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  1. India's favourite foodie duo, Rocky & Mayur, recently visited the Land Down Under for an offbeat vacation, as part of their new adventure series, titled ‘Rocky & Mayur's Offbeat Australia'. And when they came back, they had a lot of dope to share with us about how to visit these 5 cities in Australia which offer offbeat experiences that are just as thrilling as the more commercially popularized ones. On their itinerary were the cities of Northern Territory, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. Following the map, the globe-trotting pair began their journey from Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. And here's everything they tried and suggest you do, too! 1. Victoria © Fitzroy Known to many as a sophisticated European looking city, Melbourne is dominated by trams and colonial style buildings. To begin the city's tour, you can visit Fitzroy, which offers an alternative to Melbourne's general formal side. Filled with vintage stores and second-hand book shops, the city is Melbourne's art hub. The by lanes of Fitzroy offer some of the best street art and the graffiti ranges from political in nature, beauty or simple strange and full of people's vivid imagination. © Dolphin Watching at Queens Next, head to Queens' cliff, a small town on the south side of Victoria. Here, one can enjoy a bright day in a nice boat, alongside Dolphins in the sea. To end your Victorian escapade, visit Great Ocean Road, one of the most scenic coastal drives. The two highlights our visit to the city included visit 12 Apostles and Zip lining through the treetops of Otway. Take a chopper to get a bird's-eye view of the city. Adrenaline junkies can also Zip-line through the treetops of Otway and enjoy the tranquility of the forests. © The 12 Apostle Grand Pacific 2. New South Wales/Sydney Head to the capital of New South Wales and attend Vivid Sydney, an annual event which of light, music and ideas! It features some of the most breath-taking installations and projects at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. © Bridge Climbing in Sydney Swimming, boating and surfing are passé! Rosebay in Sydney offers a great opportunity to try paddle-boarding, one of the fastest growing sports in the world. For budding photographers, Grand Pacific Road offers a must-visit destination, with lush rainforests and seaside villages. Trust us, this is not one to miss! © Paddle Boarding in Sydney We recommend ending your NSW visit with some whale-watching! With over 35 vantage points to spot these large mammals, you have the freedom to choose the location that suits you best. The Sea Cliff Bridge along the Grand Pacific can be your choice for the activity. A beautiful combination of the large sea expanse and the chance to spot migrating whales will not leave you disappointed! © Quad Biking, NT 3. Queensland/Brisbane ‘Not so brisk' Brisbane can be the next destination on your itinerary. Noosa offers the ultimate skydiving experience over the Sunshine Coast. Next, you can visit the Maleny Botanical Gardens and Bird World while in Brisbane. A beautiful spot overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains, this aviary and garden is surrounded by a beautiful rainforest. Get up close and friendly with macaws, cockatoos, finches and lovebirds at this aviary. When you're tired of the cooing and cawing, take a walk through the various pathways lined with roses, orchids, azaleas, native shrubs and colourful blossoms of every variety. © Eagle Spotting After satisfying your green thumbs, you should head on to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. With over 130 koalas, you will have a ball observing, holding and playing with these cute lazy creatures. This, along with hand-feeding kangaroos and looking at Tasmanian devils, will surely be the highlight of your visit! Kangaroo Point in Brisbane is a hub for exploring the vertical world and taking in breath-taking views of beautiful Brisbane. Challenge yourself to Abseiling here, because the end result is definitely worth it! © Spending Time With Kangaroos End your Queensland trip with Steve Irwin's Zoo. How can anyone miss the Crocodile Hunter's 100 acre zoo? Housing more than just crocs and gators, the zoo is home to elephants, giraffes, reptiles, kangaroos, wombats, koalas and cheetahs. Surrounded by the Glass House Mountains, the drive off the highway is a photographer's dream. © Koalas in Brisbane 4. Northern Territory Gliding around the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on the Segway is definitely the way to go if you want to learn more about this World Heritage listed destination and Anangu (local Aboriginal) people, their way of life and their culture. © Segway Uluru You must make it a point to check out the Field of Lights, while at NT. At sunset, Uluru is lit up. From crimson to lavender, the lights turn on, one by one. An artist, Bruce Munro, installed 50,000 lights on the desert of Uluru; creating a constellation on the floor of the Australian desert. © Yubu Napa, NT Visit the Yubu Napa Art Gallery in Alice Springs and get a first-hand account of the inspiring stories by local artists. You should also opt for a hot air balloon ride over Alice Springs- the view of the landscape will leave you completely mesmerised! The Desert Park in NT will give you the chance to encounter Wedge-tailed Eagles intimately and walk among the natural habitat of Australia's most famous Red Kangaroos. Conclude your adventure with a quad bike ride at the rich and rugged terrain of the King's Canyon. © Hot Air Balloon Ride 5. South Australia/Adelaide End your Aussie experience with Adelaide, one of the more picturesque towns in Australia; also known as the city of churches. © Adventure Park in Adelaide Cricket enthusiasts can start by paying homage to their favourite sport at the Adelaide Oval, which is the home to the South Australian Cricket Association. The tour guide will also let you in on some of the secrets of the cricket ground. Next, you can head to Kangaroo Island to get a peek into Australia's most pristine beaches, amazing wildlife, lush forests and fresh gourmet food. Test your set of skills at the Little Sahara while trying your hands (well, legs) at sand boarding down the dunes! End your day with a barbeque in a bush-camp. © Field of Light And finally, end your trip with a bang at The Mega Adventure Aerial Park in West Beach, which will leave you with memories of a lifetime.
