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The Nationals leader Michael McCormack has dismissed suggestions that his hold on the party's top job is under threat. Mr McCormack is under pressure due to concerns about his performance since taking over from Barnaby Joyce earlier this year. The leader's detractors claim he's failed to cut through with voters, and doesn't muscle up to the Liberal party enough.

It's been revealed a senior Saudi government official named as a key suspect in the disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi studied in Australia. Dr Salah Tubaigy was identified by Turkish authorities as one of 15 men present in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when Mr Khashoggi is believed to have been killed. In 2015, Mr Tubaigy completed a three-month placement at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. He was sponsored by the Saudi government.

Liberal candidate for Wentworth Dave Sharma has condemned an anonymous email, which falsely claims his opponent Kerryn Phelps is pulling out of the by-election because she has HIV. The email was sent to hundreds of people from a bogus address on Sunday and urges residents to instead vote for Dave Sharma. Dr Phelps says it's part of a dirty campaign being waged against her.

Pakistan has taken control of the second cricket test after an Australian batting collapse on day two in Abu Dhabi. Mohammad Abbas claimed five for 33 as Australia was bowled out for 145 in its first innings. Pakistan will resume its second innings today at two for 144, that has a lead for 281.

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