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Christmas Island conditions a 'ticking time bomb', refugee advocates say, but no COVID cases to date

Immigration detention centres on Christmas Island pose a similar COVID outbreak risk as aged care facilities and should be closed, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) says. In a new report released on Wednesday, AHRC commissioner Edward Santow said it would be much safer not to use Christmas Island as an immigration detention facility. "People in immigration detention are disproportionately likely to have pre-existing health conditions and that makes those people particularly vulnera
By Youssef Saudie
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Women are calling out unwanted advances on LinkedIn

Layla* was just 18 when she stopped using LinkedIn after what she said was an "uncomfortable" encounter. In 2019, she connected with someone on the social media platform through the "find nearby" option during a university networking event with the intention of building her professional connections. "Previously, I thought like it was pretty innocent, nothing to worry about," Layla said. After she connected with the man, she felt she was starting to build her network. "He just messaged me say
By Youssef Saudie
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Thousands of recent graduates are calling on Australia to freeze their visas in the 'Visa 485 Lives Matter' campaign

Kriti Gupta is hoping to return to Australia, but her visa will expire by the time international borders open again. The Indian national holds a temporary graduate visa (TGV) — also known as a 485 visa — which allows her to stay in Australia and work in a job that uses the architectural design skills she gained at university. "So my 485 visa is going to expire this year [in] October," Ms Gupta said. "I tried to book many flights so that I can come back as soon as I can, but unfortunately they
By Youssef Saudie
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Anhar has a condition that makes her more vulnerable to COVID. She didn't know she could get the vaccine

Anhar Al-Shameri is immunocompromised, but until recently, she wasn't sure if she could get the COVID-19 vaccine. "I don't know when I go to the vaccine clinic, what will they ask me? What kind of paperwork will they demand? Because I'm not sure where I stand, or where I am placed in this process," she said. Ms Al-Shameri, who lives in Melbourne, is a bridging visa holder from Yemen and has neutropoenia, a condition that has left her with low levels of white blood cells, making it harder for h
By Youssef Saudie
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At least 20 killed as 'monster' Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall in COVID-ravaged India

At least 20 people have died and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in India as the most powerful cyclone in more than two decades battered the country's west coast. The colossal swirling system claimed lives in Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat as savage winds swept through flimsy homes and uprooted trees and electricity pylons. (Interviewed Yamini)
By Youssef Saudie
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Manaus was thought to be the first city to reach herd immunity. Then a second wave hit

Once the ICU units in Manaus's hospitals were fully occupied, the crisis spilled out into the corridors. Patients lying sideways on makeshift beds and breathing from oxygen cylinders lined the hallways as friends and family watched over them. Outside, others were less fortunate. Some died at the hospital doors after having been denied entry. Some who decided to stay at home, where there was a bed available, choked to death. The city's oxygen supplies were exhausted.
By Luke Taylor
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5 hospitalized after vaping device found in Indiana school

Two teachers and three students from an Indiana high school have been hospitalized with suspected vaping-related illnesses. Michael Gasaway, principal of Madison Consolidated High School (MCHS), said the teachers fell ill while monitoring an area in the school’s C-wing. They were taken to hospital as an apparently precautionary measure along with three other students who also displayed minor symptoms. A vaping device was later discovered in a classroom close to where the illnesses occurred and
By Benedict Smith
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‘Not a single country’ on course to meet obesity targets: Report

18% of men and 21% of women are predicted to be obese by 2025. LONDON -- Countries are “worryingly off-track” to meet World Health Organization targets on obesity, the World Obesity Federation (WOF) has said. Around 200 countries had pledged to significantly cut their obesity levels by 2025 -- but research by the group suggests they have a less than a 10% chance of doing so. The WOF’s report, released to coincide with World Obesity Day on March 4, predicts that one in five adults will be obes
By Benedict Smith
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Fitness industry must ‘fight’ to regain trust as gyms reopen

There are “serious challenges ahead” for the fitness market even as gyms reopen. As 49 states and D.C. take the first steps in releasing their economies from coronavirus restrictions - with Connecticut set to follow suit on Wednesday - the fitness industry is adjusting to life post-lockdown. It’s certainly not business as usual in a world of social distancing and strict sanitation protocol. In some cases, it’s not even business at all: gyms are still closed across much of the U.S. But as the
By Benedict Smith
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'I can't imagine not wearing my hijab': Why many Muslim women choose to wear 'modest' clothes

"The hijab is a part of me where I feel powerful and confident because I am 100 per cent myself," Ms Awamleh told the ABC. A professional fashion designer in Melbourne, Ms Awamleh has been working to normalise the wearing of hijabs and "modest" fashion. She said dressing modestly was not just for Muslim women. "I have this vision where I want to empower women to dress elegantly and powerfully, and it doesn't matter whether you wear a hijab or not," Ms Awamleh said. "I think women are beautif
By Youssef Saudie
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In this Indian village, killing tigers used to be a way of life — until an unexpected gift changed everything

Lakhaan Singh recalls the day he first killed a tiger as clearly as the emotional conflict it caused, eating away at him from the inside. When the moment came, he thought of himself, of his late father and the mighty Hindu goddess Durga. Charged with combating evil and protecting those weaker than herself, the many-armed Durga is often depicted majestically riding a big cat. Singh's father was such a devout Hindu he would scald his own hands with boiling oil to pay respects to the deity. Now, here was Singh, about to slay a tiger.
By Luke Taylor
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I left my homeland to save my daughter's life. Now coronavirus has left us facing a new crisis

Looking around Helena Figueroa's humble apartment it's difficult to comprehend why — and how — one would leave behind their home, family, and all their worldly possessions in Venezuela for the precarious situation she now finds herself in: living out of a converted brothel in the gritty outskirts of Colombia's chilly capital, Bogotá.
By Luke Taylor
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