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Jacqui Lambie rejects Dutton's claim most veterans would want medevac laws abolished
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Exclusive: Independent senator says 99.9% are more concerned with ‘the dysfunction of Veterans Affairs’The independent senator Jacqui Lambie has rebuffed Peter Dutton’s claim that “the vast majority of veterans” would want her to abolish the medevac laws, as pressure mounts from all sides to secure her crucial swing vote.As expected, a government-heavy Senate inquiry into the legislation recommended repealing the laws, which make it easier for doctors to recommend refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru be transported to Australia for medical treatment. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
New Zealand police to start armed patrols after Christchurch massacre
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Move comes seven months after 51 people were killed at two mosques in the country’s worst peacetime shootingNew Zealand officials have said armed police will patrol parts of the country in a trial project following heightened security concerns after the mass shooting in Christchurch in March that killed 51 people.New Zealand, like the United Kingdom and Norway, is one of the few countries where police do not carry guns while on general duty. However handguns, rifles and Tasers are kept in their vehicles and can be used with a supervisor’s permission. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Mick Mulvaney suggests Trump withheld Ukraine aid in quid pro quo
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Acting White House chief of staff says politics and foreign policy are mixed ‘all the time’, before walking back remarksThe acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, suggested that there was a quid pro quo in relations with Ukraine, only to walk back that statement later in the day.Mulvaney on Thursday morning said the Trump administration’s decision to withhold millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine was part of efforts to clean up corruption in the country. He was apparently referring, at least in part, to unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about a purported Ukrainian link to Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Rick Perry: Trump energy secretary resigns amid Ukraine scandal – as it happened
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Trump confirmed Perry is resigning, and said that his replacement will be announced ‘very shortly’Sign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 1.46am BST Wrapping up another day of he-said-and-then-denied-he-said in Washington, here’s today’s updated politics news summary: 1.05am BST Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity called acting chief of staff Mulvaney “dumb” and “idiotic” after he said in a press conference that there was a political quid pro quo involved in the Trump administration’s holdup of military aid to Ukraine. “I don’t even think he knows what he’s talking about. That’s my take on it,” Hannity said on his radio show, Mediaite reported. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Trump's Turkey deal hands power to Ankara and leaves Syrian Kurds for dead
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Trump hails ceasefire and ‘safe zone’ on Turkey-Syria border as ‘great day for civilisation’ but few believe itThe deal agreed between the US and Turkey immediately achieved the priority objective of vice-president Mike Pence’s peace mission to Ankara: Donald Trump was able to claim victory on Twitter.The president had unwittingly alienated most of his own party over his acceptance of the Turkish invasion of north-eastern Syria, and was already in the midst of an impeachment battle. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
El Chapo: gun battles erupt in Mexican city amid reports of son's arrest
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In Culiacán, masked men exchange gunfire with security forces and erect burning barricades as armed trucks patrolIntense fighting has erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán, where masked gunmen threw up burning barricades and traded gunfire with security forces amid rumours that one of the sons of the jailed former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán had been arrested.Images shared on social media showed trucks with mounted heavy machine guns patrolling the city streets; another clip showed a gunman with an assault rifle shooting at an unknown target against a soundtrack of continuous gunfire. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Syrian refugee, 17, attacked on San Diego trolley by man shouting slurs, police say
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Assault comes amid spate of Islamophobic hate crimes in southern California, advocates sayA 17-year-old Syrian refugee was attacked on a trolley in San Diego by a man yelling anti-Arab slurs, according to advocates and police, who say the assault was the latest in a series of Islamophobic hate crimes in southern California.The high school student was returning home from school on Tuesday afternoon when a man approached and asked, “Where are you from? Are you Mexican?”, according to the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (Pana), a community organization assisting the victim. When the teenager said he was Arab, the man assaulted him while shouting anti-Arab and Islamophobic slurs, injuring his face and eye, the group said. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Venezuela wins UN human rights council seat despite record of abuses
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Other seat for Latin America went to Brazil, whose far-right leader has expressed contempt for the concept of human rightsActivists have responded with outrage after Venezuela won a fiercely contested vote for a seat on the UN’s human rights council on Thursday, despite its well-documented record of human rights abuses.The 193-member world body elected 14 members to the 47-member council on Thursday for three-year terms starting in January, with Venezuela claiming one of the two seats allocated to Latin America with 105 votes. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Mike Pence: US and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria – video
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US vice president Mike Pence on Thursday announced that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had agreed to a ceasefire in Syria, where Turkey had launched an offensive on Kurdish forces once allied with the US in the fight against the Islamic State group. Ankara will suspend its operation on Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria for the next five days in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdrawPence and Erdoğan agree on ceasefire plan to allow Kurdish withdrawal Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Morning mail: Syria ceasefire, land clearing green light, Catalan violence
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Friday: Mike Pence and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agree on five-day pause in hostilities. Plus, farmers claim minister gave tacit permission for clearingGood morning, this is Richard Parkin bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 18 October. Continue reading... (The Guardian)