Brekky Wrap: Burt Reynolds Dies, Fallout From Anti-Trump Op-Ed, Row Over Au Pair Claims
All the news you need to know this Friday morning.
Legendary Hollywood star Burt Reynolds has died, aged 82.
A spokesman said the actor died in Jupiter, Florida, after suffering a heart attack. Reynolds was known for starring in films such as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit in the 1970s and '80s.
Former Australian Border Force boss Roman Quaedvlieg has fired back against claims he fabricated evidence about Peter Dutton's role in the au pairs controversy.
A bitter row is ensuing between the two men, with the home affairs minister rejecting Quaedvlieg's letter to a Senate committee that alleged Dutton's chief of staff had called him asking for help in June 2015.
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Three teenagers have suffered extensive burns after falling onto live wires on a railway line on the Gold Coast on Thursday night.
Two of the boys remain in hospital in a serious conditions with burns to up to 60 percent of their bodies. Queensland Rail is investigating the incident.
Overseas, top aides to US President Donald Trump have scrambled to deny being behind an anonymous article that described a "quiet resistance" within his own administration.
Trump was livid over the "gutless" op-ed from a "senior official" that was published by The New York Times, later suggesting it was treasonous in a tweet. Senior officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have also disavowed the piece, criticising the author and The Times for publishing it.
Police say four people are dead, including a gunman, following a shooting at a bank in downtown Cincinatti.
The shooter began firing inside a loading dock at the Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding others before being shot and killed by police.
The international community has denounced Russia's role in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury.
Britain, France, Germany, Canada and the United States have pledged to work to disrupt “the hostile activities of foreign intelligence networks” and called on Russia to disclose its nerve agent program after Britain charged two Russians in absentia with attempted murder over the attack.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied claims, despite British U.N. Ambassador Karen Ambassador telling the U.N. Security Council there was "clear evidence" of Russian state involvement.
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