Australia Society & Culture
‘Despicable’: A funeral stalker’s heartless theft from grieving boy
Dad with a hunch rents helicopter, finds son trapped in car wrec
Australian actress Jessica Falkholt dies after car crash
Police wrap up Rockhampton funeral fraud investigation
Twist in 2015 death of young Australian musician
Dead NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s troubled chapters in prison revealed
‘Despicable’: A funeral stalker’s heartless theft from grieving boy
2018-01-19 10:04:27 A low-life thief has stolen funeral donations that were meant for a four-year-old autistic boy farewelling his late father. And police say it’s not the first time he’s targeted grieving families. The most recent theft happened at Avondale Heights church last Friday. The man loitered in the foyer of the church about 11.05am during the funeral of the man who had a child with autism   Read More ...
Man 'under the influence' mounts median strip before head-on crash on Gold Coast
2018-01-19 09:12:54 A man has been arrested at the scene of a two-car crash on the Gold Coast after his vehicle mounted the median strip and collided with another car head-on, according to police. Emergency services were called to the intersection of the Gold Coast Highway and Chairlift Avenue in Mermaid Beach about 2pm. Police said the car veered out of its lane, mounted the median strip and collided with another car head-on   Read More ...
Hunt continues for hit-run driver who left nurse fighting for life
2018-01-19 07:07:35 The hunt for a hit-run driver who struck a Sunshine Hospital nurse and left her injured on the side of the road is continuing, with police releasing images of the car involved in the collision. Shanne Doktor-Naron, 29, had finished her shift and was using the pedestrian crossing on Furlong Road, Sunshine North about 9.50pm on January 8 when she was hit by a dark-coloured ute which had run a red light   Read More ...
Bones found near murdered woman's backpack 'may have been part of killer's collection'
2018-01-19 07:06:49 Human bones found near the backpack of murdered woman Lyndsay Van Blanken may have been part of a collection owned by her killer, a court has been told. William Matheson was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Ms Van Blanken, in December 2005, and remains in jail. Matheson killed the 18-year-old on November 24, 2003. Ms Van Blanken's body, which had been put in a cricket bag, was found several weeks later in the car park of units at Queen's Park in Sydney's eastern suburbs   Read More ...
Memorial service to mark Bourke Street anniversary
2018-01-19 06:41:08 Hundreds of people are expected to attend the public memorial service to commemorate the first anniversary of the Bourke Street tragedy on Tuesday. The service to be held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, will honour those who lost their lives in the attack, their families and those who were injured and affected. It will also be an opportunity for those people to come together with first responders   Read More ...
Australia Day should not become ammunition in the culture wars
2018-01-19 06:37:53 Symbols are powerful. They are our collective shorthand, a way of encapsulating an idea, a message, a movement, an event, an identity. January 26, Australia Day, is more than a treasured national holiday. It symbolises how we see ourselves as a nation. It speaks to our pride in what have achieved, and what we hope to become. Ideally, it should speak to our unity as a nation as well   Read More ...
Hundreds mourn slain Kosovo Serb leader Ivanovic
2018-01-19 06:34:04 Belgrade: Hundreds of mourners came to Belgrade's central cemetery on Thursday to attend the funeral of a Kosovo Serb leader whose killing stoked tensions between Serbia and its former province of Kosovo. Oliver Ivanovic, 64, was shot six times on Tuesday as he arrived at his party office in Mitrovica, a Kosovo town bitterly divided between majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs   Read More ...
Dog dies in hot car, two others rescued as RSPCA lashes out at 'stupid' owners
2018-01-18 10:15:25 One dog has died and two others are recovering from potentially dangerous heat-stroke after being left in parked cars in Perth. Passers-by spotted a large mastiff in a car parked in Balga in Perth's north around 2:00pm on Wednesday, but by the time they managed to pull it out it was suffering seizures. They performed CPR but were unable to save the dog   Read More ...
Armed car thieves charged after crash in West End
2018-01-18 09:11:10 A group of men accused of stealing two cars during two separate violent invasions of the same Queensland home have been charged after crashing one of the vehicles. Three men armed with knives allegedly demanded car keys from the occupants of the Eagleby home on Wednesday evening and grabbed property before fleeing in a black Jeep Cherokee. About an hour later they returned and used stolen keys to open a garage and took another car, police allege   Read More ...
Mermaid tail toys increase drowning risk
2018-01-18 09:10:43 Children who wear mermaid tails and single-fin pool toys are at greater risk of drowning because their ability to swim is reduced by up to 70 per cent, a study has found. The Perth-based review commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and conducted by the Royal Life Saving Society of WA, compared the swimming performance of 25 children aged two to 12, before and after they wore the toys   Read More ...
