The world ushers in a new year under Covid-19 restrictions for the second time, with many hoping for a better year ahead.
The deal abolishes 99 percent of taxes on exports, saving Australia about $10 billion and saving Britain about $144 million a year.
South Africa edged New Zealand 31-29 in a test featuring four lead changes in the last 10 minutes, with Elton Jantjies kicking the winning penalty.
Authorities in Melbourne decide to halt building activities for two weeks to ensure compliance on government requirement that all construction workers need to have at least one vaccine dose by end of this week.
Cockatoos in Australia have figured out how to scavenge for food from standardised garbage bins, opening the lids with their beaks and diving in. The behaviour has spread to other cockatoo communities nearby, proving the case for social learning.
Sydney, Australia's largest city, is into its sixth week of a lockdown as it struggles with a spike in infections that added nearly 3,500 cases since the first one was detected in a limousine driver who transported overseas airline crew.
The protest comes as Covid-19 case numbers in New South Wales reached another record, with 163 new infections in the last 24 hours.
An hour-long blackout struck several US airlines, Australian financial firms and other global companies, with the problem traced to US-based tech provider Akamai.
Demonstrations call on governments and international community to take punitive actions against Israel for its 11-day bombing of blockaded Gaza in which nearly 250 Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded.
The man, in his 50s, had been surfing off Forster, 220km north of Sydney, when he was attacked late in the morning, a police statement said.
Floodwaters continue to flow from overloaded dams and rivers, particularly in New South Wales state, leading authorities to urge caution.
Thousands have evacuated in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, due to heavy rains over the weekend and severe flooding, the worst in half a century.
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