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Man with swastika on forehead accused of randomly attacking woman with flamethrower in Perth

Man with swastika on forehead accused of randomly attacking woman with flamethrower in Perth

The man allegedly yelled racial obscenities and attempted to burn a woman with a makeshift flamethrower, in a "cowardly and random attack" in Perth's outer suburbs.ShareWest Australian police are hunting for a man who had a swastika painted on his head when he allegedly attacked a woman with a flamethrower.Police say the 40-year-old woman and her teenage daughter were approached by the man in the southeast Perth suburb of Gosnells on Saturday night.They say he yelled racial obscenities at the woman before attempting to burn her with a makeshift flamethrower made using a can of deodorant and...

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As the coronavirus pandemic took hold, suicide rose among Japanese women

As the coronavirus pandemic took hold, suicide rose among Japanese women

Job losses, urban isolation, household burdens: COVID-19 has compounded the pressures on women, raising alarms in a country that has worked to reduce some of the world’s highest suicide rates.ShareNot long after Japan ramped up its fight against the coronavirus last spring, Nazuna Hashimoto started suffering panic attacks. The gym in Osaka where she worked as a personal trainer suspended operations, and her friends were staying home at the recommendation of the government.Afraid to be alone, she would call her boyfriend of just a few months and ask him to come over. Even then, she was...

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Scott Morrison confirms a permanent increase to JobSeeker - but only by $3.57 a day

Scott Morrison confirms a permanent increase to JobSeeker - but only by $3.57 a day

The modest increase to the base rate, well below the $25 a day rise that has long been called for by advocacy groups, comes as employers are granted power to report anyone refusing a job offer to the government.ShareAbout 1.2 million unemployed Australians on the JobSeeker payment will receive an extra $3.57 a day, or $50 a fortnight, after the $150 coronavirus supplement ends on 31 March.Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement on Tuesday after years of campaigning by welfare organisations, business groups and opposition politicians who argued the pre-pandemic rate of ."I want...

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'An amazing day': Thousands of frontline workers across Australia get the COVID-19 vaccine

'An amazing day': Thousands of frontline workers across Australia get the COVID-19 vaccine

Australia's largest-ever vaccine rollout has begun after Prime Minister Scott Morrison led a small band of people to get the nation's first COVID-19 jabs on Sunday.ShareHealth experts are urging all Australians to get the coronavirus vaccine once they are able to, as the start of the jab rollout is heralded as a milestone in the nation's pandemic response.The rollout commences with about 60,000 Pfizer vaccine doses to be administered to priority groups.The first Victorian to roll up their sleeve and receive the Pfizer vaccine on Monday morning was Rhonda Stuart, the head of infection...

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Thousands rally in Myanmar after the bloodiest day of anti-coup protests so far

Thousands rally in Myanmar after the bloodiest day of anti-coup protests so far

Early on Sunday, police also arrested actor Lu Min, who has been a prominent figure in Yangon protests and is one of six celebrities the army says are wanted under an anti-incitement law.ShareThousands of opponents of Myanmar's military coup have gathered again, undeterred by the bloodiest episode of their campaign the previous day.Early on Sunday, police arrested a famous actor wanted for supporting opposition to the 1 February coup, while under its standards prohibiting the incitement of violence.The military has been unable to quell demonstrations and a civil disobedience campaign of...

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Australia's coronavirus vaccine rollout has begun, with Scott Morrison among the first to get the jab

Australia's coronavirus vaccine rollout has begun, with Scott Morrison among the first to get the jab

An 84-year-old World War II survivor was the first person to receive a coronavirus vaccine in Australia, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison heralded a "historic day" for the country.ShareAn 84-year-old World War II survivor has become the first person to receive a coronavirus vaccine in Australia after a small group of aged care residents, frontline workers and the prime minister received their jab on Sunday ahead of the national rollout. Aged care resident Jane Malysiak, who migrated to Australia from Poland, was first in line for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine after Health Minister Greg Hunt...

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Britain's MI6 spy master apologises for past 'unjust and discriminatory' treatment of LGBTQI+ people

Britain's MI6 spy master apologises for past 'unjust and discriminatory' treatment of LGBTQI+ people

Though Britain decriminalised homosexual acts between men in 1967, spy agencies refused to hire LGBTQI+ officers until 1991.ShareThe chief of Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence service has publicly apologised for historic discrimination against LGBTQI+ people in the spy agencies before 1991.Britain decriminalised homosexual acts between men in 1967, but its spy agencies refused to hire gay, lesbian and transgender officers until 1991 because they believed they would be susceptible to blackmail.“Until 1991, being openly LGBT+ in MI6 would cause you to lose your job or prevent you from being...

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New Zealand's coronavirus vaccine rollout has begun

New Zealand's coronavirus vaccine rollout has begun

New Zealand expects its nationwide rollout will take a full year.ShareNew Zealand has started its official rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.A small group of medical professionals were injected on Friday in Auckland ahead of the wider rollout which was officially starting with border staff and so-called Managed Isolation and Quarantine workers on Saturday, officials said.“Today, we kick off the largest immunisation programme in our history, by vaccinating the first of our border workforce, a critical step in protecting everyone in Aotearoa,” New Zealand director-general of...

