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17 January 2018 10:12 PM Russia probe: Bannon avoids grand jury after deal with Mueller

Washington: Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has done a deal with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller that will see him avoid appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. But the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mueller offered Bannon the option of being interviewed by his investigators 5 1

17 January 2018 7:44 PM Alexa gets Aussie accent as Amazon launches smart speakers down under

Amazon's talkative Alexa smart assistant is officially on her way to Australia as the online retail giant opens preorders for its Echo smart speakers, in preparation for an "early February" local launch. Rival to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, Amazon's smart assistant has been localised for Australia. Along with sounding like an Aussie, Alexa will also recognise 10 1

15 January 2018 5:51 AM Palestine's Abbas condemns Trump peace move as 'slap of the century'

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a US role in such a panel. The Palestinians are seething at US President Donald Trump's recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and Abbas told a meeting of senior 12

13 January 2018 4:40 AM Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff says Donald Trump book is 'all factual'

Author Michael Wolff has hit back at claims his book about US President Donald Trump's first year in office stretches the truth, saying it gave the clearest picture of the President's administration. In an interview with ABC Radio, Wolff said his book was "all factual" and people should read it themselves to make up their own minds about it. Not afraid 9

12 January 2018 8:30 PM North Korea praises controversial book, says it 'foretells end of Trump'

Seoul: North Korea has praised American author Michael Wolff's controversial book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, taking pleasure from it's jaw-dropping account of chaos and dysfunction under President Donald Trump. The North's main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, says the book's sales reflect what it calls "rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments 12

12 January 2018 2:59 AM Markets Live: Miners pull ASX higher

The mighty force of consumerism has taken hold in China. In 2018, retail sales in China are expected to equal or surpass sales in the United States for the first time, another definitive marker in China's rise to economic superpower status. The growth of China's domestic retail market is luring everyone from automakers to make up companies that want to cash in on the country's 17

10 January 2018 8:00 AM South Korea says sanctions stay, despite Olympic detente with North

Beijing: South Korean President Moon Jae-in says there will be no easing of sanctions against North Korea, despite preparations now under way for North Korea's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics. South Korea on Wednesday sent its nuclear envoy to Washington to brief the United States on the high-level dialogue held with North Korea a day earlier 11 1

10 January 2018 2:03 AM Female players benefit from new rugby union CBA

Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for Test matches for the first time under a new collective bargaining agreement. In another boost for the women's game, professional sevens players' base pay has been raised to a similar level to their male XV-a-side colleagues. The deal may allay some concerns about the treatment of female players by Rugby 14

8 January 2018 3:44 PM Appeal dismissed for ex-union official sacked for credit card misconduct

Former union organiser Nick Belan’s appeal of a Fair Work decision upholding his dismissal from the National Union of Workers NSW was rejected on Friday. Mr Belan was sacked from the NUW in May 2016 for alleged serious misconduct relating to misuse of a union credit card. The move came after he admitted at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance 16

7 January 2018 9:44 PM Republicans defend Donald Trump's mental stability as Stephen Bannon issues apology

Washington: Republicans and Trump allies rushed to defend US President Donald Trump's mental stability on Sunday, as former White House aide Stephen Bannon issued an apology for his role in the furore that's followed the release of a controversial new book. Bannon provided a statement to the political website Axios expressing "regret" for comments attributed 18