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Counter-terrorism police arrest man after raiding homes in Melbourne's north over Brighton siege. Updated A 32-year-old Glenroy man has been arrested and an imitation shotgun seized after police searched homes as part of an investigation into the supply of weapons to the Brighton siege gunman.

Counter-terrorism police arrest man after raiding homes in Melbourne's north over Brighton siege

Key points: Properties were searched in Glenroy, Ascot Vale and Gladstone ParkPolice said one man arrested, and two being interviewed, could have supplied firearms to the Brighton gunmanThere was no evidence linking the men directly to terrorism, police said Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said about 150 officers, from the Special Operations Group and Australian Federal Police (AFP), searched three homes in the northern suburbs of Ascot Vale, Glenroy and Gladstone Park before 5:00am. He said the raids were related to firearms used by Yacqub Khayre, who shot dead a man, held a woman hostage and wounded three police officers before being shot and killed in Brighton on Monday. UK election: Votes being counted; BBC exit poll suggests Conservatives could lose majority - UK Election 2017. James Comey and Donald Trump: Fired FBI director hits out at Trump White House in Senate testimony - Donald Trump's America.

Updated Testifying under oath in a Senate hearing watched worldwide, former FBI director James Comey has accused the Trump administration of defaming him and the FBI in the aftermath of his abrupt firing by President Donald Trump.

James Comey and Donald Trump: Fired FBI director hits out at Trump White House in Senate testimony - Donald Trump's America

Key points: Mr Comey says he was concerned Mr Trump might lie about the nature of their meetingsSenate intelligence committee is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 electionMr Trump is expected to refute Mr Comey's claims "Those were lies, plain and simple," Mr Comey said of the administration's claims that the FBI was poorly led and in disarray under his leadership, and that agents had lost confidence in him. "The administration chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI," he said. The voters speak: United Kingdom goes to the polls for general election - UK Election 2017. Updated Voters across the United Kingdom have begun to cast their ballots in the general election.

The voters speak: United Kingdom goes to the polls for general election - UK Election 2017

Final opinion polls were suggesting that Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Theresa May would defeat Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn and increase her majority in parliament. The ABC spoke to voters as they left the polling booths: Russell Thomas. Scientists get new genome platform to decode DNA in fight against complex diseases.

Updated Australian scientists now have access to revolutionary tools which could give them a cutting edge in the fight against diseases like cancer.

Scientists get new genome platform to decode DNA in fight against complex diseases

A financial crisis in China could also take down Australia. Updated Australia managed to survive the global financial crisis with the help of a huge stimulus program from China.

A financial crisis in China could also take down Australia

Chinese demand for Australian minerals prevented our economy from tanking. However, almost a decade later, doubts have arisen about the health of the Chinese economy. "The last couple of data points have been weaker, but I think the real impact of that will only be seen in the next few quarters," said Julian Evans-Pritchard, the China economist of Capital Economics. "So we are quite wary of whether the current strength [of the] economy can be sustained for much longer.

" PNG police chief launches fresh legal action against disbanded anti-corruption body. Posted Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner has launched legal action against the country's anti-corruption body Task Force Sweep even though it was disbanded three years ago.

PNG police chief launches fresh legal action against disbanded anti-corruption body

Key points: California, Chinese university set up climate change institute in wake of Trump withdrawal - Donald Trump's America. Posted A newly created institute between the state of California and China's Tsinghua University is set to step up on climate change policies in the wake of United States President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris agreement last week.

California, Chinese university set up climate change institute in wake of Trump withdrawal - Donald Trump's America

Key points: California, Chinese university set up climate change institute.US Energy Secretary Rick Perry hopes China becomes "real leader".Institute to take on a bigger role after Trump withdrawal form Paris agreement. The two parties will establish the US-China Climate Change Institute to cooperate on technology, research, and reduce emissions in the battle against global warming, the two sides announced. Warrawong Sanctuary in Adelaide Hills to reopen with new owners from WA. Posted GIF: Warrawong Sanctuary operated from 1969 until 2013 New owners hope to revive Warrawong Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills as a popular tourism destination, four years after it closed down.

Warrawong Sanctuary in Adelaide Hills to reopen with new owners from WA

David Cobbold and Narelle MacPherson have bought the 11-hectare sanctuary for an undisclosed amount, and moved from Western Australia to South Australia to bring their ambitious plan to fruition. Finkel report calls for new clean energy target. Updated A major review of Australia's energy sector by chief scientist Alan Finkel will recommend adopting a new clean energy target, promote a greater use of gas and put a bigger focus on energy storage.

Finkel report calls for new clean energy target

A clean energy target is the primary recommendation in Dr Finkel's report, which will be released tomorrow. 7.30 understands the report concludes that a properly designed clean energy target could reduce electricity prices faster than an emissions intensity scheme or business-as-usual. China working to gain soft power but perceptions it is trying to stifle free speech linger. Analysis Posted In 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping set out the aims of Chinese soft power in this way: "To give a good Chinese narrative, and better communicate China's messages to the world".

