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AUSTRALIAN DIARY: Everything you need to know about the week ahead for markets

Global markets had a relatively quiet session on Friday night, as US stocks edged higher to cap a weekly gain of 4.3% -- partially offsetting the previous week's 5.2% fall.

4 behaviours that will make your coworkers hate you

When I recently started my workplace advice column, Ask the Insider, I expected questions about career advancement and navigating office politics. Instead, hundreds of people starting venting to me about their coworkers' annoying habits.

Here's what cities will look like in 30 years

Ian Pearson, a futurologist with an 85% accuracy track record, helped put together a report on what we can expect in the year 2045. Pearson compiled the report with Hewden, a construction equipment rental company, that shows "what can we…

12 things that were invented way earlier than you probably thought

It's easy to think modern technology has always been just that -- modern. The truth is, many pieces of today's technology have actually been in development for decades.

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Donovan Mitchell dons a Vince Carter jersey and beats Larry Nance Jr to win Slam Dunk Contest

Donovan Mitchell took home the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest trophy on Saturday night, beating Larry Nance Jr. in the final round. Mitchell paid homage to Vince Carter with his final dunk of the night, donning his jersey and matching one of…

'We know it's bigger than us': LeBron James expands on why he feels compelled to speak on social issues after criticism from Laura Ingraham

LeBron James elaborated on his response to Laura Ingraham on Saturday, making clear that he had no intention of following the Fox News anchor's advice to "shut up and dribble."

Trump suggests FBI failed to look into Florida shooting suspect because it was 'spending too much time' on the Russia investigation

President Donald Trump said the FBI "missed" warning signs about the suspected Florida shooter and was "spending too much time" on the Russia investigation.


15 photos of former US presidents hanging out together

It's not easy to join the President's Club, but once you do, only few can understand the effect it has on you. That might explain why former presidents have a bond that seems to transcend politics.


This controversial burger chain revamped its raunchy image before embarking on a huge US expansion -- here's what it's like to eat there now

Carl's Jr. is arguably known more for its provocative ads than its burgers, but the chain pivoted away from its controversial image in 2017. The chain just opened a location in New York City, and I decided to try it for the first time.


Office romance bans won't stop problems involving sex in the workplace

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Why some female Olympic athletes are referred to as 'ladies' instead of 'women'

The naming of events at the Winter Olympics offers an odd inconsistency in which female athletes are sometimes referred to as "women" and others are "ladies."


Mueller's latest move just dealt the White House a massive 'black eye'

Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment Friday of 13 Russian nationals and three organisations paints a stark picture of Russia's election interference.


This electric jet can take off vertically and travel almost 190 miles per hour -- and it's already being prototyped

Lilium is developing a five-seat electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically. The company envisions using the aircraft like an Uber, hailing it from your phone to take you around the city, avoiding traffic.

Confessions of a screen addict: I wake up at 2 a.m. every morning to use my phone and I'm a little worried

I am a middle-of-the-night smartphone user. I know I'm not alone. The tech industry is accused these days of deliberate "brain hacking" to encourage so-called "app addiction."


Ethereum founder warns cryptocurrencies 'could drop to near zero at any time'

The 24-year-old founder of Ethereum has warned that cryptocurrencies could drop at any time. He added that nobody should invest more than they can afford to lose.

Saturday, Feb 17

24 photos that show how different food can look when it's photographed by a professional versus an amateur

Professional food Instagrammers know how to make every one of their photos look mouthwatering. They know what makes food look gross, they know how to boost their following, and they even know how to make a living off Instagramming food.

Friday, Feb 16

Trump used secret hotel meet-ups and payoffs to keep an affair with a Playmate quiet while his son was a few months old, report says

A former Playboy Playmate alleges she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, shortly after his son with his wife Melania was born. She was reportedly paid $US150,000 for exclusive rights to her story by a tabloid close to Trump…

Barnaby Joyce cannot survive, and he seems to be the only one who doesn't believe it

The relationship between PM Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy, Barnaby Joyce, has turned poisonous and recriminatory. The Coalition itself appears on the brink of civil war over Joyce remaining Nationals leader.

Australia's waste industry is in crisis, and it's a warning to the world about China's market power

China's sudden ban on the importation of recyclable waste threatens household recycling bin collection in Australia. The local waste industry is in a mounting crisis and says recycling bin pickup contracts with councils across Australia…

Barnaby Joyce accuses Malcolm Turnbull of 'inept' comments in extraordinary attack on the PM

Barnaby Joyce has accused Malcolm Turnbull of being "inept" and causing his family "further harm". Yesterday Turnbull announced a ban on sexual relationships between ministers and their staff.

Thursday, Feb 15

Israel was about to get 'a lot more violent' with Syria after losing an F-16 -- and then Putin stepped in

An Iranian drone was destroyed a minute and a half after it flew into Israeli airspace last Saturday. Israel retaliated by destroying the drone's command center, but lost one of its F-16s over Israeli airspace when it was returning from…

Suspect in Florida shooting could face death penalty for 17 counts of premeditated murder

Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. The actions Cruz is accused of constitute a capital crime, and the sentencing jury could recommend the…

Turnbull bans ministers from sex with staff

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has banned sexual relationships between Commonwealth ministers and their staff, saying deputy PM Barnaby Joyce "made a shocking error of judgement" in having an affair with a staffer 17 years his…

Over 10,000 private Twitter messages from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have been leaked

A leaked trove of Twitter messages sent by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was obtained by The Intercept. They cover a host of issues from 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to Russian geopolitics.

Wednesday, Feb 14

It looks like Syrian, Russian, and Iranian troops are gearing up for another fight with the US

Syrian media says the country's army is preparing an offensive on a western Syrian town to fight ISIS, but ISIS isn't there - and the US is. The US has recently been clashing with Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces in western Syria,…

Westpac says the gap between US and Australian interest rates will soon hit 'uncharted territory'

US interest rates are going a lot higher, says Westpac, forecasting that the US Federal Reserve will lift rates three times this year, and a further two times next year, as US economic growth accelerates.

CBA bans crypto buying on credit cards

The Commonwealth (CBA), Australia's largest retail bank, has announced that it will no longer allow customers to use its credit cards to buy virtual currencies such as Bitcoin.

Macquarie has an ominous warning on what may lie ahead for markets

Macquarie analysts now see four rate hikes coming from the US Federal Reserve this year instead of three, and bond yields pushing higher. Continuing strong job creation in the US will force the Fed's hand, the analysts believe.

Tuesday, Feb 13

Western Union confirms it's testing transactions using Ripple technology

Global payments company Western Union is testing transactions using technology from cryptocurrency platform Ripple, its CFO Raj Agrawal said. It follows speculation in early January that Western Union planned to start using Ripple to…

UMBERS' NUMBER'S UP: The Myer CEO is out

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The pressure on Australian household budgets is real -- and there's no guarantee it'll improve anytime soon

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) described household consumption as a "significant risk" to the Australian economy last December. Assistant RBA Governor Luci Ellis elaborated on those risks in a speech today, tying it to the outlook for…

JOYCE DIGS IN: Embattled Deputy PM talks of legal action, explains partner's job assignments

There's mounting speculation that the deputy PM may step down by the end of the week. Former Nationals leader John Anderson has called on Joyce to 'fix your mess'.