Brekky Wrap: Dog Found Drowning In River Was Tied To A Heavy Rock

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UK police are investigating a disturbing case of suspected animal cruelty after a dog was found nearly drowning in a river with a large rock tied around its lead.

A Good Samaritan rescued Bella the Belgian Shepherd and dragged her to safety where she discovered the heavy rock inside a large carrier bag.

Bella, who is microchipped, is now recovering at a vet and has begun eating again after her traumatic experience, and local police have launched a large investigation into the incident.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, but the man, 32, and woman, 31, were later released under investigation.

The RSPCA said it was grateful to members of the public who have been helping with the investigation.

"We are pleased to say Bella is doing well in veterinary care and we plan to find her a foster home soon," a spokesperson said in a statement.

Sir Elton John has interrupted his own Sydney concert to announce a staggering $1 million donation to support bushfire affected communities. 

The music icon garnered a standing ovation and huge cheers from the crowd at Qudos Bank Arena on Tuesday night, as he praised firefighters for their efforts.

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'We Have To Fight': Elton John Donates $1 Million To Bushfire Relief

Sir Elton John has pledged to donate $1 million to the Australian bushfire disaster relief fund.

"This is a magnificent country that I've been coming to since 1971," he said.

"I love it here so much. To see what is happening here breaks my heart and so we have to come together and we have to fight, and this is my bit towards it.

NSW towns ravaged by bushfires are still without fresh water as the mammoth cleanup begins following last weekend's blazes. 

People in the Batemans Bay region have been hit particularly hard, with communities told to stay well away from all waterways because of pollution.

Batemans Bay's local council also said there was rubbish "piling up" across the shire with more trucks now being brought in to help with the cleanup process.

The remains of a house destroyed by a bushfire just outside Batemans Bay. Image: AAP

The  Snowy Valley town of Tumbarumba has also been impacted with still no power or drinking water and only limited telecommunications and food.

A tropical cyclone brewing off the coast of Western Australia is likely to deliver heavy rain to parts of the Western Kimberly when it makes landfall Thursday morning, bringing welcome relief to fire-ravaged areas.

Cyclone Blake has already delivered up to 170mm of rain throughout the state’s northwest and is predicted to provide a further drenching to southwest Kimberly and eastern Pilbara.

While the rain is welcome in fire-affected regions near the WA and SA border, there is a flood warning in place for the West Kimberly as well as a flood watch in place for Pilbara and the Sandy Desert Region.

Meanwhile, another cyclone is currently forming off the coast of the Northern Territory.

A meteorologist who appeared on The Project last night has slammed Australia’s climate policy.

Craig Kelly’s appearance on Good Morning Britain where he defended Australia’s climate policies and Scott Morrison’s response to the bush fire prompted a fierce response from Laura Tobin who said the nation is “worse than America and China.”

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Meteorologist 'Infuriated' With Australia's Climate Policy

Laura Tobin has again lashed Craig Kelly, after her confrontation with the Liberal MP on British television went viral.

Tobin, who is the show’s meteorologist and weather presenter, added that Australia is battling a “climate emergency” and urged that Kelly get his “head out of the sand”.

“You’re not a climate skeptic, you’re a climate denier.”

Kelly took to Twitter after the show to mock the program and Tobin herself: "OH NO! IGNORANT POMMY WEATHER GIRL CALLS ME A ‘CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER'," he said on a now-deleted post sharing an article about the interview.

The MP has since offered an apology to Tobin but not contacted her directly, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Kelly said there was "a bit of quid pro quo to it", describing it as a "combative" interview.

"I use the word 'pommy' as a term of endearment for all my English mates. The 'weather girl' might have been a little bit tongue-in-cheek. But she used the 'denier' slur and basically cut me off and didn't give me a chance to respond."

At least 56 people have been killed in a stampede as tens of thousands of mourners packed streets for the funeral of a slain Iranian military commander in his hometown on Tuesday.

The crushing forced the burial to be delayed by several hours but it still went ahead in the early evening, four days after General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq that plunged the region into a new crisis and raised fears of a wider Middle East war.

Image: AAP

Soleimani, who commanded the elite Quds Force, was responsible for building Tehran’s network of proxy armies across the Middle East. He was also a pivotal figure in orchestrating Iran’s long-standing campaign to drive US forces out of Iraq.

Reports suggest Soleimani was killed due to solid intelligence which indicated forces under his command planned further attacks on US targets in the region, though they have provided no evidence.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has produced one of the most talked-about moments of the tennis season so far, after a mid-match tantrum where he accidentally clipped his father on the forearm with his racquet. 

The incident, which took place after the rising Greek tennis star dropped his first set against Aussie Nick Kyrgios at the ATP Cup in Brisbane, earned him a stern response from his parents.

Moments after the tantrum Tsitsipas' father walked away from the court before his mother Julia came down from the stands to stand behind the bench and give her son a spray.

It only went downhill from there, with Tsitsipas receiving a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the next set after smashing a ball into his bench.

His dad, who was just missed by the ball, relocated behind the court-side bench for the rest of the match while his mum came back to give Tsitsipas another talking to.

In a post-match press conference, Tsitsipas said the clipping was an accident and later joked he would probably be grounded by his father.

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