Posted: 19 December, 2014

Cairns Stabbing: 8 Children Dead

There are up to eight stabbing victims at a Cairns home, media reports say.

UPDATE: Eight children have been stabbed to death at a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora in Far North Queensland.

Police say the children were aged between 18 months and 15 years.

Dozens of police have swarmed to a home in Murray Street, and 34-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with stab wounds.

Police at the scene say the situation is 'well controlled' and that the woman is stable and is assisting them with their enquiries.

They say it will be some time before they can establish the relationship the victims had.


 

STATEMENT FROM QUEENSLAND POLICE:

Cairns detectives have established a crime scene and begun an investigation into the death of eight children in Manoora this morning.

Police were called to the Murray Street residence around 11.20am following reports of a woman with serious injuries.

During an examination of the residence police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years.

The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations.

A Mobile Police Facility has been established and officers from the Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch, Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Scenes of Crime and Scientific section are conducting an investigation and examination of the scene.

The road is currently closed and no further information is available at this stage.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.




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Posted: 19 December, 2014

Kangaroo On The Hop In The Streets Of Abbotsford

GALLERY: Rogue Roo takes to the streets.

A kangaroo has been spotted hopping around the streets of inner suburban Melbourne.

The marsupial was spotted early this morning near Abbotsford primary school by local resident Charles Cunningham.

“I saw it this morning (Friday) at about 7:15. Housemates said it was still hopping around the streets at 8am,” Charles told Triple M.

Images: Triple M / Charles Cunningham


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Posted: 18 December, 2014

Sony Cancel The Release Of 'The Interview'

Sony Pictures Entertainment pull The Interview's release following threats.

Image: Youtube/Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony is cancelling The Interview's planned theatrical release after major US theatre chains decided not to show the film after attacks were threatened.

The comedy, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a fictional story about journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The cancelation continues the massive fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that saw the leak of terabytes of sensitive and confidential information.

The hackers - who call themselves Guardians of Peace - threatened theatres that planned on showing the film, triggering the unprecedented cancellation.

The Interview was due to be released in the US on December 25, and January 22 in Australia.


FULL STATEMENT FROM SONY PICTURES:

"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film *The Interview*, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

"Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale - all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

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Posted: 16 December, 2014

Sydneysiders Tribute To Siege Victims

Tributes are already flowing in from every corner of the world while locally Sydneysiders are leaving flowers as tributes to the victims

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Sydneysiders leave flowers and tributes Photo: Facebook

There's been an outpouring of grief at a makeshift memorial in Sydney's Martin Place today, in response to the overnight siege that claimed two innocent lives.

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Sydneysiders leave flowers as tributes to the victims of the Sydney siege Photo: Triple M

Tributes are flowing in from every corner of the world while locally Sydneysiders are leaving flowers as tributes to the victims.

The group that owns the cafe has also pledged support for the victims, saying it's profoundly saddened by the deaths and injuries suffered.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott also passed on his condolences to the victims and their families and also the survivors.

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Posted: 16 December, 2014

Three People Confirmed Dead After Sydney Siege Shootout

Two hostages and the gunman at the centre of the Sydney cafe siege are dead after heavily armed police stormed the building.

About 2.10am on Tuesday there was a "confrontation" between police and the gunman who had taken 17 people hostage in the Lindt cafe at Martin Place, NSW Police said.

Shots were fired in a bloody end to the 16-hour siege that shut down the city centre on Monday.

The hostage taker, self-styled Iranian cleric Man Haron Moris, was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

Another man, 34, and a woman, 38, were also pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

Four people were injured, including a woman with a gunshot wound to her shoulder and a male police officer, who suffered a facial wound from gunshot pellets.

The crisis, which began about 10am (AEDT) on Monday, escalated dramatically about 2am on Tuesday when five hostages ran from the cafe.

Minutes later, shots were fired and police stormed the premises. Paramedics quickly followed with stretchers and ambulances took the most seriously injured to hospitals around the city.

"Unbelievably overnight we have lost some of our own in an attack we would never thought we would see here in our city," Premier Mike Baird told a press conference just before 6am.

"I come before you with the heaviest of hearts."

Mr Baird said the government's thoughts and prayers were with the innocent victims of an "horrendous, vicious attack."

"I want to say to their family and friends that everyone in NSW stands beside you," he said.

"My thoughts also remain with those hostages who have been freed.

"They will be provided every support they need in coming days and weeks and months."

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said officers had so far accounted for 17 hostages.

This figures included the five who escaped on Monday afternoon.

Some had traumatic injuries, some had medical conditions.

Six were uninjured.

"We also have a lone gunman who has been shot and killed and we have a male police officer who has been injured as a result of gunshot wounds to the face," Mr Scipione said.

"I have talked to that officer. He is in good condition."

The officer was likely to remain in hospital for some time.

"Not too long, we hope, but he is well and grateful to be alive," Mr Scipione said.

