Congress must now vote again on the $740 billion defense bill to override Trump’s veto.
Greater Sydney residents able to have 10 visitors plus under-12s for next three days; air crew quarantine in the spotlight; Sydney test still undecided. Follow all the latest news and updates, live
Christmas may have been partially salvaged for Sydney’s coronavirus-hit northern beaches, but experts are calling on authorities to consider canning the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The Australian Medical Association president, Omar Khorshid, has welcomed NSW’s four-tier system for Christmas gatherings which begins on Thursday, describing it as a “cautious approach”.
Police say they are expecting long delays on the Tweed Heads-Coolangatta border. Yesterday, travellers waited up to 90 minutes on the NSW-Queensland border.
The traffic on the border between Coolangatta and the Tweed is building with more delays expected today. @R_DAlessandro9 #9News pic.twitter.com/QR5i60Okv1
Trump vetoes ‘unconstitutional’ defence bill
The president has vetoed a bipartisan defence funding bill passed by Congress earlier this month.
Witnesses report knife and gun attacks and children shot by armed men after PM warning over continuing ethnic conflicts
More than 100 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz, in the latest massacre along ethnic lines in the country.
Witnesses and officials said that at least 102 people were killed in the attack early on Wednesday in the Metekel zone.
More areas of England moved up into tiers 4 and 3; UK has highest recorded daily rise in cases; new variant discovered in travellers from South Africa
- Millions more under tier 4 restrictions in England from Boxing Day
- Trump demands changes to sign $900bn stimulus bill
- Australian officials scramble after Qantas crew member tests positive
- Covid fatalities soar in Mexico as president condemned for inaction
New York has started requiring international visitors to quarantine on Wednesday to safeguard against the new variant of Covid-19 coming from the UK.
As the city’s next group of essential workers, paramedics and first responders, lined up to get the vaccine, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that travellers would receive a city order via certified mail.
#BREAKING: Mayor Bill de Blasio announces new “tough rules” for UK travelers: “We’re going to have sheriff’s deputies go to the home or the hotel of every single traveler coming in from the UK.” pic.twitter.com/DDo7RfpkFZ
Peru is set to receive a “significant batch” of vaccines from the Covax alliance during the first quarter in 2021, the interim president, Francisco Sagasti, said on Wednesday.
The Covax global alliance was designed to help secure Covid-19 vaccines to poor and middle-income countries. It hopes to deliver at least 2bn doses by the end of 2021.
President Donald Trump expressed concerns about the new Covid-19 relief package which could delay the deployment of funds to struggling Americans.
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