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Vatican’s Cardinal Becciu on trial in $412m fraud case

Vatican’s Cardinal Becciu on trial in $412m fraud case

A Roman Catholic cardinal who was once a close ally of Pope Francis has gone on trial in the Vatican, accused of misusing Church funds in a ruinous London property venture. Cardinal Angelo Becciu, 73, is the most senior cleric in modern times to face trial for alleged financial crimes. He is charged with spending...

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Simone Biles says ‘I have to focus on my mental health’ after pulling out of team final

Simone Biles says ‘I have to focus on my mental health’ after pulling out of team final

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles said “I have to focus on my mental health” after pulling out of the women’s gymnastics team final. The American left the arena after the vault, but later returned to support her team-mates as they claimed silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee. Biles, 24, scored 13.766 – her lowest...

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New Zealand suspends travel bubble with Australia

New Zealand suspends travel bubble with Australia

The trans-Tasman bubble with Australia will be suspended for two months, as the country struggles to contain a weeks-long outbreak, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced The bubble will pause from 11.59pm on Friday night, but there will be managed return flights over the next seven days to allow Kiwi citizens and residents...

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Barrier Reef stays off UN ‘in danger’ list

Barrier Reef stays off UN ‘in danger’ list

The Great Barrier Reef will not be listed as a World Heritage site “in danger” after a UNESCO committee agreed to delay any decision until 2023. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee met both virtually and in the Chinese city of Fuzhou to vote on the draft decision on Friday night. Federal politicians have lobbied against...

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Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics, Paralympics

Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics, Paralympics

Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed, making Australia only the second country in the world—after the U.S.—to host the Summer Olympics in three different cities. The International Olympic Committee made the announcement from Tokyo. Brisbane also will host the Paralympic Games. Brisbane 2032 is the first future host...

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Germany rejects criticism over flood warnings

Germany rejects criticism over flood warnings

Germany’s government has hit back at criticism over its warning systems after the worst flooding in decades left at least 160 people dead. The deluge caught many off guard, sweeping away houses and leaving residents trapped in rising waters. More than 170 people are still missing. The opposition Green Party said the disaster showed Germany...

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US to evacuate endangered Afghan translators

US to evacuate endangered Afghan translators

The United States is set to begin evacuations of Afghan interpreters who assisted US-led forces during the conflict and are deemed to be at risk. Operation Allies Refuge is set to start during the last week of July, the White House said. It comes as the US withdraws its forces from Afghanistan ahead of an...

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EU unveils sweeping climate change plan

EU unveils sweeping climate change plan

The European Union has announced a raft of climate change proposals aimed at pushing it towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. A dozen draft proposals, which still need to be approved by the bloc’s 27 member states and the EU parliament, were announced on Wednesday. They include plans to tax jet fuel...

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Thailand decides to mix jabs as Covid cases spike

Thailand decides to mix jabs as Covid cases spike

Thailand has changed its vaccine policy to mix China’s Sinovac with the AstraZeneca vaccine in a bid to boost protection. The decision comes after hundreds of medical workers caught Covid despite being fully vaccinated with Sinovac. Instead of two Sinovac shots, people will now receive the AstraZeneca vaccine after their first Sinovac shot. Health workers...