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    He watched the Sydney siege unfold, not knowing his mother and sister were inside.

    Robert Honan was watching the Sydney siege play out on his TV on Monday, concerned and horrified at the situation but not realising just how close he was to the drama. The father from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast was wondering why he couldn’t reach his mother and sister,who he usually speaks to at least three times [read more]

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    Thursday afternoon’s news in under 5 minutes.

          1. Charles Mihayo gets life in prison Trigger Warning: This post deals with issues of domestic violence and may be triggering for survivors of abuse. By ABC NEWS A Melbourne man who murdered his two young daughters by smothering them with a pillow has been sentenced to life in jail. Charles Mihayo, 36, [read more]

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    “Tori was just the most caring, kind, gentle person.”

    By Joanne Shoebridge and Elloise Farrow-Smith The family of Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, who was killed in the Sydney siege, said they “couldn’t speak” after they received the phone call informing them of his death. Mr Johnson, 34, and fellow hostage Katrina Dawson, 38, were killed when heavily armed police stormed the Martin Place [read more]

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    In their own words: The details of the brave escape from the Lindt cafe.

    Joel Herat, one of the hostages trapped inside the Lindt cafe during the Sydney siege, has told his family the harrowing details of what really happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The gunman, Man Haron Monis, was not dozing off, as previously thought. The 21-year-old said the gunman was agitated and very awake at [read more]

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    Pakistan massacre: “I saw death so close and I will never forget the black boots approaching”.

    Warning – this post contains graphic images. A teenage survivor of Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a Pakistan school described how he played dead after being shot in both legs by insurgents hunting down students to kill. Speaking from his bed in the trauma ward of the city’s Lady Reading Hospital, Shahrukh Khan, 16, said he [read more]

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    Thursday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Sydney siege: “Get out tonight or we die”         The hostages held by gunman Man Haron Monis have told of how they had two scenarios facing them during that long night at the Lindt Café. Get out or be “dead by the morning’’. The mother of Lindt staff member Joel Herat has [read more]


    In pictures: The city of Sydney’s heart is beating again.

    Sydneysiders are sharing the pain of those who lost loved ones in yesterday’s cafe siege and shoot-out, but the city’s “heart is beating again”, the New South Wales Premier says. Mike Baird said the city had been tested by the siege, which ended with the deaths of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, who were among [read more]

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    Katrina Dawson’s family remember her at Martin Place today.

    Members of Katrina Dawson’s family visited Martin Place on Thursday afternoon to pay tributes to their lost relative. Katrina Dawson, 38, died tragically in the Sydney siege. She was a Sydney barrister and mother-of-three. The two males and two females, who are yet to be identified, left flowers at the Martin Place memorial, and held back tears as [read more]

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    Social media played a huge role in the Sydney siege. But not necessarily a positive one.

    By Conor Duffy A terrorism expert has warned that social media could interfere with future operations like the one which brought the Martin Place siege in Sydney to an end on Tuesday night. “It’s natural we have that curiosity to figure that out, but somebody sending a tweet saying ‘I’ve just seen a man in [read more]

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    Among the Sydney gunman’s first criminal charges was harassing Australian soldiers’ widows.

      One of Man Haron Monis‘ first court appearances was for charges of using a postal service to harass the families of dead Australian soldiers. When he faced the Downing Centre Court in Sydney’s CBD on November 10, 2009, he described the letters as condolence cards and flower baskets.  For a timeline of events of [read more]

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    “I have never felt such relief as when I turned that corner and saw police waiting.”

    Sydney siege hostage John O’Brien, 82, says he has never felt as much relief as he did when he “turned that corner and saw the armed police waiting for me”. The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for over five hours and John  had become convinced the gunman was insane and they [read more]

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    “Guys, I love each and every one of you,” she wrote as she waited to learn her fate.

    She was only working in the Lindt cafe to fill in time over her the summer break, and now it’s a job that 19-year-old Fiona Ma will never forget. The teenager quickly became known to the public during the tumultuous events of Monday’s siege as she used her Facebook account to keep in touch with [read more]

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    Elly Chen had been working at the cafe for only 6 days.

    She was filmed running for her life, her hands in the air and a look of terror on her face. Elly Chen was the fifth hostage to emerge from Martin Place’s Lindt cafe on Monday afternoon. She had only been working there for six days. The 22-year-old waitress and barista, who had been working a [read more]

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    At least 141 people killed in Taliban siege in Pakistan.

    At least 141 people have been killed and 122 injured in an attack by Taliban militants on a Pakistani high school. 132 of the dead were schoolchildren, chief army spokesman General Asim Bajwa said. Hundreds of students and teachers were taken hostage in the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in several years. The raid on the [read more]

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    Iran claims they tried to extradite the Sydney siege gunman 14 years ago.

    Iran says it requested the extradition of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis 14 years ago but Australia refused to hand him over because there was no extradition agreement between the two countries. Monis took 17 people hostage at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place on Monday morning. Police negotiated with him for 16 [read more]

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    Muslim woman fears for her children’s safety after Sydney siege.

