Brekky Wrap: Spider Dropped On Mum's Hand Before Crash That Killed Schoolboy
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Four men have been charged for their role in the downing of MH17, which killed all 298 people on board, including 38 Australians. Three Russians and a Ukrainian are accused of transporting the missile system used to down the flight five years ago. Each is facing a murder charge.
Police are ramping up their search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez, with abseilers and search dogs to join the operation in Byron Bay. The teenager, 18, was last seen leaving a local bar late on May 31. The last ‘ping’ from his mobile phone was recorded around the lighthouse the following day.
Fake wellness guru Belle Gibson is back in court today over her failure to pay a $400,000 fine for conning Australians. Gibson, 27, was found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct for falsely claiming she had brain cancer that was cured by alternative therapies and nutrition.
Construction of the controversial Adani coal mine has begun less than a week after receiving the green light from the Queensland Government. Bulldozers have been brought into Queensland’s Galilee Basin to begin work, the Courier Mail reports. Roughly 60 workers are now on site.
A new study had found that Australian teachers are less prepared to handle a classroom than their international counterparts. The Organisation for Economic co-operation and Development (OECD) report, released in Paris overnight, also found that bullying is rife in Aussie schools with more than a third of school principals receiving reports of intimidation among students at least once a week.
A schoolboy, 11, was killed in a head-on crash after a spider dropped onto his mother's hand while she was driving, an inquest has heard. Tristan Silver was on his way to school in Ceredigion, Wales, on May 18 when the car he was in drifted on the wrong side of the road and smashed into a four-wheel drive towing a trailer. His mother, Cloud Younger, said in a statement that her daughter, 8, who was sitting in the front seat, noticed the spider first and became "hysterical" distracting the mother. Tristan was left with serious head injuries and was airlifted to hospital in Cardiff where he later died.
A UN report has called for the crown prince of Saudi Arabia to be investigated over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The 100-page analysis of October's events, released overnight, suggests that the killing was an "international crime" and that there is "credible evidence" the crown prince and other senior officials are liable.
Four men are left in the race to be the U.K.’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson cemented his position as the favourite. The former London mayor won a third party ballot overnight, notching up 143 votes, his closest rival was Jeremy Hunt on 54. The fourth round of voting will be held tonight.
Qantas is due to announce a major overhaul of its frequent flyer program. The airline says the changes will be the biggest in the programs 32-year history.
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