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Last summer's bushfires burnt through almost three-quarters of the greater Blue Mountains area, prompting an international conservation organisation to place it under 'significant concern'.

Environmental outlook for Blue Mountains downgraded due to fires, dam wall plans

The environmental outlook for the greater Blue Mountains area has been downgraded after last summer's huge bushfires, with issues such as the Warragamba Dam wall raising plan adding to the future threats, the International Union for Conservation of Nature says.

  • by Peter Hannam
Mathias Cormann is flying around the world campaigning to be appointed secretary-general of the OECD.
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Cash for Cormann campaign not a savvy investment

May I suggest that the Mathias Cormann campaign outrage has nothing to do with ''country immaturity''.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she had already answered questions about Daryl Maguire having keys to her house.

'They need to talk to us': Leaked drug reforms reveal Coalition's city-country divide

National MPs say they were disappointed not to have received more consultation about a government proposal to introduce a three-strike drug possession policy.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Composite image of a hacker, passport and paperwork

How paper created a vulnerability for cyber criminals to steal 186,000 people's data

Passports, banking and Medicare details were potentially exposed in photocopied and scanned paper documents stored inside the email accounts of 47 Service NSW employees.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has made teaching students with disability a priority for professional development of teachers.
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Fewer than one in five NSW teachers are trained for kids with disabilities

NSW government figures show in 2017 there were 150,000 children with disabilities, such as autism, ADHD and dyslexia, in the state's public schools alone and this is forecast to increase 50 per cent by 2027.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
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Coal miners at the Metropolitan mine will be off the job for the first two months of 2021 as demand dries up.

Demand drop closes coal mine as neighbour seeks approval to expand

The future of the two main coal mines digging under Sydney's water catchment hangs in the balance with one closing for two months because of weak demand and the other seeking approval to expand.

  • by Peter Hannam
Composite image of Ian Thorpe and Nick Hudson
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'Hanging out a bit': Meet the new man in Ian Thorpe's life

A year after Ian Thorpe split from his on-again, off-again boyfriend Ryan Channing, the Olympic swimming legend is on the cusp of a promising new relationship.

  • by Lucy Manly
The Sydney City Tattersalls club around the late 1970s.

A slice of Sydney history immortalised as City Tatts marks 125 years

The book On A Winner by journalist Marea Donnelly will be launched on Tuesday by former governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove.

  • by Michael Koziol
A Queensland cane toad, like the one found in Coogee this week.

Cane toad invades Coogee - and that was before they opened the Queensland border

Watch out NSW, the border openings don't just mean an influx of human Queenslanders.

  • by Helen Pitt
Shewit Tesfahun, a young mum of Tigrayan descent, successfully helped her father, Tess Tesfahun (seen in the portrait), flee the war and get back to Australia on the weekend.

They were safe, now dozens of Australians are caught in war again

"It's OK to stop an election because of COVID, it's not OK to start a war." A tale of escape from Tigray, Ethiopia.

  • by Lia Timson
Workers fear Jakarta's cemeteries will be full as coronavirus deaths continue to rise.

Why Indonesia is losing the COVID fight while neighbours crush the virus

Vietnam, Thailand and even Cambodia have kept coronavirus at bay. But Indonesia has the worst virus rates in south-east Asia while not testing widely.

  • by James Massola
Big hitter: The Heat's skipper Chris Lynn.

Crash and Bash: Your club-by-club guide to BBL10

The BBL may be without some of Australia's biggest names but there is still much to look forward to you when BBL10 thunders into action on Thursday.

  • by Daniel Cherny, Andrew Wu, Jon Pierik and Alisdair Belling
Michael Hooper and the Wallabies trail at the break.

Tri Nations 2020 as it happened: Hodge misses last-ditch penalty as Wallabies, Argentina draw again

Reece Hodge missed a 45 metre penalty goal attempt to win the match for the Wallabies as they once again finished all square with Argentina.

  • by Sam Phillips
Administrators decided to sell the business to Bain in June, and the private equity firm immediately pumped $125 million into the airline to keep it solvent for the remainder of the administration.

Immediate quarantine alert for Sydney to Melbourne flight passengers

All passengers and crew who flew to Melbourne on VA 838 on Saturday are being asked to self-isolate after two international travellers boarded the flight in Sydney without quarantining in NSW.

  • by David Estcourt
Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open.

Landlord comes to the aid of Tennis Australia

Tennis Australia is receiving rent relief from The Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust as the sport's governing body braces for the massive financial hit of staging an Australian Open during a pandemic.

  • by Scott Spits
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"I’ve never been in a movie like this. Cheetah is a strong, powerful person and I wanted to feel that way."

How her role in Wonder Woman 1984 changed Kristen Wiig

Playing a villain is no laughing matter, as Kristen Wiig well knows. Th e actor, known for her comedic talents, relished the chance to tap into her darker side while playing the super-evil Cheetah in the latest Wonder Woman movie.

  • by Michael Idato
Melbourne housing estate engulfed by tumbleweeds.

Melbourne housing estate engulfed by 'hairy weed invasion'

Voluminous tufts of grass have buried a housing estate beneath tangled strands widely known as "hairy weed invasion" in Melbourne’s north-west.

