan 3 off the coast of Western Australia on Twitter this week. He posted a photo of the ship as well as a graphic that monitored its route along the coast since March 6. ‘Chinese research ...

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Detailed new plans for the Covid vaccine rollout reveal when YOU will actually get the jab as the program lags behind schedule

By: Sahar Mourad Australians over the age of 50 will be able to get the vaccine against Covid-19 from June, the federal government has finally revealed. The 678,000 Australians included in the phase 1a rollout of the vaccine would have received their second dose by June. From March 22, the rollout for the 6.1 million Australians under the phase 1b will begin ...

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Mountain climber dies after falling from a ‘significant height’ in Tasmania

A mountain climber has died after falling from a significant height in Tasmania. The man was climbing Mt Geryon, 150km north-west of Hobart, with three others when he fell about 9.30am on Friday, police said. Access to the terrain was ‘extremely difficult’ and the man was unable to be saved. The man was climbing Mt Geryon, 150km north-west of Hobart, with ...

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Sydney’s Warragamba Dam spills over

By: Andi Yu Residents in the Warragamba Dam catchment are on high alert and may have to evacuate as the primary reservoir of water supply for Sydney overflows. The heritage-listed Warragamba Dam, located about 70km from central Sydney, started spilling mid-afternoon on Saturday, as rain continues to batter parts of NSW. The volume of water is expected to increase into ...

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Relentless rainfall prompts dozens of road closures around NSW

By: Joe Attanasio Relentless rainfall across the state has continued overnight and into Sunday morning, prompting new evacuation orders, wide sweeping road closures and landslides. The Mid North Coast continues to face the brunt of the wet weather while Sydney residents have also copped another heavy battering overnight. Authorities are warning residents in badly affected regions to avoid floodwaters at ...

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Snake catcher captures one of the most venomous reptiles in Australia TWO days in a row

A man has managed to capture one of the most venomous snake species in Australia two days in a row. The residents of a two-storey home in Oakey, a town in Toowoomba, Queensland, were left terrified after coming across a massive blue-bellied black snake. They called Gunter, a local snake catcher, to help remove the invading reptile from one of ...

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Lebanon’s forgotten space programme

By: Richard Hooper During the 1960s, the US and the Soviet Union competed for supremacy in space. But there was another contestant in the race – the Lebanese Rocket Society, a science club from a university in Beirut and the subject of a recently released film. “My vision was to explore space – Lebanon could have done that.” Manoug Manougian’s ...

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Two former Socceroos recognised with Honours in the Australia Day Honours List

By: Bilal Nassour Two former Socceroos were today recognised with Honours in the Australia Day Honours List, with Tim Cahill appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia and Craig Foster appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. In its citation the Council for the Order of Australia acclaimed ...

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