A police critical incident investigation into the incident which will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command.

"We need to find out what's happened here and inside that cafe," Mr Scipione said.

"It's not time to speculate or develop theories."

Mr Scipione echoed Mr Baird's comments, saying he could only imagine the terror the hostages had gone through.

"They're very brave people who in many cases were just buying a cup of coffee and they got caught up in this dreadful affair," he said.

"We should reflect on their courage, the courage that they displayed during the many hours in that room. They had to make decisions, hard decisions, and our heart goes out to them."

Mr Scipione acknowledged the grief of the families of the two hostage who had died.

"The pain they've been through, not knowing what was happening to their loved ones and not being able to help them," he said.

Just after 2am on Tuesday morning, a man in a white shirt ran from the cafe with his arms raised, dropped to the ground on police orders and was escorted to safety.

Minutes later, two more men and two women raced outside and were directed away by police.

Their escape was followed by rapid gunfire as heavily-armed officers stormed the cafe.

A second volley of shots erupted before the cafe filled with police and paramedics.

Ambulances rushed the most seriously injured to hospitals around the city.

At 2.40am, NSW Police tweeted: "Sydney siege is over."

It was a quick and furious end to a drama that had the city centre locked down inside an intense security cordon.

- AAP

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Posted: 16 December, 2014

Sydney Cafe Siege Ends Dramatically In Early Hours

Police stormed the Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning.

Two hostages and the gunman at the centre of the Sydney cafe siege are dead after heavily armed police stormed the building.

About 2.10am on Tuesday there was a "confrontation" between police and the gunman who had taken 17 people hostage in the Lindt cafe at Martin Place, NSW Police said.

Shots were fired in a bloody end to the 16-hour siege that shut down the city centre on Monday.

The hostage taker, self-styled Iranian cleric Man Haron Moris, was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

Another man, 34, and a woman, 38, were also pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

Four people were injured, including a woman with a gunshot wound to her shoulder and a male police officer, who suffered a facial wound from gunshot pellets.

The crisis, which began about 10am (AEDT) on Monday, escalated dramatically about 2am on Tuesday when five hostages ran from the cafe.

Minutes later, shots were fired and police stormed the premises. Paramedics quickly followed with stretchers and ambulances took the most seriously injured to hospitals around the city.

"Unbelievably overnight we have lost some of our own in an attack we would never thought we would see here in our city," Premier Mike Baird told a press conference just before 6am.

"I come before you with the heaviest of hearts."

Mr Baird said the government's thoughts and prayers were with the innocent victims of an "horrendous, vicious attack."

"I want to say to their family and friends that everyone in NSW stands beside you," he said.

"My thoughts also remain with those hostages who have been freed.

"They will be provided every support they need in coming days and weeks and months."

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said officers had so far accounted for 17 hostages.

This figures included the five who escaped on Monday afternoon.

Some had traumatic injuries, some had medical conditions.

Six were uninjured.

"We also have a lone gunman who has been shot and killed and we have a male police officer who has been injured as a result of gunshot wounds to the face," Mr Scipione said.

"I have talked to that officer. He is in good condition."

The officer was likely to remain in hospital for some time.

"Not too long, we hope, but he is well and grateful to be alive," Mr Scipione said.

A police critical incident investigation into the incident which will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command.

"We need to find out what's happened here and inside that cafe," Mr Scipione said.

"It's not time to speculate or develop theories."

Mr Scipione echoed Mr Baird's comments, saying he could only imagine the terror the hostages had gone through.

"They're very brave people who in many cases were just buying a cup of coffee and they got caught up in this dreadful affair," he said.

"We should reflect on their courage, the courage that they displayed during the many hours in that room. They had to make decisions, hard decisions, and our heart goes out to them."

Mr Scipione acknowledged the grief of the families of the two hostage who had died.

"The pain they've been through, not knowing what was happening to their loved ones and not being able to help them," he said.

Just after 2am on Tuesday morning, a man in a white shirt ran from the cafe with his arms raised, dropped to the ground on police orders and was escorted to safety.

Minutes later, two more men and two women raced outside and were directed away by police.

Their escape was followed by rapid gunfire as heavily-armed officers stormed the cafe.

A second volley of shots erupted before the cafe filled with police and paramedics.

Ambulances rushed the most seriously injured to hospitals around the city.

At 2.40am, NSW Police tweeted: "Sydney siege is over."

It was a quick and furious end to a drama that had the city centre locked down inside an intense security cordon.

- AAP

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Posted: 15 December, 2014

Australians Rally On Social Media To Oppose Anti-Islamic Sentiment

A Twitter movement, #illridewithyou, has started with Australians offering the Muslim community safe transport

Australians have started a Social Media campaign to fight anti-Islamic sentiment that followed the Lindt Cafe Siege at Martin Place in Sydney.

Fearing a backlash against the Australian Muslim community after today's events, the hashtag #illridewithyou was born with the wider Australian community offering to ride on buses and trains with Muslims, or give them a lift to work tomorrow, in order to keep them safe.