  2. Australia are playing their first Test series in Bangladesh since Ricky Ponting´s team visited in 2006 SYDNEY: Cricket Australia insisted Tuesday it is comfortable with security in Bangladesh following an incident in which a window on the team bus was smashed. CA said the window was broken by a "small rock or stone" as Australia´s players were returning to the team hotel after Monday´s opening day in the second Test in Chittagong. No one was injured. "En route back to the hotel last night a window on the Australian team bus was broken. No one was injured in the incident," CA´s security manager Sean Carroll said in a statement. "Team security personnel are currently in discussion with local authorities while they investigate the cause, which is believed to have come from a small rock or stone. "Bangladesh authorities are taking the incident seriously and security has been increased on the route." CA added that it was "happy with security measures that have been in place and we are comfortable with the response from the Bangladesh authorities and the increased security presence we have been provided in light of the incident". Australia are playing their first Test series in Bangladesh since Ricky Ponting´s team visited in 2006. They were due to play two Tests in Bangladesh in October 2015 but the tour was cancelled amid security fears after attacks by extremists in the country.
  3. source: BBC SYDNEY: A koala at an Australian zoo has given birth to a rare white joey, staff announced Tuesday. Handlers at the Australia Zoo on Queensland's Sunshine Coast say the pale animal born in January owes its white fur to a recessive gene inherited from mother Tia. The mother has given birth to light-coloured joeys in the past. "In veterinary science it?s often referred to as the 'silvering gene' where animals are born with white or very pale fur and, just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult colouration comes through," said the zoo's wildlife hospital director Rosie Booth in a statement. Koala fur differs in colour - from light grey to brown - depending on their environment. Animals in the south of Australia tend to have thicker and darker fur than those in the north. But a white koala is incredibly rare, Booth said, and "quite unfortunate" if born in the wild, since it is more visible to predators. The much-loved koala has been under increasing threat across Australia in recent decades, particularly from habitat loss, disease, dog attacks and bushfires. The joey is yet to be named and Tourism Australia is set to encourage suggestions.
  4. Australian Olympic icon Betty Cuthbert, the only athlete to ever win gold in the 100m, 200m, and 400m, has died aged 79 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, officials said on Monday. Cuthbert shot to fame as a little-known 18-year-old at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, earning her the nickname "Golden Girl" by local media. She suffered a hamstring injury at the Rome Games four years later and briefly retired, before being coaxed back to the track to win the 400m at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. During her career, she set nine world records, four of them in 1958, and remains the only athlete, male or female, to win Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Swimmer Ian Thorpe is the only Australian to claim more Olympic gold medals, with five. "Betty was the Golden Girl of the track and a national heroine," said Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates. "It's very sad to lose such a great champion. Betty battled her illness for many years and showed tremendous courage, but more importantly she always managed to smile." Athletics Australia president Mark Arbib called her "inspiring". "She is the only athlete, male or female, to win Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m, with her trophy cabinet also including three medals from the Commonwealth Games," he said. "She will be forever remembered as a legend of the sport and a trailblazer for our female athletes." Born in Sydney, she moved to West Australia in later life after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1969, which confined to a wheelchair. She returned to the spotlight in 2000 when she took part in the ceremony to light the cauldron at the Sydney Olympic Games. Cuthbert was an inaugural member of the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame and she was inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame in 2012. "Rest in peace Betty Cuthbert -- an inspiration and a champion on and off the track," tweeted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, while fellow track legend Cathy Freeman said: "Thank you for the inspirational memories, Betty Cuthbert."
