Oregon occupation leader Bundy urges remaining protesters to go home [Reuters - 28/1/16]
Five children so far have elevated lead levels in a northeastern Ohio village where lead-tainted drinking water has been detected, health officials said Wednesday.
It's too early to know whether the positive tests are directly linked to the tap water in Sebring near Youngstown or if they could be tied to other sources such as lead paint, county and state health officials said.
The Ohio Health Department sent a team of investigators to meet with the children and their families on Wednesday to determine if the water could be the cause, said director Richard Hodges.
Almost all lead cases are usually linked to sources other than water, he said.
"We can't discount the fact the water may be playing a role," he said.
Residents in Sebring and two other communities were told late last week that high levels of lead had been found last summer in the drinking water. ... NorthJersey.com - 27/1/16]
A new wave of ISIL suicide attacks, sniper fire, and roadside bombs targeting Iraq forces and their militia allies killed more than 30 fighters on Thursday in and around the city of Ramadi, a military source told Al Jazeera.
The heavy fighting comes after more than 50 Iraqi soldiers and pro-government tribal fighters were killed earlier in the week during attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group near the city, which lies just 100km west of Baghdad. ... [Al Jazeera - 28/1/16]
Terror attacks continue across Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [27/1/16]:
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.
Strikes in Syria
Attack and fighter aircraft conducted four strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed six ISIL workover rigs.
-- Near Mar’a, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL weapons caches and an ISIL bunker and damaged an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Huwayjah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL excavator.
-- Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL sniper position, two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL fuel truck, damaged a separate ISIL vehicle and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [28/1/16]:
Baghdad: News agencies:Militias have targeted lawyers office in Baghdad Al-Jadeeda east of Baghdad by roadside bomb......
Karbala': News agencies:A roadside bomb attached to a car has exploded in Tiwereej area resulted in 5 deaths and injuries of Da'wa party followers , and Da'wa party has accused Sarkhi followers..
@ItalianNavy [28/1/16]: #UltimOra #MarinaMilitare Nave Aliseo #MareSicuro conclude il 2° evento #SAR recuperando 107 migranti
@MSF_Sea [28/1/16]: 12 people already confirmed dead in today's shipwreck near #Samos including 8 children. How many more will it take to allow #safepassage
@rojas1977 [28/1/16]: Saldo de este jueves: 12 muertos, 8 de ellos niños y 20 desaparecidos en el Egeo.
@MSF_Sea [28/1/16]: #greek authorities have allowed #Idomeni camp to be filled. There are 1000 people in the camp accessing heated shelter, toilets, showers...
US colonisation breeds institutionalised hatred of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers ----> Sweden plans to charter aircraft to send back as many as 80,000 rejected asylum seekers in what the country’s interior minister is calling “a very big challenge”. ... [The Local - 28/1/16]
David Cameron has been accused of using inflammatory language about refugees after referring to people in camps at Calais as a “bunch of migrants”.
The prime minister made the comments in the House of Commons on Wednesday as he criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s call for Britain to do more to help refugees in French camps.
Pointing at the Labour leader and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, Cameron said: “The idea that those two right honourable gentlemen would stand up to anyone in this regard is laughable. Look at their record over the last week.
“They met with the unions and gave them flying pickets. They met with the Argentinians, they gave them the Falkland Islands. They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais, they said they could all come to Britain. The only people they never stand up for are the British people and hardworking taxpayers.” ... [Guardian - 28/1/16]
Cartoonist sparks outcry for portraying refugees as free riders [Japan Today – 28/1/16]
Australia's national broadcaster - the ABC - LIED about lifeguard watching 31 refugees drown and mother throwing baby overboard [The Independent - 27/1/16]:
... Mr Lewis described reports in Australia that his team had simply stood by and watched as refugees ... died in front of them as having been “hyped up”.
Mr Lewis revealed that he had been inspired to help refugees after seeing harrowing photographs of Syrian toddler Alan al-Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach last year
Speaking to The Independent, he said: “We didn’t actually have 31 people drown right in front of us…Their boat was either going to come towards us or come towards [the Greek island village] Skala.”
“The [people smuggling] rules may still apply but what lifesaver would not [intervene]?,” he added.
Mr Lewis also spoke of a separate incident in which he thought a desperate refugee mother was considering throwing her baby into the sea in the hope rescuers would have no choice but to dive in and save its life.
“This was an inflatable boat crammed with people and we were kind of near the boat as we intercepted it. The mother turned and went to pass us her child and we were like ‘oh f***’ - because we knew what she was doing.”
