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i'm innocent, but can't open phone to prove it

melbourne: accused australian drug mule cassie sainsbury insists she has evidence of threats to kill her family - it's just that she can't remember how to unlock her mobile phone.the 22-year-old adelaide woman, nicknamed "cocaine cassie" was caught at bogota's international airport in april, trying to smuggle 5.8kg of cocaine inside packages of headphones.nfl players defiant after trump's boycott remarksvideo duration01:48previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:29judge rejects cassie sainsbury's plea dealjudge rejects cassie sainsbury's plea dealaustralian drug mule cassandra sainsbury is led from court in bogota, colombia, facing the possibility of up to 30 years in jail. vision: channel sevennfl players defiant after trump's boycot...




melbourne express: monday, september 25, 2017

recap: police have released a clear image and footage of the man they think was involved in the shooting of a 21-year-old man who was playing soccer with friends in coolaroo earlier this year.as part of their investigation into the close-range shooting of the man, who was injured in the leg and upper body as he walked out of an indoor soccer stadium on reservoir drive about 7.50pm on may 22, police have released cctv footage in a bid to get more witnesses to come forward.the footage shows a firearm being discharg...




crime scene declared after massive commercial fire sparks evacuations in brisbane's north

firefighters remained at the charred shell of a virginia factory on monday morning where a huge fire had broken out at the weekend, shrouding the city in smoke.an emergency situation was declared on sunday afternoon after a fire destroyed the commercial factory in brisbane's north, sending toxic smoke billowing into the air. fire crews fight a fire on sandgate road at virginia. photo: nine news brisbanefirefighters brought the fire under control after 5pm at the all crash parts warehouse, just off busy sandgate road at virginia, but continued to fight the blaze long after. on monday they were still hosing down the area to prevent reignition.a police exclusion zone was reduced about 7.30pm and smoke-affected residents advised they could...




government announces creation of national space agency

the federal government has announced that it will establish a new national agency to grow australia's domestic space industry.senator michaelia cash, the acting minister of industry, innovation and science, announced the initiative on monday morning.  australia is entering the space race. photo: supplied"the global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that australia is part of this growth," she said."a national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry."the agency will be the anchor for our domestic coordination and the front door for our international engagement."the establis...




news in 90 seconds for september 25, 2017

good morning, canberra!welcome to another working week (well most of it). we were teased with some summer weather on saturday, but don't put your jackets away just yet. today will be a fair bit cooler with a predicted top of 18 degrees and a minimum of five.grab a coffee and we'll take a look at the headlines.security at empty rehab costs $8000 per weekngunnawal bush healing farm. photo: contributedthe act government has forked out almost $8000 a week since last november for security at an empty drug and alcohol retreat.one security guard has been stationed at the controversial ngunnawal bush healing farm 24 hours a day, seven days a week, conducting perimeter patrols and acting as a deterrent to trespassers and vandals.advertisementbut th...




london could have had seven more terrorist attacks this year: sadiq khan

brighton: london's horror spate of terror attacks could have been much worse, mayor sadiq khan has said, revealing that police have foiled seven terror attacks in the british capital since march.mr khan said the seven plots were in addition to the attacks at westminster, borough market, finsbury park and parsons green that killed a total of 13 people, including two australian women, sara zelenak and kirsty boden. london mayor sadiq khan has renewed his call for more police resources in the british capital. photo: latika bourke"between march this year and now, there have been four attacks but seven [more] have been thwarted," he said at an event on the sidelines of the labour party conference in brighton.in july,...




roger federer downs nick kyrgios in a thriller for laver cup win

nick kyrgios had one match point but it was roger federer who ultimately prevailed 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 11-9 to clinch the inaugural laver cup for europe.in an intense match in prague, kyrgios often had federer on the ropes but just couldn't get over the line as the swiss star secured the victory, leaving the 22-year-old canberran in tears. nick kyrgios is comforted by teammate jack sock after his loss to roger federer photo: petr david josekif kyrgios had been able to win, it would have tied the scores between the world and european teams and forced a final doubles match."it was tough", kyrgios said of the loss. "when i'm playing for myself, sometimes i don't put the greatest effort in. when i play with these guys ...




