Bourke Street attack: arrested man had history of family violence, police say

The 26-year-old man arrested after allegedly running over and killing three pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD and injuring more than 20 others has a history of family violence and may have stabbed his brother hours earlier, Victoria’s police chief has said. The man was arrested at about 2pm on Thursday after driving through the pedestrian-only Bourke Street mall and hitting several people. He was shot by police after crossing the intersection with Elizabeth Street and taken into custody, where he has received treatment for a bullet wound to the arm.

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China urges Trump: be our friend, not our enemy

China has urged Donald Trump to be its friend not its enemy, amid fears the tycoon’s inauguration could set the world’s two largest economies on a calamitous collision course. Since his shock election last November Trump has repeatedly put Beijing’s nose out of joint, challenging it over the militarisation of the South China Sea, alleged currency manipulation and North Korea and threatening to up-end relations by offering greater political recognition to Taiwan. The billionaire has also handed jobs to several stridently anti-China voices including one academic who has described its…

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US intelligence investigating Russian links of leading Trump associates – report

Donald Trump’s transition team has been forced to distance itself from reports that American intelligence agencies have intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russia and associates of the president-elect. On the eve of Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, the business dealings of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort were among the matters under investigation, the New York Times reported, citing current and former senior American officials.

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China eyes an opportunity to take ownership of climate change fight

Twenty years ago, climate change was believed by many in Beijing to be a conspiracy cooked up by the western world to contain China’s development. Since then, China has performed an about-turn, not only recognising climate change as a major global challenge but also, ahead of Davos this week, vowing to lead the world’s effort in combating it. The election of Donald Trump, who, labelling climate change a “hoax” created by China, has reversed the conspiracy, casts a dark shadow on the prospect of future international climate cooperation. But for…

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Monet, Renoir and a £44.2m Munch … billionaire opens Potsdam art gallery

A German software billionaire is opening a new art museum in the former imperial city of Potsdam on Friday, having reconstructed an 18th-century palace, destroyed in the second world war, to house the works. Hasso Plattner, a co-founder of the multinational software company SAP, described the Barberini Museum as his gift to the city and “one of the most important things” he had done in his life. The privately funded gallery occupies three floors of the building, which is in the heart of Potsdam, south-west of Berlin. Among the star…

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