  5. SYDNEY: Australian police said two men have been charged over terror-related offences involving plans to place an improvised explosive device on a passenger jet flight leaving Sydney, and, separately, to build a device to release poisonous gas. Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner National Security Michael Phelan told a media conference on Friday that the men had assistance from Islamic State in Syria over the plot targeting an Etihad Airways flight. The explosive device was taken to Sydney's airport but the plan was aborted and the bomb did not breach airport security, he said. "This is one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil," Phelan said. "The explosive was a high-end explosive...I don't want to be specific because it's still under examination for the exactness of it, but high military grade explosive." Phelan said in a separate event, the same men attempted to create an improvised chemical device, although he said there was no evidence to suggest that would be used in a plane attack. Police arrested four men last weekend in raids across Australia's biggest city of Sydney. One man has been released while another is being held without charge under special counter-terror laws. Etihad said this week it was assisting police with its investigation.
  6. Students pictured outside University of New South Wales in Australia/AAP SYDNEY: More than half of university students in Australia were sexually harassed last year and seven percent sexually assaulted on at least one occasion, a "disturbing" new national study revealed Tuesday. The findings came in an Australian Human Rights Commission report, conducted on behalf of the country´s 39 universities that questioned more than 30,000 students, after years of activism by women´s groups to discover the extent of the problem. Women were three times as likely as men to be sexually assaulted and almost twice as likely to be sexually harassed, either on-campus, travelling to and from the university or at off-campus events endorsed by the institution. "The unavoidable conclusion of the data... is that incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment are occurring at unacceptable rates at Australian universities," said *** Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins. "While anybody can experience sexual assault or sexual harassment, it is clear from the data that women at university experience these behaviours at disproportionately higher rates than men. "This adds weight to the body of evidence that highlights disturbing rates of sexual violence against women in Australia." The report said almost a third of the harassment occurred on university grounds or in teaching spaces, while one in five of the assaults happened at a university or residence social event. Australian universities, which have more than one million pupils enrolled, are hugely popular with international students, particularly from China and India. Many of those affected -- including international students -- did not formally report the incident, with the vast majority saying their university did not do enough to provide clear direction on what to do and where to seek support. "It broke my heart to read this report," Sophie Johnston, from the National Union of Students, told reporters. "This is a cultural battle we are fighting everywhere." The report made nine recommendations, including the need to change attitudes and behaviour and to ensure an independent and systemic review of how universities respond. Universities Australia, the body representing the country´s university sector, immediately announced a 10-point plan to tackle the issue. This included a 24/7 support line, new training for staff to recognise and deal with the problem, and a commitment to a follow-up survey to track progress. "We send a strong and clear message today that these behaviours are not acceptable. Not on our campuses -- and not in Australian society," Universities Australia chair Margaret Gardner said. "We have listened, and we will act."
  7. Victorian MP Khalil Eideh. Photo taken from Herald Sun An MP from Australian state of Victoria, Khalil Eideh, was recently blocked from entering the United States while on an overseas study tour, in yet another incident of ?Trumpism?, as declared by an outraged Australian senator. Eideh, who was born in Lebanon and whose family is Syrian, was part of a group of MPs studying the effectiveness of drug laws and regulations in Europe and North America. But he was left ?exhausted, very, very disappointed [and] frustrated? when authorities blocked him from entering the US, just as he was about to fly from Vancouver, Canada to Denver, Colorado. ?[They gave me] no explanation whatsoever, at first they couldn't find my name. When I gave them my itinerary they said 'ah yes, unfortunately it's blocked and we can't take you on the plane',? he was quoted as saying by Australian media. The MP holds joint citizenship of Australia and Syria ? the latter being on the list of countries targeted by US President Donald Trump's travel restrictions. ?One of the ministers was saying it could be because of the Trump decision ? Syria is included in these countries. I'm not sure if that's the reason,? he said. Federal Labor senator Kim Carr said Eideh had been the "victim of Trumpism". Newlyweds en route to Hawaii honeymoon detained at LA airport ?because groom is Muslim? Couple thrown into a detention centre for 26 hours then sent back home without explanation Expressing his outrage at why an ?ally like Australia, a great military partner like Australia? could be treated this way, the senator said, ?There is absolutely an extraordinary circumstance where we have no explanation for this behaviour.? A US Customs and Border Protection official said having a valid visa did not guarantee entry into the US. ?A visa allows a traveller to knock at the door ? travel to a port of entry, airport or land border crossing and request permission to US Customs and Border Protection,? he said. ?All travellers must clear admissibility laws,? he said, adding that only a small number out of the more than 1.2 million people who came to the US each day were denied entry.
