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Key senator vows to probe discussions about removing Trump

The chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee has vowed to get to the bottom of allegations that discussions were held in 2017 on removing President Donald Trump from office.  Senator Lindsey Graham pledged to issue subpoenas “if that’s what it takes”. Ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe has said deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein discussed the numbers needed to invoke the 25th Amendment. Mr Rosenstein has in the past denied discussing invoking the clause. The amendment provides for the removal of a president if deemed unfit. How have these allegations arisen again? They are certainly not new. They...

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Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country’s major political parties have been hit by a hack on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”, Mr Morrison said. It was discovered following an investigation into a hacking attempt on Australia’s parliament two weeks ago. There was “no evidence of any electoral interference”, he said. The nation is due to hold an election within months. “During the course of this work, we also became aware that the networks of some political parties – Liberal, Labor and Nationals – have also been affected,” Mr Morrison...

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Detectives waiting on autopsy results after home intruder dies in Western Sydney home

Detectives are awaiting test results on the body of a home intruder who died following a struggle with a Sydney father inside his family home.  Francois Schwartz, 44, was quizzed by NSW Police and released without charge after a 35-year-old intruder he confronted in his lounge room in Harrington Park died following a struggle between the two men. He had been at home with his wife and young daughter when the family dog started barking at 7.30am on Sunday morning. He went to investigate and found a barefoot intruder in the two-storey house, according to police. “He confronted that...

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Mexico border wall: Trump faces fight in the courts

President Trump faces legal challenges to his decision to use emergency powers to build a wall on the US border with Mexico. California and New York said they would take legal action to challenge his move to bypass Congress and secure funding for the project. Building the wall was a key pledge of Mr Trump’s campaign. Democrats said it was a “gross abuse of power” and vowed to contest it “using every remedy available”. On Friday, Mr Trump signed the emergency declaration along with a spending bill aimed at preventing a repeat of a recent government shutdown. Declaring an...

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Luxury car stolen during test drive

Two men have been arrested, after taking a luxury car for a test drive in Sydney’s north-west, and not bringing it back. They arrived in a Toyota Corolla at the Glenorie home of a man selling his Mercedes-Benz this morning before one drove off in it, in what was supposed to be a test drive. However the vehicle was never returned and police ended up chasing it and the Corolla when they were seen travelling together towards Merrylands. The Toyota stopped first and it’s driver was arrested. While the police helicopter continued to track the Mercedes-Benz. When it pulled...

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