10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning!

1. China has grounded all of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes. It comes after the Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend, which killed 157 people.

2. Venezuela is entering the fifth day of its worst blackout in decades. President Nicolás Maduro said the blackout has been caused by US cyber attacks, but experts say the national power grid is old and poorly maintained.

3. Hundreds of people in Western Australia were locked out of their cars at a shopping centre in Perth. A Chemist Warehouse prescription alert system caused electromagnetic interference with car locking systems because it operated on the same frequency. It took several days to realise what was going on.

4. Malaysia released one of the women accused of murdering Kim Jong Un’s half brother with a nerve agent. It is refusing to provide any reasons why.

5. Royal Caribbean has been ordered to pay $US3.38 million to the family of a passenger who died while on a cruise. Richard Puchalski was told by the ship doctor that he had a septal infarction, but he died of a heart attack shortly afterwards.

6. Facebook stock soared to $US174.25 a share after a Wall Street bank said the stock is going to get close to a record high. Nomura Instinet upgraded its rating to “buy” and raised its price target by 25% to $US215.

7. Australia’s second-biggest casino is going to start using facial recognition technology. New cameras at the Star, in Sydney, will be able to match peoples’ faces to those held in a database of known offenders.

8. Chipmaker Nvidia has agreed to buy Mellanox, a supplier of computer-networking products, in a $US6.9 billion all-cash deal. It should help the chipmaker grab an even bigger piece of the booming data-centre market.

9. The US Department of Defence is planning to start building once-banned cruise missiles. The missiles were banned under the now-suspended 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War-era arms pact between the US and Russia.

10. Emergency services were called to different Amazon warehouses around the US at least 189 times between October 2013 and October 2018, The Daily Beast reported. They were responding to workers’ “suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health episodes.”

BONUS: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce gave an inquisitive 10-year-old some tips on how to run an airline after receiving a carefully crafted letter.

Have a great Tuesday.

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