Brekky Wrap: Sydney Gunman Found Dead And Clock Ticking For Thailand Cave Escape
All the news you need to know this Friday.
The major suspect wanted over the shooting deaths of two teenagers has been found dead on Friday morning. A major manhunt was underway to locate the person of interest, who is believed to be the father of the 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl who were killed in their family home on Thursday. A woman who is believed to be the mother of the teens was treated for shock at the scene. Police believe the incident was domestic violence related.
Thai authorities are working to extract at least the strongest of the boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. The group of 13 have been stuck 4 kilometres in the complex cave system for nearly two weeks. The need to save the soccer team is growing more urgent as strong rains are forecast in the region for Saturday and the health of some of the weaker boys is beginning to deteriorate. The 13 boys have also commenced diving lessons so they might be able to swim to safety if required.
Staying in Thailand, at least 49 people are missing after a boat carrying 97 Chinese tourists capsized off the coast of Phuket. The boat flipped when it encountered rough weather conditions. Thailand is currently in the middle of its monsoon season which is typically characterised by heavy rains. The boat was one of three that had difficulties returning to Phuket on Thursday. Thai officials site a blockage of a drainage system as the reason for unusually strong seas.
The Western Australian Liberals have welcomed the government's proposed changes to the GST system, saying that the new plan will even out problems with their state being short changed. Under Scott Morrison's new plan, Western Australia will see an increase from 70 cents per dollar per person to 83 cents by 2026. Morrison announced on Thursday that the Commonwealth will be injecting $600 million into the GST pool from 2020/21 so each state sees more GST revenue.
Britain has demanded Russia provide explanation for "exactly what has gone on" following a second nerve agent attack. Scotland Yard confirmed on Thursday that contact with the substance Novichok caused two people from the town of Amesbury to be hospitalised. Novichok is the same nerve agent used in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia in March. Russia have denied any involvement in either attack.
Australia's out-going Defence Chief says that Australian troops will need to remain in Afghanistan to ensure the stability of the region. Speaking to the ABC, Mark Binskin said that the programs are working well in the Middle East, but Australian presence is still required to ensure peace for the nation. He also said that Australia might be able to do more in the South China Sea to curb Chinese influence in the Asia pacific, but he didn't go into details about what specific actions could be taken. After four years as chief, Binskin will hand over to new chief, Angus Campbell, on Friday.
Five Australians have played their way into the third round of the Wimbledon Tennis Open. Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur and Matt Ebden all enjoyed victory to progress in the tournament, however Bernard Tomic lost to Japan's Kei Nishikori in four sets. 17th seed Ash Barty joins teammate Daria Gavrilova in the next round. Gavrilova defeated compatriot Samantha Stosur in straight sets to see another day at The All England Club.
A giant 'Trump Baby' blimp it set to fly over the UK Parliament during U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to London next week. The Mayor of London gave the balloon the go-ahead on Thursday after over 10,000 people signed a petition campaigning for the blimp and a thousand people contributed nearly $32,000 (16,000 pounds) to a crowd-funding campaign. The six-metre-high balloon will fly for two hours on July 13 as part of the "Stop Trump" march in central London.
It's a mix of style, speed and grace. Large crowds have turned out on Thursday for the annual high heel race in the Spanish capital, Madrid. The event, which is part of the city's week long gay pride festivities, sees participants run along the cobblestone street in heels that are least 15 centimetres high. Competitors run in heats before the best are selected for the final dash with the aim of claiming the $600 prize. Apart from their less-than-sensible footwear, runners in the final must also wear wigs, blouses and handbags.
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