Brekky Wrap: Trump's Backflip And Brexit Leave Campaign Fined
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
U.S President Donald Trump has arrived back in America after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, defending what he calls a 'great meeting.' In a massive backflip, he also said that he had “full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies” just a day after he told the media that he had no reason to believe American intelligence agencies about their information on Russia.
Trump received waves of backlash after he went against his own intelligence officers and declared that Russia did not interfere in U.S. elections. Both his critics and members within his own party condemned the move, calling it 'treasonous' and one Trump supporter even called it “the most serious mistake of his presidency”.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan reiterated that Russia is not an ally of the U.S. "There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world," he said. "The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy."
Meanwhile, former president Barack Obama has given a speech in South Africa on what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. In his passionate address, he spoke about the importance of democracy and warned Trump about "strongman politics" following his meeting with Putin in Helsinki. Obama also honoured Mandela in his speech, saying that he believes in his vision for equality and justice and freedom.
Brexit Campaign group Vote Leave has been fined $108, 745 for breaching spending rules during the 2016 referendum. The UK electoral commission said that Vote Leave worked with a smaller campaign group called BeLeave who spent over $1 million on social media strategies under a common campaigning umbrella with Vote Leave. While the group resisted investigation, the commission found enough evidence of the breach to fine Vote Leave.
Karen Ristevski's husband Borce broke down in court on Tuesday as his daughter gave evidence about the life their family had together. Borce is facing a committal hearing in Melbourne, charged with the murder of his wife whose body was found in a nature reserve in February 2017. Sarah Ristevski told the court that she grew up in a house hold without many arguments and that the family was "very close". She also said that her mother would often go for walks alone to clear her head or be alone.
A woman has been charged with attempted murder after a violent home invasion in Sydney's west on Tuesday morning. The 28-year-old allegedly forced her way into a property at Bringelly with a 32-year-old man when a fight broke out. One of the men inside the property sustained stab wounds on his chest and stomach, while a 38-year-old woman also at the house was stabbed in the neck and hand. The male invader was shot by the man who resides at the property. The two invaders then fled the scene by car but were later found when their car crashed into a tree on a road near by. The woman was arrested and charged. She will face Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday.
Scientists have discovered 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the planet's known number of moons to a whopping 79. 11 of the 12 new moons are considered normal but the 12th has been described as a "real oddball" by the Carnegie Institution for Science because of the way it orbits. The little oddball is just a kilometre in diameter and is probably Jupiter's smallest known moon.
NRL star Luke Lewis has announced his retirement from the NRL. He said on Tuesday that his last season will be in 2018 and that now is the right time for him to take his leave from the game. The now 34-year-old played in the Panther's 2003 premiership-winning side and also managed to win a premiership with the Sharks in 2015. He played 12 seasons, 208 games and took home the Clive Churchill medal for best player on the ground in 2014.
A new trailer has been released for Bohemian Rhapsody, the latest film documenting Queen's rise to fame. The film pays tribute to Freddie Mercury and how he defied stereotypes to become one of the most adored entertainers on the planet. From the looks of it, the film includes lots of classic tunes as an ode to the group's distinctive sound -- so there's a lot to tap your toes to.
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