Director Peter Weir testifies for James Ricketson in Cambodian court

‘He’s an artist, don’t misunderstand him,’ Weir says of filmmaker accused of spying Acclaimed Australian director Peter Weir has told a Cambodian court his friend and alleged spy James Ricketson is a victim of an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” Weir appeared as Read More

Vatican expresses 'shame and sorrow' over Pennsylvania child abuse scandal

‘Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors’ ‘The church must learn hard lessons from its past’ The Vatican has expressed “shame and sorrow” over the sexual abuse of at least 1,000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests Read More

Morning mail: Aretha Franklin tributes, Neg under pressure, FFA chair quits

Friday: Barack Obama leads remembrance of Franklin after her death in Detroit at 76. Plus: FFA chairman Steven Lowy walks away from football Good morning, this is Richard Parkin bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 17 August. Read More

Obama hails 'divine' Aretha Franklin and Trump lauds 'a person I knew well'

Barack and Michelle Obama say singer ‘helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human’ When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced on Thursday morning, one US president paid tribute to a voice that offered “a Read More

Manchester police investigate arena bomber's links to imam

Salman Abedi attended mosque where sermon was given about mujahideen Police in Manchester are investigating claims that an imam at a British mosque attended by the arena bomber delivered a sermon advocating armed jihad six months before the attack. Greater Read More