Brekky Wrap: Mum Caught In Deadly Battle With Snake Hiding In Her Toilet

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A woman used a hammer and a knife to help save her mother from a snake that attacked her while she was sitting on the toilet.

Thai woman Chunya Sittiwichai said a snake had been coiled in the toilet before it attacked her mother, sinking its fangs into her thigh as she tried to use it.

She said her mum had tried to catch its head to loosen the serpent from her leg but it wasn't budging -- in fact, it tightened its grip causing her to bleed.

She then cried out for help from Sittiwichai and her siblings.

Sittiwichai came to the rescue, armed with a knife and a hammer. Her mum tried to use the cutter to slice the snake but ended up cutting her own leg instead.

"So mum caught the snake's head and pressed it on the floor, but (it was) still strapped to her," she explained in a Facebook post.

"Mum asked my brother to pick up the hammer and she smashed it."

"My mom is so cool. If it was me, I would faint. I couldn't do anything," Sittiwichai joked.

A British newspaper being sued by Meghan Markle will reportedly use evidence from her father, Thomas Markle, in a court battle over its publication of a private letter from the royal to him, legal documents show.

AAP reports Markle began legal action against the Mail on Sunday tabloid last October, with her lawyers describing the publication of her letter as part of a "campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband".

In a statement at the time, husband Prince Harry called the coverage "bullying", likening it to the hounding his mother Princess Diana had suffered before her death in a Paris car crash in 1997.

Meghan and her father Thomas. Image: AAP.

The couple said the Mail on Sunday printed articles based on a private and confidential letter to her father, in breach of her human rights and copyright, accusations the paper rejected saying her royal position meant the stories were valid.

"There is a huge and legitimate public interest in the royal family and the activities, conduct, and standards of behaviour of its members," lawyers for the paper said in documents submitted to London's High Court this week.

"This extends not merely to their public conduct, but to their personal and family relationships because those are integral to the proper functioning of the monarchy."

The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Markle was prepared to testify against her. A spokeswoman for Harry and Meghan was not immediately available for comment.

An indigenous burn practitioner has urged fire policymakers to "get the bush between their toes" and cut red tape as his people begin to assess the damage done to their country during the summer.

Kelvin Johnson, the senior land management officer with the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, has begun inspecting the damage after a fire ripped through the region in December.

He was allowed to return to the bush in Kulnura, west of Wyong on the NSW Central Coast, for the first time and while there was widespread devastation, he said the area had fared better than others, AAP reports.

"We've probably lost 70 per cent of the biodiversity of the flora," Johnson said, estimating it would take 18 to 24 months for the land to recover.

But he says it's a disaster which "people in certain circles saw coming, the writing was on the wall."

Kelvin Johnson from the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council inspects the root of an Xanthorrhoea Australis or Black Boy plant. Image: AAP

"This event needed to happen to cleanse the bush because it was so sick out there," he said. "Everything was already sick. You couldn't walk 10 metres in some spots, (the fuel load) was that thick."

Mr Johnson joined the NSW Rural Fire Brigade in 1997 but left in 2003 and became a cultural burn practitioner. He now subscribes to the belief the land can be managed using indigenous burning and mitigation techniques.

Cultural burning involves using the local indigenous knowledge of flora and fauna and back-burning with a series of low-impact fires in a patchwork, mosaic pattern designed to help the land regenerate.

While he understands the need for environmental and backburning regulation, he says current red tape is too stringent.

"They'll stop you burning because of an orchard or a tree or a plant on a property. But then they do nothing about it - you can't mitigate the risk. When a wildfire comes through, it doesn't discriminate. It takes everything out," he said.

Earth just experienced its hottest decade on record, with 2019 closing-out the period with the second-hottest year the planet has ever experienced.

According to an annual global climate report released by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the past five years have been the warmest of the last 140 years.

"Every decade since the 1960s clearly has been warmer than the one before," Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told the Associated Press.

Image: AP

"If you think you've heard this story before, you haven't seen anything yet. This is real. This is happening."

The average global surface temperature has risen every decade since 1880, and the rate of increase more than doubled after 1981.

Meanwhile, the average global surface temperature is now more than two degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

The past decade also averaged 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 20th century average, according to the report.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as the country's new prime minister, the Kremlin says.

The 53-year-old Mishustin worked in the government since 1998 and kept a low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010.

The Russian leader made the appointment on Wednesday after he engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted his resignation.



Entire Russian Government And PM Resign After Putin Flags Constitutional Reforms

Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes on Wednesday that would give him leeway to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency, and picked a new prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet resigned.

Putin proposed changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. He emphasised constitutional changes must be put to a vote in a nationwide referendum.

Medvedev resigned his post after Putin announced the proposed constitutional amendments.

In a small win for women Pope Francis has finally appointed the first female to a senior role in the male-dominated diplomatic and administrative nerve center at the Vatican.

Italian laywoman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly-created post in a division known as the Section for Relations with States where she takes the rank of under-secretary, effectively one of two deputy foreign ministers.

The Roman Catholic Church allows only men to be ordained as priests and women have traditionally been consigned to the shadows of its administration.

However, women’s groups, including the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), an umbrella group of Catholic nuns, have long called on the pope to appoint more females to senior jobs within the Vatican bureaucracy.

They cite figures showing more than half of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics are women, and membership of female religious orders is about three times larger than male orders.

Love or loathe Andy Murray's dry sense of humor, there's no denying that his latest banter with mother Judy is a cracker.

The British tennis sensation took to Instagram to troll his mum after she posted an image of a group of citrus fruits intended to spell out the word "hello" in Mandarin -- pun clearly intended.

The image was accompanied by the caption: “How to say HELLO in mandarin”.

However, there was one tiny problem. Judy forgot to crop the image, resulting in a square picture which essentially cut out most of the letters. Whoops.

Andy was quick to pick his mum up on the mistake, commenting: “Hi mum, you’ve done it again. Instagram is a visual platform so if you post a picture with half the content cut out it doesn’t work. You will get less likes and people will unfollow you, probably a wise decision on their part.

“This just looks like a few mandarins scattered on a table. I wouldn’t want people to think you’re a mad old lady. Please try and do better. Love from your baby boy.

“PS this is your final warning before I unfollow.”

Judy then reposted the photo with corrected dimensions, alongside the caption: “I post part pictures regularly. This is especially for my younger son who always points out my shortcomings."

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