News Updates

TGA provisionally approves AstraZeneca’s combination therapy (tixagevimab and cilgavimab, EVUSHELD) – for pre-exposure prevention (prophylaxis) of COVID-19 

On 24 February 2022 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted provisional approval to AstraZeneca Pty Ltd for its tixagevimab and cilgavimab (EVUSHELD) for the prevention of COVID-19 in people who are at risk of infection but have not been exposed to the virus, known as pre-exposure prevention of COVID-19. EVUSHELD has been granted provisional approval for the pre-exposure prophylaxis (prevention)

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Directors of Capital Mining Limited charged with 22 dishonesty offences 

On 25 February 2022, Peter James Dykes and Peter Alan Torney, former directors of previously ASX-listed Capital Mining Limited, appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court, each charged with dishonestly using their position as directors. Following an ASIC investigation into Capital Mining’s activities, it is alleged Mr Dykes and Mr Torney, when directors of Capital Mining, contravened directors’ duties by co-authorising

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Praying for a miracle’ While the community is largely carrying on as usual, Rebbetzin Miriam Moskovitz says “it’s a little bit close to home.” 

By ZEDDY LAWRENCE An Australian rebbetzin in Ukraine, living just 40 kilometres from the Russian border, told The AJN yesterday the community was hoping for “a miracle” and that “world pressure will convince” Vladimir Putin to pull back from the brink. Last week, Sydney-born Miriam Moskovitz, wife of Kharkiv’s Rabbi Moshe Moskovitz, was cautiously optimistic following reports that Russian troops were withdrawing, But speaking to The AJN this

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Russia closes airspace to British planes – Aircraft linked in any way with the UK have been banned from flying over Russia

Russia has restricted access to its airspace to all aircraft “owned, leased, or operated by any person connected with Britain or registered in Britain,” Russia’s air traffic regulators announced on Friday. The restriction came into force at 11am Moscow time (8am GMT) and includes transit flights through Russian airspace, Rosaviatsia said. The ban was imposed in response to similar “hostile decisions” by the British

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Russian military confirms seizure of Chernobyl nuclear power plant – Moscow says its soldiers struck a deal with Ukrainian troops

Moscow confirmed on Friday that its paratroopers seized the area surrounding the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s northern Kiev Region, which was the site of a major disaster in 1986. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed its troops struck a deal with Ukrainian soldiers to jointly maintain the safety of the reactors and the so-called New Safe Confinement –

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Explosions over Kiev result of Ukrainian forces intercept – Ukranian official 

An adviser for the Interior Minister of Ukraine, Anton Gerashchenko claimed on Facebook that the sounds of explosions that rang out across the city were caused by the Ukrainian anti-missile defense forces shooting down a “hostile aircraft” “According to operational information, the enemy aircraft was shot down by the Ukrainian air defense forces,” Gerashchenko wrote, adding that the downed aircraft fell near a residential

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Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

The leaders exchanged views on the situation with Russia’s recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. Vladimir Putin stressed the objective necessity to take that decision based on the Ukrainian authorities’ aggression in Donbass and their categorical refusal to implement the Minsk Agreements. Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave his well-known views on the matter.  The issues of working out long-term legally binding security guarantees for the Russian Federation were also discussed. In this context, Vladimir Putin expressed his disappointment with the US and NATO response

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Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi at the Iranian party’s initiative. 

President Vladimir Putin explained how the situation around Ukraine is evolving following the decision to carry out a special military operation to protect civilians in the Donbass republics in accordance with international law and the treaties of friendship and mutual assistance which Russia signed with the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic.  The President of Iran expressed understanding with respect to Russia’s security concerns caused by the destabilising actions of the United States and NATO.  Issues relating to the diplomatic efforts to preserve and fully

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President Vladimir Putin had a meeting with representatives of Russian business community. 

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, friends, Good afternoon. Unfortunately, our meeting is taking place in unusual conditions, to put it mildly, but we planned it in advance. Of course, I would like to listen to Mr Shokhin who will tell us about his general considerations. President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Obviously, the current geopolitical situation is compelling Russian businesses to operate under difficult conditions, given the various restrictions. However, I would like

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Defence lawyers are scrambling to identify potentially thousands of cases involving Victorian police, who never had the power to act as officers, following an error that the government says will be fixed with retrospective legislation. 

Lawyers say a new law may salvage prosecutions but that the impact on the criminal justice system may be immediate, with reports from lawyers of cases being adjourned for at least eight weeks to establish the power of the police involved. In an administrative bungle made public on Thursday, it was revealed an error in legislation meant more than 1200

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