• Australia: Scott Morrison to replace ousted Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister
Australia: Scott Morrison to replace ousted Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister

Morrison admitted the extraordinary scenes in the nation's capital had taken a heavy toll on parliament and the Liberal Party . Julia Gillard, a former Labor prime minister who was herself unceremoniously unseated in a party coup, said the trend was evident globally as hardliners wrestle to move centre-right parties further to the right.

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  • Facebook Shuts Down 652 Iranian-Backed And Some Russian-Backed Accounts
Facebook Shuts Down 652 Iranian-Backed And Some Russian-Backed Accounts

In Israel this week, US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned that Iran , Russia , China and North Korea were all trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections through cyber campaigns. "We're working closely with U.S. law enforcement on this investigation", Facebook said in a blog post. Facebook said that it had briefed the U.S.

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  • Trump falsely says Michael Cohen's actions 'weren't crimes'
Trump falsely says Michael Cohen's actions 'weren't crimes'

When the CNN story broke late June, Trump rubbished it , and like this week, accused Cohen of " trying to make up stories ", again to get out of his own legal troubles, a tax evasion case involving a former business partner in the NY taxi business.

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  • President Trump Abandons North Korea Nuclear Talks, Blames China
President Trump Abandons North Korea Nuclear Talks, Blames China

Pyongyang accuses "high-level officials" in the Trump administration of going against the president's will and "inciting global sanctions and pressure" against North Korea; reaction from Jeff Mason, White House correspondent for Reuters. Trump seemed to mostly blame China for his change of plans re Pompeo. "Before taking office people were assumi...

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  • China pledges to lift ties with Malaysia to new high
China pledges to lift ties with Malaysia to new high

Mahathir made the comments while addressing the media in Beijing during his five-day trip to China . Upon returning to office, Mahathir said , "We can not afford to take on too much debt from China ". Rajaratnam School of International Studies. "We are not against Chinese companies, but we are against borrowing money from outside and having...

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  • ISIS leader resurfaces with first audio recording in nearly a year
ISIS leader resurfaces with first audio recording in nearly a year

Al-Baghdadi's last audio message was on September 28, 2017 in which he called on his followers to burn their enemies everywhere and target "media centres of the infidels". He called on followers to remain loyal to the leaders of his movement and urged the citizens of Saudi Arabia , Bahrain and Jordan to overthrow their rulers.

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  • Liberal leadership crisis: WA MP Julie Bishop to run for top job
Liberal leadership crisis: WA MP Julie Bishop to run for top job

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's grip on power slipped further on Wednesday when he was forced to abandon his centrepiece tax policy and a conservative rival in his own party canvassed support for an imminent second challenge.

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  • S.Africa hits back at Trump over land 'seizure' tweet
S.Africa hits back at Trump over land 'seizure' tweet

President Trump's tweet appeared to be a response to a Fox News report on Wednesday that focused on South Africa's land issue and murders of white farmers. "South Africans are dealing with the hard issue of land reform through an open process including public hearings, broad-based consultations, and active civil society engagement", the statement...

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  • 7.3-magnitude quake jolts Venezuela, no tsunami threat
7.3-magnitude quake jolts Venezuela, no tsunami threat

It was the largest to strike Venezuela since 1900, according to the United States Geological Survey ( USGS ). Its centre was roughly 22 kilometres southwest of Irapa, Venezuela. In Cumana, the biggest city near the quake's center, supermarket shelves came crashing down on Tuesday. Reverol called for "calm", saying the country's "risk evacuation t...

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  • China, El Salvador establish ties in fresh defeat for Taiwan
China, El Salvador establish ties in fresh defeat for Taiwan

The news will come as a bitter blow to Wu, who personally visited El Salvador's capital, San Salvador, as recently as July this year. Wu said Taiwan knew of El Salvador's intention to form ties with China in June. "Unfortunately, despite our tireless efforts we were still unable to save our diplomatic relationship with El Salvador", he said. "M...

