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Macron says Australian PM lied to him over subs spat



France’s President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he addresses media at a press conference in Rome on October 31, 2021, during the G20 Summit

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said Australia’s prime minister outright lied to him over a cancelled submarine deal, deepening an already fraught diplomatic crisis.

Morrison on Sunday defended his behaviour, refuting Macron’s view and denying that he lied to the French leader at a private meeting in June.

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DNA confirms man is Sitting Bull’s great-grandson



Ernie LaPointe, pictured, believes that Sitting Bull’sones currently lie at a site in Mobridge, South Dakota, in a place that has no significant connection to Sitting Bull and the culture he represented

A man’s claim to be the great-grandson of Sitting Bull has been confirmed using DNA taken from the Native American leader’s scalp lock — billed as the first time genetic evidence has corroborated a family relationship between a historic figure and a living descendant.

The same methods can now be deployed for investigating other historical figures, from outlaw Jesse James to the Russian tsar’s family, if old DNA is available.

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Criminal charges against Alec Baldwin not ruled out: DA



US actor Alec Baldwin has said he is cooperating with police after he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in an on-set tragedy

Criminal charges against actor Alec Baldwin, who shot dead a cinematographer and wounded the director on the set of his latest movie, have not been ruled out, the local district attorney said Wednesday.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot in the torso.

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US says Assange will not face supermax jail in renewed extradition bid



Assange’s partner Stella Moris joined protesters demanding his immediate release from a high-security jail in London

The United States sought to assure a British court Wednesday that Julian Assange would not be held at a federal supermax prison, as it appealed a decision to block his extradition on the grounds he is a serious suicide threat. 

The WikiLeaks founder faces espionage charges and up to 175 years in jail if he is sent to the United States and convicted.  

The initial judgment was partly based on concerns Assange was likely to be held in isolation in the US’s only federal so-called supermax prison, the ADX Florence jail in Colorado. 

He also said Assange “will receive any such clinical and psychological treatment as is recommended” and that he will eventually be eligible to apply for a prisoner transfer to his native Australia.

However, Assange’s team responded in legal filings that the assurances did not rule out altogether the chance of him being detained at the facility, at a “comparable” federal prison or a state-level supermax jail.

– ‘End this nightmare’ –

“I’m very concerned for Julian’s health,” Moris told reporters, after visiting Assange in the prison on Saturday. 

One demonstrator dressed in black and a funereal veil held a banner reading “RIP British Justice”. Another, 20-year-old Ruby Allen, said Assange was an innocent defender of “press freedom”. 

– Wrangling ahead –

He has been indicted for violating the US espionage act and for hacking, based on the alleged aid he gave former military intelligence officer Chelsea Manning in obtaining the documents from secure computer systems.

The US government has said the judge who made the ruling in January, Vanessa Baraitser, “didn’t appreciate the weight” of expert evidence that said Assange was not at risk of suicide.

But the US government’s lawyers have argued Baraitser was “misled” in evidence from Assange’s psychiatric expert Michael Kopelman, who they claim concealed things such as that his client had fathered children with Moris while holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Whatever the High Court decides, further lengthy legal wrangling looms.

Whoever loses can also ask for permission for a further, final appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court.

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As US debt limit looms again, calls intensify for reform



A sign at bus stop shows the amount of the US national debt in Washington on October 25, 2021

The US government is once again nearing the limit on how much debt it can take on, a familiar deadline that will force the country’s political elite into high-stakes negotiations over averting a default.

“The problem with the debt ceiling is that it does nothing to address the problem of government debt and only serves as a political tool for political parties,” said Brendan Boyle, one of the bill’s sponsors.

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‘Facebook Papers’ explode ahead of platform’s earnings report



Facebook was hit Monday by scathing reports from at least a dozen US news outlets based on internal documents, just hours before the company was to release its earnings report.

The company was due to release its quarterly earnings on Monday, which have boomed during the pandemic period when much of the world used online tools while sheltering at home against the virus.

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Baldwin was practicing drawing gun when he fired fatal shot: director



People attend a candlelight vigil in Burbank, California, for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was accidentally killed by a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin was practicing drawing his gun from his holster and pointing it at the camera when he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust,” the director said in a search-warrant affidavit.

The 63-year-old Baldwin was “sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw,” director Joel Souza said, “pointing the revolver towards the camera lens.”

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Biden pushes to get Democrats over finish line on spending package



Joe Biden kicks off a make-or-break week for his presidency and the Democratic Party’s wider fortunes Monday with a New Jersey speech pitching his troubled domestic spending package.

Democrats narrowly control Congress but have been feuding for weeks over the contents and scope of the social spending bill, with moderates forcing down the original $3.5 trillion price tag and left-leaning members retaliating by threatening to sink the otherwise popular infrastructure package.

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Burning cargo ship spews toxic gas off Canada’s Pacific coast



In this photo taken by Gerald Graham and received by AFP on October 24, 2021, smoke is seen rising from the side of the container ship Zim Kingston off Canada’s Pacific coast

The Canadian coast guard has evacuated 16 people from a burning container ship that is expelling toxic gas off Canada’s Pacific coast, but there is “no safety risk” to those on shore, authorities said Sunday.

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said in a navigational warning on its website.

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Inquiry into Baldwin shooting focuses on custody of gun



Actor Alec Baldwin, who fired a prop gun that killed a director of photography on the set of a Western he was filming, is seen here in 2019

The police investigation into a fatal shooting with a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on a film set was focusing Saturday on the specialist in charge of the weapon and the assistant director who handed it to Baldwin.

Ukraine-born cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was struck in the chest and died shortly after the incident Thursday in New Mexico, while director Joel Souza, 48, who was standing behind her, was wounded and hospitalized, then released.

The gun, which was supposed to be loaded with a blank charge, instead had a live round, according to the affidavit submitted by the sheriff’s office to obtain a search warrant, local media reported.

Police are focusing intently on the exact sequence of events that allowed the live round to be introduced to the film set of 19th-century Western “Rust.” 

“We’ve had two people accidentally shot by a prop gun; we need help immediately,” the caller tells a police dispatcher.

“I don’t — I can’t tell you that,” the caller replies. “And this (expletive) AD that yelled at me at lunch … this mother (expletive) – he’s supposed to check the guns, he’s responsible for what happens on the set.”

The gun used, and two others, were provided by the film’s weapons master, or armorer, who has been identified as 24-year-old Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the daughter of longtime film-industry armorer Thell Reed.

“I was really nervous about it at first and I almost didn’t take the job ’cause I wasn’t sure if I was ready,” she said on the “Voices of the West” podcast, before adding, “But doing it, like, it went really smoothly.”

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