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Australian pair have death row appeals rejected

An court in Indonesia has rejected a last-ditch challenges by Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who are facing execution by fire squad over drug smuggling.

Australian death row prisoners Andrew Chan (C) and Myuran Sukumaran. Credit: Reuters

In 2006, the pair were convicted of ringleading a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia.

Their lawyer says they will file a legal challenge to the Indonesian Constitutional Court in the hopes of delaying their execution.

"We will continue our legal efforts," lawyer Leonard Arpan told reporters shortly after an Indonesian court rejected an appeal against the president's decision to refuse them clemency.

The attorney general's office has said there were no further legal avenues to avoid the death penalty after today's decision.

Harry agrees 'Redheads RULE!' but says selfies are bad

Prince Harry made one young fan's day when he high-fived him for bringing a banner which read: "Redheads RULE!" as he landed in Australia.

The prince arrived in Canberra to launch his four-week attachment with the Australian Defence Force, before leaving his post with the British Army in June.

Prince Harry spoke to Ethan Toscan, who made the banner Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of people braved the wet weather and lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the royal - including 12-year-old Ethan Toscan.

According to fellow ginger Ethan, the prince told him that being a redhead "has to be the number one thing one person can ever be".

He said that I was fabulous in making the sign and it's awesome to be a redhead.

I'm over the moon - it's just wow! I got to shake his hand."

– Ethan Toscan, 12-year-old redhead

However, the prince was less impressed with a teenage admirer who tried to snap a selfie with him - jokingly telling her: "Seriously, you need to get out of it. I know you're young, but selfies are bad."


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.

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