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‘Multiple casualties’ in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue, police

An active shooting incident in the area of a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday resulted in “multiple casualties,” a police commander said. Police in Pittsburgh surrounded the Tree of Life synagogue after reports of an active shooter at the building in the city’s eastern Squirrel Hill neighbourhood, local TV news images …

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US defence chief condemns Khashoggi killing as Saudi foreign minister rejects ‘hysteria’

“Failure of any one nation to adhere to international norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most,” Mattis said. Saudi Arabia is not only the biggest importer of American arms but a critical partner in the Trump administration’s Middle East agenda, …

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Matthew Reilly: ‘My readers have always forced me to be better’

It’s the usual rollicking yarn but there’s a depth to it, and an ending that will perhaps make you rethink everything you took for granted about his books. “I do think my work has changed,” Reilly says. “Things that happen to you can’t help but change you.” In 2011 his …

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Sri Lankan president suspends parliament after firing prime minister

A constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka deepened on Saturday as President Maithripala Sirisena temporarily suspended parliament a day after sacking the prime minister and replacing him with a former leader seen as being close to China. Sirisena fired Ranil Wickremesinghe and swore in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as his replacement …

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Boy, 4, nearly drowns in Sydney pool

A four-year-old boy who was found unconscious at a public swimming pool in Sydney’s west is “very lucky” to be alive. Emergency services were called to Ripples Penrith just before 3pm on Saturday after the boy was discovered unconscious in the water. The boy had spent around three minutes underwater …

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Wanderers coach supports VAR while slamming costly decision in derby

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel saw red for what he describes as a “disgraceful” decision from the Video Assistant Referee to disallow his side a goal in the derby, but could not be fonder of the use of the technology in the A-League. Babbel was sent off after the …

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Casey council, where riches are made with the stroke of a pen

He is renowned for getting what he wants on the city fringe, where the stroke of a pen can turn paddocks into housing estates, and humble farmers into squillionaires. With Melbourne under unprecedented population pressure, planning is big business – especially in burgeoning Casey, which takes in swelling suburbs such …

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Girl injured in Brisbane monster truck show car accident

A young girl has been taken to hospital after a car stunt went wrong during a monster truck show in Brisbane’s south. According to police, a car lost its steering after going over a jump, before crashing through a fence and into the crowd at the Mount Gravatt Showgrounds about …

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Saturday Picks: Victoria, Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, NCIS: New Orleans

FREDDIE MERCURY: THE GREAT PRETENDER **** four stars 9.30pm, SBS Coinciding with the box office release of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, is this considered backgrounder on the life and art of the band’s charismatic yet enigmatic front man. Generous interviews given by the man himself reveal much about his …

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Writer Sian Prior on other people’s children

Another beach, another small boy, playing with his father. From a distance they look picture perfect, the son digging a hole, the father crouching in front of him, staring intently at the activity. Closer up it looked different. The father is not watching his son shovelling sand. He is staring …

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