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We’ve rounded up all the latest stories from Australia and around the world – so you don’t have to go searching.

1. Two-year-old boy beaten by uncle leaving him on life support makes remarkable progress.

A little boy beaten by his non-biological uncle so badly that doctors advised his parents to turn off his life support has made remarkable progress.

Bobby, who was seven months old, was tortured by his uncle Andrew Nolan over a four-hour period at a Central Coast home in NSW in September 2014.

He was left with injuries so severe he is now a quadriplegic. He was found with multiple skull fractures blood pooling in his eye from being shaken so violently, fractured vertebrae, bruised genitalia and bite marks on his body reports The Daily Telegraph.

His uncle who was caring for him initially denied the attack and parents, Barry and Elise were advised by doctors to switch off his life support.

Remarkably, against the odds Bobby survived. He spent two months in hospital suffering multiple seizures and being fed by a tube but he made steady progress despite his injuries.

In October 2014, Andrew Nolan, was arrested and charged with Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent and denied bail.

He pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing in June 2016.

Bobby, called Bobby the Brave by his family is now a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy after the attack.

His family can be helped via this FundRaising Page.

2.  Low risk budget signals start of election.

With the election just nine weeks off last night’s budget has shown a government keen on the electorate’s approval that they are the ones to go to for sound economic management.

With the buzzwords “jobs and growth” the Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered what has been called a “low-risk budget.”

The budget came as the Reserve Bank took the unprecedented step of cutting interest rates to a record low and came with an aim of a comparatively small $6 billion deficit in four years.

Mr Morrison said the budget is focused on reducing government spending, fixing Australia’s taxation system, and promoting jobs and growth, with a raft of super changes aimed at raising $2.8 billion in revenue and a new profits tax that targets multinational tax avoidance and raises $3.2 billion.

Small to medium business were surprised by a tax cut from 28.5 per cent to 27.5 per cent with the overall tax package, according to Treasury modelling, to deliver a one per cent increase in GDP and "a $16 billion lift in the Australian economy.

By 2026-27, Mr Morrison says all Australian businesses will pay a flat 25 percent tax rate.

More wealthy Australians will be taxed at a higher rate on their superannuation, with those earning $250,000 and more now included in the highest super tax bracket.

Small personal tax cuts that raise the third income tax bracket from $80,001 to a new threshold of $87,001 and which "made some space" for taxpayers were also unveiled.

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Small business has praised the budget Council of Small Business chief executive Peter Strong saying he thought last year’s budget was of benefit for small business but “this year they've improved upon it.

But Labor says the budget puts big business ahead of the rest of us.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said last night:

"Tonight's budget is fiscal recklessness on a grand scale, proposing an unfunded and uncosted five per cent company tax cut over 10 years, which has the potential to put Australia's AAA credit rating at risk."

Other highlights of the budget:

  • Multinational corporations will face a diverted profits tax or "Google tax" of 40 per cent on income they attempt to shift offshore.
  • Smokers face four 12.5 per cent increases in the tobacco excise, leaving cigarettes around $40 a packet from 2020.
  • People earning up to $37,000 won't lose a tax rebate, capped at $500, on their contributions.
  • Schools get $1.2 billion in extra funding over three years from 2018 this falls short of the Gonski funding it promised it would match at the 2013 election.
  • A new initiative, the Youth Jobs Path program, will provide $752 million to get people under 25 and currently on employment benefits trained to enter the workforce.
  • The Government will spend nearly $3 billion on new infrastructure projects.
  • Medicare rebates will freeze over the next three years.
  • The price of passports will jump by a further $20 by 2017.
  • $15m has been earmarked over three years for research to combat carp, dubbed “the worst freshwater aquatic pest in Australia.”

3. Man who claims he is a “doctor” and can cure autism and cancer being investigated by authorities in three countries.

An Australian man who claims he is a “Jedi Doctor” and can cure autism and cancer, is being investigated by authorities in three countries reports News Limited.

Procedures carried out by the former police office, Chris Savage, left one man in hospital and another woman in excruciating pain.

The Queensland Health Ombudsman is investigating a complaint by Melbourne woman Rebecca Coombs.

Ms Coombes, who suffers from Tuberous Sclerosis Complex which causes tumours to grow in her body was treated by Savage earlier this year.

News Limited reports that when she was treated by Savage in his home there was no sterile environment, no nurse, no alcohol wipes and he struggled to even insert the needle.

Ms Coombs became violently ill with vomiting and sweating and then developed a severe pain in the back of her head.

“Chris said it was my body detoxing from vaccination ingredients and that clearly the ingredients must have been sitting in my brain for a long time for it to be causing this much grief,” Ms Coombs said in her complaint to the Qld Health Ombudsman.

Medical authorities in New Zealand have also put out a public warning against him.

“Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has been informed that Christopher Savage says that he is a doctor and is offering medical treatments in the Napier area. The district health board has referred the matter to police and the Ministry of Health but in the meantime is urging the public not to follow any medical or treatment advice Christopher Savage offers,” the public warning says.

Savage has claimed that his intravenous infusions of magnesium and a chemical called DMSO that he sells for $250 per IV bag can cure children of autism and cancer.

4. Man charged with murder of White Ribbon Campaigner Karen Belej.

A man has been charged with the murder of Mildura council staff member Karen Belej.

Police said Karen Belej, 31, was found with a gunshot wound to her head inside a home in Montana Avenue, Cardross, on Sunday.

Ms Belej worked at Mildura Rural City Council and was an advocate for the White Ribbon campaign.

Police said the 36-year-old Cardross man had been charged with one count of murder.

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5. Breast cancer breakthrough: Scientists hail 'milestone' genetic find.

Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer.

The study, published in the Nature and Nature Communications journal, has been described as a "milestone" moment that could help unlock new ways of treating and preventing the disease.

The study of 560 breast cancer genomes - complete genetic codes - has turned up 93 genes associated with the disease.

The results provide evidence that breast cancer genomes are "highly individual", researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute said.

"This study both gave us the first large-scale view of the rest of the genome, uncovering some new reasons why breast cancer arises, and gave us an unexpected way to characterise the types of mutations that happen in certain breast cancers."

6. Captain James Cook’s ship Endeavour found.

Researchers may have found the remains of the HMS Endeavour, the ship on which Captain James Cook first discovered the eastern coastline of Australia between 1769 and 1771.

US archaeologists now say they may have come across the ship's wreck off the coast of Rhode Island.

The ship was last seen in 1778 where it was being used as a transport ship during the American Revolution and renamed the Lord Sandwich.

7. Donald Trump links Ted Cruz's father to JFK assassination.

Donald Trump has linked his Republican presidential rival Senator Ted Cruz's father to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination told US channel Fox News that Cruz's father Rafael was with JFK's killer at the time he carried out the murder.

"You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being - you know, shot," Trump said, citing a report from the American tabloid National Enquirer.

"I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this - right prior to his being shot, and nobody brings it up."

Senator Cruz responded to Mr Trump's comments by calling him a narcissist and a bully.

8. School sees positive results are giving students four recess breaks.

A US school in Fort Worth, Texas is seeing positive results after giving kindergarten and first-grade students four 15-minute breaks throughout the day to run around and play outside.

First-grade teacher Donna McBride told US TODAY that the trial has been in effect for five months and had good results.

“There was a part of me that was very nervous about it,” she said.

“We’re seeing really good results.”

The researcher, who created the project, based on Finland’s education system calls the 15-minute breaks a “reboot” for children.

“It gives the platform for them to be able to function at their best level.”

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