The New Zealand election took place on 14 October, with National Party leader Christopher Luxon emerging as the country’s next PM.
The World Health Organisation has launched a new three-year Commission on Social Connection to address loneliness as a health priority.
Countries at last year’s UN climate conference made a “historic” agreement to set up a fund to compensate poorer countries for climate-related extreme weather events.
Israel has agreed to daily, four-hour humanitarian pauses to allow civilians in Gaza to flee south.
Six Australian universities have agreed to investigate the possibility of adding campuses in India. It comes during a visit to the country.
It has been one month since Hamas launched its October 7 attack on Israel. Since that time, the death toll has reportedly passed 10,000 people
What did Albanese do in China? The Australian PM will leave on Tuesday following high-level talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China’s housing market has crashed, investors are withdrawing, and youth unemployment is so high the government has stopped publishing the number. Senior leaders met last
A new original song from The Beatles, ‘Now and Then’, was released overnight with the help of AI and an old tape.
Israel’s military intensified its bombing of Gaza over the weekend and launched a ground attack for the first time since declaring war.
Australian politicians have had varied responses to the conflict in Israel and Gaza, as the Government officially calls for “humanitarian pauses” following the Hamas attack
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that “unless something changes, coming days will see more civilians on the brink of death from
Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir is among thousands of women and non-binary people expected to stop work today for a national women’s strike.
About 34 trucks carrying humanitarian supplies have recently entered Gaza. It comes over two weeks since Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel
The Chinese Government has agreed to review the heavy tariffs (financial penalties) it imposed on Australian wine exports in 2020.
The UK Government has announced it will amend the legal definition of wine to reflect demand for low and no-alcohol versions of the drink.
20 trucks of humanitarian aid will be granted entry to Gaza from Egypt in the coming days, after the U.S. brokered a deal between Israel
Two weeks after the historic vote that ousted Kevin McCarthy, the U.S. House of Representatives still doesn’t have a Speaker. Why?
India’s Supreme Court has rejected a push to legalise same-sex marriage.
Overnight, at least 300 Palestinians, including children, were killed when a rocket hit Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza.
What happened in Brussels? Two Swedish nationals have been killed in Brussels, Belgium. A third person was injured in the attack.
New Zealand is set for a change of government and a new Prime Minister after it voted in an election on Saturday.
The Israeli Government says it will continue its siege, blocking the passage of food, water and power into Gaza, until hostages captured by Hamas are
Over 2,000 people have been killed in Israel and Gaza in recent days. Here’s how the world’s responded to the conflict.
The death toll from a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan has climbed above 2,400.
On Saturday, Hamas launched a surprise, wide-scale attack on Israel, including both missile attacks and on-the-ground advances.
The New Zealand election is set to be fought over issues of rising crime and cost-of-living pressures. Here’s what each party is promising.
A smoking ban in the UK would stop a new generation of smokers from picking up the habit, Rishi Sunak says. Here’s the details
Paris residents have reported bedbugs on trains, in movie theatres, and at airports, while outbreaks in Lyon and Marseilles have forced school closures.
A U.S. soldier who crossed the border into North Korea is back in U.S. custody.
South Korea has passed new teacher protection laws aimed at preventing mistreatment by parents.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar was a Canadian citizen murdered in June. On Monday, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said India was behind his death.
California has commenced a lawsuit against some of the world’s biggest oil companies, alleging they hindered climate action in the state.
Will Biden be impeached? The U.S. President will be subject to an inquiry related to several allegations of severe misconduct.
Google is being sued by the U.S. Government for alleged anti-competitive conduct. Here is what’s been happening
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is in Russia, where he is expected to meet with President Vladimir Putin.
The G20 world leaders meeting in Delhi has ended without explicit condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Mexico will fully decriminalise abortion after the Supreme Court ruled its current laws were “unconstitutional”.
Japan has started pumping treated nuclear waste water into the Pacific Ocean. It’s the result of a nuclear accident in 2011.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump had his mug shot taken today at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia.
The leader of a group that rebelled against Russia’s military in June is believed to have died in a plane crash.
Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have gathered in Johannesburg for their first in-person summit since the pandemic.
Yasuní National Park is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. It’s also home to a number of Indigenous communities.
The neonatal nurse targeted newborns in her care at a hospital in northwest England between 2015 and 2016.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump has been indicted again, this time in the state of Georgia. Could his fourth indictment lead to jail time?
Child influencers will be paid a guaranteed amount under new laws passed in the U.S. state of Illinois. Here’s how it will work
What fuelled the Maui fires? The fires have ravaged the Hawaiian Island, resulting in almost 100 deaths and thousands of evacuations.
