Brekky Wrap: Renae Lawrence Lands In Oz And Yemen Faces Horrific Crisis
All the news you need to know this Thursday.
Bali Nine drug mule Renae Lawrence is a free woman after she was released from jail in Bali. The 41-year-old was tearful as she said goodbye to guards and fellow inmates before she left the prison and made her way through an intense media scrum and into a waiting car. Lawrence has landed in Brisbane where she is expected to get a connecting flight to Newcastle. Lawrence is now on a black list that stops her from entering Indonesia for the rest of her life.
The Federal opposition will unveil its national energy plan on Thursday. A key part of the plan involves the National Energy Guarantee, the very policy that saw former PM Malcolm Turnbull lose his leadership. Labor told the ABC they are committed to finding bipartisan support for a national energy solution and that the coalition should back their proposed plan. Labor is also expected to renew its support for a 45 percent emissions reduction target by 2030.
A new report released by Amnesty International has found detainees on Manus Island are increasingly driven to self-harm and suicide by the miserable conditions they live in. The report 'Until when? The forgotten men on Manus Island' criticised the health and counselling services on the Island and the heavy level of security the detainees live in. There are currently 600 men still on Manus Island.
A British PhD student has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Matthew Hedges, 31, was found guilty of the charge in a hearing that lasted five minutes and where his lawyer wasn't present. Hedges has always denied the charge and the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has also said the academic wasn't spying for Britain. Hunt said he was "deeply shocked and disappointed" with the verdict from an ally of Britain.
International non-government organisation Save The Children has estimated 85,000 children under the age of five have died from malnutrition in three years of the Yemen war. The heart-wrenching figures come as the United Nations warned just last month that 14 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine. The UN has since been trying to revive peace talks to end one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. At least 6,800 civilians have been killed since the war started in 2015, with another 10,700 injured, while 22 million have needed humanitarian aid.
Australia has beat India by four runs in the first of three Twenty20 International matches at the Gabba on Wednesday night. Australia started slow, but picked up the pace when Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell scored a combined 83 runs. It went right down to the wire and with excellent bowling from Andrew Tyre and a cracking catch from Glenn Maxwell the Aussies got over the line.
LFO singer Devin Lima has died after a year-long battle with cancer TMZ reports. The 41-year-old was diagnosed with stage four cancer in October 2017. LFO had planned to go on tour in 2018 until Lima received his diagnosis where he needed to focus on recovery before he could travel the world. Former lead signer Rich Cronin died after a five-year battle with cancer in 2010 at the age of 36.
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