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In this Tuesday, April 12, 2016 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. U.S. officials said the guided-missile destroyer was operating in international waters 70 nautical miles off the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Wedged between NATO members Poland and Lithuanian and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad is vital to Russia’s strategic position. It was Russian jets from Kaliningrad that buzzed a U.S. warship in the Baltic Sea and barrel-rolled a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane earlier this year, incidents which Washington denounced as dangerous and provocative. (U.S. Navy via AP, File)

UK denies Russia’s claim that warning shots were fired at warship

Russia said it used bombs and gunfire in “warning shots” to force a British Navy destroyer to leave waters it claims in the Black Sea, but the UK rejected that account.

  • by Jake Rudnitsky and Henry Meyer
Letters
Letters

Ministerial moan will not help to save our reef

The Australian government’s whingeing at UNESCO’s declaration that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger will not help fix the problem.

Endeavour Drinks chief executive Steve Donohue says the company will look to grow its hotels division.

More pubs and pokies on the cards as Endeavour hits the ASX

Drinks behemoth Endeavour Group has said the business will look to accelerate growth in its hotels and pokies division despite accepting that many investors may be put off.

  • by Dominic Powell
In the Herald

In the Herald: June 24, 1976

Arrests at Kerr protest, ACTU cargo ban, and sounds of silence

  • by Harry Hollinsworth
Mr. Bassi seeing the sights of Sydney along Broadway with his diary in hand.

From the Archives, 1976: Man with a mission keeps on walking

An Italian bricklayer named Roberto Bassi arrived in Sydney, having covered 32,000 km of the world on foot.

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who has two young sons, says he his a beneficiary and supporter of childcare.

‘Outsourcing parenting’ comments draw criticism that Nationals lag behind voters

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has backed childcare after his close allies questioned why so much more support was given to the sector compared with stay-at-home parents.

  • by Katina Curtis
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday.

Sydney locked in a time warp as Bondi cluster, exposure locations swell

In a significant escalation of her rhetoric, Gladys Berejiklian told Parliament on Wednesday the government “will not hesitate to go further and harder if we have to” with restrictions.

  • by Alexandra Smith, Lucy Carroll, Lucy Cormack and Mary Ward
Column 8 granny dinkus
Opinion
Column 8

1970s theatre: Nida here nor there

While winter solstice leaves some brassed off.

City of Melbourne councillor Nicholas Reece.

Channel 31 free-to-air broadcast saved after community push

The community broadcaster has had its licence extended for three more years after a campaign by volunteers, staff and City of Melbourne councillors.

  • by David Estcourt and Chloe Booker
NSW captain Kezie Apps.

Blues captain Apps not buying Maroons jab that Queensland comp is better than NSW

Earlier this month, Maroons captain Ali Brigginshaw had a sly dig at NSW to get the Origin rivalry flowing, saying Queensland had better club systems than NSW.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Nationals senator Sam McMahon during a division in the Senate on Wednesday morning.
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Nationals

Senator ‘maggoted’ in late-night sitting draws criticism from colleagues

Several senators said the apparent intoxication of a Northern Territory senator during an evening session of Federal Parliament was “totally inappropriate”.

  • by Rob Harris
Australia’s white-ball tours of the West indies and Bangladesh are still uncertain.

IPL pits stars against national tours – but might just be perfect World Cup preparation

Far from hindering Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign, the IPL shapes as an ideal warm-up for non-touring big names.

  • by Malcolm Conn
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian during the COVID-19 briefing announcing 10 new positive cases on Tuesday.

As it happened: NSW records 16 new local COVID-19 cases as restrictions reimposed for gatherings; Queensland border closes to Greater Sydney

Victoria eased restrictions and has declared areas of NSW red zones, Greater Sydney will be subject to new restrictions after it recorded 16 new cases, and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be phased out of Australia’s rollout after October.

