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Queues as Sydney cafe reopens for first time after siege

Queues lined the streets outside the Lindt Cafe in Sydney. Credit: APTN

A Sydney cafe that was the site of a deadly siege has reopened with queues lining the street outside.

The Lindt Cafe in Martin Place reopened three months after the siege. Credit: APTN

The Lindt Cafe's reopening comes three months after gunman Man Monis, an Iranian-born self-styled cleric, took 18 people inside the cafe hostage.

For some Lindt Cafe workers returning to work helped with the healing process. Credit: APTN

Cafe worker Joel Herat, who survived the siege, was behind the counter when the doors opened. "Working with these people here, it's helped a lot in the healing process," he said.

Former Australian PM Malcolm Fraser dies aged 84

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser has died aged 84, his office announced.

Fraser was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the country bitterly divided.

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser. Credit: AAP Image/Joel Carrett/PA Images

"It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning," the statement said.

"We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time."

Current Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his predecessor had "restored economically responsible government while recognising social change".

Australian PM condemns 'terrorist outrage' in Tunisia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has condemned the "terrorist outrage" in Tunisia which left at least 20 people dead.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra. Credit: APTN

"Plainly it is an attack by Islamist extremists on a fledgling democracy - a democracy which had thus far proven quite effective in resisting the kind of extremism characterised by al Qaeda," Abbott said.

He also confirmed one Australian national had been killed during the attack on the national museum in Tunis.


Australian military aircraft to take aid to Vanuatu

Australian military aircraft have been loaded with emergency aid for the residents of Vanuatu following a devastating cyclone.

Emergency aid is loaded onto an Australian military aircraft. Credit: RTV

A clean-up is under way in Port Vila, Vanuata's capital, where seas were reported to have surged as high as eight metres (26 feet).

Australia's Bishop: Cyclone death toll still unconfirmed

Australian Foreign Minister has said the death toll from Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu is still unconfirmed.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop addresses the media. Credit: APTN

Julie Bishop told a press conference, "There have been reports of perhaps six, perhaps eight, but we will maintain a focus on ensuring that we provide reliable information."

"We will continue to invest in ensuring that we can get some positive outcomes from what has been a devastating experience for the people of Vanuatu," Bishop added.

Australia see off Scotland at Cricket World Cup

Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc (left) takes Iain Wardlaw's wicket. Credit: ROB BLAKERS/AAP

Australia eased past Scotland in the Cricket World Cup with a seven-wicket win in Hobart despite a long rain delay. The win saw the co-hosts finish second in Pool A, behind other co-hosts New Zealand.

Scotland were bowled out for a meagre 130 in just 25.4 overs by the Australia attack with Mitchell Starc (four for 14) the key man for the tournament co-hosts.

Australia made light work of the reply, which was interrupted for an hour and a half by rain, with captain Michael Clarke top-scoring with 47 as they eased to victory in 15.2 overs.

In Pool B, Suresh Raina scored his maiden World Cup century as India cruised to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Auckland.

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