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Melbourne university in talks to cut ties with Wilson Security over offshore detention 20 Jun 11:53pm Melbourne university in talks to cut ties with Wilson Security over offshore detention
Move came after 219 university staff signed an open letter protesting the company’s contracts on Manus and Nauru Melbourne university executives will meet anti-detention advocates in response to an open letter from more than 200 staff and academics calling for the uni to cut financial ties with Wilson Security over its involvement in Australia’s offshore processing regime. The letter was published in support of a campaign by refugee and asylum seeker-led advocacy organisation, Rise, and signed by more than 219 people including former human rights commissioner Prof Gillian Triggs, and author Prof Tony Birch.
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Hong Kong: hundreds gather for fresh protest against extradition bill 20 Jun 11:26pm Hong Kong: hundreds gather for fresh protest against extradition bill
Sit-in outside Legislative Council offices is fourth demonstration in two weeks in the city Small crowds of demonstrators, most of them young, gathered in central Hong Kong on Friday morning for their fourth protest in two weeks, to demand the government withdraw a
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United Airlines halts some flights to avoid Iran after drone attack 20 Jun 10:35pm United Airlines halts some flights to avoid Iran after drone attack
Major airline suspends Newark to Mumbai route after missile hit on US drone sparks safety review United Airlines has suspended flights from New Jersey’s Newark airport to Mumbai until further notice after Iran shot down a high-altitude US surveillance drone. The downing on Wednesday of the unarmed Global Hawk aircraft, which can fly at altitudes of up to 60,000ft, was the latest of a series of incidents that have raised tensions in the Gulf region, a critical artery for global oil supplies. Earlier, a total of six oil tankers were damaged in two separate attacks.
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William Tyrell detective charged with four surveillance offences 20 Jun 9:47pm William Tyrell detective charged with four surveillance offences
Gary Jubelin accused of using a mobile phone to make recordings without a warrant One of New South Wales’s highest-profile police detectives has been charged with four offences just weeks after he tendered his resignation. Gary Jubelin, 57,
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Dozens injured after Georgia police fire rubber bullets at demonstrators 20 Jun 8:16pm Updated Dozens injured after Georgia police fire rubber bullets at demonstrators
The unrest was sparked by the appearance of a Russian MP, who was allowed to chair a session of parliament Police in Georgia used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to stop protesters storming the country’s parliament early on Friday, leaving dozens requiring medical treatment. Thirty-nine police officers and 30 civilians had been treated in hospital for injuries after the clashes, with the number likely to rise, said David Sergeenko, an adviser to the prime minister. Thousands had rallied through the night outside the building in the centre of the capital, Tbilisi, after a Russian MP was allowed to chair a session of parliament on Thursday.
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Tory MP Mark Field appears to grab activist during climate protest 20 Jun 7:21pm Tory MP Mark Field appears to grab activist during climate protest
Minister seems to grab Greenpeace activist by the neck, while Tory MP reports abusive messages from party colleague
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India bus crash: more than 40 die as vehicle plunges into gorge 20 Jun 7:13pm India bus crash: more than 40 die as vehicle plunges into gorge
Women and children among dead in mountainous Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh At least 44 people were killed when a bus in India’s mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh plunged into a gorge on Thursday, officials said. Another 28 were undergoing treatment, many of them for critical injuries, after the private vehicle veered off the road and fell into a 150-metre (500-foot) gorge near Banjar in Kullu district of the northern Himalayan state.
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Sunrise at Stonehenge will now be visible around the world 20 Jun 7:01pm Sunrise at Stonehenge will now be visible around the world
Summer solstice is launch date for live feed from camera close to the stones For thousands of years people have made the pilgrimage to Stonehenge to gaze in wonder at the interplay with the monument of the sun, moon and stars, but from Thursday a virtual version of the looming sky above the circle will be available to people from around the world. A live feed from a camera set up close to the stones is being set up – appropriately enough on the summer solstice – to allow people to tune in to the monument whenever they want.
