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Australian police officers pepper spray anti-lockdown  protesters    in Melbourne on Saturday.  Photograph: Diego Fedele/Getty Images

Australia will stick to its lockdown strategy against coronavirus until at least 70 per cent of its population is fully vaccinated, but after that it (...)

 Police officers detain a woman  in Sydney at an anti-lockdown protest. Photograph: David Gray/AFP via Getty Images

More than 250 people have been arrested during protests against coronavirus lockdowns in Australia and many face fines for defying health orders, auth(...)

Police and defence force members from New South Wales   on  patrol in Campsie, Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, recorded 681 new Covid cases on Thursday, its highest number since the pandemic started. But with a (...)

Arianna Huffington, founder of Thrive Global, says the company intends to hire people across product, engineering and design functions

Thrive Global, a start-up founded and led by Arianna Huffington that is focused on wellbeing in the workplace, is to create 40 highly skilled roles wi(...)

Police  patrol  Bondi Beach  on horseback in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

Australian police hiked fines for people breaking lockdown rules in Sydney and the rest of its home state on Saturday. Strict stay-at-home orders were(...)

Declan McDonagh on Twilight Payment wins ahead of Joey Sheridan on Princess Zoe in the  St Leger Trial Stakes at the Curragh.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment returned to winning ways in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial Stakes at the Curragh. Joseph O(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: ‘If we open our borders now, we will lose the freedoms and advantages we have achieved.’ Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand will gradually reopen its international border next year but will maintain its zero-tolerance policy towards the spread of coronavirus as (...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read holds the trophy aloft alongside Lions captain Sam Warburton after the third Test ended a tie in Auckland in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Only five times in the modern era have Test series involving the British & Irish Lions gone down to a third and final decider. Even when four-Test(...)

Quiet streets in Sydney as harsh lockdown conditions continue in the area. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Sydney reported a record daily number of new coronavirus infections on Thursday, as Victoria state said it will enter a snap one-week lockdown as Aus(...)

Kellie Anne Harrington celebrates after securing a bronze medal by defeating    Algeria’s Imane Khelif in the  lightweight  (57-60kg) quarter-final at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty

With Kellie Harrington’s towering sense of achievement in becoming the second Irish woman after Katie Taylor to win an Olympic boxing medal came an ac(...)

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