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clive palmer's assets frozen over queensland nickel battle
a queensland court has ordered the freezing of hundreds of millions of dollars of clive palmer's assets.brisbane supreme court justice john bond on friday approved an application by queensland nickel liquidators to freeze almost $205 million of his personal wealth, as well as other unspecified amounts relating to his several companies.justice bond said it was a temporary direction until the court case was finalised.read moreit does not stop him from using his assets as part of the ordinary course of business. but palmer's lawyers immediately requested a stay of the orders so they could appeal the decision. they will argue their case on friday afternoon.justice bond said one of the reasons he granted the orders was because the federal government-appointed liquidators had a `good arguable case` against palmer and his companies.he also said there was a real risk the mining magnate would `attempt to frustrate or inhibit the prospects of enforcement of execution of any significant judgment against him or any of his companies`.earlier this year palmer claimed he was worth $4 billion.justice bond said in his judgment that if palmer had the wealth he claimed he did, the making of the orders was not likely to be `significant`.queensland nickel liquidators launched legal action against the former federal mp in a bid to claw back some of the money owed to creditors following the collapse of the refinery in 2016.
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australian is member neil prakash extradition case postponed
there are doubts notorious australian jihadist neil prakash will ever return to australia after a turkish court postponed the extradition case against him.neil prakash appeared via video link at a turkish courthouse near the syrian border. the court postponed his case until july 19, pending the result of a turkish terror-related investigation.his court-appointed lawyer, mehmet unver applied for bail, but said that his client could face charges including “engaging in hostile activities in a foreign state.` “the presiding judge said the investigation is to look into charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation. now we'll have to wait for that to conclude” mr unver said.australia is seeking to extradite the 26-year-old who has been in turkish custody since 2016 after deserting is in syria.doubts over eventual extraditioncounter-terrorism expert professor greg barton from deakin university believes the delays could compromise australia's efforts to extradite him. “they of course reasonably can say turkish law comes first put him away in a turkish jail and possibly he disappears at some point - i'd be surprised if he comes back to australia any time soon,” professor barton told sbs news.professor barton also believes strained relations between the recep tayyip erdogan-led turkish government and the western world could see prakash remain in turkey.“we have to see the sequence of events in a context of turkish politics,” professor barton said.“all the rheto...
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amazon's alexa recorded private conversation, sent it to random contact
a family has learned what happens when amazon's popular voice assistant alexa is lost in translation.amazon has described an `unlikely... string of events` that made alexa send an audio recording of a us family to one of their contacts randomly. the episode underscored how alexa can misinterpret conversation as a wake-up call and command.a local news outlet, kiro 7, reported that a woman with amazon devices across her home received a call two weeks ago from her husband's employee, who said alexa had recorded the family's conversation about hardwood floors and sent it to him.read more`i felt invaded,` the woman, only identified as danielle, said in the report.`a total privacy invasion. immediately i said, 'i'm never plugging that device in again because i can't trust it.'`alexa, which comes with echo speakers and other gadgets, starts recording after it hears its name or another `wake word` selected by users. this means that an utterance quite like alexa, even from a tv commercial, can activate a device.that's what happened in the incident, amazon said.`subsequent conversation was heard as a 'send message' request,` the company said in a statement.`at which point, alexa said out loud 'to whom?' at which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer's contact list.``we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely,` amazon added.assuring customers of alexa's security is crucial to amazon, which has ambitions...
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how a four-hour battle between russian mercenaries and us commandos unfolded
the artillery barrage was so intense that the us commandos dived into foxholes for protection, emerging covered in flying dirt and debris to fire back at a column of tanks advancing under the heavy shelling.it was the opening salvo in a nearly four-hour assault in february by around 500 pro-syrian government forces — including russian mercenaries — that threatened to inflame already simmering tensions between washington and moscow.in the end, 200 to 300 of the attacking fighters were killed. the others retreated under merciless airstrikes from the united states, returning later to retrieve their battlefield dead. none of the americans at the small outpost in eastern syria — about 40 by the end of the firefight — were harmed.read morethe details of the february 7 firefight were gleaned from interviews and documents newly obtained by the new york times. they provide the pentagon’s first public on-the-ground accounting of one of the single bloodiest battles the us military has faced in syria since deploying to fight the islamic state.the firefight was described by the pentagon as an act of self-defence against a unit of pro-syrian government forces. in interviews, us military officials said they had watched — with dread — hundreds of approaching rival troops, vehicles and artillery pieces in the week leading up to the attack.the prospect of russian military forces and us troops colliding has long been feared as the cold war adversaries take opposing sides in syria?...
