Fugitive drug smuggler who lived in Australia under fake name jailed in US | US news

A Californian drug smuggler and fugitive who lived under an assumed identity in Australia for almost 30 years has been sentenced to three years in jail by a San Francisco court. Peyton Eidson, 74, was the head of a major marijuana smuggling operation using an ocean-going freighter to ship 18,000kg …

Jane Prentice loses LNP preselection for Queensland seat of Ryan | Australia news

The Turnbull government minister Jane Prentice will lose her spot in parliament at the next federal election after losing a preselection battle against a former staff member. The Brisbane City councillor, Julian Simmonds, who previously worked for Prentice, was chosen as the Liberal National party’s candidate for the Queensland seat …

Margaret River deaths: three guns at scene belonged to children’s grandfather | Australia news

Three guns found at the scene of Australia’s worst gun crime since the Port Arthur massacre belonged to the grandfather of the four murdered children. Police in Western Australia have confirmed that seven of the Miles family, well-known members of the Margaret River community in the state’s south-west, were found …

What is Labor’s economic strategy in response to this week’s budget? – Australian politics live podcast | Australia news

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen joins Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy to discuss Labor’s take on the budget, economic growth, the siege mentality developing in the business community, and whether he has aspirations for party leadership • Interview: ‘Unfinished business’: Chris Bowen on why his current goal stops at treasurer …

Sam Dastyari’s far-right abuser gets suspended fine for contempt | Australia news

A far-right activist faces the threat of a hefty fine over an online video in which the former senator Sam Dastyari was called a “terrorist” and a “monkey” at a Melbourne pub. Neil Erikson was fined $10,000 on Friday for contempt but the penalty was suspended on the condition he …

Margaret River shooting: mother and her four children among victims | Australia news

A mother and her four children are among the victims of a horrific shooting on a rural property near the town of Margaret River in Western Australia’s south-west. Katrina Miles and her four children, aged eight to 13, were found dead, along with two other people, by police early on …

New law will force 3,000 big companies to show they are stamping out slavery | World news

The federal government will force 3,000 big companies to explain how they are stamping out modern slavery, a move welcomed by anti-slavery campaigners. But unions and Labor say the changes will be “inadequate and ineffective” without the creation of an independent anti-slavery commissioner or penalties for corporations that breach their …

George Pell met US environment chief Scott Pruitt to discuss climate-change debate | Australia news

Cardinal George Pell discussed a plan to set up a two-sided “debate” about human-caused climate change with the US Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt , at the Vatican in 2017, it has been revealed. According to documents collated by The New York Times, Pruitt joined Pell and others for …

Apple’s market value approaches $US1 trillion, News Corp’s $US1b write-down on Foxtel

Apple’s market value approaches $US1 trillion, News Corp’s $US1b write-down on Foxtel

Updated May 11, 2018 09:09:54 Photo: Apple provided the largest boost to the S&P 500 overnight, after its share price surged to a fresh record. (Reuters: Jason Reed) Related Story: Telstra and News Corp to merge Foxtel and Fox Sports by June Australian shares are expected to make gains in …

Morning mail: Middle East crisis, Labor’s tax plan, Weinstein’s ex-wife speaks | Australia news

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 11 May. Top stories Israel and Iran have been urged to step back from the brink after their most serious direct confrontation, with Israeli missiles being fired over Syria in a “wide-scale” retaliatory attack …