  8. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse Wednesday. Photo: AFP Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse Wednesday at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations. The 76-year-old, the number-three figure in the Vatican, returned from Rome earlier this month to face the charges in Melbourne Magistrates Court. Details of the charges have not been made public although police said they involved "multiple complainants". The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop has always maintained his innocence. Cardinal George Pell arrives under heavy police protection for his first court hearing over historical sexual abuse allegations. Photo: AFP Looking sombre and frail, he attended the hearing with his lawyer, top criminal barrister Robert Richter, who told the court his client was not guilty -- even though a formal plea was not required at this stage. "For the avoidance of doubt and because of the interest, I might indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain the presumed innocence that he has," Richter told the court, national broadcaster ABC reported. Pell, dressed in black and wearing his clerical collar, remained silent throughout with magistrate Duncan Reynolds ruling that evidence needs to be handed to his legal team by September 8, with the next court date set for October 6. The cleric made no comment as he was escorted by a group of police through a crush of cameras, reporters and photographers into the court, which hears hundreds of cases a week for alleged crimes ranging from theft to murder. The cleric made no comment as he was escorted by a group of police through a crush of cameras, reporters and photographers into the court. Photo: AFP Several photographers were knocked over in the melee. Similar scenes greeted his departure after the brief hearing as he was ushered around 100 metres (yards) down the road to his lawyer's offices surrounded by security, with a handful of supporters shouting "this is a show trial" and "innocent" as he walked past. Protesters were also on hand, with one, Brian Cherrie, telling the Melbourne Herald Sun: "We need the truth." Rocked the church Pell was not required to attend the hearing, but Australia's most powerful Catholic opted to appear, having previously vowed to defend himself and clear his name after a two-year investigation led to him being charged on June 29. "I am innocent of these charges, they are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me," he said in Rome last month, claiming he had been the victim of a campaign of "relentless character assassination". Australia's Catholic leaders have spoken out in support, describing Pell as a "thoroughly decent man". The Archdiocese of Sydney is providing accommodation for him while he fights the charges, but it has said it will not foot his legal bills, which could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Supporters have set up a fund to help him pay the costs, according to the Institute of Public Affairs, a high-profile conservative Australian think tank. Despite being unofficially considered the third most powerful cleric in the Vatican, no special arrangements were in place at the court. Pell entered the building through the front door and was screened by security. He has been granted a leave of absence by the Pope, who has made clear the cardinal would not be forced to resign his post as head of the Vatican's powerful economic ministry. But the scandal has rocked the church. He is the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with criminal offences linked to its long-running sexual abuse scandal. The allegations against Pell coincide with the final stages of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child *** Abuse, ordered in 2012 after a decade of pressure to investigate widespread allegations of institutional paedophilia. The commission has spoken to thousands of survivors and heard claims of child abuse involving churches, orphanages, sporting clubs, youth groups and schools. Pell appeared before the commission three times, once in person and twice via video-link from Rome.
  9. The police chief in Minneapolis resigned Friday amid an uproar over the death of an Australian woman who had called to report a possible sexual assault and was shot by a responding officer. Chief Janee Harteau faced criticism over her handling of the incident last Saturday night, which ignited an international outcry. She did not appear before TV cameras until Thursday, saying she had been on vacation at a remote mountain location. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she asked for the chief's resignation Friday and Harteau tendered it. "I've lost confidence in the chief's ability to lead us further. And from the many conversations I've had with people around our city, especially this week, it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well," Hodges said in a statement. Moments later the mayor announced her nomination of Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo as Harteau's replacement. Arradondo has been the public face of the department during the crisis. Many of the city's elected officials had expressed their displeasure with the police chief, and some suggested earlier Friday that they would like to remove her, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Damond, a 40-year-old meditation teacher and life coach, called police Saturday night after hearing noises she feared might have been those of someone getting raped. Responding officer Matthew Harrity had been startled by a loud noise just before Damond approached the police car he was driving, prompting his partner Mohamed Noor to fire the fatal shot, authorities said. The state's Bureau of Criminal Affairs (BCA), the agency investigating the shooting, said Friday that Noor continued to refuse an interview with authorities. But investigators located and interviewed a witness they had been seeking, the BCA said. The witness had been bicycling near the scene of the shooting and had stopped to watch officers provide first aid. The BCA did not disclose what the witness told investigators. Hundreds of marchers took to the streets of Damond's neighbourhood Thursday night, many carrying signs reading "Justice for Justine." Damond's family, through their attorney, said they want reforms in the police department.
  10. "You're in such good shape," Trump was filmed on Thursday telling her during his first state visit to France SYDNEY: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Sunday criticised comments by US President Donald Trump on French first lady Brigitte Macron's appearance. "You're in such good shape," Trump was filmed on Thursday telling her during his first state visit to France. "I wonder if she could say the same of him?" Bishop told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, when asked whether she would be flattered or offended if the comment were directed at her. "I'd be taken aback, I think. It's a rather interesting comment to make," she said. Bishop declined further comment on the Paris remark, but added an unprompted observation on Trump's use of social media, saying she wouldn't "run a commentary on his Twitter account". The criticism follows an acrimonious January telephone call between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, when the American hung up after 25 minutes rather than the scheduled hour, according to the Washington Post. In June, the relationship between the two countries hit the spotlight again, after the release of a leaked tape of Turnbull mocking Trump at an off-the-record media event. But the two leaders "get along great," Trump had declared in May, following his first-face-to-face meeting with Turnbull.
