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Australia halts deportation of U.K. murderer after he spit and cursed at flight crews

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Australian officials were Friday considering how to deport a British murderer after he was pulled from two commercial flights after reportedly spitting at crew and screaming abuse after boarding.

Keith Herring ripped a telephone from the seat of a plane and urinated in a holding cell as officials attempted to deport him back to England on Thursday, The Australian newspaper said.

It was the second time in as many days that his removal fell through due to his behaviour after plans to put him on another commercial flight failed on Wednesday, it said.

An immigration department official confirmed the two attempts.

“He misbehaved in a range of ways and a decision was made by the department in consultation with the airline that we didn’t want to risk any incidents with passengers and crew, so we took him off,” a spokeswoman told the newspaper.

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Another spokeswoman told AFP that authorities were determined to deport the 66-year-old as quickly as possible and in “the most cost-effective” way but no final decision had been made on how to do this.

Reports said a charter flight could cost up to US$1 million.

Herring received an immigration visa in 1988 despite a long criminal history in Britain and a year later killed his Philippines-born wife in their Sydney home.

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He was handed a 22-year sentence for the murder in 1995 along with a two-and-a-half-year term for his behaviour during the trial which included exposing himself, calling the prosecutor a “fat slug”, and attempting to attack the judge, the report said.

Immigration authorities cancelled his visa on character grounds, meaning deportation after being released from prison. He has reportedly been held in immigration detention since his release in June.


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‘A failure in judgment by every single Republican leader’: Ex-GOP congressman scorches Trump’s racism

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump's racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting "Send Her Back!" of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

"It was heartbreaking," said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. "In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go."

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Bernie Sanders’ staff demand to be payed the $15-an-hour minimum wage he advocates: report

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Campaign workers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are demanding an increase in pay consistent with the senator's campaign rhetoric, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

"Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment they are receiving does not meet the standards Sanders espouses in his rhetoric, according to internal communications," the newspaper reported.

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The racist Republican Party must be ‘utterly confronted and destroyed’: Chris Hayes

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On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.

"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."

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