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Melbourne man charged with the death of pregnant woman who fell from moving car, & more in news in 5.

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1. Melbourne man charged with the death of pregnant woman who fell from moving car.

On Sunday afternoon a 35-year-old man, William Wilson, was charged with causing the death of a pregnant woman by driving dangerously.

Helena Broadbent, 32, fell out of a moving car in Melbourne before she died in hospital after delivering a baby via c-section on Saturday. The baby remains in a critical condition.

Wilson will now await his first court appearance on Wednesday from behind bars. His matter was heard in absentia at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Sunday night, where his lawyers did not apply for bail.

Police allege the pair knew each other; Wilson was having an altercation with Ms Broadbent at a home on Kiwi Retreat in Keilor Downs about 1pm on Saturday.

They believe the argument continued in a car Wilson was driving, with Ms Broadbent falling from the back seat onto the road as the car hit a corner. She was flown to hospital but died after delivering the baby.

Wilson’s lawyer has revealed this is his first time being imprisoned.

According to the ABC, Ms Broadbent’s brother, Paul Broadbent, said: “She was a beautiful, caring mum. She loved those two kids. And she was so looking forward to the new one on the way.”

2. Canadian teens who murdered Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese planned escape to Africa.

The two teenagers who shot dead Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, his US girlfriend Chynna Deese and university lecturer Leonard Dyck on a murderous highway rampage in Canada hoped to hijack a boat and sail to Africa or Europe to elude authorities.

The dramatic plan was captured on a video Kam McLeod, 18, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 19, took as Canada’s police and military chased them more than 3,000km across northern Canada.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has released a report on its investigation, which points to the murders as being random and suggests the teens were seeking “notoriety” for their bloodshed.

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“There’s no indication these were planned or predicted,” Assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett told reporters at a briefing in Vancouver.

McLeod and Schmegelsky began their rampage on July 15 in a remote area alongside a highway south of Liard River Hot Springs in northern British Columbia.

The van Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and Ms Deese, 24, from North Carolina were using for a road trip had broken down and McLeod and Schmegelsky, armed with two SKS semi-automatic rifles, shot them multiple times.

“It appears that the shooter(s) stood behind the victims for at least some of the shots,” the report states.

Four days later and 460km away in British Columbia McLeod and Schmegelsky shot and killed 64-year-old University of British Columbia botany lecturer Mr Dyck, stole his Toyota RAV4, set their own Dodge pick-up truck on fire and sparked a nationwide manhunt.

The teenagers also stole Mr Dyck’s money and a digital camera.

They recorded six videos and three still images on the camera as they travelled more than 3,000km east to Gillam, Manitoba, giving authorities some insight into their state of mind.

They were described as “cold” and “remorseless” on the videos.

The RCMP said it would not release the videos or photos publicly because they believed it would inspire copycats and the teenagers appeared to crave notoriety for their crimes.

On one 58-second video, Schmegelsky admits “they are responsible for the three murders” and “they were going to march to Hudson Bay where they planned to hijack a boat and go to Europe or Africa”.

In another video, Schmegelsky describes how “they have shaved in preparation for their own death” and “plan to go back to kill more people and expect to be dead in a week”.

Gillam is located near Hudson Bay where polar bears are among the wild animals they could have encountered.

The teenage killers decided to end their lives after they became stranded in an area near a fast-moving river and thick bushland west of Hudson Bay.

The report includes numerous chilling sightings, including a motorist who pulled off to the side of a highway in British Columbia late in the evening two days after Mr Fowler and Mrs Deese were murdered and before Mr Dyck was shot.

The motorist said he saw a male in the darkness holding a long gun and approaching his car “in a tactical or hunting stance”.

The motorist drove off.

On May 22, the RCMP were contacted by an unnamed witness who knew the teens and told investigators “the boys may have been involved in the murders”.

“This is the first time that police learned that McLeod and Schmegelsky may be capable of the murders which conflicted with original witness statements from family and associates,” the report states.

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Ms Deese’s family released a statement describing Chynna as “a ray of sunshine, and for her to be taken has made the world feel a bit darker”.

“The loss we continue to endure is shattering, but Chynna’s memories are a benediction to her genuine happiness and intense love of life,” the Deese’s said.

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3. “We’ve become too loud.” Greta Thunberg hits back at her critics.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg says she doesn’t understand why grown-ups and world leaders would mock children and teens for acting on science, responding to attacks on her campaign as students conducted a second wave of global protests demanding action on climate change.

When asked about US President Donald Trump and others who have mocked her, the 16-year-old activist said they likely feel their world view and interests are being threatened by climate activism.

“We’ve become too loud for people to handle so people want to silence us,” she said at a rally in Montreal after meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We should also take that as a compliment.”

The youth climate movement has drawn criticism from some who accuse the students of overreacting and say they would be better off going to school. In an apparent sarcastic jibe at Thunberg this week following her haranguing of world leaders, Trump tweeted: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

Instead of addressing Trump by name, she said Friday that she didn’t “understand why grown-ups would choose to mock children and teenagers for just communicating and acting on the science when they could do something good instead.”

Thousands later chanted “Greta! Greta!” as she spoke at an afternoon rally in Montreal.

