SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA : NewsWire Photos JUNE 24 2024: A general view of a Pharmacy in Sydney as Vapes will be made available at pharmacies without a prescription after the Albanese government struck a deal with the Greens that would soften a proposed retail ban on e-cigarettes. Picture: Newswire / Gaye Gerard

Chemists outraged by vape change

Pharmacy groups have slammed changes to a new law allowing people to purchase vapes at chemists without a doctor’s prescription, labelling such a sale ‘unethical’

TOPSHOT - This handout courtesy of the WikiLeaks X account @wikileaks posted on June 25, 2024 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looking out of the window as his plane from London approaches Bangkok for a layover at Don Mueang International Airport in the Thai capital. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been released from prison in Britain and is set to face a final court hearing after reaching a plea deal with US authorities that brings to a close his years-long legal drama. A charter plane flew the 52-year-old from London to Bangkok, where it made a scheduled stop to refuel. (Photo by WikiLeaks / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of the WikiLeaks X account @wikileaks  " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Julian Assange granted freedom

After a controversial case spanning 14 years, the founder of WikiLeaks has returned home to Australia a free man. But who is Julian Assange and why was he imprisoned for so many years?

People gather at the site of a landslide in Maip Mulitaka in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province on May 24, 2024. Local officials and aid groups said a massive landslide struck a village in Papua New Guinea's highlands on May 24, with many feared dead. (Photo by AFP)

Oz pledges aid after PNG landslide

Australia has offered to help with rescue and recovery efforts after a remote village in neighbouring country Papua New Guinea was hit by a devastating landslide

FOR KIDS NEWS. R U OK? has launched a national art competition for kids in years 7 and 8 on what an R U OK? conversation means to them. Picture: R U OK?

Art U OK?

R U OK? has launched a national art competition for Years 7-8 students on the theme: what does an R U OK? conversation mean to you – and radio’s Will And Woody are jumping on board

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Biggest Taiwan quake in 25 years

Rescue efforts have pushed ahead after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the island of Taiwan, toppling buildings and prompting tsunami warnings across Japan and the Philippines

In the heart of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, escalating violence has become a grim reality. In less than two weeks, this violence has led to the displacement of 2,500 people, with most of them being women and children.To address the urgent needs of children and families displaced by the recent armed violence in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF and its partners have established a nutrition site in Delmas.  Picture: UNICEF/ Herold Joseph

Young poets pen pleas for peace

Haitian students have shared heartfelt poems full of hope for peace in their ‘sweet country’, following years of conflict and a growing humanitarian crisis since bandits overtook the capital

Australian Squadron Leader James Catanach (kneeling, right) with fellow prisoners of war at Stalag Luft III. Picture: The Shrine of Remembrance

Aussie hero’s WWII Great Escape

A young Australian has been remembered for his role in the escape of 76 prisoners of war from Germany’s Stalag Luft III camp, 80 years after the breakout known as ‘the Great Escape’

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Be inspired by top teen artists

The multi-site showcase of the most outstanding NSW artworks by HSC visual arts students is here – meet these exemplary young artists and see their amazing works as they set out after school

Russian President and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin meets with the media at his campaign headquarters in Moscow on March 18, 2024. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / POOL / AFP)

Putin wins presidential election

Vladimir Putin has been voted in a landslide result as Russia’s president for another six years in an election described as “not free nor fair” where all other candidates weren’t true opponents

TOPSHOT - View of gentoo (Pygoscelis papua) penguins at the Paraiso island in the Gerlache Strait -which separates the Palmer Archipelago from the Antarctic Peninsula, on January 20, 2024. Scientists and researchers from various countries are collaborating on projects during the X Antarctic Expedition aboard the Colombian research vessel 'ARC Simon Bolivar,' designed exclusively to develop scientific projects. These initiatives involve analyzing the current condition of the Antarctic sea, studying atmospheric pressure, and monitoring the species inhabiting this region of the planet. (Photo by JUAN BARRETO / AFP)

Bird flu strikes mainland Antarctica

Bird flu has spread to Antarctica for the first time as international scientific agencies confirmed the presence of the virus in skua seabirds found near the Argentinian base

James Magnussen of Australia after swimming in the Mens 50m Freestyle Final on day six of swimming competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast, Australia, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

James Magnussen signs up for Enhanced Games

James Magnussen is the first high-profile Australian athlete to accept an invitation to the ‘Enhanced Games’, an event designed to test performance enhancing drugs and help billionaires fight ageing

A free solo climber has scaled the front of a tower in Melbourne’s CBD . French international Anthony, 28, ascended about 50 storeys Picture: Trent_Theo/Instagram

‘French Spider-Man’ may go to jail

A climber who scaled a 55-storey building in Melbourne without a harness faces a lengthy prison term after putting lives at risk in a dangerous stunt unworthy of the web-shooting superhero’s name

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour, flanked by representatives of Arab countries, speaks to the press after a UN General Assembly meeting to vote on a non-binding resolution demanding "an immediate humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza at UN headquarters in New York on December 12, 2023. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

UN votes for Gaza ceasefire

The United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestine that includes releasing all hostages

An environmental activist wearing a costume displays a placard in a hallway during the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on December 3, 2023. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Climate topics tackled at COP28

Phasing out fossil fuels across the globe is just one major challenge set to be discussed by more than 100 world representatives at this year’s UN climate change summit

Mark Knight cartoon on the banning of disposable vapes

Let’s not be dummies about vapes

Cartoonist Mark Knight calls out the dangerous absurdity of replacing one addiction with another as the government moves to ban imported, disposable vapes as companies blatantly target kids

This handout picture released by Uttarakhand's Department of Information and Public Relation (DIPR) and taken on November 28, 2023 shows Chief minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami (R) embracing a contruction worker following his rescue from inside the under construction Silkyara tunnel during a rescue operation for trapped workers after a section of the tunnel collapsed in the Uttarkashi district of India's Uttarakhand state. Indian rescuers on November 28 began bringing out the first of the 41 men trapped for 17 days behind tonnes of earth inside a Himalayan road tunnel after a marathon engineering operation to free them. (Photo by Department of Information and Public Relation (DIPR) Uttarakhand / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  Department of Information and Public Relation (DIPR) Uttarakhand " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Tunnel workers saved by rat-hole rescue

All 41 workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in India are alive and well after 17 agonising days underground, thanks to an Australian expert’s ingenuity and his team of rat-hole miners

Mark Knight cartoon on temporary ceasefire in Israel war

Ceasefire on a wing and a prayer

Battered and bruised though the dove appears, the international symbol of peace holds firm to the olive branch and tries to builds a bridge between Israel and Palestine in Mark Knight’s cartoon

Mark Knight cartoon on Albo heading off to APEC

Albo out as detention gates open

It was a tough choice between home and away for PM Anthony Albanese this week as the release of 80 long-term detainees from detention coincided with a seat at the APEC summit in the US

Mark Knight cartoon for Herald Sun, October 31, 2023

Pen mightier than sword in conflict

As war in Israel and Gaza sadly rages, cartoonist Mark Knight’s depiction of former Australian PMs’ call to calm reminds the nation of the most powerful, precious asset we have: peace

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