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Taken?/I Love Lucy/Bitcoin or Bitcon?
Nine  |  February 18, 2018
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Taken?
Chloe Ayling is a stunning and in-demand glamour model, but last July she was abducted off a street in Milan in Italy by two masked men. She was drugged, gagged, and held hostage in a remote farmhouse. The kidnappers' evil intention was to auction Chloe on the internet as a sex slave to the highest bidder. The plan failed, because the 20-year-old model says she was able outwit her captors. But Chloe's story of escape from this nightmare is almost too heroic to believe, and many people think she's lying.

I Love Lucy
There are two words prime ministers never want to hear in the same sentence: sex and scandal. Just ask Malcolm Turnbull, who has been lumbered with cleaning up the political mess caused by the personal life of his deputy, Barnaby Joyce. By Thursday, the prime minister had had enough of Joyce, describing his actions as a "shocking error of judgement". On Friday, Barnaby Joyce hit back, accusing Turnbull of being "inept and unnecessary" in his comments. This embarrassing crisis for the coalition government played out while Liz Hayes filmed a profile story on Malcolm Turnbull for 60 Minutes.

Bitcoin or Bitcon?
There has been an incredible amount of noise recently about the bitcoin boom. For canny - or lucky - investors who got in early, watching the value of this crypto-currency soar to unimaginable highs was like winning the lottery. The price of bitcoin is now rapidly retreating, but true believers say there are going to be many more digital goldrushes just like it. As Tom Steinfort discovers though, buyers need to beware, because this crypto-craziness is attracting the crypto-sharks, who are circling with some outrageously brazen scams.

Taken?
Chloe Ayling is a stunning and in-demand glamour model, but last July she was abducted off a street in Milan in Italy by two masked men. She was drugged, gagged, and held hostage in a remote farmhouse. The kidnappers' evil intention was to auction Chloe on the internet as a sex slave to the highest bidder. The plan failed, because the 20-year-old model says she was able outwit her captors. But Chloe's story of escape from this nightmare is almost too heroic to believe, and many people think she's lying.

I Love Lucy
There are two words prime ministers never want to hear in the same sentence: sex and scandal. Just ask Malcolm Turnbull, who has been lumbered with cleaning up the political mess caused by the personal life of his deputy, Barnaby Joyce. By Thursday, the prime minister had had enough of Joyce, describing his actions as a "shocking error of judgement". On Friday, Barnaby Joyce hit back, accusing Turnbull of being "inept and unnecessary" in his comments. This embarrassing crisis for the coalition government played out while Liz Hayes filmed a profile story on Malcolm Turnbull for 60 Minutes.

Bitcoin or Bitcon?
There has been an incredible amount of noise recently about the bitcoin boom. For canny - or lucky - investors who got in early, watching the value of this crypto-currency soar to unimaginable highs was like winning the lottery. The price of bitcoin is now rapidly retreating, but true believers say there are going to be many more digital goldrushes just like it. As Tom Steinfort discovers though, buyers need to beware, because this crypto-craziness is attracting the crypto-sharks, who are circling with some outrageously brazen scams.

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