‘Only one thing will work’: Trump says North Korean diplomacy has failed

US President Donald Trump said Saturday that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work.

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Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump tweeted.

Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

It “hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of US negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”

The US has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt missile and nuclear tests, and Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” the country.

The mercurial American president also told journalists at a recent gathering with military leaders to discuss Iran, North Korea, and the Islamic State group that this “could be the calm before the storm,” declining to clarify his remarks.

…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

Last week, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew home from meeting with top Chinese officials, Trump tweeted that his envoy was “wasting his time” in trying to probe North Korea’s willingness to talk.

The message came after Tillerson had revealed there were backchannels between US and North Korean officials.

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Waves of Justice: The TV show teaching viewers in Timor-Leste about human rights

In wealthy countries, free-to-air broadcast television may be giving way to marathon binge sessions on your favourite streaming service.

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But in Timor-Leste, viewers are getting something extra in their terrestrial TV programming and it’s proving a hit.

A new locally-produced law and order drama is taking the fledgling nation by storm.

Laloran Justisa, or Waves of Justice, is a Tetum-language series that presents family tensions, football, music and love stories in combination with important human rights and democracy themes.

Currently broadcast nationally, there are also public screenings under way in remote villages from Maubisse, in the central highlands, to Fohorem.

“The shows sets a good example for us students as well as our families,” class three student Sonia de Reigo explains.

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“When a relative stays with us to go to school, we should let them go to school, the housework can be done after school.” 

The show is part of a broader project where students are taking part in an art and writing competition.

Teacher Maria da Silva says the show engages students, making it a powerful education tool. 

“The show can motivate the students: they can learn from the series, the good and bad,” de Silva said.

The show is the result of a close collaboration between Australian human rights lawyer Patrick Burgess, who runs Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), and award winning writer Phillip Gwynne.

Burgess isolated the human rights themes while Gwynne wrote the drama and action to ensure the show would be engaging entertainment.

The project was developed in conjunction with the Timorese government and bankrolled by the European Union.

Gwynne wrote the scripts, while Dili Film Works produced the shows with the aim of delivering education through entertainment. 

“People aren’t going to watch it if there’s not enough drama, love stories … and you’re going to fail,” Burgess told SBS World News.

“You have to have that but if the messages are not clear you have also failed.”

Sister Marcelina, from the Fohorem Church, says two of the show’s characters, who are keen to assert their independence, offer some good coming-of-age lessons.

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“From what I see in the two kids, they both are enthusiastic about the life in the city,” Sister Marcelina said after a public viewing.

“But along the way, when they are faced with the reality of life, they couldn’t go through with it.

“So this reflects the reality of life, where children have high hopes, but with the lack of support from family they decide to find their own place to live.” 

That’s no accident. Burgess says there’s a theme for each of the 20 half-hour episodes.

“One might be domestic violence, one might be environmental pollution and those episodes can be used as training in schools, in government and the police,” he said.

Burgess is no stranger to conflict and nation-building. He’s worked on reconciliation after the Rwandan genocide, atrocities in Yemen and as UN Human Rights chief in Timor-Leste.

“There are a lot of village people who don’t understand their rights, that they have the right to basics like schooling, education and that they shouldn’t tolerate corruption by local officials and that nepotism is something that is not going to benefit anybody, so we put those in,” he said.

The idea is modelled on a similar series The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth, also made by Asia Justice And Rights in Myanmar.

Watched by seven million people, it was so successful it’s now used to train all police officers.

“We had no idea it was going to be that successful. It has such an impact that the show is now used to train every new police officer in Cambodia,” Burgess said.

“There’s a scene with a domestic violence situation where an older cop says: ‘You know this is a family problem’, while the younger cop is pursuing the legal process, siding with the victim.

“Trainee cops are asked to assess that situation.”  

The good-cop-bad-cop scenario in that series is also used in Waves of Justice too.

Fohorem Village Chief Fernando Ferreira attended the public screening in his community and says it demonstrates the right approach to law enforcement.

“I learned something from the movie, about the police capturing the suspect,” Chief Ferreira aid.

“[They] lock him up in cell and [he’s] brought to court. It shows the good cop/bad cop, which is a good example that reflects reality.

