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Anthony Albanese and Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony at the White House on Wednesday.

‘Trust but verify’: Biden’s warning to Albanese over China

US President Joe Biden has revealed he told Chinese President Xi Jinping America would continue to engage with Australia because the US was a “Pacific nation”.

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  • Andrew Tillett and Matthew Cranston

Fortescue makes slow start on push for fifth iron ore export record

Fortescue has refused to give up on a goal to set a fifth consecutive iron ore export record despite making a slow start to the new financial year.

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  • Peter Ker
Gina Rinehart may have found herself another lithium darling.

Euroz hoovers up Azure Minerals stock after bid; eyes on Rinehart

Stockbroker Euroz Hartleys was hoovering up shares in lithium play Azure Minerals on Monday morning, after the company signed a binding deed with Chilean giant SQM at $3.50 a share.

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  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
AGL chairman Michael Fraser (l) and CEO Adam Watson at the AGM in Sydney on Thursday.

APA suffers protest vote on pay as chairman warns on climate targets

Michael Fraser said energy policies need to be “realistic” to avoid losing public support for the transition as prices rise and the lights go out.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Mark Vaile

Activist target Whitehaven Coal suffers first strike

Close to 40 per cent of investors voted against the coal miner’s remuneration report as the battle with activist investor Bell Rock continues to rage.

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  • Aaron Patrick and Peter Ker
St Andrews Cathedral school death:  Lilie James, 22, a water polo coach.

Hunt for man after ‘confronting’ private school killing

A manhunt is under way after a young female staff member was found dead in the gymnasium at a private school in Sydney’s city centre.

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  • Peter Bodkin and Luke Costin
Insurance worker Matthew Hood says hybrid working allows him to strike a balance between collaboration and focused work.

‘Not a productivity problem’: Why WFH isn’t going away anytime soon

Hybrid working has become the new normal in Australia, according to research that suggests this is more good than bad.

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  • Euan Black
US President Joe Biden speaks during the state dinner with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Washington.

Australia and US must defend freedom and security, says Biden

US President Joe Biden has toasted the close relationship between the US and Australia at a state dinner in Washington; Another mass shooting in US, at least 16 dead. Follow updates here.

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  • Trudy Harris and Mark Ludlow
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President of the United States Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony at the White House, during Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s state visit to the United States of America, in Washington DC on Wednesday 25 October 2023.

PM backs Biden’s call for Gaza civilian protection

US President Joe Biden also stressed a “path toward peace” in the Israel-Gaza conflict, as Anthony Albanese pledged an extra $15 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza.

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  • Matthew Cranston
Woolworths new chairman Scott Perkins told Roger Corbett he expects better performance from Endeavour Group, where the retailer controls a 9.1 per cent stake.

Corbett makes surprise Woolworths AGM appearance, critiques chairman

The company’s former chief executive questioned why the board had ‘chosen to support the status quo’ at Endeavour, where it is the second-largest investor.

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  • Carrie LaFrenz
ASX is set to slip.

ASX drops; Azure jumps 42pc; Whitehaven poised to cop strike

Shares fall; US tech stocks dive after earnings shortfall from Alphabet; Westpac’s Ellis tips RBA to raise cash rate on Cup day; SQM to buy Azure for $1.6 billion; Fortescue makes slow start on push for fifth iron ore export record. Follow here for more.

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  • Joanne Tran, Timothy Moore, Cecile Lefort, Joshua Peach and Vesna Poljak
Improving relations. Joe Biden and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in bali last year.

Biden’s quiet re-engagement with China could stop Middle East war

While it is hard to put a value on a dialogue that is unlikely to yield big breakthroughs, it’s easy to imagine the alternative.

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  • Edward Luce
ChatGPT attracted hundreds of millions of users after it was introduced in November.

How to regulate AI risk without killing innovation

Australia must join the rush to develop a dynamic AI industry, with appropriate guardrails – especially in education.

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  • Zoe McKenzie
Webcentral is divesting assets.

Webcentral to divest assets for $165m; MacCap on ticket

Webcentral has struck a binding deal to sell a majority stake in some of its assets for circa $165 million.

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  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Origin Energy’s Frank Calabria has overseen the group’s return to more normal levels of profitability, fuelling calls for Brookfield and EIG Partners to pay more.

Inside Origin’s $18.7b game of M&A bluff

Origin Energy’s takeover is unlike any major deal we’ve seen in the past decade. The ball is firmly in Brookfield and EIG’s court.

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  • Anthony Macdonald

Taiwan warns Albanese: Don’t be blindsided by China

Australia should use economic sanctions to punish Beijing if Taiwan is invaded, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu says.

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  • Michael Smith
The price of lithium has fallen 30 per cent in a fortnight.

Lithium hopeful Azure Minerals strikes $1.63b sale to Chile’s SQM

Azure’s board has accepted an offer of $3.50 per share, a staggering 54 per cent higher than SQM’s first approach.

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  • Elouise Fowler
Unproductive meetings often prevent people from doing higher-value work.

I waste hours in meetings every day. How can I get out of them?

Spending hours every day in unproductive meetings is a recipe for burnout. Inventium’s Amantha Imber says you must raise this with your manager.

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  • Euan Black
Donna Jones took part in Project Edge, a trial of two-way grid trading for solar/battery homeowners in Yackandandah, Victoria.

Pay households and they will use energy wisely

If you offer money to householders to provide power at certain times or to reduce demand, they will happily do it – provided it isn’t just a pea and thimble trick.

  • Tristan Edis
Joseph David Emerson, left, in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Off-duty pilot who tried to cut engines mid-flight ‘took mushrooms’

State prosecutors in Oregon have filed 83 counts of attempted murder against Alaska Airlines employee Joseph David Emerson.

  • Claire Rush