Israel and the United States signaled on Sunday they were putting disputes over the Iran nuclear deal behind them, announcing resumed talks on U.S. defense aid for Israel as it hosted Washington's top general and a joint air force drill. ... [Reuters - 18/10/15]
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visits Israel on solidarity mission [Times Of Israel - 17/10/15]
200 Israeli settlers attack Palestinian village with firebombs [Maan - 18/10/15]
Four Israeli cities, citing security, ban Arab workers from schools [Reuters - 18/10/15]
Israeli police kick and beat journalist [Independent - 16/10/15]:
A cameraman was reportedly kicked and beaten by Israeli police despite telling them in Hebrew that he was an accredited journalist.
The Jerusalem correspondent and a cameraman for France 2 were approaching the central bus station to cover an attack on 14 October when they were warned by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldier not to film events.
As the cameraman turned to leave the site, he was attacked by several Israeli border policemen, despite informing them in Hebrew that he was an accredited journalist, the Foreign Press Association (FPA) in Israel reports.
Footage of the incident shows Israeli police stamping on the man's face as he lies on the ground.
@MSF_Sea [18/10/15]: UPDATE: Make that 243 #people onboard #DignityI! Divan was just born in the ship's clinic and is absolutely perfect.
@MSF_Sea [18/10/15]: BREAKING: #MSF's #DignityI has rescued another boat and now has 242 #people on board including 6 pregnant women
@guardiacostiera [18/10/15]: Nord Libia,278 #migranti su 2 gommoni salvati da #NaveFiorillo #GuardiaCostiera coordinata dalla #CentraleOperativa
@ItalianNavy [18/10/15]: #SAR nave Bersagliere #MarinaMilitare ha soccorso un gommone recuperando 113 #migranti e 8 corpi senza vita
Migrant backlog builds in Balkans after new diversion [Reuters - 18/10/15]
"PLEASE HELP ME"
Brisbane Times [18/10/15]:
... in her first comments since her return to Nauru, "Abyan" has said Mr Dutton's description of events – backed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – were false.
"I have been very sick. I have never said thate [sic] I did not want a termination," she said in a hand-written statement which was photographed and sent to Mr Newhouse.
"I never saw a doctor. I saw a nurse at a clinic but there was no counselling. I [also] saw a nurse at Villawood but there was no interpreter. I asked but was not allowed to talk with my lawyer." ...
... "I feel I will lose my life very soon," the 31-year-old father of three said in a video obtained by AAP.
A tearful Mr Albederee then pleads for help.
"I need help, I don't want to die," he said. ... Hunger striker close to death on Manus Island [Nine MSN - 18/10/15]
Jeanie M Walker, National Spokesperson for Asylum Seekers, Australian Democrats [15/9/15]:
... Mohammad was beaten until he was unconscious and sustained serious injuries to his shoulder which resulted in nerve damage causing extreme pain and numbness in his hand. He also suffered kidney damage causing blood in his urine due to the severity of the assault. This has resulted in severe chronic pain for over a year.
Mohammad was supposed to be brought to Australia for urgent medical treatment in February 2015 by medical request, but this did not happen.
He was told by Wilson Security that he had a flight if he signed a form saying he would never make a complaint against the guards that beat him.
When he would not sign the papers he was told that he would never leave Manus Island alive. ...
Australia is not only torturing this refugee incarcerated on Manus Island - we are also tormenting his family in Iraq [VIDEO - 10/10/15]
Australian government relentlessly pursues and punishes family after ABC "Smugglers' Paradise" anti refugee propaganda [Anglican Parish of Gosford - 18/10/15]:
Zahra Abas is a 28year old Australian. She might not have a visa or passport that says that....but she is. She and her Australian husband and two Australian kids had a great life. Big group of friends, nice house, kids at pre-school, barbecues, hanging out at the beach with her girlfriends and all the kids.....on the way to saving a deposit for their first home. She says she never dreamed such a life was possible from the hell hole of Iraq.
In December of 2014 Scott Morrison cancelled her visa and she was detained at Villawood Detention Centre and separated from her husband, children and life. She was breastfeeding her youngest at the time and eventually developed mastitis......and with no choice, as her two kids primary care giver (with a husband working full time) signed a waiver to bring her children into detention with her.
Salwa who is five, and Yasmine who is two still live at Villawood detention centre.