“If there were any cops here tonight watching, I hope they could learn something from the show. The shows set good example for us students as well as our families.”

Las Vegas shooter ‘made hand-written calculations to maximise accuracy and number of kills’

The piece of paper was found by police officers who stormed Paddock’s room after he launched his attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel Sunday night – killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500.

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In an interview set to air on Sunday, Officer David Newton of the Las Vegas Police Department’s K-9 unit, told CBS’ “60 Minutes” he noticed Paddock’s note “on the nightstand near his shooting platform.”

“I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was going to be for the crowd. So he had had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there,” he said.

Newton added that forcing entry into the room with an explosive before finding Paddock’s body and an arsenal of weapons was like something “out of a movie.”

It was “very eerie,” he said.

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Paddock’s hotel suite gave him an ideal perch from which to carry out his attack on a crowd of more than 20,000 people attending a country music concert across the street, some 400 yards (365 meters) away.

The note has not shed any light on the gunman’s motives, which authorities are yet to uncover nearly a week after the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history.

“We still do not have a clear motive or reason why,” Undersheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told reporters Friday, adding that law enforcement was continuing to search for answers with “great tenacity.”

The shooting has refueled debate on gun control in the US, with even the powerful pro-gun National Rifle Association calling on authorities to review laws surrounding “bump stocks.”

Used by Paddock, a bump stock’s spring-loaded mechanism uses a rifle’s recoil to repeatedly and rapidly pull the trigger, allowing the user to fire several hundred rounds per minute.

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Wallaby Hodge steals Folau’s thunder

Reece Hodge has hailed the Wallabies pack and star-studded backline after stealing Israel Folau’s thunder with a career-first Test try-scoring double in Australia’s 37-20 Rugby Championship win over Argentina.

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All the pre-match focus was on Folau and the superstar fullback’s bid to break the world record for most tries in a calendar year after he eclipsed Lote Tuqiri’s Australian-best tally of 10 with his 11th five-pointer against South Africa.

But it was Hodge who delivered a decisive double in Mendoza as the Wallabies secured second spot in the championship.

While Folau finished empty-handed, Hodge crossed in each half and would have collected a hat-trick if not for a forward pass in the lead-up to another fine attacking play on Sunday morning.

After being used in the centres for most of his 19 Tests since debuting last year, the classy utility is revelling on the wing for the Wallabies.

Deflecting the praise, the humble back says it’s a dream playing outside the likes of Folau, Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley and Will Genia.

“It’s really exciting to play off the back of that. When they get the ball, anything can happen,” Hodge said.

“Bernie talks about it at every session and every backs review that we’ve got to be chasing through and chasing those line breaks and not assuming there’s going to be a ruck there.

“With those guys there, it’s a pretty realistic thing to have line breaks. It’s pretty good to play off.”

Hodge, though, reserved special gratitude for the Wallabies forwards, saying the backline couldn’t thrive without the necessary go-forward.

“It really came down to our ruck work. When we get that speed of ball, we really back our shape,” he said.

“We can go through anyone if we really nail down that attacking breakdown.

“When we start going forward, anyone can get involved no matter if you’re one to 15. It’s a bit of a cliche but when the forwards are going forward, it makes it really easy to play.

“So I’m really enjoying playing off the back of that.”

Xenophon just wants SA balance of power

Nick Xenophon will be looking at the maths and the promises from Labor and the Liberals should he find himself kingmaker in the next South Australian parliament.

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But the federal senator insists he only wants to make things better for his home state and doesn’t have eyes on the top job.

Senator Xenophon announced on Friday his intention to quit the Senate and stand for the state’s lower house in the March election, hoping to return to SA politics after a decade in federal parliament.

His SA-Best party intends to stand candidates in up to 20 of the 47 lower house seats as well as in the upper house.

ABC election analyst Antony Green suspects the party will do well.

“There’s also deep discontent with the major parties and I don’t think anyone could discount the fact that he may do spectacularly well and his party could finish in second place or even equal to one of the other parties,” Mr Green told ABC TV on Sunday.

“I don’t want to make people think it is a real possibility he could be premier but it is the sort of thing you shouldn’t discount.”