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'The time to act is now': Joe Biden pushes for Congress to reform US gun laws

'The time to act is now': Joe Biden pushes for Congress to reform US gun laws

President Joe Biden has vowed to fight for changes to gun laws before any further mass shootings occur in the United States.ShareUS President Joe Biden on Sunday called on Congress to enact "common sense" gun law reforms, three years after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida."This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call," Mr Biden said in a statement marking the Valentine's Day shooting in 2018 that left 17 people dead and brought fresh attention to the United States lax gun laws."We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our...

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How Australia will help its neighbours to vaccinate people against coronavirus

How Australia will help its neighbours to vaccinate people against coronavirus

While Australia's own COVID-19 vaccinations are set to begin, it has also committed millions of dollars to provide vaccines for its closest neighbours. This is how it will work and which countries are included.ShareFar-flung Pacific island nat­ions have been among the most successful in the world at keeping COVID-19 at bay by swiftly closing their borders and imposing strict quarantine measures.With poor hospital infrastructure and high rates of underlying health conditions Pacific governments weren’t going to take any chances. And for the most part it’s worked.Island nations and...

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Friends fear for climate activist Disha Ravi's wellbeing as arrest sparks outrage in India

Friends fear for climate activist Disha Ravi's wellbeing as arrest sparks outrage in India

The activist's tight circle of friends in Bengaluru said they were terrified over what she was going through, and fear they will be dragged into the probe.ShareIndian politicians and activists on Monday condemned the arrest of a 22-year-old climate campaigner accused of sedition for helping edit an online document that Sweden’s Greta Thunberg had promoted in support of farmers protesting in the country.Ms Thunberg had shared a "toolkit" or an action plan on Twitter which listed ways to help Indian farmers, who have been protesting agricultural reforms here they fear will ruin their...

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People in Australia to start getting coronavirus vaccinations next week after arrival of first Pfizer doses

People in Australia to start getting coronavirus vaccinations next week after arrival of first Pfizer doses

Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed the first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine have arrived in Australia, with the rollout to begin later this month.ShareAustralia's coronavirus vaccine rollout will begin on 22 February after the first doses of the Pfizer jab arrived in Sydney."The eagle has landed," Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Canberra on Monday.More than 142,000 doses are being taken to a secure location and batches will be assessed for damage and quality in the coming days. : has confirmed the first 142,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine has arrived in...

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Tasmanian institutions formally apologise to the state's Aboriginal community over theft of artefacts

Tasmanian institutions formally apologise to the state's Aboriginal community over theft of artefacts

The Royal Society of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery have apologised ahead of the return of 14,000-year-old Aboriginal artefacts to their original site.ShareThe Royal Society of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery have formally apologised to Tasmania's Aboriginal community over the mistreatment and theft of cultural artefacts.Monday's apology was part of the return of 14,000-year-old petroglyphs to their original site at Preminghana, in the state's north-west. The petroglyph slabs were taken from Preminghana in the 1960s, and given to TMAG in Hobart and the...

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Joe Biden raises China's human rights 'abuses', Hong Kong crackdown in first call with President Xi Jinping

Joe Biden raises China's human rights 'abuses', Hong Kong crackdown in first call with President Xi Jinping

“I told him I will work with China when it benefits the American people,” Mr Biden said on Twitter after the call.ShareUS President Joe Biden spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday, his first direct contact with the leader of the world’s second-largest economy since winning the November US presidential election and taking office last month.It was the first call between Xi and a US president since the Chinese leader spoke with former President Donald Trump in March last year. Since then, relations between the two countries have plunged to their worst level in decades.Mr...

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US Navy condemns discovery of hate symbols on warships, including noose left on black sailor’s bed

US Navy condemns discovery of hate symbols on warships, including noose left on black sailor’s bed

It comes as Pentagon leaders face pressure to show progress in combating extremism after current and former military service members were found to have participated in the US Capitol riot.ShareThe US Navy’s top admiral has condemned two new racist incidents involving hate symbols on warships, which sources said included a noose that was left on a black sailor’s bed.The incidents, which occurred in recent weeks, underscore deep concerns about racism in the ranks.The cases come as Pentagon leaders face growing pressure to show progress in combating extremism after current and former military...

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Joe Biden dramatically ramps up US cap on refugees by more than eight times the current level

Joe Biden dramatically ramps up US cap on refugees by more than eight times the current level

The new United States president has raised the cap on annual refugee admissions to 125,000, up from 15,000 under the Trump administration.ShareUnited States President Joe Biden has announced his intention to massively increase the cap on annual refugee admissions to the country, which fell to a historical low under Donald Trump.In line with a , Mr Biden on Friday said he would set the cap on admissions at 125,000 as part of the country's refugee resettlement program, against the current 15,000."We offered safe havens for those fleeing violence or persecution" in previous years, when...

