1. Mystery over woman’s death at buck’s party, found fully-clothed in shower in Melbourne hotel room.
Four men have been released from police custody without charge after a woman’s body was discovered in their Melbourne CBD serviced apartment over the weekend.
The woman, who is yet to be identified, was discovered in the shower by one of the men at approximately 8am on Sunday morning. According to Nine News, the men immediately called paramedics for help, but the woman was later pronounced dead.
Homicide investigators say the woman is believed to be Caucasian, in her 20s, and was wearing a black top, denim shorts and white sneakers.
Police have been running forensic tests and an autopsy was done overnight to find out what happened to, and identify, the woman found in the Oaks on Market serviced apartment.
It’s understood the four men, all aged in their late 20s and early 30s, were part of a larger group of 11 men who had travelled from the ACT and NSW to celebrate a buck’s party.
According to Nine News, the group had begun their celebrations on Saturday night by attending a football match before later moving on to King Street’s infamous nightclub, Inflation, where two partygoers were shot by police last week.
The group of men was seen leaving the serviced apartments on Sunday, with one of the men telling The Australian they had been “stitched up.”
What the man meant by the comment is not known.
2. 29-year-old student dies in skydiving accident with experienced instructor in Sydney.
The instructor killed in a tandem skydiving lesson alongside his student was extremely experienced, having made more than 10,000 jumps in his 30-year career.
Investigators are still trying to find out what went wrong in the jump that has been described as “not especially challenging”, AAP reports.
“This is the first fatality involving a first orientation tandem skydive the company has had in over 40 years of operation and is an extremely rare incident,” the Sydney Skydivers centre said on its Facebook page on Sunday.
The instructor, aged in his 60s, and his student, 29-year-old Singaporean national Mario Low Ke Wei, died during a tandem skydiving lesson at Wilton on Saturday afternoon.
It is understood the pair took off from the nearby Sydney Skydivers centre, which was also their intended landing zone, but crashed onto a private property about a kilometre away.
“The particular skydive the two men were undertaking was not especially challenging for a highly experienced instructor, who had done nearly 10,000 skydives and had nearly 30 years experience in the sport,” Sydney Skydivers said.
A spokesman said more information would be released once police and safety officers from the Australian Parachute Federation finished their investigations.
All skydives were cancelled on Sunday out of respect for the two men.
“Our sympathies go out to the families and friends of both men as well as those in our skydiving community,” the Sydney Skydivers post said.
“We are doing our best to ensure any support is provided to our staff, skydivers and those involved at the scene itself.”
The Australian Parachute Federation is also helping with the investigation.
“We’re looking into all possibilities, whether it’s equipment failure or perhaps human error,” spokesman Brad Turner told the Seven Network on Sunday.
3. Roger Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon title.
Roger Federer is savouring yet more strawberries and cream after capturing an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon men’s singles crown.
A month shy of his 36th birthday, Federer eclipsed the record he shared with legends Pete Sampras and Wlliam Renshaw with a crushing 6-3 6-1 6-4 triumph over wounded Marin Clic to become the oldest champion at The All England Club since 1930.
Merciless and majestic in equal parts, Federer’s stirring victory ended a five-year Wimbledon title wait and came 14 years after he first reigned on London’s hallowed lawns in 2003.
With his wife, two sets of identical twins, mother, father and sister all in the stands, Federer wept tears of joy after penning the latest remarkable chapter of his storied career, AAP reports.
Incredibly, after needing six months off after sustaining a career-threatening knee injury in last year’s semi-final loss to Milos Raonic, Federer now holds two grand slam trophies for the first time since 2009.
“It’s disbelief that I can reach such heights,” Federer said.
“I was never sure if I was going to be back here in another final, but I always believed that I could come back and do it again.
“It means the world to me, just feeling great and holding the trophy.”
Having already seen off two generations of challengers, Federer’s latest victim was the 13th different player he’d conquered in a grand slam final.
“He’s superhuman,” said the legendary Rod Laver, who watched on in awe from the Royal Box and insists the ageless superstar is playing as well as he ever has.
4. Human remains found in Tasmania believed to belong to Swiss tourist missing since 2010.
A telephone call to police by a Swiss national may by the key to solving the mystery of the identity of a skeleton stumbled upon by two hikers in remote bushland south of Hobart last week, AAP reports.
The human bones were found away from marked tracks in the Huon Valley, 10km west of the popular Tahune Airwalk and police believe they belong to a 44-year-old Swiss tourist who’s been missing for more than six years.
A backpack found near the remains contained a SD photo card and a photograph that was extracted from it was released to the media on Friday. Police say that prompted a call from a Swiss man who said he believed the remains are of his friend.
Food, clothing, Swiss Francs, Hong Kong dollars and receipts for exchange in Switzerland in December 2010 were also found in the backpack.
“He believes he is the man in the photo, and the missing man may be his friend. He said the photograph was taken on the coast of Oregon, USA in 2010, ” police said in a statement on Sunday.
“He said his friend was a forty-four-year old Swiss man who had previously visited Tasmania and he was last seen by his family in December 2010 when he left Switzerland to go travelling.”
Detective Acting-Sergeant Michael Manning said police are still working to identify the man and said it is important to provide “answers for the deceased’s family and return the remains to them.”
5. Donald Trump’s approval rating hits historic 70-year low.
After nearly six months in office, US President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dipped to 36 per cent, putting Trump’s six-month approval rating at a historic 70-year low.
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Trump’s overall approval rating was down from 42 per cent in April.
According to the poll released on Saturday, Trump’s disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 per cent.
Overall, 48 per cent say they “disapprove strongly” of the current US president’s performance in office.
The fresh survey indicates that nearly half of all Americans (48 per cent) see the country’s leadership in the world as weaker since Trump was inaugurated in January, compared with 27 per cent who say it is stronger.
A total of 50 per cent of Americans say the 45th US president is doing a worse job than most past presidents, while just under 25 per cent say he is doing better than his predecessors.
A similar share say he is faring about the same as previous presidents, according to a summary of results published by the Washington Post. Meanwhile, 55 per cent say Trump is not making significant progress toward his goals.
6. MH17 memorial is unveiled in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.
A symbolic forest monument will be opened to the public in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight that claimed the lives of 38 Australians, AAP reports.
The forest, which sits not far from Schiphol Airport where flight MH17 took off on its way to Kuala Lumpur, contains 298 trees – one for each person who perished when the plane crashed in Ukraine’s disputed Donetsk region on July 17, 2014.
The monument takes the shape of a ribbon and was inspired by the black memorial ribbon used to symbolise mourning after the atrocity.
It also features a surrounding ring of sunflowers that will bloom each July.
Relatives of the victims planted the trees in March and many loved ones of the Australians who perished have made the journey to see its official opening to the public, including the families of Sydney man Jack O’Brien and Toowoomba couple Jill and Roger Guard.
The Australian government on Sunday reaffirmed its commitment to bringing the culprits to justice.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop described a Dutch-led prosecution as the best option, saying it would be “independent, fair and transparent”.
A team of investigators that included Australians concluded in September the rocket was fired from territory in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatists, however Russia insists the plane was brought down by Ukraine’s military.
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