“So we pulled away and she was just like ‘why don’t you want my child?’… the look on her face; she stared me in the eye like we’d just broken her heart,” he added.
“We realised exactly what she was about to do so we just pulled away. We had to make that snap call knowing that she was about to drop the kid in the ocean and push it towards us,” Mr Lewis said.
Had the mother dropped the child into the sea, the risk to the child and any rescue worker who went in after it would have been immense.
Thankfully the sinking vessel was subsequently escorted to shore by Mr Lewis’ team with no loss of life. ...
Australian lifesaver Simon Lewis 'forced to watch asylum seekers drown' during Greece volunteering mission
By Rachael Brown and Parthena Stavropoulos
An Australian lifesaver who volunteered to help asylum seekers crossing the Aegean Sea to reach the Greek island of Lesbos says he had to stand by and watch 31 people drown because they were in international waters.
The 10-kilometre passage from Turkey to Lesbos can be extremely perilous, but it is the landing place of thousands of Syrians seeking refuge in Europe.
St Kilda Surf Lifesaving Club's captain Simon Lewis went to Greece as part of a joint venture between the Greek Lifeguards and the International Surf Lifesaving Association.
He said his team alone helped save 517 people in 10 days, and said the emotion in the eyes of the people he helped was "electric".
Another incident that stood out for him was the look of relief on a young man's face when he and his team raced towards his boat.
"He got stuck with being the driver, and had never driven a boat before, let alone been on water," Mr Lewis said.
"I remember coming around the boat, and I locked eyes on him, and he locked eyes on me, and all the colour came back on his face, the look of relief."
But Mr Lewis said he also witnessed some horrors that would remain with him forever.
He said he had to stand by helpless as 31 asylum seekers drowned on the Turkish side of the sea, because his team was not allowed to intervene.
"That's the nature of lifesaving, we put ourselves in that situation to help prevent people from drowning and yet because it's across the way in international water you're restricted and can't actually do anything about it," Mr Lewis said.
Volunteers are not allowed to assist unless boats are sinking because helping people over international borders could see them charged with people smuggling.
Mr Lewis said keeping his distance in those circumstances was the hardest part.
He said one case that stuck in his mind was of a mother trying to throw her child five metres to what she considered safety.
"We realised what she was about to do, you know, throw us the baby and so we had to pull away from her and put some distance between us. Just seeing her face, that heartbreak," he said.
He said there were about 2,000 refugees who travelled to the area in the time he was there.
"These boats are the dodgiest," he said.
"[They are] kind of built like an inflatable boat, with a fake Chinese engine, they all have fake life jackets on and its on the lowest budget thing that you wouldn't even put your family in.
"These people make the journey because they think it's better than being on land, and that says everything to you [about] their situation, to try to get to freedom, because it's a better option than anywhere else."
As well as lending a hand, Mr Lewis ran a crowd-funding campaign that's raised more than $22,000, for a new rescue jet ski for the Greek lifeguards.
A top officer of the U.S. Navy reaffirmed Washington’s commitment Wednesday to defending a group of Japan-administered islets in the East China Sea under a bilateral security treaty if attacked, while taking the rare step of naming China as the potential aggressor. ... [Japan Today - 28/1/16]
US fighter jets temporarily deployed in Okinawa [NHK - 27/1/16]
Philippines: A militant youth group on Thursday said the reopening of the Senate inquiry on the ill-fated Mamasapano operation yesterday exposed President Benigno Aquino III as a “puppet” of the United States.
“It has been established that the bloody offensive was a US-backed operation and that US agents, possibly from the notorious Central Intelligence Agency, were directly involved.
No less than the puppet President Aquino was tapped to direct the operation,” Anakbayan Chair Vencer Crisostomo said in a statement. ... [INQUIRER.net - 28/1/16]
The only way to end a bipartisan policy of cruelty is through NON partisan opposition to it ---> Richard "I'd be worse" Marles reasserts the ALP's support for refoulement, refugee concentration camps, disappearance and exile [House of Representatives Hansard - 2/12/15]:
... So, when history looks to lay the blame for what occurred in the past, it will not be nearly as simple as the minister's description just now. Equally, when history looks to ascribe credit to how we have brought an end to the journey from Java to Christmas Island, it will remember that the regional resettlement arrangement, which was put in place by the then Labor government and resulted in 90 per cent of the vessels from Java to Christmas Island stopping before the current government was ever sworn into office. Yes, there is no doubt that turning around the remaining 10 per cent of those vessels has been a critical step taken by this government, but this government has enjoyed an opposition which has supported it in its endeavours to bring an end to that journey between Java and Christmas Island—an enjoyment that was not shared by the former Labor government in respect of the former coalition opposition. ...
