Brekky Wrap: Trump Cancels North Korea Talk, Morgan Freeman Harassment Allegations And Vivid Kicks Off
All the news you need to know this Friday.
U.S President Donald Trump has canceled his meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un. In a letter, Trump cited "tremendous anger and open hostility" in the most recent statements from the North as reason for his decision. The summit, which was to take place in Singapore on June 12, would have been the first time a sitting U.S. president met with a North Korean leader.
Just hours before, North Korea said it destroyed its only nuclear test site. A select group of foreign journalists from Britain, China, Russia, South Korea and the U.S. were invited to witness engineers destroy and close tunnels that lead to the Punggye-ri site, where all nuclear tests have been conducted. No independent nuclear monitors were invited to verify that the site had been properly dismantled.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has apologised following allegations by eight women of sexual harassment. In a report by CNN, the eight women claim Freeman sexually harassed them or made inappropriate remarks towards them. In wake of the allegations, Freeman has apologised for making anyone feel "uncomfortable or disrespected -- that was never my intent."
Four bush fires are burning out of control across Western Australia's Great Southern Region. An emergency warning is in place for Redmond, Marbelup, McKail, Elleker and Torbay near the town of Albany on WA's southern coast. Authorities say people in these areas need to act immediately to survive. Strong winds from a cold front are sparking fires up to 1.5 kilometres ahead of the fire front.
More details can be found on the Emergency WA website.
The missile that downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 belonged to a Russian brigade, international investigators say. During a press conference in the Netherlands on Thursday, international representatives, including some from the Australian Federal Police, announced they had "convincing evidence" that the missile came from 53rd anti-aircraft brigade from Kursk. 298 people, including 38 Australians were killed when the flight crashed over the Ukraine in 2014.
A Sydney grandmother has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug smuggling. Maria Elvira Pinto was originally acquitted of the charges, which were overturned in Malaysia on Thursday. Pinto was told by the court that she had the right to further appeal the death sentence.
A date for the 'Super Saturday' by-elections has been set for July 28, the same weekend as the Labor national conference. People in the electorates of Perth, Fremantle, Mayo, Longman and Braddon will be without a federal representative for nearly 80 days, as the elections have been delayed to avoid the school holiday period. Speaker of the House of Representative Tony Smith told the house July 28 was the earliest possible date for the five by-elections.
New data privacy laws will apply in the European Union from Friday. The laws aim to give social media users better control of their data by providing consumers with the right to know when their data has been hacked. Organisations will be required to notify appropriate national bodies of a data breach as soon as possible, so EU citizens can act to stop their information from being further misused. Organisations will also be required to tell customers how they are using their data in a clear and understandable manor.
In light of the new EU laws, Facebook says it's taking new steps to ensure users have a choice about what information they are sharing online. Facebook's latest efforts to reduce data abuse and take responsibility for the recent data breaches include monitoring the spreading of fake news and using artificial intelligence to identify click bait.
Tim left Masterchef on Thursday evening, after an ill-fated Bombe Alaska blew his chances of cooking glory. "Before the pressure test, Nigella sent us off saying 'sweet dreams' and I was like... oh dear," Tim told ten daily. Since Masterchef Tim has been working on a pop-up in his local area and he hopes one day he will own something more permanent. Catch up on last night's Masterchef episode here.
The Vivid light festival kicks off on Friday as the event enters its tenth year. There are nine locations across Sydney that spectators can catch some of the light including Barangaroo, Circular Quay, Chatswood, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, Luna Park, The Rocks, Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden. 2.33 million people are expected to attend this year's festival which runs from May 25 to June 16.
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