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London: A Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has been shot down in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, claiming the lives of 295 passengers and crew. Malaysia Airlines told Fairfax Media that 27 Australians were on board.
The tragedy represents a serious escalation of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and comes only months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean.
Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was investigating "a number" of Australians abroad the Boeing 777.
“We have grave concerns that a number of Australians may have been on board the flight," DFAT said in a statement. "Officials are urgently working to seek confirmation with relevant authorities."
Prime Minister Tony Abbott relished its repeal, Palmer United Party senators hugged at its demise and the world's media turned their attention to Australia as the carbon tax's death knell reverberated around the globe on Thursday.
The BBC felt the end of the contentious tax, described as a levy on Australia's biggest polluters, warranted second-top billing on its news website on Thursday afternoon.
The BBC report described the repeal as a win for Tony Abbott, but made mention of Australia's status as the "world's worst polluter per head of population" and included critical responses from Labor, the Greens and the Climate Institute think-tank's statement that Australia was now "bereft of credible climate policy".
A Bendigo businesswoman behind a vehement anti-mosque Facebook page has lost a tribunal bid to stay anonymous.
In a tearful and rambling appearance at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal today, Monika Evers, a co-administrator of the Stop The Mosque in Bendigo page, claimed she had been ‘‘villified’’ online by people who supported the Bendigo mosque proposal, feared for her safety and wanted her name kept out of the media.
But VCAT deputy president Mark Dwyer said there was ‘‘insufficient evidence’’ to support her claims of being threatened and that Ms Ever’s ‘‘perception’’ of biased, pro-mosque media reporting was not grounds to have her name suppressed.
TODAY IN HISTORY
1882 - Louisville Tony Mullane is 1st to pitch righty then lefty
1893 - Harry Graham scores 107 on cricket debut Australia v England, Lord's
1894 - 11th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Hillyard beats E Austin (6-1 6-1)
1894 - 18th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Joshua Pim beats Wilfred Baddeley (10-8 6-2 8-6)
1896 - 2nd US Golf Open: James Foulis shoots a 152 at Shinnecock Hills NY
1896 - George Giffen is 1st to complete 1000/100 double, in 30th Test Cricket
1896 - Ranjitsinhji completes 154* on Test Cricket debut v Aust, Old Trafford
1897 - Cap Anson is 1st to get 3,000 hits
1907 - Florenz Ziegfeld's "Follies of 1907" premieres in NYC
1907 - French troops occupy Casablanca
1912 - Chicago Cubs get 21 hits but lose to Philadelphia Phillies in 11 innings
1913 - After 68 straight innings Christy Mathewson gives up a walk
1914 - US army air service 1st comes into being, in Signal Corps
1915 - 2nd Battle of Isonzo begins & ends with loss of 280,000 men
1915 - Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs
1918 - US & French forces launch Aisne-Marne offensive in WW I
1921 - Black Sox trial begins in Chicago
1923 - England's House of Lords accepts new divorce law
1924 - KPD points out Rote Frontkampferbund against Nazi
If today's your big day, many happy returns! I hope you have a lovely day. You share a birthday with:
Jack Irons, American drummer (1962)
Shaun Micallef, Australian comedian (1962)
David Hasselhoff, American actor (1952)
Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist, (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013)
Which side of a ship is starboard?
What colour is usually used to show the sea on a map?
Which zodiac sign of Gemini, Pisces and Taurus represents a human shape?
Which Sharon starred in”Basic Instinct” and “Total recall”?
How is sound produced from a euphonium?
DID YOU KNOW
All of the clocks in the movie 'Pulp Fiction' are fixed to 4:20
JOKE OF THE DAY
As I was taking a walk with my daughter one day, I noticed something green in her hair. To my disbelief I pulled out a piece of lettuce from her hair.
“Whoa!” she exclaimed, “is there anything else in there?” she asked.
“Oh no!” I joked. “That was just the tip of the Iceberg!”
Quiz answers: 1. Right 2. Blue 3. Gemini 4. Stone 5. Through a mouthpiece
Have a fabulous day.