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gHello. Sydney has registered two new cases of Covid, Joe Biden has met Vladimir Putin in Europe and a giant diamond has been found in Botswana. These stories and many more make the headlines of our Thursday newspapers.

A man who lives in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and works as a driver for international crews has tested positive for Covid, as has a family contact, with NSW Health listing a series of hot spot sites they visited while potentially infectious. It comes after Victoria announced she would significantly ease restrictions on coronaviruses from Friday despite a cluster of new cases, with mandatory outdoor masks being lifted and onerous travel restrictions for Melburnians. Internationally, the UK recorded its highest one-day tally since February with 9,055 new infections, raising fears the Delta variant is spreading aggressively. The EU has once again excluded the UK from its travel “white list”, but added the US and Hong Kong.

Labor is about to tell oil and gas executives that gas remains ‘critical’ for Australia’s transition to a zero carbon economy, with resource party spokesperson Madeleine King criticizing activists who “demonize all fossil fuels.” King will use a speech at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference in Perth to advocate jobs in gas, gas exports and gas as “a critical feedstock for Australia’s manufacturing industry, as well as for the production of electricity ”and the opening of new reserves, including the Beetaloo basin.

Australian renters are encouraged to pay additional charges for their own rent collection, a financial literacy expert warned, amid the rise of third-party rent payment processors – despite legislation designed to limit the practice. Some renters pay hundreds of dollars more each year because of using credit cards to pay rent, with incentives like frequent flyer points offered in return. “This is a big problem and has been going on for a long time,” Leo Patterson-Ross, chief executive of the New South Wales Tenants Union, told Guardian Australia.


Sky’s evening programs hosted by Peta Credlin and Alan Jones will reach regional viewers on the new 24-hour channel. Photography: Macquarie Media Promo

Sky News Australia to launch new free channel, Sky News Regional, in August after reaching deals with two regional broadcasters which can potentially reach over 7 million viewers. It comes as the federal government refuses to say whether Win will be penalized for laying off up to 20 employees and removing local television newscasts months after receiving $ 4.5 million in journalism grants.

Defense whistleblower Witness K faces the “very real prospect” of a prison sentence, supporters say three years after the prosecution of the former Australian secret intelligence officer began, when he finally faces conviction in Canberra.

Scott Morrison called for global cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, lambasting China for undermining the rule of law and threatening a world order that “promotes freedom”. In a speech to the OECD council in Paris, the prime minister called on other countries to join the fight against instability, saying that an “inclusive and resilient” region would benefit the world.

A report on sexual harassment in Australian companies found that less than half of boards of directors regularly discuss the issue, less than one in five large companies assign responsibility for harassment prevention directly to directors.

Australian cotton farmers are testing the use of old shredded textiles as a way to improve the soil, through a major waste reduction and reuse initiative. It is estimated that 780,000 tonnes of textile waste is generated in Australia each year.

The world

US President Joe Biden greets before boarding Air Force One
US President Joe Biden greets before boarding Air Force One after the US-Russia summit with Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Martial Trezzini / AFP / Getty Images

Joe Biden spoke about the treatment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with Vladimir Putin during a face-to-face summit in Geneva. The two world leaders held talks for three hours on topics such as Afghanistan, cyber attacks and the Russian aggression against Ukraine, with the US leader calling the talks “positive” and the Russian leader calling them ” quite constructive ”.

Thousands of homes have been demolished in Karachi as part of the work to clean up the Pakistani city’s narrow waterways – the blockage of which was seen as a major factor in the 2020 floods that devastated the world’s 12th largest city.

The third largest diamond in the world was unearthed in Botswana, with the discovery of a 1,098-carat stone, which was unearthed this month. Botswana is Africa’s largest diamond producer.

A man who murdered the mother of their two children has been sentenced in France to life imprisonment. The murder of Julie Douib by her former partner sparked an outcry against femicide in France. Douib was one of 146 people killed by a partner across the country in 2019.

Harvey Weinstein to be extradited to California to face further sexual assault charges after a New York judge ordered his transfer. The disgraced Hollywood mogul is already serving 23 years on two rape convictions.

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“It’s natural to want to share our mental life … But not everyone is a good interlocutor.” Photograph: Heritage Image Partnership / Alamy

“Keeping things private is not the same as keeping them a secret.” That’s an important distinction, as advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith warns in response to whether to disclose newly discovered information about a neurodevelopmental diagnosis. “A danger of our faith-based culture is that we risk wearing our suffering on a badge – as if revealing it is the only way to buy the legitimacy of our preferences. And while it’s natural to want to share, the timing of when that happens should be entirely up to you.

The coronavirus pandemic has managed to stop most things except the inexorable rise in Australian house prices. As Greg Jericho explains, keeping values ​​up to date has been a central part of federal government policy for decades, and it’s no different now. “So rather than looking to use the recession as a time to push public works or (God forbid) renewable energy projects, instead, through the government’s ‘HomeBuilder’ policy, the focus was on subsidizing the construction of private houses. ” This time around, the boom is fueled by homes, not apartments.

The Internet is a gigantic collection of dead ends. But writer and poet Alex Gallagher is helping you sort the wheat from the chaff this week on our 10 Funniest Things On The Internet. So, whether it’s Grimes’ guide to carbohydrates and fats for eating during pregnancy, or Richard Dawkin’s bizarre claim to bin Laden’s ultimate success, sit back and enjoy it.


Biloela against the federal government. For three years, residents of the Queensland community have been pushing for the release of a family of Tamil asylum seekers held in detention. In this episode of Full Story, Ben Smee talks to locals about the connection between family and their small town.

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Wales v Turkey, Euros Group A clash
Aaron Ramsey scores Wales’ first goal against Turkey. Photograph: Naomi Baker / Getty Images

Socceroos-style green and gold kit boosted Wales’ hopes of surviving the group stage after Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey helped organize a famous 2-0 victory over Turkey, in Group A, in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.

Paul Pogba followed Cristiano Ronaldo’s lead in opposing the official drinks partners of Euro 2020, remove a bottle of Heineken beer in front of him at a post-match press conference.

Media overview

Dropouts find it more and more difficult to find further training or a job, the Sydney Morning Herald written, along with the Department of Education’s own annual report showing that standards have been falling since the introduction of strict targets. Residents of storm-ravaged Dandenong mountain ranges may face an additional three week wait for power, claims the Sun HeraldAnd the strong exodus of short-term foreign workers could hide Australia’s positive employment rates, the ABC reports, with the departure of nearly 300,000 foreign workers undermining the seemingly positive trend in local unemployment rates.

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