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The global economic bailout is running at $19.5 trillion says the International Monetary Fund

The global economic bailout is running at $19.5 trillion says the International Monetary Fund

Governments and central banks have promised to shell out $19.5 trillion since the coronavirus erupted to “put a floor under the world economy,” according to the International Monetary Fund. Some countries need even more help to recover from the crisis, but they might not get it. Governments have announced nearly $12 trillion in stimulus measures...

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Vatican asks Instagram to get to the bottom of Pope account’s lingerie model ‘like’

Vatican asks Instagram to get to the bottom of Pope account’s lingerie model ‘like’

The Vatican is seeking an explanation from Instagram, after the official account of Pope Francis liked a photograph of a lingerie-clad Brazilian model. A photograph of model Natalia Garibotto, who was dressed in schoolgirl-style undergarments, was liked by Francis’ verified account, franciscus, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported. It is unclear when the photograph —...

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Almost a million people have been given an experimental Chinese coronavirus vaccine, pharmaceutical giant claims

Almost a million people have been given an experimental Chinese coronavirus vaccine, pharmaceutical giant claims

Almost a million people have been given an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Sinopharm as part of an emergency-use program authorized by Beijing, the Chinese pharmaceutical giant’s chairman said. No serious adverse effects have been reported from vaccine recipients so far, Sinopharm said Wednesday in an article on social media platform WeChat, citing Chairman Liu...

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Europe’s richest country Germany running out of ICU beds

Europe’s richest country Germany running out of ICU beds

Germany was seen as a beacon for other European countries during the first coronavirus wave and hailed for one of the world’s best health care systems. But it is now beginning to struggle with more severe infections than at any other point during the pandemic. Coronavirus infection numbers hit an all-time record Friday, with nearly...

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Woman doused in acid and left to die in a Sydney park

Woman doused in acid and left to die in a Sydney park

A homeless Sydney woman was doused with acid at least three weeks before police found her with her skin peeling off, an inquest has heard. Monika Chetty was 39 when she died in hospital in January 2014 from complications following acid burns to 80 per cent of her body after she was found in a...

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Australia to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan

Australia to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan

Australia on Thursday announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. The Office of the Special Investigator is to be formed after a four-year investigation into allegations and rumors surrounding behavior of some soldiers in Special Air Service and Commando Regiments in Afghanistan...

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Coles supermarket workers go on strike at NSW warehouse

Coles supermarket workers go on strike at NSW warehouse

Supermarket giant Coles’ largest NSW warehouse has been hit with strike action that a union says could threaten supplies in the lead up to the busy Christmas season. United Workers Union members voted to have rolling 24-hour stoppages from Thursday over jobs and benefits. More than 350 workers at the distribution centre in Smeaton Grange...

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South Australia border restrictions: Interstate travel allowed as six-day lockdown begins

South Australia border restrictions: Interstate travel allowed as six-day lockdown begins

Hundreds have fled South Australia as it enters the nation’s toughest-ever COVID-19 lockdown, but confusion has been raised over the state’s travel restrictions. While South Australians will be banned from leaving their homes except for essential reasons, even for exercise, they are still allowed to travel interstate. And, on the flipside, interstaters are welcome to...