Melbourne Chinatown death: family ‘heartbroken’ over loss of Natalina Angok

African-Australian community questions seemingly muted public response to 32-year-old woman’s death

The family of Natalina Angok, the young African-Australian woman found dead in Chinatown on Wednesday, say they are heartbroken by her death.

Angok, 32, from Geelong, was allegedly killed by her boyfriend Christopher Allen Bell, who appeared in court for the second time on Friday.

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Christchurch attack: Prince William meets five-year-old survivor

William tells crowd at Al Noor mosque that New Zealand’s response to shootings set an example

Prince William has delighted a young survivor of the mosque shootings by visiting her in hospital in Auckland.

Alen Alsati, 5, sustained numerous critical injuries in the Christchurch attacks in which 50 people were killed on 15 March. Alsati cannot see, walk, or move properly. She also suffered brain damage, her doctors said, and it is not yet known if it will be permanent.

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‘I don’t recall that in history’: shock as South Africa mudslides kill 70

Death toll from torrential rain is believed to be a record for KwaZulu-Natal province

More than 70 people have been killed in South Africa after torrential rains along the eastern coast, officials said on Thursday, and rescuers were still recovering bodies.

KwaZulu-Natal province, where most of the deaths occurred after the downpours led to flooding and mudslides, has heavy rain every year, but they rarely kill so many people in such a short space of time.

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Judge blocks Trump administration ‘gag rule’ on abortion referrals

Federal court bars enforcement of measure aimed at fulfilling president’s pledge to end federal support for Planned Parenthood

A federal judge has blocked a Trump administration rule that would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers, according to the state attorney general.

The preliminary injunction on Thursday bars enforcement nationwide of a policy that was due to go into effect on 3 May over the vehement objections of abortion rights supporters who have decried it as a “gag rule” designed to silence doctor-patient communications about abortion options.

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‘Gorilla selfie’: Congolese ranger tells how he snapped viral photo

Mathieu Shamavu’s photo captured two female orphaned gorillas at a national park in the Congo copying his movements

Two gorillas stand behind a park ranger, one at a side angle, with her shoulders back, head up, apparently posing. The other seems to be peering around the back of the human to make sure she’s in shot.

The photograph – or gorilla selfie, as it has been dubbed – went viral after it was shared by Mathieu Shamavu, a ranger at Virunga national park in eastern Congo, who captured the shot.

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Fake heiress found guilty of theft and grand larceny in Manhattan

Anna Sorokin bankrolled a lavish lifestyle with tens of thousands of dollars swindled from banks, hotels and friends

A New York jury on Thursday convicted an extravagant socialite who bankrolled an implausibly lavish lifestyle with tens of thousands of dollars she swindled from banks, hotels and friends who believed she was a wealthy German heiress.

The Manhattan jury found Anna Sorokin guilty of four counts of theft of services, three counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny following a month-long trial that attracted international attention. She was acquitted of one count of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny. She is to be sentenced 9 May.

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Growing Bells Beach swell claims first casualty, as Gilmore bows out

  • Defending champion Stephanie Gilmore loses quarter final
  • ‘50-year storm’ waves expected to grow on Friday

Defending champion Stephanie Gilmore has been beaten by Hawaiian Malia Manuel in the quarter-finals of the women Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.

With a huge swell predicted to build at Bells throughout Friday and Saturday, Manuel switched to a bigger board and claimed a 10.77 points to 8.70 triumph against the seven-time world champion.

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More than 300 quarantined amid measles fears at Los Angeles universities

Students and faculty at two schools have been exposed as number of US measles cases hits 25-year high

More than 300 students and faculty members at two Los Angeles universities have been placed under a quarantine order, after they were exposed to measles and were not able to verify they had been vaccinated or have immunity.

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), said that as of Wednesday there were 119 students and eight faculty members under quarantine. More than 500 students, faculty and staff may have been exposed to the virus when a student who has been diagnosed with the virus attended classes in early April. The quarantined individuals have not shown that they are immune.

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Malcolm Turnbull says he urged Trump to develop 5G mobile networks

‘Absurd’ that US and its closest allies are not leading players in technology, former PM says

Malcolm Turnbull has revealed that he encouraged Donald Trump to “take the lead” and develop 5G networks in cooperation with allies, including Australia, to hold out “ferocious competition” from China and to safeguard networks against cyber-attacks.

In a speech in New York overnight, the former prime minister said that in response to concerns China was stealing a technological march he had urged the US president to “ensure that we had at least one viable and secure 5G vendor from the United States and/or its Five Eyes partners”.

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