Trump defends firing Comey: 'They will be thanking me!'

Trump defends firing Comey: 'They will be thanking me!'

Story highlights Trump said his dismissal of Comey would be validated after “things calm down” Senior White House officials appeared to have badly misjudged the impact of Trump’s sudden move At one point in a series of tweets, Trump said his dismissal of Comey — who came under withering criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation — would be validated after “things calm down.” Behind the scenes of James Comey’s epic firing “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican…

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11yo girl dies after UK theme park ride accident

11yo girl dies after UK theme park ride accident

Updated May 11, 2017 00:15:29 An 11-year-old girl has died after falling from an English theme park ride similar to the attraction at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast on which four people were killed last year. The accident occurred on the Splash Canyon ride at the family-owned Drayton Manor park in Staffordshire. Evha Jannath, a student at Jameah Academy in Leicester, was at the park as part of a school trip, according to Staffordshire Police’s website. She was airlifted to hospital but died a short time later, an ambulance service…

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Australia's Isaiah Firebrace qualifies for Eurovision final

Australia's Isaiah Firebrace qualifies for Eurovision final

Updated May 10, 2017 08:56:51 Photo: Isaiah Firebrace will be the third Australian to compete in a Eurovision final after making it through his semi-final in Kiev. (AP: Efrem Lukatsky) Related Story: Who is Australia up against in the Eurovision semi-final? Australia will compete in Sunday’s Eurovision final after Isaiah Firebrace grabbed one of the 10 qualifying spots from Wednesday’s first semi-final. The result maintained Australia’s 100 per cent record following Guy Sebastian’s pass to the final in 2015, and Dami Im’s qualification last year. External Link: Australia Eurovision semi-final…

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Government secures Hinch vote for school funding changes

Government secures Hinch vote for school funding changes

The Federal Government has secured the backing of crossbench Senator Derryn Hinch as it pushes ahead with its school funding changes. The Government will introduce the school funding bill into Parliament this morning. It wants to amend the education act to legislate the share of funding the Commonwealth will pay for public and private schools into the future. It is also going to adopt the so-called Gonski needs-based funding model. The Opposition has vowed to vote against the changes, arguing the Government has cut funding by $22 billion compared to…

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Turkey warns US of blowback from decision to arm Kurdish fighters

Turkey warns US of blowback from decision to arm Kurdish fighters

Posted May 11, 2017 08:41:22 Photo: A Kurdish YPG fighter gestures to a convoy of US military vehicles at the Syrian-Turkish border. (Reuters: Rodi Said, file) Turkey has accused the United States of siding with terrorists after Washington announced it would begin to to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria. Key points: Erdogan says he will convey Turkey’s stance to Trump in Washington next week Ankara’s Foreign Ministry equates the Kurdish YPG to the terrorist PKK organisation The US regards the YPG as a valuable ally in the…

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