William Tyrrell's foster father 'hysterical' when child went missing, inquest hears

Foster father looked under houses, external fences, pits, drains and sheds, ‘everything, everywhere he might have gone’, he says William Tyrrell’s foster father says he started searching “everywhere” when he got home from a business meeting in 2014 and his wife asked “Is William with you?”“Why would he be with me?” he replied. Continue reading... ...

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Government rejects petition to 'cancel Brexit' signed by 5.8 million people

MPs will debate the petition but government says stopping Brexit would ‘break promises’ The British government has rejected a petition calling for Brexit to be stopped, which gathered more than 5.8 million signatures.The petition is due to be debated by MPs on 1 April, after breaking the 100,000 threshold for consideration and becoming the best-supported proposal in the history of the House of Commons and government’s e-petitions website. Continue reading... ...

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Sea change: Indonesia fun park covers up breasts of its giant mermaids

Statues given tube tops to help the park become a holiday spot for families, says officialTwo naked mermaid statues at an Indonesian amusement park have had their breasts covered with golden tube tops in a bid to make them more “appropriate” and appealing to families.The nude statues have been on display for years at Jakarta’s Ancol Dreamland but a recent policy to respect “eastern values” meant the mermaids were covered up. Continue reading... ...

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Beast from the East and even the summer heatwave led to a drop in visits to top attractions

Visits to some of Britain’s biggest outdoor attractions fell last year as families were put off by extreme weather. Sites were affected by snow and the ‘Beast from the East’ in early 2018. ...

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PAUL THOMAS on… Parliament taking back control 

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Volunteers clearing Cornish beach find retro crisp packets and fizzy drink cans

Some of the items on Fistral Beach, Cornwall date back to when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, and there were only four TV channels. It included Mint Cracknel and Treets. ...

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Father of jihadi bride who fled Sydney to join ISIS claims he pleaded with authorities to stop her

Janai Safar's father Samer called the Australian Federal Police after discovering his daughter had fled to Turkey while on a family holiday in Lebanon in 2015. ...

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Mother feeds her family of four and two pets for $80 a week - and reveals the meal plan they follow

Kylie Gough, from Adelaide, shared how she feeds her family of four and two pets for just $80 per week by curating their weekly meal into a strict plan. She revealed how she keeps costs down. ...

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Tunisian president accused of complicity in torture

Beji Caid Essebsi committed crimes while serving under Habib Bourguiba, commission allegesAn independent commission set up to investigate crimes by the Tunisian state has accused President Beji Caid Essebsi of complicity in torture and his predecessor Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of corruption.A report by the Instance Verité et Dignité (IVD), or Truth and Dignity Commission, details the 92-year-old Essebsi’s alleged responsibility for crimes committed while serving as a minister in the regime of ...

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George Christensen's travel: MPs should 'be in their electorates', Morrison says

PM’s comments come after report that Christensen spent more days in the Philippines than in parliament in 2016 and 2017Scott Morrison has said he expects MPs to “be in their electorate”, offering a mild rebuke to George Christensen after a report the Nationals MP spent more time in the Philippines than in parliament in 2016 and 2017.In comments on Wednesday the prime minister added Christensen has “not spent a day in the Philippines” on Morrison’s watch and declined to criticise him ...

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