1. James Foley ransom
The GlobalPost, one of the news outlets for which murdered US journalist James Foley worked, has said ISIS demanded a $132 million ransom in the days before it executed Foley.
GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni confirmed the demand was made.
Meanwhile it has been reported that US Special Operations Forces attempted to rescue Foley and other American hostages earlier this year, but the rescue attempt failed when the hostages were not at the location US intelligence had pinpointed.
In the UK a Frenchman, Didier Francois, who was held captive with Foley has said he roughly knows who the terrorist who executed him is. The Guardian reports the executioner is one of a gang of British jihadist known as ‘The Beatles’ who guards foreign captives.
2. Ebola patients survive
Two Ebola patients in America have survived. Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, an American Doctor and aid worker respectively, were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, where they were working at a missionary clinic.
Overnight they have been discharged from hospital.
For more, read this post here.
Meanwhile South Africa has announced it is closing its borders to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the BBC reports.
3. Rabbit torturer sentenced today
Warning: this post contains disturbing details of animal torture.
A man who filmed himself torturing a pet rabbit will be sentenced today.
The Herald Sun reports that the man, Karim Salem, 27, was on the drug ice when he deliberately hurled the rabbit against a wall and ran over it with his car while taunting its owner, Jemma and filming the incident.
“Hello Jemma. I’ve warned you, sweetheart. Now look what’s going to happen to poor Pancake,” The Herald Sun reports he said.
4. Jodhi Meares driving record
The Daily Telegraph report that Jodhi Meares, who recently lost her license for 12 months after rolling her Range Rover while three times over the blood alcohol limit, was on her sixth driving suspension.
5. Fred Nile links abortions and breast cancer
Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile has angered breast cancer experts over comments linking abortion and breast cancer.
That link has previously been discredited by a number of medical professionals, as Mamamia has previously reported.