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Saudi Arabia to lift ban on Mecca pilgrimage amid virus
The kingdom is gradually lifting restrictions that had been in place on Islam’s holiest site for the past seven months due to the coronavirus.
US vintners fear notes of ash after record wildfires
An Oregon grape grower is planning to let the birds eat most of his crop this year, convinced the fruit is tainted by the smoke that blanketed the region and unfit to bottle.
Court papers: Woman wrote ‘give up’ in ricin note to Trump
A Canadian woman accused of mailing a package containing ricin to the White House included a threatening letter in which she told President Donald Trump to “give up and remove your application for this election”, according to court papers.
‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000
The number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days.
Aus MP awarded $945,000 over ‘delusional’ Facebook posts
Conspiracy theorist believed to now be living in New Zealand charged over ‘vile’ posts suggesting MP was involved in a paedophile network.
Trump blasts China for ‘unleashing virus plague on the world’
The US President used the UN General Assembly to attack China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Moves for Niue to look to other side of the Dateline
Efforts are underway in Niue to have the country move to the western side of the International Dateline.
Old TV the cause of Welsh town’s internet woes
A bizarre mystery surrounding the failing internet of a small Welsh town has finally been solved after more than 18 months.
Trump, Biden battle for Midwest voters
Donald Trump and his rival for the White House, Joe Biden, are campaigning in two US battleground states that could decide the November election.
‘We lost all the beer’: Aussie family reacts as boat sinks
With rescue aircraft circling over them, the holidaying family were more worried about their lost booze.