Nice victims remembered on Bastille Day

French President Emmanuel Macron has sat with other dignitaries as the names of the 86 victims of the extremist attack in Nice last year were read out and posted on a board to form the shape of a heart.

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Macron took part in Nice’s sombre commemoration after he attended the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris with guest of honour US President Donald Trump.

The victims of the Nice attack included young children and a 92-year-old.

The sequence, accompanied by a choir, ended with a minute of silence for the 2016 Bastille Day revellers killed when a truck barrelled down a famed beachfront walkway in the Riviera city.

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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the truck attack.

Macron on Friday vowed a “fight without mercy” inside and outside France to end extremist attacks like the one at Nice.

“This is what we owe you,” Macron said in a speech addressing victims’ families, officials and others.

He also promised to ensure that aid to the more than 400 injured will become a reality. He said: “I am your guarantor.”

Some of the victims’ families were present and Macron was to meet with them privately at day’s end.

Security was tight as Macron shook hands with the crowd ahead of his speech at Place Massena, a central square, protected by cement blocks to stop intruders.

At the Paris celebrations Macron thanked the US for coming to the aid of France a century ago.

Trump was the guest of honor to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I in 1917.

US troops took part in Friday’s parade and Macron and Trump could be seen talking animatedly as US and French fighter jets roared over Paris’ Champs-Elysees avenue.

PM labels coal opponents ‘delusional’ at LNP convention

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has mounted a defence of coal-powered electricity, saying those who think the resource doesn’t have a future are “delusional”.

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Addressing the Liberal National Party state convention in Brisbane, Mr Turnbull hit out at the state Labor government’s “reckless” plans to ensure Queensland’s energy supply is carbon neutral by 2050 and said Australia had an interest in ensuring the future of coal.

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“Those people who say coal and other fossil fuels have no future are delusional and they fly in the face of all of the economic forecasts,” he told the crowd of party faithful.

His sentiments were greeted with applause by the crowd, who had a day earlier passed a resolution urging a future state LNP government to promote and support the coal industry.

The convention is also considering a resolution to call on the Turnbull government to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, which is likely to be debated on Sunday.

More done in the past year than previous three

Malcolm Turnbull says his government has done more in this past year than the coalition did in the previous three under the leadership of Tony Abbott.

The prime minister on Saturday spruiked his successes in parliament since winning the 2016 election, despite only having a wafer-thin majority.

Speaking at the Liberal National Party’s state convention in Brisbane, Mr Turnbull said he wasn’t shy to list his achievements.

“Believe me, my friends, we have done more in the last year than we did in the previous three,” he told members and delegates.

Even with just 29 of 76 seats in the Senate, Mr Turnbull noted he had restored the building industry watchdog, cut taxes for small and medium businesses, improved the child care system and introduced a new school funding model.

“We are taking real action to deliver the results that Australians need,” he said.

That was the result of the “great efforts” of his Senate team who work with the crossbench to pass legislation, the prime minister later told reporters.

‘Get behind Mr Turnbull’

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce passionately called on his colleagues in Queensland get behind Mr Turnbull – labelling him their one and only captain.

He said it was a hard job being the prime minister, with so many divergent interests at play.

“But he is unrelenting,” Mr Joyce said.

“We’ve got to get behind him now. We are going to run out into this paddock and we will run out with one captain and it’s going to be Malcolm Turnbull.”

It comes a day after the Nationals leader told federal Liberals to drop “bullshit arguments” and concentrate on things that matter to voters.

He warned on Friday that the war of words between Mr Turnbull and Tony Abbott would hurt the Liberal-Nationals in Queensland.

 

 

Indonesia restricts app over ‘terrorism’ content

The communications ministry said in a statement that “so many channels in the (Telegram) service contain radicalism and terrorism.

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.. encouragement and tips to assemble bombs or launch attacks” that it needed to block it.

The partial ban came as the country suffered from a string of attacks, including one carried out by a man police said was radicalised after reading radical material on Telegram. 

The government has so far bocked only access to the app via computer, but is preparing to impose a full ban.

“We are now preparing a process to close down Telegram app in full throughout Indonesia if Telegram does not come up with a standard operating procedure to handle law-violating contents,” the communications ministry said in a statement issued late Friday.

In June, a lone wolf attacker stabbed two police officers in a mosque. Police said the man had no links to militant groups but had been radicalised through material he read on Telegram.

Telegram is a free Russian-designed messaging app that lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000. It has attracted about 100 million users since its launch in 2013.