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Tory MP appears to grab Greenpeace activist during climate protest 20 Jun 6:50pm Tory MP appears to grab Greenpeace activist during climate protest
Minister seems to grab activist by the neck, while Tory MP reports abusive messages from party colleague
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US Catholic archdiocese cuts ties with school that refused to fire gay teacher 20 Jun 6:22pm US Catholic archdiocese cuts ties with school that refused to fire gay teacher
Brebeuf Jesuit prep school was ordered to let employee go ‘because this teacher’s marital status does not confirm to church doctrine’ The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has announced that it will no longer recognize a Jesuit high school as Catholic because it refuses to fire a teacher who’s in a same-sex marriage.
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Georgian police use teargas on crowd as Russian lawmaker visits parliament 20 Jun 5:33pm Georgian police use teargas on crowd as Russian lawmaker visits parliament
The unrest was sparked by the appearance of Sergei Gavrilov who addressed an assembly from the parliament speaker’s seat Georgian police have fired teargas to disperse thousands of protesters who attempted to storm the country’s parliament after a Russian lawmaker addressed the assembly from the speaker’s seat, causing uproar in Tbilisi. Around midnight on Thursday police fired teargas into the crowd. It stopped firing after many of the protesters broke away and left the area.
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Mascot Towers owners to pay $1m repair levy as residents remain shut out 20 Jun 5:23pm Mascot Towers owners to pay $1m repair levy as residents remain shut out
Residents of the Sydney apartment complex won’t be able to return to their homes for at least a month Owners of apartments in the structurally damaged Mascot Towers have voted to foot the bill for a $1m special levy to fund repairs after a lengthy closed-door meeting on Thursday night. But residents won’t be able to return to their apartments for at least a month.
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Roy Moore: Republican accused of sexual misconduct to run for Senate again – live 20 Jun 4:35pm Updated Roy Moore: Republican accused of sexual misconduct to run for Senate again – live
Hard-right former judge Moore running again in Alabama against the wishes of the party, while Trump says ‘stay tuned’ on possible Iran strike
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Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are final two in Tory leadership race 20 Jun 3:48pm Updated Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are final two in Tory leadership race
Johnson’s team accused of skullduggery after Michael Gove knocked out of contest by narrow margin
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Roy Moore: hard-right Republican announces bid for Senate in 2020 – live 20 Jun 3:30pm Roy Moore: hard-right Republican announces bid for Senate in 2020 – live
Moore, whose 2017 bid was marred by sexual misconduct scandal, running again in Alabama, while Trump says ‘stay tuned’ on possible Iran strike
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Republican-controlled Senate votes to block Trump’s arms sales to Saudis 20 Jun 3:12pm Republican-controlled Senate votes to block Trump’s arms sales to Saudis
President vows to veto the measures after seven Republicans broke with him to reject at least some of the arms sales
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Roy Moore: hard-right Republican set to run again for Senate in 2020 – live 20 Jun 2:59pm Updated Roy Moore: hard-right Republican set to run again for Senate in 2020 – live
Moore, whose 2017 bid was marred by sexual misconduct scandal, to announce fresh run, while Trump says ‘stay tuned’ on possible Iran strike
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Schoolboy fatally stabbed by friend after bungled drug deal, court hears 20 Jun 2:57pm Schoolboy fatally stabbed by friend after bungled drug deal, court hears
Alleged killer of Yousef Makki, 17, denies murder and charge of conspiracy to robbery A schoolboy was stabbed to death by one of his friends after he got caught up in a bungled attempt to rob a drug dealer in an affluent suburb, a jury has heard. Yousef Makki, 17, died after being stabbed in the heart by his 17-year-old friend in Hale Barns, a suburb in Trafford, Manchester crown court was told.