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which countries have the strictest abortion laws?
on may 25, irish voters are heading to the polls to decide whether to repeal a constitutional ban on all abortions except in cases where the mother's life is at risk.if the referendum does not pass, it will remain illegal to get an abortion in other circumstances such as rape or malformation of the foetus.read morewhile many countries have similar exceptions, around 18 ban abortion completely. here is a snapshot of the global situation based on information from the world health organisation and us-based centre for reproductive rights.total banpredominantly catholic malta is the only european union country to totally ban abortion, imposing jail terms of between 18 months and three years if the law is broken.abortion is also banned in andorra, the vatican and san marino, which are in europe but not the eu.the world's abortion laws 2018.worldabortionlaws.com/map/globally there are total bans in congo-brazzaville, djibouti, dominican republic, el salvador, gabon, guinea-bissau, haiti, madagascar, mauritania, nicaragua, palau, philippines, senegal and suriname.in el salvador, the internationally criticised criminalisation of those found to have terminated pregnancies has led to 27 women being jailed, some serving terms of up to 30 years.read morewhile the united states legalised abortion nationwide in 1973, that has been under threat since donald trump became president with some republicans seeking restrictions.iowa legislators have passed the strictest laws in the cou...
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north korea responds to trump's cancellation of planned summit
trump on thursday called off his planned june meeting with kim jong-un, blaming `open hostility` from the north korean regime and warning pyongyang against committing any `foolish or reckless acts.`in a personal letter to kim, trump announced he would not go ahead with the june 12 summit in singapore, following what the white house called a `trail of broken promises` by the north.pyongyang's immediate reaction to the sudden u-turn was conciliatory. first vice foreign minister kim kye gwan called trump's decision `unexpected` and `regrettable` but he left the door open for further diplomacy.`we again state to the us our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem,` he said in a statement carried by the state-run kcna news agency.trump said it is now up to the north korean leader to seize the opportunity.epajust before trump announced the cancellation of the talks, north korea declared it had `completely` dismantled its nuclear test site, in a carefully choreographed move portrayed as a goodwill gesture ahead of the summit.but the chances of success for the unprecedented face-to-face had recently been thrown into doubt.read more trump's announcement came a day after pyongyang hardened its rhetoric, calling comments by vice president mike pence `ignorant and stupid.``sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, i feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-pl...
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police hunting two suspects after explosion at canadian restaurant
two unidentified men have walked into a restaurant in the canadian city of mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, and then fleeing, authorities say.the blast went off in the bombay bhel restaurant at about 10.30pm on thursday.fifteen people were taken to hospital, three of them with critical injuries, the peel regional paramedic service said in a tweet.the two male suspects went into the restaurant and detonated their improvised explosive device, peel regional police tweeted. the men then fled.there was no immediate claim of responsibility.police posted a photograph on twitter showing two people with dark zip-up hoodies walking into an establishment with one of them appearing to be carrying an object.the attack in mississauga, canada's sixth largest city about 32km west of toronto, comes a month after a driver ploughed a rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15.
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tiahleigh palmer's foster father gets life for murder
queensland foster father rick thorburn will spend at least 20 years behind bars after killing the young girl he was meant to care for.thorburn has been jailed for life, meaning he'll spend at least two decades behind bars, for killing his 12-year-old foster daughter tiahleigh palmer and dumping her body in a gold coast river in 2015.a supplied image obtained sat. nov. 7, 2015 shows tiahleigh palmer, 12.qld policethe 57-year-old murdered the girl who was in his care after his son trent committed incest and became concerned she was pregnant. tiahleigh's badly decomposed body was found on the banks of the pimpama river, six days after her foster father claimed he'd dropped her safety at school.in sentencing thorburn, supreme court justice david boddice said his crimes were cold and callous.`you murdered this defenceless child who relied on you for protection,` he said.thorburn wiped away tears as he replied `guilty` to charges of murder, interfering with the 12-year-old's corpse, perjury, and attempting to pervert the course of justice on friday morning.just metres away, tiahleigh's biological mother cindy palmer finally got the admission she had waited years for - that the man trusted with caring for her daughter actually committed her murder.schoolgirl tiahleigh palmerqueensland police servicepolice who doggedly pursued justice for the schoolgirl were also in the court.the court heard tiahleigh was first placed into care in 2010, aged seven.in january 2015, the thorb...
