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Secret papers sold in Aust security breach

Canberra Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says someone "had a shocker" when they let filing cabinets containing secret and highly sensitive documents end up at a Canberra second-hand shop. The Department of Prime Minister and cabinet launched an urgent investigation yesterday after the ABC revealed it had obtained thousands of cabinet papers covering five governments over a decade. The treasure trove of...

Glee actor Mark Salling found dead aged 35

Los Angeles Mark Salling has died of an apparent suicide, reports TMZ. The Glee actor's body was found in the Los Angeles River near Sunland where he had a home. He was 35 at the time of his death. Salling was awaiting sentencing after entering a guilty plea to possession of child pornography. The former Glee star had pleaded guilty to possession of...

Beetle Bailey cartoonist Mort Walker, dies at 94

Los Angeles Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War Two veteran who tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private Beetle Bailey, has died. He was 94. Walker died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Walker began publishing cartoons at age 11 and was involved with more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including Hi...

Elephants spotted waiting for ride

Eufaula (Oklahoma) Deer, cattle and horse sightings are common in Oklahoma, but not elephants. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says four circus elephants were spotted briefly on a roadside yesterday after the truck carrying them to Iowa broke down. Trooper Dwight Durant said overnight that the floor of the trailer carrying the pachyderms had started to give way and was dragging on the...

Turkey, US at odds over Kurds

Ankara Turkey urged the United States early today to halt its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria, some of Ankara's strongest comments yet about a potential clash with its Nato ally. The comments, from the spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan's government, underscore the growing bilateral tensions, six days after Turkey launched its...

Trump has worst first-year approval ratings

Washington Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected United States president in his first term. That is according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39% approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher...

Train driver in deadly derailment misread signal

Washington The Amtrak engineer aboard a passenger train that derailed last month in Washington state has told the National Transportation Safety Board he misread a signal and tried to brake before the crash that killed three people, the agency said overnight. All 12 cars and one of two engines jumped the tracks at a curve on December 18, sending some cars...

North Korea calls for unity with South

Seoul A delegation of North Korean officials and ice hockey players crossed the heavily guarded border into South Korea today for joint Olympics training, as Pyongyang called for all Koreans to seek unification of the two nations. The group included 12 North Korean players who will form a combined women's ice hockey team with their southern counterparts at next month's Winter...

World ‘running out of computing capacity’

Davos (Switzerland) The head of tech giant Microsoft has warned that the world is rapidly "running out of computing capacity". Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Satya Nadella said that superfast quantum computers were needed to solve some of the most difficult problems, according to the BBC. However, Nadella cautioned this would not likely be achieved without an increase in...

Sir Elton John to retire with Farewell Yellow Brick Road

New York Sir Elton John has announced he is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world. The 70-year-old singer, pianist and composer said overnight that he wanted to spend time with his family, adding that his and husband David Furnish's two sons, Elijah and Zachary, had changed their lives. His...
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