Bayern Munich's France defender Lucas Hernandez has appeared in a Madrid court and was issued a voluntary prison order for violating a restraining order.The 25-year-old will have 10 days - until October 28 - to voluntarily turn himself in to authorities to start serving a six-monRead More »
Australia is the worst climate performer in the developed world and will remain last even if it promises to get to net zero emissions by 2050, a new Climate Council report says.The advocacy group has compared what 31 wealthy developed nations are doing to limit global warming ahead of the pivotal Glasgow climate conference in 10 days' time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is backing the cabinet's proposal to declare a non-working week and keep Russian workers away from their offices as coronavirus deaths surged to another daily record.The government task force on Wednesday reported 1028 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
Former Brazilian soccer player Pele, not long out of the hospital after surgery to remove a tumour, has told fans to start celebrating his life because he was getting "closer to the goal.""I suggest you start to catch your breath to celebrate with me, because with each passing day I get closer to the goal," Pele wrote on Twitter.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named a 42-man squad for the Autumn Nations Series Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.Included in the group are Scotland's full complement of British and Irish Lions involved in this summer's South Africa tour, including captain Stuart Hogg, wing Duhan Van Der Merwe, plus half-backs Finn Russell and Ali Price.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for more efforts to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan at the start of a fresh round of talks on the crisis there.The search for peace is still an urgent task, Lavrov said in Moscow on Wednesday, according to the Interfax agency.
Police in Germany, Italy and Bulgaria have detained 11 people and raided 46 residential and commercial buildings in an investigation into tax fraud by the Italian mafia involving the trade in luxury vehicles, German police say.The main suspects who were detained belong to the "Ndrangheta", the most powerful mafia group in Italy, and are accused of forming a criminal organisation and of tax fraud worth 13 million euros ($A20.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has said he hopes to soon join a beloved professor friend in "the afterlife," in a sign that the 94-year-old pontiff is not only accepting his eventual death but welcoming it.Benedict penned an October 2 letter to a German priest, thanking him for letting him know of the passing of the Reverend Gerhard Winkler, a Cistercian priest and academic colleague of the former Josef Ratzinger.
The trial of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for attempted blackmail linked to a sex-tape featuring his former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena has started in Versailles.Benzema was not present in court, with his lawyers citing his professional obligations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not fly to Glasgow to attend the COP26 climate summit, the Kremlin says, a setback for host Britain's hopes of getting world leaders to agree a significant climate deal.Britain, which hosts the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, in Glasgow from Octpber 31 to November 12, is seeking to get big power support for a more radical plan to tackle climate change.
Steve Bruce has left his position as Newcastle United manager by mutual consent, just two weeks after the Premier League club was taken over by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium."NUFC can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.
Retired AFL star Eddie Betts is making a comeback of sorts, joining Northern Territory club Palmerston for a guest stint.The 34-year-old Indigenous champion will undertake community work in the NT over the coming weeks while playing an as-yet unspecified number of games for the Magpies.
Michael Jennings insists he did not intentionally take performance-enhancing drugs, adamant he doesn't know how it entered his body.Jennings' NRL career was all but ended last week when he pleaded guilty to the presence of two substances in his body, cutting a four-year ban down to three.
The Olympic flame for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games has arrived in the Chinese capital.A flight with the flame on board landed in Beijing ahead of a welcome ceremony at the Beijing Olympic Tower near the National Stadium, Xinhua news agency reported.
China will fully respect and protect the legal rights of Evergrande Group's creditors and asset owners in line with repayment priorities laid out by the law, the country's central bank head, Yi Gang, says.Yi made the remarks on Sunday at an online meeting of the Group of 30 International Banking Seminar, and they were released in a transcript on Wednesday.
Olympic boxing medallist Harry Garside has lured legendary trainer Johnny Lewis out of retirement as he makes the transition to the professional ranks.Garside won bronze in Tokyo to become Australia's first boxing medallist since Grahame 'Spike' Cheney in 1988.
European countries have called on Australia to defend the climate interests of its Pacific neighbours and bring ambitious emissions targets to global talks in Glasgow.France's ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault has lavished praise on state and territory governments, particularly NSW, for their climate targets and investments.
Resources giant BHP has tentatively backed the creation of a register of sexual offenders in Western Australia's fly-in, fly-out mining sector.The company has apologised unreservedly to victims of sexual assault and harassment on its mine sites, having sacked at least 48 perpetrators over the past two years.
May Millete's husband has been charged with her murder, 10 months after the mother-of-three disappeared from her San Diego home. Read more.
An air strike has hit the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region while the UN says it is slashing by more than half its Tigray presence as a government blockade halts humanitarian aid efforts and people die from lack of food.The war in Africa's second-most populous country has ground on for nearly a year between Ethiopian and allied forces and the Tigray ones who long dominated the national government before a falling-out with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Former Brisbane chief commercial officer Terry Reader will be the Dolphins' first CEO after being installed as boss of the NRL's newest club.Just a day out from the expected appointment of Wayne Bennett as coach, the Dolphins board confirmed a new club structure on Wednesday.
The West Indies have brought in left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein as a replacement for the injured Fabian Allen for the Twenty20 World Cup.The ICC's technical committee approved the pre-tournament replacement after Allen withdrew because of an ankle injury.
China's commodities markets have slumped, led by sharp declines in thermal coal prices, after the state planner said it was looking at ways to intervene to cool record high prices of the fuel.Cheaper coal prices and boosting supply could ease China's factory gate inflation, which hit record highs in September on the back of a power crunch and soaring commodity prices.
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Josh Hodgson's potential move to Wests Tigers could be clouded after fellow Canberra hooker Tom Starling was charged over an alleged incident of intimidation at a Central Coast pub.Just a year after being charged following an altercation in the same area last year, Starling was one of four people arrested on Wednesday over a Saturday night incident.