German-Australian author Walter Kaufmann, who survived the Nazi persecution of Jews and later played a prominent role in the literary scene of communist East Germany, has died at the age of 97.Kaufmann's death was confirmed to the Associated Press on Friday by Dirk Szuszies, a Berlin filmmaker who made a documentary about the author's life.
Opponents of the February 1 coup in Myanmar have set up an alternate, opposition government, dubbing it the National Unity Government.Like the civilian government that was ousted by the military, the new body includes Win Myint as president and Aung San Suu Kyi as state counsellor, a position she turned into the de facto head of government.
The S&P; 500 and the Dow have hit record highs after Morgan Stanley wrapped up quarterly earnings reports from the big US banks with a profit surge while optimism about a solid economic rebound put the main indexes on course for weekly gains.Nine of the 11 S&P; indexes were trading higher, with only the communication services and information technology indexes edging lower after outperforming in the previous session.
In-form Perth Wildcats have overcome a cold-shooting Bryce Cotton with a convincing 83-69 victory over Illawarra Hawks to power to the top of the NBL ladder.The irresistible Cotton, who is the hot favourite to win his second straight MVP, tallied just 18 points on 6-of-21 from the field but the two-time defending champions were relentless on defence to continue the Hawks' misery at RAC Arena on Friday night.
McLaren has backed Daniel Ricciardo's call for the sport to highlight driver skills more than crashes and collisions.The Australian had criticised the sport's social media output in a recent interview, referring to 'idiots' who put out a promotional 'top 10 moments' last year that featured eight crashes.
A dazzling triple-double from point guard Will McDowell-White has propelled the New Zealand Breakers to a comprehensive 91-71 victory over the Brisbane Bullets at the Silverdome.Playing just his 11th NBL game, Olympic squad member McDowell-White (13 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists) showcased his versatility to help the Breakers' emphatic bounce back from Tuesday's overtime loss to Perth, also in Launceston.
Gen Next made their mark for Melbourne with Ryan Papenhuyzen, Harry Grant and Jahrome Hughes combining to steer the Storm to a gripping 20-4 win over the Sydney Roosters on Friday night.The new "Big Three" - replacing retired Storm greats Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk - stood up at AAMI Park, where the side remain unbeaten this season.
Former Liberal leader Andrew Peacock has died at the age of 82 in the United States.Mr Peacock served as foreign minister from 1975 to 1980 under Malcolm Fraser and as leader of the Liberal party he was defeated by Bob Hawke in the 1984 and 1990 elections.
Brisbane have ramped up the battle for sixth spot in the A-League with a 2-1 away win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium.The Roar, sitting in seventh spot, moved to within two points of the sixth-placed Wanderers, with three games in hand, while Western United in eighth are five points behind Western Sydney, having played four fewer matches.
Under-fire Collingwood are counting the cost on multiple fronts after a second-quarter masterclass from Jack Darling helped guide West Coast to a 27-point AFL victory at Optus Stadium.The Magpies led by 15 points after an impressive opening term on Friday night, but the loss of star duo Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe to injury proved costly.
England allrounder Ben Stokes will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks as he requires surgery on the left index finger he fractured while on Indian Premier League duty.Stokes, who suffered the injury while fielding in Rajasthan Royals' season-opener against Punjab Kings earlier this week, will head back to the UK from India on Saturday and have surgery in Leeds on Monday.
At least 21 migrants from Africa have died when their boat sank off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa, a Tunisian official says."The boat sank during a trip that started late on Thursday from (the town of) Sfax.
Teenage sensation Alou Kuol will leave Central Coast and join Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart on a four-year deal at the end of the A-League season.The 19-year-old has had a breakthrough campaign for the table-topping Mariners, scoring seven goals in 16 games.
Caretaker Cronulla coach Josh Hannay admits his side were left gutted after Kalyn Ponga shrugged aside illness to end the Sharks' wretched week and claim a 26-22 win for Newcastle.Routinely down on his haunches in back play and needing treatment at halftime, Ponga bagged a double and set up two other tries with sensational offloads.
The head of Britain's armed forces has expressed disappointment at President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said it was "not a decision we hoped for" although the UK respected the view taken by the new administration.
The Highlanders have hung on for a 35-29 win over the Blues in Dunedin on Friday to keep alive their Super Rugby Aotearoa title hopes after the visitors finished with 14 men because of a late red card.The Blues trailed 30-24 when replacement prop Alex Hodgman was sent off in the 73rd minute for driving his shoulder into the chin of Highlanders loose forward James Lentjes.
Scott Morrison has promised further support for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Seroja after witnessing first-hand the devastation inflicted on West Australian communities.The prime minister on Friday toured Kalbarri on the state's mid-west coast, visiting properties damaged by the storm and lending a hand with the clean-up.
Iran has begun enriching uranium up to 60 per cent purity, its highest level ever, after an attack targeted its Natanz nuclear site, the country's parliament speaker says.The comment by Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, quoted by state television, did not elaborate on the amount Iran planned to enrich.
Red-hot title favourites Rohan Browning and Hana Basic have made light of cool, breezy conditions to cruise through the opening rounds of the 100m at the Australian Olympic track and field trials.Browning clocked the fastest men's time of 10.
LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:* Australian Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly urged people to continue to get vaccinated and not jump to conclusions as investigations continue into a NSW woman's death.* A 48-year-old woman with a number of chronic conditions was given the AstraZeneca vaccine three to four days before she became unwell.