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asio says no fallout from allies after mp hastie's investigation disclosure
the head of australia's intelligence agency doesn't expect there to be any fallout with allies following liberal backbencher andrew hastie's bombshell speech.mr hastie used parliamentary privilege on tuesday night to announce that a man known as `cc-3` in fbi documents was political donor dr chau chak wing.read more `the same man who co-conspired to bribe the united nations general assembly president john ashe, the same man with extensive contacts in the chinese communist party,` mr hastie said on tuesday night.mr hastie, a former special forces soldier who heads up the parliament's powerful intelligence committee, had confirmed the matter during a briefing with us officials.asio director-general duncan lewis said mr hastie had a discussion with a junior officer in the lead-up to his speech.`there was no approach to asio formally to provide clearance for what was said,` he told a senate estimates hearing on thursday night.asked about the implications of mr hastie's decision on australia's relationship with intelligence allies, mr lewis replied: `none.`read moremr lewis said an hour and a half before the speech he had heard rumblings of mr hastie's intentions.he immediately tasked asio's washington office to find out the facts of what mr hastie had been briefed on in the us.dr chau has donated more than $4 million to both major political parties as well as $45 million to australian universities.dr chau's lawyer mark o'brien said in a statement on wednesday h...
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deadly nipah virus claims 11 lives in southern india
the 60-year-old indian man who died on thursday in a hospital in the southwest state of kerala, had two sons and a sister-in-law succumb to the nipah virus, which is spread by fruit bats.`he was on ventilator support for a week and died today morning,` kerala state health director sarita r. l. told afp.dead bats were found in a well at the home of the deceased, who has been identified as v. moosa, in the coastal city of kozhikode - the epicentre of the viral outbreak that has authorities on high alert.a nurse who treated one of v. moosa's sons also died.`each and every person who was in contact with any suspected patient is being monitored,` sarita said. authorities have confirmed there are two other cases of the virus, but it is unclear whether these patients came into contact with moosa’s family, or contracted it elsewhere.officials inspect a well in the kozhikode district.afpnipah is a zoonotic virus, meaning it is transmitted to humans from animals, but it can also be transmitted directly from human contact.dozens of other suspected patients are being quarantined and many more monitored by health officials in at least four districts in the state.meanwhile, the neighbouring states of karnataka, maharashtra, and goa are on high alert, after two karnataka locals returned home after a trip to kerala, exhibiting symptoms of the virus.the national centre for disease control (ncdc) said the situation is under control, and there is not yet any confirmation of the spread...
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only two of these rhinos are left, should scientists intervene?
when the last male northern white rhinoceros died in march, people mourned the beloved mammal’s step toward extinction.with no members of the subspecies left in the wild and just two females remaining in captivity, it felt as if the last bit of sand was draining through the rhino’s hourglass.but several teams of scientists are working to flip the hourglass back over.one group, led by researchers at the san diego zoo institute for conservation research, hopes to revive the northern white rhino using preserved cells. in a study published thursday in genome research, the scientists sequenced the dna of these cells and concluded that they hold a promising amount of genetic diversity for re-establishing a viable population of northern whites.read morewith the right advances in assisted reproduction or cloning, there could be a second chance for this “unique form of rhinoceros,” said oliver ryder, director of conservation genetics at san diego zoo global.not everyone agrees that having the capacity to bring back the northern white rhino means it should be done. critics question whether the buzz around resurrecting a functionally extinct creature takes attention and resources away from other animals with greater chances of survival.they also point out that any resurrected northern white rhinos would likely remain in captivity, rather than roaming free in their former habitat in central and eastern africa, where poaching for horns remains a serious threat.in their study, ryde...
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armed civilian kills man who opened fire on us restaurant patrons
at least four people were injured when a man opened fire inside a restaurant in oklahoma city, before he was shot dead by an armed civilian.the suspect entered louie’s bar and grill during evening service and opened fire on patrons, before the armed civilian confronted him.  oklahoma city police confirmed the suspect was shot dead moments later.  `a man walked into the louie's restaurant and opened fire with a gun,` police said.police said the first two victims with female and “expected to survive”, with two other victims suffering minor injuries.“as ocpd reported, the suspect is dead,” oklahoma city mayor david holt tweeted.the shooter’s motives remained unknown, and his identity had not been released.
