• sydney siege

    If Man Haron Monis had not been freed, 2 innocent people would be home tonight.

    In the past 24 hours we have seen the very best of humanity, triggered by the very worst. We’ve seen great control, dignity and patience from our police and rescue services. We’ve seen the whole world rally behind a hashtag – #illridewithyou – that shows solidarity and love for everyone in our community. And we [read more]

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    London Bombings survivor: “I will not continue the hatred that’s been shown to me, this ends here.”

    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. Survivor of the London bombings, Gill Hicks is urging Australians to remain united in the wake of the Martin Place siege in Sydney. The South Australian of the Year [read more]

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    “There are two little girls and a boy in Sydney, who I wish I could hold tonight.”

      There are two little girls and a boy in Sydney, who I wish I could hold tonight. I wish I could rock them and murmur words of comfort to them. I wish I could wipe away the events of the last few days. I wish I could instead fill their heads with innocent questions [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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    These are the brave hostages of the Sydney siege.

          As more details emerge of the siege in Sydney’s Martin’s Place, which ended just after 2:00am, the hostages in the horrifying incident are being identified. The hostages who lost their lives. Tragically, two hostages were killed during the siege: A man aged 34 and a woman aged 38 were pronounced dead after [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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(Photo: ABC News: Andrew Greene)

    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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    Dear Australian Muslims: We will ride with you.

    On a day filled with terror and hate comes a simple, sweet and beautifully poignant message of love. This afternoon, a woman called Rachael posted on social media about an experience she’d had on a Sydney train. Sitting beside her was a Muslim woman, who was silently removing her hijab. She didn’t want outward signs of [read more]

  • School holidays are here... which means one thing.

    6 ‘out of the ordinary’ school holiday ideas your kids want to try.

          Having six weeks with the kids over the holidays is fantastic, but it’s also hard work. Not in terms of the kids themselves (well maybe, you be the judge of that…) but coming up with exciting ideas to entertain them each and every day. Yes, you could always do the same old [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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    7 inspiring women who turned the world on its head.

            Success is a spectrum and for me, achieving it is not just about money and it certainly isn’t about having it all. I want my kids to grow up in a household where they see a successful mother who chases her dreams and her curiosity and makes time for everything that [read more]

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    The “Schoolies” documentary parents will watch through their fingers.

    Schoolies. If you’re a teenager in your last year of high school or the parent of one, it’s a huge deal. HUGE. The discussions and debates about where to go and what’s allowed start months and sometimes even years ahead of time. (Gold Coast, Byron Bay… Bali? Will you buy me alcohol? Do you have [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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    Congratulations to one of our secret movie-star crushes.

        It’s official – Jonathan Rhys Meyers is engaged. The Irish actor, best known for The Tudors and  Bend it like Beckham, has proposed to his girlfriend, Mara Lane. Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Image via Jemal Countess/Getty Images. Mara is a film producer who has been dating the 36-year-old actor for seven months. The pair are quite vocal [read more]

  • jennifer aniston talks motherhood

    Jennifer Aniston talks about all those annoying baby rumours. And it’s kind of perfect.

      Jennifer Aniston has not had a child. She’s baby-free. Not at all knocked-up. She’s also currently nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, though that doesn’t matter compared to the fact she has never grown a human inside of her – obviously. Speaking to Allure  magazine, Jen has addressed the public interest in her [read more]

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    Count the ways this woman manages to insult Amal Clooney in four-and-a-half minutes.

      In her annual special of all the people who are definitely the most interesting people in the whole entire world, Barbara Walters has announced Amal Clooney (née Alumuddin) as ‘the most fascinating person of 2014′.   Amal Clooney   And it makes sense , doesn’t it? Amal is a renowned and respected barrister who specialises [read more]

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    Oh Kim K. Did you really think we wouldn’t notice you had altered this photo?

       UPDATE: Kim K has been caught out. We know it, she knows it, even North West probably knows something has gone on. She’s responded to critics (everyone) who questioned why on earth she would ever crop her daughter out of her selfie. Wait is this really news that I posted a selfie & cropped [read more]

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    He can sing, he can act, and now he’s off the market. Sorry.

        Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men? Well that’s because… Eddie Redmayne – he of the good hair and dashing accent from Les Miserables – is officially off the market. The 32-year-old English actor married girlfriend Hannah Bagshawe on Monday in a small ceremony in Somerset, England. The newly weds. Looking blissfully adorable. [read more]

  • Treasurer Joe Hockey wants Australians to pay their own way,

    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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    A mystery woman just paid off every single Christmas layby in this department store.

        There’s nothing like a bit of good old fashioned Christmas Spirit to put a little warm spot in your heart. A Toys R Us store in the USA had to call over 150 customers to tell them to come and pick up the Christmas toys they had put on layby – because a [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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    Last week she was facing a promotion. Now Emma Freedman is packing her bags.

    “I’m always wanting to do more and get out on the road, so I’m pretty excited about stepping up on Today.” Those were the words of Today Show host Emma Freedman speaking to News Corp just seven days ago. At that time, the 25-year-old weather girl and sports presenter was unaware that in less than [read more]

  • the crash

    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]

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    To the frightened strangers inside Sydney’s Lindt Cafe.

      To the strangers inside Sydney’s Lindt Cafe, We don’t know you. We don’t yet know your names.  But you are all that we are thinking about today. As wave of terrifying news breaks over wave of terrifying news, amid the white noise of rumour and panic, all we are thinking is this: Not here. Not now. Not you. “You are [read more]