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Police indict 137 people as part of a major Sydney drug bust operation

Police have charged 137 people as part of a major investigation into the "Dial-a-Dealer" drug operation through Sydney in the run-up to Christmas.The raid is the most arrests in a single operation since Strikeforce Northrop, the task force created to target the cocaine supply in the greater Sydney area, was established three years ago.Police have charged 137 people as part of an investigation into the "Dial-a-Dealer" operation in Sydney before Christmas. (New South Wales Police)The arrests were carried out over nine nights over four weeks in November and December this year.During the operation, agents seized more than 530 g of cocaine, 1 kg of cannabis, 19 g of MDMA, 16 g of ketamine, 21 g of LSD, 2 g of heroin, 2 g of methylamphetamine (ice) and $ 112,745 in cash.The estimated to...

What was the assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist working on?

Crushed flowers in fresh snow. Chipped asphalt, fences seemingly crushed by a shock wave, and bullet holes in the sidewalk.In the nearby orchard, a thin layer of white covers a discarded glove and covers a broken tree branch, either caused by farmers or by killers who Iran says were Israeli, but about whom Israel has made no claims.A poster of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh stands above the place where he was shot and killed on the outskirts of Tehran. (CNN)Fakhrizadeh pictured with four other Iranian nuclear scientists, from left to right: Majid Shahriari, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who, according to Tehran, have been killed previously. (CNN)A local witness said CNN He heard a large explosion on the Friday of the attack, and then about 10 minutes of exc...

Detectives Issue $ 500k Bounty To Solve Unsolved Sexual Assault Case In Melbourne 1985

Detectives hope a $ 500,000 bounty will be the key to solving a cold case where an elderly woman was threatened with a knife and sexually assaulted in inner-east Melbourne more than 35 years ago.The woman was sleeping alone in her Adam Street apartment in Burnley on May 27, 1985, when an unknown man climbed out of the window around 2 a.m.The man threatened the then 69-year-old woman with a knife, before being seriously sexually assault her in a "prolonged attack".Burnley's apartment where the sexual assault occurred. (Victoria Police)He remained in intensive care for eight weeks due to his serious injuries.The sexual and physical assault was described as "vicious" and "brutal" at the time.The victim's daughter, who was 42 years old at the time, recalled the pain her mother endured...

Rudy Giuliani May Have Infected ‘Hundreds’ Of Donald Trump Supporters With Deadly COVID-19

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, may have infected "hundreds and hundreds" of people, an American doctor claimed.The focus is now on Giuliani's recent movements and his attendance at events, often without a mask.Rudy Giuliani tested positive for Covid-19, announced President Trump. (Getty)"That's what worries me so much about that video, and frankly, it worries me so much," said Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency room physician. CNN."We know that the two days before someone develops symptoms, before testing positive, is the time when they are most infectious."So Giuliani has not only been exposed and contracted COVID, but has potentially exposed hundreds and hundreds of Trump supporters to the virus during its most infectious phase."The 76-year-old former New York ...

Fraser Island residents prepare to evacuate as fire grips tourist site, cold snap to southeast, heavy rain to northwest

There is a 'Prepare to Go' warning for The Oaks, while other warnings have been downgraded for the rest of the island.Conditions are not expected to improve until a southerly change hits until midnight tonight.Those living in Happy Valley Township are breathing sigh of relief this morning after furious efforts by firefighters and locals managed to keep the frontline away from homes there.Around 19 planes will take to the sky shortly, as crews continue to fight the blaze."The latest reports indicated that the fire front is now about 400 meters from The Oaks, one kilometer south of Happy Valley," QFES state coordinator Brian Cox told Today.Light rain in the region has also brought some relief from the warm conditions.Meteorologist Jonathan How of the meteorological office said 10mm ha...

Donald Trump speeds up the pace of executions in the United States ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

How Donald trump The presidency is running out, his administration is accelerating the pace of federal executions despite the increase in coronavirus cases in prisons, announcing plans for five starting Thursday and concluding just days before the January 20 inauguration. President-elect Joe Biden.If all five go as planned, there will be 13 executions since July, when the Republican administration resumed executing prisoners after a 17-year hiatus and will cement Trump's legacy as the most prolific executing president in more than 130 years. He will step down after executing about a quarter of all federal prisoners on death row, despite waning support for capital punishment among Democrats and Republicans.In a recent interview with The Associated PressAttorney General William Barr d...

No visible progress on the key day for the final Brexit deal yet

The leaders of Britain and the European Union were conducting a high-risk phone call Monday for the second time in 48 hours, as the two sides sent grim signals about the chances of breaking an impasse and securing a post-Brexit trade deal before the current relationship ends at the end of the month.Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson and the head of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, were due to speak on the phone at 4 pm local time to decide whether to interrupt the talks, a decision that could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides and disrupt cross-channel trade for years to come.A pedestrian passes in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, on December 7, 2020. (AP)EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier was not told of a breakthr...

A passenger waits in trials as Melbourne’s hotel quarantine program resumes

Melbourne's coronavirus-free streak may be at risk following the arrival of at least one symptomatic traveler who returned yesterday.Authorities were not taking risks with a passenger who was quarantined at the Novotel in South Wharf, where he is expected to be kept in a separate floor from others who have no symptoms."Victoria police told us to step back a bit more from the entrance and they also moved the barriers, saying that a potentially infected person was about to enter the hotel," reports Reid Butler of 9News.The passenger has been tested.About six to seven other passengers were taken to the Novotel South Wharf, which is dedicated to quarantining anyone who may need additional care beyond the standard quarantine.The first international arrival yesterday was Sri Lankan Airlines f...

South Korea’s health minister warns of virus ‘war zone’

From South Korea Health minister said Monday that the Seoul metropolitan area is now a "COVID-19 war zone "as the country reported another 615 new infections and the virus appeared to spread more rapidly.Meanwhile, the president called for expanding testing and contact tracing. The country has recorded more than 5,300 new infections in the last 10 days and Monday was the 30th consecutive day of daily triple-digit jumps.Most of the cases come from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where half of South Korea's 51 million people live. As people increasingly venture out into public and spend more hours indoors amid cold temperatures, healthcare workers have struggled to stop transmissions linked to restaurants, saunas, schools, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. ....

China prepares large-scale launch of coronavirus vaccines by Sinopharm

China's provincial governments are placing orders for domestically-made experimental coronavirus vaccines, though health officials have yet to say how well they work or how they can reach the country's 1.4 billion people.Even without final approval, more than a million healthcare workers and others in China who are considered to be at high risk of infection have received experimental vaccines with permission for emergency use.China's provincial governments are placing orders for domestically-made experimental coronavirus vaccines, though health officials have yet to say how well they work or how they can reach the country's 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)The developers have yet to reveal how effective their vaccines are and the possible side effects.China's fledgling pharmac...