1. Turkey’s President has ignited diplomatic tensions with New Zealand and Australia after he blamed the Christchurch mosque shootings on anti-Turkish sentiment. Referencing WWI’s Gallipoli campaign, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said any Australians that travelled to Turkey with anti-Muslim sentiments would be sent back in coffins “like their grandfathers”.
2. Internet service providers in Australia have blocked platforms including 4chan, 8chan, and LiveLeak. The sites were found hosting footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings that killed 50 people last week.
3. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for a global fight against racism. “My call would be a global one…this was an Australian citizen but that is not to say we do not have an ideology in New Zealand that would be an affront to the majority of New Zealanders” she told the BBC.
4. A cockpit voice recording from doomed Lion Air 737 Max shows pilots scoured the plane’s manual to fix its fatal dive but couldn’t find the right procedure in time. The first officer reported a “flight control problem” two minutes into the flight, and the captain then asked him to check a handbook that contained procedures for abnormal events, the recordings showed, according to a report from Reuters.
5. Australia finally received some good news on the largest part of the economy. A measure of economy-wide spending from the Commonwealth Bank suggests consumption levels are improving.
6. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has abandoned plans to request a lengthy delay to Brexit of up to two years after a threatened revolt from her Cabinet. May had been intending to write to European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday to demand both a short extension of around three months as well as a lengthier extension of up to two years.
7. Rupert Murdochs’s $100 billion deal with Disney is going to turn all six of his children into billionaires in their own right. The $US12 billion in proceeds from the Disney deal are set to be distributed between Murdoch’s six children – Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace and Chloe – turning them all into billionaires, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
8. Sydney’s striking ‘bird nest’ building is on sale. The asking price is a reported $35 million.
9. Apple launched a set of new AirPods with wireless charging and hands-free Siri. They’re launching immediately on Apple’s online store and are expected to arrive in its brick-and-mortar retail stores next week.
10. Google was fined $US1.7 billion over a third breach of EU antitrust rules in three years. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the latest fine was for “illegal practices in search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position.”
BONUS: A photo of AFLW star Tayla Harris has gone global after it was targeted by online trolls who left sexually explicit comments. Channel 7 published the photo but removed it when it attracted offensive comments. It has now been reuploaded by Channel 7 and an apology has been offered.
Tayla Harris you’re amazing ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XL8Std0YHk
— Lauren Clearihan (@LozzzaC) 19 March 2019
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