Australian politicians have expressed their anger after British far-right commentator Katie Hopkins posted a video claiming she is in hotel quarantine in Sydney while tens of thousands of Australians are stranded overseas and unable to return home due to reduced flight caps. The limit on the number of international arrivals coming into Australia via commercial flights was halved from 14 July over concerns from some state premiers about the infectiousness of the Delta variant of Covid While the reduction is due to be reviewed by 31 August, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has indicated it will be in place until at least the end of the year. The minute video, which was originally broadcast live on Instagram and then uploaded on YouTube, has now been deleted. In it, Hopkins criticised the New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and her Victorian counterpart, Daniel Andrews, including by repeatedly insulting their appearance and using Australian accents.
Assad says Syria at war as battle reaches capital | Reuters
By Oliver Holmes. BEIRUT Reuters - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared on Tuesday that his country was at war and ordered his new government to spare no effort to achieve victory, as the worst fighting of the month conflict reached the outskirts of the capital. Video published by activists recorded heavy gunfire and explosions in suburbs of Damascus. A trail of fresh blood on a sidewalk in the suburb of Qudsiya led into a building where one casualty was taken. A naked man writhed in pain, his body pierced by shrapnel. The declaration that Syria is at war marks a change of rhetoric from Assad, who had long dismissed the uprising against him as the work of scattered militants funded from abroad.
Australian children of IS militants rescued from Syria camp
Updated October 01, The Syrian camp where dozens of Australian women and children are detained has experienced the worst outbreak of violence since the fall of Islamic State IS , after IS supporters opened fire on guards, Four Corners can reveal. Mustafa Bali, a senior figure within the Syrian Kurdish administration, said in a tweet the situation in the camp was "deteriorating sharply" as IS militants have "stepped up their regrouping efforts" through women in al-Hawl recently. Doctors Without Borders MSF said protests from the women and children in the annex were met with force from the security authorities that control the camp. If we find ourselves in such a situation, something has gone terribly wrong.
After escaping her war-torn hometown of Aleppo, Talar Anjer-Koushian threw herself into Australian life — going to university, securing a fulltime job, and now volunteering to help other refugees establish themselves in their adopted home. Talar was one of 12, asylum seekers granted visas in Australia under a special humanitarian intake of Syrians and Iraqis, fleeing terrorism and civil war — all of whom have now arrived on our shores. Ms Anjer-Koushian said the biggest challenge after arriving in Australia was going back to university — she's studying a masters in International Development in her fourth language. She also managed to land a fulltime job last week, but says for many other Syrians, securing employment remains their biggest concern. All of the extraordinary visas announced by the then-Abbott government in were granted by March this year, but the final families only arrived in the latter half of the year.