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Smoky school trip
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Students attempt to protect themselves from the haze as they stand on a wooden boat to cross the Ogan River on the way to their
school in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia. The air pollution or haze has been an annual problem for the past 18 years in
Indonesia. It is caused by the illegal burning of forest and peat fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo to clear new land for the
production of pulp, paper and palm oil. Singapore and Malaysia have offered to help the Indonesian government to fight against the
fires, as infants and their mothers are evacuated to escape the record pollution levels.
sentenced to life
A 14-year-old British schoolboy secretly
tapping away on his smartphone in his
bedroom became a key player in a terror plot
to behead police officers in Melbourne on
The plot was foiled but the case is a chilling
reminder of the global reach of the Islamic
State terror group and its use of social media
to remotely indoctrinate young Muslims into
The boy, who cannot be named for legal
reasons, is Britain’s youngest convicted
terrorist after pleading guilty to inciting an
18-year-old Melbourne man to carry out the
Anzac Day attack under the banner of IS.
Overnight the boy, now 15, was sentenced
by Justice John Saunders in the Manchester
Crown Court to a life term with a minimum
detention period of five years.
He cannot be released until it is determined
he is no longer a danger to the public.
Justice Saunders said extremist IS
propagandists had groomed the boy on-line,
turning him into a radical extremist and using
him for their own ends.
“The revelation in this case that someone
of only 14 could have become so radicalised
that he was prepared to carry out this role
intending and wishing that people should die
is chilling,” he said.
The boy’s Melbourne contact allegedly
procured a serrated Rambo knife and
prepared his “martyrdom message” just days
before his planned Anzac Day attack.
The boy and the man came into contact
on-line through notorious Australian IS
recruiter Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, also
known as Neil Prakash.
The Melbourne man allegedly believed the
boy was an adult IS operative directing him
to carry out his martyr’s mission.
But the plot was undone by the boy ’s threats
to behead his teachers at his school in the
northern English city of Blackburn where
classmates called him “the terrorist ” because
of his extremist views.
His threats brought him to the attention
of police who searched his house, seized his
Samsung phone and uncovered his plotting
after decoding the encrypted messages on it.
Police in Manchester quickly alerted
Australian police who arrested the Melbourne
man and so thwarted the attack.
Between March 16 and 25 this year the boy
and his Melbourne contact exchanged more
than 3000 text messages, the boy urging him
to plan and carry out an attack.
The messaging came only months after
18-year-old Numan Haider — a friend of
the Melbourne man — was fatally shot by
police after attacking two counter-terrorism
officers with a knife in Melbourne in
Haider’s attack closely followed an IS call
to followers worldwide to commit “lone wolf ”
attacks on non-Muslims, by stabbing them
with knives or running them over with cars.
The Melbourne man chose to carry out
an Anzac Day attack, messaging the boy it
would “make sure the dogs remember this as
well as their fallen heros” (sic).
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole,
the head of the United Kingdom’s north-
west Counter-Terrorism Unit, said as soon
as investigators began decoding the pair’s
messages and worked out “something sinister
was going on” they emailed Australian police.
He warned of the compelling seduction of
the IS message to some young Muslims who
could “self-radicalise” on the internet as the
14-year-old boy appeared to do.
Defence lawyer James Pickup said in court
the boy ’s parents had been separated, he had a
degenerative eye condition and was in constant
trouble at school, all of this prompting him to
feel isolated and marginalised.
“The void was filled when he went on his
phone and accessed the ISIS propagandists.”
Pickup said the boy felt accepted and
“ became a celebrity within that Twitter jihadi
community” because of his youth and passion
for the cause and he quickly built up 24,000
He said contact with IS recruiters like al-
Cambodi assured the boy that IS methods
were “justified within Islam” including that
“ killing was the way of Allah”.
After al-Cambodi informed the boy that
a “brother in Australia” wished to carry out
a terror attack, the boy took on the role of
moral guide and mentor to the Melbourne
Prosecutor Paul Greaney said that putting
the boy’s disruptive and threatening behaviour
at school together with his internet activity, a
clear picture emerged of a young person who
was “dangerously radicalised and committed
to ISIS and the idea of violent jihad”.
