Former TAFE director committed maladministration, SA ombudsman finds

A TAFE employee being investigated for misconduct was wrongly offered a redundancy package worth more than $105,000 by a former director, SA’s ombudsman finds.

Driver received a string of seven texts moments before deadly crash

A Perth woman, who has admitted texting while driving, denies being distracted by a message from her boyfriend in the seconds before she lost control of her car, leading to a crash that claimed the life of her friend.

Iran plane crash wreckage found on top of mountain

Iran locates a passenger plane that crashed with 65 people on board, two days after it disappeared from radar over mountainous terrain, with authorities warning the hostile environment means families face a further wait until the bodies of their loved ones can be retrieved.

SA Liberal leader’s bank shares in the spotlight, but Labor attack fails

A Labor attack on SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall over his shareholdings at the time he was opposing the bank tax backfires, with the Premier now refusing to answer questions about his own ministers’ investments.

Police find car of Uber and Lyft driver who went missing a week ago after mysteriously calling 911

The vehicle of a Lyft and Uber driver who mysteriously went missing last week has been found in Los Angeles. Authorities found Joshua Thiede’s car in an area of Koreatown on Monday.

Duterte plays down China military facilities in disputed seas

MANILA–Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought on Monday to allay fears about China’s construction of military bases on manmade islands in the South China Sea, saying these were built to defend against America rather than confront neighboring | School shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers to act

The deadly shooting at a Florida high school has put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws in a state that has resisted restrictions on firearms for decades. | ‘We can’t support our families’ – anger mounts as workers at Gupta-owned coal mine down tools

Mineworkers at the Gupta-owned Optimum Coal Mine, in Mpumalanga, have downed tools over the uncertainty of their jobs and the future of the mine.

Figure skating: Good friends, but it’s war on the ice, say Russians

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva and fellow Russian skater Alina Zagitova are close friends who talk to each other about everything, but when they take to the ice for Olympic medals on Friday, it’s going be nothing short of war.

Florida lawmaker’s aide fired after claiming high school students are actors

A Florida representative’s aide lost his job Tuesday after sending an email to a reporter falsely alleging that two students who survived the Florida school shooting — and were speaking out on TV — are “actors.”

‘Peace’ doesn’t sell at Pyeongchang, say Games sponsors

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – An image of a giant dove lit up the night sky and singers performed John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, not long after athletes from enemies South and North Korea marched into the stadium together.

Zagitova leads with world record, Medvedeva close behind

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Alina Zagitova took the lead in women’s Olympic singles figure skating with a world record short skate on Wednesday, giving her a strong chance of becoming the first Olympic Athlete from Russia to win gold in Pyeongchang.

Rally calling for ban on assault-style rifles to be held in Tallahassee

PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) – Student and parent activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage will hold a rally on Wednesday at the state capital, calling for a ban on assault-style rifles.

Curling: Britain and Switzerland to battle for last playoff spot

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Britain were forced into a tie-breaker with Switzerland in a bid to secure a semi-final spot in the Olympic men’s curling competition after being crushed 10-4 by the United States in eight ends on Wednesday.

Fifth graft probe hits Netanyahu, inner circle as police chief fires back at PM

For the second time this week, Israeli police have announced a new corruption investigation targeting members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner circle, marking the fifth such investigation to entangle the premier and those closest to him. | North West legislature lays charges against health HOD over contract to Gupta-linked company

The North West legislature has laid criminal charges against the head of the province’s health department, Dr Thabo Lekalakala, following a marathon interrogation over a contract given to a Gupta-linked company. | ‘Bitter succession struggle’ as Zim bids farewell to opposition hero Tsvangirai

Thousands of Zimbabweans have gathered to bid a final farewell to opposition veteran Morgan Tsvangirai whose death last week has sparked a bitter succession struggle within the Movement for Democratic Change.

South Koreans furious after speed skaters hang team mate out to dry

SEOUL (Reuters) – Two South Korean speed skaters are facing growing calls for them to be banned from the national team after they appeared to blame a team mate for their failure to reach the semi-finals of the women’s team pursuit at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Trump Jr. says missing out on India deals because of father’s self-imposed curbs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s elder son described India as an important market for The Trump Organization but said the global company will lose out on new deals because of self-imposed restrictions put in place by his father since he took office.

Trump moves to ban bump stocks

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban bump fire stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly. The move adds his voice to a process that began in December, two months after a gunman used the device in a shooting that left scores dead at a concert in Las Vegas.