  • by Broede Carmody, Natassia Chrysanthos and Nick Bonyhady
Despite a number of eased restrictions, masks remain mandatory for office workers.

Indoor mask edict a ‘handbrake’ on workers returning to office

While Victoria took another step towards normalcy, one business leader said lifting office capacity to 75 per cent was close to pointless with mask rules in place.

  • by Michael Fowler, Melissa Cunningham and Craig Butt
Lion James Madden is swarmed by his Lions teammates after a goal.

AFL expert tips and teams, round 15

All the ins and outs for round 15, plus how the experts tipped.

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The Stadium Australia crowd supporting the NSW Blues.

The most lopsided Origin crowd in history? Sydney fans banned from Brisbane

The NRL has moved swiftly to counter the Queensland border closure, but it has a big headache looming with Stadium Australia due to host Origin III next month.

  • by Adam Pengilly
A newsagent arranges copies of the Apple Daily, with a front page advertisement voicing support for the newspaper on its 26th anniversary on Sunday.

Apple Daily to stop printing from Saturday

The newspaper had been raided twice by hundreds of Hong Kong police in the past 12 months, at least seven editors and executives have been arrested.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Nationals MP Anne Webster, Senators Bridget McKenzie and Perin Davey, with MP Damian Drum addressing media after the party moved in the Senate to halt water recovery under the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Liberal Party scuppers Nationals shake up to Murray Darling water plan

The Liberal Party has delivered its first slapdown to its junior Coalition partner since Barnaby Joyce deposed Michael McCormack as Nationals leader.

  • by Mike Foley
COVID-19 Taskforce Commander, Lieutenant-General John Frewen released the data on Wednesday.

AstraZeneca vaccine to be used after October only on request

The national rollout will rely on millions of doses of Pfizer to immunise the population against COVID-19, with most over-60s expected to be vaccinated before October.

  • by Rachel Clun
Gladys Berejiklian.

What are NSW’s new COVID-19 restrictions?

The new restrictions will affect Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, effective from 4pm Wednesday for one week.

  • by Sophia Phan
Weather map

Damp winter and spring likely to lift flood risk for country’s east

Eastern Australia, already soaked by big rain events and storms this year, could be in for more flooding as conditions in the Indian Ocean and Pacific tilt to favour increased rainfall.

  • by Peter Hannam
Peter Ridd’s case against James Cook University was heard in the High Court.

High Court hears climate change sceptic’s appeal in academic freedom test case

A cast of colourful characters packed the High Court to support Peter Ridd, a physicist whose firing from a university has become a test case for academic freedom.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
ICAC Chief Commissioner Peter Hall, QC.
Editorial
ICAC

Secret access of lobbyists undermines trust in government

ICAC is right: NSW must reform the rules on lobbyists and access to decision makers.

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Senator Deborah O’Neill and Labor MP Daniel Mulino in Canberra on Wednesday.
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AUSTRAC

Money laundering cop AUSTRAC to face grilling under new financial crime inquiry

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) has recently stung big banks with huge fines. But it is facing criticism that it is too reactive.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has given the Murugappan family three month bridging visas.

Murugappan asylum seeker family given three-month bridging visas

Three members of the Biloela family that had been detained on Christmas Island have been granted three-month bridging visas.

  • by Katina Curtis
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Mourners carry the coffin of Bilal Hamze into the Lakemba Mosque during his funeral service on Wednesday.

Gangster Bilal Hamze laid to rest following CBD death

Police were a highly visible presence at the funeral at Lakemba Mosque amid concerns about gangland conflict and the safety of senior family members.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Westfield Bondi Junction is virtually empty.

‘Ghost town’: Shoppers desert Westfield Bondi Junction as COVID cluster grows

Retailers at the busy Westfield shopping centre in Sydney’s eastern suburbs have reported a drastic drop in foot traffic and plunge in sales in recent days.

