News in 5: Miranda Kerr's baby news; Family tragedy after house fire; Socceroos make World Cup.

1. Miranda Kerr is expecting a baby with her new billionaire husband.

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Six-year-old Flynn Bloom is about to become a big brother, with Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr expecting her first baby with her husband, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel.

The 34-year-old model and skincare entrepreneur's representative confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday, PEOPLE Magazine reports.

"Miranda, Evan and Flynn are looking forward to welcoming the newest member of their family," the statement read.

It's the 27-year-old Snapchat CEO's first child, while Miranda already shares a son, Flynn, with ex-husband, Orlando Bloom.

Miranda and Evan started dating in 2015, and were married in May in the garden of their multi-million dollar Brentwood, Los Angeles home.

The former Victoria's Secret Angel wore a custom-made long-sleeved high neck Dior gown, which was inspired by Grace Kelly.

"I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful wedding dress," she told Vogue two months after she tied the knot.

2. A 4-year-old boy has died, and his younger brother critical, after being pulled from house fire by dad.

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A four-year-old boy has died in a Brisbane hospital from severe burns after fire tore through a timber house on Queensland's Darling Downs on Tuesday night, AAP reports.

The boy's three-year-old brother, Jeremy, remains in a critical condition at Lady Cilento Hospital, with burns to 90 per cent of his body.

A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed four-year-old Blade had passed away on Wednesday afternoon after his parents chose to switch off his life support.

The boys' 34-year-old father, Nathan Perry, risked his own life to drag his children outside as the blaze completely destroyed their timber house at Weranga, west of Toowoomba, around 7.30pm on Tuesday.

"The two children suffered 89 to 90 per cent burns to their whole body and the father suffered burns to his arms," Queensland Fire and Emergency Rescue spokesman Cameron Ashmore said.

The father was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition, while his two boys were airlifted to the Lady Cilento.

The father's condition is now stable with burns to his arms.

It's believed the house did not have smoke alarms and all three were asleep when the fire started. No one else was in the house at the time.

Fire investigators are combing the ruins to determine what caused the blaze. A family friend has set up a fundraising page to help Nathan with ongoing medical costs, living expenses and to replace and rebuild the family home.

3. 'Yes' campaigner Christine Forster reveals brother Tony Abbott called with a message of congratulations after survey results.

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Despite being a vocal supporter of the 'No' vote, Christine Forster has revealed her brother, former PM Tony Abbott, was quick to call her with a message of congratulations when it was confirmed Australia had overwhelmingly voted 'Yes' to allowing same-sex couples to marry.


Speaking to Yahoo7, Forster - a Sydney councillor - said her brother had called her to say "well done".

"[Tony] gave me a call to say well done," she said.

Despite their differing views, Forster told AAP that her brother would respect the voice of the Australian public and would want legislation to be passed as quickly as possible.

"He's of the same view that I'm of, which is we now need to get on with it, get the legislation passed, put in place whatever protections need to be put in place, but get on with it and do it," she said.

Forster also confirmed to Mamamia that she and her partner Virginia Edwards, who have been engaged for four years, would finally marry on February 2.

"It means now I can marry this woman I've treasured for 10 years, on Australian soil, hopefully, under Australian law, if the pollies pull their fingers out, in front of my friends and family," she said.

After almost 62 per cent of Australians voted in favour of changing the law to allow same-sex couples to legally marry, the country was in full celebration mode.

Streets, clubs and bars all over Australia were filled to the brim with happy revellers, with many taking to the streets with rainbow flags, signs and costumes to celebrate.

Sydney's Oxford Street was the home of an impromptu Mardi Gras-like march, with landmarks around the country - including Brisbane's Story Bridge - lit up in rainbow lights to celebrate the historic decision.

4. The Socceroos are on their way to Russia after qualifying for a fourth-straight World Cup.

Australian skipper Mile Jedinak has fired the Socceroos to a fourth-straight World Cup, bagging a hat-trick in their 3-1 defeat of Honduras, AAP reports.

Jedinak's deflected free kick and pair of penalties overcame Honduras, who kept Austalia to a 0-0 draw in the first leg, providing vindication at long last for coach Ange Postecoglou's tactical toil.


Postecolgou became the first Australian to steer his country to a World Cup, even if doubts linger as to whether he'll take the team there.

He said he was overwhelmed to qualify, promising a quick resolution to the coaching saga.

"Right now it's about enjoying the moment," he said.

"It's been 22 hard games and you want (the players) to get rewarded.

"They believed in something that we started and right to the end displayed the kind of resilience and relief that's made me proud all the way along."

While Australia will be amongst the 32 teams battling it out for the World Cup next year, some high-profile former champions failed to qualify, including Italy, the Netherlands, Chile, Cameroon, South Africa and the United States.

5. Study reveals one in 10 five-year-olds show early warning signs of developing mental illness.

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A new study, published in in the Australian New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, has found that one in 10 New South Wales five-year-olds show early warning signs of mental illness, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Using results from the 2009 Australian Early Development Census, researchers identified four distinct groups from the 67,353 children surveyed across NSW, ranging from 'no risk' of mental illness, to 'pervasive risk'.

Almost 78 per cent of the children surveyed had no risk of mental illness, while just over 10 per cent were at a high risk of developing a mental illness later in life.

Lead author Associate Professor Melissa Green, from UNSW's School of Psychiatry, told The Sydney Morning Herald that those children could most likely be "easily identified" in the classroom.

"Those are the [children whom] teachers say are the troublemakers and the parents say they can't control them," she said.


Dr Green stressed the study was not diagnosing or labelling five-year-olds as having a mental illness, and that not every child identified as 'high risk' would necessarily develop a mental disorder.

"We are trying to get to these at-risk children before the emergence of actual symptoms of mental illness," she said.

"Because once those symptoms emerge the process is already on the way to becoming a disorder."

Researchers recommend targeted early intervention strategies to help families and teachers better support at-risk children.

6. US President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims of the wrong mass shooting.

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Just hours after a gunman killed four people and wounded 10 others, including children in California, US President Donald Trump sent a message of condolences to the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

"May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived," Trump tweeted.

He made no mention of California, or the elementary school that was targeted by the gunman. Instead, he appeared to reference the events of November 5, when 26 people were killed when a man opened fire in a church.

The tweet has since been deleted, but many have accused the President of at least partially copy and pasting his condolences from the Tweet he sent at the time of the Texas tragedy.

"No way. I thought people were joking. Donald Trump actually did tweet about the wrong mass shooting," one person wrote on Twitter.

"Is this his shooting tweet template? He forgot to change the location to today's shooting: California," wrote another.

"Mass shootings are literally now a 'fill-in-the-blank' game for him," another said.

Trump has yet to make any public statement about the California shooting.

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