1. Search for William
Detectives are investigating known sex offenders in the area where three-year old William Tyrell went missing on the NSW mid-north coast.
The little boy was last seen playing in his grandparent’s front yard at 10.30m on Friday in Kendall.
News Limited reports police dogs have so far failed to pick up any scent trails to suggest William wandered off into the bushland at the end of the quiet cul-de-sac.
Superintendent Paul Fehon told media that police were “not even considering” scaling back their efforts as they went into day five of searching.
He said that the family was struggling to cope.
“It’s fair to say their grief is consuming them at times.’’
The search will continue today, with over 300 people looking for the little boy.
2. Islamic State must be defeated quickly
World leaders have met in Paris and have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State (IS) militants “by all means necessary”.
A joint statement issued said the support would include “appropriate military assistance”.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum, who co-hosted the conference with French President Francois Hollande, said the international community must pursue the jihadists “quickly”.
Neither Syria nor Iran was included at the talks.
Meanwhile the first of Australia’s troops have left – 600 air force personnel and specialist military advisers will be deployed to the United Arab Emirates.
3. Oscar Pistorius free to compete
Oscar Pistorius, who was found guilty of culpable homicide last week, appears to free to compete as long as it does not go against the ruling of the judge, News Limited reports.
“As he stands right now, he’s free (to compete),” South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy said.
4. Pistorius’ ex speaks out
Meanwhile the ex-girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, Samantha Taylor, has told Channel Nine she feared for her safety when she dated Pistorius.
Taylor described his expression during one argument as “pretty evil”.
“It was like, ‘I really hate you right now’,” she said. “He’s got so many deep-rooted issues … all those issues, they catch up with you,” she said.