  • by Megan Gorrey and Dominic Powell
Australia -the land of McMillionaires

Who wants to be a millionaire? Almost one in 10 Australians already are

The number of people joining the millionaires club in Australia is so high it has almost taken the cache out of what was once a financial status symbol.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
As Treasurer in 2018, Scott Morrison overhauled the way the GST is allocated. It is now on track to cost the federal budget more than $10 billion, almost three times it was forecast.

NSW takes swipe at Morrison’s GST deal, says it’s hurting pandemic recovery

A deal put in place by then-treasurer Scott Morrison to appease angry West Australians is inflating the federal deficit, the NSW government says.

  • by Shane Wright
Wallabies halfback Nic White.

White ruled out of France series as RA pushes ahead with SCG Test

Halfback Nic White has been ruled out of the series with a knee injury, while two other veteran Wallabies are under injury clouds.

  • by Tom Decent
Reece Walsh and Nathan Cleary.

Cleary is a big fan of Walsh – but plans to make his Origin debut a nightmare

NSW halfback Nathan Cleary thinks Reece Walsh’s unconvincing performance under the high ball against the Knights was a one off. But he intends to find out on Sunday.

  • by Adam Pengilly
Sony Music Australia’s Sydney Office.

Former Sony Music employees consider class action lawsuit

A dozen former staff members are considering legal action after the music company launched an investigation into its workplace culture.

  • by Nathanael Cooper
ABC staff members have dashboards on their computers that show real-time feeds of viewing figures; when a Bluey episode is added to iview the spike is immediate.

Viewers will be unable to stream ABC shows without a login from July

The ABC’s streaming service is late to the party when it comes to asking for a login and offer recommendations and watchlists. That’s all about to change.

  • by Craig Mathieson
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant and Premier Gladys Berejiklian defended the decision to have some Westfield shoppers test without mandatory isolation.

Party dubbed ‘super spreader’ event, experts defend testing without isolation

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said she expected to announce further cases related to the party, which had roughly 30 attendees.

  • by Mary Ward and Lucy Carroll
One of the men allegedly involved in Stuart MacGill’s kidnap has been denied bail after a court heard he had a “history of violence”.

Man allegedly involved in MacGill kidnap plot seeks freedom over poor teeth

Frederick Schaaf’s barrister Ian McLachlan said his client’s back teeth were already missing and he needed “urgent ... treatment” which Justice Health would not be able to provide.

  • by Laura Chung
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Justis Huni after his win on Wednesday

‘Shattered’ Huni out of Olympics after injuring hand against Gallen

Paul Gallen said in the lead-up to last week’s fight that he hoped to destroy Justis Huni’s Olympic dream. He has, but not in the way he predicted.

  • by Adrian Proszenko
The world is switching to hybrid work according to Zoom’s CEO Eric Yuan.

Zoom CEO says five days in the office will not return as hybrid work model goes mainstream

“To let every employee come back to the office five days a week, I do not think that model works,” the Zoom CEO has told Australian investors.

  • by Cara Waters
The decomposed remains of a turtle lie on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo.

A sunken ship’s trail of destruction: turtle carcasses, dead dolphins

More than 100 dead animals have washed ashore in Sri Lanka after the sinking of the X-Press Pearl last week. Hundreds more may have drifted out to sea.

  • by Bharatha Mallawarachi
The Nationals want to halt water buy backs for environmental flows under the Murray Darling Basin plan.

Murray Darling Basin water recovery to be halted by Nationals senators

Nationals senators have launched a bid to end the recovery of water for the environment under the $12 billion Murray Darling Basin Plan.

  • by Mike Foley
Nikesh Patel and Rose Matafeo in <i>Starstruck</i>.
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Review

Hate romcoms? You’ll find it very hard to dislike this one

Award-winning New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo’s six-part romantic comedy updates the genre for a modern audience.

  • by Kylie Northover
People are wearing masks shopping in Pitt Street.

