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Australia’s biggest city will remain in lockdown for at least another month

Australia's glorious and largest city Sydney will remain on lockdown until nearly September. According to the Associated Press, Australia is struggling right now with its own cluster that was found in June and appears to be the cause of a rise in cases. Right now, they've only risen by 177 in the past 24 hours but the locale government is scrambling to contain it before it spirals out of control. . It was the largest daily tally since the cluster was discovered in mid-June. "I am as upset and frustrated as all of you that we were not able to get the case numbers we would have liked at this point in time but that is the reality," New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.
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Parts of Australia are now on lockdown after a man reported a positive test for the Indian variant of COVID-19

In the past 6 months or so, COVID-19 has escaped Australia ‘s strict border lockdowns more than 17 times. Now 26 more cases of the deadly Indian variant of the virus have been reported. Australia is now grappling with what they’re calling yet another outbreak of COVID-19. According to Australian officials in Victoria and Melbourne, 5m+ people are now back under lockdown orders after an outbreak of the Indian variant was traced back to a man in his 30’s. Researchers and officials say that the man is believed to have caught the Indian variant after having picked up food just hours after having been released from a quarantine hotel. The first patient reportedly was quarantining at the Playford Hotel in the area. Locals are not at all thrilled and many are wondering if the lockdo...
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An Australian cold case has gained new oxygen amid its fascinating and lurid web of clues + reopening of 20th century case

An Australian cold case is re-opening amid reports that AU police have enough DNA technology to hopefully identify the man who died last century. Having washed ashore in 1948 -- the man has never been identified. The so-called mystery of the Somerton man may finally come to a close. Adelaide police confirmed this weekend that after 70 years, his body is being exhumed once more amid the rise in prolific DNA technology. Officials in the area seem to believe that modern tech can help ID the man who disappeared and was never positively ID'ed. South Australia police will resume the body of the so-called Somerton man (pictured here shortly after his autopsy in 1948) at the centre of the Tamam Shud mystery. Photograph: Wikimedia According to legend, the man washed ashore in ...
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An Australian man has been convicted of possessing child sex dolls

A Brisbane man is finding out the hard way that his fetish for sex dolls is coming under fire. According to ABC AU, Terry Dunnett, 45, found himself convicted this week of possession of a child sex doll; attempting to possess a child sex doll, and possessing child exploitation materials. Reports show that Dunnett apparently had a penchant for ordering the dolls from China. Local officials were tipped off to the shipments after customs noticed anatomically-correct dolls in several boxes. After raiding his home, they found even more dolls that resembled children as young as 4 and 5 years old. Dunnett was originally sentenced to two years in jail though has been released to supervised probation.
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An Australian woman has died allegedly after getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Report

Yet another puzzling report of COVID-19 vaccine frustrations has emerged. According to News.com.au, an unnamed elderly woman reportedly died this week just hours after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine down under. Many following the report began to question whether or not it was in fact safe to take the vaccine. Chief Medical Examiner Paul Kelly said  “at this stage there are no signs of any causal link,” the Australian Associated Press reported. “It can be expected that older and more frail people in an aged care setting may pass away due to progression of underlying disease or natural causes, this does not mean the vaccine has contributed to this,” he said.
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Australians can once again view the news on Facebook

Aussie 's can once again view the news on Facebook but it comes with a few drawbacks considering the local government appears to have caved. According to the New York Post, the Australian government and Facebook have come to a deal that has now resulted in news being restored. That deal however still gives Facebook the opportunity to suspend access to the news at any time. https://twitter.com/RepJimmyPanetta/status/1364253944629854208?s=20
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Facebook is now poised to lift the news ban in Australia

Following a bizarre showdown between Facebook and the Australian government it looks like Facebookers in AU will now once again be able to access Facebook entirely. Earlier this month, Facebook Australia abruptly banned users from sharing news and article pieces over reports that they'd have to pay publishers for people to be able to do that. Facebook has now reportedly caved and negotiated terms of such agreements with the government which will now trigger proper negotiations with publishers. The social networking giant is expected to begin negotiating deals with publishers directly through Facebook News similar to the way Google has already done with News Showcase. Canada is set to begin their own legislation of such in the coming weeks as more countries come to terms with ...
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Facebook facing worldwide backlash over its unheard of ban in Australia

Following Facebook 's attempted and then botched ban news ban in Australia, governments around the world are now toying with how to reign in the social network superpower. Last night, the ban went into play resulting in AU citizens being unable to view or share news at all across Facebook -- the world's biggest social networking site. "It is one of the most idiotic but also deeply disturbing corporate moves of our lifetimes," Julian Knight, the lawmaker who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in Britain's parliament, told broadcaster Sky News. Editors note: We're among those hit by the ban. If you're in AU, never fear you can still access and share our site you just can't do it from Facebook. Media publishers throughout the world collectively slammed the ...
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Scott Morrison blasts Facebook as social network is told to leave if it won’t play by the law

As Facebook 's relentless crackdown on the news in AU continues today, AU Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slammed the social network for its nearly unheard of move. Facebook really just doesn't want to have to pay publishers for the news that makes parts of its network possible. MORRISON 's FULL STATEMENT: Facebook's actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing. I am in regular contact with the leaders of other nations on these issues. These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behaviour of BigTech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to the...
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#DeleteFacebook campaign grows as social network blocks news in AU and more

Against the backdrop of a campaign requiring sites like Facebook to pay news organisations for the content in which it links against --- Facebook has pulled the plug entirely. On Thursday, news organisations and the ability to share and even open the news from Facebook went dark following reports that the network refuses to adhere to a law requiring that news orgs be compensated for their news. Except the problem during the initial news ban was that Facebook somehow managed to block almost everybody from the network entirely. Those included were health authorities; health departments, members of government and more. As one would expect Facebook quickly caught the ire of parliament and beyond. As a result of Facebook 's shocking efforts, a campaign encouraging people to ...
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