US student Otto Warmbier dies after being released by North Korea – video

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old US student released by North Korea in a coma after more than a year in detention, has died. Warmbier was arrested at Pyongyang airport in January 2016 and sentenced to hard labour for allegedly taking a propaganda poster from his hotel room. North Korea claim he fell into a coma after he took a sleeping pill and contracted botulism, an assertion his family reject. Donald Trump, US president, has condemned the regime as “brutal” and promised: “We’ll handle it.”

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Is Finkel the new Gonski? | Rebecca Huntley

Current orthodoxy suggests that Australians won’t support measures to reduce carbon emissions if it means higher utility prices. The latest Essential report paints a more complex picture

In the months after the now famous Gonski review into school funding was released in 2012, I was genuinely surprised at the speed and scope of its influence in the community. In discussion groups of men and women, parents and grandparents mostly, I conducted in that year and beyond, the overwhelming sentiment was that the Gonski reforms should be implemented as soon as possible.

These people had not read much more than newspaper reports about the Gonski review – sometimes not even that. But they immediately understood what pressing issue Gonski was trying to address: the lack of funding to our schools, especially those schools (mostly public) where the need was greatest. Such a reform seemed long overdue.

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Research finds deadly heatwaves will occur more often

A study published today in Nature Climate Change predicts that deadly heatwaves will become more frequent in the future. The study found that currently, around 30 percent of the world experiences life-threatening heat for at least 20 days per year. B…

Labor resolves to block tougher citizenship rules

The Coalition faces a battle to get its citizenship overhaul through Parliament, after Labor declares it will vote against the changes, which would mean a four-year wait between becoming a permanent resident and being eligible to become a citizen.

Sean Spicer said to be seeking a new role away from press briefings

Those familiar with the situation say Trump’s press secretary has reached out to possible successors at the podium as he seeks a more strategic role

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is seeking to take on a more strategic role that would give him a limited presence in the daily White House press briefings, according to a senior administration official and three people familiar with the potential changes.

The three people said he has reached out to possible successors at the podium and as communications director. The people spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations before a final decision was made.

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