Gunman takes hostages at French supermarket, local media and police reports

Gunman takes hostages at French supermarket, local media and police reports

Updated March 23, 2018 22:39:38 Eight people are being held captive at a supermarket in the south-western France, a police source has said, adding that the hostage-taker had shot at a police officer. BFM TV said the hostage-taker has claimed allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. A source at …

Our Kids Belong With Family: Rarriwuy Hick finds mass support for social media campaign

Our Kids Belong With Family: Rarriwuy Hick finds mass support for social media campaign

Posted March 23, 2018 17:38:16 Photo: Rarriwuy Hick and Meyne Wyatt believe Aboriginal families are constantly having to prove themselves. (ABC News: Bridget Brennan) When her family faced a traumatic separation from some young relatives, Australian actress Rarriwuy Hick channelled people power to spread a simple message: Our Kids Belong …

A splash, an op-ed and a full-page ad: News Corp tabloid gives property lobby a megaphone | Weekly Beast | Media

On Wednesday the Courier-Mail’s front-page story, “A tax on all your houses”, trumpeted the Property Council’s campaign to reverse the Queensland Labor government’s imposition of a waste levy on properties worth more than $10m from 1 July. Annastacia Palaszczuk says the levy – which has been described as a Robin …

Chinese students angered by visa delays as state media issues ‘red alert’ to not enrol in Australia

Chinese students angered by visa delays as state media issues ‘red alert’ to not enrol in Australia

Posted March 22, 2018 16:25:12 Chinese state media has issued a “red alert” advising students not to enrol in Australian universities after a series of public accusations that Canberra was delaying visas for politically motivated reasons. Key points: Chinese state media blames “anti-China rhetoric” in Australia for visa delays Students …

Smoking baby video on social media leads to mother’s arrest

Smoking baby video on social media leads to mother’s arrest

Posted March 22, 2018 11:00:08 Video: Mother posts video of baby smoking cigar to social media (ABC News) A video showing an infant smoking a cigar has circulated on social media and sparked outrage, leading to the identification and arrest of the mother. A version of the video that has …

Wayne Bennett blasts media, walks out of press conference following Broncos’ win over Cowboys

Wayne Bennett blasts media, walks out of press conference following Broncos’ win over Cowboys

Updated March 17, 2018 10:31:15 Video: Wayne Bennett abruptly ends media conference (ABC News) Related Story: Roosters trample Bulldogs as Brisbane hold off Cowboys “You’ll never divide us.” That was the message from a defiant Wayne Bennett after Brisbane hit back at their critics with a 24-20 NRL round two …

Suspect behind spate of deadly Austin bombings is dead, US media reports

Suspect behind spate of deadly Austin bombings is dead, US media reports

Updated March 21, 2018 21:03:13 Video: Austin police at scene of shooting involving an officer (ABC News) Related Story: Police hunt serial bomber after fourth Austin blast shows greater ‘sophistication’ Related Story: Fears parcel bomber trying to kill black people in Austin, Texas The suspect in a series of blasts …

Rocket attack on market in Syrian capital kills 35 people, state media reports

Rocket attack on market in Syrian capital kills 35 people, state media reports

Updated March 21, 2018 08:34:29 Photo: Eastern Ghouta has come under heavy attack in recent days. (Syrian Civil Defence White Helmets via AP) Rockets fired on a market in a Government-controlled neighbourhood of Damascus have killed 35 people and injured more than 20 others, according to Syrian state-run media, marking …