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Morning Mail: Paris shooting kills two policemen, Turnbull trusts Trump's 'wisdom and judgement', EU suggests Brexit lifeline

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Guardian Australia's Morning Mail
Friday 21 April 2017
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Exclusive: Brexit doesn't mean Brexit, if UK votes out government

Antonio Tajani meets Theresa May at No 10

Good morning, and welcome to the Morning Mail.

Among the stories leading our website this morning is this Brexit exclusive: the president of the European parliament has said Britain would be welcomed back with open arms if voters changed their minds about Brexit on 8 June, challenging Theresa May's claim that "there is no turning back" after article 50. Antonio Tajani says the process could easily be reversed if the general election brings in new British government. 

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

Headlines

Paris shooting: French policeman killed on Champs Élysé​e​s
Police say two other officers wounded and attacker shot dead in incident in centre of city

Ged Kearney quits advisory role after being bypassed on 457 visa changes
Exclusive: Australian Council of Trade Unions head accuses Coalition of failing to consult its own council, making her advice 'irrelevant'

Stroke and dementia risk linked to low-sugar drinks, study finds
Drinking a can of diet soft drink a day associated with almost three times higher risk, say researchers – but critics warn against causal connection

Housing affordability: Labor proposes ban on self-managed super fund loans
Opposition launches new policies to cool property market including ban on self-managed super fund loans and fee hikes for overseas buyers

CIA liaison is first casualty of conflict between intelligence agency and Trump
Retired Marine who was abruptly let go from position informing relevant White House officials about covert operations followed a clash with NSC official

Australian news and politics

World's largest collection of rock art at risk, Australian senators told
Irreplaceable Indigenous art in Western Australia has been vandalised and is under threat from emissions from a proposed fertiliser plant, inquiry hears

Productivity Commission warns against moving public servants to rural areas
Report says decentralisation can deprive agencies of technical skills, citing move of pesticides authority to Armidale

Malcolm Turnbull: I trust the 'wisdom and judgment' of Trump and Pence
The prime minister's comments are the strongest backing so far of the US administration and comes ahead of visit by vice president on Friday

Queensland mayor's election campaign bankrolled by 'unknown' trust
John Ryan tells Crime and Corruption Commission he has no memory of becoming trustee of fund that delivered $127,000 for election of Moreton Bay regional mayor Allan Sutherland

NT royal commission: Dylan Voller questioned over 'extreme' behaviour
Former Northern Territory juvenile detainee challenged on numerous allegations against staff

Tony Abbott accuses Coalition of undermining its own message on citizenship
Former PM says 'some genius' derailed the Turnbull government's message when it had a positive story to tell

Peter Dutton alleges Manus shooting rampage sparked after refugees seen with boy
Immigration minister's version of events disputed by refugees and contradicts evidence by Papua New Guinean authorities that fight was sparked by football field dispute

Around the world

'We've never seen this drought, this disease': Somali families bury their dead
Jason Burke reports from Baidoa in Somalia, where more than 6 million people need assistance after two years without rain

UN security council warns North Korea to stop nuclear tests or face sanctions
In a unanimous statement, the council condemned Pyongyang for its 'highly destabilizing behavior' as US ambassador Nikki Haley considered new sanctions

Venezuela opposition launches new protests a day after three deaths
Thousands of activists take to the streets in Caracas as opposition lawmakers say security forces have used excessive force to halt the marches

Iran disqualifies Ahmadinejad from bid to regain presidency
Six politicians given go-ahead to run in presidential election, which is likely to boil down to a three-man race on 19 May

Panama Papers: court rejects call to oust Pakistani PM over corruption claims
Three out of five judges back Nawaz Sharif but court calls for investigation into offshore money following leak of financial documents

One last thing

The astronomers are looking for high energy signals at a steady frequency and position in the sky. Photograph: Ilya Genkin/Alamy

No encounters: most ambitious alien search to date draws a blank Astronomers who have been listening for signals from alien civilisations in the most intensive hunt for extraterrestrials yet have found no evidence of life in its first year in operation. The only intelligent signals detected by the Breakthrough Listen project in the first year are from mobile phones and other Earthly devices. Have an excellent day and if you spot something I've missed, let me know on Twitter at @earleyedition.
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