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Brekky Wrap: Man Charged After Allegedly Suffocating 10-Month-Old Baby, Twice

All the news you need to know this Monday morning.

A man has been charged with domestic violence offences after allegedly attempting to suffocate a baby and allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Sydney’s west yesterday.

Police were called to a home in Schofields just after midday on Sunday following reports of a domestic-related incident.

A 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene while a woman and child were taken to Blacktown Hospital for assessment.

They have since been released.

The man was taken to Riverstone Police Station and charged with three counts of intentionally choke person with recklessness and two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

Police will allege in court the man attempted to suffocate the child twice. He also allegedly choked a 25-year-old woman and sexually assaulted her twice earlier that day.

He was refused bail to appear before Blacktown Local Court today.

State Governments are cracking down on mobile phone use in classrooms as the new school year gets underway. 

Victoria and Western Australia have introduced new bans on mobile phones during school hours in order to curb distractions and online bullying.

New South Wales has also committed to a primary school ban after piloting the measure at 22 schools last year.

It is understood Queensland has no plans to follow suit. And last June South Australian Education Minister John Gardner said the Marshall Government would monitor the results of the ban and consider whether it should be replicated there.

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School Mobile Phone Bans Come Into Force

Public school students in several states will face new restrictions on using their mobile phones at school when they return from holidays.

However, the Northern Territory has no plan to introduce a similar ban, leaving it to individual schools to make rules on phone use.

Northern Territory psychologist argued that mobile devices leave kids "cut off" from their surroundings, the NT News reports.

Charles Darwin University clinical psychologist Maria Hennessy said she supports the Victorian Government’s decision.

She told the NT News that "the potential benefits (of removing phones) for students for their learning outcomes and well-being are substantial."

At least 20 people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in a stampede during a church service in northern Tanzania.

Thousands of people crammed into a sports stadium for the service on Saturday evening in the town of Moshi, near Mount Kilimanjaro.

Many were crushed after the pastor called them to be anointed with "blessed oil".

Relatives of the victims gathered outside a local hospital. Image: Getty

The pastor was later arrested for his role in the incident as he sought to leave the country, officials said.

"He will be held accountable for causing this tragedy," home affairs minister George Simbachawene said.

Five of the dead are believed to be children.

Pastor Boniface Mwamposa had been drawing huge crowds by promising prosperity and cures for diseases to worshipers who step in what he calls "blessed oil" during his services.

Every Aussie buying a beer at the beginning of this week will pay more than they did on the weekend, as taxes applied to cold ones go up for the first time in 2020.

An automatic levy applied to alcoholic beverages every six months will be updated today.

For instance, the amount paid per litre of alcohol in individual containers of less than eight litres and more than 3.5 percent alcohol volume, will climb from $50.70 to $51.31.

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A report commissioned by the Brewers Association of Australia claims these tax rates stand as the fourth-highest beer tax amid developed countries.

The research results indicate that after the tax increase Australians will pay an average $2.26 per litre of alcohol.

Australians are paying 17 times more tax on beer than in Germany, 15 times more than Spanish residents and seven times more than in the US.

NSW fire crews are hopeful widespread rains have settled bushfires burning across the state.

While rain fell across most firegrounds on Sunday evening, NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman James Morris warned there was still a lot of active fires across the state.

Conditions are expected to ease on Monday with cooler weather forecast in southern NSW but a high fire danger is in place for most of the state.

It follows a difficult day on Saturday where multiple blazes flared, sparking fears of property loss.

Strong winds and high temperatures on Saturday night pushed the massive 177,000-hectare Border fire north towards Bega Valley while three separate blazes burning southwest of the region merged into one.

There were 70 fires burning in NSW as of Sunday evening with 30 not yet contained.

A plane carrying Australians from coronavirus epicentre Wuhan is expected to land in Exmouth, Western Australia later today.

According to The New Daily, the Qantas was able to evacuate more than half of the 600 Australian citizens or permanent residents who were trapped in the Chinese city.

It is understood that the flight departed Wuhan about 5am Monday Australian time.

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Government Now Says Wuhan Evacuees Won't Be Charged For Christmas Island Flight

The government now says Australians being evacuated from Wuhan will not be charged $1000 -- despite continually stating that fact in recent days.

Wuhan has been in lockdown since January 23.

The Boeing 747 will touch down in Exmouth before flying out to Christmas Island where evacuees will be quarantined at the immigration detention centre for two weeks.

The plane is believed to be carrying about 364 passengers

Novak Djokovic could face a $30,000 fine for patting the foot of the umpire during his Australian Open final against Austrian Dominic Thiem.

Djokovic doesn't believe he crossed the line touching the chair umpire during a volatile drama-charged five-set win.

The Serbian lost his cool when he was handed back-to-back time violations in the same game for taking too long to serve.

With the score locked at 4-4 in the second set, the second penalty came at break point and cost him a first serve, with Djokovic losing the game.

A furious Djokovic marched past the umpire's chair and tapped Dumusois's foot and sarcastically said: "You made yourself famous in this match. Great job. Especially in the second one. Great job. You made yourself famous. Well done man".

Dumusois didn't react.

But according to the official grand slam rule book, Djokovic could find himself hit with a $30,000 fine, although penalties are discretionary.