Brekky Wrap: Italian Bridge Collapse And Ben Stokes Acquitted
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
A major rescue operation is underway after a main motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy. Eleven people have been confirmed dead and five have been transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Some 20 cars are still trapped under the rubble, many with their drivers still inside and there are fears the death toll will rise by dozens. Authorities suspect a structural weakness is to blame for the collapse, however the exact cause is yet to be determined.
Police are treating the London parliament crash as a terrorist incident after a car appeared to be driven deliberately into road barriers during morning traffic on Tuesday. A man in his late 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorism and at least two pedestrians were injured in the incident. Britain's counter-terrorism police have said that the man is not currently cooperating with their investigation and so they have been unable to establish a motive.
English cricketer Ben Stokes has been cleared of affray after he was involved in a late-night brawl outside a Bristol night club last year. The not-guilty verdict was delivered after two-and-a-half hours of deliberations and over 30 hours of testimonials and evidence during the six day trial. The 27-year-old must now wait for the outcome of a Cricket Disciplinary Commission hearing into the incident where the panel may still hand Stokes a suspension for his involvement in the brawl.
Queensland Senator Fraser Anning has been slammed for a speech he delivered on Tuesday that called for a 'final solution' to immigration and praised the white Australian policy. Anning came to parliament as Malcolm Roberts' replacement and in his first speech to the Senate spoke out against Muslim immigration and confirmed his belief that there are only two genders. Labor members have called the speech "rubbish", "overt racism" and a "dog-whistle" to "Nazis" while Malcolm Turnbull tweeted that Australia rejected racism in any form.
Senator David Leyonhjelm's private bill to lift the ban on ACT and Northern Territory legislating euthanasia will be the centre of discussion in the Senate on Wednesday. Leyonhjelm is confident that he has the numbers to progress the bill through the Senate and believes it will give the territories more democratic rights. The debate was also a focus on Tuesday, where Senators shared their own experiences with assisted suicide and gave an indication which why they might vote.
Jerusalem's head psychologist has said that former Melbourne school principle Malka Leifer is fit to face an extradition hearing in Israel. The Australian-Israeli has been held in a high-security female prison since February over accusations of abuse of girls at a Melbourne Jewish school over ten years ago. Australia has been lobbying for her extradition since 2014, however it was delayed as Leifer presented with fragile mental heath. She was arrested in February after an undercover Isreali police investigation found she was fit to stand trial.
Actor Ethan Peck has been cast to play the iconic role of Spock in Star Trek: Discovery. After months of searching, showrunner Alex Kutzman said they finally found someone that embodied all of Spock's characteristics in their very nature. “An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning," he said in a statement. "Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities."
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