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Confrontation between diplomat and brother-in-law led to deadly 'trust game' - NEWS.com.au

A DISAGREEMENT with his brother-in-law led Australian diplomat Julian Simpson to propose a “trust game” that saw him accidentally plunge five storeys to his death in New York City early Wednesday morning.

A clearer picture has emerged of the events that led to the 30-year-old falling off the roof his apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Mr Simpson, his wife Lauren Waugh, and her brother James Waugh were partying in Manhattan with a group of about 10 on Tuesday night, celebrating the Yes vote in Australia’s same-sex marriage survey.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the party — who had been drinking heavily — went up to the roof of Mr Simpson’s building to see the Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colours in celebration of the affirmative result.

Police said the brother-in-law became angry when Mr Simpson scared Mr Waugh’s wife by spinning her around by the arms on...


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Christopher Pyne blames porn on hacker - The Sunshine Coast Daily

The offending tweet, which saw Christopher Pyne say he was “hacked”.

The offending tweet, which saw Christopher Pyne say he was “hacked”.

AN embarrassing "like" from government frontbencher Christopher Pyne's official ­social media account of an ­explicit gay porn tweet could spark an investigation into whether national security has been compromised by ­unnamed foreign powers.

The Defence Industries Minister's account liked the lewd video at 2am yesterday, prompting Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi to call for Parliament to investigate if defence secrets had been put at risk.

The snafu is the latest in a long line of social media debacles to confront politicians, with Texan Republican Ted Cruz in September blaming a similar 'liking' of a pornographic video on Twitter on one of his aides.

Senator Bernardi, no fan of Mr Pyne, said he nevertheless sympathised with him.

"I'm deeply concerned about national security implications of (the)...


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'Savage': Trump's plan to lift ban on imported elephant trophies from Africa slammed - SBS

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Animal rights groups, celebrities and scientists have all expressed anger at a move by the Trump administration to lift an importation ban of elephant trophies from Africa to the US.

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Riley Morgan

3 MINS AGO  UPDATED 1 MIN AGO

A host of public figures have slammed US President Donald Trump's administration as it prepares to lift the ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the looming reversal of Obama's policy despite elephants remaining part of the Endangered Species Act.

Animal rights group, The Elephant Project, spearheaded the condemnation of the decision.

Reprehensible behaviour by the Trump Admin. 100 elephants a day are already killed. This will lead to more poaching. https://t.co/rld67eM018

— The Elephant Project (@theelephantproj) November 16, 2017

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UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum 'assaulted' rival Colby Covington with a boomerang - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Brazilian UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum​ has been charged by police after allegedly assaulting rival fighter Colby Covington with a boomerang outside a Sydney hotel on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, two men got into an altercation about 1.30pm outside the hotel on George Street.

UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum throws a boomerang at rival Colby Covington outside a Sydney hotel. UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum throws a boomerang at rival Colby Covington outside a Sydney hotel. Photo: Youtube

In a video posted online by New Zealand UFC fighter Dan Hooker, a man who appears to be Werdum, 40, can be seen gesticulating and pointing at Covington, 29, before launching a boomerang at him from close range.

The boomerang strikes Covington in the neck, but it does not return to the thrower.

Werdum has been charged by police after the alleged assault. Werdum has been charged by police after the alleged assault. Photo: Youtube

The boomerang was in a plastic shopping bag, but flew out of the bag as it struck Covington, who caught the bag.

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Half a tonne of cocaine found on yacht caught off NSW coast - Yahoo7 News

A yacht concealing at least half a tonne of cocaine in its hull has been intercepted by authorities off the NSW coast near Newcastle, with three men behind bars.

The vessel was intercepted at the Lake Macquarie suburb of Toronto on Wednesday following a multi-agency investigation that started in August into international drug trafficking by sea, police said.

Three men have been charged over the alleged importation of drugs. Photo: 7 News

One of the men who was arrested today. Photo: NSW Police

Three men aged 47, 63 and 68, have been arrested and charged over the alleged importation.

All three men were refused bail and are due to face Newcastle court on Thursday.

