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Chloe Campbell has been returned home.

1. 3-year-old Chloe Campbell describes her potential abductors.

Three-year-old Chloe Campbell has provided a clue for the investigation into her abduction. When speaking to family about her two-day disappearance, Chloe has reportedly used the phrase “daddy’s friends”.

Detective Inspector Bruce McNab told The Courier-Mail that she had given the police “information (they) can use” to continue the investigation.

However, while Chloe has used these words while talking to family, she did not use the same phrase when talking to police – and so the authorities are still considering a number of angles.

Yesterday, it was suggested that the toddler’s snatching may have been involved in a threat against her father. Sources revealed that a threat was made against Chloe’s father, Garth Campbell, two months ago.

A family friend, Melissa Small, told the Sunday Mail: “They’ve done this to scare Garth.”

Another source suggested that a friend of the family must have been involved in the abduction as no one else would have known that Chloe was not sleeping in her room the night she was taken.

The three-year-old went missing on Thursday morning from her family’s lounge room where she had been sleeping with her siblings. Chloe was found in a showground across the road from her home in Queensland on Saturday morning.

2. The sister of Reeva Steenkamp speaks out.

The sister of Reeva Steenkamp, Simone, has given an exclusive interview to The Mail on Sunday, in which she calls Oscar Pistorius a “disgusting liar”.

Simone Steenkamp, 48, told the paper, “He is trying to convince the court that they were really close and that he cared for her. It’s not true. He is a disgusting liar.”

She also described seeing him in court, saying that, “‘… he [was sitting] in the dock, smirking. He killed my sister and yet he still seems to be enjoying his celebrity status.”

The 27-year-old Pistorious was cross-examined in the witness-box last week. The paralympian denies deliberately killing 29-year-old Reeva on Valentine’s Day last year, and maintains that he was shooting at what he suspected was an intruder.

Simone also told the paper that, to honour Reeva’s memory, the family plans to open a shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence.

3. The MH370 black box battery may be dead.

The underwater signals that were believed to have been coming from the black box of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 appear to have stopped. No electronic ‘pings’ have been heard since the 8 April and officials believe that the batteries powering the black box may be dead.


The next step will involve sending underwater robotics down to search beneath the waves for any wreckage. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that, “No one should underestimate the difficulties of the task still ahead of us.”

New reports have also elaborated on the erratic flight plan of MH370 before it disappeared, saying the plane was “thrown around like a fighter jet” in order to avoid radar detection.

It has been over a month since the jet disappeared with 239 people on board.

4. Cyclone Ita causes power blackouts and flooding.

Cyclone Ita is moving out to sea, but the storm continued to wreak havoc last night with power blackouts and flooding across much of North Queensland.

The cyclone made landfall on Friday night and senior forecaster Brett Harrison predicted on the ABC that Ita will continue to affect coastal communities this morning.

He said, “It moved offshore pretty quickly and we expect it to maintain that category one strength through until at least tomorrow morning, moving further away from the Queensland coast at the same time.”

Premier Campbell Newman announced last night that hardship payments have been approved for the people living in the areas of Cooktown, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal and Laura in the wake of the cyclone.

5. Bodies of father and daughter found in Sydney residence.

The bodies of a father and daughter have been found in a home in Blacktown, Sydney.

Police were called to the residence when the man’s son alerted the police on Saturday afternoon and authorities found the bodies of a 77-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman inside. The bodies reportedly showed no visible injuries, and the police are not treating the deaths as suspicious.

A spokeswoman for the police said yesterday that “at this time, there’s no evidence that the deaths are suspicious”.

6. Chrissy Amphlett’s ‘I Touch Myself’ is the anthem for a new movement.

The Cancer Council NSW has launched a new initiative to raise awareness about the importance of women conducting self-examinations of their breasts, dubbed the ‘I Touch Myself’ project.

The project was launched yesterday with a cover video of rock legend Chrissy Amphlett’s Divinyl’s song I Touch Myself, sung by famous figures, including Olivia Newton-John, Kate Cebrano and Sarah Blasko.

It is one year since Chrissy Amphlett lost her battle with breast cancer at 53.

You can watch the I Touch Myself video here.


7. Boston bombings survivor walks off television set in tears.

One of the survivors of the Boston bombing on April 15 last year has left a television studio in tears after a news program that was interviewing her did not comply with her request to not mention the Boston bombing suspect by name.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost her left foot in the bombing, asked NBC News’ Meet the Press to refrain from mentioning the suspect’s name in her presence, as she believes media focus in such cases needs to shift from perpetrators to survivors. However, the name was used in her presence.

Haslet-Davis tweeted:


NBC News spokeswoman Erika Masonhall has said that unfortunately the program could not make the guarantee not to mention the suspect by name, and apologised for any distress caused.

8. Accusations of racism in royal coverage.

A petition has been started, demanding an apology from CNN with regards to the statements made by one of their reporters, Ms Jeanne Moos, during coverage of a pōwhiri held at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William and Kate Middleton were honoured upon their arrival at Government House with a performance of the haka – the traditional dance of the Māori people, which is well-known in Australia.

Ms Moos asked whether the haka was “any way to welcome a future king and queen” and called it “a cross between a Chippendale lap dance and the mating dance of an emu”.

Ms Moos has since apologised for the tone of her story, but the public is demanding an apology from the broadcaster. 

The petition can be found here. 

9. Royal baby rumours quashed.

In further royal news, the Duchess of Cambridge has quashed pregnancy rumours by taking part in a wine tasting, sampling some of the best that New Zealand has to offer at the Amisfield Winery in Queenstown.


The rumours started circulating yesterday when the pair met Cynthia Read, the lady commissioned to make the lace shawl that New Zealand gifted to baby George, yesterday. Upon receiving the gift, Prince William stated, “You might have to make another one soon”.

10. The latest winner of The Biggest Loser lost 79.8 kilograms.

Craig Booby, 34, has become the latest winner of The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia on Channel 10, after losing 43.51 per cent of his body weight. Booby weighed 183.4 kilograms when the competition started and lost 79.8 kilograms over the course of the show.

The latest season of the show has suffered from low ratings, however, Booby still gets to take home a $75,000 cash prize.

11. Ukrainian forces have launched an “anti-terrorist” operation.

Ukrainian forces have launched an “anti-terrorist” operation to overcome separatists in Slaviansk, an eastern town in the country.

Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov said on Sunday, “An anti-terrorist operation has begun in Slaviansk. It is being directed by the anti-terrorist centre of the state security service. Forces from all the security units of the country have been brought in.”

Armed separatists – who authorities in Kiev have said are working under an “act of aggression by Russia” – took control of the town on Saturday. Pro-Russian activists seized government buildings while carrying automatic weapons and the White House National Security Council has said that the manoeuvres are similar to those used during Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

12. UN report concludes that action on climate change is affordable.

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has concluded that a global roll-out of clean energy would only marginally affect economic growth.

Published by the UN, the landmark report – put together by 1,250 international experts and signed off by 194 governments worldwide – concluded that diverting hundreds of billions of dollars from fossil fuels to renewable energy would shave 0.06 per cent off expected annual economic growth rates of 1.3 per cent to 3 per cent.

Professor Jim Skea told The Guardian that the change “is actually affordable to do it and people are not going to have to sacrifice their aspirations about improved standards of living”.

13. 16 dead after forest fire in Chile.

A forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, has destroyed 500 homes and killed at least 16 people.

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