Maintaining that young lives would be at risk if the question of gay marriage were put to a plebiscite, the Greens took a stand on Friday to oppose any such move.  It puts pressure on Labor to join the Greens in opposing the plebiscite.

Striking mineworkers in Bolivia abducted Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes and beat him to death after he travelled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws.

A top executive with the South Korean multinational corporation Lotte has been found dead on a walking path outside Seoul.  This was just a few hours before Lee In-won was to be questioned by prosecutors.

Good Morning Australia!! - The Greens shake things up - Amazing rescues and heartbreaking delays in the Italian earthquake - The UN finds evidence of atrocities in Syria  - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is demanding that PM Malcolm Turnbull intervene after Nauru banned her from visiting refugees and asylum seekers in the Australian detention camp there.

Astronomers are giddy over the discovery of a previously unknown exoplanet that may have the correct conditions for hosting life as we know it.  Unfortunately, there's still no way to get there, as the discovery comes as we're covering this ever-warming planet in those non-biodegradable nespresso cups.

Good Morning Australia!! - A killer earthquake strikes Italy - Authorities identify the woman murdered in a Queensland hostel - Is the UN ready for Iraq to liberate a major city from Islamic State? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

An attacker reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar!" - "god is great" in Arabic - as he stabbed a woman to death and wounded two people at a backpackers' hotel just south of Townsville in northern Queensland.

A new study that attempts to quantify the true cost of failing to truly deal with climate change does not contain good news for the Millennial generation and their offspring.

Lawmakers in the UK are seeing a crisis unfolding in waters around the world - but the evidence is barely visible, unless you have a microscope.  They're calling for a worldwide ban on plastic microbeads used in shampoos, soaps, amd cosmetics.

Good Morning Australia!! - Sea Shepherd vows to keep up the pressure on Japanese whalers - Paris is having a very bad year for tourism - A court gives the last word on Russians taking part in the Paralympic Games  - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Native American tribes and environmentalists have formed an alliance rarely seen these days to oppose an oil pipeline planned to carry oil across the United States of America's Upper Midwest, crossing the crucial Missouri River twice and cutting through wetlands and protected wilderness areas.

The outbreak of Tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea is worse than previously thought.  Children make up about a quarter of the documented cases.

Good Morning Australia!! - A confession in the killing of a Bali cop for which a NSW woman is being held - Duterte's slaughter in the Philippines is worse than imagined - A nation demands to ditch its broken pension scheme that economic conservatives hold up as a world model - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Hello Australia!! - Turnbull pulls a gay marriage switch - A new report suggests Trump's debt are way deeper than disclosed - Another tragedy for the Syrian family whose little boy broke so many heart from the back of an ambulance - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Hello Australia!! - A major shift in UN policy to take responsibility for a deadly outbreak - An Olympian fesses up to some Ugly American behavior - Russia is shocked to find a barbaric practice in its borders - And wait until you learn what Amber Heard is doing with her divorce settlement from Johnny Depp, in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

The Federal Court has dismissed a Queensland Indigenous group's attempt to stop the multi-billion-dollar Galilee basin coal mining project by challenging the mining leases.

The credit rating agency Moody's is downgrading its outlook on the big four Australian banks, from "stable" to "negative". 

Good Morning Australia!! - The image of a little boy forces the world to pay attention to Syria - Rio cops say US Swimmers lied about being robbed at gunpoint - One of the leaders in South Sudan's civil war has fled - The end of an Internet era - And more in your CareerSpot World News Briefs:

A new survey of tourists revealed a vast majority of those visiting the Great Barrier Reef are doing so before it dies.  An underwater heatwave is killing coral reefs around the globe, and the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is experiencing its worst bleaching event on record.

Melbourne is the world's most-liveable city.  So says the annual ranking of the planet's urban centers by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which placed Melbourne at the top of the list for the sixth year running.