Miss Universe organisers have cut ties with the pageant’s Indonesian arm amid claims of sexual abuse. Here’s what you need to know.
The Solomon Islands’ latest deal with China has prompted Solomons’ PM to lash out at Australia on multiple fronts.
Huw Edwards has been named as the BBC presenter facing allegations of paying a teenager for sexually explicit photos.
What is Prime Energy? The ever-popular drink founded by Logan Paul and KSI has come under fire for one of its ingredients. Here’s why
Several days in the first week of July broke daily temperature records and July is now on track to be the hottest month on record.
A BBC presenter has been taken off air after allegedly paying a teenager for sexually explicit photos
An unnamed BBC presenter has been accused of paying a teenager for sexually explicit photos. He’s since been pulled from the air.
The shooting of teenager Nahel Merzouk has sparked days of protests and riots across the country.
New Zealand will ban thin plastic bags used for fruit and vegetables, becoming the first country to do so. Here are the details.
Melbourne has narrowly beaten Sydney to be the most liveable city in Australia for 2023, and third worldwide.
France has announced a plan to tackle “overtourism”. The French Government wants to regulate visitor numbers during peak season.
Laws to regulate AI in the EU have passed Parliament, but must now be agreed upon with each member state. Here’s what is proposed
Australians on British working visas are set for a shake up, after a free trade agreement came into effect on Wednesday. Here’s the details
Who is Ron DeSantis? He was fairly anonymous before 2019. He’s exploded in popularity since, and now wants to become president.
Can you cancel ‘cancel culture’? Singapore has unveiled plans to ban the trend, but it won’t come without a raft of difficulties. Here’s why
Illinois could soon become the first U.S. state to introduce financial protections for child social media influencers.
New data has shown wind was the highest-used energy source in the first three months of 2023 in the UK. Here’s the breakdown
What is a coronation? King Charles III will be the subject of one on Saturday, with over 2,200 guests in tow to watch it happen.
Democrats and Republicans are locked in a stalemate over the ‘debt ceiling’, a government borrowing limit. Can America pay its bills?
FIFA’s boss has slammed lowball TV offers for this year’s World Cup, even threatening a blackout for some countries. Here’s the issue at play.
After an unusual amount of shark attacks at the start of 2023, swimming has been banned in New Caledonia’s capital for the rest of the
Is Kanye West being sued? Adidas has been hit with a lawsuit over its partnership with the billionaire rapper, who hasn’t been served himself.
Will there be a Biden and Trump rematch at next year’s U.S. presidential election? Here’s the lay of the land.
What are the smoking rates in the U.S. – and how do they compare to Australia? New data from the CDC suggests a downward trend.
A review commissioned by the Government has warned Australia’s defence force is “not fit for purpose” and needs to be reshaped to adapt to modern
New Zealanders who live in Australia for four years can now become citizens from July 1, under new changes.
Kansas City man Andrew Lester, 84, has been charged with two felonies after shooting a Black teenager who mistakenly rang his doorbell.
48 Australian politicians have signed a letter calling on the U.S. Government to free imprisoned Australian Julian Assange.
Almost 90% of people in Paris voted to ban e-scooters in the city. Why was opinion so strong? And when will the ban begin? Here’s
Petrol and diesel cars will be banned in Europe by 2035. This will be to meet its climate targets, but there’s a clause for one
The Italian Government has approved a proposal to ban synthetic animal products such as lab-grown meat in a bid to support its farmers.
A grand jury in Manhattan, New York, has reportedly voted to indict former U.S. President Donald Trump. He’s now on track to become the first
A trip to China by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has drawn criticism over ‘secrecy’ after no journalists were invited.
The first approved Hong Kong protest since 2020 has been held under heavy official supervision, with attendees made to wear number tags.
More than half a million people have joined protests in Israel over a plan to reduce court powers proposed by the Netanyahu Government.
World Athletics will ban some transgender women from its events if they have gone through male puberty, effective next week.
Uganda is set to impose the death penalty for homosexuality in some circumstances after its Parliament overwhelmingly passed a harsh new law.
The arrest would be related to an investigation into whether he indirectly paid $130,000 in ‘hush money’ to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
The government of Switzerland has negotiated a deal to rescue Credit Suisse, the country’s second-largest bank.
Finland has maintained its position as the happiest country in the world, according to a new ranking list published this week.
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more on Putin’s arrest warrant.
Ukrainian & Russian forces battle for Bakhmut: Uncover the town’s importance in the persistent conflict.
China has opened its international border for the first time in three years, marking the end of its final major restriction from the pandemic.
Uganda may criminalize LGBTQ+ identity, with 10yr jail & bans on same-sex relations/marriages. Impact?
