Melbourne doctor Walid Aly accused of raping woman

A Melbourne doctor allegedly raped a woman because his wife was wheelchair-bound and he needed to have sex, a jury has been told. Walid Aly is charged with raping a woman he previously met online, with the prosecution alleging the victim had begun to question his true identity, including whether he had a wife. Dr … Read more

Israel’s pioneering drones use free-falling bombs, can carry a tonne

Details emerging of Israel’s secret armed drone capability Drones aimed at Palestinian enemies and more distant targets Israel exports its closely-watched drone technology TEL AVIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Israeli armed drones use gravity bombs that produce no noise or smoke as they fall, making them hard for enemies to anticipate or evade, and the … Read more

Gulf markets mixed as Qatar falls, Dubai gains

Feb 2 (Reuters) – Qatar’s stock market was the worst performer among mixed Gulf bourses on Thursday amid volatile energy markets, while Dubai shares ended higher on a strong banking sector performance. The Qatari stock index (.QSI) dropped 0.9%, falling for a fourth consecutive session, with most of its constituent stocks in negative territory. Index … Read more

Russia advances in east Ukraine, strike on apartments kills civilians

Russian strike destroys apartment building; 3 dead – officials Zelenskiy gives gloomy assessment on Russian offensive in east Zelenskiy vows more anti-corruption measures New Russian offensive could begin on Feb. 24 – Ukraine minister KYIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The battle on the front lines in eastern Ukraine “has become tougher” as Russian forces push … Read more

Queensland family in shock as ‘fit and healthy’ 21yo son dies suddenly

A family is in mourning after a 21-year-old man suddenly died in his sleep. Rickson “Ricko” Williams, from the town of Wallaville in Queensland, died suddenly on January 11, just days before his 22nd birthday. The much-loved former school captain was found dead in his bed. His mother, Tanya Wright, said doctors discovered her son … Read more

Airbus and Qatar Airways settle bitter A350 jet row

PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Airbus ( AIR.PA ) and Qatar Airways have settled a dispute over grounded A350 jets, the companies said on Wednesday, averting a potentially damaging UK court trial after a blistering 18-month feud that tore the lid off the global jet market. The “amicable and mutually agreeable settlement” ends a $2 … Read more

North Korea says US drills have pushed situation to ‘extreme red-line’ – KCNA

SEOUL, Feb 2 (Reuters) – North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that drills by the United States and its allies have pushed the situation to an “extreme red-line” and threaten to turn the peninsula into a “huge war arsenal and a more critical war zone.” The statement, carried by state news agency KCNA, said … Read more

Justice Shouldn’t Hurt: Australians react to policy helping NSW child sex abuse survivors

Australians are rallying behind “inspiring” sisters Rose and Pippa’s Milthorpe, whose “brave” decision to speak out about their experience of child sexual abuse is about to end a brutal court process that leaves young survivors “broken and traumatised”. Last November, launched its exclusive Justice Shouldn’t Hurt campaign, calling for the NSW Government to make … Read more

Russia presses ahead with Donetsk campaign; Ukraine wants fighter jets

Town of Bakhmut comes under renewed fire -Ukraine military Zelenskiy confers with top defense officials US prepares $2.2 billion weapons package for Ukraine KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Russian forces are making incremental gains in their push to take territory in Ukraine’s eastern province of Donetsk, focusing on the town of Bakhmut north of the … Read more

Teenage boy attacked with ax in Alice Springs

An Alice Springs mum says her town has become a “nightmare” after her 16-year-old son was ambushed by three teens and attacked with an ax on Monday night. According to his mother Nanfom, the boy was on his usual evening walk around the park just after 5.45pm Monday when three alleged attackers approached. “My 16 … Read more