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Brekky Wrap: Lawyer Killed By Gun Presented As Evidence In Court

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

A prominent South African prosecutor has been killed in by a loaded gun that discharged in court.

The weapon had been presented as an exhibit in a robbery case on Monday when it fell and fired, shooting Addelaid Ann Ferreira, 51, in the hip.

Umzimkhulu police said they’re investigating the fatal incident as a culpable homicide.

“Unfortunately, we cannot divulge further information as the investigations are at a sensitive stage,” police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker told News24.

"You were taken too soon...Shall miss your messages of encouragement and kind words filled with love," friend Ric Holt wrote on Facebook.

Image: Ric Holt via Facebook
Image: Addelaid Ferreira Watt via Facebook

Much of Australia is on high alert amid worsening bushfire conditions.

Potentially dangerous blazes are burning in NSW, Queensland and South Australia, while a code red has been declared in parts of Victoria ahead of catastrophic conditions.

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the past fortnight.

Meanwhile, Sydneysiders are waking to another thick smoke haze. A poor air quality alert has been issued.

Those with respiratory conditions are urged to stay inside.

Sydney has been blanketed in a thick layer of smoke. Image: Fiona Wingett via Twitter

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A man has been charged, accused of punching a heavily pregnant woman in the face at a café in Sydney’s west.

The 43-year-old man -- who didn’t know the woman -- allegedly leaned over the table, punching her several times before stomping on her head when she fell to the floor.

He was refused bail to appear in court today.

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Australian states have agreed to launch the first-ever national continuous firearms amnesty.

More than 57,000 guns were handed in during the three-month amnesty in 2017 -- the first since the response to the Port Arthur massacre.

The initiative is expected to be launched in the second half of 2020.

New Zealand carried out a gun amnesty in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Photo: NZ Police

Prince Andrew is stepping back from royal duties for the foreseeable future.

In a statement, the Duke of York said it had become clear that his links with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had become a major disruption to his family's work.

Prince Andrew has faced growing backlash following a BBC interview about his friendship with the billionaire.

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A US diplomat has told Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry that he followed the President’s orders to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate political opponent Joe Biden.

Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the EU, said investigations into Trump’s rivals were a "quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit".

Sondland’s testimony was among the most significant in the four days of public hearing

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