Police clash with protesters as Australia reports record COVID-19 cases

By Lidia Kelly MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Australian police clashed with hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday as officials reported the country’s highest ever single-day rise in COVID-19 cases. Mounted police used pepper spray in Melbourne to break up crowds surging toward police lines, while smaller groups of protesters were prevented from congregating […]

Delta variant rampant in Asia; Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia post record COVID infections

(Reuters) -The Olympics host city Tokyo, as well as Thailand and Malaysia, announced record COVID-19 infections on Saturday, mostly driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the disease. Cases surged in Sydney as well, where police cordoned off the central business district to prevent a protest against a strict lockdown that will last until […]

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Eric Bogle – A Reason For It All Lyrics

Summer’s smiling on the city, it’s another lovely day in Sydney, sunshine pouring down like honey. But in the room where Clare is dying, no sunshine sends the shadows flying, no children gather round her crying, there’s no one there at all, except perhaps for the man who sees each little sparrow fall. Don’t talk […]

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World readies for lockdown Christmas

Coronavirus misery hung over Christmas preparations worldwide on Thursday, with countless millions forced to cancel plans or limit festivities under fresh virus lockdowns. After a grinding pandemic year that has seen more than 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, a slew of new outbreaks are a stark reminder that despite emergency vaccine roll-outs, life is […]

Sydney records hottest November night as heatwave sweeps city

Sydney recorded its hottest November night as Australia’s largest city suffered through a weekend heatwave that saw daytime temperatures peak above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The overnight temperature did not drop below 25.3 degrees Celsius Saturday into Sunday in central Sydney, according to the meteorology bureau, making it the hottest November night since […]

Biden reassures Asian allies on defense commitments

US President-elect Joe Biden rang round allies in Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo Thursday, vowing to repair frayed partnerships and reaffirming mutual-defence pacts thrown in doubt by the current White House. A day after Biden’s series of “America is back” calls with European leaders, the former vice president spoke to Australia’s Scott Morrison, South Korea’s Moon […]