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Half a tonne of cocaine found on yacht caught off NSW coast - Yahoo7 News

A yacht concealing at least half a tonne of cocaine in its hull has been intercepted by authorities off the NSW coast near Newcastle, with three men behind bars.

The vessel was intercepted at the Lake Macquarie suburb of Toronto on Wednesday following a multi-agency investigation that started in August into international drug trafficking by sea, police said.

Three men have been charged over the alleged importation of drugs. Photo: 7 News

One of the men who was arrested today. Photo: NSW Police

Three men aged 47, 63 and 68, have been arrested and charged over the alleged importation.

All three men were refused bail and are due to face Newcastle court on Thursday.

Half a tonne of cocaine has been...


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Nurse killer loses bid to cut jail term - 9news.com.au

Dudley Davey, the killer of beloved South Australian outback nurse Gayle Woodford, has lost a bid to have his 32-year jail sentence reduced.

The decision came as a great relief for Ms Woodford's husband Keith who said he had come to court today not expecting Davey's appeal to be rejected.

"I'm just numb. I was expecting the worst and got the best," he said.

Davey had argued that he wasn't given a big enough discount on his non-parole period for pleading guilty to raping and killing Ms Woodford.

However, the Court of Criminal Appeal unanimously dismissed his challenge ordering the minimum term stand.

Gayle Woodford. (Supplied)Gayle Woodford. (Supplied)Dudley Davey has lost an appeal to reduce his sentence. (9NEWS)Dudley Davey has lost an appeal to reduce his sentence. (9NEWS)

Ms Woodford's body was found in a crude grave in South Australia's north three days after she went missing from her Fregon home in March last year.

The 56-year-old had worked in the Fregon community...


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Nurse killer loses bid to cut jail term - 9news.com.au

Dudley Davey, the killer of beloved South Australian outback nurse Gayle Woodford, has lost a bid to have his 32-year jail sentence reduced.

The decision came as a great relief for Ms Woodford's husband Keith who said he had come to court today not expecting Davey's appeal to be rejected.

"I'm just numb. I was expecting the worst and got the best," he said.

Davey had argued that he wasn't given a big enough discount on his non-parole period for pleading guilty to raping and killing Ms Woodford.

However, the Court of Criminal Appeal unanimously dismissed his challenge ordering the minimum term stand.

Gayle Woodford. (Supplied)Gayle Woodford. (Supplied)Dudley Davey has lost an appeal to reduce his sentence. (9NEWS)Dudley Davey has lost an appeal to reduce his sentence. (9NEWS)

Ms Woodford's body was found in a crude grave in South Australia's north three days after she went missing from her Fregon home in March last year.

The 56-year-old had worked in the Fregon community...


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California gunman Kevin Neal Gunman 'had neighbourhood dispute' leading to his rampage which killed four people - NEWS.com.au

INVESTIGATORS have reportedly found the body of a woman under the floorboards of a home belonging to California shooter, Kevin Janson Neal. The woman is believed to be his wife.

CBS reported Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston as saying he believes she was killed on Monday and her death sparked his rampage.

“There was a hole cut in the floor ... we’re confident that he murdered her, shot her at some point on Monday, and just put her body in the hole in the floor and just covered it up,” he said.

The news means a total of six people died, including Neal, who was shot and killed by police. Nine more were injured, including seven children, Mr Johnston said.

It came as it was revealed Neal had been out on bail for stabbing a neighbour — but told his mother a day earlier that he was done feuding with his rural community, according to reports.

“Mum, it’s all over now,” Kevin...


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California gunman Kevin Neal Gunman 'had neighbourhood dispute' leading to his rampage which killed four people - NEWS.com.au

INVESTIGATORS have reportedly found the body of a woman under the floorboards of a home belonging to California shooter, Kevin Janson Neal. The woman is believed to be his wife.

CBS reported Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston as saying he believes she was killed on Monday and her death sparked his rampage.

“There was a hole cut in the floor ... we’re confident that he murdered her, shot her at some point on Monday, and just put her body in the hole in the floor and just covered it up,” he said.

