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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends failure to ban Alex Jones

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends failure to ban Alex Jones

Jack Dorsey refuses to follow Apple, Facebook and YouTube in banning Jones, saying he will be guided by principles rather than pressureTwitter founder Jack Dorsey has defended his company’s decision
Najib Razak charged with money laundering over 1MDB scandal

Najib Razak charged with money laundering over 1MDB scandal

Former Malaysian PM faces multiple counts in what has been called the country’s biggest ever corruption caseMalaysia’s anti-corruption agency has charged the former prime minister Najib Razak with
Naplan test scores for more than a million school students may be delayed

Naplan test scores for more than a million school students may be delayed

State and territory education officials have raised concerns about marking discrepancies between online and written testsStandardised Naplan test scores for more than a million Australian school
NSW declared 100% in drought as farmers fear relief package ‘too late’

NSW declared 100% in drought as farmers fear relief package ‘too late’

A total of 77% of the state is either in drought or drought affected, while 23% is experiencing intense droughtThe entire state of NSW is now impacted by drought, official figures show.A
Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman in new TV series

Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman in new TV series

The CW network casts gender-fluid Australian actor to be first openly gay lead of a live-action superhero showRuby Rose will play the first openly gay superhero in a TV series with her latest role as
Indonesian shaman kept girl captive in cave for 15 years, say police

Indonesian shaman kept girl captive in cave for 15 years, say police

Elderly man claimed he was possessed by spirit of young boy in order to sexually abuse 12-year-old, police allegeAn elderly village witch doctor in Indonesia entrapped a girl from the age of 12 and
'Dear Ivanka': celebrities flood Trump's Instagram over family separations

'Dear Ivanka': celebrities flood Trump's Instagram over family separations

Alexa Chung, Amy Schumer and others are using the social media platform to refocus attention on child separationCelebrities including Amy Schumer and Alexa Chung have launched a coordinated campaign
Commonwealth Bank and AMP profits plunge amid regulatory crackdown

Commonwealth Bank and AMP profits plunge amid regulatory crackdown

Australia’s biggest bank and the wealth manager report drops after year rocked by scandals and banking royal commissionThe regulatory crackdown on Australia’s financial industry has hurt profits at
Tokyo medical school admits changing results to exclude women

Tokyo medical school admits changing results to exclude women

University manipulated test scores for more than a decade to ensure more men became doctorsOne of Japan’s most prestigious medical schools has admitted deliberately altering entrance exam scores for
Watchdog backs ‘healthy’ McDonald’s Happy Meal ad on children’s TV

Watchdog backs ‘healthy’ McDonald’s Happy Meal ad on children’s TV

ASA rejects complaint against fast-food firm but bans ads for KFC and Kellogg’s Coco PopsThe UK advertising watchdog has ruled that McDonald’s Happy Meals can be advertised during children’s TV shows
Centrelink call centre staff boosted to cope with 1m calls a day

Centrelink call centre staff boosted to cope with 1m calls a day

Minister says 1,500 workers to be added under new contracts with private-sector providersThe federal government has hired 1,500 extra contractors to help Centrelink’s call centre reduce waiting times
Man charged with murder of drill rapper Sidique Kamara

Man charged with murder of drill rapper Sidique Kamara

Kenneth Umezie accused of killing musician in Camberwell, London, earlier this monthA man has been charged with murder over the death of a London-based musician last week, police have said.Kenneth
Morning mail: Cycling deaths surge 80% amid road safety failures

Morning mail: Cycling deaths surge 80% amid road safety failures

Wednesday: All states miss targets on cutting fatalities. Plus: as California burns, can we stop climate change?Good morning, this is Richard Parkin bringing you the main stories and must-reads on
Brazil re-opens border to Venezuelan migrants hours after judge closed it

Brazil re-opens border to Venezuelan migrants hours after judge closed it

Three courts issued contradictory rulings within 48 hours as authorities struggle to deal with humanitarian emergency Brazil has re-opened its border to Venezuelans fleeing economic and political
Tesla shares soar after Elon Musk floats plan to take company private

Tesla shares soar after Elon Musk floats plan to take company private

Musk tweets plan as it emerges Saudi Arabia has built up $2.9bn stake in tech giantElon Musk has launched a campaign to take Tesla private on a day that included several provocative tweets, a
A tweet, then a trade freeze: latest row shows Saudi Arabia is asserting new rules

A tweet, then a trade freeze: latest row shows Saudi Arabia is asserting new rules

Riyadh’s actions against Canada are a signal that any criticism of its domestic policies is unacceptableSaudi Arabia’s latest diplomatic spat began with a tweet and very quickly escalated to include
West Hollywood votes to remove Trump's Walk of Fame star – but there's a snag

West Hollywood votes to remove Trump's Walk of Fame star – but there's a snag

City’s divisive decision is largely symbolic and provides a talking point for conservatives angry at the leftThe feisty, impeccably liberal city of West Hollywood struck a resounding, if symbolic,
Family of Mexican teen shot dead by US border patrol agent can sue, court rules

Family of Mexican teen shot dead by US border patrol agent can sue, court rules

Judges wrote although bullets struck teenager in Mexico, there’s ‘compelling interest’ in regulating the conduct of agents on US soilA federal appeals court has ruled that the family of a Mexican
Zika: one in seven babies with mothers exposed to virus developed health issues

Zika: one in seven babies with mothers exposed to virus developed health issues

New study is first to examine health of children beyond birth after mothers were exposed to mosquito-borne diseaseAs many as one in seven infants whose mothers were exposed to the Zika virus during
Leaked Labour papers reveal scale of challenge to tackle antisemitism

Leaked Labour papers reveal scale of challenge to tackle antisemitism

National executive committee only considered a minority of cases before disputes panel because of time constraintsLeaked Labour disciplinary papers have laid bare the scale of the challenge the