Brekky Wrap: Trump-Kim Meeting, One Year Since Manchester Attacks And A Star-Gazing World Record Attempt
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
President Donald Trump says the planned summit with Kim Jong-un may not take place next month. Just three weeks out from the scheduled date of June 12, Trump said the meeting would be great for North Korea and for the world. “If it does not happen, maybe it will happen later,” Trump said as he welcomed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Washington. Trump believes that Kim is willing to give up nuclear weapons and the White House is hopeful the historic summit will go ahead.
A memorial service has been held to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing one year after the event. Prince William and UK Prime Minister Theresa May attended the service at Manchester Cathedral, where the 22 lives that were lost and all the lives that were changed during the attack were remembered. Ariana Grande tweeted her support to everyone in Manchester, calling the anniversary a "challenging day."
Western Australian MP Andrew Hastie has accused Chinese businessman Chau Chak Wing of bribery. Hastie has said Wing bribed UN officials to help push its involvement in a multi-million dollar real estate development in Macau. Hastie is the chairman parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security and he used his parliamentary privilege to make the accusations against Wing.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made their first appearance as a married couple after their wedding on Saturday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they are now known, attended a garden party to honour the charity work of Prince Charles ahead of his 70th birthday in November. The newlyweds delayed their honeymoon so they could attend the garden party, where they were two of nearly 6000 guests.
Rapper R. Kelly is being sued for sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose an STD. Faith Rodgers claims she met Kelly in March 2017 when she was just 19-years-old. A few months later, Kelly flew Rodgers to New York City for a concert, where he allegedly entered her hotel room and initiated unwanted sexual contact. This comes just weeks after Kelly's music was removed from featured playlists on streaming services Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora in light of his alleged misconduct.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has apologised to the European Parliament for not being prepared to manage Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. He said Facebook Executive members “haven’t done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm”. He also said the social media platform is taking steps to ensure a repeat of the data breach that saw the information of 87,000 users be comprised doesn't occur.
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has reportedly been offered an NRL deal to switch from the Storm to the Brisbane Broncos. The report published by Fox Sports revealed that Brisbane are in negotiations with Bellamy and if they are successful coaching great Wayne Bennett could be out of a job. Bellamy's contract with the Storm is up at the end of the season, however, he has not commented publicly on the potential move.
Ranya Alkadamani writes for ten daily on Syria being a test for humanity that we are ultimately failing. She draws parallels between Australians and Syrians -- two groups of highly educated and middle class people with a value for family and school. How would Australians feel to pack up an leave their country, when where they want to be is home without the bombs and violence? Alkasamani asks when we said never again to the Holocaust, Srebenica and to Rwanda did we actually mean it? Read more here.
There are hopes 30,000 people across Australia will partake in a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people stargazing at the same time. The Australian National University is collaborating with ABC-TV where it hopes everyone will be able to observe an object in space through a telescope during the same 10 minute time period. The record attempt will take place on Wednesday.
A Labrador named Fred has just become one busy father. The canine who lives at Mountfitchet Castle in the UK has 'adopted' nine ducklings after their mother went missing. Staff at the castle noticed the little ducklings waddling around unsupervised, but Fred immediately took to them and has been babysitting them ever since.
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