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We’ve rounded up all the latest stories from Australia and around the world – so you don’t have to go searching.

1. Bali 9 duo await an announcement of their execution date.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo has said the executions of 10 drug felons including Bali nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will not be this week.

Awaiting a date for the impending execution.

The Indonesian president has indicated off camera to a reporter from Al Jazzera that Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan would not be killed by firing squad this week, saying though it will be “soon”.

It is expected that Indonesian attorney-general Muhammad Prasetyo will give a press conference this morning to announce the timing of the execution – and that the two men will then have 72 hours before they are killed alongside eight other drug felons.

For more read this post here.

Ms Bishop tried to arrange a prisoner swap.

In other news it has been reported that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop proposed a prisoner swap to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi. Ms Bishop proposed that three Indonesian prisoners in jail in Australia be repatriated back home.

It is understood that Indonesia turned down the offer.

For more go here.

2. Search for William Tyrell finds no clues.

A three-day search of bushland and waterways on the NSW mid-north coast has found no trace of missing three-year old William Tyrell.

No traces.

Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin said yesterday that no evidence of William Tyrrell has been recovered from those locations, and that search teams will be called off.

He said it was disappointing but that a new search would take place soon.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

3. Rape victims confronts attacker 27-years after she was raped.

Warning: This item may be distressing for some readers.

A rape victim has finally had her day in court 27-years after the crime was committed.

The woman, a mother of two, was raped as a 15-year old in Melbourne. She was dismissed at the time by police as a liar possibly trying to cover up a pregnancy.

Her case though was re-ignited when DNA evidence showed that a convicted felon David Robert Vella was a match for the stored DNA sample.

She told the County Court yesterday “it’s one thing to go through such a violent rape and a terrible feeling to have your integrity questioned”.

In a victim impact statement she said, “I feel uncomfortable, vulnerable and exposed – go figure – and accompanied by well-overdue vindication and a bag of mixed emotions,”

The woman said in her victim impact statement that after being raped “I brushed myself off, hastily got dressed and quickly walked away, straightened my hair and tried to compose myself”.

She felt “calm and somewhat relaxed” at the police station because she trusted they would help her. “Yet the mannerism in which I presented myself to the police I feel wasn’t in my favour.”

The Age reports that in her statement she said one officer suggested she wasn’t being truthful and “perhaps merely attention seeking” or that “perhaps I may be pregnant thus the creation of a rape fabrication”


“I have never allowed myself to be a victim,” the woman said, and added that “there is only one person who should be enduring consequences from this rape and I choose it not to be me”.

Vella will be sentenced on March 11.

4. Intergenerational Report: Older Australians and women need to be encouraged to work more.

By James Glenday

Australia’s prosperity is at risk of being put under increasing pressure over the next four decades unless Australians work longer and productivity is improved, according to a major report due to be released today.

Intergenerational Report to be released today by the Treasurer.

The ABC understands the Intergenerational Report, looking at population and budget projections to 2055, also states that economic reform is “crucial” to improve living standards.

The document will be released by Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey today.

Like previous long-term forecasts, the report will predict that the proportion of working Australians will decline as the nation’s population ages.

By 2054-2055, the workforce participation rate is expected to be 2.2 per cent lower than today at 62.4 per cent.

While the report will state “it is fantastic Australians are living longer, healthier lives” it warns there is a risk to GDP and income growth unless the Government can grapple with these demographic changes.

It will suggest those not in the workforce, in particular older Australians and women, need to be encouraged to get a employment, re-enter the workforce, or prolong their careers.

To do that, the report will advocate policies to improve the accessibility of childcare, more flexible working conditions and the removal of discrimination.

Australia currently trails Canada and New Zealand in terms of total workplace participation, though gains have been made in recent decades.

For example, the report will show the number of working Australians aged 55 to 64 increased by roughly 18 per cent between 1978-1979 and 2013-2014.

Also, the number of women in work has increased by 20 per cent since 1974-1975.

The Government is likely to use the Intergenerational Report to make the case for politically difficult policy changes in the next budget.

 A version of this story was originally published on ABC and has been republished with full permission.

5. Australian woman killed in avalanche.

A 27-year-old woman snowboarding off-piste with three other Australians in the Landeck district in Austria has been killed by an avalanche.

Tragic news from Austria.

A 30-year-old man was seriously injured. He was flown to an Innsbruck hospital, 80km to the east.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the woman’s family.

 6. Teachers want NAPLAN results kept secret.

As NAPLAN results go live on the popular My Schools website today there has been a call by teachers to keep the results a secret to stop comparisons between schools.


President of the NSW Teachers Federation Maurie Mulheron told News Limited the Naplan data should not be published because there is “no useful public purpose for it”.

“We have never believed that publication of test data out of context means much,” Mr Mulheron said.

“It becomes an adult spectator sport (ranking schools for performance).

“We are not opposed to collecting test data but it is best used at school level and by teachers discussing it with parents.”

 7. Parents arrested for refusing to vaccinate.

Authorities in Pakistan have arrested hundreds of parents who have refused to vaccinate their children against polio.

Nearly 500 parents were arrested, many espousing Taliban beliefs that government vaccination campaigns undermine their Islamic values.

Parents refusing to vaccinate.

Pervez Kamal, director of health for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region in the northwest told Al Jazzerra “There was no other option. We have run so many awareness campaigns for the parents and general masses that there is no harm in the vaccine, but to no avail. ”

Some Pakistanis are also against vaccines, as they believe they are a part of a western plot to sterilize children.

Polio has made a comeback in Pakistan since the Taliban began targeting government health workers conducting vaccine campaigns.

The Global Eradicate Polio Initiative says that of the 359 polio cases recorded worldwide 306 of them were in Pakistan.

8. Boston marathon bombing trial begins.

The trial of the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon two years ago has begun, with his defence lawyer telling the jury he committed the crime.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

“It was him,” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyer admitted. Defence lawyers are preparing to defend their client on the basis that his older brother was the mastermind of the plot.

Three people including an eight-year old boy were killed in the bombing in April 2013.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, could face the death penalty if found guilty.

9. Alcohol makes you beautiful.

There is a reason to celebrate, but only ONE reason.

Just one glass Ladies.

Scientists have discovered that a glass of wine a day can make people seem more attractive.

The research from Bristol University and reported by the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism shows that after one glass of wine people seem more attractive, but not after two.

The scientists have concluded that it could be “beer goggles” which make people seem more attractive because it can cause facial muscles to relax, pupils to dilate and cheeks to flush.

“Rosiness is attractive because it characterizes good physical health characteristics,” said Professor Munafò.

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