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  • Donald Trump Plans to Campaign for Midterm Republican Candidates
Donald Trump Plans to Campaign for Midterm Republican Candidates

Onetime Trump ally Michael Cohen has officially entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office, ABC News reported Tuesday. Mr. Cohen said he organised hush money for two porn stars, who allegedly had sexual relations with Mr. Trump, who directed him to pay them off. The NY Times reported rece...

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  • TRUMP UNLEASHED: The President Says Mueller's 'DEMOCRAT THUGS' are 'Looking for Trouble'
TRUMP UNLEASHED: The President Says Mueller's 'DEMOCRAT THUGS' are 'Looking for Trouble'

Trump spent much of the weekend trying to dispel the notion that McGahn " had TURNED" on him in an development that would evoke John Dean, White House counsel to Richard Nixon. The president, while repeatedly denying any collusion between his campaign team and Russian Federation, said that he "allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn , and all oth...

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  • Colleagues say Australian PM has lost party support, back his rival
Colleagues say Australian PM has lost party support, back his rival

The Prime Minister met with key backers last night as a petition circulated from Mr Dutton's supporters calling on him to spill the leadership. A PARTY room meeting was not held last night despite rumours circulating. This relates to whether his interest in childcare centres through a trust breaches section's 44 provision on conflict of pecuniary...

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  • Seattle air quality on verge of major shift - back to normal
Seattle air quality on verge of major shift - back to normal

Vancouver was ranked as the fifth-worst major city for air quality in the world on Wednesday. Special air quality statements were placed in effect for northern Alberta, including Fort McMurray, early Tuesday morning. Forrest Tower, an information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said smoke preventing aerial reconnaissance and firefighting ...

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  • Mollie Tibbetts' family releases statement
Mollie Tibbetts' family releases statement

Rivera's employer, Yarrabee Farms, confirmed Tuesday that Rivera worked at the farm for four years and said Rivera passed the federal E-Verify check, which is meant to maintain a database of I-9 forms and tax records of employees across the country.

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  • Malaysia PM calls for China's help with fiscal problems
Malaysia PM calls for China's help with fiscal problems

Mahathir told Xi that he was impressed with the level of development achieved by China, the world's second largest economy after the United States. However, Mahathir, who turned 93 last month, offered only a qualified endorsement when Li, addressing him directly, asked whether he believed they had consensus on upholding free trade .

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  • Colorado man admits pregnant wife's murder, blames her for daughters' deaths
Colorado man admits pregnant wife's murder, blames her for daughters' deaths

Shanann, 34, and her daughters Celeste , 3, and Bella , 4, were last seen alive on August 13 before their bodies were discovered on the grounds of the Anadarko Petroleum Company where Watts used to work, according to the The Vail Daily .

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  • Trump Tells Fox News He Knew About Hush Money Payments ‘Later On’
Trump Tells Fox News He Knew About Hush Money Payments ‘Later On’

Trump has accused Cohen of making up "stories in order to get a "deal" from federal prosecutors. The timing and the financial details match allegations by adult film actress Stephanie Clifford , professionally known as Stormy Daniels , and former Playboy model Karen McDougal .

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  • Accused Russian in USA faces 'borderline torture': Moscow
Accused Russian in USA faces 'borderline torture': Moscow

In court filings the Justice Department called Butina a " covert Russian agent " who maintained contacts with Russian spies and pursued a mission "to penetrate the USA national decision-making apparatus to advance the agenda of the Russian Federation".

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  • Spanish company vows to defy USA sanctions, keep business with Iran
Spanish company vows to defy USA sanctions, keep business with Iran

Esproenko International's PR manager Carlos Toledo explained that the company had started working with Iran in 2013, "when sanctions on the Islamic Republic were imposed by all sides, namely, the European Union and the United States". At that point, Zarif indicated there is a sickness in the American nation, addiction to sanctions without learning ...

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