The news means a total of six people died, including Neal, who was shot and killed by police. Nine more were injured, including seven children, Mr Johnston said.

It came as it was revealed Neal had been out on bail for stabbing a neighbour — but told his mother a day earlier that he was done feuding with his rural community, according to reports.

“Mum, it’s all over now,” Kevin...


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Socceroos want to show World Cup rivals they can play, says Mat Ryan after Honduras victory - ABC Online

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The Socceroos proved too good for Honduras in a 3-1 play-off win which sealed a World Cup spot.

They didn't do it the easy way but they did it the Australian way.

So says Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan after his side qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia having fought through two play-off ties against Syria and Honduras.

Nothing was certain until late in the second half at Sydney's Olympic stadium on Wednesday night, but Australia finally saw off Honduras 3-1 and will now play in their fourth consecutive World Cup.

And Ryan thinks the difficult qualifying campaign, in which the side insisted on playing attacking football despite calls for it to grind out results and ensure they made it to the big show, will reap benefits next year.

"We did it the Australian way. The long and hard way. But most importantly we did it our way, the way we wanted to, the way we prepared," Ryan...


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The Socceroos proved too good for Honduras in a 3-1 play-off win which sealed a World Cup spot.

They didn't do it the easy way but they did it the Australian way.

So says Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan after his side qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia having fought through two play-off ties against Syria and Honduras.

Nothing was certain until late in the second half at Sydney's Olympic stadium on Wednesday night, but Australia finally saw off Honduras 3-1 and will now play in their fourth consecutive World Cup.

And Ryan thinks the difficult qualifying campaign, in which the side insisted on playing attacking football despite calls for it to grind out results and ensure they made it to the big show, will reap benefits next year.

"We did it the Australian way. The long and hard way. But most importantly we did it our way, the way we wanted to, the way we prepared," Ryan...


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Socceroos want to show World Cup rivals they can play, says Mat Ryan after Honduras victory - ABC Online

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The Socceroos proved too good for Honduras in a 3-1 play-off win which sealed a World Cup spot.

They didn't do it the easy way but they did it the Australian way.

So says Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan after his side qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia having fought through two play-off ties against Syria and Honduras.

Nothing was certain until late in the second half at Sydney's Olympic stadium on Wednesday night, but Australia finally saw off Honduras 3-1 and will now play in their fourth consecutive World Cup.

And Ryan thinks the difficult qualifying campaign, in which the side insisted on playing attacking football despite calls for it to grind out results and ensure they made it to the big show, will reap benefits next year.

"We did it the Australian way. The long and hard way. But most importantly we did it our way, the way we wanted to, the way we prepared," Ryan...


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Alexander, Keneally cross paths in Bennelong - Sky News Australia

A decision on the citizenship status of former Liberal MP John Alexander is expected on Thursday.

Mr Alexander resigned as a result of his concerns over the issue last weekend, meaning the Bennelong seat held by the Liberals with a margin of more than nine per cent is up for grabs on December 16.

He is confident of being re-elected despite going up against high-profile ALP candidate Kristina Keneally.

The pair hit the streets in the northwestern Sydney electorate on Wednesday, just a day after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced the former NSW premier would challenge the one-time tennis star.

They even bumped into each other in the proverbial shopping mall.

Mr Alexander was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop who told voters he was a 'champion' and 'powerful leader' and said she was confident he would...


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Scientists Discover Nearby Planet That May Have The Best Prospects For Life Yet - Gizmodo Australia

When scientists discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting our closest star, Proxima Centauri b, Gizmodo said it could have been the discovery of the century. But today, scientists are announcing a new exoplanet only 11 light years away that could be even more important.

Image: ESO/M. Kornmesser

A team of European scientists named their planet Ross 128 b after the star it orbits, Ross 128. It has a projected mass 1.35 times Earth's and might even have comfortable surface temperatures. Scientists won't call it habitable just yet, but the observation is promising.

"It's more exciting than Proxima Centauri b," Emily Rice, research associate in astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History told Gizmodo. "The star is quieter and less active... it will be easier to characterise than Proxima b."

