Trump investigation of auto imports raises fears of new tariffs

Commerce department to investigate whether imports threaten US industry, as foreign automakers criticize effort

The Trump administration has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new US tariffs similar to those imposed on imported steel and aluminum in March.

The commerce department said the investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 would investigate whether vehicle and parts imports were threatening the industry’s health and ability to research and develop new, advanced technologies.

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Linda Burney admits interview transcript left out call for offshore detention time limit

Peter Dutton says Labor ‘fabricated’ transcript but MP says it was a ‘genuine mistake’ by her staff

The Labor frontbencher Linda Burney has admitted her office made “a mistake” incorrectly transcribing an interview, omitting her call for a “time limit” on how long people were held in offshore immigration detention.

The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has accused Labor of deliberately fabricating the transcript, which was written by the shadow human services minister’s staff and distributed by Bill Shorten’s office.

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Milwaukee police release footage of stungun arrest of Bucks rookie – video

Footage from Milwaukee police body cameras shows the stungun arrest of NBA player Sterling Brown. The video shows Brown being asked to take his hands out of his pockets before being surrounded by police. 'Taser, Taser, Taser,' is shouted, followed by a series of groans. The Milwaukee Bucks player was arrested after being questioned by officers over a parking violation in a Walgreens pharmacy parking lot. He was ultimately was not charged with anything.

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Jared Kushner granted security clearance after painful process

The president’s son-in-law and adviser had been downgraded amid concerns he was vulnerable to foreign exploitation

Jared Kushner has been granted permanent security clearance, renewing his access to sensitive intelligence and potentially paving the way for his return to a more active role in the White House.

Donald Trump’s son-in-law is presumed to have been granted a level of clearance known as Top Secret/SCI that would allow him to see the president’s daily security briefing and other closely guarded documents. He was stripped of that ability in February amid concerns that foreign governments were planning to manipulate him by exploiting his complex web of business ties.

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Andrew Hastie’s use of US intelligence over bribery allegation ‘a concern’, Dreyfus says

Shadow attorney general says he ‘wouldn’t have dreamed’ of using Chau Chak Wing information as Liberal MP did

Mark Dreyfus has said he “wouldn’t have dreamed ever” of using intelligence information in the way Andrew Hastie did when he used parliamentary privilege to name a Chinese-Australian billionaire as a alleged conspirator in a plot to bribe a United Nations official.

On Wednesday, Malcolm Turnbull said that he was not forewarned that Hastie was going to name Chau Chak Wing, one of Australia’s biggest political donors, and has now sought information from Australia’s intelligence agencies about the implications.

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North Korea casts further doubt on summit and warns US of ‘appalling tragedy’

Vice foreign minister says nation will not ‘beg the US for dialogue’ and if talks are cancelled the nations could engage in a ‘nuclear showdown’

North Korea cast further doubt on a planned summit between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and Donald Trump, warning that Pyongyang could make the US “taste an appalling tragedy”.

Related: North Korea must disarm before any economic relief, says Mike Pompeo

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China has been a great driver of our economy – but we can’t rely on it | Greg Jericho

Australia is more affected by China’s economy than most countries. We must diversify – towards the service sector but also to other Asian markets

The importance of China to our economy over the past 15 years can hardly be overstated, but with that importance comes risks. A new study by researchers at the IMF looks at the links between the Australian and Chinese economies and examines the risks to Australia from both positive and negative shocks to the Chinese economy – and concludes that the best mitigation is to continue to diversify our economy towards the services sector and also to other Asian markets.

The importance of China to Australia is perhaps best demonstrated by the change in the amount of our merchandise exports that go to that country now compared to 15 years ago.

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Andrew Hastie revelations raise more questions, Labor says – politics live

Mark Dreyfus asks if MP’s action has affected relations with intelligence agencies. And tax dominates the policy debate. All the day’s events, live

While the blog was sleeping, the government’s income tax package passed the lower house - with Labor’s support.

Labor says that’s because it supports income tax cuts for lower and middle class earners and plans on working to separate the third tranche - the flat tax for $41,000 and $200,000 earners in the never-never of budget forwards - in the Senate.

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UK’s new Sea Ceptor missile system enters into service

Defence secretary to announce that £850m system providing protection for UK’s aircraft carriers is now operational

A new missile system to provide protection for the UK’s two aircraft carriers has entered into service, defence secretary Gavin Williamson is due to announce on Thursday.

The Sea Ceptors, developed at a cost of around £850m and deployed aboard Type 23-frigates, will offer a protective shield against missile attacks for the two carriers. HMS Queen Elizabeth is undergoing sea trials and HMS Prince of Wales is scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2019.