Will CNN follow up on their story about the Manus refugee hunger strike this time last year? ----> ... "TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT. STOP TORTURING US. IF YOU THINK WE DON'T DESERVE AUS. THEN HAND OVER ALL OF US TO THE UN. WE DON'T WANT YOUR HELP!" ... [CNN - 21/1/15]
Gutless Australian Immigration Minister refuses to speak with CNN to defend lying "stop the boats", "deterrence" ideology
... Mr Burke said Australia would not resile from sending unaccompanied children to detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and said asylum seekers would be sent to Nauru soon. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 15/8/13]
Refugee children urge Australia to free them from Nauru gulag [CNN - 28/1/16]:
At just 10 years old, Mizba Ahmed and her family fled persecution in Myanmar.
Boarding a smuggler's boat bound for Australia, she never imagined that instead of finding a better life, she'd end up spending 18 months in detention on the isolated Pacific island of Nauru.
"Nauru is the worst place I've ever seen for children," the 12-year old said.
Dozens of children like Mizba have been held for months, or even years, at an Australian-backed refugee processing center on Nauru, a tiny island measuring just 21 square kilometers or eight square miles.
CNN spoke to multiple current and former child detainees who describe the Nauru camp as a prison.
Children live behind fences. They are searched when leaving or entering the camp, including when they go to school.
They feel intimidated or harassed by the omnipresent security guards. But mostly these refugees describe the hopelessness of their lives and the vanishing dreams of an education and a future beyond the confines of this tiny island.
CNN reached out by phone and email to the Nauru Government Information Office to ask them about conditions at the refugee center. They did not respond. The Australian government said the management of the center is the responsibility of the Nauru government.
... Whether in the Pacific or at Guantanamo, offshore refugee detention is calculated to serve two underhanded purposes—to deter further arrivals of people who might be fleeing persecution and violence, and to create a law-free zone to evade legal scrutiny. ... [The Hill - 18/1/16]
US Ambassador Cefkin with the Republic of Nauru media team [17/8/15]
What kind of "UN Official" speaks on female empowerment while remaining mute about the rape and abuse of refugees? [RNZI - 28/1/16]:
UN Women has been running a series of workshops, hoping to increase women's participation in politics before the elections later this year.
Its development manager in Nauru Erana Aliklik said the mindset of men as head of the house and country was pervasive and needs to be changed.
"Women are not in supportive of women, women are very much in supportive of men. Someone has to stand up and say, and just promote women political participation and gender equality, and all the roles and why women should be represented in Parliament. Because nobody is taking the step, but then just waiting for others."
Ms Aliklik said this was the kind of message that women needed to hear, and gender equality must be promoted in the household as well as to the highest level.
... It’s unusual that they [Connect Consortium - who run "settlement" services for refugees exiled on Nauru] haven’t encountered any allegations of rape or sexual assault, because there are many. Such as the story of Beth, a young Ethiopian refugee who was released into the Nauruan community in May. Allegedly Beth, whose name I have changed, was sitting on the beach with some other Ethiopian women when local men gave her a drink. Beth began to feel woozy, before being dragged into bushes by two or three men and raped. They then poured fuel on her and set her alight. I have seen photographs of her after the assault. Her left breast is so badly burnt that the skin has blackened and lifted from the flesh.
As a result of the rape, Beth became pregnant. A solemn Christian, the thought of abortion appalled her but she decided to go through with it. Beth was flown to Brisbane for the termination where, not long after, she attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet. She is now back on Nauru.
These are not isolated incidents. I have another letter, also written by a Somali woman, who recounts a similar story. Sarah, whose name I have also changed, was offered a lift by a man at the supermarket’s bus stop. “In car, man said I have to get something from my home first. When we got there dogs came out barking. Man said get out of car, dogs won’t hurt you. Dogs came close to attacking me. I asked him to call dogs away. He said get inside the house – they don’t know you – if you go inside they think you are part of family.
“I went inside. Dogs came in too. Man took off all his clothes and showed me his private parts. I wet my pants and soiled my pants. This is reason I left Somalia – this fear of rape – I see it happen to many. Then he said I don’t care and hit my face very hard. He said dogs will kill you if you don’t suck my private part. Then I have no choice.” ... [The Saturday Paper - 22/8/15]
... “Despite the international outcry over its refugee policies, Australia did little to redeem its reputation in 2015,” said Brad Adams, Asia director.
