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Harry, Meghan poised to reveal ‘shocking things’ in tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey - The Australian

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  1. Harry, Meghan poised to reveal ‘shocking things’ in tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey  The Australian
  2. Harry and Meghan make major changes to Archewell website including removing Diana's photo  9Honey
  3. Prince Harry's interview with James Corden slammed as 'unhelpful'  Yahoo News NZ
  4. Harry and Meghan 'to be pretty icy' about Kate and William in Oprah interview  9Honey
  5. Meghan Markle’s $99K dress that predicted royal doom  NEWS.com.au
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2021-03-01 03:20:00Z
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Donald Trump cannot be consigned to the history books just yet - Sydney Morning Herald

Orlando, Florida: Why should we give a hoot what Donald Trump has to say anymore?

That’s what some Americans - let alone people on the other side of the world - were asking as Trump took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for his first speech since leaving the White House.

Donald Trump was greeted by a standing ovation at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Donald Trump was greeted by a standing ovation at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Credit:Bloomberg

The reticence is understandable. He’s hoovered up media oxygen since he declared his candidacy in June 2015 that could have been devoted to other topics and left many news consumers with a severe case of Trump fatigue.

Of the main three US cable news outlets, only Fox News carried Trump’s CPAC speech live - a sign of his diminishing ratings appeal with independent and Democratic viewers.

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But anyone who wants to understand the current Republican Party - indeed the current state of American politics - cannot consign Trump to the history books, no matter how much they want to.

Trump may be a twice impeached ex-president who isn’t allowed on Twitter or Facebook. But, as CPAC vividly showed, he remains easily the brightest star in the galaxy of American conservatism. He will continue to define the party in the short-term and is the front runner for the party’s presidential nomination in 2024 - a prospect Trump teased in his speech.

“We will first take back the House and then a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House,” Trump told the crowd of conservative activists. “I wonder who that will be?”

Trump’s children Donald jnr and Ivanka have also been mooted as possible future presidential candidates, but if the Republican Party grassroots gets its way, it will be Trump.

As Trump spoke, the crowd erupted into chants of “four more years”. No other speaker at the three-day conference in Orlando, Florida, generated even a scintilla of the excitement Trump did. It was reflected in the queue of people waiting to have their picture taken with a golden Trump statue, as well as a “straw poll” of conference attendees.

Asked whether they would like to see Trump run again, 68 per cent of CPAC-goers answered “yes”. Ninety-five per cent of respondents said they wanted to see the party continue to pursue Trump’s agenda.

It was an entirely different story in the past with one-term presidents such as Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, who were regarded by party activists as unviable future candidates. They laid low for years after leaving office.

Trump is insulated from that fate by the fact that most active members of the Republican Party’s base believe his fictitious claims of widespread voter fraud. Buy into that narrative and you don’t need a new candidate or new agenda; you simply need to change the voting rules to stop the other side from “cheating” you again.

Asked to name the most important issue facing the country, a stunning 62 per cent of CPAC attendees said “election integrity”. Less than 25 per cent named abortion or taxes - the kind of issues that used to be top-of-mind for conservatives.

Trump’s CPAC speech heralded the end of his period of relative quiet since leaving Washington.

Describing his endorsement as “the most powerful asset in politics”, Trump said he would actively campaign to elect “America First Republican conservatives” to Congress.

He name-checked the Republicans who had voted to impeach him or convict him of inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol, essentially announcing a hit-list of enemies he intends to drive out of office in coming years.

Revenge can be a powerful motivator, and campaigning against those who crossed him will keep Trump engaged in politics between now and the 2022 mid-terms.

He also used his speech to begin framing his arguments against a Biden second term, accusing his successor of driving up energy prices and allowing illegal immigrants to flood across the Mexican border.

He also added a new rhetorical ingredient by attacking trans female athletes competing in women’s sports. Trump is aware that transgender rights are a growing concern among conservative activists, filling a space that was previously occupied by opposition to same-sex marriage.

No-one knows what will happen between now and the 2024 election. Trump’s lustre could begin to fade; he could be undone by prosecutors digging into his tax returns.

But he remains a uniquely intoxicating figure for American conservatives. There’s no sign they are going to kick their Trump habit soon.

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2021-03-01 02:47:09Z
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Gladys Berejikian calls for more information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution - ABC News

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she is ready to ramp up NSW's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine but hasn't been told how many doses the state will be getting.

Ms Berejiklian said 10,339 residents have received the jab since the Pfizer vaccine touched down in Sydney last Sunday.

She said NSW was "well on track" to reach its target of 35,000 vaccines administered in the first three weeks, involving frontline workers and hotel quarantine staff.

But she said she wanted to know "as soon as possible" from the Federal government how many doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine her state would be receiving.

"Our teams are ready and willing to step up and increase our capacity, but we just need to know how many doses we're getting beyond week four," she said.

"Timely information on how many doses we are receiving would really assist us in being able to get the vaccine to as many of our citizens as soon as possible.

"We'd like some certainty. We have been give an rough idea."

Ms Berejiklian said "hundreds of thousands" of workers involved in the "complicated logistics" of delivering the vaccine needed more information to prepare.

