Increasing industrialization is fouling the air around Lumbini, Nepal, which is believed to be the birthplace of the Buddha.

Swansea University in Wales is working on what researchers hope will be a major advance in desalination technology:  A self-cleaning water treatment membrane made of electrically conductive nanofibers.

With reasoning that doesn't pass the smell test, the White House has announced that Donald Trump has fired the Director of the FBI James Comey.  The announcement took practically everyone in Washington by surprise, including several senior members of the Trump administration who weren't in the loop.

Good Morning Australia!! - South Korea ends ten years of conservative rule - China cautions the White House on Climate Change - Netanyahu accused of silencing critics - And so much more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Two business groups are speaking out before the federal budget to say that Budget support is the "best chance" the Inland Rail project has of moving into the construction phase.

An Indonesian court has found outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama - commonly known as Ahok - guilty of blasphemy and sentenced him to two years in prison.  His lawyer says he will appeal this harsh verdict.

Good Morning Australia!! - Indonesia moves against an extremist group - Officials say Trump was warned about his administration's biggest problem child - Macron prepares to take office - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Anti-vaccination activists spread discredited information in a Somali-American community in Minnesota, and it didn't take long for the northern US state to have its worse measles outbreak in more than a decade.

An Alabama woman's photo of her newborn baby born clutching her apparently ineffective IUD has gone viral.  It's extremely rare for such a pregnancy to occur.

Good Morning Australia!! - A crushing defeat for the fascists as Emmanuel Macron is elected French president by a larger than expected margin - A teenage girl scout defeats nazis - A large group of Chibok schoolgirls are safe for the first time in three years - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Hello Australia!! - Boko Haram releases dozens of captive Chibok girls - Are American dirty tricksters trying to pollute France's election? - Bernie nails Trump - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Hello Australia!! - Trump meets Turnbull, sticks foot in mouth - France prepares to decide between fascism and neo-liberalism - Anger builds towards the prosecutor who blamed the victim for her own murder - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" will appear in a New York City courtroom for a hearing on Friday, local time.  But even though authorities have the man they consider to be responsible for a vast cocaine empire, they have yet to find his fortune - not even a penny.

SA Power Networks is telling some customers impacted by December's power blackouts that compensation is not on the way.

Buenos Dias Australia!! - A London tabloid botches the retirement of Prince Philip, guess who owns it - US Republicans move to destroy healthcare for millions - Argentina's conservative government opens the door to releasing murderous human rights abusers from prison - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

asdA small group of protesters crashed Education Minister Simon Birmingham's speech at the National Press Club in Canberra to condemn the government planned cuts to higher education.

In a "highly unusual" move, Buckingham palace is calling the royal staff in from far afield for a hastily-arranged emergency meeting in London.  Rampant speculation about the subject prompted the palace to issue a denial:

Good Morning Australia!! - The man who threw the US election confronts Congress - North Korea is preparing another nuke, or just playing volleyball - Playboy model plus sacred place equals someone's getting mad - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:

Fairfax Media plans to eliminate 125 newsroom jobs representing about a quarter of its editorial staff.  Journos at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in Melbourne promptly voted to go on strike for a week.

Environmentalists say Tasmania's biggest salmon producer appears to have covered-up a major fish kill in Macquarie Harbour.

Good Morning Australia!! - Refugee boat turn-backs come under fire - Merkel pushes Putin to investigate Chechnya's anti-LGBT violence - Hillary returns with a barb for Trump - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs: