Brekky Wrap: Australia Pledges Indonesia More Aid And First Female Nobel Prize Winner In 55 Years
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
The federal government has pledged additional aid to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 1200 people. The government has already committed more than $500,000 dollars in aid, but will now send a team of 54 professionals that will offer residents emergency medical care. Hygiene kits and generators will also be sent from Australia to the region as the clean up effort slowly begins.
Serial rapist Robert Fardon, 69, could be released into the public unsupervised for the first time since the 1980s on Wednesday. The supreme court of Queensland ruled that Fardon is unlikely to reoffend but lawyers for Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath lodged an appeal against this decision. Just last month the Queensland government passed laws to ensure anyone on a dangerous prisoner order -- like Fardon-- would be monitored for the rest of their lives, unless a court ruled for surveillance to be discontinued.
The Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to three researches for advances in lasers used for surgery. Among the recipients was Dr Donna Strickland, who is the first woman to win the physics prize in 55 years and only the third woman to win. American recipient Arthur Ashkin invented optical tweezers that collect particles including viruses and Gerard Monauro and Donna Strickland separately created the most powerful and shortest laser pulses in history.
A Syrian man who spent almost seven months living in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport has been taken into police custody. Hassan al-Kontar left Syria when the civil war broke out and has since been seeking asylum in another country. Malaysian officials removed him from the terminal after he spent an extended amount of time in a forbidden zone. Once police have concluded questioning it is expected he will be deported back to his home country.
A new policy under President Donald Trump will refuse visas to same-sex partners of people visiting the U.S. for diplomatic purposes. The rule came into affect on October 1, where the U.S. will not issue diplomatic visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats or staffers unless they are married. This could pose a problem to couples coming from nations where same-sex marriage is illegal, as only 25 countries worldwide recognise some form of same-sex marriage.
Police in Las Vegas have reopened a sexual assault case against football star Cristiano Ronaldo. A woman alleges she was raped by the footballer in LA in 2009 but Ronaldo has dismissed the claims as false. The woman reported the alleged incident shortly after it is said to have taken place. The BBC reports she reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo in 2010 but now her lawyers are seeking to find the agreement void.
The era of the 'Shhhh Alliance' has dawned on Australian Survivor: Champions vs Contenders with Sharn, Shonee and Shane banding together to blindside Monika. With her gone, Brain who was once the self-declared 'King of the Island', now finds himself alliance-less and well and truly on the bottom of the tribe. Read more about last night's episode here.
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