"We know what we are getting for the next two to three weeks, and beyond that point we'd like as much information as possible to help us prepare and scale up.

"These are logistical exercises in terms of the safe storage, safe distribution, refrigeration, staff being on hand, us being able to invite people to get the vaccine, so as I've always said, we are keen to bring timetables forward, if we know we are getting doses above what we anticipated we are keen to bring the timetable forward."

It comes as NSW recorded its 43rd day without a local case of COVID-19, health authorities confirmed.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard described the vaccine rollout to date as a "wartime effort" but echoed the Premier's concern about a lack of communication from the Federal government.

"We do need the Federal government to work with us and to share all necessary information.

"We would like detailed information about where they are intending to roll out particularly the AstraZeneca at this point but also the Pfizer into the aged care facilities so we can work with them to understand how we might be able to complement what they're doing."

Ms Berejiklian pointed to the fact that the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines required slightly different storage and timeframe preparation.

"The AstraZeneca vaccine doesn't require the refrigeration rates that Pfizer does," she said.

"It has a three month or 12 week period between the two doses whereas the Pfizer has three.

"Logistically they are different and the states need to be able to plan and gear up."

The Premier reiterated that her state was prepared with the resources and staffing to bring the rollout forward ahead of schedule, with the completion of the program originally touted as October.

"We have the capacity to provide more vaccinations to citizens than what we'd anticipated, we need to know how many doses [we have] so we can make that happen," she said.

"As soon as we get the information we are translating that into jabs, which is great news."

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2021-02-28 23:32:00Z
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‘We need certainty’: Gladys Berejiklian’s swipe at vaccine rollout issue - NEWS.com.au

NSW has not been given enough information to plan its vaccine rollout properly, according to the state premier who is pleading for the federal government to provide more clarity.

Gladys Berejiklian said health officials had only be able to plan a few weeks ahead because authorities at a federal level had not delivered enough information.

“We’d like some certainty,” she told reporters on Monday.

“This is the issue … we’d like to know as soon as possible how many does NSW is receiving.

“Our teams are ready and willing to step up and increase our capacity, we just need to know what we are getting beyond week four.”

NSW has entered week two of its vaccine rollout, with the premier confirming more than 10,000 people had received the jab so far.

She said frontline workers were willing to “step up” and provide more vaccinations than initially anticipated.

But this is challenging, given the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines need to be treated entirely differently, the premier said.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t require the refrigeration (temperatures and storage requirements) rates that Pfizer does,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Logistically they are different and the states need to be able to plan and gear up.

“Timely information on how many doses we are receiving would really assist us in being able to get the vaccine to as many of our citizens as soon as possible.”

The nation’s COVID vaccine stocks more than doubled on Sunday after the first vials of the AstraZeneca jab arrived at Sydney Airport.

An Emirates plane carrying 300,000 doses of the vaccine touched down about 9.30am.

Earlier Scott Morrison said the new vaccine would undergo the same rigorous TGA process undertaken for the Pfizer vaccine.

He said the arrival meant authorities could scale up the rollout to priority groups, including elderly Australians and frontline workers.

“Most Australians will receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with the rollout of these due to commence from March 8, provided they clear the TGA’s rigorous batch testing process,” the Prime Minister said.

“Australia is in a unique position because importantly this vaccine gives us the ability to manufacture onshore.

“Every Australian who wishes to be vaccinated will be able to receive a vaccine this year.”

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2021-02-28 23:24:47Z
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Donald Trump hints at running for US president again during his speech at CPAC - ABC News

In his first speech since leaving the White House, former US President Donald Trump has said he will not start his own political party.

Addressing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mr Trump hinted that he may attempt to run for the presidency again in 2024.

Early in his speech, the former president dismissed speculation he wanted to start his own political party.

Mr Trump's relationship with the party appeared somewhat fractured when a handful of Republicans in both houses of Congress sided with Democrats on wanting to impeach him.

"We're not starting new parties. We have the Republican Party. It's going to be united and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party," he said.

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Donald Trump speaks for the first time since he lost the presidency, at the Conservative Political Action Conference.(AP:John Raoux)

Mr Trump also attacked current President Joe Biden, to whom he lost last November's presidential election.

"Our movement of proud, hard-working American patriots is just getting started, and in the end we will win. We will win," Mr Trump said.

The former president hinted he would consider running for the White House again in 2024.

"I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over," he said.

"We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country."

"Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time."

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2021-02-28 22:30:09Z
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#LIVE: Donald Trump makes speech at C-PAC | ABC News - ABC News (Australia)

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  1. #LIVE: Donald Trump makes speech at C-PAC | ABC News  ABC News (Australia)
  2. Donald Trump at CPAC: Straw poll shows astonishingly low level of support for Mike Pence  NEWS.com.au
  3. ‘Trump was right’: Conservatives double down on ex-president  Sydney Morning Herald
  4. Trump and Republicans: It takes bottle to stand up to your party faithful  The Australian
  5. Trump has captured the Republican party – and that's great news for Biden  The Guardian
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2021-02-28 21:48:02Z
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Myanmar: 18 dead as nation explodes with violence - NEWS.com.au

At least 18 people have been killed and dozens wounded across Myanmar in the most violent crackdown on the nation’s pro-democracy protesters since the military took over the nation a month ago.