It all started here.

And this is Australia.

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Posted: 15 December, 2014

Teenager Killed By Shark In Far North Queensland

A 17-year-old boy has passed away after being bitten by shark.

A teenager has died after a shark attack near Port Douglas in Far North Queensland.

Emergency services were called to Rudder Reef around at 11:30AM (AEST) after the 17-year-old boy was mauled on the thigh.

It is not yet known what type of shark was involved.

MAP | Rudder Reef

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Posted: 15 December, 2014

International Reactions To Sydney Siege

As the armed siege at a Sydney city cafe unfold, the international media reacts.

The siege at a cafe in Sydney's CBD has ended in tragedy as two victims and the perpetrator have died after suffering wounds after the police entered the building in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

As news is filtered out from major Australian news networks, international media such as BBC, CNN, The Guardian and Al Jazeera are all picking up the reports.

With the increasing incidences of armed attacks in western countries like America and England, these stories are becoming all too common and become major headlines across the world.

News Reports From Around The World

Fox & Friends news coverage of the Sydney hostage crisis Video: YouTube

Sky News UK reporting on the Sydney siege: YouTube/Viral Videos

BBC News reporting on the Sydney siege: YouTube/World NEWS CHANNEL

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Posted: 15 December, 2014

Sydney Siege Ends

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Two hostages and the gunman at the centre of the Sydney cafe siege are dead after heavily armed police stormed the building.

About 2.10am on Tuesday there was a "confrontation" between police and the gunman who had taken 17 people hostage in the Lindt cafe at Martin Place, NSW Police said.

The hostage taker, self-styled Iranian cleric Man Haron Moris, was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

The crisis, which began about 10am (AEDT) on Monday, escalated dramatically about 2am on Tuesday when five hostages ran from the cafe. Live feed below.

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Man Haron Monis Named As Sydney Siege Gunman

The Gunman at the centre of the Sydney Siege at a Martin Place cafe has been named as Man Haron Monis.

The news was broken by Channel 9 News.

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The Gunman at the centre of the Sydney Siege at a Martin Place cafe has been named as Man Haron Monis.

The news was broken by Channel 9 News. The self-styled 'Sheik', Man Haron Monis was known to authorities.

The 50 year old fled Iran to Australia in 1996 as a refugee, and changed his name to Man Haron Monis, assuming the title of Sheikh Haron. In recent times, the cleric made headlines  for sending hate-filled messages to the families of soldiers who have died fighting for Australia.

Haron has had frequent brushes with the law, on one occasion chaining himself to a courthouse.

He is currently charges with allegedly plotting the murder of his ex-wife Noleen Pal.

Ms Pal was stabbed and her body set alight.

He is also charged with a number of sexual offences relating to his time as a spiritual healer.

Transport Info

The best source for the latest updates is and police.nsw.gov.au.  Follow , & for transport info. For current transport status visit:

General Information

For all general information about the Martin Place incident call 1800 227 228. DO NOT call 000 or the Police Assistance Line.

PM Tony Abbott Addresses The Nation

"We don’t know if this is politically motivated, but there are indications it may be," said Prime Minister Tony Abbott at a media conference on the Sydney Cafe Siege.

Previously on Triple M

A number of hostages are being held inside a cafe in Sydney's Martin Place.

The faces of customers and workers have been seen pressed up against a shop window of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe.

An Islamic flag - black with white writing on it - has been held up to the glass.

In a chilling drama unfolding in the city centre, Martin Place has been shut down and scores of police are surrounding the cafe.

Workers in nearby buildings, including the Seven Network, have been ordered to evacuate the area.

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Posted: 12 December, 2014

First Images Of Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Search Area Released

After a long exhausting search, the first images of MH370 have been released.

It's been more than nine months since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared after leaving Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing.

A search still continues for the missing plane, and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released images to the public showing what search vessels have recorded at the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean.

The above images is a "synthetic aperture sonar image of the seafloor gathered by GO Phoenix," it was explained in a statement released to the public.

"This is indicative of the resolution and quality of the data and that it is revealing important detail of the seafloor."

More than 9000 square kilometres has been searched so far, which is around 16 per cent of the entire search area.

3D models of the seafloor show the plates spread apart between 20 and 100 million years ago.

The search area extends from the seabed on and around Broken Ridge, in the centre of the above image.

Leaders of the Australian lef search are confident that they're looking in the right area for the plane, there is still concern that we will never know about the fate of flight MH370.

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Posted: 12 December, 2014

Golden Globe Nominations Revealed!

Modern Family and Angelina Jolie Snubbed!

It’s the awards night where the Hollywood Foreign Press choose the winners in Film & Television for entrants all over the globe, and The 72nd Golden Globe nominations have been revealed!

Scoring a stack of noms, Birdman picked up 7 nominations, with Boyhood and The Imitation Game coming in next with 5.

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