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trump and putin speak by phone for an hour about syria, north korea

washington: us president donald trump and russian president vladimir putin spoke on the phone for about an hour on tuesday. a white house official said they covered topics including syria, ukraine, iran, north korea and afghanist...




uber fined $11.7 million for hiring drivers with criminal records

san francisco: uber was hit with a $11.7 million ($us8.9m) fine by colorado's public utilities commission monday, after regulators found that dozens of drivers were operating there despite often egregious criminal histories.in a press release detailing the fine, colorado officials said that 57 uber drivers over the past year and a half were on the job despite having felony convictions, major moving violations or were driving with a suspended, revoked or cancelled driver's license. uber said it is reviewing the fine. photo: apthe fine comes as the ride-hailing company continues to be battered by lawsuits for assault against its contractor drivers and struggles to polish a brand image that has been tarnished by a sexist corporate culture...




robert mugabe resigns as zimbabwe president

harare: robert mugabe, who has ruled zimbabwe since independence in 1980, resigned as president tuesday shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him, according to the speaker of parliament.the speaker read out a letter in which mugabe said he was stepping down "with immediate effect" for "the welfare of the people of zimbabwe and the need for a peaceful transfer of power."bali's mount agung volcano eruptingvideo duration00:28previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:23jubilation as mugabe resignsjubilation as mugabe resignsthe resignation of zimbabwe's president ends four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal african strongman.bali's mount agung volcano eruptingvideo duration00:28v...




fake 'net neutrality' comments posted to regulator fcc, says ny attorney general

washington: new york state attorney general eric schneiderman on tuesday said he has been investigating for six months who posted significant numbers of fake comments filed with the federal communications commission in its review of net neutrality rules.the planned repeal landmark 2015 rules prohibit internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content in a move that promises to hand more power to companies at expense of individuals online.  new york state attorney-general eric schneiderman has been investigating the foundation. his office said the foundation could not be wound up until proceedings against it had concluded. photo: apthe fcc got more than 22 million comments during its review and several research...




china adopts a triumphant tone as us world leadership falters

beijing: an eight-page essay pumped through social media and chinese state newspapers in recent days extolled the virtues of president xi jinping.among his achievements, in the chinese language version, was that he had turned the south china sea arbitration at the hague – which found against china – into "waste paper".bali's mount agung volcano eruptingvideo duration00:28previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:01china enshrines 'xi jinping thought' in ...china enshrines 'xi jinping thought' in constitution president xi jinping's political thought has been enshrined into china's constitution in a move that ranks him alongside cpc founder mao zedong. bali's mount agung volcano eruptingvideo duration00:28video duration00:28bali's m...




us 60 minutes host charlie rose fired after sex harassment allegations

washington: cbs news and other networks said on tuesday they had fired charlie rose, one of the most prominent american interviewers, the day after the washington post reported the television host had sexually harassed eight women.pbs and bloomberg, which broadcast the "charlie rose" show, also said they were terminating their relationships with rose and cancelling distribution of his programs. charlie rose. photo: aprose was a co-host on the morning show "cbs this morning" and a correspondent for its long-running sunday night news magazine "60 minutes.""a short time ago we terminated charlie rose's employment with cbs news, effective immediately," cbs news president david rhodes said in an internal message that was shared with ...




news in 90 seconds for wednesday november 22, 2017

hello canberra. it's time to rise and shine. the weather will make it worth your while - forecasts are for a mostly sunny day with a top of 26 and zero chance of rain. that'll change later this week, when showers and a thunderstorm are predicted. here's the top headlines for you this morning. colliers head defends role in land dealpaul powderly, who appears again on wednesday, says the land agency should have done a formal valaution before buying glebe park land. photo: jamila toderascolliers' state chief executive has defended his role in the city to the lake land deals and says his agency had been unfairly criticised.paul powderly has written to the act committee investigating the affair, saying colliers had never been asked to...




stephen moore set to retire from rugby entirely after wallabies match against scotland

edinburgh: stephen moore has decided against going around again next year with the queensland reds and will play his last game of professional rugby on saturday against scotland for the wallabies. after initially signing a deal with the reds and australian rugby to play on until the 2019 rugby world cup, moore, 34, earlier this year announced he would not be sticking around for rugby's showpiece event and doing so would hand over the captaincy to michael hooper.  stephen moore will retire from professional rugby after the wallabies' game against scotland on saturday.  photo: aapnow, with one more match left on the spring tour, moore has decided enough is enough and will run out in a gold jersey for the last time at murrayfield this ...




melbourne express, wednesday, november 22, 2017

more on the violent carjacking in thomastown overnight.a man was found with multiple stab wounds on edgars road about 1.30am.he told emergency services he was the victim of a carjacking.another four men are in hospital with assault related injur...




'peak' light rail works on northbourne ave throw canberra traffic into chaos

one of canberra's busiest roads has been transformed into a construction site as light rail works along northbourne avenue reach their "peak".this month, rolling closures along the main thoroughfare, from alinga street to the barton highway, have brought much of the city to a crawl. and traffic delays are set to get even worse over the weekend. the view of light rail works up northbourne avenue from city hill. photo: rohan thomsonbetween friday and monday, four key intersections will close for 54 hours and, on one occasion, up to 66 hours to allow for the installation of the rail track's concrete slab.intersections affected include barry drive/cooyong street and mouat street/antill street. road closures along northbourne avenue du...