The junta is battling to contain a massive street movement demanding it yield power and release ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with top political allies on February 1.

Sunday brought a significant escalation in force, with fatal shootings of protesters in at least four cities around the country, as police and soldiers attempted to bring the civil disobedience campaign to heel.

The United Nations condemned the deadly crackdown, saying it had received credible information that as many as 18 people may have been killed.

“We strongly condemn the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar and call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against peaceful protesters,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN human rights office, said.

AFP could not independently confirm the UN toll.

Three men were killed and at least 20 others injured when security forces moved on a rally in the southern coastal hub of Dawei.

Rescue worker Pyae Zaw Hein said the trio were “shot dead with live rounds”, while the injured were hit by rubber bullets.

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“More wounded people keep coming in,” he told AFP.

Two teenagers were gunned down in Bago, a two-hour drive north of commercial capital Yangon.

Ambulance driver Than Lwin Oo told AFP he had sent the bodies of the 18-year-olds to the mortuary at Bago’s main hospital.

Officers in Yangon began dispersing small crowds minutes before the slated beginning of the day’s protest, with a 23-year-old man shot dead in the city’s east.

“His wife is heartbroken,” Win Ko, a social worker who visited the man’s widow, told AFP. “She’s three months pregnant.” In Mandalay, an emergency doctor told AFP that two men had died from gunshot wounds.

Elsewhere protesters took up positions behind barricades and wielded homemade shields to defend themselves against the onslaught, with police using tear gas to clear some rallies.

Hundreds of people had been arrested by evening and transported to the city’s notorious Insein Prison, where many of Myanmar’s leading democracy campaigners have served long jail terms under previous dictatorships.

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At least one journalist documenting Sunday’s assaults by security forces was beaten and detained further north in Myitkyina, a city at the headwaters of the Irrawaddy river, according to local outlet The 74 Media.

Another reporter was shot with rubber bullets while covering a protest in the central city of Pyay, their employer said.

A spokesman for the ruling junta did not respond to phone calls seeking comment on Sunday’s violence.

Before Sunday, at least five people had died in anti-coup unrest since the army takeover, including three killed on February 20.

One police officer also died while attempting to quell a protest, the military has said.

WEEKS OF UNREST

Myanmar has been roiled by giant demonstrations and a civil disobedience campaign encouraging civil servants to walk off the job since the February 1 military takeover.

Sunday’s crackdown followed a similar wave of violent action against angry but largely peaceful anti-coup rallies around the country a day earlier.

Several journalists documenting Saturday’s assaults by security forces were detained, including an Associated Press photographer in Yangon.

Human Rights Watch said medical volunteers helping to treat wounded protesters were also being targeted for arrest by security forces.

More than 850 people have been arrested, charged or sentenced since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group.

But the weekend crackdown was expected to raise that number dramatically, with state newspapers reporting 479 arrests on Saturday alone.

International condemnation of the military regime has been fierce, with the United States, European Union and others denouncing violence against protesters.

“We are heartbroken to see the loss of so many lives in Myanmar. People should not face violence for expressing dissent against the military coup. Targeting of civilians is abhorrent,” the US Embassy in Yangon tweeted.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned the crackdown and said, “the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable.” The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, said that as the junta grows tougher with dissent, the international community must “ratchet up its response.” Options include a global arms embargo against Myanmar; tough, targeted and co-ordinated sanctions against those behind the coup or the crackdown; and sanctions against business interests controlled by the junta, Andrews tweeted.

‘ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN’

Suu Kyi has not been seen in public since she was taken into custody during pre-dawn raids in the capital Naypyidaw.

A court hearing will be held on Monday for the ousted leader, who faces obscure charges for possession of unregistered walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings.

But her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told AFP he had still been unable to meet with Suu Kyi ahead of the hearing.

“As a lawyer, I put my trust in the court,” he said. “But in this period of time anything can happen.” State media announced Saturday that the junta had sacked the country’s United Nations envoy, who gave an impassioned plea for help on behalf of Myanmar’s ousted civilian government.

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2021-02-28 21:25:34Z
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COVID Victoria updates: 0 new cases, New Zealand arrivals must quarantine - Herald Sun

New Zealand arrivals must enter hotel quarantine after a new COVID scare emerged. Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded no new cases.

Flights from Auckland to Melbourne were being cancelled on Saturday night after a snap lockdown was called for Auckland after a person with coronavirus roamed free for a week.

Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded zero new cases for the second consecutive day.

Victorian health authorities were calling on anyone who has arrived from Auckland since Tuesday 23 to get a test and immediately quarantine.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne warned anyone coming from New Zealand would now be forced to quarantine for 14 days.

“Obviously, we’ve had no locally acquired cases today. We don’t have any state or overseas cases which is fantastic,” he said.

“We’ve had 7440 tests yesterday, and our message continues to be, make sure that if you have any symptoms at all, any symptoms at all, please go and get yourself tested.

“We note of course, that New Zealand has acquired some cases and obviously there will be restrictions on travel for people coming from New Zealand. Anyone who comes from New Zealand into Victoria will need to quarantine for 14 days.”

