The Taliban has now seized control of the Afghan capital of Kabul.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country – to Uzbekistan.
Australian and western governments are quickly trying to evacuate their citizens.
A 15-year-old Sydney boy who was being treated for pneumococcal meningitis as well as COVID-19 has died.
Osma Suduh was admitted to the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick yesterday.
The hospital said that while he was a confirmed case of COVID-19 it was not the cause of his death.
A plane carrying one million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine has arrived in Australia.
Half will go to vaccinate young people in the 12 local government areas of most concern in Sydney.
Meanwhile, a new vaccination hub is opening this morning at Sydney Olympic Park for authorised workers – in health and aged care, freight, transport, food production and education.
A massive police operation is underway enforcing new COVID rules.
The travel limit for shopping and exercise outside a Sydney local government area has been halved from 10km to 5km.
Anyone looking to travel to other parts of NSW for one of the approved reasons need a permit.
A man has been charged with driving at a security guard, at a COVID testing clinic in Sutherland.
Police have announced two $1 million rewards, as they try to solve two cold case disappearances in Lake Macquarie.
Detectives are launching a fresh appeal for information about the suspected murders of teenagers Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson more than 40 years ago.
Public health groups are calling for new campaign to tackle opioid deaths in Australia.
Twelve people die each week as a result of overdosing on the legal painkillers.