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Thursday's news in under 5 minutes.

1. Canadian shooting.

The suspect is dead.

A gunman has shot and killed a soldier standing guard at Canada’s National War Memorial before shooting at least 30 times inside Canada’s parliament building.

CBS NEWS reports that the gunman was later killed during a shootout.

It is not known if there is more than one shooter and the entire Ottawa downtown area is in lockdown while police search for what they suspect may be other potential gunmen.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police have warned people in downtown Ottawa to stay away from windows and rooftops.

Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown with police going door to door in their search.

The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, who was addressing his cabinet at the time, is said to be safe and left Parliament Hill for a secure area.

This vision was captured by an amateur cameramn of the shots fired in parliament house.

2. Victorian Shooting

Three family members have died after they were allegedly shot at a rural property in Wedderburn, Victoria, police say.

Officers were called to property, northwest of Bendigo, at 8.30pm (AEDT) on Wednesday following reports of gunshots, The Daily Mail reports.

A man then barricaded himself inside a home and after four hours, surrendered peacefully to police. He was arrested about midnight.

Detective Superintendent Peter De Santo said the alleged gunman, 63, was not related to the three victims, who are understood to be a man and woman in their 70s and their 48-year-old son.

“This is out of the blue and this has escalated out of a minor neighbour dispute,” Det Supt De Santo said.

“One body’s been located in the paddock, one body’s been located in the driveway and one body’s been located at the rear entrance of the house,” he said.

The alleged gunman’s wife was at the scene at the time and assisted investigators, according to The Daily Mail.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone who may have information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

18-year old Samantha Giufre

3. Police appeal over critically injured teenager

Police in NSW are appealing for information after a teenage girl was dragged several metres by a car and left critically injured on a street in Casula on Father’s Day.

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CCTV vision shows 18-year old Samantha Giufre, hanging on to the door of a silver sedan as it speeds down Myall Road in Casula.

She was found in a gutter and has been in intensive care since – with multiple fractures to her skull and face, along with bleeding on the brain.

Samantha is believed to be blind in one eye. Her hearing is also affected.

Her parents have said they have no idea how their daughter came to be stuck to the car.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 4. Terror suspect in latest video

Abdullah Elmir possibly with extremist Mohamed Elomar

Fairfax Media reports that intelligence agencies are closely examining the latest Islamic State video featuring Sydney teenager, 17-year-old Abdullah Elmir, amid suspicions that standing next to him is wanted extremist Mohamed Elomar.

Meanwhile the ABC reports that friends of Abdullah Elmir have called for people not to judge him.

“Swear, people get mad because we defend his legacy, he is still our mate and that’s not changing anything.” Said one friend.

5. Jacquie Lambie Ebola attack

At a Senate Estimates hearing Jacquie Lambie has asked whether terrorists could attack Australia using Ebola reports the ABC.

“Do you have any information to suggest that Australia’s enemies could attack our country or military using the virus,” She asked Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

“For example, with suicide agents who are affected with the disease or have access to bodily fluids containing the disease,”

His response “I don’t believe there is any evidence to suggest that that is a likely course of action”.

She comments caused widespread amusement on Twitter.

Denham Sadler tweeted “Can anyone prove that Jacqui Lambie isn’t just a really long-running Chaser prank? ‪#auspol”

 6. Frances Abbott leaker to be sentenced

France Abbott with her father.

A university student who admitted leaking details of a scholarship awarded to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s daughter Frances is set to be sentenced today.

Freya Newman aged 21, pleaded guilty to accessing restricted data held in a computer after she obtained details about a $60,000 Whitehouse Institute of Design scholarship granted to Frances Abbot reports New Matilda.

Newman worked in the library at the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

7. Café furor Kids NOT welcome

A Newcastle café has sparked a social media storm after a Facebook post from the owner saying that the Little French Café was not child friendly went viral.

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 8. Man warns President Obama don’t touch my girl

US President Barack Obama has shocked voters at a polling station in Chicago  after a fun filled encounter with a young woman.

It began when a man walked casually up to the US  and said to him: “Mr. President, don’t touch my girlfriend”.

