1. Donald Trump confirms he will build the wall.
In an interview with 60 Minutes, his first since winning the election, Donald Trump has insisted that he will build the wall along the US-Mexico border.
President-elect Donald Trump also said he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records from the country immediately.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said
“But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”
Trump told 60 Minutes that the wall which was one of his key election promises could consist of part wall and “some fencing.”
“For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,” he said. “I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.”
2. Earthquake hits New Zealand’s South Island.
New Zealand has been hit by a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake leaving at least two people dead.
The tremor hit near Hanmer Springs some 90 kilometres from the South Island city of Christchurch at 12.02am local time.
The US Geological Survey said the quake generated a 2 metre tsumani with the first wave hitting the north east coast of the South Island around two hours after the first quake struck.
New Zealand Civil Defence said the risk of tsunami activity would continue for several hours and evacuated people living in low lying coastal areas.
The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, confirmed that there were at least two deaths. Mr Key said that one person was found dead among the rubble of a historic homestead in Kaikoura. The second person suffered a heart attack during the quake.
There have been more than 100 aftershocks with people from as far afield as Auckland to Dunedin feeling the quake.
3. PM banned from 2017 Mardi Gras.
The Prime Minister has said he doesn’t mind being banned as an official guest from attending Sydney’s 2017 Mardi Gras.
Over the weekend the Mardi Gras annual general meeting decided Malcolm Turnbull would be taken off the invitation list over the government’s same sex marriage plebiscite policy.
But Mr Turnbull has told Sky News he will still enjoy the celebrations
“I’ve had so many invitations from friends to go to their Mardi Gras parties that if Lucy and I do decide to go to the Mardi Gras next year we’ll have no shortage of opportunities and cheerful company to enjoy it with.”