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Perth brickie's dramatic citizen's arrest - NEWS.com.au

A hero bricklayer has performed a citizens arrest chasing down an alleged burglar who entered his house and frightened a young girl. Courtesy: Seven News

James Burton smokes a cigarette as he waits for police. Picture: Seven News.

A PERTH bricklayer has chased down an alleged burglar, dragged him to the ground and sat puffing on a cigarette waiting for police to arrive.

Dramatic vision of the citizen’s arrest has emerged on Channel 7 from Perth’s northern suburbs on Monday afternoon. The drama began when bricklayer James Burton heard his partner Tamara Campbell’s six-year-old daughter Kayleigh screaming.

Ms Campbell told Perth Nowhow the arrest unfolded as he chased the man down a lane and dragged him back to the front of their house.

“He didn’t think twice. You know the bloke was easily two feet taller than him and it would have been a confronting situation to be...


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Man arrested over fatal shooting of another man in Tweed Heads - 9news.com.au

A man has been arrested in Queensland over the fatal shooting of a man in the NSW border town of Tweed Heads.

Ace Hall, 31, was dropped outside Tweed Heads hospital on Saturday afternoon by a woman believed to be his girlfriend, suffering a single gunshot wound to his torso and died soon after.

The heavily-tattooed victim was known in criminal circles as a debt enforcer, News Corp reports.

Police said the shooting wasn't connected to a bikie gang brawl outside a leagues club in Tweed Heads earlier in the week, but NSW Police Detective Inspector Wayne Starling said at the weekend "all avenues of inquiry" are being investigated.

Heavily armed police on Sunday searched a Tweed Heads industrial estate, while a white Holden Commodore, believed to be linked to the shooting, was found by police in a suburban street in the town yesterday afternoon.

Evidence including a crowbar was removed...


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In Massachusetts, concern over ban lingers - The Boston Globe

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President Trump’s travel ban will go into effect with significant exceptions carved out Monday by the Supreme Court, offering some measure of comfort to Massachusetts families, businesses, and academics who worried the measure was overly aggressive and improperly focused on Muslim-majority nations.

The ruling largely undid two lower courts’ decisions that had temporarily halted the ban.But the decision also said the government may not bar anyone with a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” a distinction that some said makes the ban more friendly to those people and institutions who rely on immigration and travel.

“The broader context is that this is a bad policy,” said Tom Hopcroft, president and chief executive of the Mass. Technology Leadership Council. “He’s had a series of significant defeats on this bad policy, and one of...


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White House warns Syria preparing for another chemical attack - NEWS.com.au

In an interview with AF on April 13, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the suspected chemical attack blamed on his government in Khan Shaykhun was a '100% fabrication'. The Syrian government doesn't have chemical weapons, he said, having given away the arsenal in 2013. Assad also claimed that the videos and photos from the attack were fabricated, as Nusra Front controls the media in Khan Shaykhun. Syrian Arab News Agency released a transcript of the interview. See here. Credit: Syrian Presidency via Storyful

An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack on April 4, 2017. Picture: AFP / Omar haj kadour.

THE White House has warned the Syrian government it will “pay a heavy price” amid accusations it’s about to mount another chemical...


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Man jailed over Adelaide bashing murder - 9news.com.au

A man who was caught by an elaborate police sting for bashing a pensioner to death has been jailed for at least 20 years for murder.

Damien Joseph Jelicic inflicted at least 10 blows to the head of 80-year-old Nick Piscioneri in the elderly man's Adelaide home in 2013.

In sentencing him in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice David Peek said Jelicic continued to deny having anything to do with the murder despite the strong case against him and the jury's verdict.

He said police posed as members of a crime gang who were interested in recruiting Jelicic.

As part of the ruse, they gave the 58-year-old information on a number of crimes they said they were involved in when no crimes had actually been committed.

The undercover officers eventually obtained detailed information from Jelicic about the murder, which led to the discovery of some of Mr Piscioneri's belongings after Jelicic...


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Support for United States, Trump, collapses except in Russia and Israel - The Sydney Morning Herald

 Faith in the United States  and confidence in its president has collapsed around the world since the election of Donald Trump, new data published by the Pew Research Centre confirms.

The survey, spanning 37 nations, finds a median of just 22 per cent has confidence in Mr Trump to do the right thing in international affairs, compared with 64 per cent that had faith in former president Barack Obama during his final years in office.

Of all the nations surveyed, only in Russia and Israel did faith in President Trump increase. Of all the nations surveyed, only in Russia and Israel did faith in President Trump increase. Photo: AP

In Australia, 29 per cent had faith in Mr Trump to do the right thing, compared with 89 per cent who felt that way about Mr Obama.

Obama received much higher ratings at the end of his presidency than Trump gets today

Of all the nations surveyed, only in Russia and Israel did faith in the US and its president increase.

Changing views of the U.S.: Favorability down across world, but up in Russia
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Pew has conducted the survey in America's image abroad since 2002, and found that it grew markedly under...


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Tony Abbott lays out alternative policy program to help the Coalition hang on to government - The Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Abbott has outlined a sweeping series of policies he says the Coalition should adopt to restore its political fortunes and rebuild trust with conservative voters.

