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the_briefing April 24, 2019

IS claims Sri Lanka attacks

Jihadist group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka terror attacks. Speaking to Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday, defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said “what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against …

the_briefing April 23, 2019

Sri Lankan terror toll rises

Sri Lankan authorities have confirmed a death toll of 290 from a series of terror attacks upon churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. More than 500 were injured in bomb blasts that hit four hotels and three churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. …

the_briefing April 18, 2019

Widodo returned as Indonesia votes

Indonesian president Joko Widodo has been re-elected for a second five-year term at the country’s general election. Widodo gained more than 55 per cent of the vote, well ahead of his rival, former national armed forces lieutenant-general Prabowo Subianto. …

the_briefing April 17, 2019

Australia taps East Timor oil

Timor-Leste advocates have criticised the Australian government for failing to ratify a maritime border treaty dividing offshore oil fields between the two nations. Last year, Australia and Timor-Leste signed a treaty demarcating rights to the Greater …

the_briefing April 16, 2019

Notre Dame cathedral burns

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has been almost completely destroyed by a devastating fire. The blaze, which began early Monday evening local time, spread across the roof to one of the building’s four rectangular towers, causing its iconic spire to collapse. …

the_briefing April 15, 2019

Labor candidate quits over Israel remarks

Former Labor MP Melissa Parke has withdrawn as the party’s candidate for the Perth seat of Curtin after comments she made criticising Israel’s occupation of Palestine. In a speech to the WA Labor for Palestine group last month, Parke recounted an …

the_briefing April 12, 2019

Assange convicted, faces extradition

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested and convicted of breaching bail at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after the Ecuadorian government withdrew its offer of asylum. British police arrested Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy on Thursday, …

the_briefing April 11, 2019

Morrison to call election

Prime minister Scott Morrison is poised to call a federal election today, setting May 18 as a likely poll date. Morrison left The Lodge in Canberra at 6.50 this morning, travelling to Government House to meet governor-general Peter Cosgrove. The move …

the_briefing April 10, 2019

Dutton donor debacle deepens

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged prime minister Scott Morrison to investigate reports that a Chinese billionaire seeking Australian citizenship paid tens of thousands of dollars for a private lunch with home affairs minister Peter Dutton. …