The reason for this? Was a crime committed? Did she break the conditions of her visa?
No. Her father was named in a Four Corners programme as a people smuggler. The next day he got on a plane to Malaysia and she has never heard from or seen him since.
Zahra was 18years of age when she arrived in Australia from Iraq. She said and did what her father told her and her six siblings. They all lived under the threat of his domestic violence and his complete grip on the family.
Zahra never engaged in people smuggling. Never knew about her fathers means of making money. Never knew about the bureaucratic or legal requirements of acquiring a visa.
For the first time in her life she had a home, a husband she loved and trusted and a life for her children that was so worth all she'd been through to get here.
Now she and her children are depressed, sick, on medication, and Zahra says....breathing but not living. Zahra is also 5 months pregnant, after finding a hiding place to be with her husband and Immigration have told her she will give birth to this baby and return to detention (after threatening to ban her husband from visiting her and their children).
She has had numerous hospital visits after collapsing, and has been told by doctors that her declining mental health is affecting the babies development.
Her husband is expected to cover the financial cost of the detention of his children.
Many who understand the law...the labyrinth that is the Department of Border Protection and Immigration say there is a strangely personal and cruel drive to the handling of Zahra and her children's case.
A quadriplegic New Zealander has reportedly been deported after 36 years in Australia under a controversial new policy to remove convicted criminals from the country.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the 56-year-old, named only as Paul, was flown to Auckland three weeks ago with a voucher for a week’s accommodation.
The man, who uses a wheelchair, said he had no friends or family in New Zealand, having spent most of his life in Australia. Paul said he had been jailed in 2012 for 13 months for self-medicating with controlled painkillers. ... [Guardian - 18/10/15]
Typhoon Koppu hits Philippines north, destroys houses, displaces 10,000 people [Channel News Asia - 18/10/15]
Emergency services are continuing to defend homes from a large bushfire at Townsville in North Queensland. ... [ABC - 18/10/15]
Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg believes there is a "strong moral case" for the Adani Carmichael coal mine, saying it will help boost living conditions in developing countries around the world. ... [ABC 18/10/15]
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last! Queensland Premier to address her constituents on the Gold Coast next week.
Queensland government cracks down on non-existent smoking menace, while media continues hatchet job on Billy Gordon MP
GBH charge, Urangan [QPS Media - 18/10/15]:
Detectives from the Wide Bay Burnett District investigating the alleged serious assault of a woman at Urangan last night have charged a man with grievous bodily harm.
Police will allege they were called to a resort on Boat Harbour Drive around 7.45pm where a 63-year-old Rothwell woman was located with severe facial injuries and multiple bruises and abrasions.
She was transported to hospital for treatment to suspected facial fractures.
A 55-year-old Rothwell man has been denied police bail and will appear in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on Monday, October 20.
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.
GBH charge, Townview [18/10/15]:
Mount Isa detectives investigating a disturbance at Yallambie, Townview last night have charged an 18-year-old local woman with grievous bodily harm.
It will be alleged that two 18-year-old women became involved in a physical altercation at a Yallambie residence during which time one of the women received stabs wounds to her shoulder and back.
A 26-year-old woman who tried to intervene sustained a laceration to her hand.
The injured teen was transported to Mount Isa Base Hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.
The second 18-year-old fled the scene and was located following extensive patrols by police in Pamela Street, Mount Isa.
She is due to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on October 19.
All three were known to each other.
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.
Police have identified the body discovered under a bridge over the Bega River on the far south coast earlier this week was that of 26-year-old Marnielee Maree Cave, of Bega.
Investigators from Far South Coast LAC have been working with detectives from the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad since the body was found at about 8.15am on Wednesday October 14 under the Mogareeka Bridge on the Tathra-Bermagui Road, Tathra.
The woman's death is being treated as suspicious. ... [Canberra Times - 17/10/15]
Man charged with murder over Derby death [WA Tdoay - 17/10/15]
Update: fatal traffic crash, Cashmere
QPS Media [18/10/15]:
Police investigating a fatal motorcycle crash at Cashmere yesterday, which claimed the life of a 55-year-old Ascot man, are appealing for witnesses.
Preliminary information indicates a motorcycle was travelling north along Winn Road around 2pm when it left the roadway and collided with a tree.
The rider died at the scene.
Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing.
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.
