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Cabinet minister rape claim: victim’s friend says she wants alleged perpetrator ‘sacked’

Simon Birmingham rejects suggestion unnamed minister at centre of allegations should stand asideAs pressure builds on Scott Morrison to investigate allegations of a historical rape levelled against one of his cabinet ministers, a woman who had known the victim for 30 years has come out to say she “absolutely, 100% believes” her friend.New South Wales police have confirmed the alleged victim reported the incident to them in February 2020, and the allegations have also been forwarded to the Austra...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Scott Morrison, Simon Birmingham


Biden faces bipartisan pushback to the airstrikes he ordered in Syria a month into his presidency

President Joe Biden waves to journalists before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 26, 2021. Tom Brenner/Reuters Biden is facing questioning from both sides of the aisle about airstrikes conducted in Syria. Thursday's airstrikes were conducted against Iran-backed militias in response to recent attacks. Some lawmakers are questioning the legality of the strikes, though others expressed support. Visit the Business section of Insider for more ...
Tags: Politics, News, Maryland, Obama, Congress, California, Kentucky, Senate, White House, Iraq, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden


Cabinet minister accused of historical rape in letter sent to Australian prime minister

The letter, forwarded to police, includes a statement from the alleged victim who claims she was raped in 1988 when aged 16Three police agencies have been notified of a letter sent to the prime minister, Scott Morrison, making an allegation of rape against a federal cabinet minister relating to his time before entering parliament.The ABC’s Four Corners first reported the letter on Friday night. It included an attachment reportedly from a now-deceased woman alleging she was raped in 1988. The let...
Tags: Abc, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Sexual Harassment, Morrison


Cabinet minister accused of historical rape in letter sent to Australian prime minister and police

The letter includes a statement that appears to be from the alleged victim who claims she was raped in 1988 when aged 16Three police agencies have been notified of a letter sent to the prime minister, Scott Morrison, making an allegation of rape against a federal cabinet minister relating to his time before entering parliament.The ABC’s Four Corners first reported the letter on Friday night. It includes an attachment reportedly from a now deceased woman alleging she was raped in 1988. The letter...
Tags: Abc, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Sexual Harassment, Morrison


Biden orders airstrikes against infrastructure used by 'Iranian-backed militant groups' in Syria

A F18 Hornet fighter jet prepares to land on the deck of the US navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on May 8, 2018 ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images The US launched airstrikes Thursday night against "Iranian-backed militant groups" in Syria. The Defense Department said the strikes were carried out at the direction of President Joe Biden. The strikes came after rocket attacks targeting US forces in Iraq. Visit the Business section of Insider for more ...
Tags: Iraq, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Syria, Coalition, Pentagon, Biden, Tehran, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Charles Davis, Bashar Al Assad, Mediterranean Sea, US State Department


PM dodges question over Peter Dutton describing Brittany Higgins rape allegation as 'she said, he said'

Scott Morrison says alleged sexual assaults are ‘serious and traumatic events for anyone to deal with’Scott Morrison has stepped around a question about whether he agrees with Peter Dutton’s characterisation of Brittany Higgins’ rape allegation as “she said, he said” as the home affairs minister defended his decision not to alert the prime minister to the potential reopening of the police investigation.Dutton’s office earlier this week declined to answer questions from Guardian Australia and oth...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Sexual Harassment, Morrison, Afp, Guardian Australia, Dutton, Brittany Higgins


Australia politics live: Facebook to restore Australian news from Friday, says Frydenberg

AFP warns Scott Morrison about delays in reporting alleged criminal conduct. Follow live updatesMan accused of raping Brittany Higgins returned to Parliament HouseDutton says police told him about rape allegation days before story brokeFollow our global coronavirus live blog 7.16am GMT The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has indicated Facebook will restore Australian news to Australian users’ feeds on Friday.Frydenberg told 2GB Radio:I understand you will see some changes from tomorrow, that’s w...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian media, Victoria, Liberal party, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Australian economy


Australia politics live: AFP warns Scott Morrison about delays in reporting alleged criminal conduct

NSW, Victoria and Tasmania join Queensland in suspending quarantine-free travel from Auckland after the city reported three new local Covid casesMan accused of raping Brittany Higgins returned to Parliament HouseDutton says police told him about rape allegation days before story brokeFollow our global coronavirus live blog 2.22am GMT Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown has retracted a claim in a review he wrote for the Guardian, that Kevin Rudd had to be physically restrained at a 2009 cli...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Gates, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian media, Guardian, Victoria, Liberal party, Tasmania, Gordon Brown


