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Justine Damond: Australian PM calls shooting 'inexplicable'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will seek answers from US authorities over the “inexplicable” death of a woman shot by a policeman. Justine Damond, originally from Sydney, was killed in Minneapolis after calling police to report a possible crime. The incident is under investigation by US authorities, who say they cannot compel the officer to give a statement. Mr Turnbull said his government is determined to learn what “went tragically wrong”. “How can a woman out in the street in her…

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Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages. Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists. But security experts say strong encryption protects citizens’ privacy. What’s the issue? Many countries, including Australia, have laws in place that can force messaging services to hand over a suspect’s communications to police with an appropriate…

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Australian man's thumb surgically replaced by toe

An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position. Zac Mitchell, 20, was injured in April while working on a remote farming property in Western Australia. “A bull kicked my hand into the fence,” Mr Mitchell said of the incident. He underwent two unsuccessful operations to reattach his thumb before doctors opted to relocate his big toe in surgery lasting eight hours. Mr Mitchell said fellow workers had attempted to preserve his thumb immediately after the accident. “They put…

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Topshop closes underperforming stores in bid to save Australian operation

The administrators for the failed Topshop franchise in Australia are closing five of its nine stand-alone stores in a bid to save the local arm of the UK fast-fashion retailer. Stores at Chatswood and Miranda shopping centres in NSW, Highpoint in Melbourne, and Perth have closed in the past two weeks. The Topshop store on Chapel Street, South Yarra, which is due to close.  Photo: Melissa Singer But the closure expected to send the biggest shockwaves through the broader retail industry is in Chapel Street, in Melbourne’s South Yarra, which…

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The Australian Women's Weekly appoints new editor after shock departure of Kim Doherty

Days after the shock departure of its previous editor-in-chief Kim Doherty after barely a year in the job, Nicole Byers has been named the new woman at the helm of The Australian Women’s Weekly. The Weekly’s parent company, German-based Bauer Media, issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon naming Byers, who has been editor-in-chief of sister publication OK! magazine for the past seven years, as the successful candidate for what has long been billed as the most prestigious gig in Australian magazine publishing. New editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, Nicole Byers….

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Australian class-action case opens over pelvic mesh implants

More than 700 Australian women in a class-action case against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson that started Tuesday argued that the company’s vaginal mesh implants caused them devastating pain, ravaged their bodies and, in some cases, ruined their lives. Patients across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada have filed tens of thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other pelvic mesh manufacturers over the devices, which are used to treat urinary incontinence and repair pelvic organ prolapse, a condition often caused by childbirth in which organs shift out…

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Myer to foot the bill for Katy Perry's Australian tour

If the department store wars between Myer and David Jones was a musical, the Myer narrative would now have to include an interesting, unexpected key change. The retailer, famous for its frocks, spring racing marquees and Jennifer Hawkins, has joined forces with singer Katy Perry to sponsor the Australian leg of her upcoming world tour. Katy Perry greets fans at Myer’s Sydney City store on Friday. Photo: Joel Carrett As brands like Aje, by johnny and Self Portrait leave Myer to join David Jones, Myer is repositioning itself as a retailer keen to give customers “an…

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