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Russia has accused Australia of blindly following Britain in its decision to expel two spies saying it goes against common sense. Australia has given the two diplomats a week to leave the country. More than 100 Russian diplomats are being expelled from over 20 countries over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK. Russia continues to deny any involvement.
Cardinal George Pell's legal team has taken aim at ABC journalist Louise Milligan accusing the 730 reporter of distorting the information she provided audiences in a bid to "poison the public's mind" about the cardinal. Cardinal Pell's lawyer asked why inconsistencies in a complainant's account of alleged inappropriate behaviour by cardinal Pell were not highlighted in Ms Milligan's story. Ms Milligan said she stood by her reporting and that legal and editorial advice was sought. She also told the court that she did mention the complainant's criminal past.
There've been multiple swift water rescues and chaos on the streets of Cairns in far north Queensland after severe flooding linked to ex-cyclone Nora. An evacuation centre has been set up as an emergency flood alert remains in place with the Barron River overflowing. It continues to rain across the region.
And the future of several players is in doubt with Cricket Australia to reveal the findings from its investigation into the ball-tampering scandal tomorrow morning. Speculation has been mounting over potential one-year bans for Steve Smith and David Warner with the test captain's job on the line.