10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning!

1. A new poll found that US President Donald Trump’s job-approval ratings are climbing even though a majority of voters still disapprove of his policies. The poll was conducted by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News.

2. SpaceX‘s new Dragon crew capsule has arrived at the International Space Station. No one was onboard the capsule, which docked autonomously instead of relying on the station’s robot arm for berthing.

3. Analysts in the City of London are finally starting to believe that the UK will avoid a no-deal Brexit. JPMorgan and Pantheon Macroeconomics both affirmed their belief that the chance of a no deal Brexit is around 10-15%, while Capital Economics said it believes the chances of no deal is “receding.

4. Facebook threatened to pull investment projects from Europe and Canada if lobbying demands from COO Sheryl Sandberg were not met, according to court documents seen by Computer Weekly and The Guardian. In both cases, Sandberg told government officials from the European Union and Canada that if she did not receive certain reassurances then Facebook would consider other “options” for investment and growth.

5. Unemployment could spike by up to 2.5% as a result of the expected automation of up to 46% of jobs in Australia by 2030, a new report from McKinsey Australia has warned. The report said demand would increase for workers in unpredictable and interactive roles including nursing, caregiving and sales, but will fall for workers including radiologists, mechanics and legal research assistants.

Getty ImagesRoyal Caribbean Cruise line’s ‘Ovation of the Seas’ in Sydney, Australia.

6. More than half of people are not confident about their privacy online, according to a study commissioned by Facebook. Most would say Facebook has a lot to do with the breakdown of trust: the social media giant has endured a torrid year when it comes to data protection.

7. Mid and higher grade iron ore prices surged on Friday. The premium for iron ore lump also jumped sharply. The moves coincided with a series of smog alerts issued in major northern Chinese provinces.

8. Trump boasted about his golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which he characterised as “perhaps the greatest” on earth, and an asset to US diplomacy. The course has had vocal opposition from locals for years, and consistently posts annual financial losses in excess of $US1 million.

9. Cruise workers said they have so much sex on ships that it’s comparable to college dorms. The permissive sexual culture on cruise ships can also lead to aggressive or inappropriate behaviour.

10. Divers found fossils of an ancient giant sloth hidden in a sinkhole. The creature was 20 feet long.

BONUS: Mario Balotelli may have produced the celebration of the season with this one.

Have a great Monday.

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