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Brekky Wrap: Man Punished For Smuggling Overweight Cat On Plane

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

A man has been stripped of his frequent flier status after smuggling his cat on a flight in Russia. Mikhail Galin was banned from taking Viktor in the cabin of the plane because he was two kilograms overweight. Not wanting the cat to travel eight hours below deck, Galin reached out to his Facebook friends to find a similar-looking cat, that was much lighter. To his delight, miniature cat Phoebe was brought to the airport, weighed, and handed a boarding pass. Galin then simply swapped her out with Viktor and the pair boarded the plane.

The success story was posted to social media and quickly racked up more than 18,000 likes, catching the eye of airline staff who launched an investigation. "This information was confirmed by recording from video surveillance cameras -- during the pre-flight inspection procedure, the passenger took out a large-sized cat that looks like a photograph of the cat he posted," Aeroflot said in a statement. Galin told CNN he recognises he broke the rules and was okay with his penalty.

Unfortunately, he got caught thanks to a Facebook post. Image: Mikhail Galin via Facebook.

More than 800 firefighters have worked through the night to contain dozens of bushfires burning across NSW.  Up to 300 properties are believed to have been damaged or destroyed by blazes burning in the north. The threat is far from over with a very high fire danger in place today.

Meanwhile, in Queensland, there are more than 70 fires burning across the state. Firefighters are making the most of a brief weather reprieve to strengthen containment lines.

A Northern Territory police officer has been charged with the murder of a 19-year-old indigenous man. The teenager was shot during an arrest in a remote community on Saturday night. It took officers more than eight hours to tell the victim’s family. The 28-year-old officer has been released on bail.

Constable Zachary Rolfe has been charged with murder. Image: Facebook/Boomerang Justice Returns.

Paralympic cyclist Kieran Modra has been killed while riding north of Adelaide.  The father, 47, was struck by a car in Kingsford on the Sturt Highway yesterday morning. Modra, who was vision impaired, competed in three sports at eight Paralympic Games. Paralympics Australia chief executive Lynne Anderson said the news had shattered the community.

The first public hearing of Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry has been held. The US president is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating political rival, Joe Biden. More than 10 witnesses are expected to take the stand over the coming week.

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme is in for an overhaul to get people quicker access.  NDIS Minister Stuart Robert said the scheme simply isn’t living up to its high expectations. The final portion of the rollout is due to be completed by mid-2020.

Stuart Robert is expected to make the announcement today. Image: AAP

Qantas will trial the world’s longest non-stop flight from London to Sydney.The test flight, to take off later tonight, will carry just 40 people and is expected to take 19 hours. Those on board will be mostly Qantas employees and will be fitted with monitors to track their sleep patterns, food and drink intake, lighting, physical movement and in-flight entertainment.

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Matildas star Sam Kerr has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with English heavyweights Chelsea. The deal is reportedly worth more than $600,000 a season. She will be one of the highest-paid female footballers in the world.

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