Week in Brief: 7 July – 13 July 2019

Week in Brief: 7 July – 13 July 2019

AFP accessed journalists’ metadata almost 60 times in 2017–18

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) accessed the metadata of journalists almost 60 times in one year, according to disclosures made to the first review of Australia’s mandatory data retention regime.

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Alek Sigley denies he was spying on North Korea

Alek Sigley, who was released from detention in North Korea last week, has denied allegations by Pyongyang that he is a spy.

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Sir David Attenborough slams Australia for lack of action on climate change

Sir David Attenborough has slammed Australia for inaction on climate change, adding that it is one of the countries worst affected by the issue.

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Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney warns Australia on press freedom

Amal Clooney has cautioned Australia on press freedom at the inaugural Defend Media Freedom conference in the United Kingdom, which was attended by Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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“You are the best of us”: UK Ambassador to the US resigns amid Anglo-American tiff

Britain’s Ambassador to the United States Sir Kim Darroch has resigned amid a tiff between Downing Street and the White House over leaked diplomatic cables that described the Trump Administration as “inept” and “dysfunctional”.

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“Appalled”: US’ detention of migrant children may violate international law, says UN rights chief

Conditions in which migrants and refugees are being held in the United States are appalling, said the United Nations human rights chief on Monday (local time), underscoring that children should never be held in immigration detention, or separated from their families.

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Did you know?

Dr. Seuss’ book “Green Eggs and Ham” was written for a bet.

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Quote of the Week

‘The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.’

Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, mathematician, historian, writer, and Nobel laureate

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