“Australia needs to seriously rethink its abusive refugee policies and take steps to restore its international standing as a rights-respecting country.” ... Australia: Restore credibility on rights [Human Rights Watch – 27/1/16]
The Australian political, media and human rights establishment continue exploiting Syrians to cover up the government's atrocities against refugees and asylum seekers.
How much longer do they think they can get away with this?
How well are new refugees settling into Australia? [Sydney Morning Herald - 28/1/16]
... The data, released Thursday, comes as Australia welcomes the first wave of about 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled across the country as part of an additional intake commitment to deal with the Middle East refugee crisis.
While the survey began in 2013, it will prove an interesting snapshot into the Australian response as Europe struggles to cope with an influx of refugees amid concerns about social cohesion.
Meanwhile, the federal government has set up a fresh-look advisory group to help new arrivals build a life, including improving their English language skills, employment and education prospects.
The newly-named Settlement Services Advisory Council, which advises the government on migrant settlement and social cohesion, is being chaired by "refugee advocate" Paris Aristotle. Housing a key obstacle for newly arrived refugees in Australia [SBS - 28/1/16]
[Statement and Questions from the more then fifty refugees - given ‘temporary protection visas’ to ‘re-settle’ on Nauru - 4/8/14]:
... We want to tell you that we are here like animals. In a zoo there is different animals from different countries and people go to look at them. Nauru is a zoo.
We are just different animals from different countries. People come to visit here and then asks some questions then they note it down. But we know from experience that they are doing just paper work and nothing will happen.
They just come to look at us.
Recently one man called Paris Aristotle came to our accommodation and he said he was from a NGO in Victoria. He said he is here to help us and to listen to us.
On that first day we asked him to take our problems to the media and he said that he cannot because he has good relationship with the minister!
We are confused. Is this man here for us or immigration?
The second day when he came, he came with Mark who is the deputy chief secretary of immigration and, as he told us, he is in charge of all detention centres of Australia.
When we were talking Paris was supporting Mark, not us. When we tell them some things they laughed at us. We are confused, is this man, Paris, here for us or for the DIAC? ...
If you close your eyes you don't see anyone drowning. And if you cover your ears you can't hear them scream ----- > .... PARIS ARISTOTLE: I- The government has stopped the boats and I for one am glad that we haven't seen anybody drown in the last 18 months as a consequence of those boat journeys, but, we also have to examine the way in which we've done that and whether that is sustainable over the longer term. ... [ABC - 29/5/15]
A month ago, The Age said "It is time for Australia to set the refugees free" - so why aren't they holding Turnbull, Shorten - and "refugee advocates" like Paris Aristotle - to account?:
... The Age believes strongly, and we will say this until the policy ends, that the strategy of turning back boats carrying asylum seekers is ignoble. It demonstrates a paucity of imagination. It has been ruthlessly executed, without proper regard for the asylum claims of those people intercepted. And it has brought this nation into disrepute around the world.
The asylum seekers who arrive here have not broken the law. We will say it again: they are not "illegals". They have used the avenues allowed to anyone under international law – under the United Nations covenants to which Australia subscribes – to seek refuge from all forms of persecution.
It is time to call an amnesty, to end the imprisonment of people who came here seeking help and a better life. It is time to recognise that jailing people in detention facilities for years on end, denying them hope or any alternative, and treating them without compassion, is the most inhumane thing that we could do – short of shipping them back to the situation that they fear in their own countries.
No good can possibly be served by detaining people a day longer in camps in Third World nations. No good is served by denying refugees who are living in Australia the right to work. No good comes from demonising refugees, by ostracising them from the mainstream community. ...
More bodies of Indonesian migrants wash ashore on Malaysian beach [Channel News Asia - 28/1/16]:
Five more bodies believed to be those of Indonesian migrants were found in Malaysia on Wednesday following a boat tragedy, raising the death toll to 18, police said.
Thirteen bodies were found on Tuesday after their boat capsized in rough seas off southern Johor state.
Local police chief superintendant Rahmat Othman said the five male bodies were found on the beach.
"They were trying to enter Malaysia illegally. We will continue the search and rescue mission because investigations revealed that there could have been between 30 to 35 people on board the twin engine boat," he said.
Rahmat said there had been local reports of some survivors making it alive to shore.
