Brekky Wrap: Hostages Released From North Korea, Nuclear Deal Protests And A Huge Chocolate Spill
All the news you need to know this Thursday.
Three American prisoners have been released from North Korea ahead of a highly-anticipated meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un. The three men are currently flying back to America with Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo following his visit to Pyongyang. All three are in "good health" according to Trump, who also tweeted that a time and date for this meeting with the North Korean leader has been set.
Trump's Iran Nuclear deal exit has sparked anger in the Iranian capital Tehran. Iranian MPs burned an American flag in Parliament while shouting "Death to America," while protesters on the streets also burned flags. The U.S. exit could also reignite a sanctions battle between the U.S. and Europe -- a struggle last encountered 20 years ago under the Clinton administration.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is expected to attack the government's tax cuts in his budget reply speech. Labor will support the first round of tax cuts for low-to-middle income earners, but will oppose the plan to simplify the tax system by removing the 37 percent tax bracket. The speech will be delivered on Thursday evening.
104-year-old academic David Goodall, who is just hours from ending his life through voluntary euthanasia, says he hopes his case will encourage Australians to take a more open approach to assisted dying. "I am glad to have the chance but would have preferred to have had it in Australia," Goodall told a press conference in Switzerland. His death will occur on Thursday.
Google has banned ads relating to an Irish referendum on abortion. This decision follows international controversy over data being used to create targeted advertisements on social media with the aim of influencing election results. The ban will come into affect within the next 24 hours and will remain in place until the vote on May 25.
Director Roman Polanski has threatened to sue Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after he was expelled from the organisation last month. The director was dropped from the group that runs the Oscars after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Polanski also called the #MeToo movement 'mass hysteria' in an interview prior to his expulsion.
Former Wallabies captain George Gregan has said Israel Folau should focus less on politics and more on rugby in an interview with Fox Sports. Gregan acknowledged that it can be difficult to balance freedom of speech and human rights issues, but he said expressing any view needs to be done respectfully. These comments follow Folau's second homophobic post on social media, the most recent a link to an anti-gay video.
Tons of liquid milk chocolate have spilled onto a highway in Poland covering all six lanes and disrupting traffic in all both directions. The chocolate has started to solidify, causing a huge sticky mess on the roads. Officials say large amounts of hot water will be required to clean up the mess.
Senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski confirmed that cleaning up the chocolate would be a big job.
"Even oil stains are easier and quicker to remove than smeared chocolate. It's a time-consuming task. Layers of chocolate can only be removed from the tarmac with warm pressured water." he said
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