Brekky Wrap: Mum Stabbed In Head During 3am Home Invasion As Her Kids Slept Nearby

All the news you need to know this Monday morning.

A mother has been stabbed in the neck by a gang while her children slept in another room during a terrifying home invasion in the middle of the night. 

The 50-year-old woman was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

It is understood her 40-year-old partner was also attacked at the home in  Stourbridge, just west of Birmingham in the UK.

The gang fled the scene with a small amount of cash and authorities say there is no threat to the wider public.

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Speaking to Black Country Live the woman's father said the gang "stabbed my daughter in the neck", adding his daughter had miraculously escaped with minor injuries.

"These are very dangerous people who carry knives," he added.

Her two sons were believed to have been in the house at the time. West Midlands Police are now investigating.

Thousands of mourners will farewell the Queensland family horrifically murdered by the man who had vowed to protect them.

The funeral for Hannah Clark and her slain children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey will take place today, nearly three weeks after they were killed in a domestic violence attack that shocked the nation.

As they were on their way to school, Clarke's estranged husband, Rowan Baxter, forced his way onto the front passenger seat and doused his family in petrol before setting them alight.



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With burns to 97 per cent of her body, Hannah still managed to file a police report against Baxter before she died from her injuries in hospital hours later.

Baxter died on the footpath from self-inflicted wounds.

The horrific incident has led to renewed calls for more effort to be made to end the scourge of domestic violence in Australia.

Hannah's family have asked the details and location of the family's funeral service not be released.

An Australian man trapped on a cruise ship held off the Californian coast after it was struck down by the coronavirus said he is concerned about what happened in Japan.

Bill Pearce and his wife Karen are among four Australians stuck on the Grand Princess with more than 3,500 other passengers and crew.

Gold Coast dancer Kylie Chappell, who performs on cruise liners worldwide, is one of 1,111 crew on board.

Passengers on the cruise, which was returning to San Francisco after a trip to Hawaii, have been quarantined in their rooms since Thursday.

Grand Princess cruise ship is seen from Pacifica, California. Image: AAP

The Grand Princess had been forbidden to dock in San Francisco amid evidence the vessel was the breeding ground for a cluster of nearly 20 cases that resulted in at least one death after its previous voyage.

Pearce and his wife have been on board the ship for 16 days.

"Certainly I would like to get out and get some fresh air, that's for sure," Pearce told the Seven Network on Sunday.

The ship has now been given permission to dock in Oakland, in California. It is expected to arrive today.

The trial of four men charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 is set to begin in the Netherlands.

Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko have been charged with murder and destroying a civilian airliner over their alleged roles in furnishing the missile launcher used to shoot down the passenger plane in July 2014.

The trial, which could run for up to 25 weeks, will begin before three judges at the Schiphol Justice Complex on Monday.



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The families of the 298 victims, including the 38 Australian citizens and residents who were on board, have been waiting nearly six years for detailed information about what happened to their loved ones.

Netherlands Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Digna van Boetzelaer said the trial is an important step towards finding truth and accountability.

"The duration of the investigation has put a heavy burden on the families and friends of the MH17 victims," she said in a statement.

The pope has gone digital as the coronavirus outbreak causes further turmoil on Italian soil.

The measure, aimed at discouraging crowds, meant Pope Francis didn’t appear at a Vatican palazzo window to deliver his Sunday noon Angelus blessing and remarks.

Instead, a video of his reading his comments and reciting prayers standing at a lectern near a microphone in the Vatican’s apostolic library was beamed on maxi-screens set up in St Peter’s Square to the faithful.

Tourists and Catholic faithful, with some of them wearing medical face masks, gather at St Peter's Square, Vatican City. Image: AAP

Pope Francis is limiting his public appearances to prevent crowds from gathering as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

Both the pope’s traditional Sunday noon blessing and the Wednesday audience will be streamed from the library in the Apostolic Palace.

About 75 Australians have tested positive to the coronavirus, with that figure expected to climb.

The news comes amid growing reports that people are not isolating themselves while sick.

A student in Hobart went to two nightspots and to work at a hotel after he had been told to stay home while waiting for the results of tests.



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A woman in Perth went to an orchestra concert and a Melbourne doctor treated patients while experiencing symptoms.

This has prompted the country's peak medical body to urge politicians to step back and let Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy be the main voice of the country's response, to avoid confusion.



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"I think leadership from the chief medical officer is essential at this time and obviously he can direct and influence the decisions made by the chief health offices in respective states," Victorian AMA president Julian Rait told a press conference.

Most of the cases are in NSW, where 40 people have tested positive.

Believe it or not, Marvel Comics superhero Black Panther played a key role in Australia's successful T20 Women's World Cup campaign.

As the host nation and hot favourites, the Aussies carried a heavy burden of expectation into the tournament and ultimately delivered a fifth World Cup with an 85-run thumping of India in Sunday's final at the MCG.

Player-of-the-match Alyssa Healy revealed they did so with a little superhero inspiration.

"Everyone came really hard at us early on and we held our nerve and got the job done. We were all Black Panthers out there," she said.

Healy provided some superhero inspiration of her own with a swashbuckling 75 from 39 balls, including five sixes and seven fours.

"I never thought we would get the opportunity to do something as cool as that and play in front of almost 90,000 people at the MCG in a home World Cup final.

It was the largest crowd for a women's sporting event in Australia and the highest-ever crowd figure for a women's cricket match anywhere in the world.

The girls continued to burn some energy post-match, taking to the stage with Katy Perry where they showcased some questionable dance moves.

And you're all caught up with 10 daily.

With AAP.