Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste learnt on air that his two colleagues, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, had been pardoned.
Mr Greste shared a prison cell with the two men in Egypt last year, following charges of aiding a terrorist group. The pair were pardoned by the country’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi last night. Greste was filming an episode of the ABC’s Chaser’s Media Circus, and was emotional in his reply upon hearing the news, “I’m feeling really emotional. I mean, we’ve been fighting for the past eight months for this.” Greste is still facing charges in Egypt despite being deported to Australia in February this year, and hopes to be amongst the 100 prisoners pardoned by the Egyptian president.
Dutton firm on border policy
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has criticised people smugglers that he claims are taking advantage of the government’s change in leadership, but has remained firm on the government’s asylum seeker policy. Mr Dutton said that people smugglers were using social media to misrepresent the views of the Turnbull government, following the decision to allow 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia. His comments come after a boat carrying 18 people was discovered by local fisherman off the coast of West Java in Indonesia.
Former youth worker killed in Syria
A former Sydney youth worker has been killed in Syria while performing charity work for German Islamic charity Helfen in Not. Shareef Alnimer previously worked at the Community Youth Centre in Campbelltown in Sydney’s south-west. A family member had confirmed on social media that Mr Alnimer had died within the last couple of days, and he was last seen alive in the north-western Syrian town of Idlib.
Bachelorette wins ratings war
The much anticipated first episode of TV reality show The Bachelorette screened last night on Channel Ten to a whopping 875,000 viewers – topping it’s counterpart The Bachelor. It was the 8th most watched show in Sydney, behind Gruen (ABC1) and X-Factor (Channel 7). The show features Bachelorette Sam Frost, whose ex-lover Blake Garvey was featured on Celebrity Apprentice (Channel Nine) last night, where he was fired by businessman Mark Bouris. – Compiled from web sources by Benjamin Potter
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