10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Elton John performs live at Twickenham Stoop on June 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Harlequins)

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1. Huawei has reportedly stopped its smartphone production after US blacklist. The Chinese telco will “reassess” its target to become the world’s top smartphone vendor by the end of 2020, according to the South China Morning Post.

2. Elton John biopic falls foul of Russia’s “homosexual propaganda” laws. Around five minutes of footage depicting gay sex and romantic scenes in Rocketman have been cut for the Russian audience, according to The Guardian’s Moscow correspondent.

3. Labor’s new frontbench announced. Labor leader Anthony Albanese, has announced a new-look shadow ministry, including a role for his predecessor Bill Shorten in the disability and government services portfolio.

4.Australian economic growth slowed rapidly in the second half of 2018 and there’s a risk it continued in early 2019. It was the first “per capita recession” since the mid-2000s.

5.Topshop owner charged in the US. Philip Green, the chair of the UK-based Arcadia Group which owns iconic retailers Topshop and Topman is facing four counts of misdemeanour assault, according to online court records from Pima County in Arizona.

6. RIP iTunes. Apple is reportedly set to finally ditch the music program with the next big update to the Mac operating system, according to Bloomberg.

7. Eight climbers have been missing in the Himalayas for a week. The group, made up of an Australian as well as four Britons, two Americans and an Indian, didn’t return to base camp on the Nanda Devi East after a heavy avalanche in the region.

8. Did Kim Jong Un execute a North Korean official? US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the official in question served as the special envoy to the US during the summit between the US and North Korea and the US is now investigating his death.

9. Twitter apologises for censoring Chinese government critics. The social media platform is under fire after a New York Times report suggested it suspended the accounts of as many as 100 activists, students and lawyers in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square atrocity. Twitter has apologised but says the suspension was part of its “routine” security activity.

10. Crucial dams in NSW hit record lows water levels. Towns across the state are at risk of running dry within months.


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