Jan 31, 2018

Australia investigating breach of top-secret cabinet documents

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott talks in 2013. Photo: Daniel Munoz-Pool / Getty Images

Australia’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is investigating the breach of hundreds of top secret cabinet documents, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. It’s one of the biggest breaches of cabinet security in Australian history.

How the breach occurred: The files were locked in filing cabinets that were sold at an ex-government furniture sale in Canberra.

The documents reveal details about Scott Morrison’s decisions as immigration minister, Tony Abbott’s work on the “razor gang,” and Kevin Rudd being warned about “critical risks” of a home insulation scheme.

The ABC reports that its move to publish the files from the breach has been criticized as an affront to the interests of Australia.

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Bob Iger stuns media world with sudden departure as Disney CEO

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

In a move that shocked the media industry, Bob Iger said Tuesday he would step down from his role as CEO of the Walt Disney Company after leading the entertainment giant to unprecedented success during his 15-year run in the job.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully led Disney through a series of risky but highly-successful acquisitions that not only solidified the company's entertainment dominance, but also ultimately reshaped the entire media landscape.

Sanders hits new stratosphere of online interest

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios — Note: Hover over the weekly rank on desktop to see articles and interactions for each candidate and issues.

For the second straight week, Bernie Sanders has hit the high watermark for online attention in the Democratic primary, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: It's not just quantity. The sentiment of the top stories about Sanders has been more positive than his top Democratic rivals — particularly Michael Bloomberg, whose recent online attention has been overwhelmingly negative.

Global coronavirus cases spread as U.S. soldier tests positive in South Korea

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

A 23-year-old American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive to the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak spreads to more countries.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,146 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 322 cases have been confirmed.

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