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Manus Island to become corporate tax-free zone, says PNG prime minister 20 Jun 2:00pm Manus Island to become corporate tax-free zone, says PNG prime minister
Move by James Marape raises fears that Papua New Guinean island could become a tax haven The prime minister of Papua New Guinea has declared Manus Island will become a corporate tax-free zone, prompting fears it could become a Pacific tax haven. James Marape was speaking at an
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Jacqui Lambie urged by independents to use Senate vote to keep medevac laws 20 Jun 2:00pm Jacqui Lambie urged by independents to use Senate vote to keep medevac laws
Lambie likely to have deciding vote as Coalition attempts repeal of laws Independent MPs who passed legislation allowing the medical evacuation of asylum seekers are urging Jacqui Lambie to use her crucial Senate vote to keep the laws in place. The Coalition has indicated it will move to repeal the so-called medevac laws when parliament resumes next month, but will need the support of four crossbench senators to do so.
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Scotland to run new consultations before updating gender law 20 Jun 1:56pm Scotland to run new consultations before updating gender law
Equalities secretary says government failed to address concerns over rights of others in single-sex spaces The Scottish government has postponed a
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Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters 20 Jun 1:24pm Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters
The British government should call for restraint and de-escalation, says a group of campaigners, politicians and leading cultural figuresThe threat of war with Iran is terrifying and the behaviour of the US government risks making the danger real. Its categoric claim that Iran was responsible for last week’s attacks on the two tankers in the Straits of Hormuz has been challenged by the Japanese and the German governments. It has served only to make a dangerous situation more serious. The context to this is Donald Trump’s scrapping of the nuclear deal with Iran last year, which blocked the way to normalising relations and immediately escalated tension. The accompanying sanctions have caused real economic damage and human suffering. In May the Trump administration turned the screw tighter by dropping exemptions for oil exports. These measures are part of the policy of regime change advocated by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, Trump’s two senior foreign policy officials, both of whom have called for military attacks on Iran.
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Catastrophic failure of the war on drugs | Letter 20 Jun 1:24pm Catastrophic failure of the war on drugs | Letter
This vast unethical trade is co-created by politicians, including President Duque of Colombia, who back a policy of global prohibition, writes
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Tory leadership: Jeremy Hunt to face Boris Johnson after Michael Gove eliminated – live news 20 Jun 1:20pm Tory leadership: Jeremy Hunt to face Boris Johnson after Michael Gove eliminated – live news
Johnson wins fifth round of voting by Tory MPs with 160 votes against 77 for Hunt and 75 for Gove
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Man dies, one critically ill after tent set alight in east London 20 Jun 12:50pm Man dies, one critically ill after tent set alight in east London
Appeal for witnesses as murder investigation launched after suspected arson attack in Wanstead A murder investigation has been launched after a tent was set alight in a suspected arson attack in east London. Two men, who are both believed to be in their 40s, were taken to hospital with burn injuries after firefighters were called to the North Circular Road in Wanstead, east London, late on Tuesday night.
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Merkel-Macron meeting fails to resolve row over EU leadership 20 Jun 12:40pm Merkel-Macron meeting fails to resolve row over EU leadership
Donald Tusk ‘more cautious than optimistic’ that leaders can reach a deal this week Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have clashed again over who will fill the EU’s most senior posts, prompting one frustrated national leader to claim it would be easier to elect a pope. An unproductive meeting on Thursday between the German chancellor and the French president appeared to dash any hope of a swift resolution to their dispute over the future leadership of the EU’s institutions, including a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European commission.
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Putin fails to mention MH17 in phone-in but finds time for whales 20 Jun 12:34pm Putin fails to mention MH17 in phone-in but finds time for whales
Russian president avoids 2014 disaster in annual Q&A but is confronted by journalists on subject afterwards Vladimir Putin faced questioning on both domestic and international issues at his annual phone-in – but managed to avoid any mention of the MH17 plane disaster until journalists confronted him about it afterwards. “There is no evidence of Russia’s blame for the downing of MH17,” Putin said. “Russia has its own explanation of the crash of MH17 but no one is listening to us,” he added.
