1. Teenage girl appears in court over murder of seven-year-old Katie Rough.
A 15-year-old girl has appeared in a York court charged with murdering seven-year-old Katie Rough with a Stanley knife.
Katie died after suffering “lacerations to the neck and chest”. Her mother found her fatally wounded in a playing field just minutes from her home on Monday afternoon.
The teenager remained silent in court as she was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon, The Mirror reports.
The case was adjourned until Friday where it will be next heard at Leeds crown court.
Her family were spotted consoling each other as they arrived in court ahead of the hearing.
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2. Tigerair leaves passengers stranded in Bali.
Hundreds of Tigerair passengers have been left stranded after the airline cancelled all flights in and out of Bali due to a dispute with the Indonesian government.
However, Virgin plans to operate two flights from Bali today in order to bring as many affected customers back to Australia as possible, AAP reports.
Flights departing in the early hours of Friday have also been cancelled, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded, while five remaining flights to and from Bali are being reviewed.
All other Tigerair flights remain unaffected.
The flights were cancelled after the Indonesian government imposed new conditions on Tigerair over its access to Denpasar airport.
“Tigerair was and is in compliance with all original conditions imposed by the Indonesian Government on the operation of its Bali services,” the airline said in a statement.
“Tigerair is working with the relevant Indonesian authorities to meet the new requirements as soon as possible.”
3. Toddler dies nine days after being pulled from pond at Sydney home.
A toddler has died in hospital nine days after he was pulled unconscious from a fish pond at a home in Sydney’s southwest.
The two-year-old boy was pulled from a pond in the front yard of the house in McGee Place at Fairfield West on January 2.
A spokesperson from NSW Ambulance said the boy was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to nearby Westmead Hospital.
Despite efforts to save his life, the boy died there on Wednesday.
A report has been prepared for the coroner.
4. Donald Trump slams media outlets for reporting “fake news” about his links to Russia.
US President-elect Donald Trump has slammed media outlets for reporting “fake news” that Russia had damaging personal and financial information about him and was holding it against him.
In a press conference, Trump told journalists that reports that he was “cultivated” by Russia were untrue and attacked the media outlets that reported on the alleged leaked document, CNN and BuzzFeed.
“Buzzfeed is a failing pile of garbage and they’re going to pay the consequences,” Trump said.
“I think it’s a disgrace that information would be let out.
“It’s all fake news, it’s phony stuff, it doesn’t happen…”
Two US officials said on Tuesday that the allegations were contained in a memo attached to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that was presented last week to Trump and to President Barack Obama.
The 35-page dossier lays out all of the allegations, including that the Russian regime “has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years”, News.com.au reports.
Trump’s policy to strengthen US ties to Russia had been criticised after US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia used cyber attacks and other tactics to try to help Trump win over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
5. Parents charged with murder of five-year-old daughter, found dead in family restaurant.
Parents of a five-year-old girl found dead inside their restaurant have been charged with her murder.
Mingming Chen and Liang J. Zhao had reported their daughter, Ashley Zhao, missing. But her body was later found “concealed” at their restaurant, Ang’s Asian Cuisine in North Canton, Ohio.
Police believe Ashley’s mother repeatedly punched her daughter in the head, before her father found his daughter, ABC5 reports. Police have not yet confirmed her cause of death.
Her parents had previously told police Ashley had gone to lay down in the back of the restaurant and had dissapeared when they checked on her later, leading police to believe she must have wandered out the back door.
Zhao was charged with complicity to commit felonious assault and complicity to murder, while Chen was charged with murder and felonious assault.
6. Investigation into Movie World ride malfunction.
Engineers will inspect the Movie World roller coaster after a malfunction left ride-goers dangling for more than 90 minutes.
Twenty patrons were stuck at the top of the Arkham Asylum ride on Wednesday afternoon after carriages became stuck.
More than an hour and a half later all the passengers were rescued.
Movie World general manager Greg Yong said the ride would remain closed while the company investigated how “mechanical issue with the chain” caused the roller coaster to stop, AAP reports.
“We don’t see it being closed for an extended period of time but I can’t really tell you any more until we do a full analysis,” he said on Wednesday.
“These kind of mechanical issues are something that takes a little bit of time for us to investigate.”
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