10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Ruslan Kogan,. Supplied

Good morning!

1. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hit with 17 criminal charges. The US Department of Justice has indicted the controversial Australian on counts of receiving and publishing classified information.

2. Kogan sued for false discounts. The competition watchdog has taken action against the online retailer for lifting its prices right before offering ‘sale’ prices.

3. Good news for home owners. New Citi research suggests the Australian property downturn could turn around by the end of 2020.

Citi Research

4. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to resign by the end of the week after losing the support of her Cabinet. If she refuses to quit, MPs are preparing to change party rules to force her out.

5. HBO teases new ‘Game of Thrones’ documentary. 13 stills have been teased from the upcoming behind-the-scenes film.

6. Song about ongoing trade war with the US goes viral in China. The propaganda song titled “Trade War” is based on a traditional Communist Party war cry and is trending on Chinese social media.

7. Wesfarmers set to enter EV market. The owner of Bunnings has put in a $776 million takeover bid for lithium miner and Tesla supplier Kidman, which has now received the approval of the miner’s board.

The Tesla Roadster (image: supplied)

8. A former bank CEO is accused of bribing Trump campaign chair. Chicago banker Stephen Calk was charged with bribing senior Trump campaign official Paul Manafort by approving $US16 million in loans.

9. This billion-year-old fungus could change our understanding of life. Or at least, it may change how scientists understand life migrated out of the oceans and onto land.

10. Facebook lobbied against Australian privacy regulations. A leaked email exchange between Facebook employees suggests the company tried to oppose the privacy regulations the Australian government was considering in 2012 has been made public, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tries to calm global nerves on privacy.


You can actually catch an Uber submarine now. The new service, dubbed scUber, will allow customers to travel underwater through the Great Barrier Reef.

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