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two workers dead, one critical after toxic gas leak at paper mill
two men have died and another is fighting for life in hospital after a gas tank leak at a paper mill near the nsw-victorian border, with authorities describing the incident as `tragic`.the leak occurred at the norske skog mill at ettamogah, north of albury, on thursday afternoon, with 150 people evacuated from the site and more than a dozen workers taken to hospital.four workers - three norske skog staff and a contractor - were on a tank checking valves about 1.30pm after an annual maintenance shutdown.read moresafework nsw inspector scott kidd says the three men were overcome by fumes, with initial investigations suggesting it could have been hydrogen sulphide.nsw ambulance acting inspector rodney hannan said within 25 minutes of arriving on the scene, two men were in cardiac arrest and another was unconscious.a 28-year-old wodonga man died at albury base hospital on thursday after sustaining burns and inhaling gas, while a 37-year-old lavington man died on friday morning, nsw police said.a third worker, also a local, remains in a critical condition while a fourth is seriously ill.`the injuries and the related fallout from what occurred yesterday are consistent with that gas, but it's yet to be established,` mr kidd told reporters at the scene on friday.he said the gas was already on the site when the incident happened and it wasn't the result of the maintenance work being undertaken.hazmat crews, along with a lead inspector, are joining the investigation with hopes th...
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#hometovote: heading home to have a voice, irish expats bond in tweets
thousands of irish citizens who live around the world have chronicled their journeys back there this week to vote friday in a divisive referendum on legalising abortion.using the hashtag #hometovote on twitter and instagram, irish people living abroad have shared stories about their journeys and explained why it was important to them to vote. some travelled relatively short distances, such as from london and edinburgh, scotland, while others returned from as far away as istanbul, los angeles and são paulo, brazil.the issue of whether to repeal the country’s eighth amendment, which would overturn ireland’s near-total ban on abortion, remains heavily divisive. opinion polls have shown a strong lead for the “yes” camp, but the gap has narrowed in recent polling.despite the differences of opinion, #hometovote has become a trending topic on twitter and fostered camaraderie, both online and in person, among irish people who moved away and are returning.read moreeleanor costello, who grew up in dublin but moved a year ago to cambridge, england, said she believed she had to return for friday’s vote. “i’m coming home for me, for my friends, sisters and all irish women,” costello, 25, who works at an art gallery, said in an interview.she said she planned to vote “yes.”“as a woman, i have been saddened, angered, frustrated and offended by concerns and statements put forth by the ‘no’ campaign in ireland,” she said. “i trust irish women to make the right ch...
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north korea responds to trump's cancellation of planned summit
read more trump on thursday called off his planned june meeting with kim jong un, blaming `open hostility` from the north korean regime and warning pyongyang against committing any `foolish or reckless acts.`in a personal letter to kim, trump announced he would not go ahead with the june 12 summit in singapore, following what the white house called a `trail of broken promises` by the north.pyongyang's immediate reaction to the sudden u-turn was conciliatory. first vice foreign minister kim kye gwan called trump's decision `unexpected` and `regrettable` but he left the door open for further diplomacy.`we again state to the us our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem,` he said in a statement carried by the state-run kcna news agency.trump said it is now up to the north korean leader to seize the opportunity.epajust before trump announced the cancellation of the talks, north korea declared it had `completely` dismantled its nuclear test site, in a carefully choreographed move portrayed as a goodwill gesture ahead of the summit.but the chances of success for the unprecedented face-to-face had recently been thrown into doubt.read more trump's announcement came a day after pyongyang hardened its rhetoric, calling comments by vice president mike pence `ignorant and stupid.``sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, i feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have t...
