Body found as rescuers search brick by brick
The body of an adult male has been found in the rubble of a Sydney building that collapsed after an explosion and fire overnight. A mother and her infant son remain missing.
NSW Fire and Rescue superintendent Ian Krimmer this evening insisted that firefighters were still engaged in a search and rescue mission but the devastation at the scene in Rozelle suggests there is little hope Bianka O’Brien, 31, and her 12-month-old son, Jude, will be found alive. The third victim is believed to be Mrs O’Brien’s neighbour, Chris Noble, 30.
Three men were admitted to hospital with injuries after an explosion in a ground floor convenience store the tore the building apart at 4.15am. One, believed to be the owner of the store, was found trapped under a fridge and rescued. The other two jumped from first floor windows before the fire gutted the building, which then imploded.
The Daily Telegraph reported a senior police source said the incident was looking “more and more like a deliberate act”. Witness reported that a silver sedan sped away from the scene after the blast, and police apparently found a trail of blood leading from the destroyed building.
Obama vows action against Islamic extremist group
President Obama has vowed to “degrade and destroy” the jihadist army ISIS, saying the militant Islamic group poses a threat to the Middle East and the United States alike. Critics immediately pointed out that degrading and destroying imply two opposing military aims that require different strategies.
Mr Obama, in Estonia to attend a NATO summit that will address the twin crises of ISIS and Russian aggression against Ukraine, was responding to reports that ISIS had beheaded a second US journalist, Steven Sotloff.
Putin tells Kiev to stay out of NATO
A day after proposing a seven-point peace plan for Ukraine that would effectively hand over much of eastern Ukraine to pro-Russian rebels, President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine against forming any alliance with Western states.
President Putin and President Poroshenko of Ukraine agreed earlier this week that peace talks should begin in the Belarus capital, Minsk, on Friday, but Kremlin spokesmen warned today that any move by Ukraine to join the NATO military defence alliance would jeopardise prospects for peace.
Despite Mr Putin’s constant assertions that Moscow has little involvement with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the separatist leaders have agreed to end hostilities if Kiev meets Moscow’s demands in Minsk.
Asylum seeker brain dead after Manus delays
An Iranian asylum seeker evacuated from Manus Island last week after he developed life-threatening septicaemia has been declared brain dead. Early requests for more intensive medical treatment after Hamid Kehazaei, 24, suffered a serious injury to his feet were reportedly denied by the detention facility’s bureaucracy.
Dr Peter Young, a former director of mental health for International Health and Medical Services, the contracted health service provider on Manus, has called for an independent review of the case. Dr Young suggested IHMS was compromised because the Australian Immigration Department had instructed medical staff on the island to take greater risks when dealing with asylum seekers’ healthcare.
About 50 asylum seekers held on Manus have signed a letter accusing IHMS of responsibility for Mr Kehazaei’s plight. IHMS has declined to comment on the case. – Compiled from internet sources by the Newsroom team.
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