“We will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse even if that means skipping school or work,” she said. “The people have spoken. And we will continue to speak until our leaders listen and act. We are the change and change is coming.”

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Her comments came as students in Italy symbolically torched a replica of planet Earth, one of many protests as part of the climate strikes sparked by the Swedish teen. Some participants echoed the anger she expressed this week at a UN summit in New York.

“How dare you!” read one banner at a rally in Italy’s financial hub of Milan, where tens of thousands took to the streets and later gathered around a giant globe to watch it go up in flames.

More than 100,000 people also rallied in Rome, where protesters held up signs with slogans such as “Change the system, not the climate” or just the word “Future.”

Fears about the impact of global warming on younger generation s drew fresh protests in India, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and Bolivia a week after hundreds of thousands rallied worldwide ahead of the UN summit.

In New Zealand, students marched on Parliament in Wellington, staging one of the largest protests ever held in that capital.

In Canada, Thunberg met Trudeau, who praised her activism on climate change.

“She is the voice of a generation, of young people who are calling on their leaders to do more and do better,” Trudeau said. “And I am listening.”

Trudeau, who is in the middle of an election campaign, announced a plan to plant 2 billion trees over the next decade.

Thunberg, however, indicated that she expects more, even of leaders who welcome the movement. Scientists this week issued new dire warnings about the consequences of rising temperatures on the world’s oceans and cold regions.

Thunberg told a crowd in Montreal it was moving to see people of all generations so passionate for a cause.

“He (Trudeau) is of course obviously not doing enough, but this is just a huge problem, this is a system that is wrong,” she said. “My message to all the politicians is the same: Just listen and act on the science.”

4. Police warn NSW drivers after horror weekend of road deaths.

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Two women have died after being hit by a car on the state’s mid-north coast, following a horror couple of days on NSW roads.

Police were called to a Nambucca Heads shopping centre just before midnight on Saturday, where the two women – a 24-year-old from Bellingen and a 20-year-old from Macksville – had been struck.

Both of them died at the scene.

Police established a crime scene and are waiting to speak with two people, who are currently being treated in hospital, about the crash.

The latest incident comes after a horror 24 hours in which four people died, prompting a plea from police for road users to be cautious.

In one crash, a 23-year-old woman died when her car hit a tree at Old Junee in the NSW Riverina on Saturday morning.

“It is important that every driver, or rider, takes responsibility to ensure that safety is their number one priority when they are behind the wheel, or on their bike,” NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said on Saturday.

Meawhile, a 24-year-old male driver was charged over a fatal multi-vehicle crash at Ermington in northwest Sydney.

Emergency workers were called to the three-car collision at River Rd shortly after 11.30pm on Friday.

The man and his two female passengers, aged 28 and 25, were taken to Westmead Hospital, but the younger passenger later died.

The crash also left a female ute driver with minor injuries, while two people in the third car appeared to be unhurt.

The driver was taken to Granville Police Station after being released from hospital, where he has been charged with numerous offences including dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

Earlier on Friday, about 8pm, a male pedestrian was killed when he was hit by a car in Canley Vale, in Sydney’s south west.

He died at the scene while the driver, a 64-year-old woman, was taken to Liverpool Hospital for mandatory testing.

On the Mid North Coast, a 57-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene in Forster after a collision with a ute about 10.30am on Friday.

5. FBI to probe into Prince Andrew links to Jeffrey Epstein case.

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Prince Andrew could become more deeply engulfed in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal as police in the US seek to talk to victims of the late American billionaire pedophile.

The Sunday Times reported the FBI has expanded its investigation to identify alleged human trafficking victims of Epstein, who could provide information on the Duke.

The Sunday Times says the US law enforcement agency expects to interview alleged trafficking victims over the next two months, and that Scotland Yard is ready to help.

Citing unidentified sources from the US Department of Justice, the paper says the FBI are looking to “several” potential victims in the hope they can provide more details about Prince Andrew and his involvement in the Epstein case.

The report quotes former head of royal protection at Scotland Yard, Dai Davies, saying a full investigation would be in Prince Andrew’s best interests.

“I would have thought it’s in Prince Andrew’s interests to clear this matter up,” Mr Davies, who headed Prince Andrew’s protection in the late 1990s, told The Sunday Times.

“Any residue of doubt or innuendo should be cleared up by a clear, unequivocal, structured investigation.”

Scotland Yard had previously held an investigation after one of the women caught up in the scandal, Virginia Giuffre, made allegations against Prince Andrew, but that probe was dropped in 2015.

Her allegations, which Andrew strongly denies, were struck from US civil court records in 2015 after a judge said they were “immaterial and impertinent”.

The Sunday Times reports the claims by Giuffre that she was ordered to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 are not the only allegations against the royal being reviewed by the FBI.

Prince Andrew has denied all allegations against him as “false” and “without foundation”.

The paper said around 100 sex-trafficking victims are expected to form part of the FBI’s investigation into Epstein, most of whom were aged between 14 and 15.

The Epstein probe is continuing after the disgraced financier took his own life last month in a New York prison cell where he was detained on charges of sex trafficking teenage girls.

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