• Military buff Tony Abbott is the wrong choice for the Australian War Memorial (The Guardian)
  • Labor set to support new free trade deals but will push for job concessions (The Guardian)
  • Coalition woos Jacqui Lambie to back migration character test crackdown (The Guardian)
  • South Park creators offer mocking ‘apology’ after episode ban (ABC News)
  • Bougainville’s 20-year journey to likely independence could lead to ‘crisis’ in Pacific (ABC News)
  • States urge Frydenberg to fast-track projects to spur economy (SMH)
  • Brexit deal ‘essentially impossible’ says Downing Street, blames Angela Merkel (ABC News)
  • Asylum seeker processing wait time blows out to two years (SMH)
  • Finance

  • CSIRO teams with takeaway tycoon to make ‘fake meat’ fast food (ABC News)
  • Morrison government defends Newstart amid criticism it is among lowest welfare payments in OECD (The Guardian)
  • ‘Literally can’t drive at all’: Overseas motorists driving Tasmanians around the bend (ABC News)
  • US blacklists 28 Chinese companies over Uyghur ‘human rights violations’ (ABC News)
  • All the signs were there: lessons from the collapse of White Ribbon Australia (The Conversation)
  • ANZ bank to pay $682m to customers it ripped off over 10 years (The Guardian)
  • ‘Very serious’ BlueScope allegations in ACCC’s sights (ABC News)
  • For BHP, ‘social value’ key to staying competitive in a changing world (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • Malka Leifer’s case is shaking the Australian Jewish community’s faith in Israel (The Guardian)
  • There’s only one kind of Australian not losing sleep over our nation’s problems (ABC News)
  • It’s time the ‘forgotten’ victims of domestic violence were given a voice (ABC News)
  • The new homicidal: the many lives of the Joker (Overland)
  • Trump’s “great and unmatched wisdom”? (The Monthly)
  • A bigger cash handout is not the answer for private health insurance woes (The Guardian)
  • Boris Johnson and the Australian drought: democracy is not idiot proof (The Guardian)
  • Is China ‘cheating’ the system by claiming to be a developing country? (ABC News)
  • World

  • EU’s Tusk tells Johnson to stop playing ‘stupid blame game’ on Brexit (France 24)
  • US Supreme Court hears major LGBT rights cases (BBC News)
  • WH blocks ambassador’s impeachment testimony; Dems vow subpoena (Al Jazeera English)
  • Can sex education defuse Pakistan’s population crisis? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Macron pays tribute to officers killed in knife attack at Paris police headquarters (France 24)
  • South Park creators offer mocking ‘apology’ after episode ban (ABC News)
  • Opinion: The Kurds lose out again (Deutsche Welle)
  • Bougainville’s 20-year journey to likely independence could lead to ‘crisis’ in Pacific (ABC News)
  • Climate

  • New study finds potential $71 billion stranded asset problem for coal in Japan (IEEFA)
  • Climate Change Protests: With Fake Blood, Extinction Rebellion Hits N.Y. (The New York Times)
  • Extinction Rebellion protesters might be annoying. But they have a point (The Conversation)
  • U.S. gas group predicts record production, demand for the coming winter (IEEFA)
  • Sports

  • Matt To’omua handed World Cup chance as Wallabies ring changes again (The Guardian)
  • Celtic: Uefa charges over fireworks allegedly set off at Europa League tie (BBC Sport)
  • Can top-ranked Pakistan avoid whitewash against second-string Sri Lanka? (Cricinfo)
  • Simone Biles wins record 21st World Gymnastics Championships medal (BBC Sport)
  • Rugby World Cup: England wing Joe Cokanasiga – from dancer to main event (BBC Sport)
  • Watch Belarus v Wales followed by Portugal v England (BBC Sport)
  • Taller players more exposed to high shot penalties at World Cup, says David Pocock (The Guardian)
  • Shanghai Masters: Andy Murray pushes Fabio Fognini before losing tetchy battle (BBC Sport)

  • Further reading

  • Are you really addicted to your phone? (Aeon)
  • Orphans and their quests (Aeon)
  • Xenophobic one minute, tolerant the next: humans are strange primates (Aeon)
  • The Nobel Prize in physics has gone to the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a star (MIT Tech Review)
  • An African Queen, Alien Signals, and Poison Eating (Jstor)
  • The 19th-Century Charts That Put the World’s Waterfalls on One Impossible Landscape (Atlas Obscura)
  • Home of Thomas Hobbes in Malmesbury, England (Atlas Obscura)
  • The US just blacklisted 8 Chinese AI firms. It could be what China’s AI industry needs. (MIT Tech Review)
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