1. UPDATE: Malaysia Airlines offers compensation to relatives.
The relatives of those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will receive the equivalent of $5,500 in compensation from the airline.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya made the announcement today, saying the airline may increase the payments as the search for the plane’s wreckage continues, News.com.au reports.
“This unprecedented event in aviation history has made the past 18 days the greatest challenge to face our entire team, ” Mr Yahya reportedly said.
The passengers’ families will also receive “continued support” from the airline, he said.
Earlier today, MM wrote:
The Prime Minister of Malaysia has confirmed that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ended its journey in the Southern Indian Ocean.
The plane carrying 239 people plunged into the Indian Ocean.
In a statement last night in Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Najib Razak said intelligence from British satellites and investigators showed that MH370 is likely to have “ended” in the southern corridor of the ocean.
For more, read this, and to read his statement go to this post here “No survivors on MH370”
2. Bail denied
In Egypt, bail has been denied for Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues.
In the third hearing overnight, police witnesses were questioned about the arrests. Most said they stand by their original statements.
3. Oscar Pistorius trial
The trial of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has taken a dramatic turn with text messages revealing that Reeva Steenkamp was scared of his temper.
The court heard that a message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead read: “I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me,” while a later text read, “I can’t be attacked by outsider for dating u and be attacked by you the person I deserve protection from.”
The evidence showed that about 90 per cent of the messages were normal and loving messages.
However, others were read out which showed the athlete’s jealousy.
4. George Brandis defends the right of the bigot
Attorney-General George Brandis has made a controversial statement in Senate defending the right of Australians to be ”bigots”.
Senator Brandis made the case for the Government’s changes to race hate laws. The Government is planning the changes after columnist Andrew Bolt was found to have breached Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in relation to two articles he wrote about fair-skinned Indigenous Australians.
The Senator’s statement came as an answer to Indigenous Senator Nova Peris.
“People have the right to be bigots you know,” Brandis said.
“In this country people have rights to say things that other people find offensive or bigoted.”
5. Domestic violence
A woman in hiding from her violent partner has spoken to the Herald Sun about how her alleged attacker was freed on bail.
Mobile phone footage shows him wielding a large knife at the woman. He received just 120 hours’ community work for the attack.