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Kamala Harris contracts COVID-19, President Biden not ‘close contact’ 

US Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the US eases restrictions in a bid to revert to pre-pandemic normalcy. The White House said on Wednesday morning (AEST) that Harris tested positive on both rapid and a PCR tests, and said she “has exhibited

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Stalker Salter accused of assault

Michael Slater has been accused of assaulting a woman at a Manly unit just hours before domestic violence charges against him were dismissed by a Sydney court under mental health legislation. NSW Police confirmed officers were called to the unit on West Promenade about 9.20pm on Tuesday, and on arrival were told a 52-year-old man had assaulted a 35-year-old woman

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Professor charged with dishonest conduct 

On 26 April 2022, Debt Wipeout business operator David Gregory Murphy (also self-identified as Dr David Murphy or Professor David Murphy) appeared at Downing Centre Local Court in NSW, charged with engaging in dishonest conduct while carrying on a financial services business and making false or misleading statements. It is alleged that between September 2019 and November 2020, Mr Murphy,

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Unnecessary restraint in Aboriginal death 

An unarmed and vulnerable Aboriginal woman died after three police officers in Perth restrained her for longer than necessary and failed to monitor her breathing, a coroner has found. Cherdeena Wynne, 26, died in April 2019 at Royal Perth Hospital, five days after she was pinned face-down on the side of a busy highway for almost two minutes. She had

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Driver ran red light, killed 10-year-old 

Jack Power should have been gone for just half an hour on an evening walk to the shops with his younger sister and their friend. In August 2018 the three children got permission from their parents at a family party to walk to the supermarket to buy dinner supplies. They made it to the shops, bought what they needed and

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A 33-year-old Sydney man has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by the Sydney District Court today for sharing child abuse material online. 

The man was charged in August 2020 after the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received information from New Zealand Police that an online messaging application user was conversing about his desire to sexually abuse young boys. ACCCE covert operatives took control of an online messaging application account that New Zealand Police had been using to engage with

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Overseas nurse recruitment drive needed to ‘plug gaps’ in aged care 

Australia must proactively recruit nurses from overseas to deliver federal election commitments to minimum aged care staffing levels, the peak training body says. “We should have no shame in wanting qualified people from other countries that bring a wealth of experience,” Australian College of Nursing chief executive adjunct professor Kylie Ward told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The college is offering

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Swiss bank reveals how much Russian money it holds

UBS says its exposure to the sanctioned country is relatively small Swiss bank UBS is holding roughly $22 billion in invested assets for Russian clients. The figure was unveiled in the bank’s latest quarterly report on Tuesday. The money belongs to Russian residents potentially affected by sanctions placed on Moscow by the EU and Switzerland in connection with Russia’s military

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Star executive denies ignoring risk fugitive was gambling iProsperity funds  

A Star Entertainment Group executive has denied he deliberately ignored the risk that international fugitive Michael Gu was using money from his collapsed property company to fund gambling at its casinos. The public inquiry into The Star Sydney’s suitability to hold a casino licence also heard allegations on Tuesday that Gu – an alleged corporate criminal whose company iProsperity collapsed

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Disturbed by her screams other prisoners called too  

In the hours before her death on the floor of a flooded prison cell, Veronica Nelson repeatedly called for help.  Veronica was being treated with painkillers, anti-nausea medications and other prescription drugs while withdrawing from heroin in a cell at Melbourne’s women’s prison, the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre. She was arrested on December 30, 2020 on warrants for breaching bail

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