China working to gain soft power but perceptions it is trying to stifle free speech linger

"To be portrayed as a civilised place featuring a rich history, with good government and developed economy, cultural prosperity and diversity and beautiful mountains and rivers. " The Chinese leadership, starting with President Hu Jintao in 2007, understands that if China is to become a truly global power then it needs soft power. It's a recognition that for nations to be powerful they need more than economic might and military threat.

They have to have soft power — the ability to coax and persuade other countries that their culture and values are desirable. After commissioning research on China's international image in the late 2000s the Chinese leadership identified "the threat theory", that much of the Western world sees China as distinctly unfriendly. Melbourne man's 'miracle' recovery from stroke, locked-in syndrome. Updated "It's a bloody miracle. " That is how Wally Ballard's wife describes his remarkable recovery from a very rare neurological condition called locked-in syndrome and a stroke last Wednesday. Cathy Freeman on finding meaning and success in life after sport. Posted In 49.11 seconds Cathy Freeman secured her status as an Australian legend. The champion athlete's 400m gold-medal run in front of a screaming home crowd at the 2000 Olympics has become the sort of story told to aspiring young runners.

"This is a famous victory," veteran commentator Bruce McAvaney told the nation as she crossed the finishing line. Fast forward 17 years and Freeman is still a champion for Australia, but this week is celebrating a rather different achievement. Her Cathy Freeman Foundation — which helps Indigenous children secure a full education — has just marked its 10-year anniversary. Milky Way: Study shows galaxy exists in a huge void, may solve universe expansion hurdle. Posted A scientific study which claims to show the Milky Way and its neighbouring galaxies exist in a celestial void, may have solved a problem that has puzzled scientists trying to establish the rate at which the universe is expanding.

University of Wisconsin-Madison student Ben Hoscheit gave a presentation to the 230th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Tuesday, in which he argued the Milky Way and neighbouring regions contained far less density of stars, planets and galaxies than surrounding regions of space. Mr Hoscheit and his supervisor, Amy Barger, said the findings could help explain the difference between estimates of the speed of the expansion of the universe astrophysicists get when they use different techniques of measurement. But Mr Hoscheit and Ms Barger argued it may be explained by the difference in gravitational pull being exerted between regions of low and high concentrations of matter inside and outside our galactic neighbourhood.

Low emissions target: Businesses push for political parties to compromise on climate change. Posted Leading Australian businesses are pleading with both sides of parliament to stop arguing about climate change policies. Chief scientist Alan Finkel will release a report tomorrow which is expected to call for a low emissions target (LET) — meaning a percentage of energy must be generated from low emissions sources.

It would also force large scale renewable energy generators, like solar farms, to include battery storage to make them more reliable. The design of the scheme — which is also sometimes called a clean energy target — is expected to mean coal-fired power stations would keep operating longer. Major manufacturing company BlueScope is leading the push for the two sides of politics to unite on the low emissions target idea. Trade surplus narrows sharply as Cyclone Debbie blows coal shipments off course. Updated Australia's recent run of booming trade figures has ended with the surplus in April narrowing sharply.

In seasonally adjusted figures, the surplus of $555 million was down more than 80 per cent compared to the $2.6 billion recorded in March. The biggest driver was a $2.5 billion — or 45 per cent — slump in coal exports as Cyclone Debbie severely disrupted mining and shipping operations. While the value of imports fell 1 per cent, the impact was swamped by the 8 per cent decline in exports. The export performance was generally weak across most key commodities. Rural goods fell 2 per cent, with cereals shipments down 6 per cent in value, although wool exports rose by 13 per cent, or $46 million. What is a low emissions target — and how will it curb carbon emissions? Lindt Cafe siege: NSW Police who shoot terrorists dead will be protected by new laws.

Donald Trump and James Comey: What you need to know before ex-FBI chief testifies - Donald Trump's America. Analysis Posted. Ship builder Austal to team up with ASC in a bid to win Defence contracts. Updated. Why embracing darkness could help you see the light. NSW Attorney-General and George Brandis split on push to increase politicians' parole powers. Victoria calls for AFP airport squads, new security measures to prevent terrorism. UK election: Polls give Theresa May narrow lead over Jeremy Corbyn - UK Election 2017.

Updated. Donald Trump and James Comey: Breaking down the former FBI head's testimony - Donald Trump's America. Analysis. Canberrans beg ActewAGL to save kitten by turning power off to street in Chifley. Are we getting a raw deal? Red meat retail prices explained. Fact check: Did Malcolm Turnbull announce a tax cut for millionaires and a tax hike for workers in the budget? - Fact Check - ABC News. Law Society concerned about Brisbane barrister asking Paul Pisasale to collect $50k cash. Childhood experience of family violence leads Indigenous man to lead educational change. Discovery of 300,000-year-old fossils rewrites origins of Homo sapiens - Science News - ABC News. Einstein's 'impossible' hope: Light bending theory directly observed in distant stars for first time - Science News - ABC News.

