Good morning, early birds. Former ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie reportedly received an extra half million dollars in settlement to abandon her unfair dismissal claim, and human rights lawyer Julian Burnside announces he will run against Josh Frydenberg in the seat of Kooyong as a Greens candidate. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
The Syrian government has pivoted towards helping US-supported Kurdish forces in their fight against a Turkish invasion in Northern Syria, further muddling the region's complex web of alliances.
The long-anticipated Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is looking like it will soon be a reality, set to mark a new relationship with the US, which has been backing Kurdish fighters for years. And that's not the only aftershock the region will feel, writes Professor Damien Kingsbury.