Brekky Wrap: Parliament Resumes And Tourist Killed By Hippo
All the news you need to know this Monday.
The government's National Energy Guarantee (NEG) and company tax cuts could be decided upon this week as MPs arrive back in Canberra following the winter break. MPs are expected the sign off on the NEG as early as Tuesday, however, the Coalition is more concerned about its company tax cuts, for which it lacks Senate support. The government is expected to put the cuts forward for a vote regardless.
Victoria Police have released an image of a man they are interested in speaking to following the hit-and-run death of a cyclist in Melbourne's inner suburbs. The 27-year-old Dutch woman was hit by a stolen Mercedes Sedan. She was treated by emergency services but died at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes fled the scene on foot and a police investigation is currently underway.
U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to claims by a former staffer that he is " a racist" by calling her a "low-life". Former Trump adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in an upcoming book that Trump used racial slurs on the set of The Apprentice, on which she was a contestant. She claims she has recently heard a tape where Trump uses the n-word among other phrases. Newman also frames Trump as self-absorbed and misogynistic in the book.
Donald Trump has also announced stricter sanctions will be imposed on Turkey after they failed to release American pastor Andrew Brunson. Brunson was jailed as part of a crackdown after a failed coup on Turkey and he spent 20 months in jail. He was then moved to home detention, however Trump demanded he be freed completely or tougher sanctions would be put in place. Many NATO allies fear the worsening relationship between Turkey and America could contribute to a weaker global economy.
A Chinese tourist has died after being bitten by a hippo in Kenya. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was at a wildlife resort north-west of the capital Nairobi trying to photograph the animal just before it attacked. Witnesses say he came to close to the animal, which led to its attack. Six people have been killed in the same area by hippo attacks this year.
Swans defender Alex Johnson has suffered a suspected torn ACL after a long awaited return to the sport. He injured his 'good' right knee and will likely need to undergo his sixth knee reconstruction. He has had five reconstructions and a total of 12 operations on his left knee and just last week returned to the sport after 2136 days of recovery. Team mates and fans were devastated to learn of his injury, while Johnson himself was reduced to tears on the interchange bench.
British actor Idris Elba has suggestively tweeted that he might be taking on the role of James Bond in the film franchise. The tweet adds to the already mounting speculation that he will be Daniel Craig's replacement as the very first black Bond. The post reads “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” echoing the spy’s famous catchphrase.
Japan's Bon festival honours the spirits of one's ancestors, where people return to their ancestral family places and visit the graves of loved ones. Another custom during the four-day event is to craft sculptures out of cucumbers and eggplant. It is believed that the cucumber sculpture encourages dead relatives out of the realm of the dead so they can be with family during the festival and the eggplant ones give them safe passage back from where they came.
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