What are the facts about Australia refugee resettlement?
2018-01-18 08:42:15 Australia is known for its tough stance towards refugees, particularly those who arrive by boat. But is this one aspect of Australian immigration policy overshadowing the country's largesse and hospitality? 18 Jan 2018 05:52 GMT   Read More ...
Mum of tent tragedy children 'died of a broken heart': neighbours
2018-01-18 05:06:59 A Mandurah woman who lost her children in a tent fire has died "of a broken heart", according to neighbours and friends. Fiona Spies lost her children Ben and Georgie and ex-husband Brett, in a horrific blaze at Timber Top Caravan Park that left the local community in shock six years ago. In May 2011, 16-year-old Ben, 13-year-old Georgie and 48-year-old father Brett died of burns after an electrical fault caused a massive blast that blew apart their tent at the caravan park   Read More ...
Why Dr Charlie Teo Walked Away From His Own Brain Cancer Charity | Studio 10
2018-01-18 05:02:29 We speak with the renowned neurosurgeon about the true price of charity. Studio 10 | 8:30 AM - 12 PM weekdays on Channel TEN Network Ten’s morning show Studio 10 is hosted by Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale, along with Jonathan Coleman and reporter David (Robbo) Robinson. Find out more about 'Studio 10' here: To add to the discussion on topics and share your opinions on 'Studio 10', head to one of our social media platforms below. Facebook: Twitter: (@studio10au) Instagram: (@studio10au) Tag us using the hashtag: Subscribe to the 'Studio 10' Channel here: Join our LIVE studio audience at our studio in Sydney, Australia   Read More ...
Two children taken to hospital after being hit by a taxi in North Sydney
2018-01-18 03:09:56 Two children have been taken to hospital after they were hit by a taxi in North Sydney on Thursday. Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway near Rocklands Road in North Sydney at 11am after reports of two pedestrians being hit by a car, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said. #BREAKING: Two children have been hit by a car on the Pacific Highway at Crows Nest   Read More ...
Two children taken to hospital after being hit by a car in North Sydney
2018-01-18 02:08:49 Two children are being taken to hospital after being hit by a car in North Sydney on Thursday. Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway near Rocklands Road in North Sydney at 11am after reports of two pedestrians being hit by a car, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said. The six-year-old boy was conscious, breathing and had a graze on his head and the 10-year-old girl was also alert but had reportedly hit her head, the spokesman said   Read More ...
Actress Jessica Falkholt, 29, dies weeks after crash that killed 3 family members
2018-01-18 01:01:33 Australian actress Jessica Falkholt died in a Sydney hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after a two-car collision that had already claimed four lives including three members of her family.   Read More ...
'Broken my heart': Tributes flow for backpacker in suspected murder-suicide
2018-01-18 00:16:05 Friends have posted tributes to 22-year-old Amelia Blake, a young British backpacker who had been travelling Australia before her life was cut short in Sydney last week. The bodies of Ms Blake and a 30-year-old man were discovered in a unit above a restaurant on Newtown's King Street about 5.30pm on Friday, January 12. Police were called to the unit when a friend raised concerns for the pair's welfare, where they discovered the bodies   Read More ...
Trace: New hope Maria James cold case murder will be reopened by coroner
2018-01-18 00:15:14 The sons of murder victim Maria James have moved one step closer to having her 37-year-old cold case reopened by the coroner. The single mother was stabbed to death in the back of her Thornbury bookshop in June 1980. The Victorian state coroner, Sara Hinchey, has written to the James brothers advising that she is considering their application to hold a new inquest   Read More ...
'Concentrated' camps for refugees: Austria's far-right government faces protests over its anti-immigration agenda
2018-01-18 00:15:07 With her woolly red beanie, author Susanne Scholl, 68, looked more like a kindly grandma than a fiery resistance leader as she took the stage before tens of thousands of protestors in Vienna last Saturday. But as the daughter of two Holocaust survivors and member of "Grandmas against the Right", Mrs Scholl felt compelled to voice her concern at Austria's new populist-right government and its moves to crack down on refugees and Muslims   Read More ...
Girls accused of deliberately lighting fire caught on camera
2018-01-18 00:05:00 Police are on the hunt for three girls, who appear to be teenagers, after releasing CCTV of a suspicious fire earlier this month. Investigators believe the blaze was deliberately lit to grass under the Roslyn Park Drive overpass, Melton West, about just before 9pm on January 3. No one was injured and no property damaged but the grass fire spread rapidly along creek before being extinguished by CFA crews   Read More ...
