Eight-year-old drag racer Anita Board was going too fast before fatal crash, inquest told

Crash at Perth Motorplex compounded by erroneously ‘doing what an adult told her to do’, court told

An eight-year-old girl who died after crashing her drag racer in Perth was going too fast when an official appeared to wave her towards the exit gate, an inquest has heard.

Anita Board suffered a catastrophic brain injury in the crash at Perth Motorplex on 11 November 2017, two days after her birthday when she reached the minimum age to compete.

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Aurora man who makes crosses for shooting victims puts five in hometown

  • Five people died and six were injured in Illinois shooting
  • Greg Zanis has crossed America placing shooting memorials

A man who has delivered more than 26,000 white crosses to sites around the US, largely to remember victims of gun violence, has now found himself doing the same in his hometown: Aurora, Illinois, where five people were killed and six injured in a workplace shooting on Friday.

Related: Aurora shooting: background check failures let gunman keep firearm

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China rejects Australian parliament cyber attack claims as ‘baseless’ and ‘irresponsible’

Foreign ministry spokesman says speculation and sanctions will only ‘poison the atmosphere for cooperation’

China has hit back at suggestions it was behind a sophisticated cyber attack on Australia’s political parties, warning “irresponsible” and “baseless” speculation will heighten tensions.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, revealed on Monday cyber experts believe a state actor was responsible for the attack, which also targeted the networks of federal parliament, but didn’t say which country.

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Britain could deradicalise Shamima Begum – with compassion | Dawn Foster

Many are calling for the Isis recruit to be shown no mercy, but treating at-risk young people as individuals has to be the better path

The CCTV images of the three teenage girls Shamima Begum, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase passing through Gatwick airport four years ago en route to join the Islamic State “caliphate” were shocking for much of the British public. That Isis was radicalising people online was no surprise, but the fact these three girls were as young as 15 and from the same academy school in Bethnal Green, east London, cast the risks of radicalisation closer to home.

The discredited counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, was meant to stem the recruitment of “homegrown” terrorists, including those recruited into the far right, but has disproportionately focused on Islamist extremism without yielding any significant concrete results. Last year, for example, an essay by the late Marxist political theorist Norman Geras on the political uses of violence was deemed so dangerous under the Prevent programme that Reading University students were warned not to leave it lying around where it could be seen “by those who are not prepared to view it”. The university flagged the text as an extremist piece of work that should only be read in a secure setting.

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