Some great news for the afternoon, missing autistic teenager Leif Courtney has been found safe and well after vanishing last night.
And some of the country's top politicians have also been busy today, with one appearing to prep his chess pieces for a major strategic move.
Here's what you need to know this afternoon:
- Australia extends suspension of NZ travel bubble
- NSW announces sweeping changes to coronavirus restrictions
- New Zealand confirms two further virus cases
- France's Sanofi to help rival Pfizer-BioNTech make vaccines
The big stories in Australia
A teenager with non-verbal autism missing from the NSW Central Coast area has been found.
More than 150 local volunteers joined the full-scale search for Leif Courtney, 13, after he disappeared from his house on the Pacific Highway in Mooney Mooney last night.
Leif was found this afternoon after nearly 20 hours away from his family.
Earlier, NSW Police released information to try and help find him.
"He likes apples, his favourite song is Fireflies and (he) loves chickens," Acting Supt Kylie Phillips said.
"Yell out apples. His family have advised he likes apples and that is something that is known."
What else is happening around the world?
- Canadian couple slammed for allegedly jumping vaccine line
- Warning for extremist attacks following Biden inauguration
- European, US cops unite to dismantle 'world's largest' malware
ASX sheds billions in worst session in four months
The Australian stock market has suffered its biggest rout in four months, with nine in every 10 stocks losing value over a brutal day of trade.
At the close, the benchmark S&P / ASX 200 was down 1.93 per cent or 130.9 points to 6,649.7 points.
It's the single-day worst session endured by the market since September, and by midday the market had shed more than $55 billion.
Most-read story of the day
It appears there continues to be no love lost between some Aussie Premiers.
The Australian Open continues to dominate headlines with players remaining in hotel quarantine for another day.
Outside of tennis, former Aussie cricket captain Michael Clarke has hit out at a national selector following the series loss to India.
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