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Labor has again renewed calls to send Ebola workers to Africa, with Tanya Plibersek saying Australia would be in ‘big trouble’ if it waited for the virus to spread to Asia Pacific before offering help. The call comes as Scott Morrison accused Labor of risking Australians’ health.
In the United States, Barack Obama has warned against Ebola hysteria, as senator Ted Cruz demands travel bans and extra border guards.
An infected Spanish nurse is reportedly making ‘giant steps’ towards recovery, while the death toll from Ebola in Liberia is said to be ‘much worse than reported’.
Cruise ship returns to Texas amid Ebola scare: ‘Y’all blew it out of proportion’
Australian news and politics
• Foreign minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia will send about 200 special forces soldiers to advise Iraqi troops in the fight against Isis, after a deal was agreed in Baghdad.
• Finance minister Mathias Cormann channelled Arnold Schwarzenegger to call Bill Shorten an ‘economic girlie man’ on the weekend. Swift backlash led him to defend his remarks, saying “I am not talking about girls. I am talking about economic girlie men. I don’t think there’s anything gender-specific here. Not girls, girlies; it’s very different. I hope you are not going to say I am a sexist misogynist.”
• A new report shows households will pay an extra $300 a year for gas, but the same report says government should do nothing to stop that increase, because “the economic benefits that will flow as a result represent an opportunity too good to miss”.
• Indonesia’s new president Joko Widodo has a blunt message for Tony Abbott about asylum seeker boat turnbacks, he will not tolerate Australian navy incursions into Indonesian territory.
Around the world
• Isis reportedly sold a widow and her child into marriage for $12 after shooting her husband and taking them into captivity during a raid. • As the US launches further air strikes against Isis at Kobani, Turkey’s president calls Syrian Kurdish group ‘a terrorist organisation’.
• The deadly trekking route in Nepal has been closed where snowstorms killed at least 38 people last week.
• Tension rises along the Korean border, with a second border clash in 10 days despite hopes of easing animosities after rare visit by North Korean officials.
More from around the web
• Among the most read on the Guardian this morning: Sweden’s military has spent three days scouring the waters off Stockholm for a ‘Russian submarine’, with helicopters, minesweepers and 200 service personnel mobilised in the search after a tipoff about “foreign underwater activity”.
• After revelations last week of Professor Barry Spurr’s racially derogatory emails, edited transcripts of the exchanges have been published by New Matilda, including one in which Spurr claimed AFL player Adam Goodes won Australian of the Year so Tony Abbott could put “Abos in the Constitution”.
• The ability of political activists to disrupt companies will be curbed under government plans to prevent small groups from convening special company meetings, the Australian Financial Review reports.
• Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal government funding is being spent on producing a glut of trainee teachers who have little chance of getting a job, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
• Kathy Jackson allegedly made a secret deal with now-jailed fraudster Michael Williamson to pay $240,000 over two years to a union ally, The Australian reports.
• Driver’s licence demerit points could be introduced for people who park in spaces reserved for the disabled, after the NSW roads minister asked his department to look into it, the Daily Telegraph reports.
One last thing
The first act of copulation has been traced back to ancient animals that were endowed with such cumbersome sexual organs they had to mate side by side, ‘square-dance style’, with a bony, L-shaped male organ and female ‘cheese-grater’ genitals.
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