Weekly News Roundup

October 19, 2018

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s personal website has been taken over and redesigned to feature an obscene pop-punk song about a teenage love affair called Scotty Doesn’t Know.

Mr Morrison’s web domain www.scottmorrison.com.au currently hosts a picture of Mr Morrison along with the song from American band Lustra.

The song, which features a profane description of the love affair, has been on the website since at least yesterday afternoon, the ABC reports.

In a Facebook post dated 5:20pm (AEDT) yesterday, a man named Jack Genesin claimed credit for the prank, claiming Mr Morrison had forgotten to renew his website and it had expired.

“Most fun I’ve had with $50 in a long time,” Mr Genesin said.

The song is known for its appearance in the 2004 American comedy EuroTrip, with actor Matt Damon lyp-syncing to the track.

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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with starting the fire which destroyed historic buildings at a primary school in Brisbane’s east.

The blaze broke out at Morningside State School in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It took 52 firefighters hours to bring the blaze under control.

Three buildings were gutted by the fire, including six classrooms and a music room.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services scientific officers were brought in after fears asbestos was contained in the destroyed buildings.

Students have been sent to a nearby high school, until temporary classrooms can be brought in.

The ABC said the 16-year-old boy has been charged with one count of arson and one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

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United States President Donald Trump is threatening to deploy the military and close the country’s southern border as more Hondurans and Salvadorans join thousands of migrants in Guatemala heading north.

Several thousand Honduran migrants travelled this week through Guatemala headed to Mexico, with some hoping to cross into the United States to escape violence and poverty in Central America, Reuters reports.

Central American migrants hiked from Honduras through muddy jungle and residential streets, some toting babies along with backpacks, Reuters images show.

Mr Trump made the threat in a series of tweets, where he described the movement of migrants as an “assault on our country” by Central American nations, led by the Democratic Party.

Mexico’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mexico’s next foreign minister said he was not surprised by Mr Trump’s comments, but did not elaborate.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepared to travel later in the day to Panama and then Mexico City, where he was to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

In his string of tweets, Mr Trump also said the migrant issue was more important to him than the new trade deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement pact.

Mr Trump, who has sought to curtail immigration and build a border wall on the Mexican border, this week threatened to halt aid if Central American governments did not act.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections, when Democrats are seen as having a good chance of gaining control of the House of Representatives from Mr Trump’s fellow Republicans.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Wednesday his government dismissed threatened constraints placed on foreign aid.

He said he had spoken with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez about ensuring the migrants who want to return home can do so safely.

 

This weekly news roundup is curated with stories from ABC News.

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