He said a frightening indication of the
lengths to which the boy was prepared to
go was indicated by a message urging his
Melbourne contact to “break into someone’s
house and get your first taste of beheading”.
The Melbourne man responded that it
sounded “a little risky”.
After his arrest the boy told a psychologist
he wanted his Melbourne contact to carry out
the practice-run beheading because that was
“the most brutal, gruesome and violent way to
kill someone” and made “the greatest impact
upon communities and hurts them most ”.
On April 18, just a week before Anzac Day
and acting on the tip-off from the UK, police
arrested the Melbourne man and he is now
before the courts charged with planning a
Greaney said a major terrorist plot in its
late stages, orchestrated from the north of
England but to be carried out in Melbourne,
had been thwarted and in all probability a
number of lives were saved.
Migrants found alive but
freezing in refrigerated truck
French authorities have found 31 migrants
crammed into a refrigerated truck, alive but
freezing, police say.
“At around 7.30am, 31 people were found
inside a refrigerated heavy goods vehicle in a
layby on the A16,” police said overnight.
The discovery was made near Dunkirk on
France’s northern coast.
A three-year-old child was among the
group. All but one of them were described
as “safe and sound” despite the fact the
temperature inside was “less than a degree”,
It was not immediately clear how long they
had been inside the truck.
Most of the group said they were Syrian
nationals but one was Vietnamese, police
The driver, a Spanish national, was
apparently unaware of their presence, telling
police he had pulled over when he heard
“noise coming from his trailer”.
He said the lock of the truck had been
forced and, unable to open it, had called the
Thousands of migrants have headed
towards France’s northern coast in the hope
of finding passage across the Channel to
On Tuesday, a 20-year-old man was found
dead inside a lorry near the port of Calais,
crushed to death by wooden pallets.
The evening before, 15 migrants were found
inside a tanker in Arras, some 95km further
south, where they had been in contact with
a toxic substance containing lead, although
none of them showed any adverse symptoms.
On August 27, the decomposing bodies
of 71 people were found inside a truck
at the side of an Austrian motor way in a
discovery which sparked a horrified response
across Europe as it struggles with its worst
migration crisis since World War Two.
Roseburg (Oregon )
The Oregon sheriff investigating
the mass shooting that killed
nine people at a United States
college campus took the unu-
sual step of refusing to publicly
identify the suspect, insisting
overnight he would do nothing
to glorify the gunman or his
A day after the shooting at
Umpqua Community College
in Roseburg, local and federal
investigators were trying to
determine a motive for the
rampage, which shocked the
small Oregon town and revived a
national debate over gun control.
The gunman, described as
shy and socially awkward by
neighbours, also wounded seven
people in the rampage and died
in an exchange of gunfire with
Authorities have disclosed
scant information, but appeared
to be learning more about the
gunman and why he might have
The shooter left behind a
statement in the classroom,
according to a tweet from an
NBC reporter, citing multiple
law enforcement sources that
were not identified. The Douglas
County Sheriff ’s office could not
be reached for comment.
After storming into a classroom,
the suspect shot a professor and
then ordered cowering students
to stand up and state their
religion before he shot them one
by one, according to sur vivors’
Law enforcement sources have
confirmed reports identifying the
suspect as Chris Harper-Mercer,
26, who lived with his mother in
nearby Winchester, about 273km
south of Portland.
In a blog post linked to Harper-
Mercer, he said he relished the
headlines garnered by Vester
Flanagan, who was largely
unknown before he shot dead
two tv journalists during a live
broadcast in Virginia in August
and then killed himself.
“Seems the more people you
kill, the more you’re in the
limelight,” the post read.
With the investigation entering
a second day, authorities in
Oregon had yet to release any
information about the suspect.
Douglas County Sheriff John
Hanlin vowed never to utter
the gunman’s name and said he
would let the coroner identify the
“I don’t want to glorify his name.
I don’t want to glorify his cause,”
Hanlin, an outspoken defender
of gun ownership, said overnight.
“ You won’t hear his name from
me or this investigation.”
The sheriff ’s stance drew
support from some residents of
the town, including Trey Bailey,
In a similar move last year,
local law enforcement and
elected officials refused to say the
shooter’s name in the wake of a
shooting inside a Washington
State high school cafeteria.
