Tropical Storm Claudette has brought wind, heavy rain and flooding to areas of Louisiana and Mississippi in the United States, where some have sandbags still left over from last year's record-breaking hurricane season.Claudette formed on Saturday morning along the Gulf Coast, aboRead More »
Taliban fighters have taken control of a key district in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province and encircled the provincial capital, police say, as the insurgent group adds to its string of recent victories on the battlefield.Fighting around Imam Sahib district began late on Sunday and by mid-day on Monday the Taliban had overrun the district headquarters and were in control of police headquarters, provincial police spokesman Inamuddin Rahmani said.
The abandoned street in Pennsylvania in the US has been described as 'crazy spooky' and possibly 'haunted'. See the bizarre video here.
Nick Meaney hopes to sit down with Canterbury bosses this week as he weighs up whether to stay with the NRL club or join a rival such as Melbourne.The off-contract Canterbury back has options for next year, despite facing a fight to remain part of the Bulldogs' revamped backline.
Sydney have been buoyed by rival AFL clubs' recent successes as they prepare for their own hit-and-run mission to South Australia for a clash with Port Adelaide.The Swans are effectively home-bound for the time being as the harbour city grapples with its COVID-19 outbreak, with players restricted in their movement outside of training purposes and essential needs.
There may be those who doubt Reece Walsh is ready for State of Origin, but there's no such concern from the 18-year-old.Walsh will cap a stellar rise from unknown Brisbane prospect to Maroons fullback on Sunday when he make his Origin debut in a must-win match at Suncorp Stadium.
Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day could be linked to a reduced risk of developing chronic liver disease and related liver conditions, a new study suggests.Researchers at the UK universities of Southampton and Edinburgh found drinking the beverage - either caffeinated or decaffeinated - was associated with a reduced risk of developing and dying from chronic liver disease compared to not drinking coffee.
A flight attendant infected with COVID-19 during hotel quarantine has spread the virus to a man at a Brisbane venue attended by more than 30 other people.Queensland authorities believe the risk posed by its latest case of community transmission is low.
After a year off because of coronavirus, Hobart's Dark Mofo nude winter solstice swim has returned to a nippy River Derwent.Some 1500 people braved the 3C air temperature to strip off at 7.
International auction house Sotheby's says it will accept cryptocurrency as payment for a rare 101-carat diamond expected to fetch up to $US15 million ($A20m).The world-famous broker said it was the first time a stone of such value had been offered for purchase by cryptocurrency, and hailed the move as a "significant moment in the evolution" of the market.
Chile have secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Copa America with a 1-1 draw against Uruguay in their Group A encounter.Luis Suarez appeared to end a scoring drought for Uruguay that threatened to go a fifth straight game, although the strike may instead be attributed as an own goal to Arturo Vidal.
Environment Minister Sussan Ley is digging in on net zero carbon emissions by 2050 despite the new deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce's opposition."Net zero is not dead in the water," she told journalists in Canberra on Tuesday.
The daughter of renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo was "free to go" hours before her criminal trial was due to begin after allegedly crashing into a former bikie boss.Nicola Annabel Teo from Bondi, was accused of dangerously driving on the wrong side of the road when she hit former Comancheros boss Jock Ross at Lower Macdonald, northwest of Sydney in 2019.
The Trump Organization is suing New York City for cancelling its contract to run a golf course in the Bronx earlier this year, a move it says was politically motivated and should be reversed.The lawsuit, filed in state court, says nothing in the 566-page contract gave New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio the right to terminate the deal after the then-US president's supporters stormed the US Capitol earlier this year.
The 77-year-old driver who accidentally slammed his truck into fellow members of a gay chorus group, killing one and injuring two others at a South Florida Pride parade, says he will hold the deceased "in my heart forever".Fred Johnson, a local minister and member of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, a tight-knit ensemble of about 25 mostly older men, was at the wheel of a pickup truck when his group was signalled as next to join the parade.
Victoria will have to wait for details on further eased COVID-19 restrictions, despite no new locally acquired cases.Acting Premier James Merlino and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton foreshadowed an announcement later this week, but said on Tuesday it was too early to go into the detail.
Blake Green claims Newcastle's local NRLW stars can be trailblazers for young girls in the Hunter region if they don't turn their back on the newest women's franchise.As revealed by AAP last week, the Knights are yet to land a blow in the recruitment market despite the competition set to start in August.
Andrew Gaze has recommended Boomers therapy for Ben Simmons as doubts grow over the maligned NBA All-Star's desire to join the team's push for a maiden Olympic medal.Simmons' run at an NBA title with the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers came crashing to an inglorious halt in the eastern conference semi-finals.
Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii have been blasted into space in a bid to help solve health problems faced by human astronauts.The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid were raised at the University of Hawaii's Kewalo Marine Laboratory and were sent into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station.
More than 8500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts across the world and nearly 2700 others were killed, the United Nations reports.UN chief Antonio Guterres' annual report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict covers the killing, maiming and sexual abuse of children; abduction or recruitment; denial of aid access; and targeting of schools and hospitals.
The mice plague that has cut a destructive swathe through western NSW for months is forcing the evacuation of a jail in the region.Up to 200 staff and 420 male and female prisoners at Wellington Correctional Centre will be transferred to other prisons in the next 10 days while cleaning and remediation work takes place.
An elderly man has been charged with attempted murder after an incident in Tasmania in which two women were wounded.Police were called to a home in the west coast town of Zeehan on Saturday morning and found the women, aged 80 and 64, with injuries to their head, face and arms.
Detectives are hunting three men they believe are involved in the kidnapping of former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill.Police have released CCTV footage of two men entering a Bunnings just hours before MacGill was abducted and assaulted on Sydney's north shore at gunpoint by a group of men on on the evening of April 14.
The United States is in talks with some of the key actors in Libya over the withdrawal of foreign fighters ahead of elections planned for December, Washington's top Libya envoy says.Special Envoy for Libya Richard Norland told reporters part of the importance of Libya's elections was so a fully empowered, credible and legitimate government could push foreign actors to pull out their troops.
Australia will contest a draft recommendation to list the Great Barrier Reef as a world heritage site "in danger" after a United Nations body called for more government action on climate change.Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley says the government was "blindsided" by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee report, which cited successive reef bleaching events as being of particular concern.