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Health Minister Greg Hunt warned on Saturday, however, that despite the good signs, Australians will still have to keep their distance from others for the next half a year.

New Zealand included in Australia’s coronavirus vaccine deal

Australia is poised to sign a multi-million dollar deal with a British pharmaceutical giant to purchase and produce up to 30 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine, in an agreement which would also support New Zealand and South Pacific nations.
Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from Tuesday, said New Zealand Housing Minister Megan Woods after they passed their last cabinet milestone on Monday.

New Zealand to start charging people in managed isolation

Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from Tuesday, said New Zealand Housing Minister Megan Woods after they passed their last cabinet milestone on Monday.

Australian athletes speak out against abuse from angry gamblers

Australian sportsmen from several codes have spoken out against gamblers who abuse players on social media when they lose bets after an Australian Rules player said he had received death threats at the weekend.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia.

French cardinal resigns over failure to report ‘sex abuse’ case

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who failed to report an alleged pedophile priest, the Catholic Church in Lyon said Friday.
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth where the man, the first Australian to die of Covid-19, and his wife were being treated. Paul Kane-Getty Images

78-year-old becomes Australia’s first coronavirus fatality

A 78-year-old man evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan died at a Perth hospital Sunday, becoming Australia’s first fatality from the disease, officials said.
As Sydney got much-needed rain on Friday, a powerful tropical cyclone was approaching Australia’s opposite coast.

Fire-hit Australia faces cyclone in west, heavy rain, floods in East

Bush fire-ravaged Australia is bracing for dangerous weather conditions, including heavy rainfall and floods in the east and a severe tropical cyclone in the west.
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - Heavy rains lashed parts of eastern Australian Friday, causing some flooding in Sydney and bringing relief to firefighters still dealing with dozens of bush fires in parts of New South Wales state.

Rain brings relief, hope for end to Australia’s fires

Heavy rains lashed parts of eastern Australian Friday, causing some flooding in Sydney and bringing relief to firefighters still dealing with dozens of bush fires in parts of New South Wales state.

Firefighter dies while battling inferno

A volunteer firefighter died Monday while fighting bushfires that are raging across eastern Australia, the Rural Fire Service reported.
Usain Bolt on arrival in Australia on Saturday for trial run on football career

Usain Bolt lands in Australia for A-League trial

Usain Bolt says he’s deadly serious about becoming a professional footballer and plans to show the world what he’s capable of after arriving in Australia Saturday for a trial stint with an A-League club.
Sweet photos of baby Louis were released soon after he was born

Britain’s Prince Louis to be christened in private ceremony

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, will lead the service at the Chapel Royal with close friends and family in attendance.
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British woman dies after exposure to nerve agent Novichok

British police say a woman who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in southern England has died.

FIFA intervention likely as Australia FF fails to pass reform

Australian football is embroiled in a governance crisis and could face a take-over from FIFA after Football Federation Australia failed to pass a proposed reform of its congress on Thursday.

Why I headbutted former prime minister – DJ

A self-described anarchist who headbutted former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has denied he attacked the politician because of his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

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American actress Tawny Kitaen who appeared in “Bachelor Party” and provocative 1980s rock videos, has died in California.

American actress Tawny Kitaen dies at 59

American actress Tawny Kitaen who appeared in “Bachelor Party” and provocative 1980s rock videos, has died in California.
Commissioner for Education, Bernard Ikegwuoha, who disclosed this in a statement, said that any student that had registered for the 2021 WAEC/NECO/NABTEB Examinations and does not have or possess verifiable evidence of BECE certificate, will not be allowed to sit for the 2021 WAEC/NECO/NABTEB.

Imo government bars non holders of junior school certificate from sitting for SSCE

Imo State Government has barred students not holding the Junior Secondary School Certificate from sitting for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, SSCE.

New computer village developer raises alarm over activities of miscreants

To ensure timely completion of work at the Gatankowa ICT Village relocation site, Bridgeway Global Project Ltd has called on the Lagos State Government to evacuate illegal occupants from the site.
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Chelsea beat Manchester City as hosts have to wait for title

Sergio Aguero made a mess of a Panenka penalty as Chelsea ensured Manchester City must wait a little longer to wrap up the Premier League title by fighting back to earn a dramatic win at Etihad Stadium.

Senator Omo-Agege: Nigerian government‘ll end estimated billing syndrome in nation’s power sector

Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy President of the Senate, on Saturday said the Federal Government was committed to ending the estimated billing syndrome in the nation’s power sector.

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The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House summons finance minister, FIRS, others over loss of revenue to illicit financial flows

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Finance, the Heads of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the continuous loss of government revenue to illicit financial flows (IFFs).
People protest in Hlaing Township, Yangon, Myanmar May 2, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters.

Seven reported killed as Myanmar protests aim to ‘shake the world’

Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days on Sunday killing seven people, media reported, three months after a coup plunged the country into crisis.
An Israeli policeman gestures as others aim their weapons during clashes with Palestinians a at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, amid tension over the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Jerusalem tensions high as thousands head to Al-Aqsa after clashes

Israel said it was beefing up security forces on Saturday in anticipation of more confrontations with Palestinian protesters, a day after fierce clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Plateau council chair asks Nigerian government to give incentives, light weapons to vigilante group

The Executive Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Council of Plateau State, Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven, has appealed to Federal Government to provide incentives and grant Vigilante Group of Nigeria license to carry light weapons in the fight against kidnapping and banditry in the country.
Antonio Conte has justified his salary as the highest paid coach in Serie A by toppling his former club Juventus to end Inter Milan's decade-long title drought after two seasons at the helm.

Antonio Conte’s obsession with winning leads Inter to success

Antonio Conte has justified his salary as the highest paid coach in Serie A by toppling his former club Juventus to end Inter Milan's decade-long title drought after two seasons at the helm.