"We believe the remaining missing migrants could have either drowned or are hiding in nearby jungles waiting for smugglers to take them to a safe destination," he said.
Rahmat said the migrants could have departed from the nearby Indonesian island of Batam.
Migrant Offshore Aid Station [MOAS] go quiet on January 2016 plans to launch a search and rescue operation in the Andaman Sea.
Demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Los Angeles and surrounded an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in San Francisco today, protesting a recent increase in immigration raids targeting Central American women and children. ... [FUSION - 27/1/16]
Logan bookseller and thought crime suspect still awaiting bail decision [Brisbane Times - 28/1/16]:
A man facing terrorism-related charges in Queensland will have to wait a few more weeks to find out whether he will be released on bail.
Former Islamic bookstore owner Omar Succarieh is accused of fundraising for the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group in Syria, and arranging to send associate Agim Kruezi to join the fighting.
His case was briefly mentioned in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday where it was adjourned until February 15, when a decision over whether bail will be granted is expected.
During a bail application last week, the court heard a $600,000 surety had been offered for Succarieh, and he had agreed to submit to GPS monitoring and a curfew if released.
Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton adjourned her decision after being told prison authorities had refused to allow the 32-year-old access to a computer in his cell so he could review his case.
The case against him includes 840 hours of covertly recorded conversations, which are peppered with Arabic and slang.
On Thursday, the court heard this had since been resolved and the accused now had access to a computer.
Justice Dalton told Succarieh's lawyer, Saul Holt, there appeared to be an "awful lot of work" involved in the case and asked that he decide soon whether he would be able to go to trial later this year.
No date was set for the trial, expected to take a month, but the case was adjourned until February 15 when a decision regarding bail is expected.
Succarieh is charged with making funds available to the Jabhat al-Nusra group, facilitating Kruezi's passage to Syria, and causing money to be given to Kruezi in preparation for an offence against the Crimes (Foreign Incursion and Recruitment) Act.
Both he and Kruezi, 22, have been behind bars since their arrest, in a series of counter-terrorism raids, in September 2014.
Former Brisbane Lions player Albert Proud is no longer facing an attempted murder charge but is still set to face a lengthy jail term for bashing his girlfriend.
Proud, 27, pleaded guilty in Brisbane's Holland Park Magistrates Court on Thursday to grievous bodily harm and wilful damage.
The charges relate to an incident in November last year when his now ex-girlfriend Richelle Kadadi was beaten so badly outside her Sunnybank home she suffered severe brain injuries. ... [Brisbane Times - 28/1/16]
The release of a major national assessment of the chemicals used in coal seam gas drilling has been delayed for more than two years despite a key independent scientific committee twice urging the government to make it public.
The Federal Government's independent expert scientific committee on coal seam gas and large coal mines (IESC) ordered the $4.2 million project in 2012 in the wake of an environmental controversy. ... [Sunshine Coast Daily - 27/1/16]
Federal environment minister Greg Hunt’s first cousin has taken the extraordinary action of suspending herself 12 metres in the air to block access to construction vehicles and interrupt work at Santos’ controversial Leewood coal seam gas wastewater plant in the Pilliga, north-west NSW.
Jen Hunt is a 51-year-old retired social worker, a mother of two and stepmother of six.
She is the latest of a series of people who have taken peaceful direct action and risked arrest to stop the controversial project over the last two months.
Ms Hunt says she wants to send a message to her cousin about the need to protect the Great Artesian Basin. So she suspended herself on a platform hanging from a tree in an effot to halt Santos’ construction work. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 25/1/16]
Protest at Leeward Water Treatment Plant in the Pilliga [27/1/16]
A man and a woman have been charged with manslaughter over the death of their two-month-old daughter.
Major Crime Squad police arrested the couple last night.
The 50-year-old man and his 30-year-old partner have been refused bail and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. ... [West Australian - 28/1/16]
A man is in a Cairns hospital with suspected facial fractures after being repeatedly punched in the back of the head.
Police say the 39-year-old was chased with a stick by another man, 19, before the pair got in an argument at a service station in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Senior Constable Russell Parker told AAP the alleged victim tried to walk away but was punched numerous times and knocked unconscious.
The younger man has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and is due to face Cairns Magistrates Court on Thursday. [Yahoo - 28/1/16]
A man whose body was found at a Sunshine Coast unit at the weekend died after being punched and stomped on, detectives allege.
Scott Frank Williams, 33, was found dead in a bed at a Buddina unit on Sunday afternoon.
