Australia

Queen approves awarding of Victoria Cross to Tassie war hero

Queen Elizabeth II has approved the posthumous awarding of a Victoria Cross to Australian World War II navy hero Edward “Teddy” Sheean. Mr Sheean was an 18-year-old Royal Australian Navy ordinary seaman aboard the HMAS Armidale when it was attacked by Japanese warplanes off the coast of what is now …

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NZ coronavirus outbreak grows to five

New Zealand health authorities have identified at least one more positive COVID-19 case in addition to the four announced last night, with up to 200 close contacts being tested. Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield said authorities are aware of “an additional four probable cases who are people with symptoms linked …

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Bird flu outbreak detected in Victoria

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in Victoria’s west, with an emergency alert being issued to the Golden Plains Shire. The bird flu outbreak was found near Lethbridge, with all poultry owners urged to remain vigilant and keep their birds enclosed. The warning, issued at 12.30pm …

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