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1. Darwin soldier found guilty of raping female colleague.

A 23-year-old soldier has been found guilty of raping a female colleague at an Army barracks in September 2013.

Lane Muller was charged with having sexual intercourse with the woman without her consent at an event at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, ABC News reports.

He was accused of raping her after an event called a “dining-in” at the barracks, during which the victim had been “highly intoxicated” and vomiting, the court heard.

The woman was apparently overheard saying to Muller: “don’t come in … get out of my room”. He allegedly responded: “I’m not getting out”.

2. At least 21 killed in Mali rampage.

At least 21 people are dead following a shooting attack at Radisson Blu hotel in Mali, CNN reports.

The attack began around 7am on Friday, when two or three armed attackers exited at least one vehicle with diplomatic plates and entered the hotel before opening fire, according to UN peacekeeping spokesperson Olivier Saldago.

The attackers took 170 people hostage and killed at least 21.

By late Friday afternoon, Malian and UN security forces had escorted guests out of the Bamako hotel, but the attackers still were inside.

The hotel had been hosting diplomats, who were working on a peace process in the country, CNN reports.

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3. Is the “antibiotic apocalypse” on its way?

A new gene has been discovered that allows bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

Prof Timothy Walsh from the University of Cardiff, who was involved in the study, told BBC News he believed the resistance would spread around the world.

A type of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics has been discovered in China.

“If MCR-1 becomes global, which is a case of when not if, and the gene aligns itself with other antibiotic resistance genes, which is inevitable, then we will have very likely reached the start of the post-antibiotic era,” he said.


“At that point if a patient is seriously ill, say with E. coli, then there is virtually nothing you can do.”

4. Canberra man jailed for abusing step-daughter.

Trigger warning: This post deals with child sexual abuse.

A Canberra man has been jailed for nearly seven years for forcing his step-daughter and her cousin to pose for explicit photos, masturbate him and give him oral sex.

The man was found guilty of incest and 10 counts of indecency on a child by ACT supreme court.

He committed the acts between July 1988 to 1990.

According to the Canberra Times, the girl and her cousin were aged between nine and 12 years at the time of the incidents.

Bravehearts supports survivors of child sexual abuse. You can contact them at 1800 272 831.

5. Toddler dies after tyre falls on him in NT.

A toddler has died after a tyre fell onto him in the Northern Territory.

The horrific incident took place in the Stuart Highway Tyres store in Katherine on Thursday, ABC News reports.

Store owner Paul Anthony said the freak accident happened within seconds.

“The parents were sitting with their kids outside where the customers don’t usually go,” he said.

Police said the family heard a noise, went to investigate and found the young child lying under a tyre.

6. Three Australian backpackers arrested at Bolivian airport over “explosives”.

Three Australian backpackers have been arrested in Bolivia after explosives were allegedly found in one of their backpacks.

According to local news outlets, 24-year-old Julian Giovanni Vicenzo Musumeci, 25-year-old Justin Maurice Kwong Wei Sun and 25-year-old Liam Mark Eales were arrested at Bolivia International Airport.

Daily Mail Australia reports that Mr Musmeci and Mr Eales are from Queensland, while Ms Sun grew up in Sydney.