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Breakthrough COVID infections a reality check on road to normality

Matthew Knott
Matthew Knott

Rare but rising cases of “breakthrough” COVID-19 infections are complicating America’s return to normality and offer a preview for Australia as it reopens.

Who hired the hitman? Police officers demand answers from Capitol riot committee

Dan Balz

Often tearful, sometimes profane, the officers called the rioters “terrorists” engaged in an “attempted coup” during a 3-1/2 hour congressional hearing.

America’s recent military history points to strategic shortcomings

Peter Hartcher
Peter Hartcher

Before signing up to another US-led military campaign, Australia would be well served to cast an eye to recent history and the superpower’s less-than-super record.


North America

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky this week announced changes to mask-wearing guidance.

Delta Variant as contagious as chickenpox: CDC internal report

An internal report from the Centres for Disease Control found the Delta variant is more transmissible than SARS, Ebola, the cold, the flu and smallpox.

  • by Apoorva Mandavilli
Coloured MRI scan of a human brain.

COVID-19 could lead to cognitive decline, new research suggests

One study showed that losing the ability to smell, which has been commonly reported among COVID-19 patients, is correlated with cognitive troubles.

  • by Angela Haupt




People pass through a pedestrian bridge in Yokohama, capital of Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. The prefecture is among three to join Tokyo in a state of emergency.

Japan tops 10,000 coronavirus cases per day

Hospitals are now filling up in Tokyo with half of all beds already occupied and three more prefectures hosting events are going into a state of emergency.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Tong Ying-kit arriving at a court in a police van in Hong Kong in July.

Hong Kong waiter sentenced to nine years in jail under security law

The sentence sets a precedent as to how similar cases will be dealt with by the city’s traditionally independent courts, as dozens arrested under the legislation await their fate.

  • by James Pomfret and Sara Cheng

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The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Mercer Street, pictured in 2016, was attacked on Thursday night.

‘Suicide drone’ used to attack ship tied to Israeli billionaire, killing crew members

A US official said it appeared the attack on the oil tanker in the Arabian Sea was carried out by a suicide drone - an unmanned aircraft loaded with explosives that detonates on impact with a target.

  • by Jon Gambrell

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