10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Images via Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle wave from a carriage after their wedding ceremony to Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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1. Under fire. Two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman have reportedly been attacked by torpedos off the coast of Iran on Thursday. Oil prices were sent into a spin with heightened security concerns potentially affecting the Strait of Hormuz, the only shipping channel to move oil out of the Persian Gulf into global trade routes. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack.

2. Off to Africa. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly considering an extended sabbatical to undertake humanitarian work in Africa with Master Archie. Here is what it could mean for the future of the royal family.

3. Advance Australia. Trailing 2-0 at half-time, the Matildas have made a stunning comeback to beat rivals Brazil in the Women’s FIFA World Cup. The win came just days after their upset loss to Italy.

4. ‘This president is a national security threat’. Candidates running for the Democratic Party nomination have attacked US President Trump after Trump admitted he might accept political dirt on one of them from a foreign nation like Russia. “Oh, I think I’d want to hear it,” Trump said in an interview. “They have information. I think I’d take it.”

5. Billionaire lobbyists. Melinda and Bill Gates have launched a new lobby group separate from their philanthropic organisation. It will promote global health, global development, moving people from poverty to employment, and education for black, Latino, and rural students.

6.Prime Minister Boris? Boris Johnson looks one step closer to becoming the next British Prime Minister after he won the first round of the UK Conservative Party leadership contest. Johnson received the votes of 114 Conservative MPs, well ahead of the 43 ministers who backed his next closest rival Jeremy Hunt.

Source: Business Insider UK

7. Hong Kong protesters targeted. Encrypted messenger app Telegram has revealed it has been the victim of a huge cyber attack out of China. The coordinated attack coincided with mass protests in Hong Kong as citizens fight a proposed bill that would allow them to be extradited to mainland China to face trial.

8. Tie your kangaroo down. They might be a beloved national icon up on Australia’s coat of arms, but on the roads, kangaroos can cause a whole of pain. More than 7,000 drivers report hitting one every year, costing more than $6 million in insurance excess a year.

Source: Huddle Insurance Roo Report 2019

9. Chicken-less KFC. Fast-food chain KFC has announced it will unveil a vegan version of its signature fried chicken burger. The so-called ‘Imposter Burger’ will be made out of meat substitute Quorn, and comes after competitor Burger King said it would team up with Beyond Meat to release a vegan Whopper by the end of the year.

10. Play nice. With retailers fearing the impact of Amazon in Australia, the boss of eBay Australia has made a curious plea. Its managing director urged retail players arriving Down Under, like Amazon not come in and seek to disrupt and destroy’ existing competitors.


The Guardian informs us that the world’s fattest parrot, the Kākāpō, is facing an existential threat with just 142 remaining in its native New Zealand. Despite the dangers, the so-called “party parrot” hasn’t lost any of its mojo.

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