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Amber alert: Fears for 4yo boy taken from Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane - ABC Online

Amber alert and is seeking public help to find a four-year-old boy

Police have located the mother of a missing child, but say they are still trying to find the father and the boy who was taken from a Brisbane hospital on Thursday.

A 26-year-old woman (pictured), known to a missing four-year-old boy who has a serious medical condition.

Investigators believe the boy is at "imminent risk" and have issued an amber alert, after he was taken from the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital by his parents.

Police said the four-year-old, who is wheelchair-bound and has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, requires urgent and ongoing medical attention.

The boy's mother, an anti-vaccination campaigner, has previously written online that the boy has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. She said hospital staff have not permitted the use of medicinal cannabis products.

This week she claimed online her son is allergic...


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Australian values — a user's guide - The Australian (blog)

Here is Jack the Insider’s Australia User’s guide. Ricky Ponting will have done well to heed number four at Edgbaston back in 2005 ...

I’ve said it many times before. Australia is the best damned country in the world with the exception of some island nations in the Caribbean with some very liberal banking laws.

For all that Australia can be a confusing place, especially for Australians. There are three tiers of government, all pretty much worthless and in various stages of decrepitude shuffling between inertia, chaos all the way along to abject failure. We have a corporate world blagging its way around a laughably cobbled together regulatory system while trying not to snigger too much. There’s a mutant media that routinely crucifies people, more often that not for no apparent good reason and a taxation system that, frankly, I gave up on a long time ago.

Last week the Turnbull...


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Woman shot, six arrested in London terror raids - The Sydney Morning Herald

A woman has been shot and six people arrested during terror raids in northwest London, with British police saying they foiled an active terror plot.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was shot during the raid on the row house in Willesden on Thursday evening, in which counter-terrorism police used CS gas to storm the property.

Police officers at the scene of the terror raid on London's Harlesden Road. Police officers at the scene of the terror raid on London's Harlesden Road. Photo: Stefan Rousseau, AP

Six suspects were arrested on terrorism-related charges, police said.

A 20-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at the address where the woman was shot, as was a 20-year-old man nearby. A man and a woman, both aged 28, were arrested when they returned to the house later.

A 43-year-old woman in Kent county, south of London, was also arrested.

Police did not provide details of the plot, or explain the circumstances of the shooting. But in footage shot...


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AFP admits illegally obtaining journalist's phone records - The Australian

Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin.

The Australian Federal Police has been condemned after admitting­ to illegally obtaining a journalist’s phone records, with the ­Commonwealth Ombudsman launching an inquiry and the journ­alists union describing the breach as an “attack on press ­freedom”.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin revealed yesterday that a professional standards investig­ator sought and received a journ­alist’s metadata without a warrant earlier this year.

Mr Colvin said the unidentified journalist had not been told of the breach of the Telecommuni­cations (Interception and Access) Act — not reported to the Commonwealth Ombudsman until Wednesday — that occurred during an investigation into the leaking of police information by an officer.

“Once the breach was confirmed, we immediately moved to destroy all of the material that was provided to us as a result...


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Cameron has no problem with 'on the edge' Greene - AFL.com.au

Cameron: We 'got off the canvas' A pleased Leon Cameron concedes his side was in trouble at half time

AFL 2017 Round 06 - GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs

Toby Greene may be apologising to teammates if he's rubbed out for weeks

STAR forward Toby Greene has been reported for the second straight week but he's still got the backing of coach Leon Cameron.

Greene played another starring role in the Giants' thrilling two-point win over the Western Bulldogs on Friday night, but his three-goal effort was again overshadowed when he was booked for striking Caleb Daniel in the third term.

After the match, Cameron said he wasn't prepared to judge Greene on the crude swinging arm that left Daniel bleeding from the mouth, and cost his side a crucial goal.

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"I understand there's going to be some speculation on it, but I don't want to speculate until I have a really good look at it," he said.

"Look, if he's...


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US presses China in North Korea sanctions drive - SBS

The United States on Friday pushed for tougher sanctions to confront the North Korean nuclear threat, piling pressure on China to act while warning it was keeping military options on the table.

Addressing the UN Security Council for the first time, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for a global campaign of pressure to force Pyongyang to change course and put a halt to its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," he warned.

Tillerson put the onus on China to use its "unique" leverage to influence its communist ally, but Beijing pushed back, arguing that it was unrealistic to expect one country to solve the conflict.

"China is not a focal point of the problem on the peninsula and the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese...


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In Cairo, Francis Takes On 'Demagogic' Populism and Violence Masked as Piety - New York Times

Later, Francis attended a ceremony at the Orthodox chapel where a suicide bomber killed 28 people in December, and which marked the start of the recent Islamic State campaign targeting Christians.

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Muslim clerics poured out of the hall where Francis spoke, its walls covered in geometric Islamic patterns, and offered rave reviews of the pope’s address. Many saw his outstretched hand as a powerful repudiation of the view, prevalent in parts of Western society, that Islam and violence are intimately intertwined.

