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Three dead as Tonga island homes destroyed

All the homes on one of Tonga's small outer islands were destroyed in the massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, with three people so far confirmed dead, the government says in its first update since the disaster hit.

Tonga damage slowly comes to light

Knocked over shipping containers at Tonga's Nuku port, and volcanic ash covered houses and runway at Ha'apai airport show some of the destruction wrought on the small Pacific nation.

Warm welcome as Djokovic returns home

Novak Djokovic has kept a low profile as he returned to the place where he will always be welcome following his deportation from Australia.

Crews fight weather in NSW search for girl

Police have returned to the NSW property where a missing nine-year-old girl was last seen as rescue crews battled rain and fog while scouring dense bushland on the fifth day of the search.

Tonga awaits further volcanic eruption

Australian support remains on standby amid concerns an underwater volcano that erupted in Tonga and sparked a tsunami is likely to erupt again in coming days.

PM opens door for early Djokovic return

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has kept the door open for Novak Djokovic to return to Australia before the completion of a three-year ban on entering the country.

NSW health workers 'exhausted' by Omicron

Hospitals in NSW are facing unprecedented stress amid the latest COVID-19 wave and health care workers are exhausted as thousands of patients are admitted each day, a senior Sydney doctor has warned.

RAT prices 'beyond outrageous': ACCC chair

ACCC boss Rod Sims says retail price-gouging on COVID-19 rapid antigen tests is "beyond outrageous", as demand for the kits continues to surge across the country.