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Tory leadership: Johnson, Gove and Hunt progress as Javid is eliminated – live news 20 Jun 12:32pm Updated Tory leadership: Johnson, Gove and Hunt progress as Javid is eliminated – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including the last two rounds of voting by MPs in the Tory leadership contest and the choice of the final two candidates for next PM
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Pop-up theatre to tour deprived areas of Greater Manchester 20 Jun 11:02am Pop-up theatre to tour deprived areas of Greater Manchester
The Den will involve local communities of boroughs such as Cheetham Hill and Tameside A pop-up theatre, complete with canvas roof and cardboard seats, will be making its way across Greater Manchester, taking theatre to the masses as it tours deprived communities across the borough. The Den – “low carbon and super-lightweight” space – is the brainchild of Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre and was made possible with a £1m donation from the Oglesby Charitable Trust. It was created to bring theatre to communities who would normally struggle to access the arts.
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Six pull out of Bradford festival over counter-extremism funding 20 Jun 10:36am Six pull out of Bradford festival over counter-extremism funding
Writers and activists quit literature festival over funding by Home Office programme Six writers and activists have pulled out of the Bradford literature festival (BLF) in protest after it emerged it received funding from a government counter-extremism programme. The group withdrew from planned appearances after learning that the 10-day event, which was founded in 2014, has accepted money provided as part of the Home Office’s counter-extremism strategy for the first time.
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UK heading for no-deal Brexit on 31 October, EU leaders conclude 20 Jun 10:28am UK heading for no-deal Brexit on 31 October, EU leaders conclude
Irish PM says there is ‘enormous hostility’ to further extension among member states Britain will crash out of the EU on 31 October unless Theresa May’s Brexit deal is ratified or a new prime minister calls a second referendum or general election this summer, the bloc’s leaders have concluded. The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, speaking at a summit in Brussels, said that there was now “enormous hostility” among the EU27’s heads of state and government to any further delay to Brexit.
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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, court of appeal declares 20 Jun 9:52am UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, court of appeal declares
Ruling prompts government to suspend new arms sales to Saudi Arabia while it urgently reviews its processes
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Ivanka Trump’s 2020 tweet violated Hatch Act, watchdog says 20 Jun 9:33am Ivanka Trump’s 2020 tweet violated Hatch Act, watchdog says
Crew says aide’s tweet about her father’s re-election campaign violates rule limiting political activity by federal employees Ivanka Trump was accused on Thursday of violating the Hatch Act that bans government workers from speaking out on political campaign issues, over tweets she wrote ahead of her father’s
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Fresh Hong Kong protests planned for Friday 20 Jun 9:21am Fresh Hong Kong protests planned for Friday
Calls for new demonstrations come as government fails to respond to a list of protester demands Hong Kong is braced for another round of demonstrations after the government failed to respond to a list of protester demands, including an investigation into police brutality and the complete withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill by a Thursday afternoon deadline. After the late afternoon cut-off set by protest leaders passed without a word from the government, messages began circulating on social media calling people to come to central Hong Kong from 7am on Friday.
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US must spend $4.5bn to prevent more child migrant deaths at border, warns CBP 20 Jun 9:07am US must spend $4.5bn to prevent more child migrant deaths at border, warns CBP
CBP’s acting commissioner blames rising number of deaths of child migrants in US detention on a lack of federal funding More children may die in the detention of the US government unless Congress passes a $4.6bn emergency fund for immigration services at the
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Ten cities ask EU for help to fight Airbnb expansion 20 Jun 8:51am Ten cities ask EU for help to fight Airbnb expansion
Cities say short-term holiday lettings market is contributing to soaring long-term rents for local people Ten European cities have demanded more help from the EU in their battle against Airbnb and other holiday rental websites, which they argue are locking locals out of housing and changing the face of neighbourhoods.
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Snapshot of hope: child refugees share their dreams through Polaroids – in pictures 20 Jun 8:16am Snapshot of hope: child refugees share their dreams through Polaroids – in pictures
To mark World Refugee Day, Save the Children invited children living in settlements in Jordan, Bangladesh and Uganda to draw their hopes and memories on a portrait of themselves
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Emiliano Sala: York man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter 20 Jun 8:08am Emiliano Sala: York man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter
Reports say David Henderson, 64, helping police investigating footballer’s death in plane crash A British pilot has been arrested over the death of the Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala. Detectives investigating the death of the Argentininian forward have arrested 64-year-old David Henderson from North Yorkshire on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act, according to reports. He is understood to have arranged for a fellow pilot to take Sala on a return trip from France.