Australia politics live: Peter Dutton defends decision not to tell PM about rape allegation

NSW, Victoria and Tasmania join Queensland in suspending quarantine-free travel from Auckland after the city reported three new local Covid casesMan accused of raping Brittany Higgins returned to Parliament HouseDutton says police told him about rape allegation days before story brokeFollow our global coronavirus live blog 10.32pm GMT And how much did Qantas get in jobkeeper? Glad you asked. From the half-year accounts: “As one of the most heavily impacted companies, the Qantas Group recogn...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian media, Qantas, Victoria, Liberal party, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Auckland


Morning mail: alleged rapist returned to parliament, 'pastel QAnon', vaccine tracker

Thursday: Man accused of raping Brittany Higgins attended private function at parliament in 2019. Plus: wellness advocates find common ground with QAnonGreetings. The federal Coalition continues to face scrutiny over its handling of rape allegations, Facebook has admitted it over-enforced its Australian news ban, Michael McGowan examines QAnon’s stealthy infiltration of the wellness industry, and the International Olympic Committee has named Brisbane the “preferred partner” to host the 2032 Olym...
Tags: Facebook, Cook, Coalition, Brisbane, Scott Morrison, Liberal, International Olympic Committee, Kelly, Parliament House, Craig Kelly, House of Representatives Continue, Michael McGowan, Brittany Higgins, Frank Zumbo


Covid committee condemns 'secretive' Morrison government for withholding key information

Report lays out ‘multiple instances’ where the Coalition used public interest immunity to block access• Doctor did not get vaccine training before giving nursing home residents excessive dose• When will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?• Australia urged to manufacture mRNA Covid vaccines onshoreThe Senate committee probing the Morrison government’s management of the pandemic has excoriated the government for deploying public interest immunity claims to “wilfully obstruct access to informa...
Tags: Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Morrison, Coronavirus


Media bargaining code passes Senate – as it happened

Eleventh-hour amendments made to bill to address Facebook’s concerns; Queensland ends quarantine-free travel with New Zealand as South Australia and NSW ease restrictions. This blog is now closed Senate passes media bargaining code legislationNSW loosens some Covid restrictionsFollow the global coronavirus live blog 8.54am GMT With that, I will leave you for the day. Here’s a recap of today’s news: 8.43am GMT NSW Health has issued a health alert for arrivals from New Zealand, after three...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, South Australia


Australia news live: media bargaining code passes Senate

Eleventh-hour amendments made to bill to address Facebook’s concerns; Queensland ends quarantine-free travel with New Zealand as South Australia and NSW ease restrictions. Follow the latest updates, liveNSW loosens some Covid restrictionsFollow the global coronavirus live blog 8.27am GMT The media bargaining code bill will now return to the lower house, where the amendments can be agreed and passed into law. For more on the amendments, and Facebook’s backflip, here’s Peter Lewis’ take from y...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, South Australia


How US special-operations forces helped the US military win its first post-Cold War victory

An Iraqi T-55 main battle tank burns after an attack by the 1st British Armored Division during Operation Desert Storm, February 1991. CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images As the threat from the Soviet Union declined in the early 1990s, a new challenge for the US arose in the Middle East. The first Gulf War was a textbook conventional war, but it featured an array special-operations missions that helped secure victory. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Soon after the fall o...
Tags: Navy, Saudi Arabia, White House, Berlin Wall, Iraq, Russia, US, Trends, Coalition, Middle East, Delta, Army, Rangers, SBS, British Embassy, Saddam Hussein


When Craig Kelly's worlds collided: the events that led to the outspoken MP's abrupt defection

After the former Liberal’s brawl with Tanya Plibersek, the PM told him to stop promoting unproven Covid therapies and also to ‘look at his office’When you pull this story apart, a lot of people have been talking to Craig Kelly over the past couple of weeks. It’s interesting, so let’s work through the list.Scott Morrison spoke to the outspoken MP after he brawled in unseemly fashion with Tanya Plibersek in the press gallery corridor on 3 February. According to Kelly, Morrison told him to stop fre...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Liberal, National party, Tanya Plibersek, Craig Kelly, Kelly Morrison


