US President Trump greets Australian PM at the White House | AFP

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania greet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Warren at the White House as they arrive for an official visit, which will include a state dinner with the US President. IMAGES

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Bezos pledges Amazon will meet Paris climate goals 10 years early | AFP

Amazon chief Jezz Bezos pledges the retail giant will meet its emissions targets taken under the Paris climate accord 10 years ahead of schedule. We want to use our scope and our scale to lead the way,” Bezos told a news conference in the US capital, announcing the firm would acquire 100,000 electric delivery vans to help cut its carbon fooptprint. The world’s richest man, Bezos said Amazon would be the first signatory to the 2015 Paris deal to commit to meet its targets, a decade early, with other companies to follow suit. SOUNDBITE

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New York youth prepare for #FridaysForFuture strike | AFP

New York authorities have given their blessings to children who want to skip school to join Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg in a climate protest on Friday 20 September.

Although the number of students who will follow is unknown, more than one million students are enrolled in over 1,700 public schools in the US financial capital.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday September 18th: Israeli election deadlocked; US organizing countries to protest waters near Saudi Arabia; Tropical Storm Imelda brings heavy rain to Texas; Car crashes through lobby of Trump Plaza in New York.

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