'Broken my heart': Tributes flow for backpacker in suspected murder-suicide
2018-01-17 23:12:46 Friends have posted tributes to 22-year-old Amelia Blake, a young British backpacker who had been travelling Australia before her life was cut short in Sydney last week. The bodies of Ms Blake and a 30-year-old man were discovered in a unit above a restaurant on Newtown's King Street about 5.30pm on Friday, January 12. Police were called to the unit when a friend raised concerns for the pair's welfare, where they discovered the bodies   Read More ...
British backpacker Amelia Blake identified as victim of Newtown murder
2018-01-17 22:36:00 THE first pictures have emerged of the young British woman who was allegedly killed by her partner in their inner Sydney apartment. THE British backpacker slain in Sydney unit had spent the last few months of her life enjoying Australia life. Amelia Blake, 22, was found dead last week in a flat she lived in with her older lover, a Nepalese man in her 30s, who was also killed   Read More ...
Man stabbed twice in the stomach
2018-01-17 22:35:47 Man stabbed twice in stomach at property on Sunshine Coast A MAN has been rushed to hospital with two stab wounds to his stomach after an incident at a property on the Sunshine Coast. POLICE have declared a crime scene at a property at the Sunshine Coast after a man was reportedly stabbed twice in the abdomen. Emergency Services were called to the Warran Rd property at Yaroomba, near Coolum, at about 9   Read More ...
Two men stabbed in Noble Park armed robbery
2018-01-17 22:15:06 Two men have been stabbed when they were set upon by a gang of up to six men during an armed robbery in Melbourne's south-east. Police said "five to six" men armed with a knife accosted the pair while they were walking near Corrigan Road and Green Street in Noble Park about 1am on Thursday. When the men refused demands for cash they were attacked and stabbed   Read More ...
Man dead after North Melbourne stabbing
2018-01-17 21:17:08 A man has died after a stabbing in Melbourne's inner north. The man was found suffering stab wounds outside a block of flats in Courtney Street in North Melbourne about 4.45am on Thursday. Strong police presence in North Melbourne following the fatal stabbing of a man. He was found at the entrance of a block of flats at about 4:45am, taken to hospital but later died   Read More ...
Dad with a hunch rents helicopter, finds son trapped in car wrec
2018-01-17 19:10:27 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - The father of a teenager who spent 30 hours trapped in a car wreck in Australian woods said Tuesday he had followed his intuition by hiring the helicopter that found his seriously injured son. Samuel Lethbridge, 17, remained in intensive care in a hospital with multiple fractures two days after the crash. Tony Lethbridge said he suspected his son may have been in a car wreck when he did not return by Sunday morning to the family home at Lake Macquarie, after a Saturday night out with friends in the nearby city of Newcastle   Read More ...
3 Australians arrested in Serbia in drug-smuggling case
2018-01-17 16:10:54 BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police have arrested three Australian citizens suspected of being part of an international drug-smuggling group. The police alleged in a statement issued on Wednesday that the men "are linked to" the discovery of 1,280 kilograms (2,822 pounds) of cocaine that was seized last April on a Chinese boat docked in Sydney, Australia. They said the drugs were worth 500 million Australian dollars ($400 million   Read More ...
Jessica Falkholt, Australian soap star, dead at 29 after horrific crash
2018-01-17 15:46:19 Australian soap opera actress Jessica Falkholt died Wednesday at age 29, six days after being taken off life support following a devastating crash that killed three of her family members. Falkholt, who starred on “Home and Away” and other Australian shows, died in a Sydney hospital three weeks after a two-car collision that killed her sister, Annabelle, and her parents, Lars and Vivian Falkholt   Read More ...
3 Australians arrested in Serbia in drug-smuggling case
2018-01-17 15:45:44 The police alleged in a statement issued on Wednesday that the men "are linked to" the discovery of 1,280 kilograms (2,822 pounds) of cocaine that was seized last April on a Chinese boat docked in Sydney, Australia. They said the drugs were worth 500 million Australian dollars ($400 million.) Police released footage of the arrests that took place in the lobby of a Belgrade hotel   Read More ...
Australia needs a road safety revolution to stop people dying in truck crashes
2018-01-17 14:17:42 The safety of trucks on our roads is under the spotlight again after a horrific three days saw five people killed and more than 10 injured in truck crashes in NSW. I have been in the trucking business for about 40 years, having started at the age of 13. I am a second generation industry veteran – my mother ran a highly successful transport business and I am now the managing director of Australia's largest transport and logistics company, Toll Group, having formerly led Linfox, the second largest transport company   Read More ...
Helicopter crashes near Uluru with four people on board
2018-01-17 12:24:44 In the good old days to say that something was "lit" meant the object of discussion was somehow illuminated. But at the start of the 20th century, something changed. Joseph Siracusa was traumatised as a child having to practise taking shelter under his desk in case of a nuclear attack on Chicago, but after the incident in Hawaii over the weekend, he says it may be time to revive the Cold War-era safety mascot Bert the Turtle   Read More ...
