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Meet Australia's golden girls setting the Tokyo Olympics alight: From the 'sprint queen' eyeing down seven medals to the 20-year-old who dethroned Katie Ledecky and the teen superstars waiting in the wings

Judging by the early evidence from the Tokyo Olympics, winning gold medals for Australia is very much women's work. Australia's golden girls of the pool have already claimed three gold medals - and have their sights set on a record haul as the country heralds in a new era of swimming superstars.  The team is led by Ariarne Titmus, 20, who stunned the world by beating America's great Katie Ledecky to claim gold in the 400m freestyle on Monday.  Her race came after sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris claimed Australia's third consecutive 4x100m relay crown on Sunday. Kaylee McKeown, 20, made it three days of gold in a row for Australia, flying home first in the 100m backstroke on Tuesday and breaking the Olympic record. And with Aussies ranked first in 13 different swimming races for the Games, officials are quietly confident they could be looking at a record meet.   Australia's golden girls have carred the country so far through the Tokyo Oly

Spain is poised to go Amber-plus: Holiday hotspot could replace France on travel quarantine list - as Britain prepares to throw open its doors to US and EU visitors without need for quarantining from next week

Spain could replace France on the travel quarantine list next week amid growing concern about cases of the South African variant in the country, as England prepares to welcome tourists from the EU and the US from next week. Whitehall sources are increasingly confident that France will be removed from the 'amber plus' list, which requires people to self-isolate for ten days on return even if fully vaccinated. Germany and Austria also look set to move to the travel green list next week, when ministers decide the latest allocations. But sources played down reports that Italy and Canada would be moved to the safest category. And one source warned Spain could be placed on the 'amber plus' list, potentially leaving hundreds of thousands of British tourists having to quarantine unexpectedly when they return. It comes amid reports that fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and the US could be allowed into England without having to quarantine from next week. Ministers are expe

Biden is considering a vaccine mandate for ALL federal employees because of Delta variant surge and tells unvaccinated: 'You're not nearly as smart as I thought you were'

President Biden said on Tuesday he was weighing whether to require all federal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the nation faces surging infection rates and hospitalizations caused by the rampant Delta variant. He spoke just after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should go back to wearing masks indoors in regions where infections were on the rise. The moves illustrate how far the nation is from the 'summer of freedom' that Biden promised just last month.  Biden was asked about mandatory vaccinations for federal employees during a visit to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 'That's under consideration right now,' he said, 'but if you're not vaccinated you're not nearly as smart as I thought you were.' He added that masking and vaccination were the best way to avoid a repeat of the lockdowns the country endured last year.  President Biden said mandatory COV

Clubber 'is dumped by her fiancé' after she posed for pictures next to sleeping Wayne Rooney in budget hotel room

A woman who took pictures with a sleeping Wayne Rooney in a budget hotel room has been 'dumped' by her fiancé, it has been claimed.   Elise Melvin, 21, a trainee accountant, posed for photos next to the former footballer, 35, who had fallen asleep on a chair. Her fiancé, Stuart Rodger, 26, called off their engagement just hours later after the photos were widely shared online, according to The Sun.  Elise's friends Brooke Morgan and Tayler Ryan, both 21, also took photos with the Derby County manager on Sunday morning. A source said: 'Stuart ended it because it was all over the internet. It's not nice.' When asked by The Sun, Stuart refused to decline at the couple's house in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, while Elise was unavailable. Friends say they hope the pair will patch things up. Elise Melvin, 21, a trainee accountant, has been 'dumped' by her fiancé after photos emerged of her partying with Wayne Rooney, it has been claimed The ex-England play

Heartbroken mother of USC student, 21, stabbed 120 times by man she mistook for her Uber driver breaks down in court and brands him 'pure evil' after he's found guilty of her murder

Nathaniel Rowland is pictured on court on Thursday, where he was found guilty of abducting and murdering college student Samantha Josephson after she mistook his car for her Uber ride following a night out with friends in 2019 A South Carolina man has been convicted of abducting and murdering college student Samantha Josephson after she mistook his car for her Uber ride following a night out with friends in 2019.   Nathaniel Rowland, 25, will now spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty on Thursday on three counts: murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Jurors spent less than two hours deliberating on whether he had knifed the student 120 times, with prosecutor Dan Gold dramatically brandishing the double-bladed murder weapon in court on Tuesday.  Prosecutors did not choose to seek the death penalty.  Josephson - who was a 21-year-old senior at the University of South Carolina - had been out partying with friends in the city of