Facebook objected to Australia’s privacy landscape, internal documents reveal

Posted May 22, 2019 16:36:32 Photo: Leaked Facebook documents show the company was concerned about changes to Australian privacy laws. (Reuters: Dado Ruvic/illustration) Facebook objected to the expansion of Australia's privacy laws and claims to have lobbied the US ambassador to Australia, according to internal documents leaked from the company. Key points: Internal documents from…

The Canberra tree threatening to thwart a multi-million dollar hotel development

Updated May 22, 2019 16:34:32 A lone tree is threatening to take down a multi-million dollar hotel development by a prominent Canberra family, who have lashed out at the "hateful" decision to protect it. Key points: Sotiria Liangis planned to remove the tree to make way for an $11 million hotel The request to remove…

Chris Bowen expected to pull out of Labor leadership battle

Updated May 22, 2019 15:56:29 Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has abandoned his bid to lead Labor just a day after announcing his candidacy. His decision leaves Anthony Albanese as the only confirmed candidate for the Opposition's top job. The ALP national executive will meet this evening to determine the process to replace outgoing leader Bill…

Six dead, mass arrests as Jakarta election protests turn violent

Updated May 22, 2019 14:52:43 Photo: Supporters of the challenger to Joko Widodo clashed with police in Jakarta. (AP: Achmad Ibrahim) Related Story: Indonesia election results released a day early in dead of the night Related Story: The world's largest Muslim-majority country just re-elected its president — what does this mean for Australia? Six people…

‘We need some certainty’: ‘Fed up’ Premier ups ante over Adani approvals

Updated May 22, 2019 13:57:02 Related Story: Labor in damage control in Queensland with just one seat between Brisbane River and Cape York Related Story: 'We want to see Adani given a fair go': Mayor says mine must go ahead after election Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has asked the Coordinator-General to oversee the approvals process…

‘An idiot with a low IQ’: North Korea takes aim at Trump’s biggest rival

Posted May 22, 2019 11:51:35 Photo: Mr Biden took aim at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a campaign rally on Saturday. (Reuters: Jonathan Ernst) North Korean state media has slammed Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden for criticising leader Kim Jong-un, calling him "bereft of elementary quality as a human being". Key points: Mr Biden…

It’s about to become much much easier to get a home loan

Posted May 22, 2019 11:00:58 Australia's lowest ever Reserve Bank cash rate — 1.5 per cent — is about to be consigned to history. On Tuesday, Governor Philip Lowe made it clear he plans to cut it in two weeks' time. The money market cash rate (from which all other rates derive) will then fall…

These Belgian monks are brewing beer again — and it’s not for the faint-hearted

Updated May 22, 2019 10:15:07 Related Story: Cancer Council sounds alarm on low-carb beer 'myth' Related Story: Why Australia's best craft beers are being corporatised It's been a long time between drinks for monks at Grimbergen Abbey — more than 200 years, actually, if we're getting into specifics. Key points: It's the first time the…

Meteor suspected as ‘fireball’ filmed in Australian night sky

Updated May 22, 2019 09:20:22 A "fireball" believed to have been a meteor has lit up the skies in at least two states overnight, with sightings of the phenomenon coming in from across South Australia and Victoria. Key points: Hundreds of people have reported seeing the suspected meteor overnight It has been described as a…

‘Going to battle for a gay rat’: Backlash over decision to pull Arthur same-sex...

Updated May 22, 2019 08:11:47 Alabama Public Television has pulled an episode of the PBS children's show Arthur, featuring a same-sex wedding between an animated rat and his aardvark partner, amid concerns it would "violate" the trust of audiences. Key points: The episode in which Arthur attends the wedding of his teacher and partner aired…
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Moore is just the latest casualty of Trump’s nomination process

In total, President Donald Trump has withdrawn 62 nominations since taking office. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images White House The administration’s long-standing vetting problems have contributed to a surge in doomed picks. By ANDREW RESTUCCIA 05/02/2019 09:46 PM EDT Updated 05/02/2019 09:57 PM EDT Thu May 02 21:57:09 EDT 2019 Hours after withdrawing as a candidate…

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