The girlfriend, who was casting her vote next to Mr Obama, looked horrified and began giggling uncontrollably and apologising.

The exchange was captured by a passerby’s phone and ended with a Presidential kiss.

 9. Indonesian fighter jets scrambled to force down Australian plane.

Two men knows as highly skilled “delivery flight experts” have been arrested in Indonesia after flying over Indonesian air space without lodging a flight plane.

Indonesian military said that two Indonesian fighter jets were scrambled to force the prop-driven light plane to the ground after its pilots initially refused several orders to land.

The men, Richard Wayne Maclean of South Australia and Graeme Paul Jacklin of Brisbane were flying the plane from Darwin to Cebu – delivering it to new owners in the Philippines.

Fairfax Media reports that violating Indonesian airspace carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a 2 billion rupiah ($200,000) fine.

 10. Driver jailed after accident that killed unborn baby

Jacqueline Sparks holding her daughter Mia.

A man has been jailed for six-years for a crash which killed an unborn baby and left a woman infertile.

A court heard that Marco Paul Silvestri had been using methamphetamines the night before he crashed into expectant mother Jacqueline Sparks and her brothers Timothy McNamara and Jonathon Sparks.

Jacqueline was 33 weeks pregnant and lost her baby daughter Mia.

The injuries left her unable to ever again conceive a baby naturally.

Under NSW law the driver cannot be charged with the death of the baby.

News Limited reports that Jacqueline said while she was happy with the sentence she did hope that Zoe’s Law which was proposed after Brodie Donegan lost her daughter Zoe while eight months pregnant after being hit by a car was pushed through the upper House of Parliament.

 11. Skipping breakfast helps you lose weight

Skip breaky to lose weight says research.

Despite what we have always been told new research shows that skipping breakfast might assist with a weight loss goal.

Melbourne gastroenterologist Dr Alex Hodge is due to present his findings at a conference today.

His study showed that fasting between 8pm and midday helped overweight patients improve visceral fat, insulin resistance, blood pressure and reduce liver damage.

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Unfortunately when the group came off the fast they put weight back on.

“The fasting group started gaining weight and waist circumference when crossed over to standard care,” Dr Hodge said.

 12. First things newlyweds do

Research has shown that one of the first things newly weds do after the wedding is update Facebook.

A study revealed by The Daily Mail says that 50% of newlyweds update their Facebook relationship status to ‘married’ within 24 hours of the big I do.

35% of those who have just got engaged announce the news online in a day, and 5% do so within the hour.

 13. Call for kids to get their teeth brushed at school

Schools doing parents jobs.

There has been a call in the UK for schools to assist kids in brushing their teeth by implanting twice a day teeth brushing sessions.

The Telegraph reports that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said many parents “do not even realise” their children’s teeth needed brushing.

The proposals call for schools to run daily sessions, physically helping children aged between three and 11 to brush their teeth up to twice daily.

Many condemned the plans saying the state had turned into SuperNanny and they were “simply daft”.

14. Syrian-Australian blogger “Syrian Girl” goes viral

Image via Syrian Girl Facebook

The controversial views of a Syrian-born Australian blogger have gone viral, with the woman — dubbed a “Kim Kardashian wannabe” by her critics — gaining more than 32,000 subscribers on YouTube.

The Daily Mail reports Maram Susli, 27, has also gained over 2.5 million Youtube views on her channel in which she posts her critical views on ISIS, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the US and the Syrian war.

Ms Susli — a postgraduate student with an undergraduate science degree, majoring in biophysics and chemistry — says she is a patriot “dedicated to the truth”, and uses social media because she is saddened watching her birth country, Syria, being destroyed.

But the Daily Mail reports the blogger’s critics have labelled her a Kim Kardashian wannabe, a fame-hungry conspiracy theorist, a government spy, and even pro-Bashar al-Assad.

She has controversially insinuated 9/11 was an “inside job”, Ebola could actually be a US biological weapon and that chemical weapons are the “only hope” for Syria.

One of Syrian Girl’s controversial videos:


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