  11. SYDNEY: Australia´s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a comical swipe at Donald Trump, mimicking the US president´s mannerisms and even making reference to the Russia scandal. In a leaked audio recording that comes just months after a tetchy phone call between the two leaders rattled ties soon after Trump took power, Turnbull is heard making fun of the US president´s idiosyncratic speaking style. "The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls," Turnbull said in a closed event for journalists in Canberra on Wednesday. "We are winning so much. We are winning like we have never won before. "We are. We are. Not the fake polls. Not the fake polls. They´re the ones we are not winning in," he said to laughs from the audience at the Mid-Winter Ball, where politicians and Canberra journalists let their hair down. "We are winning in the real polls. You know, the online polls. They are so easy to win." Typically, the event is off-the-record, meaning journalists would not report on what was said, but a recording was leaked to the political editor at commercial broadcaster Channel Nine, who did not attend the soiree and decided to report it. Last month, Turnbull met the US president in New York to mend bridges, after the bad-tempered call early in Trump´s his White House tenure. Trump reportedly exploded and cut short the call when he was told about a Barack Obama-era deal to move refugees from Australia to America. The Australian leader appeared to make light of that icy conversation in the leaked recording. "It was beautiful. It was the most beautiful putting-me-at-ease ever," he said. In another leaked clip, Turnbull poked fun at the ongoing controversy surrounding the Trump administration´s ties to Russia. "I have this Russian guy. Believe me, it is true. It is true," Turnbull said.
  12. SYDNEY: Australian police were carrying out "counter-terrorism" raids in Melbourne early on Friday, just days after a deadly siege by a lone gunman in the country's second biggest city. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the raids were linked to the siege earlier this week that was claimed by the Daesh group. "I've been briefed very early this morning, a number of warrants are being executed in Melbourne as we speak," Andrews told Sky News. "We're obviously limited in what we can say, we don't want to put any of our operational staff in harm's way by speaking about these matters, but they are in connection with terrible tragic events of Monday in Brighton." Police shot dead gunman Yacqub Khayre, who they said had a long criminal history, on Monday night after he killed a man in an apartment block in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, and held a woman hostage for several hours. Victoria Police confirmed they were "conducting a police operation in the northern suburbs" of Melbourne, but declined to comment further. The Australian government has signaled a drive to reform parole laws as a result of the incident, including a ban on parole for violent offenders who have any links to extremism, as Khayre was on parole for a violent home invasion. Andrews said parole reform will be at the top of the agenda at a meeting of state and federal governments on Friday, including having decisions made by state attorneys general rather than parole boards in cases involving extremism. "This meeting today presents us with the opportunity not simply to talk about these matters but to recognise that terror is not half a world away," Andrews said. "There are very real threats in communities right across our nation and there are some practical things, some common sense things that we can do and that we need to do." Senior officials said Khayre had been acquitted of a plot to attack a Sydney army base in 2009. He was also accused of traveling to Somalia, where he was born, to seek a religious ruling in support of the planned 2009 attack. Australia passed laws last year allowing the indefinite detention of anyone convicted of terror-related offences if authorities believed that person posed a threat after their release.
