Corbyn under fire for war on terror speech

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire from opponents and his own ranks after a speech in which he sought to draw links between involvement in the “war on terror” and attacks on the streets of Britain.

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As election campaigning resumed on Friday following the Manchester Arena attack, Corbyn was also careful to stress that foreign policy decisions could not “remotely excuse” terrorists such as Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people at a concert on Monday.

But Conservative Security Minister Ben Wallace said Corbyn’s comments were “totally inappropriate and crassly timed”, while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused him of trying to use the “grotesque act to make a political point”.

Senior Labour figure Mike Gapes said Islamic State terrorists “hate us for what we are”, not “for what we do”.

In his speech in London, Corbyn vowed to reverse Prime Minister Theresa May’s police cuts and give the security services more resources if they needed them.

“No government can prevent every terrorist attack. But the responsibility of government is to minimise that chance, to ensure the police have the resources they need, that our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country,” he said.

“Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, pointed out the connections between wars that we’ve been involved in or supported … in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home.”

Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said foreign policy was not solely to blame for terrorism but he would shy away from the interventionist approach that has seen Britain join military action in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan.

“We must be brave enough to admit the ‘war on terror’ is not working,” he said.

May’s Conservatives are leading in the opinion polls before the June 8 election.

Trump says North Korea problem ‘will be solved’

“It’s a big problem, it’s a world problem,” he said in the Sicilian town of Taormina, just weeks after he called North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un a “madman with nuclear weapons.

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The issue of North Korea, whose missile and nuclear tests have its neighbours and the wider world concerned, will be discussed in joint meetings with the other six heads of leading industrialised countries, Trump said.

“It will be solved, you can bet on that,” he said before going into closed-door talks with Abe, without giving further details.

Abe intended to use the summit to underscore the danger posed by the unpredictable regime in North Korea following its recent series of missile tests.

“The issue of North Korea is a grave threat not only to East Asia but also to the world,” he told reporters before leaving Tokyo, urging the G7 to act “resolutely”.

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Pyongyang has launched a series of missiles this year, including a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range projectile this month which the North claimed was capable of carrying a “heavy” nuclear warhead, fuelling tensions with Washington.

It carried out two atomic tests last year, insisting it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion.

The US is worried that if Kim is not stopped, other countries in the region including Japan and South Korea would be compelled to seek their own nuclear capability as a defence measure.

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‘A lot of firepower’

Washington says it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea if it halts its nuclear and missile tests, but it has also warned that military intervention was an option, sending fears of conflict spiralling.

In an April telephone conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Trump said “we can’t let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that”.

“We have a lot of firepower, more than he has, times 20 — but we don’t want to use it,” the US leader said, according to a transcript of the conversation released by US media.

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Trump also queried Duterte about whether he believed Kim was “stable or not stable.” The Philippine leader responded that their North Korean counterpart’s “mind is not working and he might just go crazy one moment.”

The United States has for weeks been negotiating a new Security Council sanctions resolution with North Korea’s ally China.

But Beijing, the North’s main trade partner, has made clear that the push for diplomatic talks — not imposing more sanctions — is the priority.

North Korea has also been accused of being behind the ransomware epidemic that hit global computer networks earlier this month, crippling hundreds of thousands of computer and demanding payment in Bitcoin to return control to users.

Pyongyang has angrily dismissed these allegations.

Cats get up in a thriller against Port

As is so often the case, the big two of Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood were front and centre as Geelong won a tense AFL arm-wrestle against luckless Port Adelaide on Thursday night.

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But just as important in ensuring the Cats got up by two points was the performance of fellow midfielder Mitch Duncan, who took another step closer to making it a big three.

The 25-year-old was clearly the best player on the park for the opening three quarters of the clash at Simonds Stadium.

And even though it was another Danger-wood special that conjured up the winning goal in the dying minutes, Duncan also had a big moment late in the final term.

He was the one who reacted quickest when Charlie Dixon was called to play on, just as the big Port forward was about to take a set shot for goal which would have put the Power up by nine points had he have been successful.

“(Duncan) was fantastic – in the first half he really set us up,” said Cats coach Chris Scott.

“His ball use was fantastic, he’s a really hard runner and he was great in and around the congestion as well.

“We’ve got high hopes for him and he’s pushing towards that A-grade midfielder level that we were always confident he’d get to.”

Selwood had 10 of his 33 possessions in the final term, while Dangerfield finished the night with 24 disposals and three goals, including the late match-winner from a Selwood assist.