Honduras legalises emergency contraception via executive order by Xiomara Castro, overturning total ban. Learn about the background and significance of this historic change.
AUKUS, a defence pact among Australia, the UK, and the U.S., centres on military technology sharing and signals a significant shift in their attitudes towards
At least seven people were killed and many others injured in a shooting at a Jehovah’s Witness centre in Hamburg, Germany. Here’s what you need
A pregnant woman charged with murder argues that her foetus is being unlawfully detained under Florida’s new abortion laws. What’s her argument? Click here to
Japan’s Legislative Council committee proposes raising age of consent to 16 from 13, while allowing those aged 13-15 to consent with a small age gap.
UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture cancels Australian visit due to facility access issues. Findings on prisoner treatment are still to be published.
South Korean court recognizes same-sex couple rights in a landmark decision. The case is now being challenged in the Supreme Court.
EU approves ban on petrol and diesel car sales by 2035 to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Three UFOs shot down in North America. No link to foreign govts. Analysis underway on wreckage.
MH17 probe finds Putin likely supplied missile that hit plane.
China’s population is falling for the first time in over 60 years. In 1961, China’s population was under 700 million and the country was gripped
The Canadian Government’s health advice for alcohol use has been tightened following new research this month.
Smoking in public is now banned in Mexico after a new law came into effect this week.
The Scottish Government plans to launch a legal challenge to the decision.
Several additional classified official documents have been found in Joe Biden’s private home in recent days.
Over 90% of people who died during this period were reported to have died with another disease present.
The missile struck a nine-storey apartment building on Saturday (local time), causing mass destruction throughout the complex.
However, racial health disparities remain.
The World Bank says China, Europe and the U.S. are all in a period of “pronounced weakness”, which could have spillover effects to the rest
Prince Harry has aired a series of claims about members of the royal family in a number of interviews to promote his new memoir, ‘Spare’.
White House lawyers have revealed classified official documents were found in a private office previously used by U.S. President Joe Biden.
The UK Government has confirmed they will ban some single-use plastics in England, following an inquiry launched in November 2021.
China’s international border has reopened to some travellers after closing at the start of the pandemic.
Thousands of rioters supporting former President Jair Bolsonaro have broken into Brazil’s Congress, Presidential Palace and Supreme Court.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on the Chinese Government to provide more “rapid, regular [and] reliable data” on COVID hospitalisations and deaths amid
Despite a new term of U.S. Congress beginning on Tuesday, the House of Representatives has not yet been able to elect a new Speaker.
Many foreigners will be banned from buying residential property in Canada until 2025 under a ban that came into effect this year.
It has been revealed the Federal Government went against the advice of Australia’s top health official when announcing new COVID testing requirements for travellers coming
Australian man Sage O’Donnell has died in Ukraine. O’Donnell went to Ukraine to assist the country’s defence against Russia’s invasion.
Several countries including the U.S. and Japan will require COVID tests for travellers from China.
Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration has announced a ban on women working for non-governmental organisations in the country.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the extension of border laws which were due to expire on 21 December.
Here’s a quick catch-up on the biggest headlines.
Here are eight stories that might shape the next year of news.
Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong travelled to Beijing this week to discuss common issues between Australia and China. It is the first time in three
Russia’s war in Ukraine has now lasted over 300 days. As we head into 2023, it’s still not clear when or how it will end.
It comes after the country’s Supreme Court ruled the current voting age is “unjustified discrimination”
Afghanistan’s Taliban government has banned women from attending university until further notice, claiming the move will preserve women’s “honour”.
A United Nations conference has concluded with a global agreement to protect 30% of earth’s land area and 30% of its marine area by 2030.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be Australia’s next Ambassador to the United States.
It’s the first visit to China by an Australian Foreign Minister since 2018.
The Chinese Government has announced a rapid relaxation of its hardline COVID containment policies. The changes include a shift to home quarantine (instead of in
A ban on the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2008 will become law in New Zealand, after legislation passed Parliament yesterday. The laws
“Bali as usual”: Bali’s Governor says a new Indonesian law banning sex outside marriage will not be enforced for tourists.
The Governor of Bali, an Indonesian province, has promised tourists will not have their marital status checked when a new law criminalising sex outside marriage
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced condoms will be free at pharmacies for anyone aged 18 to 25 from next year.
U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner has been released from a Russian penal colony after being sentenced to nine years in prison in August.
The bomb maker responsible for the explosives used in the 2002 Bali terror attack has been released from prison after only serving just over half
It comes as lockdown measures have been tightened in several locations in response to record COVID case numbers.