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foster father handed life sentence over tiahleigh palmer murder
queensland foster father rick thorburn will spend at least 20 years behind bars after killing the young girl he was meant to care for.thorburn has been jailed for life, meaning he'll spend at least two decades behind bars, for killing his 12-year-old foster daughter tiahleigh palmer and dumping her body in a gold coast river in 2015.a supplied image obtained sat. nov. 7, 2015 shows tiahleigh palmer, 12.qld policethe 57-year-old murdered the girl who was in his care after his son trent committed incest and became concerned she was pregnant. tiahleigh's badly decomposed body was found on the banks of the pimpama river, six days after her foster father claimed he'd dropped her safety at school.in sentencing thorburn, supreme court justice david boddice said his crimes were cold and callous.`you murdered this defenceless child who relied on you for protection,` he said.thorburn wiped away tears as he replied `guilty` to charges of murder, interfering with the 12-year-old's corpse, perjury, and attempting to pervert the course of justice on friday morning.just metres away, tiahleigh's biological mother cindy palmer finally got the admission she had waited years for - that the man trusted with caring for her daughter actually committed her murder.schoolgirl tiahleigh palmerqueensland police servicepolice who doggedly pursued justice for the schoolgirl were also in the court.the court heard tiahleigh was first placed into care in 2010, aged seven.in january 2015, the thorb...
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sudan teen appeals death sentence for killing 'rapist husband'
noura hussein had been found guilty of the `intentional murder` of a man she said raped her after being forced to marry him at the age of 16 by her father.her death sentence triggered international outrage and condemnation from the united nations and global rights groups.`today, we filed an appeal in the appeals court against the lower court's ruling,` lawyer al-fateh hussein, a member of hussein's defence team, told afp.`it might be months before the appeals court delivers its ruling.`activists have launched a campaign called `justice for noura`, with many changing their profile pictures on twitter and facebook to a painting depicting a white veil and clenched fists.a number of high profile women have added their voices to the campaign, including former prime minister julia gillard, and supermodel naomi campbell.the united nations has slammed the death sentence handed to hussein, now aged 19.`we have received information that hussein's forced marriage, rape, and other forms of gender-based violence against her were not taken into account by the court as evidence to mitigate the sentence,` un rights office spokeswoman ravina shamdasani said last week.she told journalists in geneva that the `most stringent guarantees of a fair trial and due process were not fulfilled`.shamdasani said the agency was `acutely concerned about her safety and that of her lawyer and other supporters`.read moreamnesty international said hussein was forcibly married at the age of 16, ...
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by-elections date choice 'impartial,' says pm after labor criticism
malcolm turnbull has rejected suggestions the date chosen for five upcoming by-elections was a political ploy aimed at clashing with labor's national conference.the prime minister said it was outrageous for labor to infer the australian electoral commission's advice to speaker tony smith was designed to advantage the coalition.read more`the electoral commission is utterly impartial and non-partisan,` he told reporters on the nsw central coast on friday.electoral commissioner tom rogers said the `optimal` july 28 date was chosen to avoid school holidays and allow candidates to comply with new regulations to declare they are not dual citizens.but senior labor figure anthony albanese isn't buying the explanation, arguing there were other dates which wouldn't have clashed with his party's conference.`on what basis was that chosen as the optimal date? that's what we want to know,` mr albanese told abc radio on friday.`the circumstances here are red hot.`mr albanese accused mr rogers of giving confused evidence to a senate estimates hearing over how he landed on the date.`it is incomprehensible to me why it is, that this one day of the term, five by-elections have been called,` mr albanese said.there has never been five by-elections held on the one day in the history of australian elections.four were triggered by resignations of mps due to their dual citizenship and one mp resigned for family reasons.mr turnbull blamed opposition leader bill shorten and his mps, fo...
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'absolute mayhem': bushfires threaten lives and homes in southern wa
lives and homes may be at risk as a series of bushfires burn out-of-control in the southern region of western australia.residents in albany have been issued an immediate bushfire warning, with an official alert to act now to survive with lives and homes under threat.the warning has been upgraded from a watch and act alert on thursday evening and affects residents of the redmond, marbelup, mckail, elleker, napier and torbay suburbs.`you are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. there is a threat to lives and homes,` the department of fire and emergency services warning said on friday.abc reporter kit mochan has been sharing images and video of the fires.department of fire and emergency services superintendent wayne green said the number of fires in the area was causing trouble for crews.`resources are absolutely stretched to the point where some of the fires that are coming in and being reported aren't even getting a response,` he told abc radio on friday.albany mayor dennis wellington said he is shocked by the scale of the fire. `i've never seen anything like it … it's just absolute mayhem,` he told the abc.an evacuation centre has been opened at the albany aquatic centre with around 40 people taking shelter there, the albany city council said.the fire started near the intersection of redmond-hay river road and pikes road in redmond.further information can be found on the emergency wa website. 
