Brekky Wrap: Child Forced To Have Eight Kids By Step Father In Tent

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A woman has broken her silence after being kidnapped by her step father at 11 years old and forced to birth his eight children in a tent.

Rosalynn McGinnis told The Sun that she was taken from school by her stepfather Henri Piette in 1997 in Oklahoma.

Her alleged abuser told his 15-year-old son to officiate the 'wedding' between McGinnis and Piette in the back of a wagon.

Piette was arrested in 2017. Image: KSHB

The now 34-year-old woman was kept captive for two decades in Mexico before she fled to a US embassy with her children in 2016.

Piette was arrested in 2017 and maintains his innocence to this day.

While fire conditions have eased overnight, parts of Australia will face catastrophic fire danger today.

More than 100 schools will be closed in South Australia, with the state expected to experience severe fire conditions.

Severe fire conditions are forecast for seven regions of South Australia. Image: Supplied

In New South Wales, fire fighters are hoping conditions will ease after two emergency fires were downgraded overnight.

Fire crews in Queensland will battle blazes west of Brisbane today, as temperatures are expected to hit the high 30s.

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'As Bad As It Gets': South Australia Braces For Catastrophic Fire Conditions

More than 100 schools will be closed in South Australia on Wednesday, as much of the state braces for catastrophic fire danger conditions.

An Australian man has been freed as part of a prisoner swap with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Australian academic Timothy Weeks and his American colleague Kevin King were hostages of the terrorist group for three years.

Australian Timothy Weeks was a hostage of the Taliban for three years. Image: AAP

As part of the exchange, three senior Taliban prisoners have been released by the Kabul government and flown to Qatar.

The younger brother of the Taliban's deputy leader is believed to be part of the swap.



Australian Hostage Released By Taliban

The Taliban has released Australian academic Timothy Weeks and American colleague Kevin King as part of a hostage swap deal, sources say.

Swedish prosecutors have dropped a preliminary rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said the evidence had weakened "due to the long period of time” since the alleged incident.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Image: Getty.

A preliminary investigation was re-opened this year after Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The WikiLeaks founder has always denied the allegations, which were raised in 2010.

Assange is preparing for an extradition hearing next year over charges of leaking classified information about the United States.



Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation

A Swedish prosecutor has dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near decade-old case that had sent the anti-secrecy campaigner into hiding in London's Ecuadorian embassy.

Two prison officers who were responsible for guarding sex offender Jeffrey Epstein the night he died have been charged with falsifying prison records.

Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were tasked with monitoring Epstein every 30 minutes.

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Jeffrey Epstein. Photo: AAP

It’s alleged they fell asleep for several hours and then fabricated prison records to cover it up.

The two men are the first to be charged as part of an investigation into Epstein’s death and will appear in a Manhattan court this afternoon.



Jeffrey Epstein Prison Guards Charged With Falsifying Records

Two correctional officers responsible for guarding accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein the day he died by suicide have been charged with falsifying prison records.

A young woman has faced backlash after she was filmed posing for a selfie over the ledge of a high-rise apartment balcony.

In an online video, she was seen climbing over a glass railing of the balcony at Wyndham Apartments in Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast.

Image: Channel 9.

The woman, who is on ‘Schoolies’ has been banned from her accommodation after the frightening incident.

Sydney teenager Hamish Bidgood fell to his death while attending Schoolies last year.

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has secured a 6 -4 6-4 win against Colombia’s Alejandro Gonzalez in a Davis Cup match.

The Australian number two stunned the audience on serve, dropping just six points for the match, to put his team within a win of victory.

Image: Getty.

The traditional five-match ties have been reduced to three at the event in Madrid, comprising two singles and a double.

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