1. WA Bushfires
Over 52 houses have been lost and 500 people still await to return to their homes in the Perth Hills after bushfires devastated the area.
Anxious residents have been told they should be allowed to visit their properties this morning.
For more and to find out how you can help go to this post here ” Perth Hills bush fires. How you can help.”
2. Murder charge for Daniel Christie’s killer
Shaun McNeil, a 25-year-old builder, will face court today charged with murder after 18-year-old Daniel Christie’s life support was turned off on Saturday.
Daniel Christie was assaulted by a ‘cowards punch’ in Kings Cross on New Year’s Eve.
McNeil had already been charged with three counts of common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm over a series of alleged assaults on the night.
3. Arrests over Madeline McCann
In what the British media claim is a major breakthrough, detectives are preparing to make the first arrests over the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann.
The Mirror reports that three burglars who were operating in the area where she disappeared more than six years ago in Portugal made an unusual number of phone calls to each other in the hours after her disappearance.
The evidence had been known for some time but was written off by Portuguese detectives as irrelevant. Now Scotland Yard has requested permission to arrest the burglars to compel them to be interviewed.
4. Australian woman ‘martyred’ in Syria
The first pictures have emerged of the Australian woman, Amira Karroum, who died in Syria over the weekend, and it has been revealed that her family thought she was in Copenhagen meeting her husband.
Her father, who runs a kebab shop on the Gold Coast, collapsed with a heart attack upon hearing of his daughter’s death.
Amira Karroum and her husband were killed inside a house near the city of Aleppo.
5. Heatwave continues
The heatwave continues across the country with Adelaide set for one of its fiercest bouts of temperatures on record, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting five consecutive days above 40C this week, peaking at 43C on Wednesday.
Melbourne is also in the grip of escalating temperatures, with temperatures set to reach 41C on Tuesday, dipping to 39C before ending the week on 40C.
Regional areas of South Australia, Victoria and NSW are experiencing even warmer temperatures. Broken Hill in NSW will bake in temperatures above 40C all week, according to the bureau.
6. Missing Eeva
Police and SES are preparing to search waterways and dams on the NSW North Coast today to try to locate missing four-year-old Eeva Dorendahl and her father, Greg Hutchings who have not been seen since they set off on a walk at Pottsville to meet the girl’s mother on Saturday. For more see this post.