The biggest city in New Zealand will shut down for seven days after the community COVID-19 case was detected late on Saturday afternoon.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a hard ­border around the city would be enforced by police from 6am.

A stay-at-home order was ­issued and students would ­return to remote learning.

Meanwhile, the rest of New Zealand would move to Level Two restrictions as a precaution.

Ms Ardern’s decision to go into lockdown came after it was revealed a man, who was supposed to be isolating had been out in the community.

The 21-year-old lives with a student who attends the school linked to the previous outbreak on February 14.

The man went to work and attended several other locations, while he was infectious.

Public venues will be closed for seven days and gatherings outside of bubbles are not ­allowed. All sports games were also cancelled as Auckland residents were told to work from home and keep children away from school.

Given the concerning circumstances of the latest case there are now fears the travel bubble between NZ and Australia could be impacted.

Last night, the Australian federal government and health authorities were monitoring the situation closely and were expected to provide an update on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, residents and visitors to 11 Melbourne suburbs have been told to be on high alert, with sewage tests detecting viral fragments the day after more restrictions were lifted.

The suburbs in the wastewater catchment area are Taylors Hill, Plumpton, Hillside, Sydenham, Delahey, Caroline Springs, Burnside Heights, Kings Park, Albanvale, Burnside and Deer Park.

ANTI-VAXXERS WATCH LIST OVER JAB ROLLOUT FEARS

Police are drawing up a hit list of anti-vaccination protesters amid fears that vaccination hubs and storage facilities could be targeted.

Senior figures in government and law enforcement hold serious concerns that militant protesters could disrupt the rollout of the vaccine.

With protesters again out in force on Saturday, the Sunday Herald Sun can reveal that a specialist team of detectives has been set up by the Australian Federal Police to crack down on anti-vaxxers.

It comes as anti-vaxxers protested outside the office of federal health minister Greg Hunt on Saturday.

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JAB AN EXTRA LAYER OF PROTECTION

After a year working on the frontline, a “simple, easy” procedure has made all the difference to Jaiden Hulyer.

The Alfred ICU nurse was among the first Victorians to receive the Pfizer vaccine this week and described Australia’s rollout as a “big leap forward”.

Speaking to the Sunday Herald Sunafter a busy night shift, the 28-year old nurse said she feels like she has “an extra layer of protection” when she walks onto her ward.

“(The vaccine) is such a big difference to all of our lives moving forward and getting back to that sense of normality,” she said.

“I always felt safe at work but … this gives us an extra layer of protection not only at work but out in the community. It’s protecting ourselves, our patients, our families.”

The vaccines have been one of the most heavily anticipated — and closely watched — medical developments in recent memory, but the actual procedure was pretty unremarkable.

Ms Hulyer said she had ­“absolutely no side effects” and continued her normal ­routine for the day, working her shift and even heading to the gym.

It was a very simple process,” she said.

“It was very pain free, you hardly even felt it.”

While a small minority have tried to circulate debunked myths about the vaccine, it was an easy decision for Ms Hulyer — who has looked after COVID-19 patients — to get the immunisation.

She said 2020 had shown the importance of everyone “doing their bit” and urged Aussies to roll up their sleeves when the time came.

“With a healthcare background I have a lot of trust in the professionals,” she said.

“I’m very impressed with the scientists who have been working tirelessly and it’s been deemed as safe, so why wouldn’t you?

“It’s a personal choice … (but) I would encourage everyone to get it.”

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Illegal cockfight rooster in India kills owner after slashing his groin - NEWS.com.au

A rooster fitted with a three-inch knife ahead of a brutal cockfight killed his owner by slashing his groin in India.

The bird sliced the 45-year-old as it struggled to break free from his grasp before an illegal fight.

The man died from blood loss as he was rushed to hospital in the rural village of Lothunur in India’s southern Telangana state.

The blade was strapped to one of the bird’s legs ahead of the fight on the grounds of a temple.

Every year, thousands of roosters die during cockfights and strapping knives to their legs is not unusual.

Last year, a man died after a rooster’s blade sliced his neck as he carried the petrified animal to a fight in the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh.

His death sparked a police investigation and hunt for at least 15 other people involved in the illegal cockfighting event last Tuesday.

Police seized the animal and kept it at a local police station before sending it to a chicken farm.

One animal-loving constable has even been assigned to ensure the rooster’s wellbeing, reported the New Indian Express.

B Jeevan, a local police officer, said others involved in the event could face charges of manslaughter, illegal betting and hosting a cockfight. Jeevan called it a “freak accident”.

The cruel so-called sport has been banned in India since 1960, but the fights are held in rural areas such as Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha states.

In December, police smashed an alleged elaborate cockfighting syndicate with 71 cockerels saved and 35 men arrested at a property south of Sydney.

Detectives and RSPCA inspectors raided a rural property at Camden Valley Way in Catherine Field where they allegedly uncovered a designated cockfighting area, several large sheds used to house the fighting cockerels as well as metal spikes, spurs and other cockfighting paraphernalia.

Officers also seized $107,170 in cash following a lengthy probe into animal cruelty in Sydney’s southwest.

