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danish world cup players fly team mate home to see newborn daughter

denmark's players clubbed together so defender jonas knudsen could fly home on a private jet to see his newborn daughter shortly after the win over peru in their first match at the world cup.read moreknudsen’s wife trine gave birth to a girl several weeks earlier than expected after he had already arrived in russia.in a gesture of team unity, the players decided to pay for the jet to fly knudsen home shortly after the 1-0 victory against peru in group c on saturday.“i think you...




canada sets date for legalisation of marijuana

canada will legalise the consumption and cultivation of cannabis from october 17, prime minister justin trudeau has announced.both houses of parliament voted this week to legalise the drug for recreational use, making canada the first g7 country to do so and the second in the world following uruguay.health minister ginette petitpas taylor said she was "so proud" of the move.read more"this historic legislation will end prohibition and replace it with a sensible, responsible and equitable cannabis policy," she tweeted.just prior to the announcement, the country's leading cannabis producers reported a surge in stocks - with market leader canopy grown jumping 1.7 per cent to can$43.27 - following the senate vote to legalize the soft drug.in ...




asylum seekers enter finland from russia using world cup ids

five people have entered finland illegally with the help of football world cup fan identity papers and then applied for asylum, the finnish border guard said on wednesday.the asylum seekers, of nigerian, moroccan and chinese nationality, arrived from world cup host russia, which has provided match ticket holders with visa-free entry, a senior border guard official told reuters.read more"we had been prepared for this as we (knew) that one can enter russia without a visa," said marko saareks, head of risk and analysis at finland's border guard."but it was a surprise that it started right at the beginning of the tournament," he said, adding that to his knowledge, similar cases had occurred in the baltic states and in poland.finland is in th...




donald trump will meet queen on uk visit

us president donald trump will meet queen elizabeth during a visit to britain next month, the us ambassador in london has announced.trump is due in mid-july after months of back-and-forth over when he would visit the country that has traditionally been the united states' closest ally, raising questions over the state of their relationship.asked if trump would meet the queen during what has been described as a working visit, us ambassador woody johnson told sky news: "yes. he has to see the british head of state," adding that other details of the trip had not been finalised."the donald" is finally set to meet the queen. us president donald trump is scheduled to sit down with the british monarch during an upcoming trip.ap a spokeswoman for ...




australian mother, daughter killed in sri lanka car crash

an australian woman and her young daughter have been killed, and another two were injured, in a car crash in sri lanka.read morelocal media reported a 37-year-old australian woman and her four-year-old daughter died when their van crashed into a truck parked on the side of the road near nagoda, about two hours south of the capital, colomboa department of foreign affairs and trade spokesperson confirmed two australians had died while two other australians who had ...




world cup: uruguay, portugal and spain victorious on day seven

three action-packed games featured on day seven with south american nation uruguay progressing to the round of 16, alongside russia who lead group a.spain and portugal, who played out a 3-3 draw in an instant classic last week, each notched up their first wins of the tournament. it comes as the socceroos prepare to take on denmark in their second group match on thursday.uruguay 1 - 0 saudi arabia luis suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending uruguay into the last 16 of the world cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate saudi arabia with a 1-0 win.suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper mohammed al-owais failed to grab the ball on a corner. the goal put uruguay second in group a ...




new zealand pm jacinda ardern enters hospital to give birth

a nation is holding its breath. new zealand's prime minister has arrived at the hospital to have her first child.jacinda ardern's office on thursday morning confirmed she had turned the reigns over to her deputy after arriving at auckland hospital.read morethe 37-year-old and her partner, television presenter clarke gayford, have not yet revealed the sex of the baby, which was due on sunday.while determined to keep working until the day, ms ardern has for weeks now been the target of an avalanche of personal questions, parenting advice and intense media attention.she's expected to briefly speak to reporters after the birth.although she will become the first elected world leader to take maternity leave - and only the second to have a chi...




full income tax cuts set to pass with pauline hanson’s crucial votes

the turnbull government’s income tax cuts look set to pass the senate today after one nation leader pauline hanson pledged her two crucial votes.the centre alliance group may offer the final votes needed for the bill to pass, while still pledging to help a future government undo some of the long-term parts of the plan. with labor and the greens opposed to key elements of the tax bill, the coalition needs to secure eight votes on the senate crossbench to pass its cuts in their original form.the package includes immediate tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners this year, kicking in on july 1, as well as future rounds of cuts in 2022 and 2024 that mostly benefit higher earners. all up, the cuts will cost the treasury $144 billion over...




trump signs order to end his administration's family separations

president donald trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the us border wednesday, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow republicans, democrats and the international community.the spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since may 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives. pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among republicans in trump's own party, as well as international accusation that the us was committing human rights violations."what we have done today is we are keeping families to...




haley accuses humanitarian groups of thwarting un reform: reports

us ambassador nikki haley on wednesday accused human rights groups of thwarting a us push for changes to the un human rights council and contributing to washington's decision to quit the body.in a letter sent to non-governmental organisations, haley complained that they had played a "deconstructive" role by refusing to support us efforts to take israel off the council's agenda.read morehaley on tuesday announced that the united states was quitting the rights council, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against israel."you should know that your efforts to block negotiations and thwart reform were a contributing factor in the us decision to withdraw from the council," said haley in the letter se...




