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Melburnians have taken to electric scooters for hire at a faster rate than most other cities around the world, riding more than 1.6 million kilometres on the rental vehicles within three months. 

The city’s electric scooter operators say they can’t keep up with demand and that Melbourne could eventually be home to tens of thousands of the rental vehicles. The e-scooters’ speed is restricted to 20 km/h, and they can be ridden on bike lanes, shared paths and low-speed roads. Footpaths are supposed to be off limits. The e-scooters for hire launched in

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German tennis great Boris Becker was jailed for two years by a London court for hiding hundreds of thousands of pounds of assets after he was declared bankrupt. 

Becker was convicted this month of four charges under Britain’s Insolvency Act, including failing to disclose, concealing and removing significant assets following a bankruptcy trial. The 54-year-old six-time grand slam champion was found guilty of transferring money to his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely after his 2017 bankruptcy. “It is notable you have not shown remorse or acceptance of

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Two police officers charged over alleged workplace assaults 

Two NSW police officers have been charged over separate alleged workplace incidents in a 24-hour period. A 46-year-old senior constable attached to the North West Metropolitan Command was charged on Thursday with allegedly assaulting two men in custody. He was charged with two counts of common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intentionally choke with recklessness, and will appear

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US tech giant expects chip challenges to persist for two more years 

Shortage of semiconductors in the US cost American economy $240 billion in 2021. US chip-making giant Intel has warned that the ongoing chip shortage will linger until 2024 and possibly beyond. “The chip shortage cost the US economy $240 billion last year, and we expect the industry will continue to see challenges until at least 2024 in areas of foundry

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Israel put on notice Iran may ‘attack directly’ During a speech in Beirut, the Hezbollah leader warned Tel Aviv against continued attacks on Syria 

If Israel continues attacking the Iranian presence in Syria, Tehran may retaliate directly, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday. He also warned Tel Aviv that the Shia militia will be on high alert for the upcoming Israeli military exercises near Lebanon. “In the event of the continuation of the Israeli aggression against the Iranian presence in the region,” Iran may “attack

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Moscow has warned that it will strike “decision-making centers in Kiev” if such attacks continue.  

A violation of Russia’s airspace was averted, but several projectiles made it through, Bryansk Region Governor Aleksandr Bogomaz says Russia’s Bryansk Region has sustained yet another attack from Ukraine, Governor Aleksandr Bogomaz has said. Early on Saturday, Russian air defenses detected an attempt by a Ukrainian military plane to violate the country’s airspace, Bogomaz wrote on Telegram. The aircraft was

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Sydney man charged over alleged Control Order breach 

A 29-year-old Sydney man is due to face Parramatta Court tomorrow charged with allegedly breaching a Control Order issued by the Federal Court of Australia. The AFP High Risk Terrorist Offender (HRTO) team arrested the man at his residence in the Sydney suburb of Guildford this morning. Police will allege the man failed to comply with a condition of the

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Woman dies in crash at Penna

Fatal crash Brinktop Road, Penna. Police attending. We understand a lady in her 60’s from Sorell died in the single vehicle as it crashed into a power pole. TasNetworks advise of a power outage in the area until at least 9.00pm.

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North Korea’s Kim issues nuclear warning 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promised to take decisive action and “crush” any “hostile” foreign power, just days after saying Pyongyang would advance its own atomic arsenal “at the fastest possible speed.” Speaking after a meeting with senior officials involved in organizing a major military parade earlier this week, Kim pointed to growing threats in a world where “powers clash fiercely and keep getting stronger,” including in

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China has ‘form’ on foreign interference in Australia: Morrison 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today defended Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews after she claimed China had timed a Solomon Islands security deal to damage the Liberal government’s re-election chances. Earlier this week, Andrews said Beijing was “clearly very aware we are in a federal election campaign at the moment” and alleged the move was “political interference”. She did not provide any

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FBI spying triples

The FBI looked up almost 3.4 million Americans in 2021 under foreign surveillance powers The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made queries into almost 3,4 million Americans between December 2020 and November 2021, the US intelligence community admitted in the annual transparency report released on Friday. The FBI said it was looking for foreign hackers, but civil libertarian groups called

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Russia accuses US of expropriation

White House plan to ‘streamline’ seizure of Russian private assets goes against all legal norms, Moscow believes Washington’s plan to expand its authority to “seize and forfeit” the assets of so-called Russian “oligarchs” to provide financial aid to Kiev is nothing but “expropriation” that tramples on the very right to private property, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday. “This is a very dangerous precedent,” he

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