James Comey says Donald Trump told him to back off Michael Flynn probe - Donald Trump's America. Uluru: Google street-view allows visitors to 'experience all its wonder' without violating culture. Russia interfered but Comey's evidence may be 'tempered', former US intelligence chief says - Donald Trump's America. Donald Trump to nominate former Justice Department lawyer Christopher Wray to lead FBI - Donald Trump's America. Mother 'distressed' by mental health services proposal to send autistic son to detention centre. Climate: Bill Shorten tells Malcolm Turnbull Labor might consider low emissions target. Former Perth lord mayor proposes Put Western Australia First Party, wants GST fix for WA. Indigenous elders join magistrates in special court for offenders willing to rehabilitate. Qatar: What caused the crisis and how is Donald Trump involved? At least one dead in twin attacks in Iran Parliament, mausoleum: reports. Four ways social media companies and security agencies can tackle terrorism.

Brush-tailed rock-wallaby numbers bouncing back in Blue Mountains. Donald Trump's alleged Russia links will dwarf Watergate scandal, says James Clapper - Donald Trump's America. London Bridge attack: Sara Zelenak confirmed as second Australian victim. UK election: Opinion poll swing the greatest I've ever seen, says Sir David Butler. UK election: Will Britain's snap Brexit election backfire for Theresa May? Andrew Robb did not breach code of conduct by taking $880k consultancy role with Chinese billionaire, Scott Ryan says - China power. Reality Winner: US intelligence contractor charged with leaking material on US election - Donald Trump's America. China must be told to stop interfering in Australian affairs - China power.

Australia's economy grows at just 0.3 per cent in March quarter. Amnesty calls for ban on all imports from Israeli settlements to mark 50 years of occupation. UK election: One-time easybeat Jeremy Corbyn has Theresa May rattled. Wind farm in central highlands to push Tasmania towards energy self-sufficiency. Christian conference attendees walk out after speakers suggest women should grow their hair long, defer to men at work.

Southern Cross examined in Warwick Thornton's new film We Don't Need A Map - RN. Kuwait tries to mediate Arab fallout with Qatar as Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia trip is 'paying off' - Donald Trump's America. London Bridge attack: Muslim families hand out roses with messages of disgust at extremism. Terror suspect parole decision should involve ASIO and AFP, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says. Minimum wage rise to hit WA businesses the hardest, lobby group claims. Winter warmth is in the forecast (but don't celebrate yet) China ensures its position in Africa by pouring billions into infrastructure and education. London Bridge attack: Australian nurse Kirsty Boden's death a loss for family, hospital and London.

土澳 or TuAo: Is this Chinese popular term for Australia affectionate or condescending? - China power. Australia pushes for tech giants to help fight terrorism at next spy meeting. Battle for Raqqa: US-backed forces launch offensive against Islamic State stronghold. Former top US spy James Clapper warns of China's Russian-style behaviour in Australia - China power. Bill Shorten calls for parliamentary inquiry into foreign influence in Australian politics.

Spud Shed owner Tony Galati pleads guilty to contempt of court charge in potato quota case. Islamic State's claims of responsibility for terrorist attacks 'part of a smoke and mirrors campaign' The Labor Party, Chinese property developer Huang Xiangmo, and the seat in the NSW parliament. Adani's Carmichael coal mine green light raises more questions than answers. Rare Shakespeare folio receives VIP treatment during flying Queensland visit. Qatar in 'chaos' as Arab powers halt food supply to country amid diplomatic rift. Oakden nursing home psychologist 'traumatised' by staff actions. WA researchers to investigate how to make worrying work in productive ways. Protracted native title claims causing Indigenous elders 'heart-wrenching despair' Protracted native title claims causing Indigenous elders 'heart-wrenching despair' NDIS needs changes, NDIA failed to meet standards and expectations, CEO says.

Marsupial lions, giant kangaroos and huge lizards: The treasures of the Naracoorte Caves. Adani board pushes ahead with Queensland coal mine, chairman confirms. Donald Trump wrong to pull out of Paris Accord, former Federal Reserve official says. Brighton siege gunman Yacqub Khayre had extensive criminal history, used drugs. Oakden nursing home: Xenophon to target MPs who voted against open ICAC hearing. Malcolm Turnbull orders inquiry following revelations ASIO warned parties about Chinese donations - China power. Casey Dellacqua responds to Margaret Court criticism with love for her 'normal' family. Wallace and Gromit voice actor Peter Sallis dies aged 96. 'We all feel the pain': Thousands gather to honour London attack victims; vow to defeat extremism.

How the Chinese Communist Party exerts its influence in Australia: detained professor. Brighton siege: Melbourne police launch terror probe after deadly stand-off with Holsworthy plot gunman. Mabo legacy inspiring next generation of Indigenous leaders. TasWater: Ratepayers' money earmarked for ad campaign to thwart Liberal buyout plan. UK election: Welsh voters embrace political upheaval as economic woes grip the country. Living with scleroderma: The disease that turns you into stone. Bob Dylan delivers 'extraordinary, eloquent' Nobel lecture just in time for $1.2m reward. Occupied lives: A day in the life of Palestinians living in the West Bank.

Hot Jupiter-like planet is most extreme alien world ever discovered - Science News - ABC News. London Bridge attack: Two attackers named by police as Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane. Q&A: If terrorism breeds online, are sites like Google and Facebook responsible for attacks?