The Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a "very high" global risk where COVID-19 surges could have "severe consequences" in some areas, the World Health Organisation says.The UN agency, in technical advice to its 194 member states, urged them to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups and to "ensure mitigation plans are in place" to maintain essential health services.
Business veteran and unlikely "climate warrior" Lynette Mayne expects the corporate sector will have to continue to drive climate policy in Australia."Business is going to, and needs to, take the lead," she told a Committee for Economic Development of Australia forum on Monday.
Moises Henriques disagreed with George Bailey when informed of his remarkable slide down the Test pecking order, but the allrounder appreciated the chief selector's honesty.Henriques was arguably the most notable omission from Australia's Test squad and a list of Australia A players named by Bailey's panel earlier this month.
Australians will be able to test themselves for HIV with kits available at pharmacies from mid-December.The devices will cost $25, and will first be stocked by Serafim's in Sydney's Taylor Square and the 777 pharmacy network in Western Australia, with other chemists to have them in the new year.
A Senate inquiry examining the complaints handling process of the ABC would have been problematic, according to the head of the national broadcaster.Appearing before Senate estimates on Monday, managing director David Anderson said attempts by the government to examine complaints handling were unnecessary and undermined the ABC.
Yasir Ali had to be replaced by a concussion substitute after after being hit on the helmet before Bangladesh reached 6-115 at lunch on day four of the first cricket Test against Pakistan, extending their lead to 159.Liton Das, who scored 114 in the first innings, was unbeaten on 32 at the interval after combining with Yasir in a 47-run stand.
Will Somerville and Tom Latham frustrated India in a wicketless morning session to keep alive New Zealand's hopes of winning the opening Test in Kanpur.Set a victory target of 284 runs on a worn-out track, the pair batted resolutely to guide New Zealand to 1-79 at lunch on the final day at the Green Park Stadium.
Veterans will not have to wait for the findings of a royal commission into suicide for improvements to their support programs.Veterans' Affairs Minister Andrew Gee has provided the fifth annual statement on veterans and their families, which outlines the government's key support priorities, in parliament on Monday.
Police in northern Tasmania have urged anyone harbouring a man wanted over a double stabbing to give him up or face possible charges themselves.An "extensive search" is ongoing in the Launceston area in an attempt to find 44-year-old Kerry Whiting.
New Perth Wildcats coach Scott Morrison has revealed he is working on three different starting line-ups for his team's NBL season opener as the club battles an injury and illness crisis.Point guard Mitch Norton (knee) has already been ruled out of the home clash with the Adelaide 36ers at RAC Arena, while Todd Blanchfield is almost certain to miss after undergoing surgery on his left knee in September.
More then 300 cosmetic surgeries in Australia have been botched in recent years, prompting calls for tighter regulations for doctors.The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has raised concerns over doctors calling themselves cosmetic surgeons after revealing an alarming number of complaints.
The prospect of further NRLW expansion is back on the cards after Canberra launched their bid to join the competition in 2023.Raiders bosses confirmed on Monday their plans to enter the competition, remaining incredibly bullish about their chances.
The removal of warning signs from mobile speed cameras in NSW was made "in good faith" but a former NSW roads minister making a rare public comment on the issue says it was the "wrong decision".Former NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay told a NSW parliamentary committee on road safety inquiry "one of the best safety (incentives) is a marked police car with a copper in it" and signposting cameras had a similar effect.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country will move into a system of living with the COVID-19 virus later this week despite the new Omicron variant posing a fresh health threat to the world.There are no cases of the Omicron variant in New Zealand at this stage but the developing global situation shows why a cautious approach is needed at the borders, she said.
Alexander Borg was airborne over a jump at a Melbourne dirt bike track when he saw 16-year-old Sebastian D'Imperio wobble and cross in front of him.He saw the rider about 30 metres ahead of him as he rode toward the jump but didn't see him go over it, an inquest into Sebastian's death has been told.
Melbourne City have snapped up promising defender Winonah Heatley ahead of the A-League Women season.Heatley joins City after a stint at Swedish club Vaxjo DFF but previously played 16 games, scoring one goal, for Brisbane Roar.
Scott Morrison has denied the government is delaying work on a federal integrity commission, despite the coalition rejecting opposition calls to introduce legislation.The prime minister had promised a federal integrity commission as an election commitment before the 2019 poll, but has yet to bring forward debate before parliament.
A former nurse at a Victorian aged care home where 45 residents died of COVID-19 has told an inquest she could never bring herself to work in the industry again.Milena Avramovic was the deputy director of nursing at St Basil's Home for the Aged for five years until August 2020.