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Aid trickles in to Afghan quake zone

Aid has begun arriving in a remote part of Afghanistan where an earthquake killed 1000 people but poor communications and roads are hampering relief efforts in a country already grappling with a humanitarian crisis.

Talk of NSW strike fine hike irks unions

Unions say the NSW government is trying to intimidate workers as the premier says those organising illegal strikes should face the "hardest fines possible".

Energy market suspension to be lifted

Australia's national energy market will return to normal in a staged process after the market operator said it had growing confidence there was enough ongoing capacity for households and businesses.

Minister urges aged care booster rate rise

Health Minister Mark Butler has sought urgent advice on ways to boost the uptake of fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in aged-care facilities amid a rising number of deaths in the sector.

'R-word' not on RBA governor's horizon

The "R-word" has rattled global financial markets in recent weeks as central banks try to curb inflation, but the risk of a recession in Australia is not on Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe's horizon.

'Creepy' Dawson said wife alive in commune

At a living wake for a family friend, Christopher Michael Dawson said his wife was living in a commune west of Sydney more than 25 years after she disappeared, a judge has been told.

Virus toll climbs by 106 over weekend

Australia's coronavirus-related death toll continues to rise, with more than 100 fatalities announced over the weekend including 48 in Victoria.