1. A breakthrough arrest in the case of Madeleine McCann.
A paedophile who has preyed on young girls in Australia and Europe is being extradited from Malta to the UK, where he will answer questions about the case of Madeleine McCann.
British man Roderick Macdonald, 76, is believed to have been in Portugal when three-year-old Mcann went missing in 2007, and will be jailed for the sexual assault of another young girl on his return to the UK.
Mr Macdonald was deported from Portugal to Australia in 2010 for raping an eight-year-old girl, but is believed to have fled to Thailand on a forged passport after being freed on bail. Most recently, he has been living in Malta.
In the UK he will face further questions in relation to the McCann case, with police believing he has knowledge of paedophile gangs operating in the area at the time. The police are proposing new tests on DNA found in Madeleine’s bedroom that that did not belong to workers at the holiday resort where her family was staying at the time of her abduction.
2. Missing baby found
A three-month-old baby who went missing with his parents from NSW has been found in QLD and his parents arrested.
Three-month-old Blake Holman and his parents Ashley Groizard aged 20 and Michael Holman, 32, were reported missing by family members yesterday.
Police said yesterday they held “serious concerns” for the baby due to reports of erratic behaviour from his parents and a nationwide alert was issues.
Queensland Police located the family after they were allegedly involved in a car crash in Warwick.
3. Russia responds angrily to Abbott’s comments
Russia has responded angrily to Tony Abbott’s tough talking in the lead up to the G20 summit in Brisbane.
In an opinion piece published in the Russian political newspaper Pravda – before the PM made his now famous, “shirt-front” threat – the Russian author writes that Prime Minister Abbott displays “insolence” and Australia has a “colonial chip on its shoulder.
Speaking on the ABC Senior Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonov said that Mr Abbott’s threat is “predictable” because the Australian leader is so closely aligned to the United States.
4. Sydney Storm
Sydney has been hit by a powerful storm overnight which saw hail, winds of up to 160 km/hr and lightening that at one stage struck Sydney Tower and left it without power.
60mm of rain was dumped in less than an hour, with traffic light blackouts and road flooding creating traffic chaos.
Blackheath in the Blue Mountains saw over 15cm of snowfall.
5. Startling Ebola statistics
The World Health Organisation has warned that the number of people affected by the Ebola virus will reach as many as 10,000 new cases a week in West Africa.