A senior US Republican visiting Australia for diplomatic talks says President Donald Trump is struggling with the limitations of a job he never expected to get.
Monday’s front pages focus on the kidnapping of a British model and the UK’s Brexit divorce bill.
Sprinter won three golds at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and added a fourth eight years later in Tokyo
Australian sprinting legend Betty Cuthbert has died aged 79.
Cuthbert was a four-time Olympic gold medallist, winning three at the 1956 Melbourne games in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events.
While car makers and regulators are mostly worried about the possibility of self-driving car hacks, University of Washington researchers are concerned about a more practical threat: defacing street signs. They've learned that it's relatively easy to…
Retiring political journalist says he has no complaints about sites running ‘cat videos’ if the income they generate supports serious journalism
The retiring political journalist Laurie Oakes says journalists should not be “too snobby” about digital startups like BuzzFeed because cat videos are funding real journalism.
Accepting an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney, Oakes sounded a positive note for journalism despite the proliferation of fake news and major job losses across the industry.
“Some people did stand up, but not enough,” Flake told a reporter. “Did you do enough?” the reporter asked.
Prime minister’s personal standing improves, but Coalition’s primary vote stubbornly static as Labor remains ahead 53-47 on a two-party-preferred basis
The Coalition government continues to trail Labor 47 to 53 on a two-party preferred basis for the sixth Newspoll running.
But Malcolm Turnbull has increased his lead over opposition leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister, with the poll published in the Australian putting him on 46% to Shorten’s 31%, compared with the previous poll, which had them at 43%-32%.
Naomi Long says she is stepping aside for up to 10 weeks due to medical reasons.
• American wins women’s 100m by the narrowest of margins
• Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson finishes fifth despite qualifying best
If Saturday night was hard enough for the Jamaicans, Sunday did not get any easier. Elaine Thompson, the Olympic champion, was beaten into fifth place in the final of the 100m. She lost to the USA’s Torie Bowie, who had finished second behind her in Rio. It was a startling upset. Marie-Josée Ta Lou, from the Ivory Coast, was second in 10.86sec, and Dafne Schippers, from the Netherlands, third in 10.96. Thompson, who had started as such a heavy favourite, finished in 10.98. She had run 0.14 faster than that in the semi-final earlier in the evening, and 0.27 faster in the Jamaican championships earlier in the year. But when it came to the final, she was outstripped by Bowie outside her, who overtook Ta Lou, the race’s early leader, on the dip. “I had no idea,” said Bowie afterwards, “all I knew was I wanted to give it everything I’ve got.”
Thompson looked the favourite all the way up to the starting gun. She had qualified in 10.84, without ever seeming to approach full throttle. She sat back in her blocks, slowest but one to react to the gun, promptly shot into the lead, and then wound down when there were still 30m or so to go. It was the kind of run that makes the bookies race to cut their odds, which were already so short they seemed silly. But then the 10.71 Thompson ran at the Jamaican championships in June was not just the fastest time in the world this year, it was faster than anyone else competing in these world championships had ever run. By a stretch.
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