Brekky Wrap: Australia Supports Denuclearisation, Tyrrell Search Begins and Socceroos In Russia
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have agreed to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. While Trump said U.S. sanctions on North Korea would stay in place until denucleariation had been achieved, he said he would halt the annual U.S.-South Korean military drills which have angered Pyongyang in the past. "We will be stopping the war games," Trump told media on Monday.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the signing of the document between the U.S. and North Korea is a "step in the right direction" as Australia considers how it is able to assist denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. "We're cautiously optimistic but of course the test will be verification of the denuclearisation," Bishop said. She also said Australia is keen to be part of that process with North Korea and is expecting a separate briefing with the U.S. on the agreement with the North.
Police officers will begin a new four-week search for missing child William Tyrrell on Wednesday. Officers from Sydney arrived in Port Macquarie in NSW's North on Tuesday to begin the new search. The focus will be on the bushland around Port Macquarie, where they will revisit previous search locations and venture into new ones. The toddler went missing from his foster grandmother's backyard in Kendall, NSW in 2014. Police are now offering a $1 million reward for anyone who finds or returns William.
Chinese Billionaire Chau Chak Wing has denied he has done anything illegal after being named as an alleged conspirator in the bribery of a UN official. Chau said he had no idea he was named using an alias in the U.S. investigation into the incident until he was called by a Fairfax media journalist weeks later. Chau has taken Fairfax Media to court over an article published in 2015 that suggested he bribed former UN General Assembly president John Ashe. Chau was named as a conspirator in a bribery under parliamentary privilege by MP Andrew Hastie last month.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has defeated a rebellion in Parliament over her Brexit plans. To win Parliamentary support, she had to make a number of compromises -- one of the biggest is a promise to consult MPs about Brexit plans before they are confirmed with Brussels. This gives lawmakers more control over the terms by which Britain will leave the European Union and could potentially soften the terms of the exit deal with the EU.
Socceroo Josh Risdon has said he postponed his honeymoon after being selected as part of the World Cup side. The defender got married a few months ago and told journalists that sport is the most important thing at the moment. "My wife fully supported me. After our wedding I went to the national team to prepare for the World Cup," Risdon said. The newlyweds have plans to spend a few weeks together to celebrate their union following the tournament. The Socceroos meet France in their first match of the event on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a boat crash in World Cup host city Volgograd has killed 11 people. Two boats collided near the Russian city, according to authorities. Russian media reports that one of the ship captains was drunk, which could be part of the reason for the crash. Volgograd, along with 10 other Russian cities is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
NRL boss Todd Greenberg has said he will not be running for Cricket Australia's top job following the resignation of CEO James Sutherland. Despite his history playing Cricket, Greenberg said he feel he's got more to do to improve the NRL game. Greenberg announced a new crackdown on late tackles as means of protecting kickers on Tuesday. The new rules give referees the power to sin bin players who conduct late hits on kickers.
And actor Alec Baldwin has said he would "one-thousand percent" win the 2020 Presidential election over Donald Trump. "If I ran, I would win," Baldwin said. "I would absolutely win," Baldwin told Howard Stern on Monday. He also said his campaign would be the craziest and most exciting ever. Baldwin has become known for this impersonations of Trump on Saturday Night Live.
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