A police chief in the Philippines was killed in a freak accident while trying to seize evidence at an illegal cockfight last October. A sharp blade attached to the bird cut an artery in his leg, officials said.

In 2017, officers broke up a cockfighting ring at a home in Ilford, east London. Horrified police discovered a blood-soaked arena where the birds fought to the death.

Five men and a 16-year-old boy were banned from keeping birds for life after they were convicted of hosting the fight.

Ten cockerels and two hens were seized and placed into RSPCA care.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission

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Two Myanmar protesters shot dead in police crackdown as sacked UN envoy vows to 'fight back' - ABC News

Myanmar police have shot and killed two protesters, sustaining a sweeping crackdown for a second day in a bid to end weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations.

Police opened fire in the southern town of Dawei, killing one and wounding several others, according to politician Kyaw Min Htike.

The Dawei Watch media outlet said at least one person was killed and more than a dozen wounded.

Police also fired in the main city of Yangon and one man brought to a hospital with a bullet wound in the chest had died, said a staff doctor who asked not to be identified.

Myanmar has been in chaos for a month since the army seized power and detained elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, alleging fraud in a November election her party won in a landslide.

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One person was killed and "more than a dozen" were injured in the southern town of Dawei.(Reuters)

The coup, which stalled Myanmar's progress toward democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule, has drawn condemnation from Western countries, with some imposing limited sanctions.

Police also threw stun grenades, used tear gas and fired into the air, witnesses said.

"We had to run and hide but I'll get out again because today is very important. If all of us get out, they can't win."

'Trying to instil fear'

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The weekend has seen Myanmar police crack down on pro-democracy protesters.(Reuters)

Youth activist Esther Ze Naw said people were battling to overcome the fear of the military they had lived with for so long.

"This fear will only grow if we keep living with it and the people who are creating the fear know that," she said.

"It's obvious they're trying to instil fear in us by making us run and hide … we can't accept that," she said.

While junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing has said authorities have been using minimal force, at least three protesters have died.

The army said a policeman had been killed in the unrest.

State-run MRTV television said more than 470 people had been arrested.

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Police in Yangon fired tear gas to break up a crowd of protesters.(Reuters)

It said police had given warnings before using stun grenades to disperse crowds.

Several journalists were among those detained, their media organisations and colleagues said.

The weekend's violence came after Myanmar's Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun told the UN General Assembly he was speaking on behalf of Ms Suu Kyi's government and appealed for help to end the coup.

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Kyaw Moe Tun vowed to fight on, despite being fired as Myanmar's UN ambassador.(Reuters)

MRTV television said he had been fired in accordance with civil service rules because he had "betrayed the country" and "abused the power and responsibilities of an ambassador".

However, the UN has not officially recognised the junta as Myanmar's new government.

'Fight back as long as I can'

The ambassador vowed to continue his resistance, despite losing his job.

UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said he was overwhelmed by the ambassador's "remarkable act of courage".

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He said on Twitter: "It's time for the world to answer that courageous call with action."

Myanmar's generals have promised to hold a new election but have yet to set a date.

Ms Suu Kyi's party and supporters said the result of the November vote must be respected.

The 75-year-old spent nearly 15 years under house arrest during military rule.

She faces charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios and of violating a natural disaster law by breaching coronavirus protocols.

The next hearing in her case is set for Monday.

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Deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi retains strong support across Myanmar.(Reuters: Supplied)

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Auckland begins second COVID-19 lockdown in a month - Sydney Morning Herald

Exactly a year after New Zealand recorded its first coronavirus case, Auckland woke on Sunday to a second lockdown this month.

The seven-day lockdown of a population of nearly 2 million, announced late on Saturday by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, was prompted by the case of a person who had been infectious for a week with the more contagious UK variant but not in isolation.

“It is more than likely there will be additional cases in the community,” Ardern told a televised news conference, although no new cases were recorded on Sunday.

The move follows a three-day stay-at-home order in mid-February after the UK variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 emerged in New Zealand. About 14 cases are linked to the cluster.

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“Despite our best efforts to date, recent cases have gone to work when they shouldn’t have,” Ardern said, promising police action over breaches of the rules on self-isolating.

Opposition leader Judith Collins urged tougher penalties for those who do not follow advice on isolation. “No one wants to be yo-yoing in and out lockdown,” Collins said in a statement.

The new lockdown, part of Level 3 curbs, lets people leave home only for essential shopping and work, while public venues will stay shut. Curbs elsewhere in New Zealand are to be tightened to Level 2, setting limits on public gatherings.

Adern implemented a border around Auckland with police checkpoints in and out of the city. On Sunday, Stuff.co.nz reported delays of up to five hours at the new border as people tried to get home.

The measures have disrupted several key events set for Auckland next week.

“It is more than likely there will be additional cases”: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media on February 28 in Wellington.

“It is more than likely there will be additional cases”: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media on February 28 in Wellington. Credit:Getty

The America’s Cup yacht race was postponed on Sunday and the Twenty20 International cricket match has been shifted to Wellington, to be played behind closed doors on Friday.

A popular Lantern Festival due to start next weekend has also been cancelled.