Serious traffic crash, Morayfield
QPS Media [18/10/15]:
A 61-year-old man and his 61-year-old female passenger sustained critical injuries when their car crashed in the drive through of a fast food outlet at Morayfield yesterday.
Preliminary information indicates around 6.40pm the male driver exited his vehicle briefly and upon entering the car has hit the accelerator.
The vehicle crashed into the rear of the car in front before jumping a garden bed, travelling through the carpark, hitting a large sign from an adjoining real estate business, and then hitting a sign from a second business before coming to a stop.
The man and woman, both from the Glass House Mountains, were transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in critical condition.
The occupants of the second vehicle, from Morayfield – a 34-year-old man, 27-year-old woman and two boys ages three and six – were not injured.
Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing.
Fatal crash near Broadwater
NSW Police [17/10/15]:
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following a motor vehicle crash on the state’s north coast.
About 2.30pm today (Saturday 17 October 2015), emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway about 1 km south of Broadwater, after reports of a serious motor vehicle crash.
Police have been told a B-double and car travelling in opposite directions have collided.
The drivers of both vehicles died at the scene.
Both vehicles and nearby bushland caught fire, the fire has now been extinguished.
Two males travelling in a utility have been taken to hospital for minor injuries after their car collided with one of the other vehicles.
The driver of the utility will undergo blood and urine tests.
Police continue to make inquiries and officers from the Crash Investigation Unit would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or events leading up to the incident.
Police are investigating after a pedestrian died when he was hit by a truck, about 35km north of Armidale, this morning. ... [NSW Police - 18/10/15]
@tow_alerts [18/10/15]: ROYAL ESP, #MANLY #QLD - #CarCrash #Vehicle VS Pedestrian
Man hospitalised and arrested following police pursuit, crash - Glebe [NSW Police - 18/10/15]
A 25-year-old driver and her 30-year-old male passenger have been killed in a car crash in New South Wales' Central West.
The pair's car, a Suzuki, collided head-on with another car on the Newell Highway, near West Wyalong, on Friday evening.
The Queenslanders died at the scene.
According to police, three dogs in the car with the deceased driver and her passenger were also killed in the crash. [Warwick Daily News - 17/10/1]
Gold Coast detectives are searching for a woman who robbed two Parkwood services stations within minutes of each other this evening. ... [QPS Media - 17/10/15]
A house in Brisbane's north has gone up in flames, after a car parked underneath ignited and spread to the structure. ... [Brisbane Times - 18/10/15]
Woman devastated as pet cats perish in Upper Coomera house fire [MYGC - 17/10/15]
Three Queensland fishermen have been rescued after spending three hours in the ocean clinging to their upturned boat north-east of Brisbane.
A police helicopter spotted the trio, including a 14-year-old boy, in the water off the southern tip of Bribie Island around 10:00pm (AEST) on Saturday.
Their boat had been swamped by a wave. ... [ABC - 18/10/15]
Residents trapped in lifts during major Brisbane CBD power outage
Nine MSN [17/10/15]:
A major power outage has crippled Brisbane’s CBD, with nine sets of traffic lights and 30 buildings affected.
Police and firefighters responded in force this morning, manning intersections and rescuing people from lifts.
Some people were trapped in elevators for more than an hour.
One man told 9NEWS he was trapped with eight other people.
“It was pretty crazy… level 44, we were stuck on,” he said.
Twenty percent of the CBD was affected and 400 Energex customers lost power.
Many high-rise apartment residents were also left stranded in their units during the outage.
Power has since been restored.
Protesters in Hobart call for end to export of live animals [ABC - 18/10/15]
Nauru concentration camp contractors warn refugee not to contact lawyers as she awaits medical attention
misleading statements on Abyan [Refugee Action Coalition -
Everyone remembers when Scott Morrison declared that Reza Barati was killed ‘outside the wire’ at the Manus Island detention centre.
It was a low point of the former Minister’s career.
Peter Dutton should have paid more attention to Scott Morrison’s mistakes before having a Morrison-moment of his own, about the Somali refugee brought from Nauru, declaring that, “The woman has decided not to proceed with the termination.”
That is not the case.
He has become a victim of his own propaganda.
Peter Dutton took a political decision to remove Abyan without allowing her to consult with her lawyer; and without counselling and without the medical attention she needed.
