Brekky Wrap: Nine-Year-Old Charged With Five Counts Of Murder
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A nine-year-old child accused of starting a fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. The blaze broke out at a mobile home southwest of Chicago in April. Woodford County state’s attorney Greg Minger wouldn't release the gender of the child or their relationship with the victims. “It was a heavy decision,” he said. “It’s a tragedy, but at the end of the day, it’s charging a very young person with one of the most serious crimes we have. But I just think it needs to be done at this point, for finality.” No child this young has been accused of a mass killing since at least 2006, according to a database maintained by Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University.
Twenty-one homes have been destroyed by a bushfire ripping through northern NSW. At least 11 homes were destroyed in the small village of Rappville, and another dozen in surrounding areas, however only a quarter of the fire-affected zone had been examined by crews as of Thursday morning. Authorities believe the fire may have been deliberately lit.
Overseas, Turkey has launched a military offensive in north-eastern Syria, days after the United States pulled its troops out of the area. A series of airstrikes have hit a town on Syria’s northern border. The Turkish President said the aim was to eliminate when he called a “terror corridor”.
A gunman has opened fire at a synagogue in Germany during the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Footage of the attack was live-streamed on Amazon’s video gaming platform Twitch. The suspect has been arrested.
Back home, more peak-hour blockades are expected in capital cities around the country as climate change protests continue. Extinction Rebellion demonstrators have promised a week of unrest as part of global action.
Extinction Rebellion activists stage a sit-in on a busy inner-city road in Sydney on October 7. Image: Getty
A Federal Labor frontbencher has called for the party to drop the carbon emissions reduction target it took to the May election. Matt Keogh told The Australian that he backs colleague Joel Fitzbiggon’s call to adopt the coalition's climate change targets. Labor went to the election promising to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions by 45 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.
There’s a fresh push to get more young people to take up a trade. The federal government has enlisted celebrity tradie Scott Cam as the nation’s first national careers ambassador to lead the campaign.
In sport, Australia has beaten Sri Lanka by nine wickets to break the world record for most consecutive women’s one-day international victories.It’s the Aussie's 18th straight win. Opener Alyssa Healy did much of the damage scoring an unbeaten 112 off just 76 deliveries.
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