Published:  12:01 AM, 06 November 2019

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling

Star Fremantle forward Jesse Hogan will be out of full AFL training until after Christmas as he recovers from his serious foot injury. Hogan needed screws inserted in his right foot after he suffered a recurrence of a navicular bone injury in the round 14 match against his old club Melbourne. Navicular injuries are notoriously difficult and while Fremantle are pleased with Hogan's recovery, they will take no chances. "I wouldn't put an exact time frame on it, but we wouldn't see him in full football before Christmas."

Despite his constant public derision of the mainstream media, President Trump worries over the daily coverage of the Ukraine scandal and impeachment inquiry. "We're getting fucking killed," a Republican close to the White House told Politico, quoting Trump's main concern. "He does make that comment literally every day." Not only is Trump frustrated by the fact that White House officials are providing testimony to the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry, he's upset that the hearings "have to be covered at all," preferring that the speed and depth of the reporting on the process resemble something closer to that of President Andrew Johnson than that of President Clinton.

The Daily Telegraph has dramatically dropped its claim that the judge who awarded Geoffrey Rush $2.9m in damages after a series of defamatory articles about the Oscar-winning actor displayed an attitude of bias during the trial. The Daily Telegraph through its parent company, Nationwide News, began its appeal against federal court justice Michael Wigney's ruling that the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper had defamed Rush by alleging he "engaged in inappropriate behavior" during a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear in 2015.

International trade experts say it's a pipe dream to think the landlocked oil-producing western provinces would have an easier time getting their product to international markets if they were to split from Canada. "Wexit" -- an apparent play on the word "Brexit" used to describe the United Kingdom's planned departure from the European Union -- was trending on social media after the Liberals secured a minority government in last week's federal election. Peter Downing, a founder of the western separatist movement that wants a referendum on separation, has said an independent country in the middle of the Prairies could leverage the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to gain coastal pipeline access.

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