The researchers took 157 observations of Ross 128 with the HARPS spectrograph, or as the...


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Australian diplomat Julian Simpson killed after falling from New York rooftop after game of trust goes wrong - NEWS.com.au

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A SENIOR Australian diplomat who was celebrating the yes vote died after a drunken game of “trust” went horribly wrong overnight in Manhattan.

Police confirmed to News Corp Australia that Julian Simpson, 30, was killed after falling from a seventh floor balcony to the second floor of his apartment building on Clinton St in the Lower East Side.

A spokesperson for The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement that the department “is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian diplomat who died in New York. The family has requested privacy at this time.”

They said Mr Simpson and a group numbering about 10 had gone upstairs to look at the Empire State Building which was lit with rainbow colours to celebrate Australia’s same sex marriage vote when he fell just after 1am (5pm AEDT) local time.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Sunrise this morning:...


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Zimbabwe: Uncertainty over Mugabe's whereabouts as military denies coup - CNN

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As soldiers patrolled the streets, a military spokesman, in a live speech at 4 a.m. local time on state broadcaster ZBC, denied the country was in the grip of a coup, and announced Mugabe and his family were "safe."

"To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government," Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo said.

"What the Zimbabwe Defense Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country, which if not addressed may result in a violent conflict," he said. He urged the public to remain calm but "limit unnecessary movement."

The military has been careful not to call their efforts a coup, but that appears to be what is actually unfolding, observers say.

"This a coup by any other name," Alex Magaisa, a former political aide to ex-Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan...


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California shooting: Four dead, two children injured in primary school shooting - ABC Online

Police said the shooter opened fire and randomly picked his targets. (Image: AP)
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A gunman carrying a semi-automatic weapon and two handguns has killed four people after opening fire at multiple locations across a small Northern California community.

Key points:

  • A gunman opened fire in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve
  • The shooter was shot dead during the incident
  • A school district spokeswoman said no one was killed at the school where students were aged between 5 and 11

At least 10 other people were wounded, including two children at an elementary school, near the small town of Corning about 160 kilometres north of Sacramento, where the suspect was later shot dead by police.

"Deeply...


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California shooting: Four dead, two children injured in primary school shooting - ABC Online

Police said the shooter opened fire and randomly picked his targets. (Image: AP)
Related Story: Texas church reopens as solemn memorial to shooting victims
Related Story: A year on from Trump's election victory

A gunman carrying a semi-automatic weapon and two handguns has killed four people after opening fire at multiple locations across a small Northern California community.

Key points:

  • A gunman opened fire in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve
  • The shooter was shot dead during the incident
  • A school district spokeswoman said no one was killed at the school where students were aged between 5 and 11

At least 10 other people were wounded, including two children at an elementary school, near the small town of Corning about 160 kilometres north of Sacramento, where the suspect was later shot dead by police.

"Deeply...


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Same-sex marriage postal survey: 'No' campaigners vow to keep up the fight - The Sydney Morning Herald

Lyle Shelton – the Christian lobbyist who spearheaded the crusade against same-sex marriage – says he didn't have enough time to counter the "relentless" campaigner on the "yes" side. So now he's gearing up for a fight that could take "years or decades" to persuade Australians to change their minds.

The most prominent political opponent of the reform, former prime minister Tony Abbott, claimed vindication for the policy of putting the question directly to the people, even as 75 per cent of electors in his own seat of Warringah rejected his stance and voted for equality.

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Same-sex marriage postal survey: 'No' campaigners vow to keep up the fight - The Sydney Morning Herald

Lyle Shelton – the Christian lobbyist who spearheaded the crusade against same-sex marriage – says he didn't have enough time to counter the "relentless" campaigner on the "yes" side. So now he's gearing up for a fight that could take "years or decades" to persuade Australians to change their minds.

The most prominent political opponent of the reform, former prime minister Tony Abbott, claimed vindication for the policy of putting the question directly to the people, even as 75 per cent of electors in his own seat of Warringah rejected his stance and voted for equality.

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