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Australia approves COVID vaccine for children aged 5-11

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Australia on Sunday cleared the first COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, with the next stage of its vaccine rollout expected to start in early 2022. Health Minister Greg Hunt said medical regulators had granted provisional approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be administered to younger children for the…

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Netherlands, Australia find omicron variant as curbs spread

Travelers walk with their luggage in the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant. Credit: AP Photo/Ariel Schalit The Netherlands…

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Australia plans laws to make social networks identify trolls

Australia could soon make life difficult for internet trolls — if at a significant cost. Reuters reports Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled plans for legislation that, in some cases, could force social networks to reveal the identities of trolls and others making defamatory comments. A complaint mechanism would require online platforms to take these…

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Australia to enact new law unmasking online trolls

Australia will introduce legislation to make social media giants provide details of users who post defamatory comments, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday. Jayson Albano reports.

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New coronavirus variant Omicron keeps spreading, Australia detects cases

Two cases detected in AustraliaIsrael announces it is barring foreigners for two weeksMay take time to assess Omicron’s harmfulness -Chinese expertLONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The new Omicron coronavirus variant kept spreading around the world on Sunday, with two cases detected in Australia, even as more countries tried to seal themselves off by imposing travel…

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Australia police to charge woman with arson for quarantine hotel fire

Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comSYDNEY, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Australian police said on Sunday they expect to charge a 31-year-old woman with arson after she allegedly set fire to the COVID-19 quarantine hotel where she and her two children were staying.No one was injured in the fire, which gutted much of the…

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More than 100 sick in Australia as oysters recalled

Seven Australian states have recorded more than 100 Vibrio illnesses linked to raw oysters from South Australia. There are 56 people sick in South Australia since September and three have been hospitalized. Western Australia has 17 cases since late September, Victoria reported 31 illnesses since the first week of October and 15 infections have been…

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New Australia Post Facility to Meet Demand Before Christmas

Australia Post has opened a new parcel facility in Sydney to keep up with record demand amid Black Friday sales and in the lead up to Christmas. The new 20,000-square-metre facility is capable of processing over 100,000 parcels per day, bringing Australia Post’s total processing capacity in New South Wales to almost 1.5 million parcels…

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Australia sending troops to Solomon Islands as unrest grows

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced Thursday it is sending police, troops and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the deployment includes a detachment of 23 federal police officers and up to 50…

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Australia, Thailand Reopen Borders After Lengthy Lockdowns

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney’s international airport came alive with tears, embraces and laughter on Monday as Australia opened its border for the first time in 20 months, with some arriving travelers removing mandatory masks to see the faces of loved ones they’ve been separated from for so long.Australia and other countries in the Asia-Pacific…