New Zealand won't be legalizing marijuana after the final votes counted in a referendum failed to overturn the result from election night — although it got close.
New Zealand's Electoral Commission says voters chose to legalise euthanasia but there are nearly half a million mostly overseas-based special votes still to be counted that may swing the count on recreational marijuana.
Within government and public health guidelines, the Victoria Racing Club conceded it would not be possible to allow some sort of crowd on November 3.
The announcement was to be made on Sunday, but was cancelled because of an outbreak of cases reported in Melbourne.
At least 44 Australian men face 350 charges of possessing child exploitation material after a law enforcement referral sparked a large, nationwide criminal investigation.
Eritrean Ibrahim Omer is the first-ever African-origin Member of Parliament to be elected in New Zealand where he moved to from a refugee camp in Sudan.
Labour won 64 of the 120 parliamentary seats, and more than half of those are female candidates. It also has 16 indigenous Maori MPs, the first leaders of African and Sri Lankan origin.
Australia's Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews rejected growing calls for an end to all limits on people being able to leave their homes.
New Zealand Department of Conservation said several pilot whales stranded and died on the country’s North Island.
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern and her Labour Party won the national elections.
The election was delayed by a month after new Covid-19 infections in Auckland. A record number of voters have already cast their ballots in advance.
Victoria state has suffered a surge in cases. These days it has been recording low numbers of virus infections.
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