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‘Sweet kind, old soul’ – five children dead in jumping castle incident in Australia

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Five children have died in a distressing jumping castle accident at a primary school in Tasmania, Australia

The children fell an estimated 10 metres after the jumping castle was picked up by a powerful gust of wind.

Authorities have confirmed one child has been discharged from hospital while another three remain in a critical condition.

The children were grade five and six students, who were celebrating an end-of-year event in the town of Devonport in Tasmania.

The children fell an estimated 10 metres after the jumping castle they were in was picked up by a powerful gust of wind.

The jumping castle was at the Tasmanian school as part of end-of-year celebrations as holiday seasons approach.

The Local Police Commander has described the event as “tragic”.

Tasmania’s Police Commissioner says the children were meant to be celebrating, not mourning.

On a day where these children were meant to be celebrating the last day of primary school….instead we are mourning their loss.

Police said in a media address

The accident happened during an end-of-year celebration at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, in the state’s north-west.”

This is a very tragic event and our thoughts are with the families and the wider school community, and also our first responders,” Police Commander Debbie Williams said.

Devonport’s Mayor says the “tight-knit community will face one of the toughest times ahead”

Authorities are requesting that people avoid the area to allow emergency services to continue their investigations.

Tributes flow for five lives lost and victims of the jumping castle tragedy in Tasmania Australia

Tributes and flowers have been laid outside Hillcrest primary school this morning… all in mourning for those five little lives lost

Two kids have been identified, their names are Zane Gardam and Addison Stewart

Several fundraisers have been launched to support the families of the children who died in the tragedy

One GoFundMe launched for the family of Addison Stewart described her as a “precious” girl.

Her aunt said “I have no idea how to express the sadness our family is feeling,”

“Everyone is devastated, she was always such a sweet kind, old soul.”

Zane Gardam was described as a “gorgeous boy” in a seperate fundraiser launched by family friends

“Zane was such a beautiful caring, gentle soul,” the family friends wrote.

He had challenges growing up with his autism and ADHD but that never set him back, he kept achieving,”

The family friends said zane’s mum was by his side every step of the way encouraging, loving and fighting for him.”

It’s unthinkable heartbreak right before Christmas, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this will leave families completed devastated.

An investigation is underway by work,safe and a report will be prepared by the coroner, as tributes continue to pour in for the families and wider community

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Julian Assange wins small but important UK court victory

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A British court ruled that the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal a decision that would allow for his extradition to the United States to face charges under the Espionage Act.

He is accused of obtaining and publishing secret government documents.

The latest twist in the long-running case comes after a decision last month that he could be extradited to the United States to face the charges.

A small. but important win

The decision to extradite Mr. Assange has turned on whether prison conditions in the United States during his detention would be too harsh for his mental health, which his lawyers argue has grown increasingly fragile.

Last year, a lower court judge in Britain rejected the extradition request, saying Mr. Assange might be driven to suicide if he was held at the highest security prison in the United States.

But last month, Britain’s High Court said that it was satisfied by assurances made by the Biden administration that Mr. Assange would not be held in this facility.

What he’s charged with

The charges against Mr. Assange stem from the 2010 publication of diplomatic and military files on his website, WikiLeaks, after they were leaked by Chelsea Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst.

Assange spent years living in an embassy in London. When he left, he was immediately arrested.

The indictments, which were handed down during the Trump administration, accuse Mr. Assange of participating in a criminal hacking conspiracy by offering to aid Ms. Manning in covering her tracks and also encouraging hackers to obtain and send secret material.

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U.K. begins withdrawing embassy staff from Ukraine

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The UK has begun withdrawing its staff from the Ukrainian embassy in Kyiv amid the rising tensions between the country and Russia.

The United Kingdom Foreign Office has begun withdrawing some diplomats and their families from the British embassy in Ukraine.

The move follows the US state department ordering American diplomats and their families to leave Kiyv as soon as they could.

According to reports UK officials said the decision was not the result of intelligence targeting British Diplomats – instead it was a response to the growing risk that Russia could invade Ukrain.

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Man survives after flying from Africa to Amsterdam in Boeing 747 landing gear

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Dutch police have confirmed a man has been found alive after being found in the wheel section of a plane that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from South Africa

The stowaway travelled in the landing gear of a Boeing 747 cargo jet.

Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam take approximately 11 hours, with the cargo plane believed to have made one stop, in Nairobi, Kenya.

It is very unusual for stowaways on long flights to survive, due to the cold and low oxygen at high altitudes.

Police say the man’s age and nationality have not yet been determined.

“The man was found alive in the nose wheel section of the plane and was taken to hospital in a stable condition,” Royal Dutch Military Police spokeswoman Joanna Helmonds told the AFP news agency.

“It is quite remarkable that the man is still alive”

According to Dutch broadcaster NOS, the man’s body temperature was raised at the scene and by the time an emergency services arrived, he was able to answer basic questions.

A spokesperson for freight carrier Cargolux confirmed in an email to ticker NEWS affiliate, Reuters, that the man had been on a flight operated by Cargolux Italia.

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