Thursday's news in 5 minutes.

 1. Mother-of-two shared harrowing videos from the 23rd floor of the burning London tower.

A mother-of-two who posted videos to social media while trapped in a 23rd floor apartment during the fire at Grenfell Tower in London has not been heard from since.

Rania Ibrham posted a nine-minute Facebook Live video to her profile at 1.38am, not long after the fire began. She posted another video, six-minutes in length, at 2.54am.

Ibrham’s best friend, Yaz, shared the second video while appearing on the UK breakfast program Good Morning Britain yesterday.

“You can see she’s trapped,” Yaz reportedly told the program. “She’s praying and she’s saying, ‘Forgive me everyone, goodbye’.”

In the video, Ibrham can be heard calling out to other people inside the building, telling them to come to her apartment where the was less smoke.

She and another woman can be heard yelling from the balcony, screaming for help. “Hello, there are too many people trapped on the 23rd floor,” they were saying.

At one point, you can hear Ibrham trying to calm her children, telling them to ‘sit down’. The Egyptian native has two daughters, aged five and three. Throughout the video, Ibram is constantly praying in Arabic.

No one has heard from Ibrham since the blaze. She is among many people missing in the wake of the fire.

Police have confirmed 12 people have died and at least 74 people are being treated in hospital. Police are expecting these numbers to rise.

2. 20-year-old woman found after 16-hour “kidnapping” ordeal in Queensland.

A 20-year-old woman, believed to have been abducted in far north Queensland has been found about 16 hours later.

Police feared for the safety of Jessica Hamill who went missing from her home in Port Douglas around midnight on Tuesday.

The Nine Network reports she was taken to hospital after the car she was travelling in crashed off the side of the Kuranda Range and fell about 40m.


The driver of the car allegedly fled but was found three hours later in the backyard of a property at Smithfield, after a police hunt closed down streets, Nine reported.

“She was visibly distressed and was very relieved to be safe again and contacted her family who met her at the hospital which is a great result,” a Queensland policeman said.

A 24-year-old man was arrested and is currently assisting police with their inquiries

3. The accused Bourke St killer is set to face court today.

The case of accused Bourke Street killer driver Dimitrious Gargasoulas is due in court again.

Gargasoulas is facing six counts of homicide and 29 charges of attempted murder over the Bourke St rampage on January 20, AAP reports.

Police allege he drove through the Melbourne CBD, deliberately striking pedestrians around Bourke and Queen streets about 1.30pm as the area teemed with lunchtime crowds.

The case will go before Victorian Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry on Thursday for an update on the progress of the huge and complex investigation.

Murder trials usually end up before the Supreme Court but it currently has no jurisdiction over Gargasoulas’ case, which is still before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion SC has previously told the court Gargasoulas probably won’t face a committal hearing until 2018.

The state coroner is also investigating all events involving Gargasoulas in the lead-up to January 20.

4. Malcolm Turnbull’s climate and energy policy grilled over coal.


Malcolm Turnbull’s new climate and energy policy will need to find a central role for coal and guarantee lower power bills if it is to succeed, say coalition MPs.

The coalition party room met on Tuesday for a “full and frank” discussion on Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s proposal to bring in a clean energy target and new rules governing the electricity sector.

At least 10 MPs expressed their doubts about Dr Finkel’s plan, another 10 were broadly supportive while the remainder were noncommittal.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott – who seized the Liberal leadership from Mr Turnbull in 2009 over climate policy differences – said there was unity in the party around three points.

“We want power prices to go down not up, we want Australian coal to continue to be used … and we want Australia to have a strong manufacturing sector,” he told 2GB radio on Wednesday.

Mr Turnbull characterised the “consensus” in the coalition as being around lower power prices, more reliable electricity and meeting Australia’s global carbon emissions targets.

“What Australians need is wise leadership, not glib leadership. What Australians need is economics and engineering, not ideology and politics,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“All that has done is drive electricity prices up and put reliability at risk.”

Mr Abbott said cutting carbon emissions was a “nice” and “aspirational” thing to do, but any new policy should not “clobber power prices, hurt households and cost jobs”.

The former leader admitted to having a “moment of mutual bad temper” in the meeting in an exchange with assistant minister Craig Laundy, but said it “ended happily and well”.

Liberal National Party MP George Christensen said he had listened to Dr Finkel but was skeptical about a clean energy target.

He said “many” in the National and Liberal party would not countenance a new policy that did not provide incentives, or even direct government funding, for new coal-fired power.

“If we do (not incentivise coal) I’m out – I won’t support that,” he told Sky News.


The main concern for the government should be giving regulators the teeth needed to stop power bill hikes.

“The ultimate thing the public want is cheaper power.”

5. Four people in their 20s have been charged after Sydney drug busts.

Three men and a woman have been charged after several police raids which allegedly netted more than four kilograms of ‘ice’ with an estimated street value of $2 million in Sydney’s west.

Strike Force Algebra was established in December 2016 to investigate the supply of methylamphetamine by an alleged drug syndicate across north west and south west Sydney, police said.

Two men, aged 23 and 24, were arrested about 1pm on Wednesday at Rosehill and police allegedly found two kilograms of methylamphetamine during a search, AAP reports.

The men were charged with various drug and other offences and were refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.

It’s alleged simultaneous search warrants at a property in South Wentworthville and two properties in Parramatta netted various drugs, including methylamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and opium, about $24,000 in cash, mobile phones and drug paraphernalia.

A 24-year-old woman was later charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs and proceeds of crime.

She was refused bail and is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.

A 29-year-old man was charged with similar offences and was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court on Thursday.

Further investigations are continuing and anyone with information about the supply or possession of prohibited drugs is urged to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers.

6. Gender bias in heart research is costing the lives of women, health expert says.


Gender bias is not just a social issue but a health issue and it’s costing the lives of women.

Despite heart disease being the number one killer of Australian women, women have remained largely invisible to cardiovascular researchers, the Heart Foundation’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Garry Jennings told a forum in Sydney.

“When it comes to gender equity, recent decades have seen advances made in most areas, but these barriers persist – not least in the prevention, identification and treatment of heart disease, Professor Jennings said.

“The most recent available figures show that healthcare expenditure in men with heart disease doubled that of women,” Prof Jennings said.

The stats show heart disease claims the life of one woman every hour of every day, yet women themselves are more “terrified” of breast cancer.

Cardiologist Associate Professor of Medicine Lynne Pressley from Mater Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital says heart disease actually kills three times as many women as breast cancer.

“Not only do women think breast cancer is more likely to kill them but they’re more terrified of that than they are of heart disease,” Ass Prof Pressley told AAP.

“I think that goes back to the old traditional thing where everyone thought that the person who got heart attacks was the male.”

So concerned about the disparities in research and awareness, experts in the field of cardiology, obstetrics and general practice gathered at the Heart Foundation’s inaugural Women and Heart Disease Forum on Wednesday to put the health of female hearts on top of the agenda.

“What we are aiming to gain is not only a greater awareness but a greater commitment to enrol women in trials and as part of that have more women researchers and more women cardiologists because they’re more likely to be interested in women’s outcomes,” said Prof Pressley.

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