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A distress signal has been detected in an isolated, low-lying group of islands in the Tonga archipelago following a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, the United Nations said, prompting particular concern for its inhabitants.Initial reports suggested no mass casualties on the main island of Togatapu, but two people were reported missing and the capital Nuku'alofa was badly damaged in Saturday's event, as were resorts and homes along the island's western beaches, it said.
Daniil Medvedev begins his first grand slam tournament as title favourite when he takes centre stage on Tuesday opposed to Henri Laaksonen in the Australian Open first round.In a rare major tournament without a top seed following Novak Djokovic's messy visa cancellation saga, second seed Medvedev has defaulted into favouritism at Melbourne Park.
The search for missing nine-year-old Charlise Mutten in rugged bushland in the NSW Blue Mountains has entered its fifth day.Charlise was reported missing on Friday morning, with her parents telling police they last saw her on Thursday at a property at Mount Wilson, 20km north of Katoomba.
NSW's COVID-19 death toll is continuing to mount, but Premier Dominic Perrottet has warned lockdown is "the only alternative".The state reported another 17 deaths on Monday, taking the number over the previous five days past 100.
Already making blocks of panels that roll out like a solar accordion, engineers at 5B say robots can build the world's solar farms even faster, safely and at lower cost.The company says its flagship product, the prefabricated and portable "Maverick", can already deploy up to 10 times faster and generate up to twice the energy using the same amount of land as conventional solar.
There is cautious optimism the current Omicron outbreak will not get much worse as health authorities predict the case peak is not far off, but concerns remain over financial help for impacted Australians.Changes to the pandemic leave disaster payment are due to come into effect on Tuesday, a move that could cost Australians hundreds of dollars in support, according to the Australian Council of Social Service.
Anti-trolling campaigner and journalist Erin Molan will join online safety advocates at a third hearing into how social media can be made safer for users.The former Channel Nine presenter - who has been a victim of vicious online trolling and is a long-term campaigner for tougher social media regulations - is appearing before the parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday.
The rate of hiring workers in Australia was comfortably above its pre-pandemic level in the latter stages of 2021, but the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has since cast some concerns over the outlook.New data released by business and employment online operator LinkedIn showed hiring on average as of the December quarter was 16 per cent higher over the year compared to same pre-COVID period.
The European Union is to tighten COVID-19 travel rules for unvaccinated arrivals from Australia, Argentina and Canada due to rising case numbers.The 27 EU member states reached an agreement on Monday to remove the trio from a list of countries where easier travel restrictions apply regardless of vaccination status, a press release from the Council of the EU said.
A suspected drone attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels targeting a key oil facility in Abu Dhabi has killed three people and sparked a separate fire at Abu Dhabi's international airport, police say.Police in the United Arab Emirates identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani.
Christian Eriksen, who has not played since collapsing mid-match during Denmark's Euro 2020 finals campaign last summer, has been offered the chance to make a comeback with Premier League club Brentford.Eriksen, 29, was released by Inter Milan as Italian regulations do not allow players to compete in Serie A with a implantable cardioverter defibrillator device (ICD).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to Arsenal, and Mario Lemina to Nice, for medical tests after cardiac lesions were found in tests undertaken after testing positive for COVID-19.The Gabonese Football Federation (FEGAFOOT) said on Monday the tests were conducted in Cameroon where the pair hoped to play in the African Cup of Nations.
Ajla Tomljanovic's Australian Open campaign has come to an abrupt end, with the world No.43 suffering a 6-4 6-0 loss to Paula Badosa in the first round.
More than $8 million in federal government funding will be spent on the beleaguered agricultural show industry to ensure the show goes on for its showmen and women.With around 700 Australian ag shows cancelled since the pandemic began, many of the showmen and women who travel the circuit have been left struggling.
Federal funds of $20 million have been set aside to further boost Australia's efforts to combat pests and weeds.The multi-million dollar package will be matched by Australia's states and territories to reduce the impact on agriculture, wildlife and the environment.
England head coach Lisa Keightley admits the squad are still "a bit rusty" three days before the start of their Women's Ashes series against Australia in Adelaide.The multi-format series was brought forward by a week and will start with three T20 matches at the Adelaide Oval, commencing on January 20.
Pope Francis has appointed American Archbishop Charles Balvo as his new papal envoy in Australia.Archbishop Balvo, who is currently the Vatican's ambassador to the Czech Republic and has served in the Holy See's diplomatic service for more than 30 years, will be the next Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater world cooperation against COVID-19 and pledged to send an additional 1 billion doses of vaccine to other countries.He's also urged other powers to discard a "Cold-War mentality" at a time of rising geopolitical tensions -- a not-so-veiled swipe at the United States.
Greece has imposed a vaccination mandate for people over age 60, as coverage remains below the European Union average and a recent spike in infections has sustained pressure on hospitals.Older people failing to get vaccinated will face penalties, starting at a 50-euro ($A79) fine in January and followed by a monthly fine of 100 euros after that.
Newly crowned BBL minor premiers Perth Scorchers moved ten points clear at the top of the table after the returning Mitch Marsh blasted another quickfire half-century in their six-wicket win over Brisbane Heat.Perth, who were confirmed as minor premiers earlier on Monday, after second-placed Sydney Sixers lost to Adelaide Strikers, reached their target of 156 with eight balls to spare.