FBI investigating 1,000 suspected ‘lone wolf’ militants, director says

Suspects radicalised online are being examined in all 50 states, bureau chief says, along with 1,000 ‘domestic terrorists’

The FBI is pursuing 1,000 investigations into suspected “lone wolf” militants and another 1,000 into “domestic terrorists”, the bureau’s director has told a congressional committee.

Related: Mexican drug kingpin behind DEA murder added to FBI most-wanted list

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Citizenship crisis: Coalition resists referendum in favour of new rules for candidates

Inquiry recommends Turnbull government prepare for referendum but warns it might not be well-received

Candidates will have to disclose the birthplace and citizenship of themselves, their parents and grandparents before the next federal election under changes announced by the Turnbull government to try and put an end to Australia’s citizenship crisis without a referendum.

On Thursday an inquiry examining section 44 of the constitution warned that, without a referendum, elections could be subject to “manipulation” by challenges against candidates with dual citizenship or other disqualifications.

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Alexander Downer’s secret meeting with FBI led to Trump-Russia inquiry – report

Breach of diplomatic protocol allowed after ‘tense deliberations’ between Australia and US

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The Australian government allowed its former ambassador to the UK, Alexander Downer, to take part in a “highly unusual” meeting with FBI agents in 2016 to share evidence he possessed about Russian meddling in the US presidential election campaign, according to new reports.

It was a breach of diplomatic protocol – which came after “tense deliberations” between Washington and Canberra – that helped to lay the foundations for the special counsel investigation into allegations of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, according to the New York Times.

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‘Deadly and unconstitutional’: Trump attacks California sanctuary cities

In a heated meeting between the president, law enforcement and California officials, Trump depicted immigrants as a violent threat

A week after the Trump administration endorsed separating immigrant children from their parents as a deterrent against undocumented travel to the United States, Donald Trump convened a meeting of law enforcement officers and elected officials from California to blast sanctuary cities and depict immigrants as a violent threat.

New sanctuary laws protecting immigrants went into effect in California in January. While multiple localities in the state have said they will opt out of the sanctuary policy, the laws are broadly popular in the state, with support from more than 50% of residents, according to polling.

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