Asked directly if he was running to be premier, Senator Xenophon insisted he was only seeking to hold the balance of power.

“Just to make this clear to both the premier and opposition leader: I’m running because I don’t think either side offers a clear vision and a good path forward for South Australia,” he told Sky News.

Should SA-Best win enough seats to be in a position to decide which party forms government, it would consider who won the popular vote and the most seats as well as “which side will be fair dinkum on issues of transparency” such as reforming freedom of information laws and strengthening the powers of the auditor-general and the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.

The party would not seek any cabinet positions.

Mr Green said recent history had shown Labor around the country had been able to do deals with smaller parties to govern, while the SA Liberals had already ruled out any coalition with Senator Xenophon’s team.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop went on the attack on Sunday, saying it appeared to her Senator Xenophon would inevitably back Labor.

“It’s quite clear in the upcoming state election that if you want to get rid of an incompetent Labor government … then don’t vote for Senator Xenophon,” she told reporters in Brisbane.

SA-Best has already hit a road bump, with Senator Xenophon on Saturday sacking one of his candidates, Rhys Adams, within minutes of a Facebook photo emerging of the man holding his fist up to a wax model of pop star Rihanna.

Senator Xenophon insisted the party had good vetting procedures – including extensive interviews, police checks, psychometric testing and social media vetting – but the photos had been missed in this case.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull believes his government will be able to work with whoever replaces Senator Xenophon on the Senate crossbench.

However, Mr Turnbull’s Senate team might find it is still dealing with Senator Xenophon, even if he is not in Canberra, with the departing senator saying he still expects to be involved in federal policy decision-making.

Thousands demand Putin quit as birthday protests turn violent

Russian police violently broke up a rally in Saint Petersburg as thousands took to the streets across Russia Saturday on President Vladimir Putin’s birthday, urging him to quit power.

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Heeding the call of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny to demand competitive elections, around 3,000 people rallied in Russia’s second city and Putin’s hometown while more than a thousand demonstrated in the centre of Moscow, AFP reporters said.

But while police in rainy Moscow showed restraint, allowing the crowd of mostly young protesters to march in the city centre – in an apparent effort to avoid clashes on Putin’s birthday – the rally in Saint Petersburg ended in violence.

At least 62 people were arrested, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors politically motivated arrests.

Activists chanted “Shame” as helmeted police threw some protesters into police vans, injuring several demonstrators and forcing some to run for cover, an AFP reporter and witnesses said.

Igor Klimov, a 20-year-old protester, said he was not happy with Putin.

“He has been in power for as long as I can remember and there’s corruption everywhere,” he told AFP.

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Smaller rallies

Photographs from the scene showed a woman clutching her bleeding head after being detained by officers at the unauthorised protest. 

Rallies also took place in dozens of other cities across Russia, and 261 people in 26 cities were detained over the course of the day, according to the OVD-info group.

Fifty-seven protesters were detained in the central city of Yaroslavl, and 20 more people in Lipetsk, also in central Russia.

Amnesty International called on Russian authorities to  immediately release the protesters and investigate instances of violence. 

“The Kremlin’s intent is clear – to choke the life out of the protest movement,” said Denis Krivosheev, Amesty’s deputy director for Europe and Central Asia.

The protests – called by Navalny after he was sent to jail for 20 days this week – were markedly smaller than the rallies he mustered in March and June when tens of thousands took to the streets against corruption. 

The number of people detained across Russia on Saturday is lower than the arrests during the rallies called by Navalny in March and June. Police detained more than 1,000 people in Moscow alone during the March demonstration.

In Moscow on Saturday, the crowd chanted “Happy birthday” and “Russia without Putin” and many held copies of the constitution and wave flags amid honks of support from passing cars.

Hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear and with dogs, were deployed to prevent people from going to Red Square.

Navalny, a charismatic anti-corruption campaigner who aims to run in a presidential election next March, was arrested late last month as he was planning to travel to a rally in a provincial city.

A court on Monday sentenced him to 20 days in jail on charges of repeatedly violating a law on organising public meetings.

Officials say he is not eligible to run for president because he is serving a suspended sentence for fraud.

‘Important to have choice’

Svetlana Kiseleva, a 20-year-old student in Moscow, said she did not support Navalny but had joined the rally to demand political competition.

