A healthcare worker carries out Covid-19 testing at a drive-through clinic in Perth, Australia. Perth is on alert after a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty

Australia’s chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, has warned the government that citizens stranded in India face the prospect of serious illness wit(...)

St Joseph’s, a cemetery where a young man was shot and a botanical garden is buried

Garden centres are getting busy. Many of us are out walking, taking the odd cutting and on occasion digging out plants from the ditches to bring home.(...)

The European Medicines Agency says unusual blood clots in the brain are a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but benefits of the jab greatly outweigh the risks – especially in older people. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/Pool/AFP via Getty

The Republic became the latest country to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine amid concern over blood clots. The Department of Health(...)

Navy personnel in Indonesia load relief supplies for people affected by Cyclone Seroja, which swept through Indonesia and East Timor last week before hitting Australia’s west coast. Photograph: Juni Kriswanto/AFP via Getty

A tropical cyclone off Australia’s west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight before weakening in(...)

The Suez Canal is blocked by large container ship Ever Given, causing a traffic jam for cargo vessels. Photograph: EPA

The shortest shipping route from Europe to Asia remained blocked on Wednesday as 10 tug boats struggled to free one of the world’s largest container s(...)

Debris floats down the Nepean River at Jamisontown on the western outskirts of Sydney. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP

Thousands more people were moved from Sydney’s western suburbs on Monday as the area braced for further torrential in the wake of its worst flooding i(...)

Protesters rally outside the Rio Tinto office in Perth. Photograph: Richard Wainwright/AAP Image/ via AP

Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson will step down within the next year in response to the outcry over the mining company’s destruction of a 46,000-year(...)

Members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) team investigating the origins of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Photograph: Hector Retamal/ AFP via Getty

World Health Organisation (WHO) experts have visited an animal disease centre in the Chinese city of Wuhan as part of their investigation into the ori(...)

A health worker directs people wanting to be tested for Covid-19 to the end of the queue at Royal Perth Hospital in Perth on Sunday. Photograph: Trevor Collens/AFP via Getty Images

The Australian city of Perth was ordered into lockdown on Sunday after a security guard working in hotel quarantine tested positive for Covid-19, endi(...)

Aisling McCarthy in action for Melbourne Western Bulldogs against the St Kilda Saints. Photograph: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images

As she prepares for her third season in the Australian Football League, Aisling McCarthy is reflecting on her adventure so far, although she can’t thi(...)

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