Brekky Wrap: Historian Admits To Murder After Arms Found In Backpack

All the news you need to know this Monday.

A well-known Russian historian has confessed to murdering his lover and dismembering her body. Oleg Sokolov, 63, was arrested on Saturday after he was pulled from a Saint Petersburg river holding a backpack with Anastasia Yeshchenko's, 24, arms stashed inside. Sokolov,  who received France's Legion d'Honneur in 2003, reportedly told police he killed his former student during an argument before sawing off her legs, arms and head. "He has admitted his guilt," his lawyer Alexander Pochuyev told AFP, adding that he regretted what he had done and was cooperating with police. It's understood he planned to publicly take his own life dressed as Napoleon after getting rid of the body.

Oleg Sokolov wears a 1812-era French army general's uniforms during a staged battle re-enactment. Image: Dmitri Lovetsky via AP

A total fire ban is in place for NSW as firefighters prepare for another day of tough conditions. Three people have died while more than 150 homes have been destroyed by bushfires ripping through the state’s north. Currently, there are more than 60 fires burning across NSW, 37 are yet to be contained. Dozens of schools have been closed ahead of catastrophic fire conditions expected tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in Queensland, calmer conditions are hoped to help firefighters gain the upper hand as they battle more than 50 bushfires across the state.

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The Morrison government is cracking down on overseas gambling websites. From today, the Australian Communications and Media Authority will order internet service providers to block offshore sites such as Emu Casio and FairGo Casino, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Australians spend about $400 million each year on illegal gambling sites.

Image: Getty

Australia will fall silent at 11 am to remember the nation’s fallen service men and women. Former defence force chief David Hurley will deliver his first Remembrance Day address at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as governor-general.

Personal messages amongst the poppies on the Roll of Honour during Remembrance Day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Image: AAP

Qantas will pledge to cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.Under the plan, the airline, along with Jetstar, will cap net emissions at their current level and then gradually reduce them over the next 30 years, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Qantas plans to achieve the target through fuel efficiency and the use of carbon offset schemes.

Qantas will pledge to cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Image: Scott Barbour/Getty

The latest Newspoll has the Coalition and Labor even at two-party preferred.The opposition’s primary vote rose two points to 35 percent, while the government’s dropped two points to 40. Scott Morrison remains preferred prime minister.

Scott Morrison remains preferred prime minister. Photo: Parlview

Police have fired tear gas and water cannons as anti-government protesters blocked roads and trashed shopping centres across Hong Kong.It marked the 24th straight weekend of unrest and comes amid anger of a demonstrators death and the arrest of pro-democracy politicians.

Protesters vandalize a restaurant in a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Image: Anthony Kwan/ Getty

And, Brisbane Broncos star David Fifita remains behind bars in Bali despite reports he has reached a ‘peace agreement’ with the security guard he allegedly assaulted. The 19-year-old is accused of hitting the guard at a nightclub early on Saturday morning.  He will reportedly stay behind bars until the local police chief makes a final call.

David Fifita remains behind bars. Image: Dave Hunt via AAP

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