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New India COVID cases hold close to record

India's new coronavirus cases have dipped marginally but deaths due to the infection jumped by a record 3689, with one more state going into lockdown as the nation's creaky healthcare system fails to cope with a massive caseload.

India's daily COVID-19 cases pass 400,000

India's rampant second wave of COVID-19 has topped 400,000 new daily cases for the first time, as the country opened up its massive vaccination drive to all adults, although several states warned of acute shortages.

Human rights concerns over India decision

The Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on the federal government to prove that its decision to fine or jail Australians attempting to return from India is "not discriminatory".

PM Morrison to act on Higgins' reforms

Scott Morrison says proposals put forward by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins will be invaluable in reforming workplace culture in Parliament House.

Prince William, Kate release family video

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have celebrated 10 years of marriage with a video of the couple and their children enjoying the countryside.

Olympians up for any Beijing restrictions

Australian athletes are well-placed to handle any strict COVID-related protocols at Beijing's Winter Olympics in 2022 after successfully navigating international competition over the past few months, says Chef de Mission Geoff Lipshut.

Moderna aims for 3 billion doses in 2022

Drug manufacturer Moderna says it is boosting capacity to make its COVID-19 vaccine and expects to make up to 3 billion doses in 2022, more than twice its previous forecast.