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“This was more than just a meeting between two people — it was a meeting of religions. I loved the logical way that Francis spoke,” said Ahmed Ramzy el Sabbagh, a cleric in the red-and-white skullcap worn by scholars at Al Azhar.

But beyond the sometimes saccharine tributes, the thorny challenges of...


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Every alert CNN sent in Trump's first 100 days - CNN

Since Trump was sworn in, CNN has sent nearly 600 alerts related to the new administration — they were even part of a skit on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in February.

On day 100, we look at all those alerts we sent.

JANUARY 20

  • Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States.
  • President Trump delivers inaugural address: "From this day forward, it's going to be only America first." Watch live on CNN
  • Trump signs Cabinet nominations, proclamation for national day of patriotism, and law making Gen. James Mattis eligible for Pentagon chief. Follow live
  • 95 people arrested after protesters smashed windows and damaged cars near Donald Trump's inauguration. 2 police officers were hurt
  • President Trump leads standing ovation for Clintons at Inauguration Day luncheon: "I have a lot of respect for those two people." Follow parade soon
  • Senate votes to confirm retired...

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BREAKING: Boy charged with bomb threats on Rockhampton schools - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

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THE suspect behind 591 bomb hoaxes sent to Australian schools, including those believed to be in Rockhampton, has been revealed as an Israeli-American teenager working from his suburban bedroom for secret online bidders.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports an 18-year-old who lives in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, has been charged by Israeli authorities with making 2000 automated bomb and shooting hoax calls to schools, airlines, hospitals and Jewish centres in the US, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.

The Morning Bulletin has sought confirmation from Queensland Police that Rockhampton schools were among those allegedly targetted.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported in just one of several hits, hundreds of schools in Queensland, Tasmania, NSW, the ACT and South Australia were targeted over four consecutive days in February 2016.

During this period there were reported...


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P-plater Jordan Brown jailed over drug-induced crash that killed friends - ABC Online

Scene of triple fatal car accident at Bilpin

A Sydney judge has sentenced a driver who crashed while under the influence of drugs in 2015, killing three of his friends, to a maximum six-and-a-half years in jail.

Ben Sawyer, 19 and Luke Shanahan, 21, and a third male teenager, aged 17, all died when Jordan Brown, a P-plate driver at the time, crossed onto the wrong side of the Bells Line of Road near Bilpin and crashed head-on with another car.

Barbara McLaren, the driver of that vehicle, was left with serious injuries and Daniel Richards, a fourth passenger in Brown's car, also survived.

The group were driving back to Sydney's northern beaches after they had attended the Psyfari dance festival near Lithgow, when the crash occurred.

Brown, now 21, received a non-parole period of four-and-a-half years' jail,...


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'Pythonesque': Westpac's climate policy seen to rule out lending to Adani coal - The Sydney Morning Herald

Westpac's decision to effectively rule out lending to the proposed giant Adani coal mine in Queensland has drawn praise from environmentalists but prompted the Turnbull government to dub the move "Pythonesque".

The bank on Friday released its updated position statement on climate change, stating Westpac had "long recognised that climate change is one of the most significant issues that will impact the long-term prosperity of our economy and way of life".

Melbourne teen arrested over school bomb hoax

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Boy found safe in Newcastle after being taken from Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital - ABC Online

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

A sick four-year-old boy, taken by his parents from a Brisbane hospital, has been located safe and well after a major police search across Queensland and New South Wales.

The boy was located in Newcastle on Friday afternoon and was being transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

The major search was sparked on Thursday afternoon when the parents — who have complained about the boy's medical treatment — took him from the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane while he was being treated.

Police said the boy, who is wheelchair-bound and has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, required urgent and ongoing medical attention.

Detective Acting Inspector Grant Ralston said the parents had not explained why they took their son.

"I believe hospital staff were talking to the...


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AFP officer accessed journalist's call records in metadata breach - ABC Online

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin confirms phone metadata breach against journalist.
Related Story: 'Grave concerns' metadata could be used in civil, divorce cases
Related Story: Access to journalists' records to be made tougher under data retention deal

An investigator with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) sought and acquired the call records of a journalist without a warrant, Commissioner Andrew Colvin says.

Key points:

  • AFP officer was investigating a leak but didn't obtain the proper warrant
  • Call records were accessed, not the content of those calls
  • Journalist whose metadata was breached has not been informed

He said "human error" was responsible for the breach, which occurred during an investigation into a leak from inside the AFP.

The breach occurred earlier this year and an internal AFP review has been conducted,...


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North Korea: Deployment of US missile-defence system a test of China's soft power - ABC Online

As the stand-off between the US and North Korea continues to unfold, Washington has thrown a major spanner in the works for its efforts to gain China's help.

The US military has fast-tracked the deployment of a missile-defence shield in South Korea, with the US Commander in the Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris, announcing it will be operational "in coming days".

The system, known as THAAD, includes a powerful radar, which has incurred the wrath of both Beijing and local residents near the deployment site.

