1. WA Bushfires
Bushfires across Western Australia have killed a 62 year old man and destroyed at least 27 homes.
The man from Hovea has reportedly died after he lost consciousness on the roof of his house while defending it.
Dozens of families were evacuated to two makeshift centres overnight with more than 100 firefighters battling the blaze.
The fire started on Sunday morning in Parkerville and moved rapidly to surrounding areas, including Stoneville and Mount Helena.
Last night, the fire alert had been downgraded to a watch and act level, with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services saying the blaze was contained, but not under control.
For up to the minute fire warnings go to the DFES page.
2. Australian woman killed in Syria
The first Australian woman to die in the Syrian conflict has been killed over the weekend.
22-year old Amira Karroum and her husband, Yousef Ali are being mourned by Sydney’s Muslim community, as their reported deaths bring the number of Australians believed killed in the Syrian conflict to seven.
The married couple formerly of Granville, NSW and QLD were in their house in Syria and ‘the FSA [Free Syrian Army] attacked and killed them’, Amira’s sister Rose posted on Facebook on Saturday.
3. Gang rape
Footage from a graphic gang rape in which two teenage girls were allegedly the perpetrators was released in the US over the weekend.
The girls, aged 15 and 16 are accused of holding their friend down while she was raped.
For more read this post here. “Teenage girls accused of being part of ‘depraved rape gang’.
4. Vaccination objectors
Parents are increasingly using the ‘get out’ clause available with the new ‘no jab no play’ laws.
From January 1, children who have not been vaccinated cannot be enrolled in a childcare centre unless their parents lodge documents claiming they object on philosophical or moral grounds or giving medical reasons for their failure to immunise.
The SMH have reported that 3910 parents across Australia lodged a conscientious objection form last year, the highest number recorded by the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register since 1999.
5. Missing girl and father
Police are holding concerns for a missing four-year old girl and her father in QLD.
Four-year-old Eeva Dorendahl mostly lives with her mother at Kin Kin in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
She had been staying with her father Greg Hutchings at Pottsville when they set off for a walk to meet her mother, but they never showed up.
Eeva Dorendahl is thin with long blonde hair. She was last seen wearing an oversized blue and white shirt and multi-coloured shorts. Her father is 35, also thin and about 175 centimetres tall with short brown curly hair.
Police urge anyone with information to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
6. Tonga Cyclone
One person is confirmed to have died as a category five storm hit Tonga on the weekend. Tonga’s director of emergencies, Leveni Aho, told the ABC there is still no communication with 80 per cent of the worst-hit Ha’apai island group, including Lifuka which bore the brunt of the storm.