What we know about Sydney’s ‘long jumping’ Delta variant

The Delta COVID-19 variant is spreading in Sydney, prompting fresh restrictions and concern from authorities.

  • by Mary Ward and Liam Mannix
Nuclear power, considered clean energy by the Biden administration, is making a comeback.

Australia lines up third uranium mine as nuclear momentum builds

The planned restart of a mothballed uranium mine in South Australia is in response to improving demand and the Biden administration’s support for zero-emissions nuclear energy.

  • by James Thornhill
!!!!AFR FIRST USE ONLY !!! EMBARGO UNTIL 18 OCTOBER !!! Overall winner of the AFR 100 Women of Influence award, Professor Megan Davis, pro vice-chancellor (Indigenous) at University of NSW. Photo taken at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, offices in Barangaroo, Sydney. Photo by Peter Braig. 16 October 2018.  composite with graph showing indigenous suicide rates

‘A strong indictment’: Three graphs that show where Australia is not closing the gap

High rates of Indigenous suicides and the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care and adults in prison have worsened in the first data released to track the progress of the Closing the Gap agreement.

  • by Julie Power
The teenager identified by her first name, Mila, leaves the courtroom in Paris. Thirteen others are charged with threatening her.

Teenagers on trial for online abuse did if for ‘laughs’, subscribers

One girl criticised a religion, then dozens piled on with death and rape threats.

  • by Nicolas Vaux-Montagny
Please Explain podcast.

UNESCO’s Barrier Reef warning is ‘where the rubber hits the road’ for Australia and climate change

Today on Please Explain, climate and energy correspondent Mike Foley joins Tory Maguire to discuss UNESCO’s draft decision to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status to “in danger.”

  • by Tory Maguire
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Sparks have always stood out as premier league weird.
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Review

New film explores weirdest, most prolific band you’ve never heard of

For 50 years Sparks have followed their own, uncompromising musical path.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Special Minister of State Don Harwin said the government’s position on allowing developers for run for local councils hasn’t changed.

‘Now is their chance’: Government must consider property developer ban with COVID-safety

The upper house voted on Tuesday to ban property developers from running for councils in legislative amendments tied up with running elections in a pandemic-safe way, in a late night Greens-Labor move.

  • by Angus Thompson
The flood of money in response to the pandemic hasn’t really made its way into the real economy.

Where have all those central bank trillions gone?

Central banks have pumped trillions of dollars into their financial systems and economies during the pandemic, but only relatively modest amounts have found their way into the real economy.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
A childcare centre in Sydney’s south-west has closed after a child who attended the centre on Monday tested positive.

NSW records 16 new local cases; restrictions across Sydney and surrounds

Of the 10 locally reported cases to 8pm last night, seven cases were announced on Tuesday. A total of 13 locally acquired cases were notified overnight, after the reporting cut-off.

  • by Jenny Noyes, Lucy Carroll, Mary Ward and Alexandra Smith
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets children attending skiing camps as he inspects preparatory work for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Winter Olympics a new excuse for Beijing’s crackdown on everything

COVID-19 has provided a blanket of security for an increasingly restrictive state.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
People attend the Barwon Health COVID-19 Vaccination Hub at the old Ford Factory in Geelong.

Pay your jab forward: Australian scientists urge global vaccine equity via a $10 donation

Some of the country’s top infectious diseases scientists are pushing for Australians to fund a vaccine for a person in a developing country after getting their own jab.

  • by Melissa Cunningham
Fast & Furious.

I watched all the Fast & Furious movies furiously fast – here’s how they rank

Like a shot of NO2 to my four-core intercoolers, the release of F9 sent me on a marathon 48-hour binge of the previous eight films in the Fast & Furious franchise.

  • by Michael Dwyer
The Queensland prop lasted just 12 minutes in Townsville.

Why Christian Welch might give Roy Masters a slice of his next deal

Christian Welch appreciated Roy Masters’ excellent piece in the Herald about how Origin I could be decided by him pressuring Nathan Cleary. Take Two on Sunday.

