Pyongyang calling: North and South Korean leaders get hotline as stage set for summit

Officials prepare for greeting on live TV between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, the first such event in more than a decade A hotline between the leaders of North and South Korea goes live on Friday as they prepare for next week’s historic summit on the b


Anglican priest spared jail over online chats about child sex abuse

Philip John Murphy gets suspended sentence as the crime did not involve any sexual activity with children• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon An Anglican priest in Melbourne who was caught boasting about his child sex abus


Octopuses from space, and other definitely accurate stories | The Weekly Beast

A report by the Australian’s environment editor raised eyebrows among scientists. Plus: Michelle Guthrie enjoys ABC contentThe Australian’s environment editor, Graham Lloyd, has attracted attention this week for something other than stories about the


Centrelink threatens Australians with welfare debts to pay up or pay interest

In a bid to recoup $900m in fraudulent claims, the department is also considering garnishing wages • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Almost 170,000 Australians with welfare debts racked up through false claims are being


The new aged care watchdog is like shifting the deckchairs on the Titanic | Sarah Russell

If the government would really value the safety of older people, it would rewrite the Aged Care Act from scratchSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekdayThe hyperbole used by politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists to defend hea


Scott Morrison won't apologise for resisting banking inquiry

Treasurer condemns Labor leader Bill Shorten for ‘political point scoring’ on the issueSign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Scott Morrison has declined to apologise for resisting calls for a banking royal commission, inste

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Dear Israel Folau, I’ve already been to hell | Kim Baker Wilson

I don’t need anyone to tell me I’m going to hell, I’ve already beenSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekdayI used to describe it like having my own funeral. The old Kim disappeared, he isn’t here now.It happened after


Time 100 list: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern praised as 'political prodigy'

Ardern breaking boundaries ‘in a world that too often tells women to stay small, keep quiet’, says Sheryl Sandberg on list of most influential peopleNew Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been named by Time magazine as one of the top 100


Recycling row: China's ban stokes trade fears amid concerns councils will follow Ipswich's lead

Calls for state governments to invest in long-term recycling and sustainable waste solutions• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The body representing Australian councils is urging the federal government to take seriously


Banking royal commission: all you need to know – so far

The inquiry into banks and financial services firms has revealed malpractice that in some cases has ruined livesThe banking royal commission was established in late December, after years of public pressure from whistleblowers, consumer groups, the Greens,


AMP's chief executive to stand down immediately amid banking commission scandal

Craig Meller will leave the company, which has issued an unreserved apology for misconduct and failuresThe chief executive of AMP will step down immediately following shocking revelations from this week’s banking royal commission that the company had re


Australian warships 'challenged' by Chinese navy in South China Sea

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia asserts ‘right to freedom of navigation’ through oceansChina’s military issued “robust” challenges to three Australian warships as they travelled through the South China Sea to Vietnam earlier this month, the ABC


Russia spread fake news via Twitter bots after Salisbury poisoning – analysis

Propaganda from Russian-operated accounts grew by 4,000% in aftermath of attack, Whitehall saysRussia used trolls and bots to unleash disinformation on to social media in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, according to fresh Whitehall analysis. Governme


Kanye West announces release dates for two new albums

The rapper has tweeted that he’ll release two albums in June, one with Kid Cudi and the other with just seven tracksKanye West has announced two new albums both launching in June.After returning to Twitter from an 11-month absence, the Grammy award-winn


Lance Armstrong reaches $5m settlement in $100m federal fraud case

Cyclist settles for $5m in suit that could have sought $100mDeal announced Thursday as both sides prepared for May trialLance Armstrong has reached a $5m settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100m in dam


Stalemate at Leicester leaves Southampton’s hopes hanging by thread

It was the warmest day of the year but Southampton passed up the opportunity to turn up the temperature on those above them in the relegation scrap. Mark Hughes will take some encouragement from the fact that he has picked up his first point as Southampto


Victor Moses gives Chelsea win against Burnley plus FA Cup semi-final boost

The FA Cup may have assumed greater importance than Antonio Conte dared imagine at the start of the season but Chelsea are not giving up on Champions League qualification lightly. A top-four finish remains a remote prospect for last season’s league cham


Regulator needs stronger powers to deal with bank misconduct, Choice says

Consumer watchdog says it is clear AMP and Commonwealth Bank ‘feel no compulsion to abide by the law’The corporate regulator should be given stronger powers, and the ability to impose larger penalties, to help it intervene more quickly when it discove

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Andrew McCabe: justice department refers its findings for possible criminal prosecution

Former FBI deputy director could face charges amid DoJ’s findings he misled investigators over 2016 inquiry into Clinton FoundationThe Office of the Inspector General at the US justice department has referred its findings on Andrew McCabe, the former FB


Readers recommend: share your songs about writing

Nominate in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week – you have until Monday 23 AprilWe’re exploring writers and the writing process (in literature, rather than music) this week – for more on how to inter

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No, the world will not end on Monday, says conspiracy theorist cited in reports

David Meade describes media claims as ‘fake news’ but says the rapture will occur between May and December this yearReports that the world will end on Monday are incorrect, according to the man reported to have said the world will end on Monday.Numero

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Despite California's liberal image, half favor travel ban and more deportations

New survey finds that, while most Californians broadly support the rights of refugees and immigrants, many also back Trump’s agenda Half of Californians support the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries and 59% are in favor of increased deportations,


Westminster artist’s reputation 'sullied by London grime'

Conservators unearth truth about Daniel Maclise, whose status was sullied when his murals turned murkyAlmost 150 years after he died, ending his life exhausted and depressed at apparent failure, the Irish artist Daniel Maclise has been vindicated: it was


Shire saga smells of over​adventurous engineering

It is not obvious that Takeda or Allergan can make the takeover numbers workRoll up, roll up, who wants to buy Shire? The FTSE 100 pharmaceutical company, itself built by acquisitions, is suddenly awash with suitors. Takeda of Japan has made three offers.

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Prince: no criminal charges to be filed over musician's overdose death

Minneapolis prosecutor says investigation into how the musician got the fentanyl that killed him is over and that overdose was accidentalNo criminal charges will be filed over the death of Prince, the superstar musician who died from an accidental fentany


Mousa Dembélé – part ballerina, part tank but the complete midfielder | Bart Vlietstra

The Tottenham player can be hard to characterise but then he has always been one to make unorthodox decisionsNever mind that his name is a mystery. A player who, at the age of 30, is improving to the point where one of his former managers describes h


Vince Cable calls for break-up of Google, Facebook and Amazon

Recent scandals have changed web giants from heroes to villains, says Lib Dem leaderVince Cable has compared Google, Amazon and Facebook to the US oil monopolies that exploited their market power more than a century ago – and called for them to be broke

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