The Australian government went to extraordinary lengths to remove Abyan to ensure that the decision to remove her could not be considered by a court.
It is Peter Dutton’s shameful political agenda that is being exposed.
Service contractors on Nauru are still warning Abyan not to contact Australian lawyers.
On more than one occasion, Dutton has insisted that people who are on Nauru and Manus “will not be coming to settle permanently in Australia”.
The people who have been brought from Nauru to Australia have come because they have been brought by the Australian government because there is no proper medical or mental health care on Nauru.
For example, some of them have contracted TB at an Australian-run detention centre on Nauru; others have disabilities that render their life on Nauru intolerable.
Peter Dutton and the Immigration department have treated Abyan abominably. The government’s respect for women has been revealed as a sham.
Abyan is still waiting for the medical attention she needs.
Ronnie Knight MP complains that refugees exiled and imprisoned on Manus Island sometimes dance, and are not being disappeared. [PNG Loop - 18/10/15]
Justice Manus Island style [ABC - 18/10/15]
New Zealand Labour MP expects to be blocked from “Kiwi Alcatraz” detainees [RNZI – 18/10/15]:
Labour MP Kelvin Davis is anticipating the Australian government will try to stop him from gaining access to the Christmas Island detention centre where New Zealanders are currently being held.
Mr Davis arrived on the island last night and said that he was struck by how isolated it was.
He is planning to be on the island for two days and said he was trying to boost the morale of the New Zealanders being held in the centre, and highlight their plight.
He is attempting to get into the centre but said that there was a 24-hour administrative process he had to go through.
"I think they'll just try any administrative blockage to stonewall us to prevent us from getting in."
He said the government had been flat footed on the matter and that calling his trip to island a stunt was shooting the messenger.
Mr Davis said he had managed to speak to one of the detainees by phone so far.
Lisa Owen: And one of Little’s men, Corrections spokesman Kelvin Davis, is on his own journey to visit New Zealanders held in a detention centre on Christmas Island, which is now called the Kiwi Alcatraz.
3News political reporter Brook Sabin is travelling with Davis, so I spoke to the Labour MP in Perth just before we came to air and began by asking what he hopes to achieve there.
Kelvin Davis: Well, we’re just hoping to shine a massive spotlight on the human rights abuses that are going on at the detention centres, not just at Christmas Island but all around Australia. The stories that we’ve been hearing have been absolutely horrendous, and we hope that John Key feels the pressure.
Kelvin, when you say that people are telling you horrendous things, specifically, what are they saying?
OK, so we’ve got people calling in from the detention centres. They do have cell phones. We’re hearing about people who have witnessed others slashing their wrists, others cutting their throats, people being dragged out of their beds and given, being beaten up by what they call the emergency response teams. There was a story about a guy, Dylan, here in Perth in a detention centre who was dragged out of bed, he was beaten up by the emergency response team only to find it was a case of a mistaken identity, and they had to go off and find the guy that they really meant to bash up. You know, this is just unacceptable in Australia in this day and age, and it’s happening to New Zealand citizens.
Those are really serious allegations. What proof have you got?
Well, I’ve got the stories from inmates. They’re telling them to me. Of course, they don’t have selfies, and they don’t, in general, have smartphones to record these events, but, you know, it’s layer upon layer, and they’re not just coming from one or two people; they’re coming from a number of people from detention centres across Australia. Just the layers of anecdotes are building up, and they’re very consistent.
So what hope have you actually got of getting into the detention centre? Have you got permission to go in there?
Well, we’ve been in contact with the Shadow Minister of Immigration’s office. There’s an Australian senator who we’re going to be contacting in a few hours. She wants to talk to me. Look, there is a process to go through, so we’re hopeful that we will get in there. But let me say, this has grown to be more than just the story about New Zealanders in Australian detention centres. This is about all nationalities. We’ve got Amnesty International on our side; we’ve got Red Cross; we’ve got the Human Rights. There’s a number of organisations throwing their weight behind this campaign, I guess, just to spread the word and hopefully to embarrass the Australian government.
The thing is if you don’t have permission to go in there, isn’t this exactly what the Prime Minister has said? It’s just a political stunt.
Yeah, but that’s the Prime Minister’s narrative. He has to say it. He’s been caught flat-footed. New Zealanders are waking up to the fact of what’s going on, and he’s been behind the eight ball, and he needs to catch up.
