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Australia's rugby women have maintained their brilliant form to again look like the team to beat in the latest world series Dubai Sevens tournament.Following their dominant victory in last weekend's final, Demi Hayes' team carried on from where they left off, winning all three of their pool matches on Friday while racking up a remarkable 127 points, including 19 tries.
The World Health Organisation's chief scientist has urged people not to panic over the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant and says it is too early to say if vaccines would be need to be reworked.Speaking in an interview at the Reuters Next conference, Soumya Swaminathan said it was impossible to predict if Omicron would become the dominant strain.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has backed Sam Kerr to get over jet lag and be fit and fresh for Sunday's Women's FA Cup final (0100 Monday AEDT).Kerr flew back in midweek after playing twice for Australia against the United States and Hayes is trusting in a quick turnaround from her superstar Matildas striker.
Health officials in the United Kingdom say they are investigating a rise this week in the number of COVID-19 tests results that have a trait that is associated with the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant of concern.One of Omicron's mutations produces S-gene target failure (SGTF) in about half the PCR tests in use in the UK, allowing it to be distinguished from Delta and providing a clue over the spread of Omicron before full genomic sequencing.
Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi says some of the four diplomats who first tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country had come from Europe, calling for a reversal of widespread travel bans imposed against southern African countries.Omicron, dubbed a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation, has prompted many governments to impose curbs on travel from southern Africa and to take other measures to contain it.
Borna Gojo has given Croatia the lead after the first rubber of their Davis Cup semi-final against big rivals Serbia, defeating Dusan Lajovic 4-6 6-3 6-2.The 279th-ranked Gojo, who had earned a surprise breakthrough win against Australia's Alexei Popyrin in Croatia's opening group tie triumph, outplayed world No.
An Italian man turned up at a vaccination centre wearing a fake silicone arm, hoping to fool a nurse into giving him a jab in order to obtain a COVID-19 health certificate, local authorities say.The man, who is in his 50s, has been reported to police in the northern city of Biella, regional governor Alberto Cirio said, adding that the silicone on the prosthetic arm looked "very similar" to real skin.
Apple iPhones of at least nine US State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter.The hacks, which took place in the last several months, hit US officials either based in Uganda or focused on matters concerning the east African country, two of the sources said.
A hoarse-sounding US President Joe Biden says he has a cold, possibly contracted from a grandson.After a speech about the US economy in which he sounded congested and coughed several times, reporters asked Biden if he was okay.
Carl Robinson will continue to tinker with his Western Sydney side after they claimed their first win of the A-League Men's season in Wollongong.After two draws to open their campaign, the Wanderers downed Wellington Phoenix 2-0 at WIN Stadium on Friday with Tomer Hemed and John Koutroumbis scoring in the second half.
After 25 years in the national basketball wilderness, Tasmania has sent a message that perhaps won't go unnoticed by other sports pondering expansion.The island state's JackJumpers scrapped their way to a thrilling 83-74 overtime win over the Brisbane Bullets in their maiden NBL game on Friday night.
After beating cancer, Melbourne City's Rebekah Stott has returned to professional soccer - in style.The New Zealand international pulled the strings in midfield during the Citizens' 1-0 victory against Canberra United at Viking Park on Friday, creating glorious chances for her side's glittering forward unit.
Almost half of the Omicron cases in NSW are not linked to the southern African countries of concern, including an emerging cluster at a western Sydney school where local transmission may have occurred.There have been a total of 11 Omicron cases confirmed with genomic testing in NSW since the first two cases were reported on Sunday, and six of them are linked to the eight countries of concern.
Locals in the town of Goondiwindi in Queensland's southwest are anxiously awaiting their biggest flood in a decade as waters threaten levee banks.33m on Friday afternoon, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting the flood to peak at 10.
A leading infectious diseases expert has called into question Australia's decision to shut the border to several African nations due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.Former deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth said the border policy was inconsistent due to the new variant being detected in other countries Australia has open travel with.
Drivers could save as much as $12,000 on owning an electric car under a new Labor plan to cut emissions.The opposition's long-awaited climate policy, which was unveiled on Friday, revealed emissions would be cut by 43 per cent by 2030, based on 2005 levels.
US stocks have lost ground in morning trade, with technology stocks dragging the main indexes lower, as fears around inflation and the Omicron variant fuelled volatile trading.The S&P; 500 technology index tumbled 1.
World champion Lewis Hamilton has finished fastest for Mercedes in first practice for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix where the Formula One title battle could be decided.Hamilton set a best lap of 1 minute 29.
The Taliban have decreed a ban on the forced marriage of women in the war-torn country in what appears to be a move to address criteria from abroad to recognise their government and restore aid.The move announced by Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhunzada came as poverty is surging in Afghanistan, following the religious militia's takeover in August that pushed out US and other international forces and led foreign governments to halt funds that had been a mainstay of the economy.
China has imposed a customs block on Lithuanian exports, a Lithuanian trade body says, amid a deepening spat between officials in Beijing and Vilnius about the Baltic state's decision to allow Taiwan to open a de facto embassy.China downgraded its diplomatic ties with the Baltic state and suspended consular services there after the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania opened on November 18.