  13. Members of Australian police's bomb squad unit walk near the site of the incident. Photo: Reuters Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday police were treating a deadly siege in the southern city of Melbourne as an "act of terrorism" after a claim by the Islamic State group that one of its fighters was the gunman responsible. Police shot dead gunman Yacqub Khayre on Monday after he held a woman hostage inside an apartment building in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Police confirmed on Tuesday that Khayre, who was acquitted of a plot to attack a Sydney army base in 2009, had shot a man dead in the foyer of the building. Yacqub Khayre walks from a court appearance in Melbourne on Dec 23, 2010. Photo: Reuters "This terrorist attack by a known criminal, a man who was only recently released on parole, is a shocking, cowardly crime," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in the capital, Canberra. "It is a terrorist attack and it underlines the need for us to be constantly vigilant, never to be deterred, always defiant, in the face of Islamist terrorism," he said. Victoria state police commissioner Graham Ashton said police were still investigating after Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency. "We're aware of them having claimed responsibility, but then they always tend to jump up and claim responsibility every time something happens so we note that that has happened," he said. Amaq said the attack was launched because of Australia's membership in a US-led coalition fighting against the militant group in Syria and Iraq. Police were also investigating a telephone call made to the newsroom of Australian TV broadcaster Seven Network during the siege. Seven reported that a male caller said the attack was related to Islamic State. Ashton said Khayre, an 29-year-old Australian of Somali heritage, had a long criminal history and was on parole at the time of the attack. He did not specify the charges related to Khayre's parole. Khayre was acquitted of a plot to attack Sydney's Holsworthy Barracks in 2009. Three other men were convicted. Ashton said evidence collected from a raid on the home that Khayre lived in with his mother indicated he likely acted alone and that the threat from this attack was now over. Khayre arranged to meet a female escort at a block of serviced apartments in the beachside Melbourne suburb of Brighton on Monday, and then killed a staff member when he arrived, Ashton said. After holding the woman hostage for several hours, Khayre burst out of the building firing at police, who shot back and killed him. The woman was rescued unhurt, but three police officers suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds. A policewoman directs traffic near the site of the incident. Photo: Reuters Australia, a staunch ally of the United States, has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East, or their supporters, since 2014. Police have foiled several major plots in recent years. In December 2014, a gunman killed one hostage during a 17-hour siege at a popular Sydney cafe. Another hostage was killed by fragments of a bullet fired by police who stormed the cafe and killed the gunman, who was not affiliated to any militant groups and acted alone. Six people were arrested over a plan to set off bombs in Melbourne on Christmas Day last year.
  14. The Australian Fashion Week's Day 3 concluded Tuesday night and it was an absolute blast! From eccentric accessories to elegant wedding gowns, the event showcased a variety of weird yet wonderful fashion trends. Check out the pictures here! A model is bathed in the spotlight during a show by the Australian designer Karla Spetic. REUTERS/Jason Reed Australia's naval ship HMAS Canberra forms a backdrop for the men's show for the Katama label by American designer Garrett Neff. REUTERS/Jason Reed A model wears a polka dot dress during the St George Nextgen show. REUTERS/Steven Saphore A model for Hansen and Gretel presents a creation. REUTERS/Steven Saphor A model presents headwear with a split brim for Australian designer Dion Lee. REUTERS/Jason Reed A model for designer Gary Bigeni looks on. REUTERS/Steven Saphorelooks Australian designer Dion Lee during the first runway show of Fashion Week Australia on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney. REUTERS/Jason Reed Audience members during the show by local designer Dion Lee. REUTERS/Jason Reed Metal rings are featured in the hair design of a model, during a show by Sass & Bide. REUTERS/Jason Reed Australian designer Dion Lee. REUTERS/Jason Reed Assistants wait to help dress models, alongside their outfits and photographs, during a show by the Australian designer Steven Khalil. REUTERS/Jason Reed Models are reflected in mirrors backstage before a show by the Australian designer Steven Khalil. REUTERS/Jason Reed A clothes rack features an outfit to be worn by model Billie Adams before a show by the Australian fashion house Albus Lumen. REUTERS/Jason Reed Australian designer Karla Spetic. REUTERS/Jason Reed Audience members hold cameras as they watch a model pass by during a show by the Australian fashion house Albus Lumen. REUTERS/Jason Reed Models parade down the runway during a show by Australian designer Karla Spetic. REUTERS/Jason Reed A model walks through an open air courtyard during a rehearsal for a runway show by Australian fashion house Albus Lumen. REUTERS/Jason Reed A model waits backstage before participating in a runway show by Australian fashion house Albus Lumen. REUTERS/Jason Reed A model looks up from her mobile phone as stylists work on her hair before a show by Australian fashion house Albus Lumen. REUTERS/Jason Reed
  15. RAWALPINDI: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan General Zubair Mahmood Hayat met Australian Chief of Defence Forces, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin in Australia on Tuesday. The CJCSC is on an official visit to Australia, according to the ISPR. During the meeting, matters of mutual professional interests with particular reference to global and regional security environment were discussed, the ISPR said. The ISPR added that the CJCSC also held separate meetings with other Australian armed forces chiefs, Minister of Foreign Affairs and other Australian officials. Australian dignitaries appreciated the high professional standards of Pakistan Armed Forces and their valued contributions in regional peace and stability, the ISPR statement said.
