Live breaking news: NSW the most flu-afflicted state in Australia; Zelenskyy fires top officials amid treason investigations; Golfer Cameron Smith wins British Open; Sydney nurses walk off the job – 9News

Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Monday, July 18, 2022. New South Wales has been revealed as the most flu-afflicted state in the country, with three times the cases of any other. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has fired two top officials, accusing hundreds of their subordinates of collaborating with Russia. Australian golfer Cameron Smith has won the British Open, sealing his first major tournament victory. Sydney nurses have walked off the job again, saying working conditions are currently unendurable and need to change.
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Here's what happened.
Nurses in Western Sydney walked off the job again as frontline workers hit breaking point.
ANZ Bank announced a $4.9 billion takeover bid for Suncorp Bank.
And Treasurer Jim Chalmers issued a dire economic forecast, warning wages are going to "get worse before they get better".
We'll return tomorrow with the latest breaking news.
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Images of Jupiter have been captured in unprecedented detail by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
It comes almost a week after the very first images captured by the telescope were released, which captivated the entire world.
The federal opposition is calling on the government to mandate foot baths for all arrivals to Australia from Indonesia in an effort to address the threat of foot and mouth disease.
Liberal senator Sarah Henderson called for the measure to be introduced today, saying the disease, which has recently broken out in Bali and in other areas of Indonesia, posed a "$80 billion risk" to the livestock industry.
She also called on the government to screen every arrival from Indonesia for the disease, even though the Agriculture Minister, Murray Watt, had already committed to mandatory screening last week.
A Sydney bank has been left with huge hole in its walls following a demolition mishap.
According to Fire and Rescue NSW, a 20-kilogram piece of concrete hit the bank's wall while demolition work was being undertaken at a site next door, leaving a gap about of about eight square metres.
Six people have been evacuated from the building and police are on the scene to guard the bank's contents, but there are no reports of any injuries.
Ben Roberts-Smith's reputation as an exceptional, decent and courageous soldier was destroyed by a sustained media campaign alleging he was a war criminal, a judge has been told.
The war veteran's barrister Arthur Moses SC began closing his Federal Court case on Monday, more than 100 days after commencing the proceedings against journalists and three mastheads.
Roberts-Smith is suing for defamation The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times over 2018 reports claiming he committed war crimes in Afghanistan including murder, and acts of bullying and domestic violence.
The 43-year-old denies all claims of wrongdoing, while the mastheads are defending them as true.
Malaysian budget airline AirAsia X is set to recommence flying to Australia and New Zealand for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Air Asia X has announced it will begin running flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Auckland from November 1.
The airline will begin running three flights a week to each capital city, then will gradually add more flights up until early 2023.
Police have received new information into the 1995 death of a north-west New South Wales teenager.
The body of 17-year-old Stephen Smith was found on railway tracks between Quirindi and Werris Creek in October 1995.
Oxley Police District Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Matthew O'hehir, said the "new information" suggests that Stephen may have been "the victim of a separate, unrelated incident before his body was found on the train tracks some hours later."
Police are appealing for the publics help in closing the cold case.
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