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All the news you need to know this Friday.

An airline has come up with a way to ease travellers' gripes about sitting next to a baby or toddler on a flight. Japan Airlines has introduced a 'child' icon on its seat booking system that pops up when a passenger is travelling with a child aged under two. On its website, the carrier said the icon "lets other passengers know a child may be sitting there". But it warned child icons are not displayed if seats are booked using award tickets or outside the JAL website.

Image: JAL website

A newly-released whistleblower report says US President Donald Trump used his office to solicit Ukraine's interference in the 2020 election to advance his personal political interests, risking national security. The Democratic-led US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has released a declassified version of the report made by the whistleblower. The report triggered weeks of controversy and prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into the Republican president.

READ MORE: Whistleblower Complaint On Trump's Ukraine Phone Call Released 

Trump called the complaint another witchhunt. Image: AAP

A woman has been killed in a head-on crash in the NSW Hunter Valley region. Emergency crews were called to Maitland about 2:30am today after reports two cars had collided. Police said one driver, a woman believed to be in her 50s, died at the scene. The other driver suffered a back injury and was taken to hospital. 

A bill to ban single-use plastic bags in NSW has unexpectedly passed the state's Upper House.  The bill, which would ban retailers from supplying plastic shopping bags to customers, was carried 18 votes to 16 last night -- despite being opposed by the government.  It still needs to clear the Lower House to take effect.  

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Facebook users in Australia will soon notice their news feeds are looking a little different, with ‘like’ counts set to disappear.  From today, Facebook is rolling out a world-first trial where users will no longer see the number of likes, reactions and video views on other users’ posts.  The company said the change is based on wellbeing research and feedback from mental health professionals. 

READ MORE: Facebook Rolling Out Hiding Likes In Australia In World-First

Former French President Jacques Chirac has died at the age of 86. Chirac’s son in law told the Associated Press he died "peacefully, among his loved ones". He did not give a cause of death, though Chirac had repeated health problems since leaving office in 2007. The two-term president was known for being the first leader to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust and for leading the country's opposition to the US invasion of Iraq. 

READ MORE: Former French President Jacques Chirac Dead At 86

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Another royal wedding is on the way, with the Royal Family announcing  Princess Beatrice is engaged to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The pair got engaged earlier this month while on a weekend getaway to Italy. Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, will walk down the aisle next year. 

 In sports news, Israel Folau’s hopes of returning to rugby league to play for Tonga have been blockedDuring a phone call last night, the Rugby League International Federation board voted to suspend the Tonga National Rugby League’s membership. Deputy chairman Peter Beattie said the decision was not based on trying to block Folau's return to rugby league.

Photo: Getty.

Folau has been out of the sport since he was sacked by Rugby Australia for social media posts, in which he said that “hell” awaited homosexuals. 

READ MORE: Israel Folau's Rugby Return Blocked 

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