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A Malaysian appeals court has upheld former premier Najib Razak's guilty verdict in a case linked to a corruption scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).Najib was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $A70 million last year by a high court after being found guilty of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering for illegally receiving about $A14 million from SRC International, a former unit of the now defunct 1MDB.
A mother of five who helped a man escape detection after he murdered a teenage girl and hid her body in a barrel claims she had fallen under the killer's "thrall".On Wednesday, Tracy Ann Thomson, 43, walked free from the Brisbane Supreme Court after being granted immediate parole on a three-year sentence.
Actor Jussie Smollett has repeatedly denied he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself for publicity, telling a prosecutor as the trial neared its end "there was no hoax on my part" and that two brothers who testified against him are "liars".Lawyers for the former Empire actor rested their case shortly after Smollett finished a second day of testimony at the Chicago courthouse on charges he lied to police about the January 2019 attack.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet wants an overhaul of how education is funded between states and the federal government, describing the current system as a "dog's breakfast".He has also called for state and federal relations to move "out of the realm of combat" and for buck passing over healthcare costs to stop.
The Omicron variant can partially evade the protection from two doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, the research head of a laboratory in South Africa says.Alex Sigal, a professor at the Africa Health Research Institute, said on Twitter there was "a very large drop" in neutralisation of the Omicron variant relative to an earlier strain of COVID-19.
Asian shares have extended gains, continuing a global-relief rally as markets found positive news in early reports about the potential impact of the Omicron variant, although overnight advances in oil prices began to peter out."Markets are very sensitive to any slight new item relating to Omicron, and the absence of bad news is being taken very positively by equity markets, though - and I'm not a scientist - it seems too early to signal an 'all-clear'," Stefan Hofer, chief investment strategist
The Victorian government won't be handing out medical exemptions willy nilly so that Novak Djokovic can contest next month's Australian Open in Melbourne.That's the blunt message from deputy premier James Merlino amid talk that Djokovic has the backing of Tennis Australia to apply for an exemption on medical grounds after repeatedly refusing to reveal his vaccination status.
A Pfizer manufacturing employee made redundant as the pharmaceutical giant shuts its Perth plant has detailed his "true disappointment" as Australia struggles to build vaccine production capability.Richard Glenk worked at Pfizer for more than 10 years before it announced it would cease operating its Perth plant in 2023, leaving more than 470 jobs at risk.
New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak continues to lessen, with 90 new community cases reported, although concern remains as new areas are threatened.Wednesday's daily case count is the smallest in more than six weeks, with experts attributing the reduction in infection numbers to the growing vaccination rate.
Another infant has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Northern Territory as a community outbreak grows by two infections.The other new case is the mother of a three-year-old girl who tested positive on Sunday.
Speeding drivers are more likely to hit the roads in summer, an analysis of police data shows.South Australia's Royal Automobile Association says more drivers are caught speeding in summer, probably due to Christmas and holiday issues.
The Queensland government is considering cutting self-isolation to seven days for vaccinated close contacts of COVID-19 cases, but insists it won't rush the decision.The state will scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated domestic travellers from virus hotspots who test negative on Monday.
An illegal fireworks store has blown up southeast of Mexico City, killing two children and four adults and injuring multiple people, authorities say.Photographs of the scene distributed by the country's National Guard showed burned-out vehicles and single-storey brick and concrete homes with their walls blasted out.
A second consecutive broad-based rally was under way on the Australian share market as investors kept cheering scientific claims that the Omicron variant may not be as damaging as feared.The market was almost one per cent higher on Wednesday and the biggest gains were in materials, energy and technology.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has sided with Hobart in the divisive debate over which city should host the fifth men's Ashes Test.Cricket Australia (CA), having confirmed on Monday that the series finale beginning on January 14 will not be staged in Perth, is expected to settle on a replacement ground within a week.
Laws requiring workers in aged care and some in construction to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 remain valid in NSW after an urgent appeal was rejected.Sydney construction worker Al-Munir Kassam and Byron Bay aged care worker Natasha Henry had their case rejected again by Court of Appeal President Justice Andrew Bell, and Justices Anthony Meagher and Mark Leeming on Wednesday.
Brazil will require unvaccinated travellers entering the country to undertake five days of quarantine followed by a COVID-19 test, its health minister says, after the country's president said he opposed the use of a vaccine passport.Jair Bolsonaro criticised Brazil's health regulator Anvisa for proposing the vaccination passport be required for arriving travellers to help prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants.
An Adelaide Crows director has quit, criticising the AFL club's "forceful" mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.Nick Takos says he sought, and was refused, a medical exemption from having a COVID-19 vaccine.
A bid to gain world heritage status for sites in Victoria's historic goldfields won't affect local development, the mayor of Ballarat says.Local councils from the goldfields region, which together represent about 17 per cent of the state's land, have joined an effort to have significant local areas listed on the world heritage register, in the hope of attracting investment and jobs.