Snap lockdowns have been declared in several Chinese provinces after a new record of daily COVID-19 cases was recorded on Friday, surpassing the previous record
Protests in Iran, which have largely been led by women and young people, have captured international attention, and will now be subject to a “fact-finding”
The Scottish Government is seeking a referendum that would allow people to choose if they wish to remain in the UK, or break away as
The United Nations has condemned the testing of a North Korean missile that has the capacity to reach the U.S. mainland before detonating.
The main contenders will now have to negotiate to try to secure a majority.
The flight was shot down in 2014, killing 298 people.
Turnell was arrested after a military coup and has been detained for 650 days.
The meeting went for just over 30 minutes, and comes after a difficult period of diplomacy between Australia and China in recent years.
“Islands like this one won’t survive… so we’ll recreate them virtually.”: Tuvalu has announced it plans to fully recreate itself online in case it’s submerged by rising sea levels
Tuvalu, a small nation in the Pacific Ocean, has announced it plans to become the “first digital nation”. This comes as it prepares to be
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a Russian missile has crossed Ukraine’s border and killed two people in Poland.
Iran has received international condemnation for charging protesters with crimes punishable by death
International human rights experts have condemned the Iranian Government for charging protesters with crimes punishable by death.
Leaders from the world’s leading and emerging economies will meet in Bali for the Group of Twenty’s (G20) annual Summit.
Police believe they know who the individuals responsible are, but will not publicly reveal this information while the case is ongoing.
Results are still being counted in the U.S. midterms.
Russian troops have been ordered to flee the city of Kherson in Ukraine.
American basketball star Brittney Griner has been sent to a Russian penal colony, her lawyers confirmed overnight.
That’s up for debate at this month’s climate conference.
The UN estimates the deal has indirectly prevented about 100 million people from falling into extreme poverty.
The Ethiopian Government and rebel group the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have agreed to a truce for a “permanent” end to its war, which
North and South Korea have fired several missiles in one another’s direction in recent days.
China has accused the U.S. and Australian governments of triggering an arms race by planning to put nuclear-capable bomber planes in the NT.
After recent mass shootings in the U.S, President Joe Biden asked at a press conference: “When in God’s name will we do what we all
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has told Russian journalists Ukraine is willing to discuss adopting a neutral status between the West and Russia to end the
Shanghai will enter a lockdown for nine days after recording its highest number of COVID cases in two years. The lockdown will be carried out
The U.S. Senate is holding confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Jackson has been
A Russian court has banned Instagram and Facebook from operating in the country for engaging in “extremist activities”. Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court upheld the lawsuit
Ukraine has rejected a demand from Russian authorities to surrender in Mariupol. Russian authorities said it would open humanitarian corridors if Ukraine complied. Director of
India’s Defence Ministry has confirmed it accidentally fired a missile into Pakistan on 9 March after a “technical malfunction” during routine maintenance. The missile landed
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is entering its 12th day. Military conflicts change quickly, so it can be hard to keep up.
Here’s a summary of the latest information about Russia’s invasion.Russian attacks on civilian areas grow Russia has continued to attack several Ukrainian cities with bombs
Facebook is now blocked in Russia, and journalists face 15 years in prison for reporting on the invasion
The Russian government has passed amendments to the country’s criminal code, imposing fines or jail terms on anyone who spreads “fake news” or calls for
‘The UN has voted to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here’s which countries voted for it, against it, or abstained from it.
The United Nations has voted strongly in favour of a resolution to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demand the withdrawal of its troops.The resolution
‘We woke to sounds of them bombing the airport’ A British-Australian in Kyiv shares his experience of living in Ukraine in the past week
In the past week, the world has witnessed the Russian invasion into Ukraine, which has already claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and thousands
Iceland is set to end whaling by 2024 amid a drop in demand for whale meat and ongoing controversy. Iceland is one of the few
The move comes as the current capital city of Jakarta continues to sinkIndonesia has announced a new capital city, Nusantara, replacing Jakarta. The city will
The chief executives of several major U.S. airlines have written to the U.S. Government warning of “catastrophic” disruptions to aviation if telecommunications companies Verizon and
Dozens of people in Kazakstan have been killed and thousands detained this week after violent protests broke out in the nation. On 5 January, protesters
On Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin over a video conference that the U.S. would undertake “strong economic measures” if Russia
The U.S. Supreme Court has begun hearings on a case about abortion rights in Mississippi. If the court sides with Mississippi in its decision, it
There’s a big meeting currently underway in China. It’s a four-day meeting (dubbed a ‘plenum’) and it’s considered one of the most important events in
I know, time flies. It’s been a year since the beginning of the presidential election process (remember it took multiple days to get a result).
The latest on the Texas abortion bill
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