Government asks sex discrimination commissioner for help as fourth allegation made against man accused of raping Brittany Higgins

The ABC reports another woman made a formal report at a police station in Canberra on the weekendFollow the latest live blogThe federal finance minister, Simon Birmingham, says he has spoken to the sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, about an independent inquiry into parliamentary culture as a fourth complaint emerged against the former staffer who is alleged to have raped Brittany Higgins.Over the past few days, the Australian newspaper has reported two new allegations against the st...
Tags: Abc, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Crime - Australia, Canberra, Higgins, Simon Birmingham, Kate Jenkins, Rape and sexual assault, Brittany Higgins


Government asks sex discrimination commissioner for help as third allegation made against man accused of raping Brittany Higgins

A woman says attack took place in 2016 when she was a school leaver working as Coalition volunteerFollow the latest live blogThe finance minister, Simon Birmingham, says he has spoken to the sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, about an independent inquiry into parliamentary culture after a third woman alleged she was assaulted by the same staff member who is alleged to have raped Brittany Higgins.The Australian reported on Monday that a third woman has alleged she was assaulted severa...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Crime - Australia, Higgins, Simon Birmingham, Kate Jenkins, Rape and sexual assault, Linda Reynolds, Brittany Higgins


Third woman says she was sexually assaulted by man accused of raping Brittany Higgins

Attack took place in 2016 when she was a school leaver working as Coalition volunteer, woman saysFollow the latest live blogA third woman has come forward to allege she was sexually assaulted by the same political staffer accused of raping a colleague inside Parliament House.The woman says she was assaulted while working as a Coalition volunteer during the 2016 election campaign, after a night out drinking with the then-political staffer. She was barely out of school at the time. Continue readi...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Crime - Australia, Parliament House, Rape and sexual assault, Brittany Higgins


Australia news live: Covid vaccine rollout begins; more questions over rape allegations

Phase 1a of the vaccine program starts today; questions about the government’s response to Brittany Higgins’ rape allegations likely to dominate parliament. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 9.18pm GMT There’s some more good news for Victoria.Yesterday there were no new cases reported. 8,277 test results were received. Got symptoms? Get tested. #EveryTestHelps.More later: https://t.co/lIUrl0ZEco#COVID19Vic #COVID19VicData pic.twitter.com/7VAlFNuVMX 9.14pm GMT There is still a...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Coronavirus, Brittany Higgins


Scott Morrison says he is ‘sickened’ by second rape claim at Parliament House

The prime minister’s office continues to investigate a Parliament House rape claim as reports surface of a second allegation involving the same manThe prime minister, Scott Morrison, says he was left “sickened” by news of a second allegation of rape at Parliament House, as his office continues to investigate.Morrison said he was “very upset” at reports a second woman was sexually assaulted by the same man who allegedly abused former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins at Parliament House. Continue ...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Sexual Harassment, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Parliament House, Brittany Higgins


Australia v Facebook: PM claims tech giant 'back at the table' after executive's apology

Executive Simon Milner apologised after Facebook banned access to health accounts before coronavirus vaccine rolloutFacebook is gambling Australia can’t live without it. Imagine if we prove them wrongMisinformation runs rampant as Facebook says it may take a week before it unblocks some pagesAustralia’s prime minister says Facebook is back at the negotiating table after the tech giant this week blocked news on its site in the country. However, despite Scott Morrison saying Facebook has “tentativ...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Simon Milner


Scott Morrison 'upset' after reports second woman assaulted by man who allegedly raped Brittany Higgins

Australian prime minister says there are problems with ‘workplace culture’ at Parliament HouseScott Morrison says he is “upset” after reports a second woman was sexually assaulted by the same man who allegedly raped former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins inside Parliament House.The prime minister said he was disturbed by the allegations, which were published by the Australian newspaper on Saturday. The woman argued that if the government had adequately dealt with the incident involving Higgins ...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Parliament, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Anthony Albanese, Higgins, Parliament House, Brittany Higgins, HouseScott Morrison


Warning Coalition's $6.4m cuts could mean agencies not audited for 20 years

Auditor general says fewer resources for ANAO will result in fewer audits, and a decreasing breadth and diversity of workThe auditor general has warned smaller government agencies may only be audited once every 20 years due to Coalition cuts of $6.4m from its annual budget.Grant Hehir, whose agency uncovered the $27m overspend on land at Western Sydney airport and proved partisan allocation of $100m in sports grants, gave the evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the Australian National Audit...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Western Sydney, Grant Hehir, Australian National Audit Office, ANAO, Warning Coalition


