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World leaders appalled by US rioting, urge peaceful transfer

Teargas and bullets in the U.S. Capitol building. Outrage, confusion and condemnation from leaders across the world.

"What is happening is wrong," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement. "Democracy, the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully, should never be undone by a mob."

Opera to return to Sydney after virus hiatus

The finishing touches were being put on a glitzy show at the Sydney Opera House on Jan. 2, as the venue prepared to host an opera crowd for the first time since March.

"The Merry Widow" will open on Jan. 5 to masked audiences up to 75 percent capacity, in a sign of hope for a performing arts industry crippled by the pandemic, artistic director Lyndon Terracini told AFP.

Australia changes word in anthem to honor Indigenous people

Australia has changed one word in its national anthem to reflect what the prime minister called "the spirit of unity" and the country's Indigenous population.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on New Year's Eve announced that the second line of the anthem, Advance Australia Fair, has been changed from "For we are young and free" to "For we are one and free."

Covid Canceled New Year Celebrations

Restrictions are being placed on New Year festivities around the world as many countries struggle to curb new spikes in coronavirus cases.

Fireworks displays and other public gatherings have been cancelled from Sydney to New York.

Festivities are being particularly muted in Europe, amid fears over a new more contagious strain of the disease.

Mytilineos lands another solar project in Australia

Athens-listed group Mytilineos stated on Wednesday that its Renewables and Storage Development (RSD) Business Unit has acquired another solar project in Queensland, consolidating its position in the Australian energy market.

The Greek company acquired the 110-megawatt Moura Solar Farm from ESCO Pacific, one of Australia's leading solar farm developers and operators.

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