positive start to the week ahead

global politics dominate the minds of traders and investors on the open this morning, and it will do going into us trade as well, with expectations that we could get colour on the republican blueprint on tax reform. that said, there has been talk the announcement is to be pushed back to wednesday, which makes sense given donald trump is scheduled to speak in indiana.1. what's ahead this week: amid a strong step-up in the rhetorical war between donald trump and kim jong un (and other nk officials), and growing divide between trump and various us sport codes, us tax reform should be a clear dominant catalyst for sentiment this week in my opinion. that said, janet yellen's speech tomorrow (amid a raft of fed speakers due this week) could give...




sydney airport flights grounded by air traffic control outage

an outage at sydney airport air traffic control has grounded flights to and from the country's largest airport.the systems were down from about 5.20am monday, as thousands of passengers converge on the airport at the start of school holidays.woman dies after hit and run in milperravideo duration00:21previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:26airport chaos after power outageairport chaos after power outageflights around australia have been thrown into disarray after a power failure at sydney airport.woman dies after hit and run in milperravideo duration00:21video duration00:21woman dies after hit and run in milperrawoman dies after hit and run in milperraa driver is on the run after a pedestrian was killed in a hit and run incident in ...




animal rights activists protest lennon bros circus in brisbane's south

animal rights activists have protested at the brisbane base of lennon brothers circus, railing against what they describe as the "cruel and archaic" use of wild animals in the show.more than 50 protesters gathered outside mount gravatt showgrounds to voice their opposition at the family-run travelling circus. animal liberation queensland supporters protest outside lennon brothers circus in mount gravatt. photo: r----san animal liberation queensland spokeswoman, who wanted to be known only as amanda, said the group opposed the capture and use of animals for entertainment and business."there are some circuses who use predominantly domestic animals, which we also oppose, but holding wild animals in captivity is especially cruel," she ...




heat records tipped to tumble in queensland

parts of south-east queensland will be hotter than the northern tip of the state, as a heatwave likely to break records sweeps the region.communities west of brisbane, including ipswich, gatton and laidley, are expecting the mercury to climb to 38 degrees on monday, two degrees hotter than weipa, at the tip of cape york. parts of south-east queensland are in for a spring scorcher. photo: wendy hughesbrisbane will be cool by comparison but still sweaty with a top temperature ...




peter sagan wins third world road race title, michael matthews takes third

bergen: peter sagan stayed quiet all day before timing his effort to perfection in the final sprint on sunday to become the first rider to claim three road race world titles in a row.the slovakian surged ahead with less than 50 metres left when he pipped local favourite alexander kristoff to the line. australian michael matthews took third place after being boxed in during the lead-up to the sprint."it was not easy. it came down to a sprint, that was unbelievable," said sagan, who joined italian alfredo binda, belgians rik van steenbergen and eddy merckx, and spain's oscar freire in an elite club of triple world champions."i'm sorry (for the norwegian fans), but i'm happy to be world champion again."it seeme...




london could have had seven more terrorist attacks this year: sadiq khan

brighton: london's horror spate of terror attacks could have been much worse, london mayor sadiq khan has said, revealing that police have foiled seven terror attacks in the british capital since march. he said the seven plots were in addition to the attacks at westminster, borough market, finsbury park and parsons green that killed a total of 13 people, including two australian women, sara zelenak and kirsty boden. london mayor sadiq khan has renewed his call for more police resources in the british capital. photo: latika bourke"between march this year and now, there have been four attacks but seven [more] have been thwarted," he said at a fringe event on the sidelines of the labour party conference in brighton. in july, the co...