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Census 2016: Fifty years on Australia, it's amazing how much you've changed - The Sydney Morning Herald

We are more Asian, less Christian and more openly gay.

Fifty years and 11.8 million people later, Australia has become unrecognisable from the country portrayed in the 1966 census.

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Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has been expelled from the Labor party - pppFocus

Paul Pisasale, the former mayor of Ipswich, has vowed to fight charges including extortion after being granted bail in the Brisbane magistrates court on Wednesday.

But “Mr Ipswich” cut a lonely figure in the dock yesterday as he faced serious criminal charges, including extortion, after his arrest on Tuesday.

Pisasale is now being held in a Brisbane watch-house after being questioned by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission.

On Wednesday, police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Kahler told the court they were concerned about two witnesses in particular – Pisasale’s property lawyer and a friend.

The extortion charge reportedly relates to allegations Pisasale threatened to expose a businessman’s dealings with a prostitute.

He was forced to agree he would not approach worldwide departure points so that he could get bail on charges of extortion and two other counts involving the...


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Man arrested in Queensland over shooting death of Ace Hall at Tweed Heads - The Sydney Morning Herald

A man has been arrested in Queensland over the alleged murder of Ace Hall at Tweed Heads on the weekend. 

Mr Hall was shot in the torso, before being driven four kilometres to Tweed Heads Hospital by a woman believed to be his girlfriend, about 4.30pm on Saturday. 

Ace Hall died after he was shot in the torso at Tweed Heads. Ace Hall died after he was shot in the torso at Tweed Heads. Photo: Facebook

The 31-year-old was immediately treated by doctors, but died soon after. 

Mr Hall had strong links to the Mongol bikie gang, but police said he was not a member of the bikie group. 

Tweed Heads Superintendent Wayne Starling said on Tuesday morning that Mr Hall and the man in police custody were known to each, however neither was believed to be a member of a bikie group. 

Police said they did not believe the incident was a bikie-related attack. Superintendent Starling also said the attack was not related to a brawl between rival bikie gangs at...


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Trio arrested over 1997 Gold Coast slaying - The Australian

Two men aged in their 60s have been arrested over the cold-case execution-style murder of Gold Coast businessman Philip Carlyle, with a woman also taken into custody.

The charitable, church-going father of three was shot in the head four times at his Robina business on Sunday April 13, 1997.

The 47-year-old's body was found in the air-conditioning plant room of the business, where he'd gone to tidy up some loose ends before a planned overseas trip.

Mr Carlyle's wife became concerned later that day when she could not reach her husband on the phone, and called Mr Carlyle's business partner for help.

They and others went to the Robina business to search. A security guard found Mr Carlyle's bloodied body inside the plant room.

On Tuesday, police said two men - aged 66 and 68 - had been arrested in relation to the killing. They are yet to be charged.

The woman taken into custody is...


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Sydney's deputy mayor Kerryn Phelps quits team amid 'accountability' stoush over council spending - ABC Online

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Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore has publicly rebuked her deputy Kerryn Phelps on social media for a "lack of understanding and support" after Councillor Phelps abruptly quit her team at a council meeting last night.

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"I've been unhappy with her lack of understanding and support of city policies and our vision that we took to the community last election, as well as her non-attendance of important community and city events – it is fair to say we're not on the same page when it comes to how to serve the community," Cr Moore said in a post on her Facebook page.

"People on my team share values and a vision.

"What has...


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Perth brickie's dramatic citizen's arrest - NEWS.com.au

A hero bricklayer has performed a citizens arrest chasing down an alleged burglar who entered his house and frightened a young girl. Courtesy: Seven News

James Burton smokes a cigarette as he waits for police. Picture: Seven News.

A PERTH bricklayer has chased down an alleged burglar, dragged him to the ground and sat puffing on a cigarette waiting for police to arrive.

Dramatic vision of the citizen’s arrest has emerged on Channel 7 from Perth’s northern suburbs on Monday afternoon. The drama began when bricklayer James Burton heard his partner Tamara Campbell’s six-year-old daughter Kayleigh screaming.

Ms Campbell told Perth Nowhow the arrest unfolded as he chased the man down a lane and dragged him back to the front of their house.

“He didn’t think twice. You know the bloke was easily two feet taller than him and it would have been a confronting situation to be...


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Terrified Perth mum issues warning after shower screen explodes on her 4-year-old - Now To Love

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A distressed mother has spoken of her horror when her shower screen exploded while her 4-year-old son was inside washing himself.

Megan Tilbury says she stepped away to lay out her son’s pyjamas when she heard an almighty explosion followed by his screams – the glass shower screen had shattered around him.

Little Cruz was rushed to hospital.

The shower screen completely shattered.

The shower screen completely shattered.

The shower screen completely shattered.

Ms Tilbury told Radio 6PR: "He got lacerations to both arms, his head and his chest, muscle damage in his arm... the plastic surgeon said he was so lucky that's all that happened."

Thankfully, Cruz wasn’t seriously injured but he’ll need further appointments with the plastic surgeon, according to his mother.

