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A Texas prosecutor claims a man who killed six members of his ex-wife's family planned to harm anyone who had helped her. Ronald Lee Haskell, 39, allegedly knocked on the door of a Houston home in July 2014 wearing a FedEx delivery uniform, forcing his way in and holding five children hostage until their parents arrived. He then demanded to know where Stephen and Katie Stay were keeping Katie's sister Melannie Lyon before shooting them one-by-one. One child, 15, managed to survive after playing dead. Haskell has been charged with capital murder, his long-awaited trial began overnight. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

Six members of the Stay family were shot dead in 2014 Photo: Facebook

Trade, Brexit and the Amazon rainforest fires were in the spotlight on the final day of the G7 summit in France. US President Donald Trump is confident of resolving the trade dispute with China and has agreed to meet with Iran’s president to defuse months tensions. Meanwhile, leaders have agreed to release more than AU$30 million of emergency aid to help countries battling the Amazon wildfires.

READ MORE: G7 Commits $29 Million To Help Amazon

Firefighters walk a burnt tract of the Amazon jungle. August 25. Photo: Ricardo Morses via Reuters

The number of accidental drug overdoses in Australia has skyrocketed 38 percent since 2001. New data released by the Pennington Institute reveals there were 1,612 accidental overdose deaths in 2017, or one every five-and-a-half hours. The fastest-growing rates were in regional areas and among aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders.

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Labor will today learn if Union boss John Setka will be expelled from the party. Opposition leader Anthony Albanese is behind the push, but the CFMMEU secretary tried to block the expulsion by launching legal action earlier this year.

READ MORE: Rosie Batty 'Incredulous' At Being Drawn Into John Setka Controversy

CFMMEU Victorian secretary John Sekta. Photo: AAP/Julian Smith

Virgin Australia is set to become the first Australian airline to ban Apple MacBooks being taken in checked-in luggage due to concerns about battery fires. The computers would still be allowed to travel with passengers in their carry-on bags, reports the Daily Telegraph.

READ MORE: Apple MacBook Pros Recalled Over Fears Batteries Could Catch Fire

Travellers will still be able to take their laptop in carry-on. Photo: Getty

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to new charges of sexual assault. The plea caused the judge to delay the start of his trial by four months.  The 67-year-old is facing a number of allegations -- all of which he denies -- claiming all sexual encounters were consensual.

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In sport, Ash Barty is through to the second round of the US Open. The news wasn't so great for Sam Stosur, Daria Gavrilova and Pricilla Hon though, who all lost their opening round matches. Alex De Minaur won through in the men's draw

READ MORE: Ash Barty Survives Rocky Start To Win U.S. Grand Slam Opener

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