Trump raised sanctions with Putin over US election meddling, White House says

Contradicting a statement by Donald Trump, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says conversation took place during G20 meeting

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed sanctions related to Russian meddling in the 2016 US election when they met last week, the White House said on Monday, contradicting an earlier statement by the US president.

In the first White House press briefing in 10 days, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that during the two presidents’ meeting on Friday, “there were sanctions specific to election meddling that I believe were discussed, but not beyond that”.

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Turnbull challenges Abbott, saying party is Liberal, not conservative

Prime minister’s speech in London anchors party in the Menzies tradition and reminds Tony Abbott of his claim to represent ‘the sensible centre’

Malcolm Turnbull has made his strongest defence yet of his government’s policy direction, saying the Liberals’ founder, Robert Menzies, went to “great pains” not to call the party “conservative”.

Related: Australia ready to do post-Brexit trade deal – but EU comes first

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Prince’s Trust ‘covering its backside’ over child migrant abuse, David Hill says

Former Australian ABC managing director tells UK inquiry the youth charity set up by Prince Charles had child abuse files years before expressing abhorrence

The former Australian ABC managing director David Hill has accused a youth charity set up by Prince Charles of “covering its backside” by denying it had known of serious abuse suffered by child migrants sent to Australia.

Hill told a UK national inquiry in London on Monday that the Prince’s Trust had recently criticised the Fairbridge Society over the physical and sexual abuse suffered by children who were sent to its farm schools in Australia.

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‘You’re a bum’: Chris Christie battles with callers in sports radio host tryout

  • New Jersey governor: ‘I love getting calls from communists in Montclair’
  • Christie attracted ire by taking family to beach he had closed to public

With a new poll showing voters’ anger that Chris Christie sunned himself on a beach he closed to the public during a government shutdown, the New Jersey governor auditioned for a sports talk radio job on Monday. He soon found himself fighting back against angry callers.

Christie, a Republican, began co-hosting the afternoon show on New York’s WFAN shortly after the first poll released since the beach incident showed his approval rating holding steady at a dismal 15%, an all-time low. Eighty percent of respondents disapproved of his leadership, the Monmouth University poll showed.

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