Social media users around the world expressed dismay at the lockdown of a large city over a single case.

However, New Zealand’s swift measures during the past year, combined with aggressive contact tracing and border closure, have been credited for its success in restraining the pandemic.

With 5 million people, New Zealand has recorded just over 2000 infections since the start of the pandemic, and 26 deaths.

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First shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine lands in Australia - 9News

The first shipment of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has landed in Australia today, ahead of the third week of the country's overall inoculation rollout.

The shipment landed just before 9.30am at Sydney airport, on an Emirates flight.

A total of 300,000 doses were included, which will now be batch tested by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to ensure they meet Australian standards.

The first shipment of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has landed in Sydney. (Edwina Pickles)

"We will now be able to scale up the vaccination rollout to our priority groups, including our most vulnerable Australians and to our frontline border and health workers," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

"Most Australians will receive the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with the rollout of these due to commence from 8 March 2021 – provided they clear the TGA's rigorous batch testing process.

"Australia is in a unique position because importantly this vaccine gives us the ability to manufacture onshore. Every Australian who wishes to be vaccinated will be able to receive a vaccine this year."

Australia has secured 53.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will supplement the 20 million doses from Pfizer.

Australia has secured more than 50 million doses of the vaccine. (Edwina Pickles)

A total of 50 million of those AstraZeneca doses will be manufactured in Australia.

"As the rollout begins, the people in priority groups who need the most protection will receive a vaccine first. This includes aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers, and quarantine and border workers," Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

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"Having AstraZeneca available in Australia provides an easier avenue for distribution across the nation, meaning people in rural, regional and remote areas will not have to travel as far to receive their vaccine."

The AstraZeneca vaccine is administered in two doses, 12 weeks apart.

Mr Hunt also slammed anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists but said he did not anticipate they would disrupt the rollout of the escalated vaccination program.

"Some of these anti-vaxxers are peddling, frankly, false and clearly irresponsible views. Whether it is about 5G and Bill Gates and mind-control – ludicrous, ludicrous things," he said.

"It is absolutely a matter for the police, if, in any way shape or form there were any protests aimed at the vaccination centres."

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Hunt defends worker at nursing home where vaccine doses thrown out

Mr Hunt has defended the worker at the nursing home where surplus vaccine doses had to be thrown out.

More than 120 doses of Pfizer's vaccine - 25 vials - were left over and stored in a fridge, and because the company could not confirm the precise temperature at which the vials were stored, they were disposed of.

"So far, as I say, we have had over 420 consignments covering 486,000km and the situation here is there was surplus and the worker in question absolutely did everything right, this is one where I am respectfully not accepting that there was something incorrect," said Mr Hunt.

"The worker made sure that they were refrigerated, ensure that there was a subsequent collection, and the advice we have is it was highly likely that the vaccines's integrity had been maintained but because of the refrigeration, it was unable to determine absolutely that the temperatures had been maintained and so, the decision [was made] to put safety ahead of all else.

"I think it represented 0.1% of the first week's vaccines, vastly below that which had been presumed would be not delivered during the course of that week, so in fact, the level of doses that have suffered some form of inability to be delivered is vastly below what we were anticipating at this stage, so I think far from anything, in this case, being other than appropriate procedures, the worker in question should be commended."

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2021-02-28 02:30:06Z
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COVID Victoria updates: Auckland flights to Melbourne cancelled amid snap lockdown - Herald Sun

New Zealand’s new COVID scare has prompted flight cancellations and a testing alert for Auckland arrivals in Melbourne.

Flights from Auckland to Melbourne were being cancelled on Saturday night after a snap lockdown was called for Auckland after a person with coronavirus roamed free for a week.

Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded zero new cases for the second consecutive day.

Victorian health authorities were calling on anyone who has arrived from Auckland since Tuesday 23 to get a test and immediately quarantine.

The biggest city in New Zealand will shut down for seven days after the community COVID-19 case was detected late on Saturday afternoon.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a hard ­border around the city would be enforced by police from 6am.

A stay-at-home order was ­issued and students would ­return to remote learning.

Meanwhile, the rest of New Zealand would move to Level Two restrictions as a precaution.

Ms Ardern’s decision to go into lockdown came after it was revealed a man, who was supposed to be isolating had been out in the community.

The 21-year-old lives with a student who attends the school linked to the previous outbreak on February 14.

The man went to work and attended several other locations, while he was infectious.

Public venues will be closed for seven days and gatherings outside of bubbles are not ­allowed. All sports games were also cancelled as Auckland residents were told to work from home and keep children away from school.

Given the concerning circumstances of the latest case there are now fears the travel bubble between NZ and Australia could be impacted.

Last night, the Australian federal government and health authorities were monitoring the situation closely and were expected to provide an update on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, residents and visitors to 11 Melbourne suburbs have been told to be on high alert, with sewage tests detecting viral fragments the day after more restrictions were lifted.

The suburbs in the wastewater catchment area are Taylors Hill, Plumpton, Hillside, Sydenham, Delahey, Caroline Springs, Burnside Heights, Kings Park, Albanvale, Burnside and Deer Park.

