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Tampon tax to go as treasurers finally agree to GST exemption

Tampon tax to go as treasurers finally agree to GST exemption

Move comes after two-decade push to take the tax off feminine hygiene products Tampons and pads will no longer attract the 10% consumption tax, Australia’s treasurers unanimously agreeing to remove
Huge Facebook breach leaves thousands of other apps vulnerable

Huge Facebook breach leaves thousands of other apps vulnerable

The breach affecting 50m accounts took advantage of ‘tokens’, a system used by third-party platforms such as SpotifyRemember the Facebook hack last week that ? It’s worse than you think.Last Friday,
The new normal? How climate change is making droughts worse

The new normal? How climate change is making droughts worse

In the first part of a new series, we take you through the current conditions, and then put them in context with other severe droughts in Australia’s history Continue reading...
French interior minister resigns in defiance of Emmanuel Macron

French interior minister resigns in defiance of Emmanuel Macron

President initially refused to accept resignation of Gerard Collomb, who is quitting to recontest Lyon mayoraltyPresident Emmanuel Macron of France has been forced to accept the resignation of his
WA Indigenous community tries to rid water supply of unsafe level of uranium

WA Indigenous community tries to rid water supply of unsafe level of uranium

Western Australian government refused to install water treatment plant due to size of Buttah WindeeAn Aboriginal community in Western Australia is trying to raise money to fix its water supply, which
Donald Trump: 'It's a very scary time for young men in America' – video

Donald Trump: 'It's a very scary time for young men in America' – video

The US president tells reporters that it's a 'scary time for young men in America' because 'you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of'. Donald Trump's assertion comes as his
Indonesia tsunami: drone footage shows trail of destruction in Palu – video

Indonesia tsunami: drone footage shows trail of destruction in Palu – video

Ariel footage shows the extent of the damage in Palu city, Indonesia following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami which occurred on Friday. The Red Cross says 60% of buildings have been destroyed
Mike Pompeo to visit North Korea for further talks with Kim Jong-un

Mike Pompeo to visit North Korea for further talks with Kim Jong-un

State department says denuclearization visit ‘shows forward progress and momentum’ as Pompeo returns to PyongyangMike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, will travel to Pyongyang on Saturday to try to
Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation: police reopen investigation into 2009 claim

Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation: police reopen investigation into 2009 claim

Kathryn Mayorga claims she was assaulted by footballerJuventus star’s lawyers say allegations are untrueLas Vegas police have confirmed they have reopened an investigation stemming from a 2009
Trump helped parents hide money on tax returns – New York Times

Trump helped parents hide money on tax returns – New York Times

Times investigation cited a ‘vast trove’ of confidential tax return and financial recordsDonald Trump engaged in tax schemes that included cases of fraud in which he and his siblings helped their
Quebec election: CAQ victory proves separatism is no longer a major issue

Quebec election: CAQ victory proves separatism is no longer a major issue

Coalition Avenir Québec, founded in 2011, took 74 of 125 seats on the promise to keep the province in CanadaAn upstart conservative party that has never previously held power has swept to victory in
Italian deputy PM threatens to sue EU boss over budget criticism

Italian deputy PM threatens to sue EU boss over budget criticism

Matteo Salvini claims Jean-Claude Juncker’s comments drove up Rome’s cost of borrowingThe Italian deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has threatened to sue Jean-Claude Juncker for damages, accusing
States want Coalition to safeguard new GST floor

States want Coalition to safeguard new GST floor

Victoria and Queensland want federal legislation to ensure no state is worse offTreasurers in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria are calling on the Coalition to legislate to ensure no state is
Suspected ricin poison packages found at Pentagon

Suspected ricin poison packages found at Pentagon

FBI investigating after packages found at delivery facilityNon-toxic powder found at Ted Cruz campaign HQ in TexasA Pentagon spokesman said authorities had found at least two packages suspected of
US begins denying visas for same-sex domestic partners of diplomats

US begins denying visas for same-sex domestic partners of diplomats

Memo to UN headquarters staff said under the new policy, which took effect Monday, couples must be married to qualify for visasThe United States will no longer give same-sex domestic partners of
Man 'killed by falling window pane' near London building

Man 'killed by falling window pane' near London building

Man appears to have been struck by pane from luxury flats on Albert EmbankmentPolice are investigating the death of a man believed to have been killed by a window pane that fell from a new apartment
Democrats renew questions over Brett Kavanaugh's honesty and temperament

Democrats renew questions over Brett Kavanaugh's honesty and temperament

Chuck Schumer: testimony ‘flies in the face of being truthful’Republicans retort by praising ‘stunningly qualified nominee’Senate Democrats raised new questions on Tuesday about Brett Kavanaugh’s
Ali Campbell on UB40, Brett Kavanaugh and an ugly bar brawl

Ali Campbell on UB40, Brett Kavanaugh and an ugly bar brawl

The singer woke up to find himself embroiled in a global political scandal. He tells his side of the storyI first found out that my name was being dragged into the biggest news story of the year when
Even Amazon must heed the basic laws of politics and economics | Larry Elliott

Even Amazon must heed the basic laws of politics and economics | Larry Elliott

Tech giant’s minimum wage hike has more to do with looming labour shortages than any philanthropy from Jeff BezosAmazon is a trillion-dollar company run by the world’s richest man. It has come from
Trump reportedly picks handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa

Trump reportedly picks handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa

Lana Marks, whose products retail for $10,000 to $400,000, was born in South Africa but has not lived there for more than 40 yearsA luxury handbag designer in Palm Beach, Florida, has reportedly been