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Tory leadership: result due in fourth round of contest – live news 20 Jun 8:05am Tory leadership: result due in fourth round of contest – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including the last two rounds of voting by MPs in the Tory leadership contest and the choice of the final two candidates for next PM
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Ordinary Time review – quietly profound joys of bringing up baby 20 Jun 8:00am Ordinary Time review – quietly profound joys of bringing up baby
A couple navigate the first few weeks of parenthood in Susana Nobre’s affecting, meditative drama Perhaps drawing its title from the term for the periods between major Christian festivals, this short but gracefully composed Franco-Portuguese film emanates something faintly metaphysical in its portrayal of the first few weeks in the lives of a new mother, father and baby in Lisbon. It consists of almost nothing: conversations about similar child-rearing experiences with friends and family, a trip to the countryside, painterly shots of the mum zonked out in plastic gloves on the sofa, lactation leaking out into her blouse. But, of course, this stuff is everything:
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Yemen civil war: the conflict explained 20 Jun 7:55am Yemen civil war: the conflict explained
Everything you need to know about conflict that has turned country into humanitarian catastrophe
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Venice mayor urges Unesco to place city on world heritage blacklist 20 Jun 7:45am Venice mayor urges Unesco to place city on world heritage blacklist
Luigi Brugnaro says he has no faith in Italy’s government to resolve cruise ship problem The mayor of Venice has urged Unesco to place the city on its world heritage site blacklist as he lambasted Italy’s transport minister for failing to endorse a plan to divert cruise ships from the busy Giudecca canal. Luigi Brugnaro’s frustration has been brewing since a
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Tory leadership: results due at 1pm in fourth round of contest – live news 20 Jun 7:44am Tory leadership: results due at 1pm in fourth round of contest – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including the last two rounds of voting by MPs in the Tory leadership contest and the choice of the final two candidates for next PM
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EU leaders to spar over zero-carbon pledge for 2050 20 Jun 7:24am EU leaders to spar over zero-carbon pledge for 2050
Diplomats think agreement unlikely at Brussels summit but bloc could signal intention to move towards towards target European leaders will spar at their latest summit over how to tackle the climate crisis, with Poland and the Czech Republic leading a minority action against a net-zero carbon emissions target for 2050. Meeting in Brussels, European leaders will debate the EU’s role in tackling the unfolding climate emergency that
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UK porn age-verification system faces six-month delay 20 Jun 7:14am UK porn age-verification system faces six-month delay
Change due on 15 July likely to be postponed over legal issues with European commission The UK’s age-verification system for online pornography is expected to be delayed for around six months because the government failed to submit an essential notification, the DCMS minister has revealed. The policy, which will require all adult internet users wanting to watch legal pornography to prove they are over 18 by providing some form of identification, was due to come into force on 15 July.
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Selling arms to the Saudis was always immoral. Now it is unlawful, too 20 Jun 7:05am Selling arms to the Saudis was always immoral. Now it is unlawful, too
The court of appeal ruling must force the government to stop its complicity in the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Yemen For four years, the people of Yemen have endured a Saudi Arabian-led bombing campaign. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the bombardment, with many more injured or displaced. The assault has created the
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Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un reboot alliance with talks and mausoleum visit 20 Jun 6:56am Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un reboot alliance with talks and mausoleum visit
Hopes that first visit by Chinese leader in 14 years will heal rift over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme
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London fire chief during Grenfell tragedy to take early retirement 20 Jun 6:42am London fire chief during Grenfell tragedy to take early retirement
Dany Cotton announces she will leave in April after just over three years in the role Dany Cotton, the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade during the Grenfell Tower fire, has announced her early retirement at the age 50, saying she will leave in April after just over three years in the job. Survivors and the bereaved heavily criticised Cotton during the first phase of the public inquiry into the disaster when she testified that she would not have changed anything about the response.
