Brekky Wrap: Police Switch $4.8 Mill Painting For A Fake To Nab Thieves

All the news you need to know this Friday.

A massive clean-up is underway after parts of Sydney were lashed by heavy rain and large hail as severe storms swept across the city overnight. More than 20,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the greater Sydney area while SES crews received 1096 calls for help as of 6.00am. Blacktown and the Northern Beaches among the worst hit areas.

The wet weather is expected to continue until mid next week.

Sydney Storm
Image: Twitter/David Coli

A man has died following a violent altercation in Sydney's west. Police were called to reports of a fight after a car accident in Cabramatta West just before 9pm last night. A 59-year-old man was found with a serious head wound -- believed to be caused by an axe -- he died at the scene. A 75-year-old man is being questioned by police.

READ MORE: Axe Seized After Man Is Killed In Sydney Street 'Altercation'

Tens of thousands of students are expected to walk out of class today to demand more action on climate change. Protests will be held at 60 sites around the country. The demonstrations are part of a day of global action involving more than 90 countries.

READ MORE: Thousands Of Aussie Students Set To Strike For Action On Climate Change

Students protesting in Sydney, November 30  IMAGE: by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

The UK won’t be leaving the European Union any time soon -- British MPs have voted to delay Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May will now travel to Brussels to ask the EU for an extension until June 30.

READ MORE: Brexit: UK Parliament Votes To Delay Exit From European Union

The black box from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed minutes after take-off is now in the hands of French investigators. It’s unclear how long it will take experts to determine the cause of the deadly crash that killed all 157 passengers and crew on board.

Boeing 737 Max-8 and 9 aircraft will be grounded until at least May.

Police have nabbed a gang of thieves who thought they had their hands on a €3milion -- AU$4.8million -- masterpiece. The youths broke into a church in north-west Italy and took off with Pieter Bruegel the Younger’s The Crucifixion thinking they had the real deal. But police had switched the 1617 oil painting with a replica after being tipped off about the heist and soon caught the culprits.

The Crucifixion or The Calvary, 1617, by Pieter Brueghel the Younger IMAGE: Getty

A legal fight to stop the NSW government from ripping down the Sydney Football Stadium will be heard in the Court of Appeal today. It comes as demolition works ramp up -- an excavator was spotted ripping down walls of the Moore Park venue.

Melbourne Storm has kicked off the NRL season with a 22-12 win over the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park. Brisbane centre James Roberts was forced from the field just minutes into the match due to a back injury.

Round one continues tonight with the Newcastle Knights taking on the Cronulla Sharks before the Sydney Roosters Play the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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