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Swiss tighten measures amid new virus wave

Switzerland has announced tighter restrictions to tackle a second coronavirus wave hitting the country, including a nation-wide obligation to wear masks and a ban on large scale public gatherings.

Victoria's route out of COVID restrictions

VICTORIA'S PATHWAY OUT OF LOCKDOWN:The state government has mapped a new pathway out of lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria that depends on stamping out COVID-19 cases in the community that have an unknown source.

Some COVID-19 limits lifted for Melbourne

Melburnians are a little closer to 'COVID normal' with the freedom to travel 25km from home and enjoy unlimited time outdoors under relaxed restrictions to begin on Monday.

NSW records one new local virus case

NSW has recorded just one new locally-transmitted case of COVID-19, with a coronavirus cluster in southwest Sydney's Oran Park growing to 19.

Chopper, spikes to catch runaway SA driver

A unlicensed driver will face court accused of trying to outrun a South Australian police helicopter, after crashing into a car yard while swerving to avoid road spikes.

Arrests after teacher beheaded in Paris

French police are questioning nine people in custody after a suspected Islamist sympathiser beheaded a school teacher in broad daylight on the street in a Paris suburb, police sources say.

Brisbane 'suspicious device' was harmless

An emergency declaration has been revoked in the northern Brisbane suburb of Sandgate after police investigated a suspicious device and found it to be inactive.

NZ sees red: Ardern wins in a landslide

Jacinda Ardern has won a historic victory in the New Zealand election, securing a thumping mandate and, likely, a parliamentary majority for Labour's second term.