Victorian man faces 193 charges over grooming and sexual assault of children.

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1. Victorian man faces 193 charges over online grooming and sexual assault of children.

A man from the northern Victorian town of Echuca is facing 193 charges over the online grooming and sexual assault of girls.

The offences relate to 23 girls from all over Australia, Victoria Police say. Five of those alleged victims are from Victoria.

The alleged offences occurred between September 2011 and August 2015, ABC News reports.

The 27-year-old man will return to court on July 15.

2. Investigation into Prince’s death continues as dance parties erupt in his honour.

As the world awaits confirmation of the cause of Prince’s death on Thursday, dance parties across the world have been held in honour of the musical icon.

Events included an alleged 5,000-person block party by Spike Lee in Brooklyn, New York and an overnight dance party at The First Avenue Club in Prince’s hometown of Minnesota, where several buildings and websites have been coloured purple.

Unconfirmed reports by entertainment website TMZ suggest an overdose of the painkiller Percocet may have preceded the 57-year-0ld musical icon’s death.


However, an autopsy carried out Friday (CDT) is unlikely to provide answers for at least a few days, because results from the exam won’t be disclosed until toxicology results come back, TMZ reports.

3. 60 Minutes child recovery team founder is reportedly unimpressed with Channel Nine.

The founder of the child recovery agency involved in the 60 Minutes Lebanon fiasco is reportedly “very upset” Channel Nine has not negotiated his release.

ABC News reports that the agency’s founder Adam Whittington and his three contractors, who remain in prison in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, are not happy to have been left behind when the 60 Minutes crew were released from prison.

Faulkner with 60 Minutes host Tara Brown. (Screenshot: Channel Nine)

"My client is still there. He's very upset that Channel Nine left him behind and that they have ... not at all [been] taken care of," Mr Whittington's lawyer Joe Karam told the ABC's 7.30 program. "My client believes that he should have been a part of that deal and that it's unfair and immoral not to include him."

The mother featured in the 60 Minutes episode, Sally Faulkner, returned to Australia on Friday night along with the Channel Nine employees who were also arrested in Lebanon in early April, Fairfax Media reports.

Negotiations continue about charges potentially being dropped, Nine News reports.

4. Foreign bribery in the private, banking, and financial sectors to be targeted.

The Federal Government will today announce a $15 million package to tackle bribery in the banking, financial and private sectors in offshore jurisdictions.

The initiative will increase the powers of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and will fund three foreign bribery investigative teams and dozens of new positions, ABC News reports.

Yesterday, a Senate hearing into foreign bribery was told the AFP was not up to tackling the problem in its current state.

5. World leaders gather at the United Nations to sign the Paris agreement on climate change

A record number of world leaders have gathered at the United Nations to sign an agreement on climate change.

"This is a moment in history," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said of the Paris deal, which 171 countries including Australia are set to sign.

The agreement will come into effect as soon as 55 countries responsible for 55 per cent of the world's greenhouse gases have ratified the accord, ABC News reports. It is not clear when that will be, however. While China and the United States have said they will ratify this year, the European Union may take up to a year and half for the ratification.

6. Japanese cat cafe closed over animal cruelty claims

A cat cafe in Japan has been shut down for violating the animal welfare act.


City authorities said The Cat’s Paw cafe in Tokyo had to close for a month for violating animal cruelty laws, The Guardian reports. This is the first crackdown on cat cafes of its kind.

The 30square-metre cafe was home to 62 cats, including old and sick felines. Illness had been allegedly spreading among the cats in those cramped conditions.

There are around 150 cat cafes in Japan, where many people live in cramped apartment blocks where pets are forbidden. In recent years, several cat cafes have also sprung up in Australia cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

7. Claims Australia is the "leading exporter" of paedophiles seeking surrogate babies

A significant number of Australian paedophiles are heading abroad in search of surrogate babies, a renowned surrogacy lawyer has told Fairfax Media.

He said that in the absence of international regulation, the Australian government should take action.

"Australia seems to be the leading exporter of cases such as this. So we should be making it much harder for people," he said.

Australian surrogacy laws are currently being examined by a federal parliamentary committee, with Federal MP George Christensen calling for a ban of Australians seeking surrogacy in developing countries.

8. Photo of father cradling newborn daughter raises awareness.

A NSW father has received more than $24,000 in crowdfunding to help him raise his daughter, after his wife died in childbirth.

Glynn Sheppard posted a bittersweet photo on Facebook of himself cradling his newborn daughter, following the death of his wife Amanda Sheppard.

Photo: Glyn Sheppard/Facebook

One of couple's friends set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to look after Willa, who is the couple's only child.

"Willa and I as well as all our family would like to extend sincere appreciation to all the kind and caring people in this world," Glynn wrote in response to the donations.

9. ISIS executes 250 women and girls.

ISIS has killed 250 women and girls who refused to become sex slaves, according to local media.

The sickening mass executions took place in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

"At least 250 girls have so far been executed by Isis for refusing to accept the practice of sexual jihad, and sometimes the families of the girls were also executed for failing to submit to ISIS’s request," Kurdish Democratic Party spokesperson Said Mamuzini told news agency AhlulBayt.

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