White House begins investigation into use of private email accounts – reports

Jared Kushner among several Trump administration officials alleged to have used personal email to conduct government business

The White House has launched an internal investigation after it emerged that Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and other senior officials used personal email accounts for official business, Politico reported on Thursday.

Citing four unnamed officials, the news site said the investigators have begun pulling batches of emails on the White House server to and from the private accounts of senior aides.

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500 asylum seekers face deportation for missing protection deadline

In May 7,000 people were given a 1 October deadline to apply for protection from Australia or be barred from ever doing so

Up to 500 asylum seekers, including families with young children, have not made a formal application for protection, just a day out from a government deadline that could see them deported from the country.

In May, the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, gave nearly 7,000 asylum seekers living in the Australian community a deadline of 1 October to apply for protection or be barred from ever applying. He described them as “fake refugees” and said they were bleeding Australian taxpayers of millions of dollars in welfare payments each year.

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