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Vic records 507 COVID-19 cases, one death

Victoria has recorded 507 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and another fatality ahead of the release of a comprehensive plan for easing lockdown restrictions.

Details of NRL preliminary finals

WHO PLAYS WHO IN NRL FINALS, WEEK THREE (All times AEST)FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24First preliminary finalSouth Sydney v Manly at Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pmManly sent a reminder of how dangerous they can be in their 42-6 shellacking of the Sydney Roosters, as Tom Trbojevic again ran rampant.

France angry at submarine deal 'duplicity'

France considers that it is in a "crisis" with Australia and the United States after the cancellation of a multi-billion dollar submarine order, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.

Moderna arrives amid Vic protest warning

More than 1800 new virus cases have been reported from outbreaks in NSW and Victoria as the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in the country.

France recalls ambassador to Australia

France has plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal that sank a French-designed submarine contract.

Sydney 'global' again with home quarantine

Sydney's status as a globally-engaged city can be rebuilt through the establishment of shorter home quarantine periods for vaccinated international arrivals, the NSW government hopes.

Qld baby's homebirth death 'preventable'

The death of a baby girl three days after a home water birth could have been prevented if she had been born in the hospital, a Queensland coroner had found.

NZ extends trans-Tasman bubble pause

New Zealand's ban on quarantine-free travellers from Australia will remain until November at least, with future trans-Tasman travel hinging on vaccination rates.