Brekky Wrap: Gaza Conflict, Markle's Father In Doubt And Chewbacca On The Red Carpet
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
An eight-month-old baby is among victims of a tear gas attack on the Gaza-Israel border. The child is one of 60 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in the bloodiest conflict between the two groups since 2014. The UN Security Council has held an emergency meeting to discuss the violence, where U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley defended the actions of Israel, saying they showed great restraint when fighting.
Meanwhile Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that Australia should follow the U.S. and establish an embassy in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rejected the idea, saying the Australian embassy would remain in Tel Aviv. “We’ve got no plans to move our embassy,” Turnbull said.
It's still unclear if Meghan Markle's father will attend her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday. Fresh reports say that Thomas Markle will attend the wedding, just one day after news broke that he would be unable to make the journey from Mexico to Windsor for the big day. If her father is unable to attend, Meghan's mother looks likely to walk her down the aisle, but this won't be a first for the royals. Queen Victoria walked two of her daughters down the aisle in 1885 and 1886.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton has been admitted to hospital after suffering a suspected stroke while on stage at an event in London. Morton has recently been attending events to speak about his new book 'Meghan, A Hollywood Princess.'
Two people are in a critical condition after a light plane crashed at Orange airport in the central-west of New South Wales. The two people, believed to be an instructor and a pilot, have been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after their aircraft crashed at about 7pm on Tuesday evening. The pair, both aged in their 40s, suffered critical burns to their bodies.
Facebook is struggling to manage hate speech according to new report released by the social media giant. Facebook took down 3.4 million pieces of violent content and 2.5 million pieces of hate speech, but only 38 percent of that was flagged by automation. Facebook admits the technology doesn't work "that well" and still largely relies on human moderators to detect negative content.
Football great Darren Lockyer has said he was shocked by the sudden news that Cameron Smith was retiring from representative football. Lockyer said he wasn't aware of Smith's decision until just three hours before the press conference, but commended Smith on his composure and strength when speaking to media on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Blues fans are hopeful they might have a chance at victory in this year's State Of Origin contest with the absence of the Maroon great.
Chewbacca was certainly the best dressed on the red carpet as Hollywood A-listers arrived at the Cannes Film Festival ahead of the premiere of Star Wars spin-off film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.' Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke joined their furry-friend at the event on Tuesday. The film will be released in just over one week.
Double amputee Xia Boyu has reached the summit of Mount Everest. The 69-year-old lost both his legs to frost-bite on Everest 40 years ago, however returned to the mountain to finally conquer it. He is the first Chinese climber to reach the summit with prosthetic legs, after four attempts across 43 years.
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