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Australian denies spying

Phnom Penh An Australian film-maker accused of spying in Cambodia has told a Phnom Penh court that flying a drone without a permit was an offence but he denied all allegations of espionage. "What has happened here I think is an understandable misunderstanding," James Ricketson, 68, said in a court appearance in the Cambodian capital yesterday. Ricketson also said it was "very...

Gas worker fined over radiation burns

Brisbane An engineer at a Queensland drilling site has been fined $15,000 after exposing a colleague to unsafe levels of radiation. Victor Mokaya pleaded guilty yesterday in the Brisbane Magistrates' Court to two charges under the Radiation Safety Act over the incident at a coal seam gas site at Chinchilla in February 2014. The court heard Mokaya failed to carry out a...

Top Gear Alpine sports car goes up in smoke

London Top Gear presenters Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan have escaped without injury after a car they were driving in Monaco burst into flames during filming. Harris was behind the wheel of a new 50,000 ($NZ98,500) Alpine sports car on Monte Carlo's SS17 stage with Jordan in the passenger seat driving up a hill, when its warning lights came on as...

Frasier star John Mahoney dies

Chicago John Mahoney, the veteran actor best known for playing the father on the 90s NBC hit Frasier, has died in a Chicago hospice, aged 77. The British-born actor starred as Martin Crane alongside his on-screen sons Kelsey Grammar, who played the titular Frasier, and David Hyde Pierce, who played Niles, in the sitcom for a whopping 11 seasons, from 1993...

Wagner ‘person of interest’ in Natalie Wood’s death

Los Angeles United States actor Robert Wagner, 87, has been named as a "person of interest" in the 1981 drowning of his actress wife Natalie Wood, Los Angeles sheriff's officials say. Mystery and speculation have swirled for nearly four decades around what happened to the three times Oscar nominated actress, whose body was found floating in waters off California's Catalina Island...

Sydney ferry workers fish out wallaby

Sydney A distressed swimming wallaby has been rescued by ferry crew members in Sydney Harbour. Crew members used a rope to lift the distressed marsupial from the water and into the Manly Fast Ferry on as crowds watched on at the nearby Manly jetty. It is believed the female wallaby was chased into the water by a dog and spent about half...

No sign of Beaumont children’s grave

Sydney Excavation at a factory site in Adelaide has been called off after failing to find the remains of the missing Beaumont children, ensuring the 50-year mystery of their disappearance will continue. The dig yesterday uncovered some animal bones but nothing related to the Beaumont children, Chief Superintendent Des Bray said. "I can confirm we have found bones of various animals, but...

Trump approves release of classified FBI memo

Washington United States President Donald Trump today approved the release of a classified Republican memo that alleges bias against him at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department, in an extraordinary showdown with law enforcement agencies over the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Ignoring the urgings of the FBI earlier this week, Trump declassified the four-page...

Secret papers sold in Aust security breach

Canberra Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says someone "had a shocker" when they let filing cabinets containing secret and highly sensitive documents end up at a Canberra second-hand shop. The Department of Prime Minister and cabinet launched an urgent investigation yesterday after the ABC revealed it had obtained thousands of cabinet papers covering five governments over a decade. The treasure trove of...

Orca mimics human speech

Sydney Scientists have found a killer whale in France capable of imitating the sounds of other orcas as well as human speech, including the words "hello," "Amy," and "bye bye". The 14-year-old female named Wikie, housed in an aquarium in Antibes, was able to mimic words and make fart-like noises, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Proceedings of...
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