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Joe Biden to end US support for 'offensive operations' in Yemen

Joe Biden to end US support for 'offensive operations' in Yemen

In his first weeks in office, US President Joe Biden has called time on US military support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.SharePresident Joe Biden will Thursday announce an end to US military support for the Saudi allies' devastating war in Yemen in a speech meant to show a reinvigorated focus on diplomacy.Two weeks into his presidency, Mr Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris travelled together to the State Department in a show of support for the role of diplomats."America is back. Diplomacy is back. You are at the center of all that I intend to do," Biden told a socially...

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Turkey's President says 'there's no such thing as LGBT' and calls student protesters 'terrorists'

Turkey's President says 'there's no such thing as LGBT' and calls student protesters 'terrorists'

The comments come after protesters last week hung a poster near Mr Erdogan's office depicting Islam's holiest site covered in LGBTQI+ imagery.ShareTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday blasted the LGBTQI+ movement as incompatible with the country's values and compared student protesters to "terrorists", as a month of youth-driven rallies shook his rule.More than 300 students and their supporters were detained in Istanbul and the capital Ankara in increasingly violent and politically-charged altercations with the police this week.The protests first erupted after Mr Erdogan...

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Joe Biden is seeking to undo the 'national shame' of Donald Trump's family separation policy

Joe Biden is seeking to undo the 'national shame' of Donald Trump's family separation policy

President Joe Biden has prioritised creating a special task force to reunify the families as part of his sweeping redo of Donald Trump's immigration policies, which focused on deterring migration from Central America.ShareUS President Joe Biden on Tuesday local time ordered a review of asylum processing at the US-Mexico border and the immigration system as he seeks to undo some of former President Donald Trump’s hardline policies.Mr Biden also created a task force to reunite migrant families who were separated at the border by Mr Trump’s 2018 ‘zero tolerance’ strategy.“We are going to work...

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Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi charged, days after military coup

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi charged, days after military coup

Aung San Suu Kyi remains in detention, more than two days after Myanmar's army seized power in a takeover that has drawn international condemnation.ShareMyanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was formally charged on Wednesday two days after she was detained in a military coup, as calls for civil disobedience to oppose the putsch gathered pace.The Southeast Asian nation was plunged back into direct military rule when soldiers arrested key civilian leaders in a series of dawn raids on Monday, ending the army's brief flirtation with democracy.Ms Suu Kyi, who has not been seen in public...

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Donald Trump's donor reportedly funded Capitol riot rally

Donald Trump's donor reportedly funded Capitol riot rally

The Wall Street Journal has identified a prominent Donald Trump campaign donor as having helped fund the rally preceding the storming of the US Capitol.ShareAn heiress to supermarket chain Publix reportedly donated about $US300,000 ($A390,000) to fund a rally that preceded the deadly storming of the US Capitol by supporters of former US president Donald Trump.The Wall Street Journal said on Saturday the funding from Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent donor to Mr Trump's 2020 campaign, was facilitated by far-right show host Alex Jones.It said her money paid for the lion's share of the...

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The UK defends AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after Germany recommends against its use for over 65s

The UK defends AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after Germany recommends against its use for over 65s

AstraZeneca and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson immediately defended the vaccine, which has already been widely used in Britain on older people.ShareGermany's vaccine commission said on Thursday it could not recommend the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for elderly people, the latest twist in a row over the jab that has put Britain and the EU on a collision course.The panel of scientific experts, called STIKO, said the vaccine should only be given to people aged 18 to 65 years old as "there is currently insufficient data to assess the efficacy of the vaccine for persons aged 65...

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Joe Biden signs executive orders on climate as envoy cites Australian bushfires in call to action

Joe Biden signs executive orders on climate as envoy cites Australian bushfires in call to action

As the US President makes moves to lead the world in tackling climate change, his climate envoy cites Australia's summer of bushfires as evidence of the need to act urgently.SharePresident Joe Biden said the United States must lead the global response to the climate crisis, as he signed a raft of orders aimed at curbing rising temperatures.In the most ambitious US effort to stave off the worst effects of climate change, President Joe Biden is aiming to cut oil, gas and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines through executive orders.0:00Share"Just like we...

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Experts push for COVID-19 misinformation laws

Experts push for COVID-19 misinformation laws

Facebook, Twitter and Google logos displayed. A group of immunisation and technology experts push for action to stop the spread COVID-19 misinformation. (GETTY)A newly formed coalition of immunisation and technology experts warn that the spread of COVID-19 misinformation on social media could risk Australia's vaccine efforts.File size9.68 MBDuration5 min 17 secAdvertisementAdvertisementIn SocialStay Connected with SBS NewsNewsletterPodcastsRSSStay Connected with SBS NewsAdvertisement

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Global COVID-19 cases top 100 million as countries struggle with vaccine shortfalls

Global COVID-19 cases top 100 million as countries struggle with vaccine shortfalls

It took the world 11 months to record the first 50 million cases of the pandemic, compared to just three months for cases to double to 100 million.ShareGlobal coronavirus cases have surpassed 100 million as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls.Almost 1.3 per cent of the world's population has now been infected with COVID-19 and more than 2.1 million people have died.One person has been infected every 7.7 seconds, on average, since the start of the year.Around 668,250 cases have been reported each day over the same period, with the global...

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