Brekky Wrap: CNN Sues Trump And Morrison Tries To Secure Indonesia Free Trade
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is set to meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo as tensions grow between the two after the government said it would consider moving the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Morrison will attend the ASEAN Summit in Singapore where he hopes to sign a free trade deal with Indonesia on the sidelines of the meeting, but cannot confirm if this will occur. Indonesia has said the Israel Embassy disagreement is at the core for their delay in signing the deal.
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham is facing calls to resign from within his own party over allegations of sexual harassment. NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong used parliamentary privilege to call for her colleague to resign over the alleged allegations. Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale has also called for Buckingham not to contest his seat at the next election but Buckingham is digging in. Buckingham's office has said he will not be standing aside anytime soon.
Labor will move to have the opt-out period for My Health Record extended in the Senate on Wednesday. Labor will seek crossbench support to extend the opt-out period for a further 12 months, while federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has refused the calls to lengthen the period. About 17 million Australians will have a My Health Record automatically created for them if they don't opt out by Thursday.
The death toll for the deadliest fires in California's history has risen to 42. More than 71,000 homes and other structures have been lost, with the town of Paradise being largely incinerated. More than 288 people were listed as officially missing but emergency services have received calls to check on the safety of over 1,500 people. The fires continue to blaze on both sides of the state and authorities are expecting the number of fatalities to climb.
People have gathered at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris to remember the 130 victims of the Paris terror attacks. Multicoloured balloons were released into the sky to mark the third anniversary of the attacks that saw Islamic State groups take part in coordinated killings across the city, shooting people at bars, restaurants, a football match and the Eagles Of Death Metal concert.
Theresa May has called an emergency cabinet meeting to sign off on a draft Brexit deal with Brussels. The MPs received the text of the withdrawal agreement with the European Union -- the first step in a process of many that will seal the UK's withdrawal from the bloc of nations. Ministers were summoned to 10 Downing Street and were briefed individually on the terms in the document.
CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration after the White House removed the media pass of chief correspondent Jim Acosta. Acosta's pass was revoked after a heated exchange with the president, where Acosta quizzed him on his immigration stance. CNN says the removal of the pass is a violation of free speech.
Meanwhile, Trump has taken to Twitter to mock French President Emmanuel Macron, where he said the French started to learn German during the Second World War before the US saved them from total occupation. In his Tweet, Trump repeated his former claim that France has called for the creation of a European army to protect them against the US. He also commented on France's trade with the US, calling their import and export practices unfair.
The Matildas have defeated Chile 5-0 in women's international football. The team tasted revenge after losing to Chile 3-2 in their last meeting. Caitlin Foord was a major contributor to the win, setting up Sam Kerr's goal and then scoring three of her own. Now the Matildas must hope their ranking stays put ahead of the 2009 World Cup draw.
Michelle Obama has revealed the reason why she put her arm around the Queen's shoulder back in 2009. While it was largely described as a breach of royal protocol at the time, Obama said in her memoir Becoming, that she and the Queen had just agreed that wearing heels all day had left them with sore feet. When Obama put her arm around the Queen, she responded by putting her arm around the then First Lady's waist, in what was considered an extraordinary moment by many.
The European Court of Justice has ruled the taste of food is " too subjective and variable" to be copyrighted. The court was asked to decide this in the case of a cream cheese and herb dip, Heksenkaas, produced by Levola because Levola believed another company, Witte Wievenkaas, had infringed its copyright by creating a similar tasting product. The Court ruled that taste is based on individual sensation and so cannot be copyrighted.
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