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AstraZeneca vaccine trial volunteer dies

Brazilian health authority Anvisa says a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has died but adds that the trial will continue.

Civil union laws for homosexuals OK: Pope

Pope Francis says in a newly released documentary that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws, in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people.

Extra 300,000 US deaths during pandemic

Nearly 300,000 more people have died in the United States in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic than would be expected based on historical trends.

Vic govt reverses panned Cox Plate call

The Victorian government has backflipped over its controversial call to allow a select group of spectators on course for the 100th running of the Cox Plate after an overwhelming online backlash.

Vic set to open up earlier than planned

Premier Daniel Andrews says Victoria will open up earlier than planned after the state recorded a single case of coronavirus, which may be removed from the tally.

NSW restrictions eased in lead up to Xmas

Christmas parties, functions and lunches in NSW will be a little more convivial after the state government eased restrictions on outdoor gatherings and hospitality group bookings.