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1. Notorious millionaire questioned in relation to missing Beaumont children.

A millionaire bar owner and convicted paedophile who now lives in Cambodia is a person of interest in the 50-year-old mystery of the missing Beaumont children.

The Advertiser reveals that Anthony Munro, 71, has pleaded guilty to child sex offences in South Australia going back to 1962, but is also a person of interest in the case of the Beaumont children.

Siblings Jane, 9, Arnna, 7, and four-year-old Grant Beaumont disappeared on January 26, 1966 from Glenelg in Adelaide. Their disappearance remains one of Australia’s greatest mysteries.

Police believe Munro was in Adelaide around the time when the Beaumont children vanished.

The former resident of Glenelg is also wanted in Cambodia for questioning over alleged child sex offences.


Munro pleaded guilty to 10 child sex offences including buggery and indecent assault against several victims in South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, Rapid Bay and the Glenelg between 1962 and 1983.

2. “He was like an octopus” multiple women accuse Trump of groping them.

Multiple women have come forward saying they were sexually harassed by Donald Trump.

Jessica Leeds, 74, told The New York Times that more than three decades ago, she sat next to Mr. Trump during a plane flight and that he groped her. The newspaper said it spoke with four people to whom she had earlier told her story.

Another woman Rachel Crooks, said that as a 22-year-old receptionist in 2005, she met Mr. Trump outside an elevator in Trump Tower, where she worked, and that he kissed her on the cheeks and then the mouth.

While People Magazine published an account from a former writer who said Trump shoved her against a wall and tried to kiss her during a break in an interview for a story about the first anniversary of his marriage to Melania Trump.

“During the presidential debate, Donald Trump lied about kissing women without their consent,” Natasha Stoynoff wrote. “I should know. His actions made me feel bad for a very long time. They still do.”

While Trumps has denied the allegations if they do prove true they undermine claims that his self-described “locker-room talk” didn’t represent actual behaviour.

3. Tony Abbott defends Donald Trump.

Tony Abbott has defended Donald Trump saying the Republican nominee’s positions are “reasonable enough” and has condemned NSW for wasting parliamentary time to pass a motion calling Mr Trump a “revolting slug”.

“The tapes that have been playing over the last few days are gross, gross beyond belief and I think they are completely indefensible,” Mr Abbott told Sky News.

“The point that I want to make is that the vast majority of Trump supporters are not deplorables, they really aren’t,” he said.

“They are decent people who want to see change inside their country and that’s fair enough.”

Mr Abbott defended Mr Trump’s policies, which include building a wall between Mexico and the United States to repel migrants, as reasonable.

“Many of the Trump positions are reasonable enough,” he said.

4. Mum who “forgot” about baby and left her in hot sun given probation.

A mother who forgot about her 13-month-old baby and left her out in a stroller in the sun for 30 minutes was hallucinating after taking a “cocktail” of drugs.

Yesterday Brisbane District Court Judge Michael Burnett today told the mother-of-two she had inflicted “great hurt” on her children by her “selfish behaviour”.

The Courier Mail reports she was handed a 12-month probation order.

The court heard the woman had earlier consumed drugs including cannabis, Valium and Subutex at a friend’s house.

She then left her baby unattended in a stroller out in the sun.

The court heard when police caught up with the woman after being alerted to the baby she told them her “children were at home”.

The woman pleaded guilty to one count of leaving a child under 12 unattended without making provisions for its supervision and care.

5. Have a cup of tea and a mint slice at 3 for Stephanie.

The mother of Stephanie Scott is urging others to focus on the good things about her life, and on what would have been her 28th birthday today to have a cup of tea and a Mint Slice biscuit in honor of Stephanie.

Mrs Scott said yesterday it was now time to, “let the music and fun back in.”

“The past 18 months have been the most difficult and harrowing time. So much has been taken away from us. Stephanie has had everything taken away from her,” she said.

“We need to be kind to ourselves and let the music and fun back in. We need to be able to fade from public view, to mourn our beautiful girl and work our way through our grief.

“Tomorrow we begin to celebrate Stephanie’s too short, amazing life. This should be her 28th birthday — the second one we celebrate without her.

“We will be having a cup of tea and a Mint Slice biscuit at three, please join us,” she said.

6. Maternity services cut to four Victorian hospitals.

Following an independent inquiry into the Victorian hospitals baby deaths scandal the State Government will today announce an overhaul of the health system including four hospitals to be stripped of some of their maternity services.

The state’s 54 public maternity services were reviewed after the avoidable deaths of 11 babies at the Bacchus Marsh hospital.

The Herald Sun reports that maternity services have been downgraded at hospitals in Sale, Kerang, Terang and Myrtleford after it was found they were undertaking work beyond their capabilities.

7. Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died.

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state, the palace says.

The 88-year-old king was widely revered in Thailand.

The Royal Palace said the world’s longest-reigning monarch died “in a peaceful state” at Siriraj Hospital, where he had been treated for various health problems for most of the past decade.

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be the new monarch, the prime minister has said.

In a televised address to the nation, Prayut Chan-ocha said Thailand would hold a one-year mourning period and that all entertainment functions must be “toned down” for a month.

Describing the king’s death as “the most devastating moment for Thais”, the prime minister said: “He is now in heaven and may be looking over Thai citizens from there.”

The king’s death comes as Thailand remains under military rule following a coup in 2014.

8. Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize for literature.

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The singer was credited “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

It is the first time the award has been given to someone primarily seen as a musician.

Dylan had been mentioned in the Nobel speculation for years, but few experts expected the Swedish Academy to extend the prestigious award to a genre such as pop music.

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