  • by Christian Nicolussi
Costa will acquire two new varieties of mandarin through a $220 million acquisition of 2PH.

Costa spends $220m on mandarins, says low avocado prices here to stay

Fruit and vegetable giant will acquire the exclusive rights to a range of seedless mandarins through a new farm acquisition, while it has also flagged it expects avocado prices to remain low for the rest of the year.

  • by Dominic Powell
The scrutiny on Australia’s Ben Simmons is intense.

Can the Sixers, or the Olympics, fix Ben Simmons?

Sixers president Daryl Morey tiptoed around most Simmons questions, though he said he still believed he could be part of a championship nucleus. The door, though, is always open for a deal.

  • by Dan Gelston
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Joel Fitzgibbon has criticised his own party again.

‘Not just windmills and solar panels’: ALP criticised by Joel Fitzgibbon over party’s climate change policy

The Hunter Valley MP has again attacked his own party over its position on energy policy.

  • by David Crowe
Woolworths profits will fall this year despite record sales growth.

Woolworths announces warehouse job losses, Metro store write-downs

Woolworths has announced nearly $100 million in costs and impairments due to the closure of its Minchinbury warehouse and weak sales at its inner-city stores.

  • by Dominic Powell
Tom Hiddleston in Marvel Studios’ Loki, which has been renewed for a second season.

The lesson of Loki is that spinning blockbuster films into TV can work

The Disney+ streaming service is banking on its ability to spin big-movie franchises into TV shows; the results so far are mixed but promising.

  • by Craig Mathieson
Demons forward Ben Brown is part of an ongoing debate about the team’s forward set-up.

Viney back as Dees debate Brown or Weideman

Vice-captain Jack Viney is set to play his first match since round six but the battle between forwards Ben Brown and Sam Weideman remains an intriguing one for coach Simon Goodwin.

  • by Jon Pierik
Britney Spears: “too much control”.

Britney Spears enjoying herself as court battle for independence looms

The planned audience with the judge overseeing her strict, court-ordered conservatorship will almost certainly be conducted out of the earshot of media and fans,

  • by Nancy Dillon
The firm said the goal is to help create a normal office environment, without a need for face masks and physical distancing.

Morgan Stanley to bar unvaccinated people from New York office

The firm said the goal is to help create a normal office environment, without a need for face masks and physical distancing.

  • by Sridhar Natarajan
The Saudi government, which has denied any involvement by the Crown Prince, rejected the US report’s findings and repeating its previous statements that Jamal Khashoggi’s killing was a heinous crime by a rogue group.

Khashoggi’s killers had paramilitary training in US: report

US-Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had gone to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018, where he was abducted and killed.

Google has been trying to get one of the three bigger Australian media companies over the line.

EU turns up the heat on Google with fresh probe

Google faces a sweeping European Union probe into its advertising technology, a move that strikes at the heart of the tech giant’s business model.

  • by Aoife White
Not happy: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

‘Where is their truth?’ Justin Trudeau fires back at China after it calls to investigate Canada

The Prime Minister has responded angrily to China’s UN query about the deaths of indigenous Canadians.

  • by Jamey Keaten
Teammates mob Luka Modric after the Croatia talisman scored his side’s second goal against Scotland.

Classy Modric ends Scotland campaign at Euros, England get job done

Nikola Vlasic and Ivan Perisic were also on target as Croatia finished second in Group D ahead of the Czech Republic, who lost 1-0 to winners England at Wembley.

  • by Toby Davis
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Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami celebrate the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme.

World Test Championship final heads into sixth day on a knife edge

Mohammed Shami inspired India’s lion-hearted effort with the ball on to deny New Zealand a lead larger than 32 as the rain-affected match heads into a sixth day.

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Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell has indicated the Fed wil proceed gingerly.