  16. Travelling in Delhi metro is a daily affair for most of us and there’s nothing surprising about it, unless you get an empty seat which nobody is fighting to sit on. However, if you were planning to travel by metro yesterday and witnessed or got to know of a commotion on the blue line, then you would probably know by now what we are talking about. For the rest of you, the metro train was boarded by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. They were taking a ride from Mandi House station to Akshardham temple. © Twitter The two leaders were bonding over the metro ride, clicking selfies and chatting at the stairs of the Akshardham Temple. Honestly looking at the two personalities reminded us of the time when we used to bunk our classes, travel in metros and click selfies to make the ones who bailed out jealous. Today, for most of us, selfies have turned into food images for Instagram and check-ins on Facebook. On board the Delhi Metro with PM @TurnbullMalcolm. We are heading to the Akshardham Temple. pic.twitter.com/AiP4BAqhLY — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 10, 2017 With @narendramodi on the Delhi Metro Blue Line - 212 kms & 159 stations since 2002 pic.twitter.com/O4Zr2695Sg — Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) April 10, 2017 Having a quiet chat with @narendramodi on the steps of the amazing Akshardham Temple today pic.twitter.com/fIwrukrhj6 — Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) April 10, 2017 Some more pictures from the delightful metro journey with PM @TurnbullMalcolm. pic.twitter.com/qGhiRdHlte — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 10, 2017 However, we wonder whether PM Modi was shocked to see so many empty seats, when the whole internet is flooded with people sticking their faces, on the metro doors in the absence of seats. Jokes apart, looking at the representatives of both the countries gel so well, we can hope for our external and political relations to be running smoothly.
  17. The ongoing four-match Test series between India and Australia is arguably turning out to be one of the most exciting duels this year. From individual battles to controversial jibes, Australia's tour of India has witnessed it all. Such has been the intensity that it, apart from cricketers, even got the cricket boards of the two countries at loggerheads, further enticing media scrutiny. And, it appears that the Australian media won't let Virat Kohli catch a break. This Is How Virat Kohli Took Revenge And Trolled Ausies Like A Boss ??#Cricket #AUSvIND #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/KW3ExN8aM5 — Pakistani Tigers (@PakistaniTiger2) March 19, 2017 Continuing the series of scathing attacks on the Indian captain, the Daily Telegraph recently stooped to a new low after comparing the right-hander with US President Donald Trump. "Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport. Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face," the Daily Telegraph wrote on its website. This criticism of Kohli didn't just drew a strong response from the Indian cricket fans, but it also instigated Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to come out all guns blazing. T 2471 - Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! ... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !! pic.twitter.com/ZOoNtuhtC2 — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 21, 2017 Reacting to the claims, the 74-year-old sarcastically thanked the Australian media for accepting the fact that Kohli is a winner and the President. His tweet spread like wildfire and has so far attracted over 1,700 retweets and over 7,700 likes on Twitter. Despite his hectic schedule, the veteran actor follows cricket rather closely and is quite vocal about most of the issues surrounding the game. During the 2016 World T20 tournament, Big B had also kicked up a storm after he tweeted about an Indian commentator's remarks for the Indian team. T 2184 - With all due respects, it would be really worthy of an Indian commentator to speak more about our players than others all the time. — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 23, 2016 His tweet also found support from none other than MS Dhoni who was leading the Indian side during the tournament. Nothing to add https://t.co/8rBel3vw4o — Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) March 23, 2016 Following a raging war on Twitter, the Indian commentator in question was identified as Harsha Bhogle who took to Facebook to explain his situation. Bachchan's tweet, Dhoni's endorsement of it and Bhogle's argument with an official of the Vidarbha Cricket Association, home of the BCCI president Shashank Manohar, are believed to have led to his ouster from the IPL commentary team.
  18. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Cricket Australia (CA) might have called a truce over the sensational Decision Review System (DRS) row in the second Test, but there seems to be no stopping the media scrutiny. While both Indian and Australian media have equally derived their own views and hypothesis surrounding the incident, The Daily Telegraph has launched a scathing attack on Virat Kohli, accusing him of hitting an Australian team official with a Gatorade bottle. "Under ICC laws Kohli as a Test captain is supposed to be a custodian for the spirit of the game, yet in addition to his relentlessly aggressive on-field behaviour, it can be revealed he unleashed an astonishing outburst in the dressing rooms following his dismissal, smashing a Gatorade bottle off a table, where it then rebounded off a television and struck an Australian team official on the leg. © Reuters Kohli was also seen swearing in the direction of the Australian box as he left the field and using a throat-slitting gesture to send-off Peter Handscomb late in the Test," The Daily Telegraph's website claimed. The Australian news portal went on to claim that there was no apology from the Indian camp after an Australian official had been struck. It also believed that Kohli's behaviour - "one of the worst by an international captain since villainous Sri Lankan leader Arjuna Ranatunga - killed the spirit of the game. © Reuters If that wasn't enough, the Australian news website took the Bengaluru bloodbath to a whole new level by targeting Team India coach Anil Kumble. "As Virat Kohli left a tornado of destruction behind him in the Indian dressing room, fuming he had been given out lbw, it’s understood Kumble went to seek immediate clarification from match officials as to why his irate skipper was given out at a key moment of the second Test. © BCCL Kohli might be the aggressor in the brazen campaign India is running against Australia’s integrity — even striking an Australian official with an orange Gatorade bottle — but coach Kumble, one of the main instigators of the Monkeygate fiasco, would appear to have reclaimed his role as the puppeteer behind the scenes," the website claimed. The Daily Telegraph further revealed that Kumble made his fury known about the actions of the match referee, Chris Broad, during the second Test, complaints which were passed onto the ICC by the BCCI. © Reuters The validity of the explosive claims are yet to be ascertained, but the latest revelations can potentially derail the peace process between the world's top two Test teams.
