Good Morning Bendigo - 25.08.14

Good morning Bendigo!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Now, back to reality. 

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NEWS OVERNIGHT

Australian woman Laura Bushney claims mid-air sexual assault on Malaysia Airlines flight

The senior Malaysia Airlines staff member accused of raping an Australian woman on a Paris-bound flight earlier this month begged her not to report the alleged incident to the authorities because he had a wife and children.

Perth woman Laura Bushney recounted a horrifying tale of alleged abuse at the hands of chief steward Mohd Rosli Bin Ab Karim on flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpur to Paris on August 4.

Resettled refugees say they are desperate and living 'like animals in the jungle' on Nauru

More than 50 refugees resettled by Australia on Nauru say they have been "abandoned to live like animals in the jungle".

In an interview from the tiny Pacific island, the refugees told Fairfax Media they don't have enough clean water, food, or work to sustain themselves and that they can't afford phone calls to their families back home.

"In our country, the Taliban will come and they will slash our throats and finish our lives. It will take 10 minutes to die. But here, they are killing us by pain, taking our soul and our life slowly. In our countries there is physical torture, but here we are being tortured mentally," one refugee told Fairfax Media.

Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.

In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings - nearly one in four - involved Australian residents.

Rapper identified as James Foley's executioner: reports - The Age

British intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 have identified the man suspected of the horrific beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to UK media reports.

The hooded man with an English accent is believed to be 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, known to fellow Islamic State militants as Jihadi John.

The former rapper left his family home in an affluent west London suburb last year to fight in the civil war in Syria.

TODAY IN HISTORY

1819 - Death of James Watt, Scottish inventor and developer of the steam engine.

1822 - Death of Sir William Herschel, German-born English astronomer who discovered Uranus.

1844 - Australia's first synagogue is founded in Melbourne.

1965 - Massive avalanche roars down from glacier in Swiss Alps, burying 108 people at hydroelectric construction project.

1978 - Chinese and Vietnamese forces clash in Friendship Pass area on border between the two nations.

2006 - Australian government announces it will sell almost half of its remaining stake in Telstra

2011 - A renowned political cartoonist whose drawings express Syrians' frustrated hopes for change is grabbed after he left his studio and beaten by masked gunmen who broke his hands and dumped him on a road outside Damascus.

BIRTHDAYS

Sean Connery, British actor (1930-)

Gene Simmons, US rock singer-actor (1949-)

Tim Burton, US film director (1958-)

Billy Ray Cyrus, US singer (1961-)

Petria Thomas, Australian swimmer (1975-)

Blake Lively, American actress (1987-)

DAILY QUIZ

Princess Anne’s second marriage took place near which royal residence?

What would you do with a burrito?

If a disease in congenital when does it date from?

What is the minimum number of species in a hybrid?

In which movie did Tom Hanks play Chuck Noland?

Answers: 1. Balmoral 2. Eat it 3. Birth 4. Two 5. Cast Away

DID YOU KNOW

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

JOKE OF THE DAY

I've got a wonder watch. It only cost fifty cents.

Why is it a wonder watch?

Because every time I look at it I wonder if it is still working!

Have a great day!

Andi

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