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Iran’s leader: US pullout from nuclear deal leaves Trump ‘lost in history’

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sets out six conditions for Europe if it wants Iran to remain in agreement

Iran’s supreme leader has said that American objections over the 2015 nuclear deal were a pretext for regime change, vowing that the US was bound to fail like “the famous cat in the Tom and Jerry” cartoon.

Speaking two days after the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, threatened Iran with “the strongest sanctions in history”, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran could restart the nuclear activities it halted under the agreement if Europe failed to safeguard the agreement after the US pulled out.

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Carry on Brussels review – a sorry slice of EU parliament life

A Labour MEP holds up a funny sign, the SNP’s man frets over free wine and Ukip’s Gerard Batten hones his Partridge-esque victimhood. It’s tragic, comic and teeth-grindingly frustrating

The European parliament is “one of the most misunderstood institutions in the world”, argues Carry on Brussels, a fly-on-the-wall documentary that exists in a kind of paradox. Had more effort been made to explain exactly what MEPs do prior to 2016, then Brexit voters might not have been so convinced of their uselessness; then again, a film about an institution running smoothly and fairly doesn’t pack a sufficient dramatic punch. So here we are, fiddling while Brussels burns – for the UK, at least. Director Christian Trumble spins comedy and tragedy into a watchable, if at times teeth-grindingly frustrating three-part series that pulls off a remarkably balanced portrait of seven MEPs from across the political spectrum, all working to very different ends.

This first episode sets out its W1A-ish tone – we hear that SNP MEP Alyn Smith has booked “the third-floor coffee lounge” for a charity mixer, and he grumbles that Ukip aren’t mingling and are only there for the free wine – primarily by concentrating on the most embattled of the bunch. Seb Dance, a young Labour MEP, is notorious for holding up a sign reading: “He’s lying to you” behind Nigel Farage as he spoke in the EU parliament. As a result, he says, he gets tweets calling him a “knob”, a “big girl’s blouse” and a “shitbag”, and strangers offering to take him outside. He’s earnest and so upset by Brexit that, at one point, it moves him to tears. Dance has spent six months working on getting a sustainability report passed. We follow him to the crucial vote.

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Donald Trump ramps up attacks on ‘scandal’ of Russia inquiry

  • President tries to rebrand Mueller investigation as ‘Spygate’
  • Top DoJ officials to meet Republican congressional leaders

Donald Trump said the investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 election “could be one of the biggest political scandals in history” as he dubbed the investigation into election inference “Spygate”.

In a series of Twitter messages on Wednesday Trump renewed his offensive against the investigation as a “witch-hunt” by the “criminal deep state”. His statements came only days after he demanded an investigation into any government surveillance of his campaign – something the justice department later agreed to.

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‘My heart drowns’: anguish as Pakistani girl killed in Texas shooting is buried

A guard of honor in Karachi received the body of Sabika Sheikh, who was at Santa Fe high school on a year-long exchange program

When 17-year-old Sabika Sheikh landed in the US to begin her year-long study program at a Texas high school, she did so with dreams of presenting everyone she met with a new, different face of Pakistan – one far removed from the terrorist attacks they might have seen on TV.

Earlier on Wednesday, her body was returned to Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub, after she was shot and killed in a school last week in Santa Fe, Texas. She was among 10 victims in the latest example of a particularly American nightmare.

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World weatherwatch: Spring brings wildfires, storms and ash plumes

Thunderstorms have killed at least five in the mainland US, while fires plague eastern Russia and volcanic activity has been disrupting aviation in Hawaii

Eastern Russia has been experiencing widespread and intense spring wildfires, thanks to a drier than normal autumn and winter, leading to parched vegetation. As of 17 May, nearly 700 fires had been recorded across 40 territories with about 400 considered extinguished, according to the Russian Federal Forest Agency. As stated by the Global Fire Emissions database, the Amur Oblast region has experienced the most fires per month since 2008.

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Woody Allen’s son Moses Farrow defends father over sexual assault claims

Farrow says he ‘can no longer stay silent’ about accusations made by his sister and claims she was coerced into making them

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s adopted son, Moses Farrow, on Wednesday defended his father from allegations of sexual assault made by his sister.

In a nearly 5,000-word post, Moses elaborated further on claims he had made in previous interviews that his mother was physically abusive to him and her other children and that she coerced her daughter Dylan into accusing Allen of assault.

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‘Righteous fight’: Warren and Booker call on religious voters to resist Trump

The Democratic senators laid out a moral case in passionate, sermon-like remarks for resisting Trump’s agenda

Democratic liberal figurehead Elizabeth Warren and rising star Cory Booker have a message for left-of-center religious leaders in the era of Donald Trump: keep the faith.

The luminaries of the progressive left drew standing ovations – and calls to run for the White House in 2020 – as they laid out a moral case for resisting Trump’s agenda in a pair of speeches in Washington on Tuesday.

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