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Tuesday 21 March 2017
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Former NT guard asked boy for oral sex "as a joke"

 A former guard at the Don Dale youth detention centre in Darwin gave evidence on Monday to the royal commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory. Photograph: Jonny Weeks for the Guardian

Good morning, and welcome to the Morning Mail.

Among the stories on our website this morning: A former guard at the Don Dale youth detention centre in the Northern Territory has admitted to asking  detainees to perform oral sex on him, and daring a child to eat faeces – but said it was done "as a joke". Find all our coverage of the royal commission into the protection and detention of children here.

Keep reading for the rest of the top stories this morning, with more news from around Australia and the world.

Headlines

Reports cabinet approves removal of 'insult' and 'offend' from Racial Discrimination Act - politics live
Turnbull government will reportedly push to remove the words that have become a bone of contention from section 18C. The party room has yet to approve the move. Follow it live...

British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money
Exclusive: Billions of dollars were moved out of Russia in 'Global Laundromat' operation, with anonymously owned UK companies playing major role

US forbids any device larger than cellphone on flights from 13 countries
New TSA requirement blocks passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and cameras, with a lack of specifics on whether flight crews are included in rule

Labor stretches to 10-point lead over Coalition, Guardian Essential poll finds
Survey finds more voters see Liberals as 'divided', the government as 'out of touch with ordinary people' and 'too close to the big corporate and financial interests'

Q&A: Trump presidency is a lesson in distrust of media
Panellists debate the credibility of the media in the age of Donald Trump and fake news – or the 'misinformation ecosystem'

Australian news and politics

What lies beneath: Tamborine Mountain and its fears over corporate 'spring water'
When the bores that supply households and businesses in the Queensland tourist retreat run dry or slow down, fingers point at the water sellers. But no one really knows what's happening underground

Australian advertising industry holds talks to protect brands against extremist content
Australian Association of National Advertisers says digital media supply chain needs to be cleaned up

Don't soften diverted profits tax on multinationals, Senate committee urges
Representatives of all parties say proposed tax penalty scheme would encourage compliance, despite opposition from lobby groups

'Tag a mate who loves pineapple on their pizza': how Australian police bought into meme culture
New South Wales police say there is a serious strategy behind attracting likes and shares to their Facebook page with light-hearted content

Most voters in Peter Dutton's electorate oppose subsidising Adani coalmine, poll says
Poll says immigration minister would lose election if held today and shows voters' preference for renewable energy

Labor says publication of politicians' mobile numbers another 'serious' data failure
Only excluded numbers reportedly those of Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and several other senior figures

Mobile numbers of former PMs and politicians reportedly published online – as it happened
Blunder allegedly occurred after the Department of Parliamentary Services failed to properly delete the numbers

Around the world

Trump-Russia collusion is being investigated by FBI, Comey confirms
Trump tweets commentary on House hearing as Comey says president's entourage was under investigation for possibly attempting to influence election

Boris Johnson to meet Steve Bannon in White House visit
UK foreign secretary to meet senior figures including Donald Trump's top aide in trip that comes shortly after wiretap row

Deadly spider venom could ward off stroke brain damage, say doctors
Ingredient in funnel web spider venom can protect cells from being destroyed by a stroke, even when given hours after the event, study shows

Russia opens investigation into murder of space agency official in prison
Vladimir Yevdokimov, an executive at Roscosmos convicted in embezzlement case, died from 'gaping stab wound to the neck', reports said on Monday

David Rockefeller, billionaire philanthropist, dies aged 101
Last of his generation in one of America's most famous families led a network of interests both business and philanthropic, from conservation to the arts


One last thing

 A meme targeting speeding drivers posted by NSW Police to their Facebook page. The force say memes are helping it connect with a new demographic. Photograph: NSW Police Facebook page

  How Australian police bought into meme culture 'Tag a mate who loves pineapple on their pizza': New South Wales police say there is a serious strategy behind attracting likes and shares to their Facebook page with light-hearted content. Have an excellent day and if you spot something I've missed, let me know on Twitter at @earleyedition.
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