Now, a system intended to protect South Koreans from the threat of Kim Jong-un's missiles is facing increasingly strong resistance on two fronts.

In the host country, the faster-than-expected roll out of THAAD has been condemned by the two main candidates vying to win the presidential election on May 9.

While they don't necessarily oppose...


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Don Dale: Adam Giles says 'can't recall' 60 times in first hour at NT inquiry - ABC Online

Former NT chief minister Adam Giles

The former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory has told a royal commission he does not recall being told of major failings in the youth detention system.

Adam Giles was the Chief Minister in the Country Liberals Government when the ABC's Four Corners program was broadcast detailing the mistreatment of juvenile prisoners in detention.

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Mr Giles repeatedly told the commission he did not recall being told or briefed about a range of issues with youth detention including inadequate staffing and conditions.

During the first hour of evidence Mr Giles said more than 60 times that he "did not recall" or had "no recollection" of being told or briefed about a range of issues with youth detention, including...


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Commander in tweet: Trump's first 100 days, as seen through his Twitter account - CBC.ca

Many U.S. presidents are measured by their oratorical eloquence, but Donald Trump's first 100 days in the Oval Office might be better judged by his Twitter output.

His tweets have moved markets, advanced conspiracy theories, attacked his own party and ultimately helped define his fledgling presidency.

The U.S. president actually uses two accounts, but his activity via @realDonaldTrump outpaces the official @POTUS account, which he tends to use for more diplomatic pronouncements.

Here's a look at some of his most memorable — and consequential — tweets as president so far.


Day 1

It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!

— @realDonaldTrump

Trump marked the morning of his inauguration with a tweet referencing "the movement" that helped him ride a populist wave to the presidency.


Day 4

A photo delivered yesterday...


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Australian Ella Knights killed after Bali scooter crash - The Australian

Australian Ella Knights killed after Bali scooter crash
Ella Knights, 26, from Pyrmont had been riding in the beachside village of Canggu. Picture: Instagram

A young Sydney woman holidaying in Bali has died after a motor scooter she was riding crashed.

Ella Knights, 26, from Pyrmont had been riding in the beachside village of Canggu, north of Kuta, on Wednesday night when police believe she lost control of the scooter.

She was found in the gutter in the early hours of Thursday morning and rushed to Canggu Medical Clinic about 3am. She was pronounced dead on arrival and it is understood no one else was involved in the crash.

The incident comes just one week after Ms Knights posted a video of herself while not wearing a helmet as a passenger on a scooter. She captioned the video: “sorry mum #nohelmet”.

The advertising and marketing employee, who represented yoghurt company...


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Fears for woman and baby after SA murder - The Australian

Fears for woman and baby after SA murder

A woman and her baby may be in danger after they were seen fleeing with a suspected murderer who stabbed a man outside an Adelaide shopping centre.

The victim, a 25-year-old man from Blakeview, was stabbed in the chest at the Elizabeth shopping centre on Thursday and later died in Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Witnesses say the attacker ran off accompanied by a woman pushing a pram with an infant.

SA police believe the attack wasn't random and they're worried about the woman and baby's safety.

"We're obviously concerned about their welfare as well, being that he appears to be armed and obviously quite enraged and violent," SA police spokeswoman Senior Constable Rebecca Stokes told ABC radio on Friday.

"So we're really hoping to find him as soon as possible."

The suspect has been described as a slim caucasian man in his late 20's, with short...


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Whitehaven Beach gets environmental makeover after 'catastrophic' Cyclone Debbie - ABC Online

Southern end of damaged Whitehaven Beach off north Queensland in April 2017 after Cyclone Debbie in March.
Related Story: Before and after photos from Cyclone Debbie
Related Story: Cyclone Debbie leaves Whitsundays reefs in ruins

Hundreds of tonnes of pristine white sand have been excavated to rebuild Australia's iconic Whitehaven Beach off north Queensland after Cyclone Debbie caused severe erosion and damage.

Crews have been working around the clock to return the famous beach to its former glory, bulldozing kilometres of broken trees and repairing the washed-up beach.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife ranger Brett Turnbull said the idyllic tourist hotspot looked "catastrophic" days after the cyclone.

"The beach was unrecognisable to tell you the truth when I first saw it — the tree damage is probably some of the worst in the Whitsundays and the...


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Number of WA government departments slashed by 40pc - ABC Online

The number of government departments in WA will be slashed from 41 to 25 under a suite of reforms announced by Premier Mark McGowan.

Key points:

  • 40 per cent of government departments to be abolished or amalgamated
  • Number of job losses unclear
  • Further public sector reform promised

Forty per cent of departments will be amalgamated or abolished under the plan, which is aimed at creating "a more efficient public sector to deliver better services for the community", the Premier said.

He said there would also be "a major reshuffle" of departmental chief executives, with 20 per cent of jobs in the 521-member Senior Executive Service - WA's highest paid bureaucrats - to go.

Prior to last month's election, Labor flagged that it would look for significant public sector savings in government in an attempt to ease WA's budget woes, promising a service priority...


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