  • by David Estcourt
Justin Langer was visibly furious with match referee David Boon.

Taylor warns teams not to abuse concussion sub rule after Boon-Langer clash

Justin Langer has avoided sanction for his animated clash with match referee David Boon on Friday night, but the incident has raised questions about concussion substitutes.

  • by Andrew Wu
Teewah Beach, north of Noosa, where two swimmers died on Saturday.

Two men drown at Teewah Beach on Sunshine Coast

Queensland Police said emergency services were called to Teewah Beach as a group of swimmers encountered difficulties on Noosa's North Shore.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Court documents reveal Sinovac managers and even its CEO have offered bribes.

In the vaccine race, Chinese company Sinovac has a bribery problem

Sinovac is the hope of many nations battling coronavirus - but court documents reveal the company has a history of bribing Chinese officials for approvals.

  • by Eva Dou
Industry sources have told this masthead that all relevant stakeholders have now had the chance to look at the code.

73-year-old man awarded $120,000 for defamatory Facebook posts by churchgoer

In the latest in a series of Australian defamation cases involving slurs on social media, the man sued a fellow churchgoer over a series of six Facebook posts branding him a scammer and will also receive $85,000 in legal costs.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Le Montage, the wedding venue chosen by Salim Mehajer, is opposed to a skate park being built next door.

Millionaire who hosted Mehajer wedding fights 'unsuitable' kids' skate park

The owner of Le Montage has formed an unlikely alliance with Inner West Greens councillors who will try to overturn the skate park's approval.

  • by Michael Koziol
The delay of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 is set to cost the event more than $2 billion.

Games blowout: Tokyo Olympics delay costs may reach $3.75b

The operational cost of the delay is roughly two thirds of that figure, with coronavirus countermeasures accounting for the rest of the blowout.

  • by Stephen Wade
After years of injury struggles, James Pattinson says he feels confident he will not break down.

After injury-riddled early career, Pattinson hopes to play 'another five years'

Such an aspiration may seem ambitious for a bowler with his long injury history, but James Pattinson says he has never felt more confident about his fitness.

  • by Andrew Wu
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Finch sweats on scan results as Lyon drafted into T20 squad

Aaron Finch is in signficant doubt for Sunday's second Twenty20 international at the SCG but is awaiting the results of scans before a final decision is made.

  • by Jon Pierik
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Britain has a prodigious thirst for Australian wines.

British thirst could save Australian wine from China tariffs

In the 12 months to October this year, sales of Australian wine in Britain grew by 10 per cent to be worth $1.3 billion.

  • by Latika Bourke
Heavy traffic on the M1 Pacific Motorway is expected to take a long time to clear.

Heavy traffic, man arrested after multi-car crash on M1 at Ourimbah

A man has been arrested following a multi-vehicle crash on the M1 at Ourimbah on the Central Coast.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Joe Biden's team have been blocked from Pentagon defence briefings for over a month.

Pentagon blocks top spy briefings for Biden transition team

California pledges 55 votes for Biden in the Electoral College, guaranteeing victory on December 14, but the Pentagon's top spy agencies refuse to meet his team.

  • by Greg Miller and Missy Ryan
Colorado high school student and young scientist Gitanjali Rao who has been named Time magazine's first-ever "Kid of the Year."

Gitanjali Rao, 15-year-old Colorado student and scientist, is named Time's Kid of the Year

Gitanjali Rao has used artificial intelligence and created apps to tackle contaminated drinking water, cyberbullying, opioid addiction and other social problems.

The vaccine developed by BioNtech and Pfizer will be distributed to vulnerable groups in Britain from next week.

'Holy grail of vaccine research': Could a blood test show if a COVID-19 vaccine works?

A study in monkeys published in Nature reveals that a blood test could predict the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • by Carl Zimmer
It is believed the woman caught the virus from US airline crew staying at the Novotel.

NSW records zero COVID-19 infections despite quarantine hotel breach

NSW Health is free of new COVID-19 cases despite a cleaner at a Sydney quarantine hotel testing positive on Thursday. 

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Philadelphia's Ben Simmons goes up for a shot against Chicago. He still hopes to go to the Olympics next year, if possible.

'I want to win a medal': Simmons has Olympics in sight, if NBA permits

The 24-year old hasn’t played for the Boomers since he was left out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup side as a teenager.

  • by Roy Ward
An out of control bushfire threatens four homes near Newnes train station, near Lithgow

Woman posed as firefighter to claim almost $200,000 in relief pay, police allege

The Lithgow woman was charged after allegedly making 522 claims for payments over six months.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
A doctor checks on a COVID-19 patient at a hospital in Los Angeles.

Two people dying every minute: US COVID-19 deaths shatter more records

US leaders urgently called on Americans to wear masks and threatened even more drastic stay-at-home orders after deaths from the coronavirus set another single-day record.

  • by Doina Chiacu
World Food Program chief David Beasley said 2021 was going to be "catastrophic".

UN warns 2021 shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe

"2021 is literally going to be catastrophic based on what we're seeing at this stage of the game," said the head of the World Food Program.

  • by Michelle Nichols