The western world is selling its soul to China for "pieces of silver," according to Brexit leader Nigel Farage. "We are literally, the western world, we are selling our souls for pieces of silver and there are too many people in politics, media and business who are happy to do it, to line their own pockets," Mr Farage told Sky News host Paul Murray. "China is a very serious potential enemy of ours – we've got to start thinking very differently and quickly."
The best thing Elon Musk can do for Twitter is "buy the thing and pull the plug," says Sky News host James Morrow. It comes as tech billionaire Elon Musk has finalised a deal to buy the social media giant for $US44 billion – equivalent to $AU61.3 billion. The acquisition by Mr Musk ends Twitter’s run as a public company since its first public offering in 2013 and will be one of the biggest acquisitions in tech history.
An Australian father of three from Sydney’s north shore who is stuck in an Iraq jail has been “abandoned” by the government as a bombshell United Nations report of his alleged torture provides shocking clues surrounding his treatment.
Former US President Donald Trump has given his “most explosive ever TV interview,” Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan says. “President Trump blows the roof off the biggest issues in the world today, and he nearly blows my head off too,” Mr Morgan said. “He didn’t hold back, but neither did I. “From the moment we sat down, I knew this would be the most explosive Trump interview I’d ever done.”
A hilarious muck up of evidence by Russian FSB spies shows exactly why Vladimir Putin's regime is a "clown show" from top to bottom, says Sky News host Andrew Bolt. "But a clown show with the nuclear bomb," Mr Bolt said.
Amazing scenes in Moscow yesterday show exactly why Russia's invasion of Ukraine looks like it was planned by "absolute morons," says Sky News host Andrew Bolt. "It started when Putin announced his spies had foiled an evil Ukrainian assassination plot against his favourite journalist – a sycophant who night after night calls for Ukraine to be smashed. "The evidence that the Russian spy agency, FSB, claims to have found, turns out to be utterly hilarious."
China sealing its security deal with the Solomon Islands "almost certainly" came about through bribes, according to Sky News host Andrew Bolt. Mr Bolt said Australia is too small a country to have even been able to stop China as it's growing very powerful. "America couldn't stop this China deal, New Zealand couldn't stop it – the Morrison Government couldn't stop It," he said. "See, we actually do give a lot more aid to the Solomons than every other country combined – but China plays dirty. "It puts its money in politicians pockets – and that money talks."
The Daily Telegraph's Tim Blair says Kamala Harris has a "great gift" for making US President Joe Biden "look good", after the Vice President's patronising speech about space. “Space is exciting. It spurs our imaginations, and it forces us to ask big questions. Space – it affects us all, and it connects us all,” Ms Harris said in a speech at the Vandenberg Space Force Base. "Was she aware that she was addressing members of the military there, who, unless I'm mistaken, have to be older than three and a half," Mr Blair told Sky News host Chris Kenny. "She was ... talking to pre-schoolers about space - these people are adults."
The Daily Telegraph's Tim Blair said what would have once been a "good joke" is now real, after US President Joe Biden said billions of dollars would be spent making every vehicle in the US military climate-friendly. "He's talking off to the side, who knows what hallucinations he was having," Mr Blair told Sky News host Chris Kenny. "I also love the fact that five years ago, ten years ago, if a comedian came up with a line about climate-friendly thermonuclear weapons, for example, it would be a good joke - now it's real."
US President Joe Biden has made another embarrassing gaffe while welcoming National Hockey League champions Tampa Bay Lightning to the White House. During the address, President Biden accidentally referred to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as "Gary Batman." President Biden did not seem to realise his error and did not stop to correct his mistake. Star Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman was seen chuckling at the unfortunate gaffe.
ASPI's Mark Watson says the United States can now get on the “front foot” more, after top officials visited the Ukrainian capital. Mr Watson said it’s time to look at the war between Ukraine and Russia with a “different lens”. “I think there’s a sense here that the first phase of this war has concluded, the Russians haven’t been able to achieve their objectives,” Mr Watson told Sky News Australia.
Big tech platforms have censored criticism of US President Joe Biden more than 600 times in two years, according to a new report. The Media Research Centre found Facebook and Twitter deleted comments, cracked down on free speech and banned users who were critical of Mr Biden.
Former US President Donald Trump says he won't return to Twitter regardless of who is in charge of the social media platform. Twitter has accepted tech billionaire Elon Musk's $US44 billion, equivalent to $AU61 billion, buy-out offer. Mr Musk has promised to make significant changes to protect free speech.
UWA Defence and Security Institute’s Peter Dean says Chinese spokespeople have been “over the top”, and Australia should judge the nation on its “past performance”. Mr Dean said Australia should look to see how China has engaged in the Pacific, Asia, and Africa as an indicator for China’s future direction. “I don’t think we can take too much stock from what Chinese foreign affairs spokespeople say; they’ve been particularly over the top in their statements in recent years,” he told Sky News Australia. “I think we need to judge China on its actions and its past performance and its future interests.”
