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The UN-affiliated lender sees Ukrainian GDP plunging by almost half and an 11.2% contraction in Russia amid the conflict 

The World Bank has taken measure of the economic devastation caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, predicting double-digit GDP declines in the two countries and recessions in neighboring Belarus and Moldova. Ukraine will be hardest hit, with its economy shrinking by 45.1% in 2022, the UN-affiliated bank said on Sunday in its updated forecast for the region. Russia, which has been

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Teacher who filmed doll sex videos jailed 

A paedophile primary school teacher has been jailed after abusing children and filming himself having sex with a doll that was dressed in school uniform. James Treasure on Monday faced the Victorian County Court, where he was sentenced to a total of four years and eight months behind bars after pleading guilty to producing and possessing child abuse material, and two

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‘Telephone’ voting for COVID-19 iso cases 

Australians stuck in COVID-19 isolation on election day as a confirmed case or close contact are set to be able to cast their vote. For the first federal election of the COVID era, the Australian Electoral Commission confirmed it is working on an nation-first telephone voting system for those subject to isolation orders on the day of the May 21

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Police have charged an officer with reckless conduct endangering life, after he allegedly travelled up to 230km/h to help an injured colleague who had been struck by a car on the side of a freeway. 

The crash occurred in March last year, less than a year after four Victoria Police officers were killed in similar circumstances on the side of the Eastern Freeway at Kew. The injured officer spent a night in hospital with bruising. In recent weeks, Leading Senior Constable Bradley Beecroft – a highway patrol officer and policeman of 16 years – was

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A 25-year-old man from Logan has been sentenced to three years jail by the Brisbane Supreme Court today for sharing child abuse material online. 

The man was charged by AFP Northern Command Child Protection Operations investigators in July 2020 after the AFP received information from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in the United States about a Twitter user transmitting child abuse material online. AFP investigators executing a search warrant at the man’s Woodridge home after allegedly linking the 25-year-old to the child abuse material. Police

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Royal Easter Show organisers have closed a free-fall ride after a Sydney mother said operators failed to secure her four-year-old son at the festival on Sunday.  

Sky Boustani Curtis said her son, who has autism, was on the ride which started operating before his harness was secured. The ride was stopped after onlookers “screamed” upon seeing the boy unrestrained, she said. The ride has a gondola that carries riders to the top of a large vertical structure and is then released to free-fall down the tower. The

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Australian Federal Police officers charged man after arresting him at a licensed premises at Adelaide Airport yesterday

A 51-year-old man is expected to face an Adelaide court today (11 April 2022) charged with allegedly assaulting an Adelaide Airport worker and disorderly behaviour. Police were called to a bar area within the terminal after reports the allegedly intoxicated man had assaulted a duty manager at the airport . The 51-year-old had allegedly also been acting in a disorderly

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Suspended sentence for man who grew dope for his illnesses

STATE OF TASMANIA v J  8 APRIL 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE J , you were found guilty by a jury of cultivating a controlled plant for sale. I also agreed to deal with your plea of guilty to possessing and using cannabis. On 26 March 2021 two police officers went to your property at Royal George, a small and

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Launceston massage parlour arsonist sentenced

STATE OF TASMANIA v D 8 APRIL 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE D , you plead guilty to arson. At about 1.40 am on 15 November 2020 you walked to the property at 152 Bathurst Street in Launceston. You wore a hooded top, a cap, sunglasses and a face covering and carried a fuel container of petrol and a hammer.

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