Watch: Lift-off! SpaceX rocket deploys satellite and lands successfully

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida today.

The rocket's first stage returned to earth, landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The second stage stayed in orbit and deployed a communications satellite that will provide service to Indonesia and other areas of South and Southeast Asia.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida today. Source: Associated Press

Donald Trump puts US economic sanctions against Iran back in effect

The first set of US sanctions against Iran, that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord, went back into effect today under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump.

The sanctions target financial transactions that involve US dollars, Iran's automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold.

US sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector and central bank are to be reimposed in early November.

The stiff economic sanctions ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies, three months after Trump pulled the US out of the international accord limiting Iran's nuclear activities.

Trump declared the landmark 2015 agreement had been "horrible," leaving the Iranian government flush with cash to fuel conflict in the Middle East.

Iran accused the US of reneging on the nuclear agreement, signed by the Obama administration, and of causing recent Iranian economic unrest. European allies said they "deeply regret" the US action.

As the sanctions loomed yesterday, Trump said in a statement:

"We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilising behaviour and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation."

Trump warned that those who don't wind down their economic ties to Iran "risk severe consequences."

The Europeans didn't like any of it.

Despite Trump's claims, the accord "is working and delivering on its goal" of limiting Iran's nuclear program, said a statement by European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The ministers said the Iran deal is "crucial for the security of Europe, the region and the entire world," and the European Union issued a "blocking statute" today to protect European businesses from the impact of the sanctions.

Source: Associated Press



Australian man jailed for detaining and raping Facebook friend

A drug user who detained and repeatedly raped a woman he met via Facebook has been jailed in Western Australia for seven years and four months.

Karl David William Baudoeuf, 33, befriended the woman on Facebook in 2014 using the fake name Pete Bundy, but only met her in December 2016 when he promised to take her to the Southbound Festival in Busselton.

He drove her to his home where they took drugs and had consensual sex, the WA District Court heard today.

But the next day they had a confrontation, which led Baudoeuf to detain the woman for days and repeatedly attack her before she managed to run away.

She had suffered several injuries including a black eye, broken nose and bruising on her temple.

Baudoeuf stood trial and was found guilty of six offences including sexual penetration without consent, deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning bodily harm.

But he continues to deny the crimes happened, which Judge Vicki Stewart said showed he lacked remorse and a willingness to accept responsibility for his behaviour.

Judge Stewart said Baudoeuf's actions were persistent against a vulnerable victim as he asserted control and power over her.

"She feared for her safety," Judge Stewart said.

The court heard Baudoeuf had a history of drug use, especially methylamphetamine, and mental health problems.

Judge Stewart urged Baudoeuf to continue with his treatment programs in prison and stop using drugs.

Baudoeuf, who appeared in court via video link from prison, repeatedly buried his face in his hands during proceedings and cried when his sentence was handed down.

He must spend at least five years and four months behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.

Australian police officers.
Australian police officers. Source: 1 NEWS