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  • Covid news live: Australia braces for Omicron as states and territories tighten border restrictions
    by Justine Landis-Hanley on November 28, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Concerns new Covid variant is already in Australian states of NSW and NT; UK, Germany and Italy detect cases. Follow all the day’s news liveBiden and Harris briefed as US braces for arrival of Omicron Covid variantBoris Johnson strains to remain upbeat as new Omicron variant forces rapid crackdownGreg Hunt backflips as Australia shuts border to southern AfricaOmicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variantSee all our coronavirus coverageMinister for women’s safety Anne Ruston is speaking to David Speers on ABC Insiders. An evacuation order has been issued to residents of towns along the Hunter River in NSW as rising flood waters threaten power and water services, AAP reports.Widespread heavy rainfall led to flooding across much of the state. Rain eased on Saturday afternoon, with not much forecast for Sunday. Continue reading...

  • Mayor’s Fund for London reports Naomi Campbell’s charity over debt of £50,000
    by Patrick Butler Social policy editor on November 27, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Regulator to investigate Fashion for Relief after charity for young Londoners says promised sum never paidA charity whose patron is the mayor of London says the fashion charity founded by the supermodel Naomi Campbell owes it tens of thousands of pounds.The Mayor’s Fund for London, whose figurehead is the current mayor, Sadiq Khan, says it is owed £50,000 from a pop-up shop created by Campbell’s Fashion for Relief two years ago to raise money for the mayor’s causes.This article was updated on 27 November to include a statement from Fashion for Relief Continue reading...

  • Niger: two killed and 17 injured in clash with French military convoy
    by Reuters on November 27, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Force used against protesters who blocked vehicles amid rising anger over France’s presence in former coloniesAt least two people were killed and 18 injured in western Niger on Saturday when protesters clashed with a French military convoy they blocked after it crossed the border from Burkina Faso, Niger’s government said.The armoured vehicles and logistics trucks had crossed the border on Friday after being blocked in Burkina Faso for a week by demonstrations there against French forces’ failure to stop mounting violence by Islamist militants. Continue reading...

  • Over 100,000 of the most vulnerable people have not had third jab
    by Michael Savage on November 27, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Cancer patients among those struggling to access their coronavirus booster vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA quarter of people with severely suppressed immunity that leaves them highly vulnerable to Covid have still not had a third vaccination, according to official figures that have caused serious concern among leading cancer charities.The figure emerged just days after NHS England contacted cancer specialists and services across the country asking them to assist in boosting the numbers, with concerns that it means more than 100,000 extremely vulnerable people are yet to have their third jab. A letter from the NHS sent earlier this month said that 30% were still without the third vaccination, which has since fallen to 25%. Continue reading...

  • ‘False hope’: family violence program could be putting women at greater risk, critics say
    by Amy Remeikis on November 27, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    The federal project offers women up to $5,000 to help escape violence, but workers say getting the money is too onerous and complexVulnerable women attempting to escape domestic violence are being offered “false hope” by a government program that potentially could be putting them at greater risk, frontline service workers say.The two-year $145m escaping violence payment trial was billed as a one-off payment of up to $5,000 to “help women establish a life free of violence”. It was announced as part of the government’s “landmark $1.1bn women’s safety package” in the May budget. Continue reading...

  • Met police charge man, 19, with six counts of sharing extremist material
    by PA Media on November 27, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Elias Djelloul was arrested in east London on Friday and will appear in court on MondayA 19-year-old man will appear in court next week accused of sharing extremist material.Elias Djelloul was arrested at an address in east London on Friday, the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command said. Continue reading...

  • ‘Atmospheric rivers’ threaten new floods in hard-hit Washington state
    by Associated Press in Bellingham, Washington on November 27, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Western areas still assessing millions of dollars’ worth of damage from flooding earlier this monthResidents in Washington state were on Saturday preparing for possible flooding as “atmospheric rivers” once again threatened parts of the US north-west, which saw heavy damage from such extreme weather earlier this month.Flood watches were issued for much of western and north-central Washington and the National Weather Service (NWS) warned that flooding was possible through Sunday in north-western Washington. Continue reading...

  • Fundraiser for US man exonerated after 43 years in prison tops $1.4m
    by Edward Helmore and agencies on November 27, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Kevin Strickland, 62, wrongly convicted of 1978 triple murderSays criminal justice system ‘needs to be torn down and redone’By mid-afternoon on Saturday, a fundraiser for a man who spent 43 years in prison before a judge in Missouri this week overturned his conviction in a triple murder had raised more than $1.4m.The Midwest Innocence Project set up the GoFundMe page as it fought for the release of Kevin Strickland, 62, noting that he would not receive compensation from the state and would need help paying basic living expenses while struggling with extensive health problems. Continue reading...

  • Early action against Omicron is imperative to avoid devastating consequences | Ewan Birney
    by Ewan Birney on November 27, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Scientists have sprung into action to identify the new Covid variant. We don’t yet know if it is a major threat - but we should not take any chancesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was only a matter of time before a new Sars-CoV-2 variant of concern emerged, requiring an urgent global response. It would seem that the Omicron variant, identified by scientists across Africa, including the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), poses the next major threat in the course of the pandemic. Early evidence from their genomic surveillance suggests that this new variant is a serious cause for concern and it is imperative that we act fast in response to this new information.The variant has also been detected in Botswana and Hong Kong, and will undoubtedly continue to arise in other territories in the coming days; travel-related cases have appeared in Belgium and Israel. Two cases of the new variant have been detected in the UK at the time of writing. Continue reading...

  • Tonga’s drug crisis: Why a tiny Pacific island is struggling with a meth epidemic
    by Joshua Mcdonald on November 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Spike in drug use has caused problems across Tongan society, with arrests doubling in two years and children severely affectedAfter more than four decades spent living in New Zealand, Ned Cook knew it was time to return to his home country of Tonga.His country was in the grip of a methamphetamine epidemic that was ripping families apart and overrunning the country’s hospitals and jails. Cook, a trained drug and alcohol abuse counsellor, with a history of drug abuse himself, had been preparing for years to return to Tonga to combat it. Continue reading...