Police officers will no longer be stationed at LAUSD campuses

In a move aimed at improving campus climate, the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted Tuesday, Feb. 16, to keep officers out of secondary school campuses, ban them from using pepper spray on students and to eliminate 133 positions, including 70 sworn officer positions, from the district’s school police department. And by stripping $25 million from the Los Angeles School Police Department — or about a third of its budget — board members voted to redirect those dollars toward a $36.5 milli...
Tags: News, Education, Cdc, Police, Sport, Soccer, Coalition, Lausd, Local News, Black, Board, Ramirez, McKenna, LA County, Newsom, Leslie Ramirez


Cops will no longer be stationed at LAUSD campuses

In a move aimed at improving campus climate, the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted Tuesday, Feb. 16, to keep officers out of secondary school campuses, ban them from using pepper spray on students and to eliminate 133 positions, including 70 sworn officer positions, from the district’s school police department. And by stripping $25 million from the Los Angeles School Police Department — or about a third of its budget — board members voted to redirect those dollars toward a $36.5 milli...
Tags: News, Education, Cdc, Police, Sport, Soccer, Coalition, Lausd, Local News, Black, Board, Ramirez, McKenna, LA County, Newsom, Leslie Ramirez


Australia politics live: Facebook blocks news across the country; Victoria comes out of lockdown

Social media giant blames proposed media bargaining code for decision; some restrictions remain in place in Victoria as businesses reopen. Follow all the developments liveFacebook blocks Australian users and publishers from viewing or sharing newsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 10.28pm GMT Then there is thisState health Facebook pages have been the source of news for thousands during the pandemic. This is completely irresponsible from Facebook. They must be restored immediately. How ...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Victoria, Scott Morrison, University of Adelaide, Luke Henriques Gomes, Morrison Government, Coronavirus


LAPD chief: Probe ongoing into officers possibly linked to social media posts that mocked George Floyd’s death

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that which may have been shared among some of his department’s officers, came to light after two other officers found the image and came forward. Moore said an internal investigation into how the image — which showed Floyd next to the words, “You take my breath away” — first started circulating among department employees began Friday, after one of the officers showed the image to a supervisor. The first officer was talking to the second one th...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Police, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Coalition, Lausd, City Council, Lapd, Valentine, Floyd, Moore, South Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police, Eileen Decker


Case dropped after woman in racist Central Park run-in gets therapy

By MICHAEL R. SISAK | Associated Press NEW YORK — Amy Cooper, the white woman arrested last year for calling 911 on a Black birdwatcher in New York’s Central Park, had her criminal case thrown out Tuesday after completing a diversionary counseling program that prosecutors said was meant to educate her on the harm of her actions. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said Manhattan prosecutors were satisfied with Cooper’s participation in the program — described as an alternative, restor...
Tags: New York, News, Minneapolis, La, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Coalition, Manhattan, Associated Press, Lausd, Lapd, Social Justice, Central Park, Cooper, Robert Barnes


Tasmania's vow to reform political donation laws shines spotlight on federal inaction

Federal government will soon have weakest donation laws in Australia as Tasmania expected to require donations of at least $5,000 to be disclosedThe federal government will soon be left with the weakest donation laws in the country after Tasmania finally pledged partial reforms to its much-criticised system.Tasmanian Liberal premier Peter Gutwein promised changes to the state’s flawed donation system on Tuesday, three years after the system hid the contributions powerful gambling interests made ...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Tasmania, Andrew Wilkie, Tasmanian Politics, Australian Political Donations, Law (Australia, Tasmanian Liberal, Peter Gutwein


Australia news live: Scott Morrison grilled over response to Brittany Higgins; Victoria reports two local Covid cases

PM addresses former Liberal staffer’s allegation of rape; AstraZeneca vaccine approved for Australia; hotel quarantine back in the spotlight. Follow liveVictoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explainedFollow our coronavirus global live blog 5.27am GMT It’s been a busy day, so I’m only just now beginning to catch up on the Coalition party room meeting from earlier today. The allegations raised by Brittany Higgins dominated the discussion, ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Syria, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New Zealand, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Patricia, Patricia Karvelas