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Haspel confirmed as next CIA director

Despite overseeing the torture of terror suspects at a black site in the early 2000s, Gina Haspel has today been confirmed as the first female head of the CIA.

Melburnians to disrobe for Tunick in the name of art

Internationally recognised photographer Spencer Tunick, whose niche is large naked crowds, has turned his attention to Melbourne after last snapping Australians in all their glory on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 2010.

Merger could be a huge boost to US in 5G race

T-Mobile US Inc expects its $26 billion (all stock) acquisition of Sprint Corp to be approved by no later than the first half of 2019, despite the merger being rejected by antitrust officials in Washington four years ago.

Amazon commits to NFL, as Prime price surges

Amazon.com Inc has reportedly agreed to fork out $65 million a year to renew its streaming deal with the NFL for Thursday night fixtures, while at the same time announcing a price hike to its subscription service.

Time for Apu to evolve, says Hank Azaria

The actor who voices Apu on The Simpsons is willing to step aside from the role having considered the negative impact the character has on the South Asian community.

Weibo backflips on gay content purge

After banning gay content on Friday, Chinese social media giant Sina Weibo has reversed its decision amid swift and overwhelming opposition from the public.

Winx: The world’s best racehorse

There's nothing left to prove for the champion mare, but a win tomorrow will see her equal Black Caviar's record of 25-straight victories.

Real-time technology for terror response

The public will soon have an app with an emergency button that will enable their videos and photos of public incidents to be turned into real-time intelligence for first responders.

Sponsors deserting Australian cricket in droves

Brand partners are quickly distancing themselves from Cricket Australia, and players Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, as the commercial toll of the ball-tampering scandal becomes clearer.

Former captains aren’t buying three-man brain trust

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland says the investigation has cleared everyone but Smith, Warner and Bancroft of any involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, but a host of big-name former stars have rejected the outcome.

Tariff exemptions only temporary

America's partners are on the clock. They have to come up with trade deals that are acceptable to Trump or they'll be slapped with the metal levies too.

Packer quits Crown Resorts over mental health issues

The troubled billionaire businessman has stepped down from the board in the wake of relationship breakdowns, ill-fated business decisions, and his implication in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption scandal.

New visa to attract tech talent to Australia

The likes of Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and leading entrepreneur Steve Baxter have been warning the Australian government about the tech skills shortage for years, and now at last it is taking steps to correct the situation.

Female spymaster set to lead the CIA

Gina Haspel has overseen the torture of terror suspects on black sites and headed a number of CIA outposts. Now she is set to make history as the first female director of the agency.

Unlockd CEO steps aside as he battles mental illness

Unbeknown to Matt Berriman, he was battling bipolar disorder while leading his tech start-up to dizzying heights. Now he's made the brave decision to open up about the mental illness as he relieves himself of the day-to-day responsibilities as CEO.

Judgment day looms for Oxfam

The UK-based charity is expected to hand over all the details of its internal investigation into sexual exploitation, as the British government threatens to withdraw its millions in state aid.

Rare perfection: white diamond to smash records

The current world record holding colourless diamond demanded $260,000 per carat, but this rare 'flawless' stone found in Botswana is expected to push north of $320,000 per carat when it is sold privately.