“It’s important to have a choice, to have an opposition,” she told AFP. “I still think he would be better than Putin anyway.”

Putin, who has ruled since 1999, turned 65 – the retirement age for Russian officials – and many protesters urged him to step down.

He said this week he has not yet decided whether to seek another six-year term. But he is widely expected to run in – and win – the March election.

‘Gulag awaiting us’

Navalny’s campaign team had released a series of video addresses of prominent figures calling on Russians to take to the streets.

“Gulag is awaiting us without political competition,” entrepreneur Evgeny Chichvarkin, who lives in self-imposed exile in Britain, said in the video.

Navalny, the Yale-educated lawyer with a street-smart image and a penchant for catchy slogans, compared life under Putin’s regime to a forced diet of “turnip.”

“If we do nothing, they will be feeding us this damn turnip for the rest of our lives. And our children too,” he said in an address dictated from his cell this week.

The Kremlin said Putin received on his birthday “numerous congratulatory messages and telegrams” including from 11 heads of state and later met with members of the Russian security council to discuss Syria.

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Solar cars begin race across Australian desert

The race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide is expected to take a week for most cars, with speeds of 90-100 kmh (55-62 mph) powered only by the sun.

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The fastest time was achieved by Japan’s Tokai University in 2009, completing the transcontinental race in only 29 hours and 49 minutes.

Belgian team Punch Powertrain started first on Sunday after recording a trial time of 2:03.8 for 2.97 km (1.78 miles), hitting an average speed of 83.4 kmh (51.5mph).

But reigning 2015 champions Nuon from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands believes it has a good chance of retaining the prize.

“All the cars look completely different (this year), and all we know is we’ve got a good car, we’ve got it running perfectly the last couple of days and we’re confident we’re going to do everything to win,” tour manager Sarah Benninkbolt said Sunday.

Race director Chris Selwood said the biennial event has attracted one of the best fields ever, with teams from more than 40 countries.

“This is the 30th anniversary of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and competitors want to be part of that. They have been drawn to the challenge of new regulations which reduced the solar array size without limiting the size of the solar car,” Selwood said.

Teams come from countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, Chile, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Belgium, Sweden, Iran, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, Canada, Taiwan and Australia.

The Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said her government’s A$250,000 (US$194,150) sponsorship of the race showed it was committed to achieving 50 percent renewable energy for the territory by 2030.

“Innovation is at the heart of the event and the technology showcased this year will influence continuing solar innovation for vehicles and householders in the future,” she said.

“This event is a great promotion for the NT – it shows our ability to innovate to the world.”

(Reporting by Benjamin Cooper; Editing by Michael Perry)

Weary Wallabies edge Pumas in Argentina

Michael Cheika has challenged his travel-weary Wallabies to man up and strike an overdue trans-Tasman blow with a first victory over the world champion All Blacks in more than two years.

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The Wallabies switched their focus almost immediately to the final Bledisloe Cup clash of the season in Brisbane on October 21 after rounding out their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign with a hard-earned 37-20 win over Argentina in Mendoza.

The victory – which came after two late tries broke a 20-all deadlock at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas – earned Australia second place in the tournament for the second year running.

“I don’t think we played fantastically well but we had a big two weeks. The travel’s been enormous,” Cheika said after his side backed up a 27-all draw with the Springboks on the South African high veldt with a five-tries-to-two triumph over the winless Pumas.

“We saw South Africa really lift their game. They really tested us last week and then this game here was always going to be difficult; Argentina in their last home game.”

“Even though we weren’t great in the first half, we stayed in the game, we trusted our shape and what we were doing and we got the points in the end.”

Despite two wins over Argentina being Australia’s only successes of the tournament, Cheika believes earning the Puma Cup after retaining the Mandela Plate are important morale boosters for his rebuilding team.

“It is important for them to have a little reward like that,” he said.

“We don’t delude ourselves that that’s the major prize but we want to get to the top and to do that we’ve got to be consistent and improve.

“We have to step up and improve when we take on New Zealand in a couple of weeks. It’s going to be a tough tussle but these lads are up for it.

“They’ve got a good attitude and if they can improve their game mindset so there’s less variations in the game, then I think we can go further.”

