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Labor denounces big tobacco's push to overturn Australia's vaping ban

Labor denounces big tobacco's push to overturn Australia's vaping ban

Plibersek says still no evidence to support e-cigarettes and ‘big tobacco only cares about creating new markets and increasing their profits’Federal Labor has slammed big tobacco’s push to overturn
Australia jointly responsible for Nauru's draconian media policy, documents reveal

Australia jointly responsible for Nauru's draconian media policy, documents reveal

Exclusive: Revelation comes despite repeated denials Australia has any say about journalists’ visas The Australian government is jointly responsible for Nauru’s media access policy for the immigration
Mitch McConnell moves Senate closer to vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Mitch McConnell moves Senate closer to vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Final vote could come Saturday as majority leader takes next step, while lawmakers await results of FBI investigationAs Capitol Hill braced on Wednesday for the results of an FBI investigation into
Sulawesi tsunami: Indonesia battles fake news as hoaxers spread panic

Sulawesi tsunami: Indonesia battles fake news as hoaxers spread panic

Authorities crackdown on reports alleging another huge earthquake and dam collapse were about to strikeIndonesian authorities are struggling to counter fake news reports causing panic among residents
UK accuses Kremlin of ordering series of 'reckless' cyber-attacks

UK accuses Kremlin of ordering series of 'reckless' cyber-attacks

Foreign Office increases pressure on Russia after Skripal poisoningThe British government has directly accused Russian military intelligence of being behind a spate of “reckless and indiscriminate
Labor says Australia can remain energy 'superpower' – but only if climate wars end

Labor says Australia can remain energy 'superpower' – but only if climate wars end

Pat Conroy says Australia can replace thermal coal exports with renewable energy and also develop hydrogen economyAustralia is in a position to replace thermal coal exports with the export of
South Carolina shooting: one officer killed and six injured in Florence county

South Carolina shooting: one officer killed and six injured in Florence county

Suspect in custody after two-hour standoff that saw children held hostage in a South Carolina home Seven law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, in a confrontation Wednesday with a suspect
UK Brexit bill could rise as EU reveals record spending promises

UK Brexit bill could rise as EU reveals record spending promises

Brussels committed to €267bn in 2017, almost twice the size of the union’s annual budgetThe EU’s spending promises and pension costs rose by tens of billions of euros last year, an official report
Donald Trump was 'stating facts' about Christine Blasey Ford, says Sarah Sanders – video

Donald Trump was 'stating facts' about Christine Blasey Ford, says Sarah Sanders – video

Sarah Sanders defends Donald Trump’s mocking of Christine Blasey Ford at a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night. The president ridiculed Ford’s testimony against Trump’s Supreme Court
Facebook faces $1.6bn fine and formal investigation over massive data breach

Facebook faces $1.6bn fine and formal investigation over massive data breach

Irish data regulator could penalize the social network after hack of nearly 50m accountsThe Irish Data Protection Commission has opened a formal investigation into a , which could result in a fine of
Morning mail: Reef catchment bulldozed, crash warning, Trump's 'appalling' mockery

Morning mail: Reef catchment bulldozed, crash warning, Trump's 'appalling' mockery

Thursday: Deforestation continues in Great Barrier Reef catchment. Plus: Republicans condemn US president for mocking Christine Blasey FordGood morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main
Dutch Christmas character Black Pete to shed blackface for TV

Dutch Christmas character Black Pete to shed blackface for TV

Santa’s helper, also known as Zwarte Piet, will only have soot marks, says broadcaster NTRThe Dutch public broadcaster has announced that it will change the appearance of the traditional Christmas
Teacher accused of having sex with pupil admitted flirting with him

Teacher accused of having sex with pupil admitted flirting with him

Eleanor Wilson allegedly had sex with boy, 16, then told him she was pregnant, court heardA teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old pupil in a plane toilet admitted to police she had flirted
More regular work wanted by almost half those on zero-hours

More regular work wanted by almost half those on zero-hours

‘Flexible hours’ was draw for only 28% taking gig economy contracts, finds labour studyAlmost half of people on zero-hours contracts want more regular work and greater levels of job security,
Nasa casts doubt on Russian theory ISS air leak was sabotage

Nasa casts doubt on Russian theory ISS air leak was sabotage

Nasa said ruling out defects doesn’t mean ‘hole was created intentionally’ after Russian agency said it was investigating the possibilityNasa has expressed doubts over a Russian theory that a tiny
Fethullah Gülen: gun fired at intruder at Pennsylvania compound

Fethullah Gülen: gun fired at intruder at Pennsylvania compound

Police responded to incident at the compound of cleric accused by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of instigating a failed 2016 coupPolice have been called to the Pennsylvania compound of Fethullah
Italy aims to cut budget deficit after EU criticises spending plans

Italy aims to cut budget deficit after EU criticises spending plans

Populist coalition had alarmed markets by planning deficit of 2.4% of GDPItaly’s populist government will cut its budget deficit targets from 2020, after investors sold off Italian assets and European
'This drought is different': it's drier and hotter – and getting worse

'This drought is different': it's drier and hotter – and getting worse

On the land and in the towns they’re affected to varying degrees; some find it harder to cope. But they all agree something has changed Read part one of The New Normal here If you don’t fully
Wentworth byelection: could Tim Murray deliver Labor's sweetest victory?

Wentworth byelection: could Tim Murray deliver Labor's sweetest victory?

It would take a very angry electorate and a lucky confluence of preferences to win, but strange things happen in byelections“I want to talk policy,” says Labor’s candidate for Wentworth, Tim Murray,
Nauru 19: at least three members denied passports despite court throwing out case

Nauru 19: at least three members denied passports despite court throwing out case

Nauru told members their applications rejected on the grounds of ‘potential for harmful conduct’ legislationThe Nauruan government has refused passports to at least three members of the so-called