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Biden bans ’ghost guns’

The Department of Justice has prohibited firearms without serial numbers US President Joe Biden has announced a ban on the manufacture and sale of “ghost guns” – homemade firearms without serial numbers, making them difficult to track when used in the commission of a crime. The president officially announced the new rule on Monday, rendering it illegal for a business to manufacture a

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Talks on strengthening ties as the US speaks of “threats” from China and Russia 

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosted his Indian counterpart, Rajnath Singh, on Monday, calling for closer military ties between the countries and warning of security threats posed by China and Russia. “We’re meeting at a critical moment in the US-India defense partnership,” Austin toldSingh as Monday’s talks began. He added that Washington and New Delhi both believe in a “free and open

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President Putin makes announcement about Russia’s lunar program

Sanctions won’t derail the country’s plans in space, the president said Russia must be able to respond to challenges in exploring space, President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that the country is going to continue with its lunar program, among other ventures. “We’ll resume the lunar program,” Putin asserted as he visited Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far Eastern Amur Region on

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President Putin explains attack on Ukraine

Kiev openly rejected a peace deal with Donbass republics, so Moscow had to protect them, the Russian president said Kiev openly refused to implement a peace deal with rebels from the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics so Russia had no option but to use military force to defend people living there, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated on Tuesday. Ukraine’s President

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Qantas sends SOS for pilots to fly on Wednesday 

Qantas has sent out an urgent plea to unrostered pilots to fly three international flights and a number of domestic flights scheduled for Wednesday due to “critically short uncrewed flying for tomorrow April 13″. The communication, sent from Qantas Operations on Tuesday morning sighted by this masthead, said an unspecified flight to London, a Sydney to Johannesburg flight and a

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Virgin Australia and its boss Jayne Hrdlicka hit with bullying claim 

Virgin Australia and its high-flying chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka have been accused of bullying a senior pilot at the airline group in a Fair Work court case. Captain Michael Fitzgerald launched Federal Court action on Tuesday against the airline. A Virgin Australia spokeswoman confirmed it was being sued by the company’s former general manager of flight operations after an extended

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‘Intensely disappointing’, but NSW Tourism Minister says airport queues will continue 

NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres has conceded that hellish queues at Sydney Airport as people head off on long-awaited travel is “intensely disappointing” and warned the delays would continue. Mr Ayres said the long lines would start to improve slightly as the changes to rules around close contacts for airport workers allow more people to cover shifts but told travellers to plan

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ASIC sues Rent4Keeps and Layaway Depot for alleged breaches of Credit Act 

ASIC is suing Rent4Keeps and Layaway Depot in separate proceedings for alleged breaches of various consumer protections under the Credit Act. ASIC is concerned that both businesses operate business models designed to avoid consumer protections for financially vulnerable consumers, including the annual cost rate cap under the Credit Act. The effect of this is that Rent4Keeps and Layaway Depot customers,

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Glenorchy top brass warns of Police crackdown on trailbikes

Glenorchy Police are cracking down on the unlawful use of minibikes, trailbikes and motorised pushbikes, following an increase in dangerous riding behaviour on public streets, off-road areas and near private dwellings. Inspector John Ward said police believe the main offenders are predominantly youths and several people have already been charged for a variety of public order, traffic, and environmental related

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Taras Bobanich, a senior figure in the Right Sector group, was killed by Russian commandos, the Russian defense ministry said  

Russian commandos have killed a prominent member of Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist Right Sector group, the Russian defense ministry claimed on Monday. Taras Bobanich was accused by Moscow of causing hundreds of civilian deaths in eastern Ukraine during hostilities in 2014. A Russian recon team killed the top Neo-Nazi while on patrol about 5km south from the city of Izium in Ukraine’s Kharkov region,

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