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asio says no ally fallout after mp hastie's us investigation disclosure
the head of australia's intelligence agency doesn't expect there to be any fallout with allies following liberal backbencher andrew hastie's bombshell speech.mr hastie used parliamentary privilege on tuesday night to announce that a man known as `cc-3` in fbi documents was political donor dr chau chak wing.read more `the same man who co-conspired to bribe the united nations general assembly president john ashe, the same man with extensive contacts in the chinese communist party,` mr hastie said on tuesday night.mr hastie, a former special forces soldier who heads up the parliament's powerful intelligence committee, had confirmed the matter during a briefing with us officials.asio director-general duncan lewis said mr hastie had a discussion with a junior officer in the lead-up to his speech.`there was no approach to asio formally to provide clearance for what was said,` he told a senate estimates hearing on thursday night.asked about the implications of mr hastie's decision on australia's relationship with intelligence allies, mr lewis replied: `none.`read moremr lewis said an hour and a half before the speech he had heard rumblings of mr hastie's intentions.he immediately tasked asio's washington office to find out the facts of what mr hastie had been briefed on in the us.dr chau has donated more than $4 million to both major political parties as well as $45 million to australian universities.dr chau's lawyer mark o'brien said in a statement on wednesday h...
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australia considers diplomatic action against russia over mh17 findings
foreign minister julie bishop said russia will have many questions to answer after investigators revealed the missile which brought down flight mh17 over eastern ukraine originated from a russian military brigade.“the russian federation must answer how it is that a sophisticated weapon, a missile, was transported from russia, into eastern ukraine and was used to bring down a civilian aircraft, killing 298 people and was then immediately taken back into russia,” ms bishop told abc news program, the world.foreign minister julie bishop speaks with abc chief foreign correspondent philip williams.abcms bishop said australia, belgium, malaysia, the netherlands and ukraine were now “considering options” towards prosecution as they pursue justice for those who lost their lives and their families.“we are taking into account this new information. we are considering what options are available to us and we'll be working with our partners in other nations.”she said the findings could have an impact on australia’s ties with russia.“i'm not ruling out any possibilities. we need to assess this new evidence and consider what options are available to us in consultation with the many other nations that are also grieving the loss of citizens as a result of the downing of mh17.”the malaysian airlines flight - a boeing 777 - was blown out of the sky over territory in eastern ukraine on july 17, 2014, while en route from amsterdam to kuala lumpur.all 298 passengers and crew, inc...
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greens senator lee rhiannon resigns, making way for mehreen faruqi
greens senator lee rhiannon has announced she will retire in august, around 10 months before her term officially expires.the resignation will create a casual vacancy in the nsw senate seat, with the greens allowed to nominate a replacement from their own ranks.mehreen faruqi, currently nsw state politician, will step into the position.“i warmly congratulate mehreen and look forward to assisting with the coming state and federal election campaigns,” senator rhiannon wrote on social media.“in some ways i am an accidental politician. when i was young, parliament was where we went to protest not to get a job,” she said.“my years as an mp have strengthened my belief that it is people’s action that drives progressive social change.”the resignation comes after senator rhiannon publically butted heads with the greens leadership last year. the senator was temporarily excluded from partyroom meetings.the nsw senator, considered a member of the greens’ left faction, will be the third greens senator to leave the parliament in a single year.two high-profile senators, scott ludlam and larissa waters, were kicked out of parliament last year after the high court found they had failed to renounce dual citizenships and had thus breached section 44 of the constitution.
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north korea responds to trump's cancellation of planned summit
trump on thursday called off his planned june meeting with kim jong un, blaming `open hostility` from the north korean regime and warning pyongyang against committing any `foolish or reckless acts.`in a personal letter to kim, trump announced he would not go ahead with the june 12 summit in singapore, following what the white house called a `trail of broken promises` by the north.trump said it is now up to the north korean leader to seize the opportunity.epapyongyang's immediate reaction to the sudden u-turn was conciliatory. first vice foreign minister kim kye gwan called trump's decision `unexpected` and `regrettable` but he left the door open for further diplomacy.`we again state to the us our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem,` he said in a statement carried by the state-run kcna news agency.just before trump announced the cancellation of the talks, north korea declared it had `completely` dismantled its nuclear test site, in a carefully choreographed move portrayed as a goodwill gesture ahead of the summit.but the chances of success for the unprecedented face-to-face had recently been thrown into doubt.read more trump's announcement came a day after pyongyang hardened its rhetoric, calling comments by vice president mike pence `ignorant and stupid.``sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, i feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-pl...
