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South Australia records no new cases; Queensland opens border to Victoria – live news

NSW to ease coronavirus restrictions, including the number allowed to visit a home; Queensland prepares for influx of visitors. Follow updatesNSW premier Gladys Berejiklian voted in parliament while awaiting Covid test resultFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 11.23pm GMT South Australia’s premier, Steven Marshall,...

Australia's entire SAS regiment must be disbanded after Brereton report, expert says

Failure to take strong steps could drive terror-recruiting and undermine future Australian counter-insurgency effortsAn international security specialist has argued the entire Special Air Service regiment must be disbanded after the Brereton report, saying its continued existence will drive terror-recruiting campaigns and undermine future Australian...

Mexican cartel boss arrested over Mormon massacre in which nine died

Roberto González Montes and two others detained late MondayOutcry after three women and six children killed in 2019 attackMexican security forces have arrested a local drug cartel boss implicated in the Nov 2019 murder of nine women and children from an isolated Mormon community, raising hopes among victims’ relatives it might lead to an explanation...

'America is back': Biden and Harris announce first cabinet picks – live

Trump agrees to begin transition as key agency calls Biden winnerTrump also continues to defy election result on TwitterFox News hosts distance themselves from TrumpSurgeon general warns about pandemic out of controlSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.10pm GMT Progressive Democrats, including representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida...

'Will you pardon yourself?': Trump ignores questions after pardoning turkey – video

Appearing with first lady Melania Trump in front of the White House, the president made brief remarks thanking healthcare workers and researchers working on a Covid-19 vaccine.According to tradition, two turkeys named Corn and Cob stayed at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel before the official ceremony. After an online poll, Corn was chosen to be pardoned.Trump...

Lame duck pardons turkey: Trump confronts reality at muted Thanksgiving event

At a much diminished White House ceremony, the president seemed to realise that his star has already begun to waneIt was a sad spectacle. Here was an ageing comic confronted by a shrinking audience, his jokes landing with a thud, his star beginning to fade.Donald Trump suddenly finds himself where he has never been: a secondary story, overshadowed by...

Queensland opens border to Victoria as NSW eases Covid restrictions – live news

NSW to ease coronavirus restrictions, including the number allowed to visit a home; Queensland prepares for influx of visitors ahead of December 1 border reopening. Follow updatesNSW premier Gladys Berejiklian voted in parliament while awaiting Covid test resultFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 10.16pm GMT...

The five-day Christmas Covid bubble: how will it work?

New rules will mean you can’t change your bubble but there is no maximum size for the three permitted householdsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has announced that up to three households will be able to mix indoors and stay with each other overnight from 23 to 27 December under loosened coronavirus restrictions...

'A cabinet that looks like America': Harris hails Biden's diverse picks

President-elect pledges global role and emphasises climate fight ‘Close friend’ John Kerry to be America’s full-time climate leaderUS politics – live coveragePresident-elect Joe Biden formally introduced his first round of cabinet nominations on Tuesday, a move broadly welcomed as a restoration of the old Washington and international order after the...

The Great British Bake Off final review – flawed gems worth celebrating

In a series where being put in a Covid bubble meant a reduction in the talent available, it was the failures that stood outThis article contains spoilersThis year needed The Great British Bake Off like never before, and The Great British Bake Off delivered. The programme has always been comfort food but, at times this year, it almost transcended television....

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