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Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei confesses to bribery in Chinese trial 20 Jun 6:39am Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei confesses to bribery in Chinese trial
Meng vanished in September during a visit to China from his home in Lyon The former Interpol president Meng Hongwei confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes and expressed regret for his crime, a Chinese court said on Thursday. The No. 1 Intermediate Court in the northeastern port city of Tianjin said Meng read a statement containing the confession at a hearing.
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US briefing: Iran shoots down US drone, sea wall costs and Biden under fire 20 Jun 6:28am US briefing: Iran shoots down US drone, sea wall costs and Biden under fire
Thursday’s top story: US-Iranian tensions escalate amid dispute over an American drone. Plus, Joe Biden criticised for working with segregationist senators Good morning, I’m Mattha Busby with today’s essential stories.
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Iran shoots down US drone 20 Jun 5:43am Iran shoots down US drone
Iran says US ‘spy’ drone was flying in its airspace amid strained relations over last week’s oil tanker attacks Iran has shot down an US drone in the strait of Hormuz, accusing Washington of breaching Iran’s national sovereignty and trying to deepen tensions in the region. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that they had used a surface to air missile to shoot down what they called a US “spy” drone they claimed was flying in the country’s airspace.
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John Worboys admits drugging four more women 20 Jun 5:34am John Worboys admits drugging four more women
Taxi sex attacker pleads guilty at Old Bailey seven months after his release was quashed The serial sex attacker
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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen declared unlawful 20 Jun 5:13am UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen declared unlawful
Exports contributed to indiscriminate civilian deaths in Saudi-led bombing campaign, court of appeal rules British arms sales to Saudi Arabia that were used in Yemen have been declared unlawful by the court of appeal because they contributed to indiscriminate civilian casualties in the bombing campaign from forces led by the Gulf kingdom. The ruling from three senior judges follows a challenge brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade, which had accused the UK government of licensing arms sales when there was a clear risk that their use could breach international humanitarian law.
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Peter Dutton says women using rape and abortion claims as ploy to get to Australia 20 Jun 5:13am Peter Dutton says women using rape and abortion claims as ploy to get to Australia
Home affairs minister says ‘some people are trying it on’ in an attempt to get to Australia from refugee centres on Nauru Peter Dutton has said women have been “trying it on” in claiming they were raped and needed an abortion as part of a ploy to get to Australia for medical treatment from refugee centres on Nauru. Speaking to Sky News, the home affairs minister claimed the women then changed their minds on arriving in Australia and sought a legal injunction to prevent their return to offshore detention.
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Mathias Cormann reveals lobbyists he met in lead-up to election 20 Jun 4:19am Mathias Cormann reveals lobbyists he met in lead-up to election
Finance minister spoke to 31 groups including Santos, Rio Tinto, Google, Ebay and Wesfarmers The finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has revealed he met with some of the world’s most powerful corporations in the months leading up to the election, including Santos, Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Google. Outgoing crossbench senator Tim Storer used his last days in Senate estimates to put a series of questions to cabinet ministers about their dealings with lobbyists, both
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Human cost of Yemen war laid bare as civilian death toll put at 100,000 20 Jun 4:00am Human cost of Yemen war laid bare as civilian death toll put at 100,000
Report outlines deadly impact of direct targeting of civilians as researchers call for resolution to conflict As the
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Conman Hamish McLaren jailed for up to 16 years after swindling $7.6m from victims 20 Jun 3:46am Updated Conman Hamish McLaren jailed for up to 16 years after swindling $7.6m from victims
Victims of the conman, who was the subject of the Who the Hell is Hamish? podcast, applauded after the sentence was handed down At Sydney’s district court on Thursday, acting judge Colin Charteris noted with some irony that convicted fraudster Hamish Earle McLaren had been “unusually silent”. Since being arrested at his home in Bondi in December 2017, through to his sentencing on Thursday, the serial fraudster who dressed like James Bond, drove Ferraris and defrauded $7.6m from more than a dozen people including close friends and girlfriends, had chosen to remain silent.
