The Change.org petition claimed Sydney spent $5.8 million on last year's display. Mr Morrison has previously said he had not received any requests from fire chiefs for volunteers to be paid but last week announced those who were also Commonwealth employees would receive an additional four weeks' leave to fight the fires .
BBC flew a presenter to Stokholm for an interview with climate activist Great Thunberg, who avoids flying whenever possible. When asked how proud he was of his daughter, Mr Thunberg stunned the BBC host by replying: "Not at all". The 50-year-old actor-turned-producer told the BBC he and Greta's mother - opera singer Malena Ernman - originally objected to their daughter's decision to become a climate activist.
During the most recent Democratic debate, Biden asked Sanders to "put your hand down for a second" during an exchange over health care policy, with Sanders quipping, "I'm just waving to you, Joe, saying hello". Warren suggested to reporters in Iowa on Saturday that she is taking Biden at his word and believes that he would comply with a Senate subpoena, but she maintained that the lawmakers should continue to focus on President Trump's "abuse of power".
People gather at Grand Army Plaza in solidarity with the victims after an assailant stabbed five people attending a party at an Hasidic rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, while they were celebrating Hanukkah. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that police presence would increase in Brooklyn neighbourhoods home to large Jewish populations. The attack appeared to be the latest in a string targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey earlier this month.
She had initially approached police to report a sexual assault by 12 Israelis in her hotel room in the popular tourist destination of Ayia Napa in July. The women's case has been been adamantly defended, however, with Marios Matsakis, who is a forensic pathologist that appeared as a defence witness, determining that her injuries were consistent with rape, according Reuters.
He announced in November previous year that the world's first gene-edited babies - the twins - had been born that month after he altered their DNA to prevent them from contracting HIV by deleting a certain gene under a technique known as CRISPR.