10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Counter terrorism officers march near the scene of the London Bridge attack. Picture: Getty Images

Good morning.

1. Police believe they know who the suspects are in the latest attack on London. Twelve people were arrested in a raid on one of the homes of the attackers in Barking Road. Three attackers were killed yesterday as police fired an “unprecedented” 50 bullets to end the drama which saw seven bystanders killed and 48 injured. 36 people are still in hospital, 21 of them in a critical condition. Three Australians were caught up in the attack, including this bloke:

Picture: 9News

Darwin sparkie Andrew Morrison left a pub, got stabbed, then had to go back into the pub and ask someone to help him. Turns out he has a way with words as well.

“I know the thing with Muslims and terrorists… he looked like a f***ing Muslim terrorist.

2. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan issued a statement yesterday to reassure “all Londoners, and all our visitors, not to be alarmed. Our city remains one of the safest in the world.” But US president Donald Trump took to Twitter:


And pushed an agenda:


And somewhere, someone mentioned the possibility of a Trump visit to London, which was roundly criticised.

3. US employment data came in well short of forecasts on Friday, but it didn’t stop the S&P500 from reaching a new high. It did, however, send US Treasuries demand soaring, a strong hint that traders see trouble coming. We kick off a big week in data here in Australia led by the RBA meeting tomorrow and Q1 GDP on Wednesday, but today the big ones are the Ai Group services industry performance index and ANZ job ads. The dollar is higher, as is iron ore.

4. You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the Mos Eisley cantina where Luke Skywalker met Han Solo. If you don’t believe that, here’s the story behind 10 of the background characters in the iconic scene from “A New Hope”, released in cinemas just over 40 years ago.

5. Making the future exciting is going to take a lot more than just dreaming up and building personal aerospace vehicles, hoverboards and self-driving cars. That’s the easy bit. The real issue holding them back is whether humans can use them responsibly. And that’s why these experts say self-driving cars at least could make traffic congestion worse, not better. Because you won’t be able to resist sending your empty car home and back again to pick you up from work.

6. It’s been seven years since Steve Jobs revealed the “magical and revolutionary” device that will change the way we consume media and the fortunes of the company that innovated it, Apple. But while it has seen about 340 million units shifted worldwide, has it actually revolutionised anything? Steve Kovach says no.

7. Well, this looks delicious:

It’s called a cloud egg, and here’s how to make it.

8. In the US, they have National Wine Day, which sounds like an excellent idea, until you realise you’ve just missed Aussie Wine Month right here in Australia. Gah. Still, here are 14 of the best wine hacks everyone should know, including at least two ways to open a bottle without a corkscrew.

9. When you want to know what Michael Flynn told Russia, go straight to the source. NBC News’ Megan Kelly interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin last night and asked about that 2015 dinner in Moscow where the two sat side by side. At the time, Flynn was much closer to his two-year stint as Barack Obama’s director of the Defense Intelligence Agency than he was to his 24-day career as Trump’s national security advisor before Trump sacked him. But here’s what Putin told Kelly about his conversation with Flynn that night.

10. A holiday in winter here means a holiday in summer somewhere else. So now’s a great time to check out where everyone else is going, on this list of trending destinations on Airbnb, and booking a great house before everyone else gets it.

Have a great day.

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