‘Fat Leonard’: US admiral arrested in sex for secrets scandal

Bruce Loveless accused of accepting services of sex workers and other bribes in exchange for helping defence contractor milk the navy of millions

A retired US navy admiral and eight other current and former military officers were bribed with sex, trips and other lavish perks, according to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday in a burgeoning scandal involving a Malaysian defence contractor nicknamed Fat Leonard.

Retired admiral Bruce Loveless, 53, and the others have been accused of accepting the services of sex workers and other bribes from Leonard Francis in exchange for classified information that helped his company, Glenn Defence Marine Asia.

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More than 800 workers stood down from Darwin’s $36bn Inpex gas project

Laing O’Rourke lays off local and fly-in-fly-out staff over contract dispute with consortium partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries

More than 800 staff have been stood down from the $36bn Inpex gas project in Darwin over a contract dispute, a decision the CFMEU says was a “complete shock”.

Construction group Laing O’Rourke has stood down about 245 local workers and 395 fly-in fly-out workers over a dispute with its consortium partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

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Married at First Sight: ludicrous reality show offers flicker of hope in a cynical world | Alexandra Spring

Channel Nine’s series is a compulsory TV engagement in which the participants are just hoping to survive the perils of dating

Last night, 1.3 million Australians uttered the same phrase at exactly the same time: “Finally!”

Finally air hostess/model Nadia called bullshit on perennially smug race caller Anthony. On a romantic date, as the pair contemplated their future together, he declared it was entirely logical that she should give up her life in Brisbane and move down to his home town of Sydney for him. And, really, what’s the big drama?

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