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Brekky Wrap: Weightlifter's Leg Snaps As He Tries To Squat 250kg

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Thick smoke is blanketing Sydney today due to hazard reduction burns in the Blue Mountains. A health warning has been issued while the NSW Office of Environment has labelled the air quality 'poor'. Anyone with conditions like asthma and emphysema is being urged to stay indoors with the doors and windows closed. The haze is not expected to dissipate until this afternoon.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will meet with Reserve Bank Governor Phillip Lowe today, after confirmation the central bank's board will consider cutting the official interest rate when it meets next month. Meanwhile, the Labor Party executive will meet ahead of a vote on the next leader. Anthony Albanese and Chris Bowen are set to face off. They will push their case to party members over the coming weeks.

READ MORE: Chris Bowen Is Running Against Anthony Albanese For Labor Party Leadership

Anthony Albanese is hoping to take Bill Shorten's job. Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty

British Prime Minister Theresa May has offered UK lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new Brexit referendum -- but only if it backs her rejected divorce agreement. The bill has been changed slightly, with new guarantees on workers rights, environmental protections and the Northern Irish border.

READ MORE: Third Time Unlucky: Theresa May's Brexit Deal Quashed... Again

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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver says he's "devastated" after the collapse of his restaurant chain. All but three of the 25 sites have now closed their doors in the UK, leaving 1,000 workers out of a job. Last year, his Australian group collapsed, with five restaurants salvaged by a last-minute sale.

READ MORE: Jamie Oliver's Restaurant Chain Collapses Leaving Thousands Of Jobs At Risk

A Russian weightlifter has snapped his leg while attempting to squat 250kg during a powerlifting competition. Sickening footage shows Yaroslav Radashkevich slowly lowering himself with the weight, before pausing. A split second later his leg gave out and he crumbled to the floor. He suffered a compound fracture of his right tibia. The injury could spell the end of his career.

A woman raped by an Australian cricketer in the UK while sleeping said she was ‘humiliated’ when she found out she was part of a sexual conquest game. Speaking to the BBC overnight, the woman said the stress left her with facial paralysis and PTSD. Alex Hepburn has been sentenced to five years in jail.

READ MORE: Australian Cricketer Alex Hepburn Jailed For Five Years For Rape

Alex Hepburn was found guilty of rape. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

New research suggests the culling of killer whales 20 years ago has had a lasting effect on their population in the Southern Ocean. The whale population remains less than half of what it was when illegal fishing started in 1996.

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