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The Taliban's de facto prime minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund has addressed the country in a pre-recorded audio message nearly three months after his appointment.Akhund's long-awaited message was released by state-run television on Saturday evening after repeated criticism for his failure to speak during official meetings.
At least two people have been killed and 16 others injured in western Niger when protesters clashed with a French military convoy they blocked after it crossed the border from Burkina Faso, the local mayor says.The armoured vehicles and logistics trucks had crossed the border on Friday after being blocked in Burkina Faso for a week by demonstrations there against French forces' failure to stop mounting violence by Islamist militants.
The United Kingdom, Germany and Italy have detected cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new steps to contain the virus while more countries impose restrictions on travel from southern Africa.The discovery of the variant has sparked global concern, a wave of travel bans or curbs and a sell-off on financial markets on Friday as investors worried that Omicron could stall a global recovery from the nearly two-year pandemic.
Germany's first two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been confirmed in Munich, the Bavarian health minister says.Omicron, first detected in South Africa in November, has been classified as a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organisation.
A court in Siberia has remanded five people in custody for two months to face charges related to a mining accident that killed more than 50 people this week.Three managers of the Listvyazhnaya mine, including its director, were ordered to remain in custody until late January for flouting industrial safety standards, a spokesperson for the Russian regional prosecutor's office said.
In another masterful display by the best attack in the Premier League, Liverpool have swept to a 4-0 win over Southampton, making it look like child's play.When Diogo Jota celebrated his early goal on Saturday by sitting on the Anfield turf, crossing his legs and pretending to play on a gaming console, it couldn't have been more fitting.
Flights from nine countries in southern Africa are suspended and arrivals who have been in the region will be forced into mandatory quarantine, as Australia scrambles to respond to a "concerning" new variant of COVID-19There are no known cases of the Omicron strain in Australia yet, but Health Minister Greg Hunt on Saturday said precautionary measures were needed.Flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, the Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique will cease for two we
Adelaide Strikers captain Tahlia McGrath says her team will dust off the disappointment and come back "bigger and better" after suffering yet another loss in a WBBL final.Two years after losing the decider to the Brisbane Heat, the Strikers suffered a 12-run loss to the Perth Scorchers in front of 15,511 fans at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.
After conceding 17 goals in pre-season, assistant coach Mark Milligan quitting the club and Adam Federici retiring, Ante Milicic could have been forgiven for coming into this A-League Men season with a sense of trepidation.Yet Milicic's Macarthur have maintained their undefeated start to their campaign after stubbornly repelling Sydney FC at Kogarah Oval on Saturday to claim a 1-0 win, courtesy of a first-half Lachie Rose goal.
Adelaide United coach Carl Veart has hailed the courage of his players to knock reigning A-League Men's champions Melbourne City off their game in a 2-2 draw.Adelaide scored twice in the last 15 minutes on Saturday night at Coopers Stadium.
The ACT Health has introduced precautionary measures in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19Anyone in the ACT who has been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Seychelles, Malawi, Namibia, and/or Eswatini in the past 14 days must get a PCR test and quarantine immediately.ACT Health will also implement quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated overseas travellers who have not been in these countries.
An evacuation order has been issued to residents of towns along the Hunter River in NSW as rising floodwaters threaten power and water services.Widespread heavy rainfall led to flooding across much of the state.
NSW will send people who have been overseas in the two weeks before their arrival into three days of home quarantine, as the state works out its response to the threat posed by a new, "concerning" variant of COVID-19.Premier Dominic Perrottet says precautionary steps are needed to protect against the Omicron variant while experts investigate the risk.
Striker Kyah Simon is confident the Matildas can shake off a 3-0 loss to the United States, and a first few days in camp marred by illness and limited preparation, and bounce back in Tuesday's second friendly clash in Newcastle.Tight international windows meant many players didn't arrive until late Tuesday night, while a bout of gastro stopped several training late in the week, with coach Tony Gustavsson touching on the limited build-up in his pre-match press conference.
The Barbarians, coached by Dave Rennie and featuring 11 Wallabies, have been left "devastated" at having their rugby international against Samoa called off because of six confirmed cases in the invitation side's camp.The match, which was due to have been played at Twickenham on Saturday, was called off just 90 minutes before kickoff because of the outbreak in the Baa-Baas' squad.
South Africa say it is being punished for its advanced ability to detect new COVID-19 variants early, as travel bans and restrictions imposed because of the new Omicron variant threaten to harm tourism and other sectors of the economy.South Africa has some of the world's top epidemiologists and scientists, who have managed to detect emerging coronavirus variants and their mutations early on in their life cycle.
Australia's hopes of making the knockout stages at the Davis Cup Finals look doomed despite a courageous Alex de Minaur-inspired 2-1 victory over Hungary in Turin.Lleyton Hewitt's side came from behind after a shock defeat for John Millman to earn the victory on Saturday that was their minimum requirement following their calamitous 3-0 loss to Croatia in their opening Group D tie on Thursday.
Russia has no plans to invade Ukraine and suggestions to the contrary are malicious US propaganda, the country's foreign intelligence chief says.US, NATO and Ukrainian officials have raised the alarm in recent weeks over what they say are unusual Russian troop movements near the border with Ukraine, suggesting that Russia may be poised to launch an attack.
The United Kingdom has announced new measures to try to slow the spread of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant and a top health official says there is a "reasonable chance" that vaccines could be less effective against it.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said all arrivals would have to take a test and it was time to step up booster jabs.
At least two people have died in the United Kingdom after the year's first winter storm battered parts of the countries with gusts of nearly 160 kilometres an hour.The storm, named Arwen by the country's Met Office, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, causing road causing road closures, train delays, power cuts and high waves.