US judge overturns Biden’s travel mask mandate

A federal judge in Florida says a US mask mandate on public transportation is unlawful, overturning a Biden administration effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Last week, US health officials extended by 15 days the mandate requiring travelers to wear masks on aeroplanes, trains, and in taxis, ride-share vehicles or transit hubs, saying they […]

Calls growing to ease COVID-19 isolation rules

Business groups are calling for the easing of the seven-day isolation requirement for household contacts of people with COVID-19. Business NSW and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry say the rules should be relaxed to ease staffing shortages, wanting those deemed close contacts to be allowed to work and undergo daily rapid antigen tests instead. […]

A snapshot of round six NRL action

MAN OF THE ROUND: There has been talk that Damien Cook’s Origin and Test jumpers are under threat from Api Koroisau and Harry Grant. But, against Canterbury, Cook showed why he is still regarded as one of the game’s elite hookers. He grabbed a first career hat-trick and was a constant menace in South Sydney’s […]

US to visit Solomons on China security pact concern

White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell and the US State Department’s top official for Asia will travel this week to the Solomon Islands amid concerns that the Pacific country is making a security pact with China. Campbell and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Kritenbrink, will lead a delegation to […]

Cruise line industry celebrates return to Australian waters

While industries around the world have suffered during the pandemic, few have been hit harder than the cruise line sector which is celebrating its long-awaited return to Sydney harbour. On Monday, luxury cruise ship Pacific Explorer became the first to return to Australian shores since the COVID-19 pandemic brought the industry to a standstill in March 2020.  The […]

Russian missiles rock Ukraine as bodies line streets

Ukrainian authorities say missiles have struck the western city of Lviv, killing six, and explosions rocked other cities as Russian forces kept up their bombardments after claiming near full control of the southern port of Mariupol. Driven back by Ukrainian resistance in the north, the Russian military has refocused its ground offensive in the two […]

Shanghai residents struggle under COVID shutdown

Manufacturers including Tesla have begun preparing to reopen their Shanghai plants as China’s most populous city speeds up efforts to get back to normal after a nearly three-week COVID shutdown. The shutdown and measures to control the pandemic elsewhere in the country have hurt the economy and rattled global supply chains. Shanghai’s 25 million people […]

South Korea lifts most COVID-19 precautions as Omicron recedes

South Korea has lifted almost all of its COVID-19 precautions in a major step towards a return to normal life as the Omicron variant recedes and daily infections retreated to a more than two-month low of fewer than 50,000. A midnight curfew on restaurants and other businesses was scrapped on Monday, along with a cap […]

Labor switches to attack as they take a hit in the polls

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has switched tactics from policy announcements to attacking the coalition government, as Labor takes a hit in the polls.  Starting the second week of the May 21 election campaign in Brisbane, Mr Albanese blasted the prime minister over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters over the past two […]

Police shoot three people in Sweden riots

Three people in the Swedish city of Norrkoping needed medical attention after being hit by police bullets during clashes between police and protesters following Koran burnings that caused riots in several Swedish towns over the Easter weekend. In some places counter-protesters attacked police ahead of planned right-wing extremist demonstrations. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has condemned […]