The app has come under fire in Russia after the state communications watchdog threatened to ban it in June, saying the company behind the service had failed to submit company details for registration.

Russia’s FSB security agency also said Telegram was used by those behind April’s Saint Petersburg metro bombing.

Telegram CEO, Pavel Durov, said the firm will investigate the Indonesia charges.

“We have never received any requests/complaints from the Indonesian government,” Durov said on Twitter.

Broncos survive Newcastle NRL scare

Brisbane’s bid for a top-four NRL finish remains on track after surviving a scare to overcome the struggling Newcastle 34-22.

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Without Queensland State of Origin forwards Josh McGuire and Matt Gillett, the Broncos on Saturday trailed 12-6 at halftime and suffered a second-term lapse before they powered home.

The loss marked the eighth time this season the Knights had blown a halftime lead, as they inched closer to a third-consecutive wooden spoon with their seventh-straight loss.

The win moves the Broncos provisionally back into the top four, ahead of Manly’s clash on Sunday with the Wests Tigers.

Five-eighth Anthony Milford also came through the McDonald Jones Stadium match unscathed on his return from a shoulder dislocation.

“We didn’t play badly,” Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said.

“They had some pretty good football.

“We completed at about 85 per cent and we did a lot of things right.”

After they trailed by six at the break, the match turned on a 70-metre James Roberts break to score after he scooped up a ball kicked at him by Knights utility Joe Wardle.

It summed up the Knights’ season, who suffered a similar fate last week to Canterbury when a ball was kicked into the Bulldogs’ Moses Mbye in the final minute to seal the result.

“When we lose that momentum, we have that disappointment and then we don’t come together with our defence,” Knights coach Nathan Brown said.

“And then we leak another try and were under the pump and then it’s here we go again.

“We’ve got to get that mentality where we can really drop it, get over it and get back in the fight quickly.”

The Broncos scored tries in two of their next three sets, and, in 10 minutes, the match had swung 24-12 in their favour.

However, after Chanel Mata’utia and Dane Gagai crossed in short time, the Knights were back within two points with 15 minutes to play.

Gagai was terrific for the Knights, just three days after claiming the Wally Lewis Medal as player of the Origin series, as he ran 164 metres and broke five tackles in the loss.

But he gave away their best chance to reclaim the lead when he broke free from a Brisbane error, only to pass the ball straight to opposition forward Adam Blair.

Former Knight Korbin Sims and winger Jonus Pearson sealed the match for Brisbane in the final 10 minutes.

Titanic defence drowns Cronulla

The maturity of Ash Taylor and a desperate Gold Coast defence drowned Cronulla in horrendous conditions on Saturday night.

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Heavy rain swept through the Gold Coast before and during the clash, flooding the playing arena and making conventional rugby league near impossible.

But the 22-year-old Taylor rose above it, crossing for a double and setting up two more tries in the 30-10 romp.

“I think it’s up there (with his best performances),” Henry said of Taylor.

“It was nice to see him show maturity when he had to. It’s a real positive sign for him; he’s maturing all the time.”

After a quiet State of Origin decider, Jarryd Hayne might have thought his bad week would get worse when he dropped a high ball in the opening minutes.

But his resolute defence from fullback was noted by Henry in a win that keeps the Titans within striking distance of the finals.

“The commitment to get to the ball was very, very good, which shows a desperation in our defence,” Henry said.

“I think it (the defensive effort) set the game up.”

Taylor set the tone for the night as his first-half grubber kick found Konrad Hurrell for the opening points and his solo effort from a scrum gave the Titans an 8-0 half-time lead.

The puddles disappeared in the second half, but the drier conditions only served to tighten Taylor’s grip on the game as he propped, dummied and side-stepped from close range to score his second in the 43rd minute.

He wasn’t done there, timing a short ball perfectly to put Kevin Proctor through a gap for a 20-0 lead.

Joe Greenwood then finished a terrific team try, and when Patrick Politoni barged over soon after it was 30-0 with 14 minutes to play.

The Sharks only avoided an embarrassing whitewash when Kurt Capewell and Sosaia Feki scored inside the final 10 minutes.

Sharks five-eighth James Maloney was rested after reporting neck soreness on Friday, while Jack Bird limped off with a sternum complaint in the second half not thought to be serious.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said Maloney’s absence did not alter the result.

“(Even if) Superman plays tonight, we don’t win,” he said.

“Conditions were awful but we didn’t handle those conditions and they were just too good for us in the second half.”