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We’ve rounded up all the latest stories from Australia and around the world – so you don’t have to go searching.

1. Adelaide couple have non identical twins after IVF in one in a million chance.

Krystal and Luke Findlay via Facebook.

In an event so rare that doctors say the odds are astronomical, a childless Adelaide couple who underwent IVF have given birth to twins — one conceived naturally and one by IVF.

Krystal and Luke Findlay’s son Ethan is a non-identical twin to sister Ava-Rose reports The Advertiser.

Ava-Rose was from an implanted embryo but her twin’s conception was natural.

The couple spent three years trying to conceive. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful in the first transfer but the second cycle produced three embryos. Krystal, 29, was devastated when the first transfer failed and the second embryo did not survive the thawing process.

Ethan and sister Ava-Rose. Via Facebook.

“We were pretty sure the third embryo would be our last attempt as it was taking a heavy toll on Krystal,” Mr Findlay said.

“We were preparing ourselves for a life without children. Then we got the news that Krystal was pregnant, we were delighted.”

They told The Advertiser it was at an ultrasound they heard they were having twins.

Luke, 32 said. “We were in shock and thought the embryo had split and we were having identical twins. But it turns out one of the babies was naturally conceived. Doctors say the odds are astronomical."

“Just to be able to conceive naturally after all we have been through is amazing, but to have it occur in that small window when an embryo was successfully implanted is unbelievable.”

The Advertiser reports that natural conceptions during IVF implant programs are so rare that statistics on their occurrence are not available.

In 2013 a British couple Marie Mellor and Marc Hutchinson had identical twins and a non-identical sibling after having just one IVF egg implanted.

2. Tasmania’s worst floods in 40 years.

Tasmania is facing a natural disaster after the East Coast low that devastated parts of NSW caused widespread flooding.

Authorities are urging residents to stay out of floodwaters and follow evacuation plans after the body of a 75-year-old woman reported missing after her husband was winched to safety from their flooded Latrobe home on Monday was found by police.

Two other people are missing - an 81-year-old man who was swept into the rising Ouse River while feeding sheep in his backyard on Monday, and a man whose car was swept away in Evandale near Launceston on Tuesday.

Conditions are easing but major flood warnings remain for three river systems - Macquarie, Meander and South Esk.

Flooding at South Esk is due to peak overnight but could continue into Wednesday.


More than 200 properties have been flooded across the state and more than 100 people have been rescued from floodwaters by helicopter.

The SES has received almost 400 calls for assistance.

Premier Will Hodgman says emergency aid of up to $750 per family - comprising $200 per adult and $100 per child - will be available to help flood victims.

He thanked the state's emergency services:

“I want to call on Tasmanians to listen to their advice, to take it seriously and be extremely cautious in these very difficult circumstances, and to stay safe.”

3. Grieving mother denied refund on cot after her baby was stillborn.

A devastated mother has spoken out about the taboo around stillbirths after she was denied a refund on a brand new cot she bought.

Belinda Ainley’s son Ash, was stillborn on Easter Sunday at 38 weeks.

She has told Fairfax Media that she felt isolated after his birth due to the taboo on talking about stillbirth.

She says that when she tried to get a refund on a cot she bought the retailer said they would not comply because it did not have the original packaging and would have to resell it as a secondhand item.

Ms Ainley also said that when she called a major clothing retailer to inquire about returning a $100 gift card, the company said it was against store policy.

"There's been many thousands of dollars in funeral and cremation costs, and medical tests for myself and Ash to try and find a cause of death," she said. "But returning these things wasn't just about getting the money back. It's also a question of, 'What do we do with a carseat when we don't have a baby?' "

"I've looked at the cot next to our bed every day and felt so sad," Ms Ainley said. "Taking it back to that shop was going to be so hard for me.”

Ms Ainley’s sister-in-law finally suggested she put it out for sale on a Facebook group but the women there instead got together and began a crowd funding page and raised $1400.

Ms Ainley told Fairfax Media the cot would now be donated to St Kilda Mums and all the money would be split between stillbirth charity SANDS and Heartfelt, an organisation of volunteer photographers who lend their skills to families whose children have died.

