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The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has probably arrived in Germany, a minister in the western state of Hesse says, after mutations were found in a passenger arriving from South Africa."Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveller returning from South Africa," tweeted Kai Klose, social affairs minister in Hesse, home to Frankfurt airport, Germany's biggest hub and one of Europe's busiest airports.
For the second week in a row Sydney FC were kept scoreless as Lachie Rose helped seal Macarthur FC's 1-0 win, their first of this A-League Men season, on Saturday night.Sky Blues coach Steve Corcia said he wanted to see a better end product after a goalless draw to open their campaign against Western Sydney last week, but this wasn't much of an improvement.
Adelaide United have dramatically scored two late goals to pinch a 2-2 draw with Melbourne City in their A-League Men's clash.City appeared destined for their second consecutive win to open their title defence after marksmen Jamie Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout scored.
World Rugby has slapped Wallabies back-rower Rob Valetini with a three-match suspension for his dangerous tackle on Welsh lock Adam Beard.But it could have been much worse, with one of the independent disciplinary panel members deeming the offence worthy of a ban of 10-plus matches.
Adelaide Strikers pace bowler Megan Schutt has produced a strong effort with the ball to help restrict the Perth Scorchers to 5-146 in the WBBL final at Optus Stadium.Schutt returned figures of 1-19 from four overs bowling in the powerplay and at the death to help strangle the Scorchers in Saturday's clash.
A masked gunman has shot and killed the driver of a bus and two young passengers near the town of Decani in western Kosovo.A third student was injured in the Friday evening attack, Kosovo media reported.
Perth's hopes of hosting the fifth Ashes Test is no longer a lock, with WA Cricket chief executive Christina Matthews now rating it as just a 50-50 chance.Matthews had been bullish up until recently about the prospect of the match being played at Optus Stadium, even going as far as saying Tasmania had wasted the ink in its printer in attempting to steal the Test.
The Wellington Phoenix have made it 13 games undefeated after claiming a 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners at Wollongong's WIN Stadium.The victory was the Phoenix's first of the A-League Men's season and came after an onslaught from the Mariners in the first half.
Two men have held up a delivery van at knifepoint in Sydney before driving off in it with dozens of parcels still inside.A 22-year-old worker found two men standing outside the Toyota HiAce van, which was parked on the street in Carlingford in Sydney's northwest, about 8am on Saturday when he returned to it after making a delivery.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review, has renewed his pledge to consider "all options," including acquiring enemy base strike capability.He also vowed to create a stronger Self-Defence Force to protect the country amid growing threats from China and North Korea.
Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali has claimed figures of 5-51 as Bangladesh were dismissed for 330 in their first innings of the opening Test in Chattogram.Ali broke the hosts' resistance in the first session on day two, who resumed on 4-253.
India spinner Axar Patel has struck three times in the post-lunch session to restrict New Zealand to 6-249 on day three of the opening Test in Kanpur on Saturday.Replying to India's first innings total of 345, New Zealand were 1-197 in the morning session with opener Tom Latham approaching his hundred and skipper Kane Williamson in the middle.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:* There have been 39,022,233 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Saturday, including 104,382 in the previous 24 hours.* Of the total, 23,177,891 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 74,973 in the previous 24 hours).
Australian police and ADF personnel providing security in the Solomon Islands as rioting continues in the capital Honiara have reportedly been well received.Senior federal minister Simon Birmingham says the contingent is likely to be deployed to Australia's troubled Pacific near neighbour for a matter of weeks rather than months.
Devin Booker has scored 32 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 118-97 win over the Knicks in New York on Friday night for their 15th straight victory, matching the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.Chris Paul had 14 points and 10 assists to help the Suns improve to 16-3.
Gunshots have rung out at a Washington state mall packed with shoppers, seriously wounding one person and panicking hundreds of others who hid inside stores as the mall went into lockdown.Authorities said the shooting in Tacoma, south of Seattle, was reported just after 7pm on Friday at an area near the mall's food court.
Six people including an infant child have been rescued from floodwaters in southern Queensland with a major flood warning current for the Logan and Albert rivers.The people were all rescued late on Friday and in the early hours of Saturday after entering floodwaters despite official warnings.
Thomas and Corey Kelly are poised to become the first twins to play cricket together for South Australia, with the former named to debut against Queensland on Sunday.Separated by just two minutes at birth, Thomas' debut comes eight months after Corey's first one-day domestic game against Western Australia last summer.
The NBL has been hit with a second cancelled pre-season game in a week due to COVID-19.Saturday night's NBL Blitz match between Illawarra and Sydney has been called off because of a positive case in the Hawks' ranks.
Laying it all on the line, George Kambosos will dedicate victory to his yearning family if he pulls off one of boxing's great upsets in Sunday's unified mega-fight with world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez.Kambosos has placed much of his life on hold in pursuit of world championship glory, spending endless months away from his loved ones ahead of his title showdown in New York.