Brekky Wrap: Man In Court For Running Sex 'Dungeon' In Parents' Basement
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Sri Lankan authorities have lowered the death toll from Sunday's bombings by more than 100, to 253. The health minister has blamed a calculation error, with some bodies double-counted.
Meanwhile one of the suicide bombers who studied at a Melbourne university was reportedly the subject of a terrorism investigation in Australia after intelligence linked him to Islamic State member Neil Prakash.
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After taking a break from the campaign trail for Anzac Day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will kick off his day in Townsville with a $60 million pledge to help young rural and regional Australians secure apprenticeships. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is in Melbourne where he will pledge $660 million to stop the scourge of domestic violence if he's elected -- that's double the Coalition's commitment.
The Prime Minister has slammed plans to build a five-storey entertainment complex on the site of the Bali bombings. Eighty-eight Australians were among more than 200 victims of the 2002 terror attack. For more than a decade, the Peace Park Association had been planning to build a park at the Sari Club site in honour of those who lost their lives, but the landowner has now signed off on an alternative plan.
The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Sydney woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond has taken the stand for the first time. Mohamed Noor has spoken about his childhood and police training and why he opened fire. He told a court he was drilled to understand that reacting too late may mean "you die.
Prince William will meet with survivors of the Christchurch shootings on day two of his trip to New Zealand. He will visit the Christchurch Hospital before meeting Muslim community leaders at Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid where the shootings occurred.
A New York man has been charged, accused of running a prostitution ring out of his parents' basement for more than four years. Raymond Rodio III, 47, allegedly met dozens of women on social media, among other methods, offered up free drugs and then held their addictions against them. The accused advertised his alleged victims on websites such as Backpage and Craigslist. He's being held on US$1 million bail and is due back in court on May 21.
Former US vice-president Joe Biden will run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. He announced his third bid on social media on Thursday night, declaring the "soul of this nation" is at stake.
Collingwood edged out Essendon by four points to win the AFL Anzac Day clash. In the NRL, the Roosters beat the dragons by 10, the Storm took a 13-12 win over the Warriors.
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