Monday's news in under 2 minutes.


1. A 23-year-old Australian woman is reportedly in a critical condition after she was gored by a bull during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

The woman – who is known to the media only as J.E, sustained injuries to her ribs and right lung after she was hit by the bull when she was holding onto wooden barriers outside the bullring.

The annual Spanish event runs over nine days and usually draws in thousands of tourists from around the world. This year, at least 50 people were injured when the bulls were released.

2. Lea Michelle, the fiance of Canadian actor Cory Monteith, has reportedly asked for privacy after news of the 31-year-old Glee star’s death spread. Lea Michelle‘s reps told the media:  “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time”.  Monteith reportedly died of a drug overdose on Saturday. His body was discovered by staff at a hotel in Vancouver, when he did not check out on time. You can read editor Jamila Rizvi’s post about the star here.

3. Kevin Rudd’s sister, 62-year-old Loree Rudd, has said that she believes there should be a ban on homosexuality being depicted as ‘normal’. In an interview with News Ltd, Ms Rudd said she believes that the Russian leader Vladimir Putin has the right views on homosexuality.

She said: “It’s like he [Putin] can see the problem ahead … I think that there should be a law protecting children from the propaganda of homosexuality as normal. They’re trying to build their family life and structure in Russia and people in the West don’t seem to understand our family life and structures are breaking down.”

Ms Rudd continued, “I guess the bottom line, if there’s one thing I can say that can’t be challenged, it’s that society needs to protect its children as best they can.”

Ashton Agar, the 19-year-old debutant, who scored 98 runs in the first innings.

4. Australia has been defeated in the first test of The Ashes series in the UK. It was close until the end when Australia lost by just 14 runs after Brad Haddin was caught out.


5. Meanwhile, the Adelaide Thunderbirds have beaten the Queensland Firebirds 50-48 to take out the Trans-Tasman championships.

6. In a case has sparked debate in America about racial profiling, US man George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin. Seventeen-year-old Martin was unarmed when he was shot by Zimmerman, who was acting as a Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, in 2012.

Zimmerman’s lawyers argued that their client was simply acting in self defense after he was attacked by Martin. The jury of six (predominately white) women agreed. President Barack Obama has called for calm from civil rights activists, who say the crime was racially motivated.

7. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Greens Leader Christine Milne have both criticised the Labor party for their plan to switch from their carbon tax policy to an emissions trading scheme. Abbott has called the move a “con job”.  

8. Two of the world’s best sprinters have tested positive for drugs. US sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaican runner Asafa Powell were both found to have banned substances in their system. Powell released a statement via Twitter saying:”I will confirm that a sample I gave at the National Trials in June has returned ‘adverse findings’,” he wrote. “I want to be clear saying to my family, friends and, most of all, my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or wilfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules.”

9. Author of the world’s most popular series of novels, JK Rowling has written another book – but she’s debuted it under a different author name. The creator of Harry Potter said that is was a liberating experience to write and release a novel without the extreme pressure and spotlight that she is usually subjected to. Unbelievably the book was actually rejected by one publisher and sold only 1500 copies before the fake author Robert Gailbraith was outed as JK Rowling. The book, a crime novel called The Cukoo’s Calling has now shot to the top of the bestseller list.