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Why type A blood may increase COVID-19 risk?

Why type A blood may increase COVID-19 risk?

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 may latch more easily onto the airway cells of people with type A blood compared with those with type B or O blood, a new study suggests. The findings hint at a possible explanation for why, throughout the pandemic, studies have found those with type A blood are likelier to catch COVID-19...

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Royal commission into Perth’s Crown casino to go ahead

Royal commission into Perth’s Crown casino to go ahead

Western Australia will hold a royal commission into Crown’s suitability to hold a gaming licence in Perth. It comes after last month’s Bergin inquiry into the embattled gambling giant, which detailed years of money laundering through Crown Perth via international criminal organisations and led to the state’s chief casino officer being stood aside. “The royal...

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Tokyo 2020 board to add 12 women after row

Tokyo 2020 board to add 12 women after row

The Tokyo 2020 organising committee will add 12 new women to its board, more than doubling the ratio of women to 42 per cent. It comes after its former president Yoshiro Mori stepped down last month over sexist remarks. Organising committee chief executive Toshiro Muto told a news conference on Tuesday that the new members...

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Meghan Markle defended by ‘Suits’ EP amid bullying claims: She’s ‘a good person’

Meghan Markle defended by ‘Suits’ EP amid bullying claims: She’s ‘a good person’

Meghan Markle’s friends and former colleagues are coming to her defense amid reports she bullied staff at Kensington Palace. An explosive report from The Times of London claimed Markle was the subject of an email complaint sent to Buckingham Palace’s HR department in October 2018 over supposed concerns about her “unacceptable behavior” towards staff. After...

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Jenkins to review Parliament House workplace culture after rape allegations

Jenkins to review Parliament House workplace culture after rape allegations

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins will lead a review of Parliament House’s workplace culture after rape allegations rocked federal politics. Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins triggered the inquiry after she went public with sexual assault allegations against a former colleague. The alleged 2019 rape sparked heavy criticism of the treatment of women in politics and...

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Foreign ship dumps garbage on Barrier Reef

Foreign ship dumps garbage on Barrier Reef

An international shipping company has been caught dumping rubbish on Queensland’s world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. The Liberian-flagged Iron Gate threw the equivalent of 120 litres of garbage into a marine park near Lady Elliot Island, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. The bulk carrier was sailing from Brisbane to Gladstone when the chief officer...

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Tsunami warnings lifted after New Zealand evacuations

Tsunami warnings lifted after New Zealand evacuations

Three powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of New Zealand on Friday, triggering tsunami warnings that were later stood down. Evacuation orders were issued for residents living in coastal areas of the North Island after the third and strongest earthquake hit. The national emergency agency warned of a tsunami threat along the east coast. There...

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US FDA grants emergency authorization to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

US FDA grants emergency authorization to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday, adding a third vaccine to the U.S. arsenal to fight the pandemic. “Today’s emergency use authorization of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine is another milestone as we work to end the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Peter Marks, director of...