A 39-year-old man has been charged with unlawful striking causing death, after being questioned by police. ... [Yahoo - 28/1/16]
Cole Miller: Daniel Maxwell denied bail over "one-punch" death of Brisbane teen [ABC - 27/1/16]
A Queensland magistrate has given police prosecutors one month to provide DNA evidence to lawyers for the men accused of murdering Greg Dufty.
Lionel Patea, Aaron Crawford and Liam Bliss were all charged last year with the murder of the father-of-two after Mr Dufty went missing on the Gold Coast in July.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan refused a request at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday for a two-month extension by prosecutors to provide DNA evidence, saying five months is "unacceptable" and if the evidence isn't presented to the defence by the next mention on February 25 it won't be admissible. [Yahoo - 28/1/16]
Police are appealing for any witnesses to a two vehicle traffic crash on the Gateway Bridge which claimed the life of a man in Eagle Farm this afternoon.
Initial information suggests around 2pm, a utility travelling southbound on the bridge has collided into the rear of a truck travelling in the same direction.
A 28-year-old man, the sole occupant of the utility was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The 47-year-old male driver of the truck was not physically injured.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. ... [QPS Media - 27/1/16]
WA police officer faces trial in assaults case [West Australian - 28/1/16]
Queenslanders are scared of the police. WHY is it "dangerous" to warn other drivers of their presence RACQ? [Yahoo - 28/1/16]
Police say officers who swarmed a Belconnen street on Wednesday morning were engaged in a routine operation, despite witnesses describing tense scenes between a man and a police negotiator.
Part of Chandler Street was sectioned off between about 10am and 11am while the operation took place, a police spokeswoman said.
Police were tight-lipped about the nature of the incident, however witnesses reported it involved a man and a woman inside an apartment building.
One man watched the SWAT team surround the property while a negotiator reached out to a man inside via a loud speaker.
"There was a big armoured van and four or five other cop cars and cops wearing vests. I didn't know Canberra even had a SWAT van," he said.
"He said five times could the male occupant of [address] come out first then he said [the man's first name] can you come out. It looked like someone was going to get shot. ... [Canberra Times - 27/1/16]
ABC to parents: Your children should be afraid of the internet and not fundamentalist christian proselytisers.
Steal This Film 
A street artist facing a criminal graffiti charge is a "credit to Brisbane" who should be celebrated, not prosecuted, a court has heard.
Anthony Lister, proclaimed by some as "Brisbane's Banksy", fronted the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday facing one count of wilful damage by graffiti.
The charge was brought by Brisbane City Council and relates to incidents at five different places during a period between 2009 and 2014. ... [SBS - 27/1/16]
Plagues of locusts are causing nightmares for northwest Queensland graziers just weeks after their dreams of much-needed rain were realised.
The large plagues have emerged around Charters Towers, wiping out grass shoots that began to sprout after late December rain. ... [Yahoo - 27/1/16]
Tourist rescued from Surfers Paradise Beach [MYGC - 27/1/16]
Brisbane City Council Election: Same old shit from the "new and improved" Greens [Brisbane Times - 27/1/16]
A typical example of the calibre of political leadership in Australia ----> Mt Isa Mayor continues pushing for a job creating, and young indigenous population incarcerating, prison [North West Star - 27/1/16]
Brisbane toddler drowned 'in a minute or so': NZ Coroner [Brisbane Times - 27/1/16]
Cause of teen's death unknown - NZ coroner [RNZI - 27/1/16]:
The cause of death of a teenager found dead in her bed six years ago remains a mystery, despite her parents believing a vaccination is to blame.
Jasmine Renata, who was 18, died in September 2009 in a sleepout at her home in Upper Hutt.
Coroner Garry Evans today released his findings into her death and ruled the cause was unknown.
In his findings, he said a post-mortem could not find any sign of what may have caused her sudden death.
"From time to time pathologists carrying out post-mortem examinations of the bodies of young persons who die suddenly and unexpectedly are unable to assign a cause of death. Sadly this is such a case."
Mr Evans said Miss Renata's parents believed her HPV vaccinations may have contributed to her death, as she complained about pains in various parts of her body, a racing heart beat and her hair falling out after receiving her three injections of Gardasil.
She had received the last injection of the vaccine six months before she died.
However, there was no evidence to suggest it caused her death, and a heart condition was more likely to have played a part.
Mr Evans said her family did not wish to undergo tests to see if there was there was a chance a heart condition was a factor, meaning he could not exclude that possibility.
28 January 2016