Jessica Falkholt Dies: Family Killed In Accident, Aussie Actress From ‘Home And Away’ Dead After Road Crash
2018-01-17 10:44:53 Jessica Falkholt, an Australian actress from Home And Away, has died after she was involved in a deadly crash on December 26. The 29-year-old emerging TV star dies after losing her family in the accident. She passed away at 10.20 a.m. on Wednesday (local time) in Sydney’s St George’s Hospital. Falkholt had her life support switched off on Friday. However, she continued to fight for her life for the next six days   Read More ...
Australian soap star Jessica Falkholt dead at 29, weeks after family died in car crash
2018-01-17 08:37:28 Australian actress Jessica Falkholt, who was best known for her role on the soap “Home and Away,” died Tuesday. Falkholt was taken off life support last week following a December car crash in New South Wales that had killed her parents and sister. “Jessica passed away from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 26 December, 2017,” St. George Hospital said in a statement   Read More ...
Jessica Falkholt dead: Home and Away actress dies following Boxing Day crash aged 29
2018-01-17 07:38:43 Australian actress Jessica Falkholt died in a Sydney hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after a two-car collision that had already claimed four lives including three members of her family. The 29-year-old, who played Hope Morrison in more than a dozen episodes of the long-running drama Home and Away in 2016, died six days after her life support was withdrawn, St. George Hospital said in a statement   Read More ...
Australian actress Jessica Falkholt dies after car crash
2018-01-17 07:10:20 SYDNEY (AP) — Australian actress Jessica Falkholt died in a Sydney hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after a two-car collision that had already claimed four lives including three members of her family. The 29-year-old, who played Hope Morrison in more than a dozen episodes of the long-running drama "Home and Away" in 2016, died six days after her life support was withdrawn, St   Read More ...
Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital after family killed in South Coast crash
2018-01-17 07:02:13 Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital weeks after her family was killed in a fiery head-on crash on the South Coast. The 29-year-old actress, who appeared in Home and Away, died at St George Hospital at 10.20am on Wednesday, six days after her life support was switched off. Home and Away actress dies Jessica Falkholt, whose family was killed in a head-on collision on the south coast, has passed away after doctors turned off her life support   Read More ...
'Rambo' police pilot Oscar Perez, who hijacked helicopter, killed in operation in Venezuela
2018-01-17 07:01:42 Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez has been killed in a police operation along with six other militants, spurring Opposition complaints of human rights violations. Mr Perez was a former police officer and action film star who portrayed himself as a James Bond-Rambo figure on social media. Last year he hijacked a helicopter and attacked government buildings and stole weapons from a military base, in what he called a rebellion against President Nicolas Maduro   Read More ...
Former Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital
2018-01-17 07:01:37 Former Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has died three weeks after the crash on the New South Wales south coast that claimed the lives of her parents and sister. Key points: Jessica Falkholt spent 22 days in a critical condition at St George Hospital Her life support was turned off last Thursday The NSW Government and police are investigating the fiery crash She died at Sydney's St George Hospital at 10:20am today, six days after her life support was turned off   Read More ...
Australian actress Jessica Falkholt dies after car crash
2018-01-17 07:01:01 SYDNEY (AP) — Australian actress Jessica Falkholt has died in a Sydney hospital three weeks after a two-car collision that had already claimed four lives including three members of her family. St. George Hospital says in a statement the 29-year-old died on Wednesday six days after her life support was withdrawn. She played Hope Morrison in the long-running television drama "Home and Away   Read More ...
Dubbo crash victims identified following 'horror' truck crash
2018-01-17 07:00:05 A 19-year-old woman and her boyfriend have been identified as those killed in a crash that injured 10 other people on the Newell Highway in central west New South Wales. Dubbo crash victims: 20-year-old male at Dubbo Base Hospital with cuts to the face and arm and lower back injuries 24-year-old female with head injury transferred to Royal North Shore in a serious but stable condition 26-year-old female with pelvic injury, in a stable condition at Dubbo Base Hospital 52-year-old female with a shoulder and wrist injury, in a stable condition at Dubbo Base Hospital Two-year-old taken to Dubbo Base Hospital with minor cut and then discharged 50-year-old male at Liverpool Hospital with significant pelvic and leg injuries 18-year-old male with burns to the back transferred to Concord Hospital in a stable condition Two others taken to hospital with minor injuries One other patient: no details Gilgandra local Hannah Ferguson, 19, and her boyfriend Reagen Skinner died after a semi-trailer allegedly ploughed into a line of stopped traffic north of Dubbo yesterday   Read More ...