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Brekky Wrap: Boy, 8, Has Grains Surgically Removed After Being Forced To Kneel For Hours

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

An eight-year-old boy has had to have buckwheat surgically removed from his knees after he was forced to kneel on the grains for up to nine hours.

Sergey Kazakov, 35, from Russia, is accused of torturing his stepson for coming home late and filming the abuse.

Kazakov said he tried "to raise a real man", according to the European News Exchange.

His mother Alina Yumasheva admitted she had approved the punishment, with the couple discovering the form of discipline online.

State investigators also claim the couple starved the boy for days at a time. The child's ordeal came to light when he fled the family home and went to neighbours for help.

Image: REN TV

Firefighters in NSW have made the most of cooler conditions, strengthening containment lines ahead of a severe heatwave.

There are 115 bushfires burning across the state, with 59 yet to be contained.

The mercury is tipped to rise around much of the country today with relief not expected until the weekend.

Most major cities are forecast to exceed 40 degrees, and forecasters say we could break the record for maximum temperature across the country this week.

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Tough Day Ahead For Firies As Heatwave Reaches NSW

As conditions on firegrounds across NSW eased on Monday evening firefighters began desperately working on containment lines before the state is expected to roast in a heatwave.

The Murray Darling Basin Plan will be in the spotlight today when water ministers meet in Brisbane.

Federal Water Minister David Littleproud has called on the states to give the inspector-general tough new compliance powers.

"The inspector-general needs powers to compel evidence and call witnesses so he can make recommendations," he said.

Victoria and NSW have reservations about the plan and are calling for major changes.

Water Minister David Littleproud. Photo: AAP

Two Australians facing drug charges in Bali have wept in court as the prosecutor called for lenient sentences.

Former Melbourne nightclub promoters William Cabantog and David Van Iersel were facing 12 years behind bars but could serve less than a year.

They were allegedly found with cocaine in July.

The pair were arrested in July. Image: Made Nagi via AAP

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Aussies Weep As They Face Drug Charges In Bali Court

Two Australians charged with cocaine possession in Bali wept in relief after the prosecutor called for sentences of 14 to 18 months, including time served.

More than 100 doctors have written an open letter calling for Julian Assange to be returned home for urgent medical treatment.

The WikiLeaks founder is locked up in a London prison as he prepares to fight extradition to the US, where he faces 18 charges, including conspiring to commit computer intrusion.

"Should Mr Assange die in a British prison, people will want to know what you, minister, did to prevent his death," the letter read, urging the federal government to step in.

Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Image: Getty.

School leavers in NSW and the ACT receive their long-awaited ATAR results today.

About 75,000 students received their results via text message this morning, they'll be available online later today.

Victorian students received theirs last week.

It marks the end of school days. Image: Getty

In sport, the Big Bash season gets underway tonight.

The Brisbane Heat take on the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba. Tomorrow the Sydney Sixers play the Perth Scorchers.

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