16 US states sue over Trump border wall emergency declaration

Coalition led by California accuses the president of ‘unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds’

A coalition of 16 US states led by California has launched legal action against Donald Trump’s administration over his decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund a wall along the Mexico border.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the US district court for the northern district of California after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday when Congress declined his request for $5.7bn to help create his signature policy promise.

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Sick refugees on Manus and Nauru to be sent to Christmas Island not mainland

Revelation by head of home affairs department comes as Nauru bans medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail new medevac laws

Sick people from Manus Island and Nauru will be sent to Christmas Island, not the mainland, under new medevac laws, the head of the home affairs department has revealed.

The Nauru government has also passed laws banning medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail the system and potentially breaking international law, according to human rights lawyers.

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Police search for missing UK and French tourists at beach near Port Macquarie

Items belonging to Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux found at Shelley beach on NSW mid-north coast

A British tourist and a French tourist are missing at a beach on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

Personal items belonging to Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux were found by walkers on Shelley Beach, near Port Macquarie, 390km north of Sydney, at sunrise on Monday.

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Justin Trudeau’s top adviser resigns as ‘political meddling’ scandal widens

Exit by Gerald Butts comes days after veterans affairs minister resigned from Cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top adviser has resigned while denying allegations that he pressured Canada’s former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering company.

Principal secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau’s closest adviser and best friend since university, and his resignation over the widening scandal was a significant blow to the prime minister, who is facing an election this year.

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Huawei founder: US cannot crush technology firm

Ren Zhengfei hits back at criminal indictments he calls politically motivated

The US cannot crush Huawei, the company’s founder has insisted, as he hit back against criminal indictments levelled at the firm and allegations that it poses a security threat.

Washington has warned allies off using Huawei products in recent weeks. But Ren Zhengfei, whose daughter Meng Wanzhou – a fellow senior Huawei executive – is among those charged by US prosecutors, told the BBC on Monday that the firm would survive the pressure.

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‘No idea’: Mathias Cormann faces questions over family travel – politics live

The finance minister is under the microscope over a trip initially paid for by a travel company that won a $1bn contract with his department. All the days events, live

The Valedictories keep coming. Really brings home how little sitting days there are left until the election is called.

Tomorrow I will be giving my Valedictory in the Parliament at 4:10PM (3:10PM in QLD).

This is an end of an era. Here are some highlights before tomorrow’s speech.

Tune in tomorrow here https://t.co/eFhO47IowI to see my speech. pic.twitter.com/tJGpY8X5PF

Neil Mitchell had the pleasure of the prime minister’s company on the airwaves this morning.

He asked Scott Morrison about the cyber attack on the parliament and the major political parties.

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Gene therapy could treat rare brain disorder in unborn babies

Doctors could use Crispr tool to inject benign virus into foetus’s brain to ‘switch on’ key genes

Scientists are developing a radical form of gene therapy that could cure a devastating medical disorder by mending mutations in the brains of foetuses in the womb.

The treatment, which has never been attempted before, would involve doctors injecting the feotus’s brain with a harmless virus that infects the neurons and delivers a suite of molecules that correct the genetic faults.

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George Mendonsa, The Kissing Sailor in famous photograph, dies at 95

Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed sailor kissing Greta Friedman in Times Square at the end of the second world war

George Mendonsa, the sailor who was captured in a famous photograph kissing a woman in Times Square amidst celebrations of the end of the second world war, has died. He was 95.

His daughter, Sharon Molleur, told the Providence Journal her father fell and had a seizure early on Sunday at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years. He died two days before his 96th birthday.

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Paladin controversy prompts renewed scrutiny of $591m Nauru deal

Brisbane firm Canstruct had limited experience running garrison and welfare services when it bid for Nauru contract

legalled okControversy surrounding the awarding of a $423m Manus Island contract to the security contractor Paladin has prompted new scrutiny of a second major $591m deal to run the Nauru detention centre.

The home affairs department used a limited tender process with only one bidder to pick relatively obscure companies in both major contracts.

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Eight-year-old drag racer Anita Board was going too fast before fatal crash, inquest told

Crash at Perth Motorplex compounded by erroneously ‘doing what an adult told her to do’, court told

An eight-year-old girl who died after crashing her drag racer in Perth was going too fast when an official appeared to wave her towards the exit gate, an inquest has heard.

Anita Board suffered a catastrophic brain injury in the crash at Perth Motorplex on 11 November 2017, two days after her birthday when she reached the minimum age to compete.

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Aurora man who makes crosses for shooting victims puts five in hometown

  • Five people died and six were injured in Illinois shooting
  • Greg Zanis has crossed America placing shooting memorials

A man who has delivered more than 26,000 white crosses to sites around the US, largely to remember victims of gun violence, has now found himself doing the same in his hometown: Aurora, Illinois, where five people were killed and six injured in a workplace shooting on Friday.

Related: Aurora shooting: background check failures let gunman keep firearm

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China rejects Australian parliament cyber attack claims as ‘baseless’ and ‘irresponsible’

Foreign ministry spokesman says speculation and sanctions will only ‘poison the atmosphere for cooperation’

China has hit back at suggestions it was behind a sophisticated cyber attack on Australia’s political parties, warning “irresponsible” and “baseless” speculation will heighten tensions.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, revealed on Monday cyber experts believe a state actor was responsible for the attack, which also targeted the networks of federal parliament, but didn’t say which country.

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