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News in 5: Federer's shocking selfie; State funeral offer for terror victim; Strawberry arrest.

-With AAP.

1. Roger Federer shared a photo from the London Tube that has surprised fans.


Commuters on the London Underground were surprised to find themselves sharing a ride with tennis legends Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on Friday.

A photo, shared by Nitto ATP Finals event director Adam Hogg shows eight of the world’s top 10 players: Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev, Djokovic and Federer on their way to Westminster station and the English Houses of Parliament for the event’s launch.

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Federer took the selfie on the busy Jubilee Line train.

American John Isner said the train ride was a fun way to arrive for the launch of the Nitto ATP Finals.

“Although we’ve probably all ridden on the tube a time or two, this was very different. It’s a very cool way to make an entrance,” the world number 10 said.

“There were quite a few surprised looks on the faces of folks, especially when Roger and Novak walked by. It was a pretty cool treat for them.”

The ATP Finals is the second highest tier of men’s tennis tournament after the four Grand Slams. The tournament is played at the O2 Arena in London.

2. A state funeral has been offered for the man killed in the Bourke St terror attack.

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The family of a popular Melbourne restaurateur who was killed in the Bourke Street terror attack has been offered a state funeral as the city continues to mourn the tragedy.

Hundreds of flowers and cards line the footpath outside of Pellegrini’s restaurant as staff let mourners know the tributes would be passed on to the family of Sisto Malaspina.

The 74-year-old man was walking down Bourke Street, just a few hundred metres from the business he had run for more than 40 years, when he was caught up in the horrific attack.

Premier Daniel Andrews spoke to the family of Mr Malaspina and offered a state funeral.

Tasmanian businessman Rod Patterson and a 24-year-old security guard were also injured in the attack.

Michael Rogers, a homeless Melbourne man, has been publicly praised for putting his own life at risk to help police during the attack, shoving a shopping trolley at the attacker.

A GoFundMe page to help Mr Rogers, dubbed “Trolley Man”, has raised almost $100,000.

Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, a 30-year-old known to authorities for his radical views, parked a four-wheel drive laden with gas cylinders on Bourke Street on Friday and stabbed three men, killing one.

However the family of the attacker have said the man had mental health problems in a note to reporters.

“Hassan suffered from mental illness for years and refused help. He’s been deteriorating these past few months,” a note given to the Nine Network showed.

“Please stop turning this into a political game. This isn’t a guy who had any connections with terrorism but was simply crying for help,” it read.

Shire Ali was shot in the chest by a police officer he threatened with a knife and died in hospital.

Federal police said the attacker had his passport cancelled in 2015 amid fears the Somali-born man would go to Syria.

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3. World leaders gather to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

French President Emmanuel Macron has led tributes to the millions of soldiers killed during World War I, holding an emotional Armistice commemoration ceremony in Paris attended by dozens of world leaders.

US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of monarchs, princes, presidents and prime ministers joined Macron to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Those who fought in the trenches of the war lived through an unimaginable hell, Macron said in a 20-minute address on Sunday.

As well as the deaths of 10 million troops, millions of women were widowed and children orphaned, Macron said.

“The lesson of the Great War cannot be that of resentment between peoples, nor should the past be forgotten,” he said, sorrow etched on the faces of former French soldiers standing to attention around him.

“It is our deeply rooted obligation to think of the future, and to consider what is essential.”

The commemoration is the centrepiece of global tributes to honour those who died during the 1914-18 war and to commemorate the signing of the Armistice that brought the fighting to an end at 11am on November 11, 1918.

In a glass canopy at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, built by Emperor Napoleon in 1806, Trump, Merkel, Putin and the other leaders listened through earpieces as the French president spoke.

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Putin, who was last to arrive at the ceremony, gave Trump a brief thumbs up as he greeted them.

The commemoration included children reading out letters from German, French and British soldiers during the war, a recital by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and a moving performance of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.

As Trump’s convoy made its way up the Champs Elysees, a bare-breasted protester from the Femen radical feminist group, the words “fake peacemaker” scrawled across her body, ran towards his motorcade.

She came within a few metres before being apprehended by police.

The conflict being remembered on Sunday was one of the bloodiest in history, reshaping Europe’s politics and demographics.

Peace, however, was short-lived and two decades later Nazi Germany invaded its neighbours.

Macron warned of the dangers of the resurgence of nationalism in Europe, saying “old demons” were reawakening, “ready to sow chaos and death”.

“History sometimes threatens to repeat its tragic patterns, and undermine the legacy of peace we thought we had sealed with the blood of our ancestors,” he said.

After the ceremony, leaders returned to the Elysee Palace for a lunch hosted by Macron and his wife Brigitte.

Later on Sunday, the French president will host the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, which seeks to promote a multilateral approach to security and governance and ultimately avoid the errors that led to the outbreak of WWI.

Trump, who champions a nationalist “America first” policy, will not attend the forum but Putin is expected to do so.

4. A 50-year-old woman is set to face court over the strawberry needle crisis.

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The first person charged over the strawberry needle crisis is due to face a Brisbane court after spending the night behind bars.

The 50-year-old woman is expected to front Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday morning on seven charges of goods contamination, police say.

It comes exactly two months after Queensland Health officials issued a safety warning when sewing needles were found hidden inside a strawberry punnet.

Dozens more needle discoveries in strawberries, apples and other fruit in all six states sparked the months-long, multi-jurisdiction investigation led by Queensland police.

Police say the accused woman faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted, as one charge alleges aggravation.

Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker said the investigation was “major and unprecedented … with a lot of complexities involved”.

“The Queensland Police Service has allocated a significant amount of resources to ensure those responsible are brought to justice,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

“While the investigation is far from over, I would like to acknowledge the tireless effort of our investigators as well as members from all other agencies across Australia who played a role.”

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association welcomed the woman’s arrest and called for copycats to face charges too.

“It was a crisis driven by social media and the only real victims were the strawberry growers, and to some extent other Australian fruit growers and exporters,” it said in a statement.

A South Australian man was charged in September over making a false strawberry contamination report to local police, while police have spoken to children in Western Australia and NSW over similar copycat incidents.

5. The Coalition sinks further below Labor in the latest federal poll.

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Voters view the Morrison government almost as poorly as they did during the leadership crisis, according to the latest Newspoll results.

The Coalition has sunk further below Labor to 45-55 on a two-party preferred basis – sitting just one point higher than it did in the days following August’s leadership spill.

The Newspoll published in The Australian shows the Liberal-National primary vote is similarly in trouble at 35 per cent, down one point since the last poll and two points above the record low set in late August.

Meanwhile, Labor’s primary vote gained a point to take them to 40 per cent – only the third time it has hit such a mark since February 2015.

Scott Morrison’s lead over Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister shrunk two points to 42-36, with 22 per cent of voters uncommitted.

But Mr Morrison’s net approval rating dropped for the second poll in a row to sit at minus eight. It reached plus seven on October 15.

Mr Shorten’s net approval rating remains in negative territory too, at minus 15.

But, in good news for Mr Morrison, a Courier-Mail YouGov Galaxy poll shows Queensland conservatives prefer him over his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, and the LNP primary vote up one point to 38 per cent.

But, despite the Prime Minister’s four-day bus tour of Queensland last week, the LNP still faces a struggle to hold onto its 21 seats in the state.

The poll of 839 voters was taken on November 7-8 and during Mr Morrison’s visit.

The national Newspoll of 1802 voters was conducted between last Thursday and Sunday and has a margin of error of about plus or minus three per cent.