US to impose additional sanctions on North Korea

President Donald Trump says the US will impose additional sanctions on North Korea over the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup.

Asked today about new punishment for the North, Trump said: "We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea."

Trump told the U.N. General Assembly this week that the US will have no choice but to "totally destroy" North Korea if the North continues to threaten the US and its allies, including Asian neighbors South Korea and Japan.

Trump spoke Thursday at a meeting in New York with the president of Afghanistan.

North Korea is the likely topic of discussion when Trump holds separate talks later Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The three leaders will also meet over lunch.


Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce they're expecting their first baby

Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in autumn next year.

The palace says the couple has "appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."

The announcement Monday comes as Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

The trip officially begins on Tuesday and will see the couple watch the Invictus Games, visit a Sydney zoo and visit the rural Flying Doctor service.

The royals touched down this morning in Sydney, part of their first tour as a married couple. Source: Associated Press

Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry took a trip to the English county.
Source: BBC



Pauline Hanson unsuccessful in moving motion in Australia's parliament saying 'it's OK to be white'

Australian politician Pauline Hanson has declared "anti-white" racism is on the rise, unsuccessfully moving a motion in federal parliament saying "it's OK to be white".

The One Nation leader said anyone who watched the news or social media could see increased attacks on western civilisation and the prevalence of anti-white racism.

"It is indeed OK to be white. Such a simple sentence should go without saying but I suspect many members in this place would struggle to say it," she told parliament.

"People have a right to be proud of their cultural background whether they are black, white or brindle."

The motion was defeated 31-28 despite the support of government senators.

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch savaged Senator Hanson, saying she was locked in a race to the bottom of the sewer with Katter's Australian Party member Fraser Anning.

"It could have been written on a piece of toilet paper," Senator Hinch said of the motion.

"This sort of racism is not only wrong, it could be dangerous."

Greens leader Richard Di Natale also had a crack at former One Nation senator Anning and Senator Hanson.

"The reality is this 'it's OK to be white' slogan has got a long history in the white supremacist movement where both these clowns get most of their material from," Senator Di Natale said.

Pauline Hanson.
Pauline Hanson. Source: Twitter Pauline Hanson



NZTA failure to properly check companies that certify vehicles sparks urgent review

The public has been put in harm's way because the New Zealand Transport Agency has failed to properly monitor safety checks.  

An urgent investigation is underway into 150 cases. But it's not clear how many dangerous vehicles could be on the road, among them, heavy vehicles.

Heavy vehicles around the country have safety checks, but the NZTA hasn't properly policed those that do the checking. 

And it's now likely there are unsafe vehicles on the road as a result. 

"I have expressed my extreme disappointment that the agency has not carried out its regulatory role to the standards that I expect," Transport Minister Phil Twyford said.

NZTA chairman Michael Stiassny said the agency, "cannot say that anyone is proud of where the agency has been or where the safety is". 

In some cases the agency let certifying companies police themselves, in others it simply ignored files.  

Now 850 compliance files are being reviewed by a law firm, and 152 of those will be urgently reviewed because there's a threat to public safety.

"Sadly this has been going on for a considerable period of time," Mr Stiassny said. 

Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley said the forum has "been very critical of NZTA and not functioning as a regulator in the vehicle compliance, but particularly the heavy vehicle fleet". 

NZTA says at this stage there's no evidence to suggest incompetence has resulted in accidents that have caused serious injury.  But it will have more of an idea in November when the results of the 152 urgent cases are reported back. 

The Transport Minister is blaming under-resourcing by the previous government.  

"The loss of personnel in 2014 for heavy vehicle certification inspections I think is an example of that," Mr Twyford said.

National's Transport spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said, "Actually what this is about is him talking about underfunding in order to justify his road taxes that he keeps on piling on". 

The law firm carrying out the investigation will continue keeping a close eye on the Transport Agency, with a lawyer now based at its headquarters.

An investigation is underway but it’s not clear how many dangerous vehicles could be on the road. Source: 1 NEWS

'Impossible' for Jami-Lee Ross to stay in National Party after expenses leak saga, says 1 NEWS political editor

It's impossible for Jami-Lee Ross to stay on in the National Party after an investigation found "the evidence we have points to" Mr Ross as the leaker of leader Simon Bridges' travel expenses, says 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay.

Mr Bridges today told a news conference, "The evidence establishes that Jami-Lee Ross was the person who leaked the expenses and the sender of the text message." 

In a bid to trump his leader, six minutes before Mr Bridges was set to make the announcement, Mr Ross took to Twitter.

"I have said they are unrelated - he does not wish to believe that. Some months ago I fell out with Simon. I have internally been questioning leadership decisions he was making, and his personal poll ratings which show he is becoming more and more unlikeable in the public's eyes," Mr Ross wrote."

1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay says it's "impossible" for Mr Ross to stay on in the party.

"And now we've got a long drawn out, and embarrassing process for Simon Bridges to try to get rid of him," she said.

Mutch McKay says it raises questions about "the dynamics inside the National Party" and about "whether Simon Bridges' leadership is really so secure". 

"Typically these kind of leaks come from opposing political parties. This has come form one of his own - a former close ally," Our political editor said. 

Now National's caucus will decide Mr Ross' fate when it meets at Parliament tomorrow. 

"Suspension is definitely on the cards tomorrow," Mr Bridges said. 

It's then up to the party to expel Mr Ross, who's still the MP for Botany. 

He can put up a fight and stay on as an independent MP, or resign from Parliament and force a messy by-election.

Jessica Mutch McKay says Simon Bridges faces a "long, drawn out and embarrassing process to try and get rid of him". Source: 1 NEWS