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foster father pleads guilty to tiahleigh palmer murder as fresh details emerge
queensland man rick thorburn has admitted to murdering his foster daughter tiahleigh palmer and dumping her body in a gold coast river.thorburn shed tears in the dock as he admitted killing the 12-year-old logan schoolgirl in 2015, after his son trent confessed to having sex with her and had worries she was pregnant.the 57-year-old is expected to be handed a life sentence for the crime.he's also pleaded guilty to interfering with tiahleigh's corpse, attempting to pervert the course of justice and two counts of perjury.a supplied image obtained sat. nov. 7, 2015 shows tiahleigh palmer, 12.qld policethorburn looked pale as he entered the dock, with tiahleigh's biological mother cindy palmer and her supporters sitting metres away.police who doggedly pursued justice for the schoolgirl were also in the court.sentencing submissions are now underway in the brisbane supreme court.the court heard tiahleigh was first placed into care in 2010, aged seven.in january 2015, the thorburn family became her full-time carers.schoolgirl tiahleigh palmerqueensland police servicenine months later, trent told his cousin he had sex with her and was concerned she was pregnant.while she was showering, he also told his mother about having sex with his foster sister.she assured trent it would be sorted out and told rick thorburn.he was concerned about the revelation and that it could cause trent to go to jail.`we need to think this through, deal with this properly,` he said.between about 8pm and 1...
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trump pardons heavyweight boxing champion jack johnson posthumously
jack johnson, the first black man to win the world heavyweight boxing title, has been posthumously pardoned for a 1913 conviction of taking his white girlfriend across state lines.the american reigned as world champion from december 1908 to april 1915 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time.he was sentenced to a year and a day in prison after being found guilty by an all-white jury of violating the 1910 mann act.president trumps holds a signed executive grant of clemency for jack johnson in the oval office. (aap)aapthe federal law made it illegal to transport across state lines `any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose`.lucille cameron was the woman in question and would later become the wife of johnson, who skipped bail and spent many years in exile before returning to the us in 1920 and serving 10 months in prison.there have been numerous calls in the past to issue a pardon for johnson, who died on june 10, 1946, aged 68, and a full one was granted by president donald trump on thursday.file image of jack johnson aap joined by actor sylvester stallone, former world heavyweight champion lennox lewis and reigning wbc heavyweight champion deontay wilder, trump said during an oval office ceremony: `we righted a wrong.`he added in a clip broadcast on the white house's official twitter feed: `jack johnson was not treated fairly and we have corrected that and i'm very honoured to have done it.`
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boris johnson spends 18 minutes on the phone with russia prank caller
british foreign secretary boris johnson discussed dealing with moscow in an 18-minute phone call with russian pranksters impersonating the prime minister of armenia in a recording posted online thursday and confirmed by the foreign ministry as genuine.during the hoax, which purportedly occurred last week, johnson congratulates the caller -- whom he thinks is new armenian prime minister nikol pashinyan -- before promptly turning to britain's frayed relations with russia.`we have to stand firm against them though i appreciate that your geography dictates a balancing act,` johnson said, offering `support and encouragement` and an invitation to visit the uk.`it's very important, i think, prime minister that we don't have a new cold war,` he added on the call, advising `determination and firmness` in dealing with moscow.`we will continue to tighten the squeeze on some of the oligarchs who surround putin,` he said, adding britain would seek new sanctions against key figures around the russian president.when the pashinyan imitator noted that there were a lot of russian oligarchs in britain, johnson agreed: `you throw a stone in kensington and you'll hit an oligarch.he added: `but some of them are close to putin and some of them aren't.`a foreign office spokesperson said staff `checked it out and knew immediately it was a prank call`.`the foreign secretary realised it was a hoax, and ended the call,` it added in a statement.in the audio recording posted on youtu...