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‘Does the president have the power to declare war?’: Democrats grill Trump official on Iran – video 20 Jun 3:33am ‘Does the president have the power to declare war?’: Democrats grill Trump official on Iran – video
The US state department’s expert on Iran, Brian Hook, is on the receiving end of a series of questions by Democrats, who ask how the Trump administration views its powers to declare war. Hook stresses that the administration is pursuing diplomacy with Iran. ‘No one should be uncertain about our desire for peace,’ he tells a House foreign affairs subcommittee. Tensions between Iran and the United States have been rising following a series of attacks in the Gulf that Washington has blamed on Tehran
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Cancer con artist Belle Gibson took overseas holidays but says she cannot afford fine 20 Jun 2:35am Cancer con artist Belle Gibson took overseas holidays but says she cannot afford fine
Court hears the disgraced wellness blogger, who faked having cancer, spent $91, 000 between 2017 and 2019 The disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson spent more than $90,000 in two years and went to Bali and Africa, a court has heard, but still claims she cannot pay her fine for conning Australians. Gibson was
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UK porn age-verification system faces indefinite delay 20 Jun 2:17am UK porn age-verification system faces indefinite delay
Change due on 15 July likely to be postponed over legal issues with European commission The UK’s age-verification system for online pornography is expected to be delayed indefinitely, just weeks before it is due to be launched. The policy, which will require all adult internet users wanting to watch legal pornography to prove they are over 18 by providing some form of identification, was due to come into force on 15 July.
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Vladimir Putin to hold national phone-in after Russians charged over MH17 20 Jun 2:07am Vladimir Putin to hold national phone-in after Russians charged over MH17
Newscasters will cautiously press Russian president on the economy, protests and foreign relations in choreographed event Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the nation in a live televised broadcast on Thursday, one day after a Dutch-led investigation
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Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei put on trial for bribery in China 20 Jun 2:02am Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei put on trial for bribery in China
Meng vanished in September during a visit to China from his home in Lyon Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has been put on trial for bribery, according to Chinese state media. Official government mouthpiece the People’s Daily claimed Meng had admitted his guilt during a court hearing on Thursday after prosecutors accused him of taking 14.5 million yuan ($2.11m) in bribes.
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Chris Dawson: former teacher charged with carnal knowledge of underage girl 20 Jun 1:44am Chris Dawson: former teacher charged with carnal knowledge of underage girl
Charge follows police investigation of allegations of student-teacher relationships at high schools on Sydney’s northern beaches Chris Dawson has been charged with having a relationship with an underage girl while working as a teacher on Sydney’s northern beaches in the 1980s. Police said the 70-year-old had been arrested by detectives just after midday on Thursday after earlier entering a
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Iran says it has shot down US drone as missile strike in Saudi Arabia raises tensions 20 Jun 12:37am Updated Iran says it has shot down US drone as missile strike in Saudi Arabia raises tensions
US military denies it had aircraft in Iranian airspace amid strained relations with Tehran after last week’s oil tanker attacks US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the details of a missile strike in Saudi Arabia that appeared to come from Yemen, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has said, as Iran claimed in a separate incident to have shot down a US drone over its territory. “We are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to consult with our partners and allies,” Sanders said on Wednesday, in relation to the Saudi missile strike.
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A Jerusalem hospital where Palestinian babies die alone 20 Jun 12:00am A Jerusalem hospital where Palestinian babies die alone
Israeli blockade on Gaza means parents are separated from critically ill children At first glance, nothing appeared out of place at the children’s intensive care unit. Nine beds were filled with nine tiny newborn babies, all with tubes attached to their wiry bodies. Monitors emitted the sounds of steady electronic blips. Nurses walked from bedside to bedside. A tired-looking paediatrician filled out paperwork. Yet something was missing: there were no parents.
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