China continues lifting Covid restrictions despite near-record case numbers

Covid-19 testing booths were removed in Beijing on Friday, while Shenzhen followed other cities in announcing it would no longer require commuters to present their test results to travel, as an easing of Covid restrictions in China gathered pace. As daily cases hovered near all-time highs, some cities took steps to loosen coronavirus testing requirements … Read more

Woman raped on her way to report assault case at clinic in Mpumalanga | The Citizen

A woman allegedly turned away by police after attempting to report a case of assault became a victim of rape on her way to a clinic in eMbalenhle, Mpumalanga. Ridge Times reports the 36-year-old allegedly went to the eMbalenhle police station on Saturday night to report she had been assaulted. ‘Refusal’ to open a case … Read more

Covid-19 case numbers exploding across Australia as fourth wave takes off

The number of active Covid cases has exploded across the country as Australia enters its fourth wave, prompting renewed warnings to protect vulnerable aged care residents. Jurisdictions collectively recorded more than 58,000 new cases of Covid in the past week, with some states reporting a doubling in the number of people hospitalised with the virus. … Read more

Australian sentenced to 129 years in Philippine child sex abuse case | The Citizen

An Australian man has been sentenced to 129 years in a Philippine jail as part of a child sexual abuse case involving victims as young as 18 months, a prosecutor said Wednesday. It was the second conviction for Peter Gerard Scully, who is already serving a life sentence for an initial batch of charges involving … Read more

China locks down part of Wuhan, nearly three years after first Covid case emerged

Chinese cities from Wuhan in central China to Xining in the north-west are doubling down on Covid-19 curbs, sealing up buildings, locking down districts and throwing millions into distress in a scramble to halt widening outbreaks. China on Thursday reported a third straight day of more than 1,000 new Covid cases nationwide, a modest tally … Read more

Billie Eilish Is Making a Case for Butterfly Clips

Billie Eilish put her spin on a Lizzie McGuire-approved hair accessory. Days after donning an ’00s-approved belt popularized by Hot Topic shoppers, Billie is back to her Y2K ways. On Friday, Billie shared an Instagram Story selfie featuring a hair accessory familiar to ‘00s aficionados. As you can see in the photo below, Billie gave … Read more

Kevin Spacey cleared in NY sex assault case | The Citizen

A New York court on Thursday dismissed a $40 million sexual misconduct lawsuit brought against Kevin Spacey by an actor who claimed the Hollywood star targeted him when he was 14. A jury found that Anthony Rapp, who was seeking damages for “emotional anguish,” failed to prove that the two-time Oscar winner had “touched a … Read more

Daily news update: Phalatse vs ANC, Lesufi elected Gauteng premier and Babita Deokaran case | The Citizen

Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories. Stay up to date with The Citizen – More News, Your Way. Daily news update: 7 October The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has called on former City of Joburg mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse to retract her statement calling the ruling party … Read more

Daily news update: Suspended official still receives bonus, German tourist murder update and Enyobeni Tavern case | The Citizen

Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories. Stay up to date with The Citizen – More News, Your Way. Daily news update 6 October Suspended official still receives bonus The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has paid a bonus of R116 922,52 in July to an official who has been on suspension since … Read more

High court orders ANC to pay DA’s costs in cadre deployment case | The Citizen

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ordered the ANC to pay the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) costs in its challenge against the governing party’s cadre deployment policy. The high court on Wednesday morning heard the first leg of the DA’s application to force the ANC to release records of its cadre deployment committee from 2013, when … Read more