    A Muslim Australian woman has told of her sadness, frustration and fear following the fatal siege at Martin Place in Sydney, explaining why she kept her children home from school following the attack. Canberra woman Amani Kerr said she withdrew her children from primary school on Monday after hearing of the Lindt cafe siege in [read more]


    Wednesday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Sydney Mourns         A field of flowers has taken over Martin Place reflecting the grief, anguish and also the unity that the events of Monday night have had on the city of Sydney. The city – which one man tried to divide and destroy  – has come together to mourn. By [read more]

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    This 17-year old owns his own BMW, an apartment in Manhattan and is worth $72 million. Or is he?

    It was the light relief the world needed after the events of the Sydney siege. A high school student who made $72 million by trading stocks during his school lunchtime. With accounts of his incredible BMW and his lavish Manhattan apartment. We heard of how he took his friends to the swish Morimoto restaurant on [read more]

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    Hostage Harriette Denny returned to Martin Place today. This is her story.

    Harriette Denny, 30, was a one of the hostages who ran from the cafe in the early hours of Tuesday. Ms Denny had worked at the chocolate store for about a year, Fairfax Media reports. Her father Robert Denny was forced to watch Monday’s tragic events from his home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – he couldn’t believe it when [read more]

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    In their own words: What happened inside Martin Place’s Lindt chocolate shop.

    Hostages from the Sydney siege, as well as eyewitnesses, have started to relay accounts of what happened during the terrifying 17-hour ordeal, which left three people dead including the gunman. We’ve compiled some of the most recent accounts of exactly what happened during the siege. For more on exactly how the siege unfolded – and ended [read more]

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    Sunrise host Nat Barr breaks down in tears on air. Shows how we all feel right now.

      There is something truly heart-wrenching about watching a person who feels familiar to you, cry on live television. So was the case this morning when Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr was moved to tears while reporting the outcome of the Sydney siege. Barr, who is filling in for Sunrise’s usual co-host Sam Armytage this week, was live on air when the identities of the [read more]

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    This is the man behind the Sydney siege.

                               Details have emerged about the violent history of the gunman behind the Sydney siege. Self-described cleric Man Haron Monis, 50, came to Australia from Iran. Monis first came to the attention of NSW police when he authored spiteful letters to the family of [read more]

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    Sydney Siege: The tragic details of what happened overnight.

    Warning: This post contains images and video that may be distressing to some readers. This post is being updated live as new details emerge; keep checking back for updates. Australia has woken to some awful news, as we learn that the siege has ended with the deaths of two of the hostages and and gunman. Here [read more]

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    Tuesday afternoon’s news in under 5 minutes.

    Here are all the biggest news headlines you need to know this afternoon. If you’re looking for detail on the Sydney siege and related tributes, see this post. For details on the hostages of the Sydney siege, see this post. LATEST: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has delivered a press conference. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has spoken to the [read more]

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    It’s over: Siege in Sydney’s Martin Place ends in shoot-out.

    This post contains rolling coverage of the situation in Martin Place. Please keep checking back for further updates. Warning: This post contains distressing images. 3.55am: It has been confirmed that one of the fatal injuries at the scene was the gunman, Man Haron Monis, 50. 3.46am: It is still unconfirmed exactly how many casualties there have [read more]

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    Tuesday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    Update: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra has been evacuated amid reports of a “suspicious package”. Fairfax Media reports ACT Police is investigating the suspicious package which was located in the canteen this afternoon. “About 1.45pm, ACT Policing received the report of the suspicious package at DFAT on John McEwen Crescent,” police said. “ACT Policing [read more]

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    “The heartbreaking reason I am dreading my son’s first day at school.”

      While most five-year-olds are counting down the days until they put on their over-sized school uniforms and kiss their wailing mothers goodbye, Sebastian Baltins is left confused and overwhelmed by the concept of beginning school.  Sebastian Baltins, 5, has Autism Spectrum Disorder Sebastian, five, lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and also suffers from [read more]

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    Explain to me: Is the state of the budget really that bad?

    UPDATE: The Federal Government announced today  that the expected 2014-105 budget deficiet would rise to $40.4 billion. A sum much larger than Tresurer Hockey’s initial prediction of $29.8 billion in May. Mamamia previously reported… By ABC POLITICAL REPORTER James Glenday Treasurer Joe Hockey will slash foreign aid and reveal a massive blowout in this year’s deficit when he hands down his [read more]

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    The newspaper front page we can’t quite believe is real.

    The Daily Telegraph has printed a special 2pm edition covering the horrifying siege underway at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe at Sydney’s Martin Place. The edition was rushed out this morning, and it’s already drawing concerns from readers and commentators. The headline attributes the chilling hostage situation to Islamic State, when that’s not been confirmed (in fact, it’s [read more]

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    Monday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    BREAKING: Hostage siege continues to unfold in Martin Place’s Lindt Cafe. For up-to-date information please read this: Rolling coverage: A timeline of the Sydney siege. UPDATE: Death toll in Indonesian landslide rises to 39, as President Widodo visits the site. The death toll from a landslide in the Indonesian province of Central Java has risen [read more]