ANTI-VAXXERS WATCH LIST OVER JAB ROLLOUT FEARS

Police are drawing up a hit list of anti-vaccination protesters amid fears that vaccination hubs and storage facilities could be targeted.

Senior figures in government and law enforcement hold serious concerns that militant protesters could disrupt the rollout of the vaccine.

With protesters again out in force on Saturday, the Sunday Herald Sun can reveal that a specialist team of detectives has been set up by the Australian Federal Police to crack down on anti-vaxxers.

It comes as anti-vaxxers protested outside the office of federal health minister Greg Hunt on Saturday.

Read the full story here.

JAB AN EXTRA LAYER OF PROTECTION

After a year working on the frontline, a “simple, easy” procedure has made all the difference to Jaiden Hulyer.

The Alfred ICU nurse was among the first Victorians to receive the Pfizer vaccine this week and described Australia’s rollout as a “big leap forward”.

Speaking to the Sunday Herald Sunafter a busy night shift, the 28-year old nurse said she feels like she has “an extra layer of protection” when she walks onto her ward.

“(The vaccine) is such a big difference to all of our lives moving forward and getting back to that sense of normality,” she said.

“I always felt safe at work but … this gives us an extra layer of protection not only at work but out in the community. It’s protecting ourselves, our patients, our families.”

The vaccines have been one of the most heavily anticipated — and closely watched — medical developments in recent memory, but the actual procedure was pretty unremarkable.

Ms Hulyer said she had ­“absolutely no side effects” and continued her normal ­routine for the day, working her shift and even heading to the gym.

It was a very simple process,” she said.

“It was very pain free, you hardly even felt it.”

While a small minority have tried to circulate debunked myths about the vaccine, it was an easy decision for Ms Hulyer — who has looked after COVID-19 patients — to get the immunisation.

She said 2020 had shown the importance of everyone “doing their bit” and urged Aussies to roll up their sleeves when the time came.

“With a healthcare background I have a lot of trust in the professionals,” she said.

“I’m very impressed with the scientists who have been working tirelessly and it’s been deemed as safe, so why wouldn’t you?

“It’s a personal choice … (but) I would encourage everyone to get it.”

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2021-02-27 22:55:20Z
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COVID Victoria updates: Auckland flights to Melbourne cancelled amid snap lockdown - Herald Sun

New Zealand’s new COVID scare has prompted flight cancellations and a testing alert for Auckland arrivals in Melbourne.

Flights from Auckland to Melbourne were being cancelled on Saturday night after a snap lockdown was called for Auckland after a person with coronavirus roamed free for a week.

Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded zero new cases for the second consecutive day.

Victorian health authorities were calling on anyone who has arrived from Auckland since Tuesday 23 to get a test and immediately quarantine.

The biggest city in New Zealand will shut down for seven days after the community COVID-19 case was detected late on Saturday afternoon.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a hard ­border around the city would be enforced by police from 6am.

A stay-at-home order was ­issued and students would ­return to remote learning.

Meanwhile, the rest of New Zealand would move to Level Two restrictions as a precaution.

Ms Ardern’s decision to go into lockdown came after it was revealed a man, who was supposed to be isolating had been out in the community.

The 21-year-old lives with a student who attends the school linked to the previous outbreak on February 14.

The man went to work and attended several other locations, while he was infectious.

Public venues will be closed for seven days and gatherings outside of bubbles are not ­allowed. All sports games were also cancelled as Auckland residents were told to work from home and keep children away from school.

Given the concerning circumstances of the latest case there are now fears the travel bubble between NZ and Australia could be impacted.

Last night, the Australian federal government and health authorities were monitoring the situation closely and were expected to provide an update on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, residents and visitors to 11 Melbourne suburbs have been told to be on high alert, with sewage tests detecting viral fragments the day after more restrictions were lifted.

The suburbs in the wastewater catchment area are Taylors Hill, Plumpton, Hillside, Sydenham, Delahey, Caroline Springs, Burnside Heights, Kings Park, Albanvale, Burnside and Deer Park.

ANTI-VAXXERS WATCH LIST OVER JAB ROLLOUT FEARS

Police are drawing up a hit list of anti-vaccination protesters amid fears that vaccination hubs and storage facilities could be targeted.

Senior figures in government and law enforcement hold serious concerns that militant protesters could disrupt the rollout of the vaccine.

With protesters again out in force on Saturday, the Sunday Herald Sun can reveal that a specialist team of detectives has been set up by the Australian Federal Police to crack down on anti-vaxxers.

It comes as anti-vaxxers protested outside the office of federal health minister Greg Hunt on Saturday.

Read the full story here.

JAB AN EXTRA LAYER OF PROTECTION

After a year working on the frontline, a “simple, easy” procedure has made all the difference to Jaiden Hulyer.

The Alfred ICU nurse was among the first Victorians to receive the Pfizer vaccine this week and described Australia’s rollout as a “big leap forward”.

Speaking to the Sunday Herald Sunafter a busy night shift, the 28-year old nurse said she feels like she has “an extra layer of protection” when she walks onto her ward.

“(The vaccine) is such a big difference to all of our lives moving forward and getting back to that sense of normality,” she said.

