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Details of NRL preliminary finals

WHO PLAYS WHO IN NRL FINALS, WEEK THREE (All times AEST)FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24First preliminary finalSouth Sydney v Manly at Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pmManly sent a reminder of how dangerous they can be in their 42-6 shellacking of the Sydney Roosters, as Tom Trbojevic again ran rampant.

Biden to call Macron over submarine deal

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to hold a call with US President Joe Biden in the next few days amid a diplomatic crisis triggered by Australia's cancellation of a submarine contract.

Doctors warn against hasty COVID reopening

Australia's two most populous states have their focus on reopening their economies even as infection rates remain relatively high and death tolls continue to climb.

Moderna arrives amid Vic protest warning

More than 1800 new virus cases have been reported from outbreaks in NSW and Victoria as the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in the country.

France recalls ambassador to Australia

France has plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal that sank a French-designed submarine contract.

Sydney 'global' again with home quarantine

Sydney's status as a globally-engaged city can be rebuilt through the establishment of shorter home quarantine periods for vaccinated international arrivals, the NSW government hopes.

Qld baby's homebirth death 'preventable'

The death of a baby girl three days after a home water birth could have been prevented if she had been born in the hospital, a Queensland coroner had found.

NZ extends trans-Tasman bubble pause

New Zealand's ban on quarantine-free travellers from Australia will remain until November at least, with future trans-Tasman travel hinging on vaccination rates.

Qld legalises voluntary assisted dying

Terminally ill Queenslanders will be able to end their lives at a time of their choosing from early next year after the state parliament voted to legalise voluntary assisted dying.