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#humfittoindia: pm modi accepts cricketer kohli's fitness challenge
indian prime minister narendra modi has joined a list of celebrities and sportspeople to take on the #humfittoindia fitness challenge.the campaign was started when sports minister rajyavardhan rathore, also a former olympian, posted a video to twitter of himself doing push-ups.he followed up by challenging indian actor hrithik roshan, the nation's cricket captain virat kohli and olympian saina nehwal to join in on the #humfittoindia campaign by posting an exercise video.kohli, who has more than 25 million twitter followers, accepted the challenge and passed on the gauntlet to fellow cricketer ms dhoni and prime minister modi.mr modi accepted the challenge and said he would be posting the video soon.the junior home affairs minister kiren rijiju, railway minister piyush goyal and minister of state and civil aviation jayant sinha have all accepted the challenge from other celebrities.popular hindi actress anushka sharma and female wrestler babita phogat both filmed themselves in the gym.while actor and dancer tiger shroff showed off his athletic ability, flipping his way through the challenge.the campaign comes off the back of mr modi announcing a #fitindia movement for a healthier india in march.the movement was aimed at raising awareness around fitness, while also promoting the importance of yoga.
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jury orders samsung to pay apple $533 million in iphone patent case
a us federal court jury on thursday ordered samsung to pay apple $533 million for copying iphone design features in a patent case dating back seven years.jurors tacked on an additional $5 million in damages for a pair of patented functions. the award appeared to be a bit of a victory for apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iphone.the case was sent back to the district court following a supreme court decision to revisit an earlier $400 million damage award. the jury essentially split the difference between apple's request for $1 billion and samsung’s argument for $28 million.read moreto arrive at a damages award of more than a half-billion dollars, jurors would likely have needed to buy into apple's reasoning that design was so integral to the iphone that it was essentially the `article of manufacture.`the lower figure sought by the south korean consumer electronics titan would have involved treating the design features as components.the jury had been asked to determine whether design features at issue in the case are worth all profit made from samsung smartphones that copied them or whether those features are worth just a fraction because they are components.`samsung isn't saying it isn't required to pay profits,` samsung attorney john quinn said during closing arguments on friday.`it is just saying it isn't required to pay profits on the whole phone.`read moreapple argued in court that the iphone was a `bet-the-company` project at...
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lives and homes in danger as bushfires scorch southern wa
lives and homes may be at risk as a series of bushfires burn out-of-control in the southern region of western australia.residents in albany have been issued an immediate bushfire warning, with an official alert to act now to survive with lives and homes under threat.the warning has been upgraded from a watch and act alert on thursday evening and affects residents of the redmond, marbelup, mckail, elleker, napier and torbay suburbs.`you are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. there is a threat to lives and homes,` the department of fire and emergency services warning said on friday.department of fire and emergency services superintendent wayne green said the number of fires in the area was causing trouble for crews.`resources are absolutely stretched to the point where some of the fires that are coming in and being reported aren't even getting a response,` he told abc radio on friday.an evacuation centre has been opened at the albany aquatic centre with around 40 people taking shelter there, the albany city council said.the fire started near the intersection of redmond-hay river road and pikes road in redmond.
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the man behind spotlight: how walter robinson took on the catholic church
last time walter robinson visited australia it was 1970. he was serving as an intelligence officer with the us army in vietnam and chose sydney for his precious r&r leave.he fondly recalls that week; the rugby, the good food, the beer, the hospitality. he very nearly found himself adopted by a local family. “i had a wonderful time,” he recalls down the line from his home in boston.almost half a century later, the 72-year-old editor-at-large of the boston globe returns next week to sydney and melbourne to headline a series of discussions around the role and future of investigative journalism in today’s ever-shifting media landscape.boston globe editor-in-chief walter robinson.casey curry/invision/aprobinson’s career spans four decades at the globe, reporting from 48 states and 34 countries. he’s covered four presidential elections, two presidencies and one-and-a-half wars.but his most important legacy - now seared into popular culture courtesy of the academy award-winning film spotlight - was running the early 2000s investigation that blew the lid on widespread child sexual abuse by catholic clergymen across massachusetts.rush of revelationsin the years since, entrenched patterns of clerical abuse and cover-up by the church have been exposed worldwide, including through a royal commission in australia. the globe’s investigation is credited as giving them crucial momentum.in the film, robinson is portrayed by michael keaton as the tough-talking, soft-souled “playe...
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