“I always felt safe at work but … this gives us an extra layer of protection not only at work but out in the community. It’s protecting ourselves, our patients, our families.”

The vaccines have been one of the most heavily anticipated — and closely watched — medical developments in recent memory, but the actual procedure was pretty unremarkable.

Ms Hulyer said she had ­“absolutely no side effects” and continued her normal ­routine for the day, working her shift and even heading to the gym.

It was a very simple process,” she said.

“It was very pain free, you hardly even felt it.”

While a small minority have tried to circulate debunked myths about the vaccine, it was an easy decision for Ms Hulyer — who has looked after COVID-19 patients — to get the immunisation.

She said 2020 had shown the importance of everyone “doing their bit” and urged Aussies to roll up their sleeves when the time came.

“With a healthcare background I have a lot of trust in the professionals,” she said.

“I’m very impressed with the scientists who have been working tirelessly and it’s been deemed as safe, so why wouldn’t you?

“It’s a personal choice … (but) I would encourage everyone to get it.”

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Myanmar junta sacks UN envoy who called for his compatriots to keep fighting and win as crackdowns continue - ABC News

Myanmar's junta has fired its United Nations ambassador for breaking ranks to denounce the military's ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as police stepped up a crackdown on protesters across the country.

The country has been shaken by a wave of demonstrations since a coup toppled civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.

Authorities have ramped up the use of force to suppress dissent, deploying tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse some protests. Live rounds have been used in isolated cases.

In justifying its seizure of power, the military has alleged widespread fraud in the November elections, which Ms Suu Kyi's party won in a landslide, and promised fresh polls in a year.

But its ambassador to the United Nations on Friday broke ranks and made an emotional appeal to the international community for "the strongest possible action … to restore democracy".

Kyaw Moe Tun also pleaded with his "brothers and sisters" in Burmese to keep fighting.

"This revolution must win," he said, flashing the three-finger salute that has become a symbol of resistance against the junta.

By Saturday night, state-run TV announced Kyaw Moe Tun was no longer Myanmar's UN ambassador.

"[He] didn't follow the order and direction by the state and betrayed the country," according to an MRTV broadcast.

"That is why he is revoked from his position starting from today."

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'We want to fight until we win'

News of Kyaw Moe Tun's removal follows a day of crackdowns and mass arrests by Myanmar's security forces as the country enters its fourth week of daily protests against the generals' grip on power.

Chaos unfolded across commercial hub Yangon, with police closing in early on peaceful demonstrators and deploying rubber bullets to disperse them from Myaynigone junction.

Protesters scattered into residential streets and started building makeshift barricades out of stacked tables and trash cans to stop the police.

Many wore hard hats and gas masks, wielding homemade shields for protection.

"What are the police doing? They are protecting a crazy dictator," the protesters chanted angrily.

Soldiers and police clash with protesters on a road, where two people are lying down seemingly trying to protect their heads.
Authorities are cracking down on demonstrations against the military coup.(AFP)

Local reporters broadcast the chaotic scenes live on Facebook, including the moments when the shots rang out.

"We want to fight until we win," said protester Moe Moe, 23, who used a pseudonym.

At nearby Hledan junction, several rounds of stun grenades were fired, according to AFP reporters.

At least three media workers were detained, including an Associated Press photographer, a video journalist from Myanmar Now, and a photographer from the Myanmar Pressphoto Agency.

Another protest near a shopping centre in nearby Tamwe Township was broken up by police.

Aye Myint Kyi, a distraught mother of one shopper, said she reached her daughter briefly on the phone, who said she was being taken.

"I don't know where she was taken," she said while crying.

"She was unjustly arrested."

About 700 people still detained

Armed police stand in a line across a main road blocking access while people walk and ride scooters past.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said about 400 people had been arrested on Saturday.(AP)

In the central city of Monywa, a rally had barely started before police and soldiers moved in on demonstrators, said a medic with a local emergency rescue team.

Htwe Aung Zin said his team had been "sent a man who was severely injured in his leg from the police crackdown", adding that they treated 10 others with minor injuries.

He declined to say what kind of bullets caused the man's injury.

Another medic said a woman with severe injuries had been sent to the intensive care unit.

Meanwhile, two local media outlets saw their journalists arrested as they attempted to broadcast live video of protests on Facebook.

More than 770 people have been arrested, charged and sentenced since the military coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group, with some 680 still behind bars.

But Saturday is expected to push the number up, said AAPP's Bo Gyi.

"More than 400 were arrested [today]," he said, adding that only a fraction will make it into the group's daily updated list as they were not able to confirm the names of everyone.

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Coronavirus live news Australia: Auckland back in lockdown after isolation breach - The Australian

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  1. Coronavirus live news Australia: Auckland back in lockdown after isolation breach  The Australian
  2. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces week-long COVID-19 lockdown after new case detected  NEWS.com.au
  3. Unlinked coronavirus case prompts New Zealand to announce a week-long lockdown for Auckland  ABC News
  4. COVID Victoria updates: Auckland flights to Melbourne cancelled amid snap lockdown  Herald Sun
  5. Auckland to head into week-long lockdown after new COVID-19 case detected: Ardern  Sydney Morning Herald
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