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NSW sees a dozen flood rescues overnight

Emergency services volunteers have been forced to perform an "unacceptable" number of flood rescues across NSW as rising waters drive residents from their homes in the Upper Hunter.

Masks return as Omicron variant reaches UK

Boris Johnson has ordered the return of mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport, and for contacts of Omicron COVID-19 cases to self-isolate, even if they are vaccinated, after the concerning variant was detected in Britain.

Australia shuts border to southern Africa

Australia has shut its borders to nine southern African countries and suspended all flights from the region amid concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Australia sends help to riot-hit Solomons

Australia is sending police, diplomats and defence personnel to the Solomon Islands to provide stability and security after rioting in the capital Honiara.

Victoria scraps domestic travel permits

Victoria's domestic travel permit system has ended, with anyone from Australian states and territories permitted to enter regardless of their vaccination status.
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