Brekky Wrap: 'Harry Potter' Books Banned From School Because They Contain 'Actual Curses'
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All Harry Potter books have been pulled from the shelves of a Catholic school in Tennessee after a pastor claimed they contained real curses and spells. Reverend Dan Reehil wrote to parents of students attending St. Edward Catholic School, explaining that decision was made after consultations with several exorcists in the US and Italy. “These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” Reehil told parents, according to the Tennessean. “The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” he continued.
More than 30 people are missing, feared dead after a blaze ripped through a dive boat in California. The fire broke out at 3.30am local time as all were sleeping. At least four bodies have been recovered from the water.
New laws proposed by the Federal Government would force judges to jail paedophiles, with the worst offenders facing life behind bars. Getting bail or parole would also become more difficult. Attorney-General Christian Porter told the Daily Telegraph that current laws were out of step with community expectation.
A man and woman have been arrested after the death of a toddler in Melbourne’s south-east. Emergency services were called to a home in Langwarrin late yesterday afternoon after reports the 18-month-old was injured -- he couldn’t be revived. Homicide Squad detectives are investigating.
A former Sydney gynaecologist has been charged with sexual assault.The man now aged 77, is accused of assaulting a patient at an Edgecliff practice between 2010 and 2014. He's due in court today. Police are reminding members of the public they can report incidents of sexual assault regardless of when they occurred.
Hurricane Dorian has been downgraded to a category four storm as it barrels towards the United States. Dorian has left a trail of destruction in the Bahamas, destroying and damaging 13,000 homes. Now Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have declared states of emergency.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has threatened to call a snap election if a bill designed to stop a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. He has also warned he will expel any conservatives who try to stand in the way of his plans to pull Britain out of the EU.
In sport, Ash Barty will regain the world number one tennis ranking after Naomi Osaka was knocked out of the U-S Open in straight sets.
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