National News

Aust Post halts some state parcel pickups

Many online shoppers face delays in getting their parcels when Australia Post stops pickups in lockdown states for three days so it can process a backlog.

Virus 'ripping families apart': Syd nurse

An intensive care nurse working in one of NSW's worst COVID-19 hotspots says the virus is "ripping families apart" and taking an enormous physical and emotional toll on healthcare workers.

Finger severing 'freaked out' INXS member

The lead guitarist of INXS "freaked out" when his hand became trapped in a boat anchor mechanism, hacking off one finger, mangling others and ending his career.

Qld mandates jab for COVID hospital staff

Queensland will mandate vaccination for workers at the state's five COVID-19 hospitals after a report into a breach which led to a lockdown in late June recommended it.

Biden vows to maintain strikes on ISIS-K

President Joe Biden has vowed to keep up air strikes against the Islamic extremist group whose suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed scores of Afghans and 13 American service members.

Freedoms at 70pct jab rate guaranteed: NSW

The NSW government says it will restore freedoms to all fully vaccinated residents once the state hits 70 per cent double-dose coverage - regardless of COVID-19 case numbers.