By MAMAMIA NEWS
1. A body has been found in the Blue Mountains; police believe it is that of Sydney man Gary Tweddle, who went missing from the area on the 15th July after a work conference.
Tweddle vanished from his resort around midnight without his jacket or glasses, and called his colleagues to tell them that he was lost and that he was heading towards a light.
His disappearance sparked the biggest search ever conducted in the Blue Mountains area, with more than 1000 volunteers looking for him. An ambulance rescue helicopter reported seeing a body in bushland near a rock climb. Police are launching a retrieval operation this morning, as the area is inaccessible by foot.
2. In a huge development for fertility treatment, an infertile woman in Australia is pregnant after an ovarian tissue transplant. A team of doctors from Melbourne IVF and The Royal Melbourne Hospital transplanted the woman’s frozen ovarian tissue into her abdomen so that she could grow egg follicles and produce two healthy eggs; she is now almost 26 weeks pregnant with twins. Previously, ovarian cancer had rendered her infertile.
3. Tony Abbott has asked voters to trust him on policy costings. Speaking to Leigh Sales on the 7:30 Report last night, he denied that his lack of budget detail makes him untrustworthy. “If we consider this question of costings, I think people have had three years to look at me, they’ve had plenty of time to look at Mr Rudd, and I’m very happy to submit myself to the judgment of the people on the question of trust,” Abbott said. “I’m proud that no opposition in our history has been as responsible and as scrupulous in its costings as we have been.”
4. Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has said that military strikes from the West would start a “regional war” in the Middle East, igniting a political “powder keg”. When speaking to French newspaper Le Figaro he said, “The Middle East is a powder keg, and the fuse is getting shorter … We cannot only talk about a Syrian response, but what could happen after the first strike.” Assad continued, “Nobody knows what will happen. Everyone will lose control of the situation once the powder keg explodes. Chaos and extremism will spread. There is a risk of regional war.”