world cup: uruguay, portugal and spain victorious on day seven

three action-packed games featured on day seven with south american nation uruguay progressing to the round of 16, alongside russia who lead group a.spain and portugal, who played out a 3-3 draw in an instant classic last week, each notched up their first wins of the tournament. it comes as the socceroos prepare to take on denmark in their second group match on thursday.uruguay 1 - 0 saudi arabia luis suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending uruguay into the last 16 of the world cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate saudi arabia with a 1-0 win.suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper mohammed al-owais failed to grab the ball on a corner. the goal put uruguay second in group a ...




trump signs executive order to end immigrant family separations

us president donald trump on wednesday signed an executive order aimed at putting an end to the controversial separation of migrant families at the border, reversing a harsh practice that had earned international scorn."it's about keeping families together," trump said at the signing ceremony. "i did not like the sight of families being separated."read morethe announcement came after his administration was besieged from all sides over the policy, launched in early may, to arrest anyone crossing the border illegally.that crackdown sent the adults for prosecution as criminals - and removed their children from their care, sending them to tent camps and other facilities where they were unable to contact their loved ones.as images and ...




2018 world cup: ronaldo goal earns portugal 1-0 victory over morocco

cristiano ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give portugal a 1-0 world cup victory over morocco that took them top of group b on wednesday and meant the unlucky north african side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament.ronaldo's fourth goal of russia 2018, following his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with spain, took the european champions to four points. iran have three points and spain one ahead of their meeting later on wednesday.morocco, who had a real go at the luzhniki stadium but failed to convert their chances, are pointless having also lost 1-0 to iran and cannot progress to the second round.read more portugal struggled to impose themselves and ended up defending for long spells, leaving coach fernando sant...




world cup celebrations did not cause mexico earthquake: experts

experts have challenged the news that mexican football fans caused an artificial earthquake in celebrating their country's 1-0 fifa world cup win against germany.social media was abuzz with claims that jubilant celebrations when the country scored its one goal caused a spike in seismic activity. the claims seemed to have originated from a tweet by seismic monitoring network simmsa which said an artificial earthquake could have been generated at that time by "massive jumps".but mexico's national seismological service (ssn) issued a statement on wednesday saying this was hi...




australians don't eat enough vegetables, report finds

nearly all australians aren't eating enough vegetables, according to the latest snapshot of the country's health. the australia's health 2018 report found more than 99 per cent of children and 96 per cent of adults don’t eat the recommended intake of five serves of vegetables a day. read moremedical journalist michael mosley said poor eating habits start at an early age. "a lot of people don't get introduced to them as children and, therefore, never like them. also we are stuffing our faces with lots of (carbohydrate) junk, so never get hungry," mr mosley said. health minister greg hunt launched the report, compiled by the australian institute  in canberra on wednesday.  "our aspiration is to be the number one health system in...




pope criticises trump policy on migrant family separation

pope francis has criticised the trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world's immigration problems.speaking to reuters, the pope said he supported recent statements by us catholic bishops who called the separation of children from their parents "contrary to our catholic values" and "immoral"."it's not easy, but populism is not the solution," francis said.president donald trump stands with pope francis in 2017.aapthe policy has caused an outcry in the us and has been condemned abroad as videos emerged of youngsters held in concrete-floored enclosures and an audio of wailing children went viral.us catholic bishops have joined other religious leade...




vietnamese community remembers journey of boat people

members of the vietnamese australian community have gathered at a candlelit vigil in western sydney, to remember the plight of boat people who fled after the fall of saigon in 1975.more than 200 people lit candles outside a monument to vietnamese boat people in bankstown.speeches remembered the "courage and perseverance" of the more than 55,000 vietnamese refugees who came to australia over 40 years ago, fleeing communism.some speakers at the event raised the issue of current refugees seeking asylum, asking others to pray for those "stuck in detention centres" like those on nauru and manus island.read moreevent organiser and president of the vietnamese community in australia nsw paul nguyen told sbs news the annual event is looked forw...




more than 190 missing after indonesia ferry sinking

indonesian officials say 192 people are missing from a ferry sinking early this week at a popular lake on sumatra, a much higher number than previously believed, as distraught and angry relatives pleaded for a bigger search effort.the ferry sank on monday afternoon after it encountered bad weather and two-metre waves.a mother cries as she reunites with her son, who survived the boat's sinking on monday at lake toba, north sumatra, indonesia.ap the boat, overcrowded with passengers and motorbikes, didn't have a manifest and disaster officials have several times raised the number of people it was carrying as family members who rushed to lake toba in northern sumatra provided information.on wednesday, the local military command released a lis...




2018 world cup: ronaldo goal earns portugal 1-0 victory over morocco

portugal captain cristiano ronaldo headed his team to a 1-0 victory over morocco in their world cup group b match on wednesday to put them in the driving seat for a spot in the next round and seal the north africans' early exit.ronaldo took his tournament tally to four goals when he charged into the box, timing his run to perfection in the ...




unions slam telstra for plans to cut 8,000 jobs

unions have slammed telstra's plans to slash 8,000 jobs over three years.the embattled telco said on wednesday it is targeting a further $1 billion in cost cuts by 2022, taking the total cost reduction to $2.5 billion.in a statement, australian council of trade unions (actu) secretary sally mcmanus said telstra "has betrayed the people who work for them by making them jobless and the people who rely on their services".read more"they have chosen to make 8,000 people jobless, they have destabilised an entire workforce, they have chosen to deliver poorer service to their customers – they have chosen to put profits ahead of people, jobs and service.""unless this decision is reversed, the company will end up paying the price, as their re...