Some people would say these people are criminals, so this is their lot; it’s what they deserve.
Well, there’s three points, basically. One is if you’re going to detain people, do it in a humane manner. Secondly, these people are more Australian than New Zealander. Many of them have been here since babies, and they’ve grown up, they’ve paid taxes and all that sort of thing. The other thing is there’s really no justification for detaining them. They could still be at home. They could still be with their families. They could still be working while their visa applications are processed.
Kelvin, we’re going to have to leave it there. We’re out of time. That’s Kelvin Davis joining us from Perth, where he’s waiting for a plane to Christmas Island.
Thousands rally in London to protest junior doctor contract [Guardian - 18/10/15]
Parliament of the Absurd: Austerity Bill passed with 154 votes [Keep Talking Greece - 17/10/15]
New Zealand: About 50 protesters, including about six staff members, staged a sit-in inside the New Lynn store while chained together at the waist.
Police say a group of about 12 of the protesters forced their way inside. Police are currently making enquiries to determine who damaged the store door during the process.
The group attempted to stop customers entering the store.
Former Green MP Sue Bradford sat with the protesters.
Employees of the hardware store walked off the job after Bunnings announced it wants employees to be available for work, but with no guarantee of stable rosters. ... [ONE News - 17/10/15]
@FIRST_Union [17/10/15]: Bunnings workers from across Auckland shut down the New Lynn store today. They want to keep their family time.
Warning of poor weather conditions and fast-approaching winter, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today raised concerns about the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe, where several countries are faced with overstretched national capacities and insufficient coordination. ... [UN Media Release - 16/10/15]
US, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [17/10/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Remotely piloted and fighter aircraft conducted two airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Raqqah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Mar’a, a strike destroyed an ISIL staging area.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 19 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL buildings, three ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL mortar positions, two ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL staging area.
-- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area, two ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Ramadi, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to two separate terrain locations.
-- Near Sinjar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, seven ISIL fighting positions, 14 ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL supply caches, and an ISIL command and control node.
-- Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Waleed, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL vehicle and wounded three ISIL fighters.
Russian warplanes have bombed a training camp in Syria where foreign instructors trained potential suicide bombers, the Russian defense ministry said. It was one of 49 terrorist targets hit by the Russian Air Forces over the day. ... [RT - 17/10/15]
The U.S. military on Friday denied claims that Syrian Kurdish forces had snagged ammunition from a massive air drop that was intended for Syrian Arabs fighting Islamic State jihadists.
The issue is sensitive for the Pentagon, which fears souring relations with Ankara and jeopardizing the use of a base at Incirlik in southern Turkey to conduct air raids against IS.
U.S.-led coalition forces on Sunday parachuted 50 tons of small-arms ammunition and rockets to rebels fighting IS as part of a new program to work with and equip vetted rebel leaders.
"We are very confident that the materiel that we air dropped was received by Syrian Arab Coalition forces," Colonel Pat Ryder, the spokesman for the U.S. military's Central Command, told reporters. ... [Naharnet - 17/10/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [17/10/15]: Baghdad: 8 persons were either killed or wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in Furat neighbourhood west of Baghdad.............
30 pro-Saudi militants killed in Riyadh attacks in Yemen [Press TV - 17/10/15]
Yemen’s spiralling crisis has caused “alarming malnutrition levels” among children because of the limited availability of and lack of access to food due to blocked or damaged delivery routes and restrictions on food and fuel imports caused by the conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. ... [UN Media Release - 16/10/15]
More support needed for Somali refugees going back home from Kenya [UNHCR Media Release - 16/10/15]
German aid worker kidnapped from Kabul has been released [Khaama - 18/10/15]
Former president Hamid Karzai on Saturday blamed escalating incidents of terrorism in the country on the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan. ... [Pajhwok - 17/10/15]
Unknown gunmen kill tribal elder in Kandahar [TOLO News - 17/10/15]
Two policemen killed in Baghlan roadside mine blast [TOLO News - 17/10/15]
Several thousands rallied in towns around Turkey on Saturday in honour of the 102 people killed in last weekend's double suicide bombing in Ankara. ... [Yahoo - 17/10/15]
... Protesters gathered at downtown Cairo's Syndicate of Journalists on Saturday to demonstrate against what they perceive as an "Arab governments' silence" towards Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. ... [Ahram - 17/10/15]
18 October 2015