"He didn't hit [the screen], there was nothing in the shower with him... it just exploded,” Ms Tilbury continued.

Cruz was covered in cuts from the shattered glass.

Cruz was covered in cuts from the shattered glass.

Cruz was covered in cuts from the shattered glass.

The...


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PM: no gay marriage private member's bill - The Australian

Malcolm Turnbull won’t allow a private member’s bill on gay marriage to be presented to parliament. Picture; Getty Images.

Malcolm Turnbull says he will not let any private member’s bill to legalise gay marriage be debated in the parliament if a plebiscite is not held first, as conservatives urge colleagues to return to the “main game”.

The Australian understands some Liberal MPs are considering what a private member’s bill to pass gay marriage could look like, based on recommendations of a Senate inquiry that would ensure religious freedoms are protected.

But the Prime Minister’s concession will come as a blow to those who have been pushing for a change in policy and a conscience vote in this term of parliament.

Asked to clarify if he would not allow a private member’s bill to be presented, Mr Turnbull told 3AW radio: “Correct. That is our position. That is our policy. So, the...


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Travel ban 3.0: What does Trump's latest ban mean for travellers? - ABC Online

The US Supreme Court has reinstated part of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

So what does it actually mean for travellers to the US?

Here's a quick look.

Trump travel ban timeline

  • January 27: President Donald Trump signs the first executive order
  • February 3: A Federal judge temporarily halts the key provisions of the order
  • February 9: The travel ban remains blocked
  • March 6: A new travel ban is unveiled
  • March 15: The ban is blocked again
  • June 26: The US Supreme Court revives part of the travel ban

What does this travel ban do?

The justices of the court said the travel ban will go into effect "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

"All other foreign nationals are subject to the provisions of [the executive order]."

So, it's good news if you have a provable...


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What the Census says about Australia: key stats from the data - NEWS.com.au

The latest census figures have been released.

AUSTRALIANS are getting older, turning their backs on religion and welcoming more migrants from Asia than from Europe.

Results of the 2016 Census, which was infamously disrupted by cyber attacks, were officially released in Canberra today.

They paint a picture of a changing nation, shining a light on migration, household composition, ageing and religious affiliation.

Here are the key findings.

AUSSIES DITCHING RELIGION

The number of people who identify as Christian has dropped dramatically since the 1990s and the number of people doing away with religion all together is on the rise.

Are Australians doing away with religion? The latest Census results seem to indicate we are.

Are Australians doing away with religion? The latest Census results seem to indicate we are.Source:Getty Images

Just over half of Australians now say they are Christian, compared to 74 per cent in 1991, the 2016 Census shows.

Meanwhile, the number of...


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The man with a $5m gambling debt 'behind Pisasale's $50000 bag of cash' - Brisbane Times

Police swoop on a luxury Sydney apartment building, ending the 11-month flight of a problem gambler said to be linked to a colourful former mayor's decision to carry a bag with $50,000 through a Melbourne airport.

Inside the Sydney apartment, Queensland police will allege, is $207,000 in cash and another $50,000 in poker chips, despite a gambling ban agreed to when the fugitive was released on bail in 2015.

Barrister Sam Di Carlo leaves the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday after representing accused fraudster Hui Tian. Barrister Sam Di Carlo leaves the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday after representing accused fraudster Hui Tian. Photo: Jorge Branco

Less than two weeks earlier, the barrister for 32-year-old fugitive Hui Tian dropped his name for the first time to explain former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale's apparent agreement to carry $50,000 through Tullamarine Airport as a favour.

After his arrest on June 22 and Saturday extradition, Hui Tian, who previously told police he had gambling...


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Financial exploitation of elderly rife in retirement villages - The New Daily

Residents of the multi-billion-dollar retirement village industry have described buying into a retirement village as a “financial sinkhole”.

A joint investigation by the ABC’s Four Corners and Fairfax Media into retirement village company Aveo has uncovered exorbitant fees and complex contracts.

One former resident describes Aveo’s business practices as “totally rapacious, I don’t know how they get away with it”.

Fairfax Media and Four Corners spoke to current and former residents, their children, lawyers, former Aveo staff and lobby groups and found several alarming business practices at Aveo – including safety issues, misleading marketing and advertising and property sales.

The joint investigation obtained numerous Aveo contracts, which included clauses some lawyers described as complex and draconian.

Chief executive of the Consumer Action Law Centre Gerard Brody described some of...


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DUP deal leads to calls for funding boosts in Wales and Scotland - Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the Democratic Unionist Party commitment to support any deal on the UK exiting the European Union was a “blank cheque for a Tory Brexit which threatens the Good Friday Agreement”.

Mr Adams was speaking following the £1 billion agreement between the Conservatives and DUP to prop up Theresa May’s government for the next two years.

Mr Adams said that the “allocation of additional funds could help to ease the enormous pressure on our public services” but that the “devil is in the detail”.

In what appeared to be a holding response to the deal, Mr Adams said “if, as they claim in today’s agreement, both the Tories and the DUP will adhere fully to the Good Friday agreement and its successors they need to deliver on this for the political institutions can be restored”.

In a reference to the Stormont talks and the efforts to resolve issues such as the...


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