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Alice Ripley: Broadway star accused of ‘grooming’ young fans
Alice Ripley: Broadway star accused of ‘grooming’ young fans
The Department for Work and Pensions estimates that it underpaid 134,000 pensioners.
An Australian-EU trade deal would be mutually beneficial and allow EU members a greater presence in the Indo-Pacific, said Australia's trade minister, as Canberra tries to repair ties with Paris after the scrapping of a $40 billion submarine deal. Australia last week cancelled a deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and will instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership with those two countries. The cancellation has angered France, which accused both Australia and the United States of stabbing it in the back, and it recalled its ambassadors from both Canberra and Washington.
A 31-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with four counts of murder after a mother and three children were found dead at a sleepover in a house near Sheffield.
New Zealand reported 23 community cases on Wednesday, all in Auckland, which has been under strict lockdown for a month
Apple’s and Google’s cooperation with the Russian government’s efforts to suppress an app opposed to the ruling regime is escalating concerns about whether Big Tech’s pursuit of ever-higher profits has trampled their commitment to protecting civil rights
Quality Street’s new sweet proves popular. Shoppers sampling brand’s first white chocolate sweet welcome break with tradition
Sharon Graham says she will focus on current industrial disputes affecting her members.
New NSW Covid lockdown restrictions: update to Sydney, regional NSW and Canberra, ACT coronavirus rules explained. Gladys Berejiklian has revealed a roadmap out of lockdown for the state, and an easing of restrictions for some parts of regional NSW. Here’s the full list of what you can and can’t do in NSW and the ACT
Country diary: the warren is here, but the fluffle of rabbits has gone. Sandy, Bedfordshire: The grass has grown taller than a rabbit’s ears and there’s not a bunny in sight
ACT accuses Scott Morrison’s office of extensive media backgrounding on national cabinetChief minister Andrew Barr says federal bill to protect national cabinet secrecy is ‘a solution looking for a problem’ as media briefed ‘ahead of every meeting’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing ACT chief minister Andrew Barr has questioned the need for a federal bill to apply cabinet secrecy to national cabinet documents, saying the media is briefed anyway. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA
A peregrine falcon had an amusing reaction after being shaken by a strong earthquake that rocked Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday morning. The falcon was resting on its nest on a building in 367 Collins Street when the magnitude 6.0 tremor jolted it awake. It was seen tilting its head in confusion as surveillance footage showed the ongoing shaking. The building is famous for being a nesting area for the falcons, which have been roosting there since 1991. The earthquake struck near Mansfield town near Melbourne, Victoria at a depth of 10 kilometres shortly before 9:15 a.m. local time, Geoscience Australia said. The agency also recorded a magnitude 4.0 aftershock. Tremors from the strong quake were felt up to 800 kilometres away in Adelaide, South Australia. No casualties or serious injuries have been recorded so far, but some properties were reported damaged, including a burger restaurant that collapsed in Melbourne's South Yarra suburbs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "We have had no reports of serious injuries, or worse, and that is very good news and we hope that good news will continue." The quake is the strongest to rock Australia since the magnitude 6.6 tremor that hit near the resort town of Broome in the Kimberley region last 2019.
Pret A Manger’s boss has called the last fortnight in London “a bit of a turning point” in terms of trade bouncing back from the pandemic, and his firm is planning 200 more UK branch openings. Pano Christou added that the sandwich chain’s City shops are now trading at over 70% of their pre-pandemic levels, and a lot of that growth has come in the last few weeks. Improved sales will come as a relief after customer numbers plunged during the pandemic, with Pret A Manager permanently closing around 30 sites last year.
Gould, who had suffered three miscarriages, testified against the CEO for the faulty testing device
Generation X are heavy, risky drinkers. Will anything ever persuade us to stop?. Alcohol’s allure was powerful when we were growing up and those born after us consume far less. Now booze is falling out of fashion, is it time to assess old habits?
Victoria Covid restrictions: Melbourne lockdown, curfew and regional Vic coronavirus rules explained. Victoria’s premier Daniel Andrews has announced eased restrictions across most of Victoria as the state reaches its 70% first-dose vaccination target. Here’s what you need to know about schools, travel, childcare and work
Most Europeans believe US in new cold war with China and Russia – poll. Few view their own country as a direct participant but larger proportion feel EU is part of conflict
The broadcast watchdog commissioned a survey looking at attitudes towards offensive language.
Victoria Covid hotspots: full list of Melbourne and regional Vic coronavirus exposure sites and trend in casesHere are the current coronavirus hotspots and Tier 1, 2 and 3 Covid-19 public exposure site locations in Victoria and Melbourne, and what to do if you’ve visited themVictoria’s Covid lockdown restrictions explainedVaccine rollout and rates tracker; Cases and data tracker5km and 10km from home map: check your travel radiusGet our free news app;get our morning email briefing Check the full
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A rare quake rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked Melbourne residents running into the streets. The shallow tremor hit east of the country's second-largest city just after 9:00am local time (2300 GMT) and was felt hundreds of kilometres (miles) away.The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.8, later revised up to 5.9, and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles).With Melbourne beginning its ei