In photos: Deadly earthquake hits Afghanistan

Men stand around the bodies of people killed in an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on Thursday, June 23. A powerful earthquake struck the rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early on Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country’s deadliest quake in two decades. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Updated 1122 GMT (1922 … Read more

EU commission recommends making Ukraine a member candidate – National |

The European Union’s executive arm on Friday recommended making Ukraine a candidate for EU membership, a first step on what was expected to be a long road for the war-torn country to join the 27-nation bloc. The European Commission delivered its proposal to award Ukraine candidate status after a fast-tracked analysis of answers to a … Read more

Edmonton mom facing deportation makes impassioned plea for her and her daughter to stay in Canada – Edmonton |

A mother and daughter from Edmonton facing an imminent deportation order are desperate to remain in Canada. Vangie Cayanan came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker back in 2010, but she alleges her employer abused her and when she reported it, she was let go. The next year, she moved to Edmonton where she … Read more

Russia blacklists Sky News journalists

A huge list of 121 Australians have been blacklisted indefinitely by Russia – including Sky News host Andrew Bolt and Sky News Political Reporter Jonathan Lea. Australian journalists, prominent media and business executives and government officials have been barred from entering Russia – as the country claimed they have promoted a “Russophobic” agenda. Andrew Bolt … Read more

After 40 days in a bomb shelter, two Ukrainian refugees and 17 dogs are ready to start a new life in Poland

Jackson, the founder of the non-profit Planting Peace, traveled from his Florida home to Poland shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. He estimates that he has helped find housing for some 300 refugees, including many dog owners who struggled to stay with their pets. “If you were walking through the camps, there were just so many … Read more

Jan. 6 panel looking into Trump’s pressure on Pence to reject election results – National |

The 1/6 committee is set to plunge into Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to salvage the 2020 election by pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to reject the electoral count — powers Pence didn’t have — in the run-up to the U.S. Capitol riot. With two witnesses Thursday, the House panel intends to show how Trump’s false claims of a fraudulent … Read more

‘Strong correlation’ between US and Australian interest rates

The Australian’s Washington Correspondent Adam Creighton says there is a “strong correlation” relating to what happens with interest rates in the United States and Australia. Mr Creighton said both the US and Australia followed a similar response to the pandemic, especially relating to economic management. “I think in Australia inflation is going to rise, just … Read more

US toddlers could soon be vaccinated against Covid. Here’s why that’s a big moment in the pandemic

It comes a day after the 22 members of the agency’s advisory committee voted unanimously to authorize Moderna’s shot for those aged 6 to 17. Both companies have reported positive trial results when using their vaccines on younger children. Pfizer found that three child-sized doses appeared to be safe and generated an immune response in … Read more

From socks to Socceroo: Awer Mabil’s World Cup journey is the stuff that dreams are made of

The family of Awer Mabil has known both heartbreak and exquisite elation, and the events of early Tuesday morning (Australian time) emphatically fall into the latter category.  With the score of the Socceroos’ penalty shootout against Peru locked at four-all, Mabil stepped up to take his kick. For a 26-year-old whose childhood ambition had been to … Read more