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Thursday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Apple staff caught stealing explicit pictures from customers’ phones.

Apple staff have been caught stealing personal photos from customers’ phones – including illicit images.

The staff have also been involved in a phone-sharing ring with images they took of female staff and customers to rank their bodies.

The Courier Mail reports more than 100 close-up and explicit photos were taken of female staff and customers without their knowledge and photographs were also lifted from some Apple customers’ phones.

It is understood the photo sharing started at the Carindale Apple store in Brisbane but may involve staff at other stores throughout Australia.

Four male staff members at the Carindale store have been sacked over the photo scandal.

One Apple staff member told The Courier-Mail: “They’ve been taking pictures of them (customers) in store, taking pics off their phones and taking pictures of female staff members.”

“One person would take a photo and add it to the chat and others would give the person or their butt or their boobs a rating out of 10 and they would add their own side commentary.

“Everyone feels uncomfortable and the female staff don’t know how to feel because the leadership won’t tell staff who is involved.”

Apple confirmed the Carindale store was being investigated.

“Apple believe in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not ­tolerate behaviour that goes against our values,” said a statement provided to The Courier Mail.

“We are investigating a ­violation of Apple’s business conduct policy at our store in Carindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings.”

2. Warriena Wright’s blood alcohol level could have been as high as 0.28 when she fell to her death.

Brisbane’s supreme court has heard that New Zealander Warriena Wright could have had a blood alcohol level as high as 0.28 when she died.

Yesterday, text messages between Wright and Gable Tostee were tendered to the court including lines like “You look delicious, I want to do dirty things to you” and “Can you be a freak in the sheets Cletes?”.

Wright and Tostee met on the dating app, Tinder, and exchanged messages for three days before meeting up in Surfer’s Paradise before they went back to his apartment with a six pack of beer.

The crown alleges that after an argument, Tostee forced Wright onto his balcony and she was so scared of him she tried to escape, falling off the side. Tostee has pleaded not guilty.

Phone records in court yesterday showed that the 30-year-old did not call triple-zero after Ms Wright plunged to her death, but the first call Tostee made was to criminal law firm Potts Lawyers at 2.21am, about a minute after the 26-year-old New Zealander had fallen.

Instead of calling Triple O he paced around the Gold Coast entertainment precinct for an hour and bought pizza from Domino’s Pizza, reports Fairfax Media.

3. Sydney schoolboy beheading plot.

Two schoolboys arrested yesterday in Sydney had planned to behead someone and were arrested just hours after they allegedly bought two bayonets at a gun shop.

The Daily Telegraph reports that one of the boys is the son of a convicted terrorist.

The two 16-year-olds allegedly also had pieces of paper with religious statements written on them that were to be read out while they carried out a beheading.

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According to reports, one of the boys was known to counter-terrorism police as a teenage radical after he refused to stand for the national anthem as a schoolboy at East Hills High School last year.

4. Queensland boy in “worst ever” Magpie attack.

A Queensland boy has been rushed to hospital after a vicious magpie attack.

Cameron Nielsen, 8, was on his way to school in Gladstone when a swooping magpie pierced through his eyelid and scratched his eyeball.

Cameron’s mother Skye Nielsen told the ABC that Cameron began to complain around 12pm that he was having trouble seeing. Doctors in Gladstone advised they visit Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, where Cameron had successful eye surgery.

“He says to me he can see properly and his operation went well and the doctors were happy with it,” Skye said. “He’s making a full recovery, back to his normal self.”

Over the next few months, Cameron will attend weekly eye-testing to ensure he regains 100 per cent of his eyesight.

In 2011, a four-year-old boy was blinded in one eye after being attacked in Toowoomba. In n September last year, five children were also left with serious eye injuries after they were dive-bombed at a playground in Gosford, on the NSW Central Coast. Three magpie-related deaths have been reported since 1946.

5. Woman in court over child sex charges.

The woman is due to appear in Ingham Magistrates Court on November 3. Via Facebook.

A 30 year-old woman has been charged with a number of alleged sexual offences against children in Ingham.

The Courier Mail reports that the woman, from Allingham, has been charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and four counts of procure young person for carnal knowledge.

She is due to appear in Ingham Magistrates Court on November 3.

6. French prosecutors formally open investigation into Kardashian robbery after DNA found.

French prosecutors have formally opened an investigation into the armed robbery in Paris of Kim Kardashian.

Investigators are examining DNA traces found in the apartment where five gunmen robbed Kardashian of $10 million worth of jewellery AFP reports.

The star's 30,000-euro diamond necklace, found in the street by a passer-by hours after the robbery, has not yielded any usable DNA samples.

7. Trump presidency 'dangerous', says UN rights chief.

Donald Trump's "deeply unsettling and disturbing" views make him a danger internationally, the UN's human rights chief has said.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein cited Mr Trump's comments on the use of torture and his attitude to "vulnerable communities".

Mr Hussein said at a news briefing in Geneva: "If Donald Trump is elected on the basis of what he has said already - and unless that changes - I think it is without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view."

Mr Hussein said he was "not keen or intent on interfering in any political campaign within any particular country".

But he said that when an election could result in an increase in the use of torture "or the focus on vulnerable communities in a way that suggests that they may well be deprived of their human rights, then I think it is incumbent to say so".

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