French President Emmanuel Macron is facing a tougher second term as the nation becomes increasingly fractured by tribal political division. Political scientist Dominique Moisi believes French society is “nearly as polarised as American society”. Many believe Mr Macron’s main challenge will be to unite the country, although he remains a deeply unpopular figure for many.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says repairing his relationship with recently re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron “hasn’t been the focus of our engagement”. “We have been focused on things closer to home particularly in the Pacific for obvious reasons,” he said. Mr Morrison said there has been “further government to government contact between officials” since the last time he saw Mr Macron – which was the G20 summit. “I do look forward to having future discussions with President Macron and I wish him every congratulations for what is an historic victory for President Macron,” he said.
French voters have taken to the polls for the presidential election between centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron and his challenger Marine Le Pen, after a fractious campaign that has seen the far right come its closest yet to winning power.
Chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations Stefan Romaniw says Russian President Vladimir Putin should stop his “crimes against humanity” if he has “any sense of decency”. “I don’t have much confidence in fact of what Mr Putin wants to seek a solution, I think the fact is Ukraine will continue to fight,” Mr Romaniw told Sky News Australia. Mr Romaniw said the Ukrainians asked for a ceasefire during Easter but Russia “keeps firing missiles”. “Normal diplomats will try and find a win-win situation,” he said. “With Putin, there is no win-win situation, it’s he wins and you lose.”
Former US President Donald Trump has made fun of President Joe Biden over a series of gaffes he’s made in recent weeks; including shaking hands with the air and being escorted from a White House event by an Easter Bunny. “He’s shaking hands with the air, he’s walking around somewhat bewildered,” Mr Trump said. “He’s taking orders from the Easter Bunny … the Easter Bunny was a political operative. “He did a good job, that guy. We should hire that guy.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been forced to fend off more questions about when he last spoke to his Solomon Islands counterpart, as concerns mount that Beijing could build a military base within Australia’s backyard.
The war in Ukraine looks set to disrupt grain production for possibly “a number of years” to come, says GrainCorp CEO Robert Spurway. “Ukraine produces about 80 million tonnes a year of grain, it represents about a third of the global market for traded grain, so it’s really important in feeding the world,” Mr Spurway said. “That’s clearly been disrupted, right at the moment they’re coming out of the winter there so it’s a bit unknown what’s going to happen with the upcoming crop. “But it’s fair to say it’s going to be disrupted for the next year and possibly a number of years, with infrastructure in the country damaged, ports closed – aside from just the risk of doing business there. “It’s very clear that grain production isn’t going to be available for the export markets anytime soon.”
Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has defended Richard Marles in relation to Deputy Labor leader’s past speech in China. Ms Wong said the speech given by Richard Marles was critical on China. "Richard gave a speech in China, in which he criticised the behaviour of the community party,” she told Sky News Australia. “That is the right thing to do.”
Defence Minister Peter Dutton says the “bond” between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin is “disturbing”. Mr Duttton said the language of a speech recently given by the Chinese President is very similar to President Putin. “It’s not our country that has changed, we still stand for the same values,” he told Sky News Australia. “We need to open, call out bad behaviour, call out the bullying tactics and normalise the relationship and keep peace and stability in our region.”
Senior Adviser at Data for Progress Aiden Smith says the Indo-Pacific region is “vital” to international affairs and a “focal point” for the US-Australian partnership. Mr Smith said the China-Solomon Islands security deal would pose a potential strategic recalibration in Indo-Pacific region. “It really cannot be stressed enough that Australia is a such a vital US partner in the region,” he told Sky News Australia. “The Pacific has really become the focal point for international, strategic efforts.”
Dozens of Amsterdam flights were cancelled or delayed after baggage handlers took industrial action to demand higher pay and better working conditions. Police temporarily closed highway exits to the airport - after officials instructed travellers not to come to the overflowing airport. The strike coincided with the first day of school holidays - causing lines at departure gates to stretch out of the airport.
Ukraine reports Russia has resumed its offensive against the besieged city of Mariupol. Officials say airstrikes have commenced with Russian forces attempting to storm the steelworks complex where Ukraine's remaining forces have been hiding out. Around 1000 civilians have been sheltering in the steelworks, along with the remaining Ukrainian fighters.
Photos of Prince Louis enjoying the beach in Norfolk have been shared on Instagram by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The snaps were taken ahead of his fourth birthday by his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The family are reportedly regulars at the beach, which is a short drive from their Anmer Hall country home.
The Ukrainian city of Bashtanka is home to more than 100,000 people and is now without a hospital after it was destroyed by a Russian missile earlier this week. The singular missile damaged four medical buildings. This comes as Ukrainian authorities are confirming increased military activity in the South and the East over the past 24 hours.