The coach was delighted with the performances of international newcomers Marika Koroibete, who bagged his third try in as many Tests, flanker Jack Dempsey, who ran for 100 metres and was iron-like in defence, and replacement forwards Allan Ala’alatoa and Lukhan Tui.

“We’ve got to back them to give them the experience in these cauldrons so that the more we go on, the smarter they’ll be,” Cheika said.

“They’ll learn from tonight.”

The match was eerily similar to the Wallabies’ 45-20 win over the Pumas in Canberra, with the score locked at 13-all at halftime and 20-all midway through the second stanza.

The final scoreline could easily have been the same as last time had Bernard Foley not missed four successive shots at goal at one point.

The five-eighth had slotted 19 straight before losing his rhythm on Sunday.

Flat open expected for Aust share market

The Australian share markets is expected to start the week flat following Wall Street’s mixed finish on Friday.

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CommSec chief economist Craig James says trading is likely to begin cautiously on Monday as local investors wait for the release of housing data later in the week.

“Expect to see a modest gain in the number of home loans, with investors already starting to look at Brisbane and Adelaide markets,” Mr James told AAP.

Investors were being turned off by affordability constraints in Sydney and Melbourne, Mr James said.

Wall Street endured a varied close to their markets after a US employment report showed the first drop in the number of jobs in seven years.

Mr James said it was likely an effect of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and unemployment was actually at a 16-year low and there had also been a rise in wages.

While US stocks closed slightly lower on Friday, the S&P 500 rose 1.2 per cent for the week, the Dow added 1.6 per cent and the Nasdaq gained 1.5 per cent.

European markets were also mixed, with the UK’s up and German stocks down.

“In terms of international flashpoints affecting the markets, it’s still North Korea and now the Catalonia unrest,” Mr James said.

“With reports North Korea may be preparing to test another long-range missile, it’s certainly in the back of investors minds.”

The Australian share market closed higher, boosted by the mining, energy and banking sectors.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 closed up 58.9 points, or 1.04 per cent at 5,710.7 points on Friday, while the Australian dollar was trading at 77.64 US cents at the close.

The broader All Ordinaries index also closed up, by 57.1 points, or one per cent, at 5,777.4 points.

Fallout grows for producer Weinstein

A US TV news anchor has lodged another claim of sexual misconduct against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and a third board member has resigned from Weinstein’s company.

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Meanwhile a prominent US lawyer says she’s no longer representing the movie mogul as he confronts sexual harassment allegations dating back years.

TV anchor Lauren Sivan detailed an alleged 2007 encounter with Weinstein in a HuffPost report on Friday.

Sivan alleged that Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a Manhattan restaurant closed to the public and masturbated in front of her.

Sivan said she had rejected an attempt by Weinstein to kiss her. “Well, can you just stand there and shut up,” she claims he responded.

Sivan reaffirmed the HuffPost report on Twitter.

The developments, along with the departure of yet another lawyer for Weinstein, are the latest fallout from allegations against the Oscar-winner that The New York Times detailed in an expose on Thursday.

“My understanding is that Mr Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement,” lawyer Lisa Bloom said in announcing her resignation on Twitter.

Bloom has previously represented victims of sexual harassment and assault. Her work with the co-chair of The Weinstein Company drew fierce criticism online.

President Donald Trump was asked by reporters to weigh in on the embattled Hollywood figure.

“I’ve known Harvey Weinstein a long time,” Trump replied. When asked if he was surprised by the accusations, the president replied: “Not at all.”

The allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein were detailed in a report this week by The New York Times.

Weinstein is on indefinite leave from the company he co-founded while it conducts an investigation into the claims made by women including actors Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan and stretching back years.

The scandal’s fallout included the resignation of Weinstein Company board member Marc Lasry, charirman and CEO of Avenue Capital Group, which was confirmed on Saturday by a Lasry spokesman, Todd Fogarty. Lasry joined an exodus from the nine-member board, with billionaire Dirk Ziff and, according to reports, Technicolor executive Tim Sarnoff also leaving.

On another front, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski tweeted that “unless Harvey resigns” she will withdraw from a three-book deal she has with Weinstein Books.