Brekky Wrap: Aretha Franklin Passed Away And Journalists Protest Trump

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Iconic singer Aretha Franklin has died aged 76. The Queen of Soul passed away surrounded by friends and family in her home in Detroit on Thursday. Franklin's death follows a number of years of deteriorating health and her family has confirmed she died from pancreatic cancer.  Her last performance was in 2017 at Elton John's AIDS Foundation where she looked frail.

The Queen of Soul has died. Image: Getty Images.

Messages of support for her family and tributes to Franklin herself have exploded across the internet. Paul McCartney, Barack and Michelle Obama, Diana Ross, Ariana Grande and Beyonce are just a handful of the celebrities who have posted tributes to Twitter. Franklin's family also released a statement describing the heartbreak they feel now that Franklin is gone.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family," the statement reads.

The family also thanked the public for their support during her illness and final days.

Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away

Two houses have been destroyed and another damaged as out-of-control fires continue to burn across NSW. The New South Wales Rural Fires Service confirmed two homes in the Bega Valley and four outbuildings had perished in the blaze while another 11 outbuildings have been lost in the Mount Kingiman blaze.

Two houses have been destroyed in the NSW fires. Image: Twitter.

Meanwhile, a 52-year-old man has been charged with deliberately lighting a fire in northern NSW. The fire destroyed more than 12 hectares of bush land but NSW Rural Fire Service managed to extinguish the blaze. The man was taken to Casino police station and charged. He will face court in October.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is determined to stifle opposition to his National Energy Guarantee within his own party. MPs are threatening to cross the floor and vote against the NEG, many referencing their concerns the policy will not reduce power prices as much as promised. To ensure party support, Turnbull has not ruled out significantly intervening with prices to force companies to charge less.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pushes the NEG. Image: Ten Eyewitness News

The search for missing people lost in the motorway collapse in Genoa, Italy continues. The identities of some of the 39 people killed in the tragedy have been released, but another 21 people are still missing. Emergency services are still working to find people in the rubble, however as time elapses it is less likely they will be found alive. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the 50-year-old bridge to collapse in the first place.

A highway bridge has partially collapsed near Genoa, Italy. Image: AAP

Over 300 newspapers across the U.S. published editorials on Thursday promoting freedom of the press. The move comes as a direct protest to U.S. President Donald Trump's attack on media reports as "fake news" and his labelling journalists as the "enemy of the people". The Boston Globe started the initiative and they aim, together with the 300 other participants, to denounce " the war against the freedom of the press". The movement also suggested that all media outlets take a stand against Trump's rhetoric, regardless of their political orientation.

Two women charged with murdering the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un must answer for their role in the conspiracy a Malaysian judge has said. While the women were called to enter a defence, the judge did say that there wasn't enough evidence to suggest a political assassination took place. Both women have pleaded not-guilty to the murder charges, saying they believed they were part of a reality TV prank when the incident occurred.

Two woman have pledged not-guilty to the murder of Kim Jong-un's half brother. Image: Getty Images.

Two people have won the record $100 million jackpot -- the largest division one prize pool in Australian Powerball history. The two lucky Aussies will take home a cool $50 million each. One of the winning tickets was sold in the NSW/ACT region and had the numbers 3, 13, 27, 31, 32, 33, 35 and the powerball 3.

Two lucky people have won $50 million each. Image: Getty Images.

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