Powerball tip for $150 million draw, Telstra cuts 2,800 jobs: Australian news live

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by the ICC.

Yahoo's live news blog for Tuesday, May 21 has concluded.

We started the day with the news the chief prosecutor of the world's top war crimes court sought arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been accused of war crimes in the Gaza Strip. The move has been criticised by US President Joe Biden, who called it "outrageous". Warrants were also issued for three Hamas leaders — Yehia Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh.

Telstra has also confirmed it will cut 2,800 jobs by the end of the year.

We're two days out from a huge $150 million Powerball draw, with officials giving their advice ahead of Thursday night. If one person claims division one, it would be the highest lottery prize ever won by one player in Australia.

  • Child reportedly found in cage on worksite

    A child, believed to be about two years old, has reportedly been found locked in a cage at a Northern Territory industrial site.

    Authorities are investigating the incident, which is understood to have occurred at a work site on the Stuart Highway.

    "NT WorkSafe can confirm NT Police has raised a safety concern after receiving reports a young child had been secured in inappropriate conditions at a work site," the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Read more here.

  • Australia's southeast dealing with spike in three different viruses

    Victoria's Chief Health Officer Clare Looker said the state was currently dealing with a cocktail of elevated influenza, Covid-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases as winter approaches.

    “We’ve seen a significant jump in flu (cases),” she told 3AW.

    Covid-19 hospitalisations spiked 37 per cent last week, and Fr Looker expects further increases.

    Parents are warned about the dangers RSV poses to children, which can lead to respiratory issues.

    NSW has also issued warnings about the spread of the three viruses.

    Read more here.

  • Extreme heat sees monkeys drop dead from trees


    Monkeys have been dropping dead from trees in Mexico's southeastern tropical forests amid a nationwide drought and heat waves that have sent temperatures soaring across much of the country.

    Local media says dozens of threatened howler monkeys have died as temperatures routinely pass 40C.

    In January, birds were falling from trees in Western Australia as the temperature hit 45C.

  • Woman stabbed by man 'not known to her'

    A woman in her 20s has been stabbed in broad daylight by what police believe was a stranger who was later apprehended by heroic bystanders in Melbourne's St Kilda this morning.

    A 44-year-old St Kilda East man was arrested shortly after the attack before 9am and taken to hospital under police guard with minor injuries.

    The victim was taken to hospital for treatment on her non-life-threatening injuries, while a man who intervened has also suffered minor injuries.

  • Albanese dodges Israel PM question

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese would not be drawn on the situation surrounding Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been issued an arrest warrant alongside three Hamas leaders over alleged war crimes.

    "I don't comment on court processes in Australia, let alone court processes globally which Australia is not a party," he told reporters on Tuesday morning following the decision by the International Criminal Court

  • Bali warning as disease cases spike

    Visitors to Bali and other tourist spots that pose a dengue fever risk are being warned as one of Australia's leading travel insurers reported a spike in claims.

    Dengue fever outbreaks are higher than normal across the globe with the Australian government noting places such as Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, and Peru are at an increased risk.

    “Contracting dengue fever overseas can have serious implications to both your health and finances. Even in moderate cases, the average cost to treat and assist travellers with dengue fever is about $7,000," Natalie Smith, spokesperson for 1Cover travel Insurance, said.

    Emily Gurr was airlifted back to Australia with dengue fever. Source: Supplied/ NCA NewsWire
    Emily Gurr was airlifted back to Australia with dengue fever. Source: Supplied/ NCA NewsWire

    The insurance company said it had at least double the amount of dengue fever-related claims in 2024 compared to previous years.

    Dengue fever is a mosquito borne disease and can cause high fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and rash lasting up to two weeks. Extreme cases can cause death.

    Australian model Emily Gurr was airlifted back to Australia from Bali with dengue fever at a cost of $52,000. She had been bitten by a mosquito in Vietnam a week earlier.

    “I felt awful, like a bus had hit me. I didn’t know what it was but by the night time it was excruciating. I couldn't move, I thought I was dying," she said.

  • Four toddlers hospitalised after public pool issue

    Four toddlers were taken to hospital on Monday after they were exposed to excess fumes at a public pool on NSW's Mid North Coast.

    Police were called to the Macksville Memorial Aquatic and Fitness Centre about 9.30am on Monday before the children, all aged under two, were taken to hospital for respiratory distress.

    The pool has been closed and an investigation from SafeWork NSW is underway.

  • Telstra announces major job cuts

    Tesltra has announced it will cut 2,800 jobs from its direct workforce.

    The cuts will happen by the end of this year. CEO Vicki Brady said the decision was made amid an "evolving competitive market".

  • Woman killed by van during early-morning traffic

    A woman has been killed in Sydney's north when she was struck by a van at about 6.20am.

    Emergency services were called to the scene on the Pacific Highway at Pymble with paramedics unable to save the woman, who is believed to be in her 60s.

    Investigations are ongoing. There is heavy traffic in both directions, with two northbound lanes remaining closed.

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