  19. Roger Federer is one of the greatest players of the open era and that’s not because we are counting down on that amazing trophy cabinet, it’s because he’s a great human being too. Since 2002, an elderly couple accompanies the Federer staff to his games at the Australian Open and the reason why will make you respect the legend even more. © Twitter Here’s the whole story as told by Sachin Kalbag, the resident editor of The Hindu. "Every year, at the Australian Open, behind Rodger Federer's coach (earlier Edberg and now Ljubicic), sits an elderly couple. There is a story to this couple, and it shows what a good human being Federer is. The couple, as Federer’s die-hard fans would know, are Bob and Diana Carter, the parents of his first international coach, the Australian Peter Carter. Federer was just nine when Carter took him under his wing. In 2002, in a terrible tragedy, Carter died in a car accident while on a vacation with his wife. He was only 37 years of age. The story goes that Federer (then 21) was so affected by his coach's death, he ran through the streets of Toronto (where he was playing that day), bawling his heart out. Carter had recognised Federer's genius at a young age, and was determined to make him an all-time great. He was not Federer's first coach, but the one who took him from relative obscurity in Basel in Switzerland to the threshold of international greatness. Every year since 2005, Federer's team sends an all-expenses paid itinerary to the Adelaide-based couple - first-class air tickets, bookings in the same hotel as Federer, food, winner's parties and even commiseration parties in Melbourne. And they sit in Federer's box at the Rod Laver Arena, supporting him as if he were their son. They see their son Peter in him. And Federer never forgets the Carter family's role in his life and career. Federer, now 34, may or may not win his 18th Grand Slam. But he is one of the greatest humans to have set foot on a tennis court. Remember the people and the things that have made an impact in your life." © Twitter The person alongside Federer is Peter Carter and this story once again proves that Federer is always going to be remembered as one of the greats of the game, on and off the field.
  20. Roger Federer’s sensational comeback to professional tennis will be remembered as one of the finest moments of the open era. Not only did he overcome a massive mental block but also nursed his already deteriorating knee to be fit for the first grand slam of the year. At 35, Federer is rewriting the rules of the game which heavily favors the young and agile with incredible speed and reflexes. In a recent interview with Time magazine, Federer shed some light on how his comeback was successful and what actually went into preparations for this season. © Twitter “The knee was screaming for a rest. That’s when I made the tough decision [to end his season], and we started doing rehab, with quad exercises. I eased into fitness, a little running, a little side shuffling, a little sprinting. And eventually you can do more and more hours a day, more days in a row, and eventually I got into tennis,” Federer explained. Fitness is an integral part of modern tennis and Federer, having rediscovered his form lately, is now totally immersed in understanding what aspects of his physical self need to be developed to compete with younger players. “We’re mixing fitness and tennis. And at the end of October we were going kind of full out already, but in short bursts of time, not too long, not too many days in a row, always a sufficient break. Because I took six months off, I actually had sufficient time to get through all the processes we were looking forward to. Then at the end, all of December, I was going all out. It was just being clever with my scheduling, making sure I'm not getting hurt,” said Federer. © Twitter While Nadal had a better record against Federer in grand slam finals, this Australian Open saw a different man turn up at the Rod Laver arena and most of it has to do with Federer’s improved mental strength. “My mental toughness has always been overshadowed by my virtuosity, my shot-making, my technique, my grace. That's why when I lose, it seems like, "Oh, he didn't play so well." And when I win, it looks so easy. I had that already when I was a little boy. You know, "Why don’t you try harder?" I mean, honestly I tried everything that I possibly could. Just because I don't sweat like crazy and I don't grunt, I don't have this face on when I hit the shot like I'm in pain, doesn't mean I'm not trying hard. It's just how I play. Sorry,” Federer told Time. It’ll be an interesting season with Federer and Nadal both back in the running for grand slam titles. And now we’ll see whether Djokovic and Murray raise their game to match these all-time greats.