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Five new faces have been promoted to the federal cabinet as part of the prime minister's reshuffle. In a surprise appointment, the first-term Nationals backbencher David Littleproud will be the new agriculture minister. Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie will take the sport, rural health and regional communications portfolios. And regional Liberal Dan Tehan has been elevated to the role of social services minister.
A Townsville sailor has died after clinging to a dingy for four days off the coast of the Philippines. Anthony Mahoney and two friends departed from north Queensland when they encountered rough waters and abandoned ship on Thursday. The group was found by a passing fishing boat yesterday.
Three people are confirmed dead after a train derailed and crashed onto a busy motorway in the US state of Washington. It was the first commercial run for the high-speed train on a faster route. 77 people were taken to local hospitals, while another 20 people were treated at an army medical centre.
And December temperature records are expected to fall in Canberra, as numbers soar into the high 30s. Today's maximum temperature of 39 will come very close to the capital's December record of 39.2. The sweltering conditions are caused by a heatwave crossing the Tasman sea, with north-westerly winds across eastern Australia.