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Australian weightlifter fined for headbutt

An Australian Commonwealth Games weightlifter admitted to headbutting a Welsh athlete and was ordered to pay £400 compensation at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Francois Etoundi admitted to headbutting a Welsh athlete at the Commonwealth Games village. Credit: PA

Francois Etoundi assaulted Gareth Evans, also a weightlifter, in the athletes' village on Wednesday morning, the court heard.

The assault followed an earlier verbal exchange between the pair relating to Evans' athlete girlfriend.

Sheriff Andrew Cubie said Etoundi, 29, had brought "the law of the playground" into the athletes' village, while his behaviour "undermines the concept of the friendly games".

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Parents of MH17 victims: 'We live in a hell beyond hell'

The parents of three Australian children who were killed with their grandfather in the MH17 crash said they are living in a "hell beyond hell" in the wake of the disaster.

Mo, Otis and Evie Maslin, aged 12, eight and 10, and their grandfather Nick Norris, 68, were among the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was apparently shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17.

Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris said the "people who shot our whole family out of the sky" do not deserve the "intense and relentless" pain they are suffering.

Mo, Otis and Evie Maslin were killed along with their grandfather in the MH17 disaster.

"We live in a hell beyond hell. Our babies are not here with us – we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives," the parents said in a statement.

"No one deserves what we are going through. Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

"No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis. No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick. No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other. This is a revelation that gives us some comfort."

Local authority defends decision to prosecute parents

The decision to prosecute a couple who took their children on holiday to Australia during term time has been defended by the local authority.

Our schools follow the guidance set down by the Department for Education in trying to maintain good levels of attendance.

Schools decide whether to authorise leave based on whether they think there are exceptional circumstances.

Penalty notices are issued by the council at the request of schools for various reasons including where the school has felt there were no exceptional circumstances to justify absence.

– Coventry City Council statement

Criminal records for term-time holiday couple 'damaging'

A court decision to hand a couple criminal records for taking their children on holiday during term time has "done a lot of damage to the family", an MP has told ITV News.

John Hemming MP, who heads the group Parents Want a Say which campaigns against rules preventing parents from taking their children on holiday during term time, said the parents "may have to end up accepting this unjust decision" because of financial limitations.

John Hemming MP heads the group Parents Want a Say. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

He said: "It is sad that the courts take the view that a parent doing the best they can for their children in difficult circumstances is guilty of a criminal offence even though the parents got a conditional discharge.

"This case has done a lot of damage to that family and the costs of arguing in court have ended up as prohibitive.

"The difficulty for the mother is that she probably cannot take the financial risk of taking this case to judicial review and may have to end up accepting this unjust decision merely because of the financial limitations.

"The secrecy applied to this case does not to me seem to be justified and seems to be driven by a desire to keep the publicity to a minimum. I will be speaking further to the mother in the days to come."

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Wheelchair-bound Frostie the goat has died

Frostie the goat was fitted with a harness and set of wheel to help use his hind legs. Credit: Edgar's Mission

Frostie the Snowgoat, who was fitted with his own tiny wheelcart to help him walk, has died.

Little Frostie, who was living at an animal rescue sanctuary called Edgar’s Mission in Australia, had departed from his wheelchair when he fell ill on Monday but died shortly after.

Frostie died at the animal rescue sanctuary in Australia. Credit: Edgar's Mission

The animal sanctuary fitted him out with a harness and set of wheels after contracting a disease called joint navel ill shortly after he was born.

"For such a tiny goat, who only danced on this earth for a short while, his reach has been enormous.

"As the little guy made his last gasps of breath he looked into my tear-filled eyes as I begged him to stay. I told him I loved him and would do so forever more," Pam Ahern wrote in a blog.

British woman dies after fall in central Australia

A 23-year-old British woman has died after falling nearly 100ft in Kings Canyon, in central Australia. The woman was believed to have been with a tour group when she fell at the beauty spot, which is in Watarrka National Park in Australia's Northern Territory.

A spokesman for Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services said police were investigating the death.

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