John Bolton to castigate ICC in Washington speech

Trump’s national security adviser threatens sanctions against judges at international criminal court

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, will adopt an aggressive posture against the international criminal court (ICC), threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan.

Related: The ICC must hold the US accountable for crimes in Afghanistan | Katherine Gallagher

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Serena Williams gains support of WTA and USTA chiefs after umpire row

  • WTA’s Steve Simon: double standards applied by Carlos Ramos
  • USTA president hails Williams’s ‘class’ and ‘sportsmanship’

The Women’s Tennis Association has backed up Serena Williams’ claims of sexism regarding the way she was treated by umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday’s US Open final.

Williams was given a warning for coaching, then docked a point for smashing a racket before being penalised a game by Ramos after she called him a “liar” and a “thief”. That left the 23-times grand slam singles champion one game from defeat and in tears, with Naomi Osaka clinching her first slam title shortly afterwards.

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Scott Morrison’s defence rings hollow after Coalition’s deranged bloodletting | Katharine Murphy

Morrison tried to explain why he is now prime minister while trying to distance himself from Australia’s coup culture

Scott Morrison wanted his first question time as prime minister to be about the what, but of course it was all about the why.

Why was he now Australia’s 30th prime minister? It’s the question the voters of Australia are asking, because it’s the obvious question to ask. Morrison needs to be able to provide an answer.

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