The violence, the latest in
a series of high-profile mass
killings across the country, has
fuelled demands for stricter gun
control in the United States.
incident, 293 US mass shootings
have been reported this year.
President Barack Obama urged
Americans to press their elected
leaders to enact tougher firearms
“Somehow this has become
“The reporting is routine. My
response here, at this podium,
ends up being routine,” he said.
“ We’ve become numb to this.”
Sheriff vows not to glorify gunman
by Dave Green 0731 Difficulty Level
QUICK QUIZ 10060
1. Where do godwits fly to at the end of New Zealand’s summer?
2. Which Australian business tycoon was responsible for World Series Cricket?
3. In which Olympic event can women be seen doing moves such as boosts, lifts,
twists and twirls?
4. Is sexpartite a memorable night in Paris, segregation on a gender basis or
division involving six parts?
5. What can’t a pig look at?
6. Which lake is New Zealand’s deepest - Taupo, Hauroko, Manapouri or
7. By what name was the 11th-century Spanish warrior hero Rodrigo Díaz de
Vivar better known?
8. Whose books of the 1870s and 1880s on New Zealand birds are still used as a
reference by ornithologists?
9. What colour does a Sikh bride wear on her wedding day?
10. Which TV show became a popular display in Auckland Museum?
ANSWERS: 1 Siberia and Alaska, 2 Kerry Packer, 3 Synchronised swimming, 4
Division involving six parts, 5 The sky, 6 Hauroko, 7 El Cid, 8 (Walter) Buller, 9
Red, 10 Outrageous Fortune.
1 Japanese dish (5)
2 Section of film with
colours reversed (8)
3 Absorb (4,2)
4 English poet (5)
5 Tidings (4)
6 Gave way (7)
7 Mentally slow (6)
8 Blood giver (5)
10 Golf club (4)
11 Most protracted (7)
12 Picturesque (6)
17 Triumphant (10)
18 Throbbed painfully (5)
22 Opening, hole, gap (8)
23 Barrister's instructions (5)
24 Hide (7)
26 Duty roster (4)
28 Headstone inscription (7)
29 Growing older (6)
30 Stand up for (6)
31 Upward slope (6)
33 Dutch cheese (5)
35 Transpire (5)
36 Musical work (4)
37 Villein (4)
43 At an angle (6)
44 Fungal foot infection (5)
46 Downfall (4)
47 Carrion-eating bird (7)
48 Showed boredom (6)
49 Proportion (5)
50 Coming to a halt (8)
51 Company of dancers (6)
52 Prejudiced (10)
53 Tiny particle (4)
54 Late day (7)
59 Feeling of general anxiety (5)
60 Debatable (4)
64 Warn of danger (5)
65 Nice soil (anag)(8)
67 Long eventful journey (7)
68 The intervening time (7)
70 Trying experience (6)
71 Frenzied (6)
72 Unborn offspring (6)
75 Revolving disc (5)
77 Smell (5)
78 Give the slip (5)
79 German Mrs (4)
80 At a distance (4)
1 Summer shoes (7)
4 Argue (5,5)
9 Without purpose, goal (7)
13 Culinary herb (4)
14 Restricted (6)
15 Range, scope (6)
16 Nightclub heavy (7)
19 Arousing great interest or
20 Divert the attention of (8)
21 Danger (5)
24 Hole (6)
25 Camera stand (6)
27 Rejoice (9)
32 Car built for short races (8)
33 Celtic language (6)
34 Deep regret (7)
38 On cloud nine (8)
39 Time ahead (6)
40 Mimicked (4)
41 Loose hillside stones (5)
42 Endures (5)
45 Work period spanning the
midnight hours (9,5)
52 Incensed (5)
55 Dull-edged (5)
56 Young woman (4)
57 Holmes's helper (6)
58 Defer (8)
61 Eerie (7)
62 Dinner jacket in the US (6)
63 Punctually (8)
66 Sought the opinion of (9)
68 Set fire to (6)
69 Snooping (6)
73 Hospital photos (1-4)
74 Intimidate (8)
76 Creamy dressing (10)
81 Meal course (7)
82 One who owes money
83 Icy (6)
84 Bean curd (4)
85 Frisky (7)
86 Police van for prisoners
87 Breed of cat (7)
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