Brekky Wrap: Fires Raging In Queensland And Trump Cancels Putin Meeting (via Twitter)
All the news you need to know this Friday.
Fire fighters have been working overnight as they try to extinguish over 100 blazes in worsening weather conditions in Queensland. One of the biggest fires started closing in on the little Fraser Coast town of Tinnanbar on Thursday evening. Residents were told it was too late to leave the area after the main road into the community was impacted by fire and instead they were instructed to try and seek shelter. An additional 100 fire fighters are expected to arrive in Queensland from New South Wales on Friday morning to reinforce emergency services who have already been sent from Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT.
Australia has become the first nation in the world to recognise orphanage trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. According to the BBC, the new effort aims to prevent Australians from taking part in so-called 'voluntourism' programs that harm children in foreign countries rather than help them. It's estimated 80 percent of all children living in orphanages around the world have at least one living parent, and many taking part in programs to 'help' underprivileged children don't realise they are fuelling an industry based on child exploitation.
US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Micheal Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 Presidential election. Cohen admitted to making false statements to the US Senate Committee investigating a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow -- a plan that was being discussed well into the 2016 campaign. Outside the White House, Trump called Cohen a "weak person" who was "lying to get a reduced sentence". Trump also claimed "everybody" knew about the possible plan to build a tower in Moscow and that there would have been nothing illegal about him following through with the plan.
Meanwhile, Trump has cancelled Saturday's scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that was to take place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina. Trump cited Russia's capture of three Ukrainian vessels off the coast of Crimea as the reason for the cancellation, saying it would be best the pair didn't meet until the issue is resolved. Leaders from 19 of the world's top economies will meet for the summit in Buenos Aires on Thursday and Friday.
Traffic cameras have caught no less than 258 participants in the Shenzhen half-marathon cheating during the race. There were 18 people found wearing fake bibs and another three impostors are facing life bans from the event, while a whopping 237 others were seen cutting corners during the race. The cheating was captured by road cameras and local photographers and those found guilty face a two-year ban from the race. "We deeply regret the violations that occurred during the event. Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself," organisers said.
Aussie actor and stage performer Hugh Jackman has announced a world tour where he will perform the songs from his hit movie The Greatest Showman. Jackman will also perform songs from Les Miserables and other Broadway shows, to music played by a live orchestra. The tour will include four dates in the UK, as well as Paris, Hamburg, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, but it seems this groovy 'world tour' doesn't travel to Australia's corner of the globe.
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