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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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‘Martyrdom for snowflakes’: CNN analyst knocks Republicans who desperately wanted to be arrested at protest

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CNN host Don Lemon reported Wednesday evening that many Republicans wanted to be arrested for storming the secure room where the House Intelligence Committee depositions were taking place.

Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that he was told "there was never any chance [members] who barged into SCIF would be arrested by [capital police], but some members asked to be arrested. They wanted the optic of being frog-marched out of the SCIF in front of TV cameras. That would help w/GOP narrative of Dem process abuse."

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Commentator Wajahat Ali called it the perfect example of "martyrdom for snowflakes."

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Seth Meyers says Republicans storming classified room looked like a protest at a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra

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"Late Night" comedian Seth Meyers couldn't help but lambast the far-right Republicans angry that they're not being included in the depositions ahead of the impeachment hearings.

Wednesday, Republicans stormed a secure room known as a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), because they seemed to misunderstand the difference between a deposition and a hearing. In Congressional hearings, witnesses will be presented for members of the committee to question. In a classified deposition, the witness can give information that is considered classified for security reasons. Oddly, some members who are allowed in the room were also protesting.

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WATCH: CNN’s Don Lemon bursts out laughing over Trump’s new wall in Colorado

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CNN's Don Lemon typically deals with difficult and intense topics at the top of his weekly show. Wednesday night, however, after a serious opener about Syria and ISIS, Lemon broke into hysterics over President Donald Trump's flub saying he would build a border wall on Colorado's border.

"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."

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