Brekky Wrap: Trump Denies Collusion Again And My Health Record Laws Tightened
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
Facebook has shut down 32 pages and accounts that they say were set up to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Over 9,500 posts were published from the accounts and 150 advertisements were purchased. Facebook has also revealed that sophisticated software was used to conceal the locations from where these accounts and pages were active. The social media giant has indicated that some of these accounts might have been operated by The Internet Research Agency, a group that works from inside the Kremlin. There isn't enough evidence to confirm this at this stage.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has tweeted that 'collusion is not a crime' as he continues to deny there was any connection with Moscow during his election campaign. The tweet came just hours before the trial of Paul Manafort got underway. Manafort was Trump's former campaign manager and is facing 18 criminal charges and 30 years behind bars after being charged with the crimes by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller has charged another 32 officials in his investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
Back home now and Health Minister Greg Hunt has said the government will change the law to ensure Australians' privacy is maintained with the My Health Record. Hunt said the new legislation will require police and government agencies to have a court order to access patient health records. Hunt also said people will be able to withdraw from the record after the opt-out period ends in mid-October, where all of their electronic health information will be deleted.
A Chinese warship will join Australian and U.S. vessels in military exercises off the coast of Darwin for the first time. Exercise Kakadu will run between late August and mid September and will see the three nations participate in the war games that include military drills and other exercises. This comes just months after the U.S. 'uninvited' the Chinese Army from taking part in similar war games off the coast of Hawaii.
A body found in bush land close to Sydney's M1 motorway has been formally identified as Qi Yu. Yu was allegedly murdered by her housemate in June. She was last seen at the apartment in June 8 after arguing with 19-year-old Shou Dong over cutting his lease short and money he owed her. Dong was charged with her murder a week after she disappeared.
The 'Fake Uluru' building on the NSW Pacific Highway near Newcastle has gone up in flames overnight. Fire tore through the 1/40 replica of the rock and 18 crews from the NSW Rural Fire Service were called to fight the blaze to prevent it from spreading to near-by petrol bowsers. 'The Rock Roadhouse', a famous place visited on so many east coast road trips is no more.
Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has decided to stop treatment for leukemia and will enter palliative care. This is Lyle's third battle with the disease, first being diagnosed as a 17-year-old in 1999 and then again in 2012. His cancer returned for the third time in July 2017. Lyle is a PGA Tour Pro and since turning professional in 2004, he has won twice on the second-tier Web.com Tour in the U.S. He earned his PGA tour card in 2009. Lyle will move closer to home to be with his two children and wife Briony.
Sashi Cheliah has been crowned Masterchef 2018 after a breathtaking final that saw him score a whopping 93 out of 100. It was a nail-biting finish where Sashi and runner-up Ben Borsht were neck-and-neck coming out with the same points as the end of the second round. "From the first round I had a very good lead, then going into the second round... it was a really tough pressure test," Sashi told ten daily. And that tough pressure test was a Heston Blumenthal creation that took him nine months to create. Read more about the epic finale and Sashi's victory here.
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