Wall Street rises as Fed chief soothes markets

The ASX is set to dip lower at the open despite a solid Wall Street lead, as Fed chief Jerome Powell said again that inflation looks to be only a temporary problem for the economy and markets.

  • by Damian Troise and Stan Choe
A medical worker poses with a vial of the Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine.

They relied on Chinese vaccines - now they’re battling outbreaks

Three nations put their faith, at least in part, in easily accessible Chinese-made vaccines. Now there are questions about how effective those vaccines are.

  • by Sui-Lee Wee
BiIll Gates became arguably the leading business voice on fixing the world’s woes,

Microsoft joins Apple in exclusive $US2 trillion club

Co-founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft has just taken its place in the history books as just the second US public company to reach a $US2 trillion market value.

  • by Ryan Vlastelica and Dina Bass
Website of Iranian outlet with a US seizure notice.

US swoops on dozens of Iranian websites, blocking them

A semi-official Iranian news agency agency said the US move “demonstrates that calls for freedom of speech are lies”.

  • by Nayera Abdallah
Bitcoin suffered a 39 per cent fall in May.

‘Choppy waters’: Bitcoin tumbles below key $US30,000 threshold before rebounding

The cryptocurrency’s fall wiped out its 2021 gains as it briefly fell below a key psychological number.

  • by Vildana Hajric
McLennan confirmed the appointment of Marinos in December.

Super Rugby negotiations stall as Australia cools on trans-Tasman competition

Rugby Australia appears to be going cold on the idea of a full trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition next year unless it is financially compensated.

  • by Tom Decent
Latrell Mitchell and Wayne Bennett

Why Bennett’s influence on Mitchell could be the undoing of Queensland

Queensland’s greatest ever coach has helped conjure many Maroon miracles but his formidable bond with a Blues star could steer NSW to a series win in Brisbane.

  • by Adam Pengilly
Apartments in the now-privatised Sirius public housing building are now selling for big money.
Opinion
City life

I designed the Sirius building but I wish the government had knocked it down

The original vision has been ruined by the sell-off of the building for private profit.

  • by Tao Gofers
The July 4 target to vaccinate 70 per cent of Americans will be missed.

Biden White House concedes it will miss July 4 vaccination goal

White House officials said the main reason the US will miss the 70 per cent target was that not enough younger American adults have received a jab.

  • by Matthew Knott
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Full house in NSW Parliament on Tuesday,
Analysis
NSW budget

Once COVID is over, there is one overlooked budget measure that could hurt the Coalition

This budget shows the government’s ability to steer NSW through turbulent times. But once the cloud of COVID-19 lifts, any measures overlooked to address the cost of living pressures could become a significant weakness for the Coalition.

  • by Alexandra Smith
Police and Defence Force troops have enforced rules under Victoria’s state of emergency.

Government ducked scrutiny on state of emergency powers, integrity group says

As the Andrews government negotiates specific pandemic laws to be in place from December, an independent group of lawyers says powers must become reversible and be scrutinised to “rein in executive power”.

  • by Michael Fowler
The state’s teacher shortage is worsening as supply dwindles
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Teaching

NSW schools struggle to find teachers as supply collapses

The shortage is biting statewide as some schools battle to fill more than 10 vacancies each. At the same time, enrolment numbers for education degrees have fallen by a third - with half of trainees failing to finish their degree.

  • by Jordan Baker
Alleged drug kingpin Tse Chi Lop.

Alleged Asian drug kingpin fighting extradition to Australia

Tse Chi Lop, who has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is fighting extradition to Australia, saying he would not get a fair trial.

Munich’s stadium was illuminated in rainbow colours in 2016, but won’t be allowed to do the same during Wednesday’s match.

UEFA declines Munich application for rainbow-coloured stadium

German soccer clubs are banding together to display rainbow colours during the country’s match against Hungary at the European Championship after UEFA rejected host city Munich’s plan to do the same.

  • by Ciaran Fahey