series ends in humiliating 3-0 drubbing for aussies

indore: steve smith has declared his side's recent results are unacceptable for an australian cricket team after suffering a demoralising series defeat in india ahead of the ashes.india wrapped up the best-of-five one-day internationals on sunday by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in indore, comfortably chasing down australia's total of 293 with 13 balls to spare. not good enough: australia go into the ashes with no decent form on the board.  photo: apit's a less than ideal lead-in to the ashes, with the first test fewer than two months away, especially after drawing a test series with bangladesh earlier in the month."it's a different format (to the ashes), but i'd certainly like to start winning some games of...




angela merkel set for fourth term as far-right enters german parliament

berlin: chancellor angela merkel on sunday won her a fourth term in an election that was set to bring a far-right party into germany's parliament for the first time in more than half a century.ms merkel, europe's longest serving leader, joined the late helmut kohl, her mentor who reunified germany, and konrad adenauer, who led germany's rebirth after world war two, as the only post-war chancellors to win four national elections. germany's chancellor angela merkel addresses her supporters and claims victory. photo: bloombergms merkel's conservative bloc was set to win 33.2 per cent of the vote, making them the largest parliamentary group. however, that was down from 41.5 per cent in the last election in 2013.she will now ...




donald trump demands nfl teams 'fire or suspend' players as solidarity spreads

us president donald trump's continued demands on sunday that nfl owners fire or suspend players who kneel during the national anthem were met with defiance as teams and players knelt and locked arms in solidarity.more than 100 players across the country on sunday knelt during the national anthem or remained sitting in their locker rooms in protest. most teams in the early afternoon games locked arms in solidarity, with at least three team owners joining their players.vfl final comes down to after-the-siren kick video duration00:35previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:32trump continues war with athletes as mlb ...trump continues war with athletes as mlb player kneelsbruce maxwell has become the first mlb player to kneel during t...




the fight is heating up to save sydney harbour's grand old dames

most days that the lady herron ferry passes the sydney opera house en route to its signature destination - taronga park zoo -  the ferry driver toots the horn. regulars on the ferry service joke the driver is saying hello to the opera house ceo louise herron, whose great aunt was the governor's wife for whom the ferry is named.but that sight and sound of sydney harbour may soon be no more as the last two lady class ferries – the ladies herron and northcott – sydney's oldest, are due to be decommissioned. another of lady andrée herron's descendants, her nephew henry, has joined the fight – which at last count is over 2000 voices strong – to keep the single-hulled double-ended ferries on their iconic routes.  the lad...




brisbane education industry unfazed by bad chinese press

despite reports indicating chinese students are turning their back on studying in australia, lord mayor graham quirk says brisbane has nothing to be concerned about.international education is australia’s largest export market and is worth $21.8 billion. last year, cr quirk estimated the industry contributed $3.77 billion to brisbane's economy alone. brisbane lord mayor graham quirk says he is not concerned by reports indicating chinese students are turning their back on studying in australia photo: dean whitlingconcerns were raised in chinese media that the nation's students were questioning the value of overseas education, particularly in australia,  as studying abroad did not guarantee a good job for the student once they retur...




former fraud squad boss left qps during program investigation

a controversial fraud squad fundraiser remains under police investigation months after its former boss left the service.former fraud squad head brian hay went on a year-long “career break” in 2015 but never returned to the service following a december 2016 report by the state’s corruption watchdog criticising a program he was responsible for. brian hay, the former head of the queensland police service fraud and cyber crime group. photo: munir kotadiathe crime and corruption commission noted project synergy exposed the qps to a significant fraud risk and was not transparent.but it failed to find any evidence of criminal conduct by three fraud squad officers subjected to complaints about a controversial fundraising project, or any oth...




security first, but welfare of is fighters' children will be managed: government

exclusivethe turnbull government has developed detailed plans to manage the return of as many as 70 children of australian foreign fighters who may come home from the middle east as the islamic state's so-called caliphate crumbles. justice minister michael keenan says government is aware of about 70 children who had either travelled with their australian parents or have been born to australian parents active in the conflict in syria or iraq. photo: alex ellinghausenjustice minister michael keenan told fairfax media the plan prioritises security but also looks at counselling, education and welfare and is being done "hand-in-hand" with the states, who would case-manage each child.his remarks come amid what experts say is an exodus from...