"Knowing that it's going somewhere where someone will appreciate it, that it's touched so many people, that strangers have donated money, and people who lost babies 25 years ago have posted messages of support ... that has made me feel so happy."

4. Cardinal Pell to resign today, but Pope may not accept his resignation.

Cardinal George Pell will tender his resignation to Pope Francis today but this does not mean he will be out of his job as the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.


Protocol requires cardinals to present their resignations at the age of 75.

However, the Pope does not have to accept Dr Pell’s resignation. It is expected that the Australian cardinal will most probably stay on for another few years.

5. Man charged over crash that killed two women.

A man has been charged with two counts each of culpable driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death after allegedly causing a Melbourne car crash that killed two women.

Police alleged Mohamad Hassan, 20, had false number plates on his car and reached speeds of 130km/h before causing the crash that killed Bozica Nikolic and Subha Deumic in Attwood on Sunday night.

Ms Deumic’s daughters were a car behind and watched the crash.

Hassan applied for bail in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that Hassan was "laughing" on the phone to his mother shortly after the crash.

Detective Senior Constable Alex Osmelak said dashcam footage showed the Mercedes he was driving speeding past another car before the crash, and afterwards the speedometer in the Mercedes was frozen at 130km/h.

Bail will be decided today.

6. A 13-year-old and 14-year-old girl who kidnapped a toddler from a clothing store had researched rape online.

Two teenage girls have admitted kidnapping a toddler from a clothing store in the UK.

The pair, aged 13 and 14, admitted abducting the two-year-old girl from the Primark store on April 13.

Police says the girls fed the child lollies while her mother was briefly distracted on the phone, it was the second child they had tried to kidnap that day.

They had been charged with kidnap with the intention of committing a relevant sexual offence but the prosecution accepted a plea to the alternative charge of kidnap.

At an earlier pre-trial hearing it was revealed that a tablet computer was found by police containing searches for "rape", "people getting raped", "young people getting raped", "poor little thing getting kidnapped and raped". There were also searches for "African woman sexual activity.

District Judge Roger Elsey said the issue of "dangerousness" must be addressed.

"There is some very concerning material on the tablet that was recovered. That is going to have to inform the assessment of dangerousness."

The little girl was tracked by CCTV and found 3km away with the teenagers in the park reports the BBC.

The father of the little girl told the court they were haunted by the actions.

“They are just children themselves and that is something I have to keep in my mind. But what comes back to me is why did they do it? What was their intention? And what happened in the time that they were with her?”


“Why would any child want to do that? You never forget the guilt of losing her.

"Her mother was on the phone and our daughter was in her pram. They offered her sweets, she was hysterical and they got her out and started playing with her around the shop.

"Thankfully the police did an amazing job. She was only missing for 90 minutes and we are so grateful that she was unharmed."

7. Calls for judge in Stanford rape case to resign.

There are calls for the judge who sparked outrage when he sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to just six months in jail for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster outside a campus frat party to step down.

The sentence Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky imposed on Brock Turner, 20, has been blasted by the victim as a "mockery of the seriousness of his assault.”

A petition is calling for him to resign saying "Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency. He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors."

The petition was created on and it already has more than 230,000 signatures.

8. How do you like your eggs? Poached scrambled or non-existent?

What are we going to have for breaky Mum? Image supplied.

An egg shortage in Australia has shoppers wondering what they are going to eat for breaky.

Supermarkets are scrambling to stock their shelves with eggs after producers crack under pressure to meet new free-range regulations.

The Sydney Morning Herald writes that the shortage has been blamed on uncertainty over new laws on free-range eggs

Some of the finer detail of the laws is yet to be worked out leaving the industry in disarray as it struggled to invest in new infrastructure.

Many stores are completely out of free-range eggs and some even have hardly any caged eggs for consumers.

Queensland United Egg Producers CEO John Coward told the ABC this has couples with the cooler weather that sees hens going into a slow egg laying mode and increased demand.

Consumption rose 3.5 per cent over the past year, with Australians now cracking 19 million eggs each day.

A spokesman for Woolworths told the ABC that it was "working hard with suppliers to ensure we meet demand and expect to return to normal supply shortly".

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