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Senior NT police deny Zachary Rolfe’s claim unit held racist mock award, inquest hears

Lawyer tells Kumanjayi Walker inquest current and former officers in tactical response group rejected claims and said they were hurtfulFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastSenior police from the Northern Territory’s heavily armed tactical response unit have strongly denied claims by Zachary Rolfe that the unit bestowed a racist mock award on colleagues who displayed Aboriginal-like behaviour, a court has heard.Rolfe made the claims earlier this week in Alice Springs during the inquest into the death of Kumanjayi Walker.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...

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Trump to appeal ruling barring him from Illinois primary ballot over January 6 role

Judge Tracie Porter sides with voters who sought disqualification but delays ruling from taking effect in light of expected appeal An Illinois state judge on Wednesday barred Donald Trump from appearing on the Illinois Republican presidential primary ballot because of his role in the attack at the US Capitol on January 6, but she delayed her ruling from taking effect in light of an expected appeal by the former US president.Cook county circuit judge Tracie Porter sided with Illinois voters who argued that the former president should be disqualified from the state’s March 19 primary ballot and its 5 November general election ballot for violating the anti-insurrection clause of the US constitution’s 14th amendment. Continue reading...

Alleged murder of Jesse Baird by Beau Lamarre was premeditated, NSW police claim

Assistant commissioner alleges Lamarre bought single surfboard bag ahead of shootings with Baird’s partner, Luke Davies, killed due to ‘presence at house’Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe alleged murder of Jesse Baird was premeditated by Sen Cost Beau Lamarre who also killed Luke Davies because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, New South Wales police will allege in court.Assistant commissioner Michael Fitzgerald said police would allege that, initially, Baird was Lamarre’s sole intended target. Continue reading...

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First North Korea spy satellite is ‘alive’ and being controlled, experts say

Changes in orbit of Malligyong-1 suggest Pyongyang is successfully maneuvering the satelliteNorth Korea’s first spy satellite is “alive”, space experts have said, after detecting changes in its orbit that suggested Pyongyang was successfully controlling the spacecraft – although its capabilities remain unknown.After two fiery failures, North Korea successfully launched the Malligyong-1 satellite into orbit in November. Pyongyang’s state media claimed it has photographed sensitive military and political sites in South Korea, the US and elsewhere, but has not released any imagery. Independent radio trackers have not detected signals from the satellite. Continue reading...

Marion Barter inquest findings: coroner criticises NSW police, says former lover ‘does indeed know more’

Coroner finds Ric Blum lied and deceived inquest, but does not recommend charges against himSearching for Marion Barter: a daughter’s 25-year quest to find her missing motherFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe New South Wales police investigation into missing woman Marion Barter has been deemed inadequate by the state coroner, who said police failures had resulted in the case remaining unsolved for nearly 27 years.The Gold Coast woman was last seen on 22 June 1997 by a friend at a bus depot in Southport.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...