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1. Protesters clash at rallies against “Islamic extremism” across Australia.

Opposing rallying groups confronted one another resulting and arrests and violence in capital cities across the countries. Anti-Islam group, Reclaim Australia says their rallies were a public response to Sharia law, Islamic extremism and minority groups who want to “ruin the traditional Australian culture”.

Australian flags and signs saying “Yes Australia. No Sharia” were carried by Reclaim Australia in their protests which took place in 16 cities.

At Federation Square, in Melbourne’s CBD, Reclaim Australia protesters classed with counter-rally supporters promoting religious tolerance in Australia. More than 100 police officers were called to contain the protests.  Paramedics were called to treat minor injuries from assaults.

Organisers of the counter rally claimed that Reclaim Australia was making a direct attack on Muslims in the Australian community.

In Brisbane, One Nation Leader, Pauline Hanson, joined the Reclaim Australia marches. Ms Hanson defended her anti-Islam stance, saying that criticism of a culture is not racism.

2. Search for missing 11-year-old boy with autism, Luke Shambrook, enters third day.

Luke Shambrook was last seen on Friday morning at the Candlebark Campground near Lake Eildon, where he was camping with his family.

More than 100 people, including police, SES volunteers, campers and locals have taken part in the air and ground search.

Locals involved in the search said people had driven up from Melbourne after learning about the search on the news on Saturday night.

Police on the scene said they had new information that might assist with the search, but would not say what it was.

Sergeant Greg Paul said they would scale up their efforts today in new areas, as well as combing over areas that have already been searched.

“We’re throwing everything we can at finding Luke at this time and we’ll continue the efforts for as long as it takes,” Sergeant Paul said.

Luke’s autism means he may not know he is lost and might not respond to rescuers, Sergeant Paul said.


“This is the problem; unfortunately Luke, with the autistic condition, he might not respond to searchers, he may not even know that he’s lost,” he said.

“He won’t necessarily respond to his name being called, but that might change a little bit as he gets hungry maybe.

“We honestly don’t know what his status is, whether he’s curled up sleeping somewhere, or hiding or whether he would necessarily respond to us looking for him.”

The family released a statement thanking those involved with the search effort to find Luke.

“The extended family of Luke Shambrook are very grateful for the diligent and huge efforts put in by all emergency service units, volunteers, family and friends in searching for Luke,” the statement read.

“Our thanks to everyone for their ongoing prayers and support.”

This post was originally published at ABC News online.

3. Survivor rescued from Kenyan attack after two days in hiding.

A 19 year old woman has been rescued from a wardrobe after two days in hiding, following the Kenyan university massacre. The survivor was found dehydrated and initially fearful that her rescuers were Al Shabaab gunmen.

The gunmen, who killed 148 people, were themselves killed on Thursday evening after the attacks.

Police officers were drawn to the wardrobe where the woman was hiding, when they heard screaming from inside. Reports from the BBC claim that the woman drank body lotion when she felt hungry.

She was rushed to Garissa hospital and given milk, before receiving counselling for her traumatic experience.

Four other survivors were also found on Friday, the ABC reports.

4. Nation-wide whooping cough vaccination shortages have been reported, putting unborn babies lives’ at risk.

The Daily Telegraph reports that pregnant women are being turned away following a shortage in whooping cough vaccinations.

Recommendations to provide pregnant women with free pertussis boosters has coincided with an international shortage of the vaccination.


Mother, Kate O’Neill, said: “Three doctors, two prescriptions, seven pharmacies over the ACT and NSW and two hospitals and a 38-week pregnant woman can’t get a whooping cough vaccine.”

One of the two companies who produce the vaccination, Sanofi’s Adacel, has admitted that they are experiencing manufacturing delays.

Catherine Hughes, mother to baby Riley who died from whopping cough last month, has expressed her disappointment with the shortage for the booster program.

“We’re hoping momentum with the booster will help more babies but if pregnant women are denied this due to lack of supply that is a big concern because it could have saved Riley’s life if I had the booster in my third trimester.”

A spokeswoman from NSW Health denied shortage issues, alleging that there is a roll-out issue.

5. Genetic disorder activist, Hayley Okines, has died aged 17.

17 year old, Hayley Okines, had lost her battle to the genetic disorder, Hutchinson-Gildford progeria syndrome. The condition causes sufferers to age eight times faster than unaffected people.

The National Institute of Health says that affected children grow more slowly than other children, despite appearing “normal” at birth and in early infancy. notes that other symptoms include hair loss, difficulty gaining weight, joint abnormalities and increased risk to heart attack or stroke at a young age.

Haley used her diagnosis to become a campaigner for the condition and spread awareness about the generally unknown syndrome. At fourteen, Haley even published her own memoir called “Old Before My Time”.

Hayley was only expected to live to 13.

6. France has banned super-skinny models.

Under a new law passed on Friday, France will ban excessively thin fashion models and ‘name and shame’ agents and fashion houses who hire underweight models. Those charged under the law can face fines and even jail.

The new laws are among many measures implemented by French President, Francois Hollande in a campaign against anorexia. It is now illegal to condone anorexia and mandate that any re-touched photo must be accompanied by a message stating that the image has been manipulated.


7. Police parade corpses of gunmen through the Kenyan university town after massacre.

Naked corpses linked to the Somali al-Quaeda aligned al-Shabab group have been paraded around the Kenyan town where last week’s massacre at a university took place.

Four bodies were thrown into the back of a pick-up truck, and followed by the large crowd as police drove them through the city. Stones were thrown at men, while other on-lookers yelled at the dead assailants.

Five men have been arrested in connection to the attacks.

Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has warned other militants that his government will respond to the killings in the severest way possible. Three days of mourning have been declared tor the nation.

8. Blood moon seen in Australian skies in shortest lunar eclipse of the century.

Stargazers across Australia have been treated to a rare lunar eclipse that briefly turned the moon red.

The astronomical event known as a “blood moon” occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align, with the colour a result of sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere.

Saturday night’s eclipse was the shortest of the century, with US-based Sky and Telescope magazine describing it as “unusually brief”.

Views of the eclipse were hampered by bad weather, particularly along the east coast of Australia.

Cloud and rain meant the eclipse could not be seen at the Sydney Observatory, but sky-watchers further south in Melbourne had a clear night.

“It looked like it should look, quite spectacular if you haven’t seen one before,” said Perry Vlahos from the Astronomical Society of Victoria.

The blood moon was the third in a series of four eclipses — known as a “tetrad”.

The entire process began about 8:00pm (AEST), with the moon becoming red just after 9pm. The full eclipse occurred just after 10pm, when the moon appeared completely red.

It was the last total lunar eclipse visible from Earth until 2018.

This post was originally published on ABC Online.