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  • Crossbench pushes for a federal Icac – politics live

    Posted 2019-07-31 01:29:44 by: Mr. Bootstate

    As the government stands firm against calls to raise Newstart, key MPs call for a federal integrity commission. All the day’s events, live 2.27am BST Thank you to the readers for pointing out that Mitch Fifield is off to the UN, not the US (although he will be based in New York). Post amended. 2.26am BST Mark Dreyfus is standing up in the House talking on the government’s ensuring integrity bill (short title: unions are terrible, probably) and using it as an opportunity to talk about Angus Taylor and the need for a federal Icac.Dreyfus’s main point is that the ‘government wants integrity for unions but not when it comes to themself’ Continue ...

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  • Democratic debates: Sanders and Warren clash with moderates over healthcare and immigration – live

    Posted 2019-07-31 01:29:02 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Warren defended the electability of progressives like herself and Sanders by arguing Democrats need someone who they can be passionate about 2.27am BST CNN host Dana Bash posed the first climate change question of the night, nearly 90 minutes into the debate.John Delaney kicked off the question by explaining why he considers the Green New Deal unrealistic, instead supporting a carbon tax. 2.23am BST So far, Sanders and Warren have been dominating tonight’s conversation, according to The Washington Post’s calculations.Sanders has spoken for 9.4 minutes and Warren for 8.4 minutes, while Ryan trails on 3.8 minutes, and Williamson has spoken for just 3.4 minutes Continue ...

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  • North Korea fire two short-range ballistic missiles, South says

    Posted 2019-07-31 01:28:30 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Projectiles were launched from same coastal area as a similar launch a week ago, according to joint chiefs of staff in SeoulNorth Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast less than a week after a similar test launch, the South Korean military’s joint chiefs of staff (JCS) said.The latest launches on Wednesday were from the Hodo peninsula on North Korea’s east coast, the same area from where last week’s were conducted, the JCS said in a statement. It said it was monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture. Continue ...

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  • Canada manhunt: suspects were let go after being stopped at checkpoint

    Posted 2019-07-31 00:55:08 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Murder suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were pulled over and searched by First Nation safety officers checking for alcoholThe manhunt for accused killers Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky in northern Canada has taken another frustrating turn, with authorities confirming the duo was stopped at a checkpoint but then let go.The pair, who are suspected of shooting dead Australian tourist Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese along with Canadian botanist Leonard Dyck, have been on the run in northern Canada for two weeks. Continue ...

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  • Hong Kong police officer threatens protesters with shotgun – video

    Posted 2019-07-31 00:47:16 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Police have clashed with protesters outside Kwai Chung police station where dozens of demonstrators are being held. Protesters gathered outside the police station after authorities announced that 44 arrested protesters would appear in court. One officer was seen brandishing a shotgun at the protesters. On the other side of Hong Kong, at least 10 people were injured after a vehicle launched fireworks at pro-democracy protesters in Tin Shui Wai. The crowd at Tin Shui Wai police station were also calling for the release of three protesters. A black Toyota reportedly shot fireworks at the crowd in the early hours of the morningFresh unrest in Hong Kong after 44 protesters charged with rioting Continue ...

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  • Body of 1930s gangster John Dillinger to be exhumed at family's request

    Posted 2019-07-30 23:52:32 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Digging up the remains could resolve conspiracy theories Dillinger isn’t buried in grave, though reason for request is unknownThe body of the notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger is expected to be exhumed in September at an Indianapolis cemetery, more than 85 years after he was killed by FBI agents.Digging up the remains could resolve conspiracy theories that the man some considered a hero during the Great Depression isn’t buried in his marked grave, said Susan Sutton, a historian with the Indiana Historical Society. Among the tales is that Dillinger’s family tricked the FBI into shooting the wrong man. Continue ...

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  • Met Office: UK's 10 hottest years on record occurred since 2002

    Posted 2019-07-30 23:25:05 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Data also shows that none of Britain’s coldest years have happened since 1963The UK’s 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2002, the Met Office has said. Its statistics stretching back to 1884 reveal a worrying trend, as the planet as a whole deals with the climate crisis.In a further indication of how the climate is heating up, the records show that none of the UK’s 10 coldest years have occurred since 1963. Continue ...

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  • Fewer than 19 vaquita porpoises left – study

    Posted 2019-07-30 23:01:31 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Calls for Mexico to crackdown on use of illegal fishing nets after further decline of speciesThere are fewer than 19 vaquita porpoises thought to be left, according to a study.In 2016, estimates of the vaquita population stood at just 30, but research published in Royal Society Open Science suggests the figure has fallen further. Continue ...

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  • Fresh unrest in Hong Kong after 44 protesters charged with rioting

    Posted 2019-07-30 22:59:44 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Demonstrators angered by the charges chanted slogans and threw eggs at police station Protesters have clashed with police again in Hong Kong after reports that some of their fellow demonstrators detained by police would be charged with rioting.Several hundred protesters mobilised in the streets outside a police station on Tuesday after 44 people were arrested on riot charges stemming from unrest on Sunday. The move brought out at least one officer carrying a shotgun, which he pointed at protesters. Continue ...

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  • Boris Johnson: EU must scrap the backstop to avoid a no-deal Brexit

    Posted 2019-07-30 21:52:01 by: Mr. Bootstate

    After rebuff from Irish taoiseach, PM ready to blame ‘friends across the Channel’Boris Johnson has said it is up to the EU to compromise to avoid a no-deal Brexit, after his demands for the backstop to be scrapped were met with a flat refusal from the Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.In comments that showed he is preparing to blame the EU if the UK ends up leaving without a deal, Johnson said he was not aiming for a no-deal Brexit but the situation was “very much up to our friends and partners across the Channel”. Continue ...

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