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All the news you need to know this Thursday.

A human-sized penguin fossil has been discovered in New Zealand. At 160 centimetres and 80kg, the species, Crossvallia waiparensis, was four times as heavy and 40cm taller than the emperor penguin. They are believed to have evolved between 56 and 66 million years ago -- after the extinction of dinosaurs, marine reptiles and gigantic fish. It is the fifth ancient penguin species described from fossils uncovered at Waipara.

Photo: Canterbury Museum/AP

A NSW woman has been charged with the murder of her three-year-old daughter. Police found the child dead and her 40-year-old mother in a semi-conscious state at a home in Orange in the states Central West earlier this month. The woman is due in court today.

READ MORE: Mother Charged With Murder Of Young Daughter

Charges are yet to be laid over the stabbing death of Sydney woman Michaela Dunn. The 24-year-old was one of two victims in Tuesday's alleged knife rampage in the CBD.  Described by her friends as "incredible" and a "true delight", the Daily Telegraph has revealed that Dunn once campaigned against sexual violence and online harassment.

READ MORE: Woman Killed In Sydney Stabbing Identified As Michaela Dunn

Michaela Dunn
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A search is underway for a Victorian man missing on the NSW south coast.The 42-year-old set out for a run and swim near Tathra at about 5.30pm yesterday, but never returned. Police confirmed his clothes and personal belongings were found on Gillards Beach.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison is preparing for tough talks with Pacific leaders in Tuvalu today. Australia is under pressure to do more on climate change, with its domestic policies on coal and reducing emissions in the firing line. But the PM says he isn’t willing to budge.

READ MORE: Scott Morrison Prepares For Tough Climate Talks With Pacific Leaders

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna meets with Scott Morrison for a bilateral meeting in Funafuti, Tuvalu, Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP

A gunman has opened fire in Philadelphia shooting several police officers. Footage shows officers taking cover behind cars as others as other officials surrounded a home with guns drawn. It's understood the suspect had barricaded himself inside.

There have been big falls on Wall Street overnight amid fears of a US-China trade war and the health of the global economy. The three main stock markets closed down three percent, with analysts suggesting the US may be heading for a recession.

READ MORE: Markets Tumble As Recession Signs Spook Investors

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In sport, not a ball has been bowled on day one of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s due to wet weather. Josh Hazlewood has been given the nod over Mitchel Starc when play does eventually begin.

READ MORE: Not A Ball Bowled As Day One Of Ashes Test Washed Out

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