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  • Prince Harry, 33, was photographed sitting in the audience at the first Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday in Chicago, Illinois
  • The British royal sat one row behind Obama and his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, who were all smiles as they took the stage at the two-day event
  • Prince Harry joined Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters, on stage Tuesday evening
  • The two held a conversation about the ways young people can help drive community engagement
  • Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle surprised students at Hyde Park Academy, a high school located in Chicago's South Side

By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:05 EDT, 31 October 2017 | Updated: 20:25 EDT, 31 October 2017

Prince Harry and Barack Obama have become fast friends, and he was one of the many high-profile guests at the former U.S. president's first Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old British royal was photographed sitting in the audience at the two-day event held at the Marriott Marquis McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, a few hours before he took the stage with Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters.

Prince Harry sat one row behind Obama and his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, who were all smiles as they took the stage at the global summit aiming to cultivate a new generation of leaders.

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle took the stage at the first Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle took the stage at the first Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday

Prince Harry, who is scheduled to speak at the summit on Tuesday evening, was photographed sitting in the audience Prince Harry, who is scheduled to speak at the summit on Tuesday evening, was photographed sitting in the audience 

Prince Harry, who is scheduled to speak at the summit on Tuesday evening, was photographed sitting in the audience

The British royal appeared on stage on Tuesday evening for the second session of the summitThe British royal appeared on stage on Tuesday evening for the second session of the summit

The British royal appeared on stage on Tuesday evening for the second session of the summit

Prince Harry was joined by Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School MattersPrince Harry was joined by Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters

Prince Harry was joined by Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters

'Our goal is not to present some fixed theory of how change happens,' Obama said during the opening session.

'Our goal in this session is not to pump you with a whole bunch of power points, data and information or a blue print for how you can go back and do what you’re doing even better. In many ways, we want to learn from you,' he continued.

'In other words, this is a big brainstorming session, it's a big hackathon,' he said.

Obama looked dapper in a suit and a button-down shirt, which he wore sans tie, while Michelle was as stylish as ever in a cowl-neck blouse and plaid dress pants.

When the they weren't on stage, the Obamas were seen sitting in the audience, leaving some space between them to hold their papers.

Prince Harry also opted for a business casual look, sporting a blazer, trousers, and a button-down shirt that he left open at the collar.

The British royal sat one row behind the Obamas, and all three of them were listening intently during the event The British royal sat one row behind the Obamas, and all three of them were listening intently during the event 

The British royal sat one row behind the Obamas, and all three of them were listening intently during the event

The Obamas sat with some space between them to make room for their papersThe Obamas sat with some space between them to make room for their papers

The Obamas sat with some space between them to make room for their papers

Obama looked dapper in a suit and a button-down shirt, which he wore sans tieObama looked dapper in a suit and a button-down shirt, which he wore sans tie

Obama looked dapper in a suit and a button-down shirt, which he wore sans tie

Michelle was as stylish as ever in a cowl-neck blouse and plaid dress pantsMichelle was as stylish as ever in a cowl-neck blouse and plaid dress pants

Michelle was as stylish as ever in a cowl-neck blouse and plaid dress pants

He appeared to be fiddling with a pen that he was holding in his hands while he kept his eyes locked on the state in front of him.

Prince Harry later joined Hobson on stage to hold a conversation about the ways young people can help drive community engagement.

He addressed the roughly 500 young civic leaders and community activists chosen from 20,000 applicants from around the world, for what the Obama Foundation promises will be intensive workshops and opportunities to share ideas.

Prince Harry stated that the younger generation in the world has turned him into an optimist.

'We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems,' he explained.

Although she didn't appear to be in attendance, Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle is a 2003 graduate of Northwestern University, which is near Chicago.

The gathering in the Obamas' hometown was organized by their eponymous foundation, which is also building the former president's library in the city where the former president got his political start.

Roughly 500 young civic leaders and community activists from around the world are attending the two-day event  Roughly 500 young civic leaders and community activists from around the world are attending the two-day event  

Roughly 500 young civic leaders and community activists from around the world are attending the two-day event

Obama explained that the summit is meant to be a 'big brainstorming session'Obama explained that the summit is meant to be a 'big brainstorming session'

Obama explained that the summit is meant to be a 'big brainstorming session'

The Obamas happily waved to the audience on the first day of the summit The Obamas happily waved to the audience on the first day of the summit 

The Obamas happily waved to the audience on the first day of the summit

Michelle took one last look at the audience before they walked off stage together Michelle took one last look at the audience before they walked off stage together 

Michelle took one last look at the audience before they walked off stage together

'The Obama Foundation's goal is to encourage and empower young people to create positive change in their communities,' David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation, said in a statement earlier this month.

Among the attendees highlighted by the foundation was Trisha Shetty of India, who started the organization SheSays to combat sexual abuse against women.

