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Operation Ironside: Australian police foil bikie gang assassination attempt

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The Australian police revealed a planned murder plot linked to Operation Ironside

The Australian police revealed two planned assassination attempts, both which they believe are linked to Operation Ironside.

The Comancheros bikie gang are allegedly behind one of the murder plots. The foiled plan included gunning down the target in a popular Adelaide cafe strip using a machine gun.

“The alleged victim was to be lured to a restaurant or cafe, and was to be gunned down when he left,” Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey said.

Members of the Comancheros conspired to murder a man by “gunning him down” with a machine gun as he left a cafe on ‘The Parade’ in Adelaide, Australia

Police say the gang suspected the intended victim was a police informant

“The victim, according to our intelligence, was one of their own… It’s unbelievable the level of violence and distrust amongst this group,” Assistant Commissioner Harvey said.

Police say Comancheros members hid the gun in some bushes.

“It was hidden in bushes, and it was also accompanied by two fully-loaded magazines, 32 rounds, all set to go,” Assistant Commissioner Harvey said.

“There was also some petrol nearby, gloves et cetera. All the markings of hiding the evidence of the killing after it happened, in other words burning the motorbike.”

Another plot included assassinating a target in their suburban home.

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The $148 million crackdown on organised crime

Earlier this week, Australian police cracked down on the international drug trafficking ring. Operation Ironside targeted an encrypted communications app, which police were secretly monitoring.

The sting has led to hundreds of arrests of organised crime figures in 18 different countries. Mafia bosses, bikies, South American drug cartels, Asian triads, Middle Eastern and European crime syndicates were all caught up in the sting.

Police said they uncovered 21 murder plots and seized more than 3,000 kilograms of drugs and $35 million in cash.

ABC originally reported this story.

Investigators intercepted 25 million messages sent on the ANOM, viewing the communications in real time.

300 search warrants were carried out across Australia on Monday night, with simultaneous stings in the US and Europe, according to reports from the ABC.

Police say they have exposed the secret relationships between bikies and syndicates who were thought to be enemies.

“This is a watershed moment in Australian law enforcement history”

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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