MH17 victims land in Netherlands
Forty bodies from the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over Ukraine last week have been flown into the Netherlands. Dignitaries, family and friends gathered to remember the victims in a moving ceremony as part of a national day of mourning. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was present at the ceremony, and said she could not confirm whether any Australian victims were among the bodies. The coffins have been taken to the military base at Hilversum for identification – a process that could take months.
Sydney mother charged with adultery
Sydney mother Mahassen Issa could face six months jail in Lebanon after being charged with adultery for visiting her boyfriend in Tripoli. Ms Issa is separated from her husband in Australia although they remain legally married. A relative told the media, “His family and her family are very happy that she’s getting charged and she’s getting what she deserves.”
Giant milk crate – an artistic addition
Lord Mayor Clover Moore has agreed to a giant milk crate being built in Prince Alfred Park near Central Station. The 15m x 15m sculpture is part of a $9 million program to erect art across the city. This is the latest in a series of art work including birdcages in Angel Place, Stones Against the Sky in Kings Cross and the Rainbow Crossing in Oxford Street.
Elephants due to be relocated
Four of the eight Asian elephants living at Taronga Zoo will be relocated to Dubbo Zoo to ease overcrowding. The elephants are due to be relocated by early 2015. Pathi Harn, an elephant who almost crushed his keeper in 2012, is one of the elephants being relocated.
Euthanasia advocate suspended by medical board of Australia
Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has been suspended for supporting a man’s decision to commit suicide despite knowing he was not terminally ill. The Medical Board of Australia said, “he presents a serious risk to public health and safety.” Nitschke is planning to appeal the decision.
Central Coast house shortage
There are 2500 families in the Central Coast waiting for housing, many so desperate they are being forced to live in their cars. Tony Payne from Uniting Care Burnside said, “It’s got to the point where I say now if you want housing, get out of the Central Coast.”
Top banks fighting it out
NAB, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank are slashing their fixed mortgage rates to try to gain new customers. The banks have cut their interest rates to less than 5 per cent on long-term loans. – Compiled from web sources by Jade Meiach-Sherlock
Screenshot from Sunrise’s coverage of MH17 victims arriving in the Netherlands.