Other notable speakers include Matteo Renzi, the former Italian prime minister, and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of the Chobani yogurt brand.

Chance the Rapper, a socially active hip-hop artist who was born and raised in Chicago, has helped organize the concert finale.

Prince Harry opted for a business casual look, sporting a blazer, trousers, and a button-down shirt that he left open at the collarPrince Harry opted for a business casual look, sporting a blazer, trousers, and a button-down shirt that he left open at the collar

Prince Harry opted for a business casual look, sporting a blazer, trousers, and a button-down shirt that he left open at the collar

The British royal and the businesswoman discussed the way young people can help drive community engagement and developmentThe British royal and the businesswoman discussed the way young people can help drive community engagement and development

The British royal and the businesswoman discussed the way young people can help drive community engagement and development

'We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems,' Harry said at the summit 'We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems,' Harry said at the summit 

'We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure of some of the world's biggest problems,' Harry said at the summit

Harry spoke animatedly while chatting with Hobson on stage Harry spoke animatedly while chatting with Hobson on stage 

Harry spoke animatedly while chatting with Hobson on stage

'I want to help inspire and empower young people to change their world,' the artist said in an email released by the foundation.

Chance the Rapper and Gloria Estefan will perform in a public concert to cap the event.

Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle made a surprise visit to speak with 20 students at Hyde Park Academy, a high school located across from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's South Side.

'The warm and wide-ranging conversation, lasting over an hour, covered how the Obama Presidential Center will showcase the South Side of Chicago for a global audience, the importance of young people staying inspired and hopeful, and the transformative power of students using their voices to change the world,' Caroline Adler Morales, the former first lady’s communications director, said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle made a surprise visit to Hyde Park AcademyEarlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle made a surprise visit to Hyde Park Academy

Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Michelle made a surprise visit to Hyde Park Academy

The two were all smiles as they walked through the school's hallway into the library The two were all smiles as they walked through the school's hallway into the library 

The two were all smiles as they walked through the school's hallway into the library

Michelle and Harry met with 20 students at the school, and there was plenty of laughter during their chat Michelle and Harry met with 20 students at the school, and there was plenty of laughter during their chat 

Michelle and Harry met with 20 students at the school, and there was plenty of laughter during their chat

The group sat with their chairs in a circle as they took turns listening to each other The group sat with their chairs in a circle as they took turns listening to each other 

The group sat with their chairs in a circle as they took turns listening to each other

At one point, Michelle patted one of the student's on the back At one point, Michelle patted one of the student's on the back 

At one point, Michelle patted one of the student's on the back

Prince Harry and the Obamas are firm friends and have appeared in public together several times over the years.

Obama has thrown his support behind Harry's Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event for injured servicemen and women.

Last month, Obama and Harry were seen enjoying a warm, lively chat as they took their seats courtside to watch wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games, which took place in Toronto.

It later emerged that the former president had quizzed Harry about his girlfriend Meghan during their chat.

Obama enjoyed a hugely successful state visit to the UK in 2011, when he and his family stayed with the Queen, and last year he and his wife had dinner with William, Kate and Harry at Kensington Palace, where they met Prince George.

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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Grace Tame says caller ‘threatened’ against criticising PM

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An Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor has said she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the prime minister.

Grace Tame made the allegation in a speech on Wednesday, where she said she’d been called by a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.

She added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.

The government has denied knowledge of the call and said it will investigate.

On Tuesday, Mr Morrison made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins more than a year after the young woman went public with the allegation that she had been raped by a male colleague in a ministerial office.

Her story sparked national anger, and an inquiry into parliament’s culture which found more than a third of workers had been sexually harassed.

Both Ms Higgins and Ms Tame have been heralded this past year for prompting a national conversation about abuse, power and gender inequality.

On Wednesday, the pair delivered a highly anticipated joint address at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Asked by journalists if she could name the threatening caller and their organisation, Ms Tame said: “if I was willing to name either, I would have put them in the speech”.

But she said the caller had been concerned about what she would say on the evening her successor as Australian of the Year was named.

She said the caller had described her as an “influential figure” and that Mr Morrison would “have a fear” about what she might say “with an election coming soon”. Australia is due to hold a general election before 21 May.

“Sound familiar to anyone? Well, it does to me,” Ms Tame said, before drawing a comparison with her former abuser – a teacher who had raped her as a child and pressured her to stay silent.

Mr Morrison’s office said it had not been aware of the call before Ms Tame’s speech, adding “the individual should apologise”.

“The PM and the government consider the actions and statements of the individual as unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.

But Ms Tame said launching a probe “misses the point entirely”.

“Stop deflecting, Scott. It’s not about the person who made the call. It’s the fact they felt like they had to do it at all,” she tweeted.

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