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Australia's seven-tonne Big Mango stolen by thieves

Australian police have launched a large appeal which they hope will bear fruit. Credit: Amos T Fairchild

A seven-tonne giant mango that forms part of Australia's iconic "big" landmarks has been picked off and stolen by thieves.

The 10m-high fibreglass Big Mango, which has attracted tourists to the north-eastern town of Bowen for more than a decade, was unbolted and prised from its concrete platform overnight.

Police said CCTV filmed an unmarked mobile crane being driven towards the site around 2:00am local time and officers later found large tyre marks near the scene.

The Big Mango was erected in 2002 to mark the north Queensland town as the capital of Australia's mango production.

Australia's Next Top Model ex-judge 'found dead'

Former Australia's Next Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson has been found dead in her Sydney home in an apparent suicide, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Former Australia's Next Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP/Press Association Images

The 47-year-old television personality is reported to have battled depression. Speaking in September 2012 on SunriseOn7, about an alleged bullying campaign against her, she said: "They got to me. They got the better of me. And they won. Even big old tough Charlotte can be punched down too".

Actor Russell Crowe, a neighbour, was spotted weeping after learning of Dawson's death.

In a statement on the Australia's Next Top Model Facebook page, TV network Foxtel said: "This is tragic news and deeply sad. Everyone at Foxtel is devastated. Our sympathies are with Charlotte's family and friends."

Born in New Zealand, Dawson became a model in Europe and New York at the age of 16. She settled in Australia in her late 20s, continuing to work as a model and then becoming a popular TV personality in Australia and New Zealand.

Man charged over alleged assault of Modern Family star

Australian police have charged a man with indecently assaulting a star of the hit US TV comedy Modern Family, Sarah Hyland, in Sydney.

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland pictured at a red carpet event earlier this month Credit: Reuters

The 23-year-old was at an event for cast members at a Sydney hotel on Thursday night when she was allegedly groped on the chest by a man who had asked her to pose for a photograph, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

New South Wales state police said in a statement on Friday that a 29-year-old man had been charged with assault with an act of indecency, following the alleged incident.

The unnamed man was freed on bail to appear in a Sydney court on March 14.

Hyland, who plays teenager Haley Dunphy, left the Qantas Airways-sponsored event early, tweeting: "Sorry to all the fans outside the #qantas event that I didn't get to say hi to but I had to leave due to an inappropriate touch of a fan."

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Emergency warnings declared for Australia wildfire

Parts of southern Australia were under threat of a severe wildfire, with Victoria State facing its worst conditions in nearly five years, according to the Associated Press.

Emergency warnings were declared for nine blazes that were burning out of control in Victoria State, where homes were lost near Gisbourne.

Weather temperatures were tipped to reach 40 C (104 F) on Sunday.

Ian Thorpe 'taking antidepressants but was not drinking'

Ian Thorpe believed he was sitting in his friend's car when he was picked up by police, according to his manager .

"The owner of the car basically called the police and the police came," he said. "They realised it was Ian Thorpe. They realised he was disoriented."

Ian Thorpe won five Olympic gold medals.
Ian Thorpe won five Olympic gold medals. Credit: BEN MACMAHON/AAP/Press Association Images

Mr Erskine said Thorpe, 31, had been taking antidepressants and medication for his shoulder but denied that he had been drinking alcohol."He hadn't had a drink," he said. "He had zero alcohol in him."

Police said no official complaint has been made and no further police action is anticipated.Thorpe, who lives in Switzerland, has been staying with his parents over Christmas.

Mr Erskine's admission that Thorpe is in rehab comes only days after his management company denied reports that he checked into a rehab facility while fighting depression and alcohol abuse.

Ian Thorpe in rehab after police find him disoriented

Olympic and World Championship gold medalist Ian Thorpe pictured last year.
Olympic and World Championship gold medalist Ian Thorpe pictured last year. Credit: PAUL MILLER/AAP/Press Association Images

Five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Ian Thorpe has been admitted to rehab after being found disoriented in the street by police in the early hours of today.

Read more: Ian Thorpe 'taking antidepressants but was not drinking'

Thorpe was affected by a combination of antidepressants and the painkillers he was taking for a shoulder injury, according to his manager James Erskine.

Police spoke to Thorpe after residents near his parents' home in Panania in Sydney's south west reported a man allegedly breaking into a van. He was taken to Sydney's Bankstown Hospital for assessment and was later transferred to a rehab facility.

Mr Erskine said: "He is in rehab for depression."

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