10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

(Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Cardinal George Pell at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in May 2018.

Good morning!

1. Cardinal George Pell is set to be sentenced today for sexually abusing two teenage boys in 1996. Chief Judge Peter Kidd will hand down his sentence at 10am AEDT this morning.

2. British Prime Minister Theresa May saw her Brexit plan rejected by MPs in a landslide defeat in the House of Commons. May will now hold votes on leaving the EU without a deal or delaying Brexit.

3. People are freaking out about flying on the Boeing 737 Max 8. It has now crashed twice in five months and Boeing’s market value has fallen by $US40 billion since its 2019 peak as a result. Australia has banned the planes from its skies, and so has Europe and China.

4. News Corporation has urged the competition watchdog to break up Google’s Australian operations. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants to curb Google’s market power.

5. Former Google exec Amit Singhal was awarded a $US45 million exit deal amid accusations of sexual harassment. That’s according to a lawsuit that was made public this week.

6. Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of parents that have been charged by the FBI with participating in a scheme to get students into elite colleges. Authorities said the scam involved bribes to get children accepted into top tier universities as athletes, regardless of their athletic ability.

7. Russia has said it plans to equip a submarine with six nuclear “doomsday” devices. The nuclear torpedos have a massive warhead designed to cause tsunamis and devastate entire continents.

8. Goldman Sachs is trying out a new scheme to get more women on the trading floor. It’s offering hundreds of new female recruits a one-year trial program to give them a taste of what being trader is all about.

9. The US is planning to withdraw all its embassy staff in Venezuela as the country grapples with a deteriorating political situation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the move was in response to Venezuela’s increasingly dire economic situation.

10. Huawei got caught passing off professional images as photos taken with its new flagship phone, the P30. Once the images’ origins were revealed online, Huawei added disclaimers.

BONUS: An awkward watch.

Have a great Wednesday.

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