elon musk's tesla is burning through $10,500 a minute as model 3 problems linger

elon musk said last week that tesla is designing a new sports car that could go from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. not bad, but here's a speed number that investors might want to focus on instead:over the past 12 months, the electric-car maker has been burning money at a clip of about $us8,000 a minute ($us10,500), bloomberg data show. at this pace, the company is on track to exhaust its current cash pile on monday, august 6. asx winners and losers - a snapshotvideo duration00:43previous slidenext slidevideo duration04:50believe in the future: elon muskbelieve in the future: elon muskspacex founder elon musk announces his aspirations for a colony on mars, and the potental for people to travel around the world in under an hour. asx winners...




two men hospitalised with stab wounds after suspected thomastown carjacking

two men are in hospital with multiple stab wounds after a suspected early morning carjacking in melbourne's north.paramedics were called to an address on the corner of barry and edgars roads in thomastown at 1.30am and treated two men in their late teens for stab wounds to the upper body. police at the scene of a suspected car jacking in thomastown on november 22. photo: channel ninepolice believe at least five men were involved in the incident. t...




bali's mount agung volcano erupting

 bali's mount agung volcano has begun erupting less than a month after its alert status was downgraded following a decrease in seismic activity.indonesia's national disaster management agency called on the public to remain calm after the volcano began emitting a dark grey plume about 700 metres above the peak just after 5pm local time. a grey plume began coming out from mt agung in the afternoon. photo: suppliedthe alert level remains at three after it was downgraded from the maximum level of four on october 29.bali's international airport was operating normally on tuesday night. the alert level remains at three after being downgraded from the maximum level of four on october 29. photo: suppliedboth jetstar airways ...




deadly truck bomb in crowded iraq market

iraq: at least 20 people were killed and 40 wounded when a suicide bomber set off a truck bomb near a crowded marketplace in the northern iraqi town of tuz khurmatu, police and medical sources told reuters on tuesday.an interior ministry spokesman confirmed that a "violent explosion" took place near a vegetable market in tuz khurmatu, south of kirkuk, but did not immediately provide casualty figures. iraqi security forces and civilians inspect the site of a deadly bomb attack earlier this year. photo: karim kadimmost of the casualtie...




vatican, china swap art in bid to mend strained ties

vatican city: the vatican and china will exchange paintings, vases and sculptures in a bid to mend often strained ties through "the diplomacy of art", officials said on tuesday .forty works from the vatican will go on show in beijing's forbidden city and 40 from china in the vatican museums in unprecedented simultaneous exhibitions in march, art chiefs from both countries told a news conference. forty chinese artworks will go on show at the vatican. "it will be an event that overcomes borders and time and that unites different cultures and civilizations," zhu jiancheng, the head of the government-backed china culture investment fund, said."it will strengthen the friendship between china and the vatican and it will favour the normali...




america is facing a reckoning that rewrites the rules of politics and culture

a reckoning is happening in america, one that is breathtaking to watch because of the speed at which it is rewriting the rules of american politics and culture.in media, entertainment, politics and academia, prominent men are facing real consequences for sexual misconduct. actor kevin spacey and comedian louis c.k. have had forthcoming projects cancelled. producer harvey weinstein was fired from the company that carries his name. senator al franken faces calls for his resignation, while republican senate hopeful roy moore is slipping in the polls, making it possible that deep-red alabama could send a democrat to the senate.nick cave defends israel concertsvideo duration01:55previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:30lena dunham regrets def...




ikea recalls dressers after death of eighth child

new york: ikea in the us has relaunched a recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the death of an eighth child.the latest victim was a two-year-old california boy who was crushed by a malm dresser after being put down for a nap in his bedroom in may. ikea in north america has announced a recall of drawers after another child death. on tuesday, chief executive lars petersson said ikea wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.the latest death has raised questions about whether ikea has effectively spread the word about the recall, which was first announced in june 2016.the swedish retailer and the federal safety regulators ...




rba governor rules out rate rises as he blames employers for low wage growth

reserve bank governor philip lowe has pointed the finger at employers for australia's extraordinarily low growth in wages, saying they are not paying more despite the tightening jobs market.partly as a result, he said, the bank was unlikely to increase interest rates in the "near term".asx winners and losers - a snapshotvideo duration00:43previous slidenext slidevideo duration02:21why wage growth remains weak: nabwhy wage growth remains weak: nabnab chief markets economist ivan colhoun looks at the possible reasons for slow wage growth around the globe.asx winners and losers - a snapshotvideo duration00:43video duration00:43asx winners and losers - a snapshotasx winners and losers - a snapshotthe stand out listings traded on the asx captur...




premature babies at risk after superbug infiltrates monash children's hospital

a potentially fatal superbug has infiltrated the newly opened monash children's hospital, spreading to eight babies receiving special care at the facility.routine testing at the end of last week discovered the presence of vancomycin resistant enterococcus (vre), a bowel bacteria often resistant to antibiotics.alleged police corruption in silk-miller murder trialvideo duration05:03previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:28antibiotic resistant superbug concernsantibiotic resistant superbug concernswe need to rethink how we use antibiotics in our food, the environment and our health to avoid contracting superbugs, says professor ben howden from the doherty institute.alleged police corruption in silk-miller murder trialvideo duration05:03video...




robert mugabe resigns as zimbabwe president

harare: robert mugabe, who has ruled zimbabwe since independence in 1980, resigned as president on tuesday shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him, according to the speaker of parliament.the speaker of parliament read out a letter in which mugabe said he was stepping down "with immediate effect" for "the welfare of the people of zimbabwe and the need for a peaceful transfer of power."pope francis told not to use term 'rohingya'video duration03:05previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:41impeachment looms for mugabeimpeachment looms for mugabea monday deadline imposed on zimbabwe president robert mugabe to resign by his own ruling party passes with no word from the embattled leader.pope francis told not to us...