“It’s such an asset as a coaching group to have players that you can look in the eye at three-quarter time and know what they’re going to deliver,” said Scott.

“They were great.”

The 11.15 (81) to 11.13 (79) victory improved the Cats’ win-loss record to 7-3, while the Power slipped to 5-4, having had the bye last weekend following their long trip to Shanghai, to take on Gold Coast.

Port Adelaide were well served by midfielders Jared Polec, Ollie Wines and Brad Ebert, ruckman Paddy Ryder and three-goal forward Robbie Gray.

Power coach Ken Hinkley acknowledged the umpires had got it right in calling Dixon to play on in the final quarter as soon as the 30-second shot clock had expired.

“I understood it. Time ran out,” Hinkley said.

“Unfortunately they got it 100 per cent correct as far as right on the dot.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before – but that doesn’t matter.”

The numbers which will decide Origin I

TEN KEY STATS FOR STATE OF ORIGIN I

* Queensland’s dominance at home

The Maroons have only lost one of their past nine home matches – in game one in 2014 when the Blues broke an eight-year losing streak.

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* Smith the tackling machine

Heading into his 40th Origin match, Cameron Smith has made 1459 tackles, nearly double that of the next-best player on the list, Gary Larsen (813).

* Pearce equals Joey

NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce will equal Andrew Johns for most games played in the Blues halves when he runs out for his 16th Origin on Wednesday.

* Pearce’s form

Pearce is also arguably in career best form. After 11 rounds, the Sydney Rooster playmaker has more try involvements (25) than any other player – the next best being Gold Coast’s Ash Taylor. He’s scored four, had nine try assists and 12 try contributions.

* Getting on the front foot

Since 1982, the team that has won game one has gone on to lift the Origin shield on 26 out of 35 occasions.

* Is 18 the magic number for Queensland coach Kevin Walters?

Queensland have won 35 of 37 matches when scoring 18 points or more

* Hayne the Blues’ greatest?

Jarryd Hayne (nine) requires three tries to overtake Michael O’Connor (11) as NSW’s all-time leading tryscorer.

* Boyd on the verge of history

Greg Inglis’ injury has opened the door for Darius Boyd to write his name in the record books. The Brisbane skipper (17 tries from 26 games) requires just one try to surpass Inglis as Origin’s greatest try-scorer

* Maroons still more experienced

Despite losing 107 games of Origin experience in Corey Parker, Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis and Matt Scott, the Maroons are still vastly more experienced. The Maroons boast a cumulative 210 Origin games compared to NSW’s 108.

* Blues’ Queensland connection

With Nathan Peats and Jarryd Hayne in the Blues line up, it will be just the fifth time NSW have picked two players from a Queensland-based team.

Vixens control their Super Netball destiny

Melbourne Vixens have the chance to put Super Netball’s audacious upstarts in their place by clinching the minor premiership on Saturday.

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The Vixens – the lone established team of five to make the finals of the new competition – lead on percentage from Sunshine Coast Lightning going into this weekend’s final round.

Melbourne (21 points) must win away at lowly West Coast Fever (four points) in Perth on Saturday to try and secure top spot, as they will have dropped to second by the time they take the court.

The two teams immediately below them, the Lightning (21 points) and the Giants (20 points), clash in Sydney earlier on Saturday, with the winner going top for at least an hour.

Vixens coach Simone McKinnis won’t be trying to ascertain the result of that game.

“I don’t think you can get caught up and focused on the wrong thing, just looking at percentages and ladders and things like that,” McKinnis told AAP.

“We’ve purposely not paid attention to that and we’re not speaking about percentage or anything.

“It’s just about the game in front of us, playing well and winning that game and the rest will look after itself.”

The Vixens beat the Fever 56-45 in Melbourne in round four, the same round in which the Giants shaded the Lightning 55-54 on the Sunshine Coast.

“I think with the form we’ve been having we’ve wanted to play them earlier, but unfortunately we’ve had to wait to this very last game,” Lightning’s star shooter Caitlin Bassett told AAP about the game against the Giants.

“It’s an important game for us. We can’t take our foot off the pedal for a couple of reasons.

“Obviously for finals placings we want to finish one or two, but also we need our form to continue into the finals because we know that the other teams that make up the top four are ridiculously hard.”

Former Fever stalwart Bassett wasn’t above asking her former teammates to do her a favour by upsetting the Vixens.

“I talked to Kate Beveridge last night, I said ‘can you please please win, come on just pull it out’, that would make our lives a lot easier,” Bassett said.