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EU ‘fears UK bugging Brexit talks’

The European Union has refused to deny reports that its Brexit negotiators fear they are being bugged by British spies. Officials raised security concerns after the UK obtained sensitive documents "within hours" of them being discussed, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. Sabine Weyand, the EU's deputy chief Brexit negotiator, …

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Ex-CIA boss

Former CIA Director John Brennan says he will not be silenced by Donald Trump, a day after the US president revoked the Obama-era official’s security clearance and said the move was directly tied to the ongoing Russia investigation. Trump said in a statement on Wednesday that he revoked Brennan's authorisation …

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Director Weir testifies in Ricketson trial

Australian director Peter Weir has told a Cambodian court that fellow filmmaker and alleged spy James Ricketson "could be annoying" but is the victim of an "unfortunate misunderstanding". "He's an artist, don't misunderstand him," Weir told a bench of three judges on Thursday. "We're strange people but we're pretty harmless." …

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Tributes flow for Aretha Franklin

REACTION TO THE DEATH OF SOUL ICON ARETHA FRANKLIN: – "What a life. What a legacy! So much love, respect and gratitude. R.I.P." – Carole King, via Twitter. – "Her voice; her presence; her style No one did it better Truly the Queen of Soul I will miss you!" – …

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Trump lashes out after newspaper campaign

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at the press as newspapers across the nation launched a co-ordinated rebuttal to his attacks against what he calls "fake news." Trump tweeted: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is …

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Aussies are enjoying longer lives

Australians are outliving their British and American cousins. A study of how long men and women are living in 18 wealthy countries has found that life expectancy is on the rise in Australia but declining in Britain, the United States and several other nations. Australian women had a life expectancy …

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Drought support plan goes to parliament

Household support for farmers is more than social security, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has told parliament, introducing legislation to boost drought relief. Lump sum payments up to $12,000 for eligible households would be paid under the proposal, which was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier this month. Couples would …

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Refugee processing will stop boats

Bringing refugees and asylum seekers to Australia quicker will stop boat arrivals by restoring hope for people that their claims will be processed, a Greens MP has told parliament. Adam Bandt says people languishing in camps and fleeing persecution overseas take up offers from people smugglers because they can't see …

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SA govt looks at Adelaide hospital revamp

The South Australian government is exploring an operational revamp Royal Adelaide Hospital, which has been plagued by commercial and service issues since its opening less than a year ago. The government is working with RAH operator Celsus and Celsus' subcontractor, Spotless, to address the problems and "best utilise the capacity …

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Spring likely to be drier than normal

It’s likely to be a drier than average September and October for much of Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The BoM's seasonal climate outlook issued on Thursday predicts a dry and warm spring that would exacerbate existing drought conditions in NSW. The organisation's meteorologists expect it will be …

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