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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Irish deputy PM: British backstop proposals are ‘wishful thinking’ – video

Ireland's deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, warned British negotiators that their demands in the next round of Brexit talks must be reasonable. He rejected proposed alternatives to the backstop as 'wishful thinking' and insisted that there would be no last-minute concession from the EU to fundamentally alter it

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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 to see my speech.

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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