By Hope NewsroomWednesday 2 Dec 2020
Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
State Emergency Service crews are working to remove fallen trees after wild storms.
The Hawksbury region and the Blue Mountains have been hardest hit.
Power is out to thousands of homes.
A historic bell tower in Ashfield caught fire after being struck by lightning.
Fire crews managed to save the residence.
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Retailers are urging the NSW Government to double the capacity of customers in store under COVID-19 restrictions.
The two-square-metre rule is expected to be extended across the whole hospitality industry.
Business groups say shops should be allowed to do the same.
More than 220,000 children across the country are taking anti-depressants and other prescription drugs for mental illnesses.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data shows high anxiety, made worse by the pandemic, is fuelling childhood depression.
The OECD has upgraded its growth forecasts for Australia, saying our country has done well in recovering during the coronavirus pandemic.
But the global think-tank warns on-going tensions with China could hurt export growth in the future.
Five people, including a baby, have been killed and up to 15 injured when a car slammed into pedestrians in Germany.
Police say the motive is unclear.
The United States Attorney General says the Justice Department hasn’t found evidence to support allegations of widespread fraud that could have changed the result of last month’s presidential election.
William Barr says there’s nothing to substantiate President Donald Trump’s claims of systemic voter fraud.