1. Arrests over murder of Reza Barati
Six months after violent clashes on Manus Island’s immigration detention centre, Papua New Guinea police have announced they are charging two Papua New Guinean nationals for the murder of Iranian asylum-seeker Reza Barati.
Fairfax Media report the men were Joshua Kaluvia, who worked with the Salvation Army, and Louie Efi, who was a security guard with contractor G4S.
2. Man rescued mother and three-year-old
A man in Melbourne is being branded a hero after rescuing a mother and her three-year-old daughter from drowning yesterday afternoon when the mother tragically jumped into the Yarra River with her daughter in her arms.
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3. Police shoot suspect near Ferguson
A second police shooting has taken place in the US near Ferguson.
CNN reports that two St Louis city police officers shot and killed a black man who came within several feet of them brandishing a knife.
4. Teacher’s rape charges over affair with 15-year-old
A US school teacher is facing rape charges after an affair with her 15-year-old student.
Jennifer Sexton, 28, allegedly had sex with the student numerous times before she was caught by police.
Reports are that in April rumours of her affair began to surface and she resigned from her position at the Oklahoma school but police could not arrest her for lack of evidence.
She was then arrested on June 18 being caught having sex with the boy in a hotel after she had followed him over 1000km to where he was on holidays.
The Huffington Post report she has been charged with three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of enticing a child, and one count of forcible sodomy.
5. Pope says he has 2-3 years left to live
The Pope has said at a press conference that he may have only two-three years left to live.
“Two or three years and then I’ll be off to the Father’s House,” he said.
He also hinted he may retire like Benedict XVI did last year, saying that resigning the papacy was a possibility “even if it does not appeal to some theologians”.
The news came as several relatives of the Pope died in a tragic accident in Argentina.
6. Mother of bisexual soldier exposes topless barmaid party
Fairfax Media reports the ADF is banning topless barmaids from a government recreation club after a mother of a bisexual soldier being investigated “for a matter related to his sexuality” uncovered the images.
The photos show the barmaids serving soldiers at the Gratwick Club, which is used by troopers from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Western Australia.