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Melbourne earthquake rattles southeast Australia

Melbourne earthquake rattles southeast Australia

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has rattled southeast Australia, damaging buildings in the city of Melbourne. The earthquake happened about 09:15 local time on Wednesday at Mansfield, not far from the Victorian state capital. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “we have had no reports of serious injuries and that is very good news”. The earthquake was...

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison touches down in New York ahead of Quad leaders’ summit

Prime Minister Scott Morrison touches down in New York ahead of Quad leaders’ summit

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has touched down in New York ahead of high-level talks with several world leaders. The PM landed shortly after 8am AEST, with his first face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden first on the agenda. Also on Morrison’s radar will be cooling tensions between Australia and France, after the submarine deal with...

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Apple unveils latest iPhones, gadgets at its launch event

Apple unveils latest iPhones, gadgets at its launch event

Apple unveiled four new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and new iPads on Tuesday during a virtual media event held from California. The new smartphones — the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max — don’t include any groundbreaking design changes or features, at least compared to...

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Trent Cotchin steps down as Richmond Tigers’ skipper

Trent Cotchin steps down as Richmond Tigers’ skipper

Three-time Richmond premiership skipper Trent Cotchin is stepping down as the Tigers’ AFL skipper. Richmond’s longest-serving captain will continue playing in 2022 but under a new leader. Cotchin was appointed as the Tigers’ permanent skipper at the end of 2012, aged just 22, with 188 of his 268 career games coming as captain. The 31-year-old...

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China’s ambassador Zheng Zeguang banned from UK Parliament

China’s ambassador Zheng Zeguang banned from UK Parliament

China’s ambassador to the UK has been told he cannot come to Parliament while sanctions remain in place against a number of MPs and peers. Zheng Zeguang was due to attend a Commons reception on Wednesday, hosted by the all-party group on China. But after protests, Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Lord Speaker Lord McFall...

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NSW records 1259 new coronavirus cases, 12 deaths as curfews lift

NSW records 1259 new coronavirus cases, 12 deaths as curfews lift

NSW has recorded 1259 new cases of coronavirus and 12 further deaths, a jump in infections from yesterday. However, the curfew in high-risk Sydney LGAs will be lifted tonight after New South Wales passed the 80 per cent single-dose milestone. Other restrictions will remain. Despite ending the curfew, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said now was not...

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Labor to lock in federal candidates in NSW

Labor to lock in federal candidates in NSW

Labor will aim to finalise pre-selections for key NSW federal seats after controversy over parachuting Kristina Keneally into a safe southwest Sydney electorate. Senator Keneally has the backing of the party to switch to the lower house seat of Fowler despite local lawyer Tu Le putting her hand up. Daniel Repacholi, who represented Australia at...

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Qantas now accepts international flight bookings

Qantas now accepts international flight bookings

Qantas is preparing for international travel to recommence in a matter of months for the first time in almost two years. The national carrier is now accepting bookings on services to London, Vancouver and Singapore from December 18, and to destinations including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hawaii and Fiji in the days following. Most services depart...