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Iraqi Kurdish fighters free 'vast area' of Mount Sinjar

Members of the Kurdish security forces take part in a patrol in Zumar, Nineveh province. Credit: Reuters

Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by the Islamic State fighters, a Kurdish leader said late last night.

100 Islamic State fighters were killed in the assault, which was backed by US airstrikes.

The peshmerga have managed to reach the mountain. A vast area has been liberated. Now a corridor is open and hopefully the rest of the (Sinjar) region will be freed from Islamic State.

– Masrour Barzani

The Yazidi people have not been evacuated and the the toil on the civilian population is unclear. The words 'Property of the Islamic State' were sprayed on villages.

The Kurds have yet to take the actual town of Sinjar.

Alice Gross suspect's inquest adjourned

The inquest into the death of a suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross has been adjourned, Scotland Yard said.

An inquest into the death of convicted killer Arnis Zalkans - whose body was found in Boston Monor Park, west London on October 4 - was due to resume today.

Arnis Zalkalns, the prime suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross, who was discovered hanged in dense woodland in October. Credit: Metropolitan Police

But police said it had been adjourned until the conclusion of the 14-year-old's inquest.

The Latvian national's body was discovered just four days after Alice's body was discovered in the Grand Union Canal.

The teenager went missing from her home in Hanwell, west London on August 28, sparking a huge search operation.

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Child trauma specialists assisting Cairns police

Local police in Cairns said that a range of specialists were flying to the area to assist the investigation and support the family of the children who have died.

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Woman in hospital is mother of 'most' of children killed

A 34-year-old woman in hospital suffering serious injuries after a mass stabbing in Cairns, Australia, is the mother of "most" of the eight children found dead at the scene, police have revealed.

The children were aged between 18 months and 15 years.

Det Insp Bruno Asnicar Credit: Reuters

Det Insp Bruno Asnicar said the woman is believed to be the mother of seven of the children.

The eighth child is thought to be another relative, he added.

He called the incident "one of the most serious" he had ever had to deal with.

Mass stabbing 'shocked the community of Cairns'

An Australian city has been shaken by the death of eight children in what appears to be a "mass stabbing", a reporter at the scene told Good Morning Britain.

Cairns, a "picturesque" city in the northwest of Australia has been shocked by the deaths of the children, the youngest being just 18 months old, according to Channel 7 reporter Lauren Dejoux.

Neighbours weep as they learn of Cairns mass stabbing

Emotional neighbours have gathered near a house in Cairns, Australia, where eight children were found dead in a mass stabbing.

People spoke of their shock at learning the news, as friends wept and comforted one another.

A 34-year-old woman is being treated in hospital after being found at the house with serious injuries.

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