Winter Olympics 2018: day 15 from Pyeongchang – live!

5.14am GMT

Afternoon everyone, thanks for joining me for the penultimate day of icy action from Pyeongchang. After two weeks of thrills, spills and chills, the finish line is in sight – although, speaking literally, that’s almost cruelly untrue for the men’s Cross-country skiers, who have just started a 50km jaunt through Alpensia. Let’s hope someone’s got some mulled wine and a log fire waiting for them at the end. I’ll come back to them soon, but first, like a confused Christmas ghost, I’ll run down what’s already happened and what’s coming up before returning to the present.

In the men’s Big air, a final run full of crashes meant Billy Morgan, a ‘veteran’ at 28, sneaked onto the podium in bronze position to take the British tally to a record haul of five medals. It also meant Sebastien Toutant (Canada), who led after the second run, kept his place to win gold – as did silver medalist Kyle Mack (USA).

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George Christensen calls for ‘shackled’ Nationals to split from ‘aimless’ Liberals

Outspoken Queensland MP says the compromise is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate

George Christensen has used the resignation of Barnaby Joyce to call on the National party to formally end its coalition with Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals.

The outspoken Queensland MP posted on Facebook that in the absence of an elected federal leader, the National party should push “the reset button” and slash the ties of their 95-year partnership with the Liberals.

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Several beaches closed after ‘extremely rare’ shark attack in Botany Bay

Woman survives bite from great white shark, believed to have been more than three metres long

Beaches in Sydney’s south-east have been closed after a woman was bitten by a great white shark, which is believed to have been more than three metres long.

Late on Friday, the 55-year-old swimmer survived the first shark attack in Botany Bay in at least 25 years, and is recovering at St George hospital.

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Ivanka Trump calls for ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea

Experts say North’s diplomatic overtures aimed at driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul

Ivanka Trump is leading a US delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in an effort to show a softer side of US diplomacy on the peninsula while calling for maximum pressure to be put on North Korea.

Trump watched snowboarding events in Pyeongchang with South Korea’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, and foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha. Wearing a Team USA hat and red snowsuit, she captured the attention of local media. Her trip comes less than two weeks after Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, visited the South and largely overshadowed US vice president Mike Pence.

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