Brekky Wrap: Turnbull's Resignation's, Nazi Prison Guard Deported, Ex-Trump Lawyer Reaches Plea Deal
All the news you need to know this Wednesday morning.
Malcolm Turnbull is facing the threat of a second leadership challenge following a swathe of late-night resignation offers from his Dutton-aligned ministers.
The PM on Tuesday appealed to his party to unify after he narrowly saw off a leadership challenge from Peter Dutton. He then faced a flood of resignations from those who voted against him, including, of course, the home affairs minister, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor.
Cabinet ministers Steve Ciobo, Michael Keenan and Greg Hunt released statements offering support for the PM after it was reported they had also voted for Dutton in the spill, but Turnbull reportedly asked them to stay on.
So far, the PM has accepted the offers from Dutton and International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Meanwhile, a handful of National MPs, including Darren Chester, are hinting a move to the crossbench if Dutton becomes Liberal leader.
The Department of Agriculture has cancelled the license of Australia’s largest live sheep exporter Emanuel Exports. It comes after footage showed 2,500 sheep either dead or dying from heat exhaustion aboard a livestock carrier in the Middle East last year.
The department said the company had failed to meet clear requirements to quote “Protect Australia’s high standard of animal welfare”.
In the US, President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges including tax evasion, campaign finance violations and bank fraud, multiple US media outlets have reported.
Cohen reportedly reached a plea deal with prosecutors on Tuesday, shortly before he was due to appear in court. The deal could see him forced to reveal private information about Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election.
A former Nazi concentration camp guard has arrived in Germany after being arrested and deported by US immigration officials, 25 years after investigations first began.
The White House said Jakiw Palij, 95, served as a guard at the Trawniki Labor Camp where about 6000 Jewish men, women and children were shot dead on November 3, 1943.
A judge stripped the former concentration camp guard of his US citizenship in 2003 but he continued living in New York when Germany said there was not enough evidence to charge him with war crimes. It’s believed he in the last Nazi collaborator living in the US.
Microsoft has unveiled new Russian hacking efforts that targeted US political groups ahead of midterm elections. The world’s biggest software company late on Monday said that last week it took control of six web domains that hackers had created mimic sites belonging to the Senate and conservative US think tanks.
It is the company's latest effort to thwart what it says are hacking attempts by a group that is linked to the Russian government. But government officials have rejected Microsoft's allegations, saying there was no evidence to support them.
Back in Australia, laws to decriminalise abortion are set to be introduced in the Queensland Parliament. Queensland is one of two Australian state that still outlaws abortion, with moves to introduce the changes last term derailed by Independent MP Rob Pyne. The government then set its own legislation to the Queensland Law Reform Commission, which returned several recommendations in July.
Under the new laws, women would be able to ask to terminate pregnancies up to 22 weeks and “safe zones” of 150 metres would be in place around clinics to stop woman and staff from facing harassment.
New South Wales police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash near Newcastle on Tuesday afternoon that left one driver dead. Four cars collided causing a Ute to catch on fire, the driver of the ute suffered critical burns and died that the scene. The three other drivers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
In sports news, A-league champions Melbourne Victory have faced a shock FFA Cup defeat by APIA Leichardt. Skipper Carl Valeri admitted his team were clearly out-enthused by the NSW NPL, who won 3-2 in Tuesday night's round of 16 clash in Sydney. It will go down as one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's short history.
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