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Two 18-year-old Namibian runners threw track and field's contentious testosterone issue back into the Olympic spotlight when they blazed into the women's 200-meter final in Tokyo just weeks after being barred from the 400-meter race.One of them, Christine Mboma, broke the world under-20 record twice in the span of about eight hours at the Olympic Stadium on the way to the 200 final.
Coronavirus curbs in parts of Thailand and Indonesia will be extended while authorities in Iran say new daily infections have hit a record high.The coronavirus lockdown in Thailand's capital and more than two dozen other provinces will last for another two weeks at least, local media reported on Monday, citing a government official.
Western barred bandicoots have returned to a part of far northwestern NSW for the first time in a hundred years after the area was purged of feral animals.Ten of the small marsupials - known by local Aboriginal people as "talpero" - have been reintroduced to the Sturt National Park as part of the Wild Deserts conservation project.
Cronulla coach Josh Hannay admits he didn't like Will Chambers' verbal tirade at old rival Dylan Walker, admitting the veteran's emotions got the better of him in the Sharks 40-22 loss to Manly.Chambers spent several sets giving it to Walker and Manly players in the second half, after he came out of the line and flattened the Sea Eagles utility.
Manly will make a point of managing Tom Trbojevic's workload in a bid to make sure the NRL's most valuable hamstrings are fit for the finals.Trbojevic's 11-minute hat-trick against Cronulla was the latest highlight in a brilliant season, wrapping up the Sea Eagles' top-eight spot in the process.
Middle distance powerhouse Stewart McSweyn begins his bid to win Australia's first Olympic 1500m medal in more than six decades in Tokyo on Tuesday.The versatile 26-year-old from King Island qualified for the Tokyo Games in three events but has chosen to focus solely on the 1500m, believing it's his best chance of claiming a spot on the podium.
When Annette Shun Wah signed up as OzAsia Festival's new artistic director, she was looking forward to the travel opportunities that would ensue from curating the Adelaide Festival Centre's marquee spring event."Finally, a job where I had to travel internationally, and to Asia," says the actor, writer, broadcaster and producer by Zoom from her home on Sydney's lower north shore.
Queensland is bracing for more coronavirus cases as authorities warn the situation will continue to escalate with concern centred on two schools that have recorded positive cases.The state is grappling with the most serious threat it has faced since the start of the pandemic after 13 new cases were recorded on Monday, the highest daily total in almost a year.
A COVID-19 outbreak at an inner west Sydney nursing home has reached 20 people as the residents of an entire floor are shifted to hospital.The union for independent school staff in NSW, meanwhile, has called on the government to rethink its Year 12 reopening plan for August 16.
The federal government will focus on measures to limit damage to the economy as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in NSW and Queensland.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will on Tuesday introduce to federal parliament a draft law to make changes to worker and business support.
Labor says offering a $300 payment to fully vaccinated Australians will give the program a much-needed shot in the arm.There are concerns the COVID-19 vaccination program, which so far has delivered 12.
The Reserve Bank of Australia will hold its monthly board meeting faced with a vastly different set of circumstances than when they last gathered early in July.Last month, RBA governor Philip Lowe was talking about a "positive path" for the economy after recovering from recession stronger than expected.
Bangladesh is keen to make its first bilateral Twenty20 series against Australia a memorable one.The series of five matches in seven days begins on Tuesday in Dhaka, and Bangladesh is high on confidence after sweeping Zimbabwe in their test, one-day international and T20 series last month.
Poland has granted a visa to a Belarusian Olympic sprinter who said she feared for her safety and that her team's officials tried to force her to fly home.An activist group that is helping athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya told The Associated Press it has bought her a plane ticket to Warsaw for the coming days.
Iran will respond promptly to any threat against its security, a foreign ministry spokesman says, after the UK, US and Israel blamed the country for an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman.Officials in Tehran has denied any involvement in the attack on Thursday in which two crew members - a Briton and a Romanian - were killed.
The United States await the Opals after they concocted a miracle passage to the final eight in Tokyo.Winless in their first two Olympic pool basketball games, the Opals needed to beat Puerto Rico on Monday by at least 25 points to sneak into the women's quarter-finals, ahead of Canada on for-and-against.
The S&P; 500 index has neared a record high as a $US1 trillion ($A1.4 trillion) infrastructure bill and strong second-quarter corporate earnings lifted sentiment ahead of a deluge of macroeconomic data this week.
The United States women's soccer team's dream of regaining their Olympic crown ended with a 1-0 defeat by Canada in the semi-finals on Monday, leaving veteran Megan Rapinoe admitting the competition had been a "struggle".The US came into the tournament as world champions and heavy favourites but they started badly with a 3-0 loss to Sweden, and bowed out after failing to produce a shot on target for the opening hour against the Canadians.
Australia have pulled their Tokyo campaign from the flames with a last-ditch 27-point defeat - 96-69 - of Puerto Rico to progress to the quarter-finals.Winless in their first two games, the Opals needed to win by 25 to sneak into the final eight.
Dutch star Sifan Hassan stormed to 5,000 metres Olympic gold in the first final of her extraordinary treble bid at the Tokyo Games.Just 12 hours after advancing into the 1,500m semi-finals despite a fall, Hassan kicked on the last back straight en route to an undisputed victory on a wet night in 14 minutes 36.