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No need for alarm over COVID strain: WHO

The World Health Organisation has cautioned against major alarm over a new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain, saying this was a normal part of a pandemic's evolution.

Cancel bookings fast, Qld tells Sydney

Sydneysiders whose holiday plans have been dashed by Queensland's border closure are being told to urgently cancel their bookings so others can snap them up.

Qld-NSW hard border reimposed amid cluster

Extended Christmas gatherings in Sydney homes remain on hold despite the halving of newly-reported cases connected to the COVID-19 cluster on the city's northern beaches.

Cars cross Vic border without stopping

Cars are crossing the NSW border into Victoria without being checked, according to a local mayor, after a state government request for additional Defence support received a limited response.

AFP intercepts record drug haul in 2020

Australian Federal Police seized a record 32 tonnes of illicit drugs in 2020 as international crime syndicates took bigger risks to move contraband in bulk during global lockdowns.

Harry and Meghan partner food charity

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that their new charity has partnered with the World Central Kitchen and its celebrity chef to feed the hungry in disaster-stricken areas around the world.

Sydney virus outbreak jumps to 70 cases

The NSW government has tightened restrictions after a COVID-19 cluster in Sydney ballooned to 70 cases, but conceded it may never be able to find the source.
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