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Australia Covid update live: NSW hits vaccination milestone, lifts western Sydney curfew; Victoria records 423 casi, two deaths; 13 cases in ACT

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Deadliest day for NSW as state records twelve deaths and 1,259 casi; Berejiklian government will ‘seek legal advice’ over venues refusing entry to unvaccinated people; 149 of Victoria’s new cases currently linked to ...

Syria cement plant at centre of terror finance investigation ‘used by western spies’

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A cement plant in Syria at the centre of a terror financing investigation in France was used by western intelligence agencies to gather information on hostages held by Islamic State, sources connected to the operation...

The Power of the Dog review – Campion and Cumberbatch’s beautiful, brawny western

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Jane Campion comes to Venice with The Power of the Dog, a potent wild west tale featuring cowboys and horses and big bad wolves who walk upon their hind legs. It’s the director’s first feature since 2009’s Bright Star...

Western economies can’t return to ‘business as usual’ after the pandemic

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As western economies emerge from the pandemic, their governments face a choice: do they seek to address the profound problems that Covid exposed, or try to return to “business as usual” as quickly as possible? Their p...

The Toll review – toll booth man with no name fights back in jokey Welsh western

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Father Ted meets the old west in this entertaining black comedy set in rural Pembrokeshire – “where English people come to die”, according to graffiti on a road sign into the county. It features a couple of familiar f...

Iranian government urged to accept western vaccines amid deadly Covid wave

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The newly elected Iranian government led by President Ebrahim Raisi is facing demands to broaden its sources of vaccines as the country becomes engulfed by its fifth and most deadly wave of Covid-19. The supply of vac...

Ideal mouse breeding conditions prompt plague warning for central western NSW

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A perfect winter cropping season across Australia’s eastern states is creating ideal mouse breeding conditions, prompting farmers and regional residents to prepare themselves for another plague. What would normally be...

I am an Afghan woman working for a western NGO in Kabul. I feel forgotten

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I am an Afghan woman in my 20s, living in Kabul. I have five sisters. My oldest sister completed elementary school. The second one is a midwife, and my third sister is doing her PhD. My younger sister is a film-maker....

Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, the Islamic State: western intervention is a catalogue of failure

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Although the anti-war mood deepened in the UK in 2002, as President George W Bush moved to terminate the regime in Iraq, there had already been some unease the previous October, before the Afghan war started. One poli...

Afghanistan: western leaders react to Taliban takeover of Kabul – video

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Leaders from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have reacted to the news that the Taliban has begun taking control of Kabul after a 20-year mission to Afghanistan led by western countries. UK prime minister...

Second western Canada town destroyed by ‘exceedingly aggressive’ wildfire

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A second community in western Canada has been destroyed by wildfire as authorities in the region scramble to contain the destructive toll of climate change. Officials say the village of Monte Lake likely suffered exte...

South Western Railway launches 10 minutes’ notice assistance scheme

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Disabled or elderly passengers who need assistance to board trains will be able to turn up and travel rather than book six hours ahead, under a scheme launched by South Western Railway. The launch of “assisted boardin...

Western Sydney airport land purchase ‘may generate some interest’, officials told minister

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Federal infrastructure department officials told the then minister, Paul Fletcher, the purchase of land near the western Sydney airport in 2018 “may generate some interest” and offered to prepare talking points, accor...

Middle East problems stem from western and US interference

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Your editorial (29 luglio) is right that benevolent dictatorship is not the answer to the problems in the Middle East, but it is overly benevolent to Joe Biden and the US. The editorial says: “Tunisia’s presidential pow...

Army troops enforcing western Sydney lockdown will alienate community, advocates warn

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The deployment of troops to enforce Sydney’s lockdown could alienate the community and fuel vaccine hesitancy, particularly in the hard-hit western suburbs where many Indigenous Australians and migrants and refugees l...

Sandstorm swallows western Chinese city in dramatic footage – video

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A sandstorm has swept across Dunhuang City in China's Gansu Province, reducing visibility to just five metres, according to the regional meteorological department. Videos show the wall-like sandstorm covering urban ar...

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