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Meghan Markle's bombshell court papers

<p><span>Meghan Markle has made incredibly sensational claims in bombshell court papers that she felt “unprotected” by the Royal Family’s “institution.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Sun has reported the Duchess is suing Associated Newspapers Limited (who own The Daily Mail).</span><br /><br /><span>She stated in numerous documents that she was unable to defend herself, which left her friends “rightly concerned for her welfare when pregnant”.</span><br /><br /><span>The 38-year-old went on to claim she felt “tremendous emotional distress” by media coverage, while her pals felt “silenced” by Kensington Palace and unable to defend her.</span><br /><br /><span>The legal documents also revealed that Meghan denied saying in a personal letter that she felt “victimised” by her father.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan is suing ANL for publishing the personal letter to her dad, although the media group claims Mr Markle made it public after five of her pals gave an interview about it to People magazine.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHigKNAG-x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHigKNAG-x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Dr Music (@drmusiic)</a> on Jul 1, 2020 at 4:24pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Duchess today named the pals, although they are only referred to as A, B, C, D and E in the papers, and they could now be called to testify at a trial.</span><br /><br /><span>People magazine previously described them as “Meghan’s inner circle – a longtime friend, a former co-star, a friend from LA, a one-time colleague and a close confidante’”.</span><br /><br /><span>However the royal has denied authorising her friends to speak out to defend her in the magazine article.</span><br /><br /><span>She said she learned an article about her was due to appear shortly before it was published, but did not know it would be in People magazine or its contents.</span><br /><br /><span>The possible trial would focus on whether Meghan had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the letter to her dad.</span><br /><br /><span>In 2019, the dad told the Mail on Sunday the the five-page letter was a “dagger to the heart” which left him feeling “devastated”.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan though, says she didn’t feel “victimised” by him, and dismissed claims she told him she had “only one father”.</span><br /><br /><span>She felt he “raised concern Mr Markle had consistently allowed himself to be manipulated by the tabloid media despite her trying to persuade him not to speak to them for his own good”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHevIQJx8I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHevIQJx8I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I will always love you. . . . . #harryandmeghan #royalfamily #royal #sussex #queen #babyarchie #royalwedding #meghanmarkle #princeharry #kensington #queenelizabeth #buckingham #royals #couple #love #royalty #style #dress #princessDiana #princeharry #tb #new #foryou</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/harryandmeghansource/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Sussex Royal Fan Page</a> (@harryandmeghansource) on Jul 1, 2020 at 3:51pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Duchess says she believes she is entitled to a “reasonable expectation of privacy” and thought its contents would never be published.</span><br /><br /><span>In the documents, Meghan also spoke on that she believed her Royal Wedding made Britain $1.8 billion in tourism cash.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess believes the money that was raised from the wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018 “far outweighed” the contribution stumped up by the taxpayer towards security.</span><br /><br /><span>Her legal team have stated the royal wedding was “not, in fact, publicly funded, but rather personally financed by HRH The Prince of Wales”.</span><br /><br /><span>The royal wedding that finished with a huge firework display, cost an estimated $57 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The legal team’s documents said: “Any public costs incurred for the wedding were solely for security and crowd control to protect members of the public, as deemed necessary by Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police.”</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan also said she believes she should be allowed to do land work like her cousin-in-laws, Beatrice and Eugenie, and also mentioned Prince Michael of Kent.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCG9TJpnUOA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ♛ 𝒯𝒽𝑒𝒮𝓊𝓈𝓈𝑒𝓍𝒯𝑒𝒶𝓂 (@thesussexteam)</a> on Jul 1, 2020 at 10:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>She named the trio while clarifying that members of the royal are, in fact, allowed to undertake paid work.wnd hit back after it was stated in legal papers that she is “a member of the royal family and does not undertake paid work”.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan said it was wrong to say as “several member[s] of the Royal Family do ‘undertake paid work’ including, for example, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York and Prince Michael of Kent”.</span><br /><br /><span>Princess Beatrice works in finance and consulting and Princess Eugenie is a director at a London art gallery.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan is estimated to have made around $7.2 million from her acting career before marrying Prince Harry.</span><br /><br /><span>Since quitting royal life she has resumed her career and recently narrated the Disney film Elephant.</span><br /><br /><span>In the legal documents, Meghan added that she “was also the founder of the commercially successful lifestyle website The Tig”.</span></p>

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Nick Kyrgios hits back after Boris Becker calls him a rat

<p>Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has clashed with former World No. 1 Boris Becker over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the way that the tennis community is handling it.</p> <p>Kyrgios called out German tennis star Alexander Zverev on Monday after he was spotting at a club in the French Riveria.</p> <p>Zverev played at Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour in Belgrade and Croatia earlier this month which led to four competitors contracting coronavirus. </p> <p>Zverev claimed he would "follow self-isolating guidelines" but apologised when footage emerged of him in the club.</p> <p>“No matter how lazy, sloppy and selfish players are about following public health guidelines mid-pandemic, they sure can spring to quick action to cover their asses,” respected tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Sascha Zverev six days ago after Adria Tour coronavirus cluster: <br /><br />“I deeply apologize to anyone that I have put at risk...I will proceed to follow self-isolating guidelines...stay safe 🙏.”<br /><br />Sascha Zverev four hours ago: <a href="https://t.co/vqBXvYdxkv">pic.twitter.com/vqBXvYdxkv</a></p> — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1277307634807382016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Zverev tested negative to coronavirus last week, but Kyrgios was quick to slam the behaviour.</p> <p>“Sascha Zverev again, man. Again, again, how selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said.</p> <p>“If you have the audacity to put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf, saying you’re going to self-isolate for 14 days, and apologising to the general public about putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days.</p> <p>“Jesus, man. P***ing me off. This tennis world is p***ing me off, seriously. How selfish can you all get?”</p> <p>Becker quickly jumped to Zverev's defence, calling Kyrgios a "rat".</p> <p>“Don’t like no rats! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine!” Becker posted to Twitter on Tuesday.</p> <p>“Look yourself in the mirror and think your (sic) better than us.”</p> <p>Kyrgios defended his comments.</p> <p>“For goodness sake Boris, I’m not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus,” the 25-year-old replied.</p> <p>“It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I’ll call him out for it. Simple.”</p> <p>However, Becker continued to call Kyrgios a "rat".</p> <p>“We all live in the pandemic called COVID-19! It’s terrible and it killed to many lives,” the German posted. “We should protect our families/loved ones and follow the guidelines but still don’t like rats.</p> <p>“(Zverev) broke the quarantine rules and he should be ashamed of himself! He is a role model for many tennis fans a bright star on the horizon but still don’t like rats.</p> <p>“There is an unspoken understanding between athletes! Whatever happens on the court stays there including the lockers! Nobody will talk about it.”</p> <p>Kyrgios continued to hold firm and poked fun at Becker.</p> <p>“Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people,” Kyrgios tweeted.</p> <p>“WHEN my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something.</p> <p>“(Becker) is a bigger doughnut than I thought. Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”</p> <p>After receiving massive backlash on Twitter for his remarks, Becker joked with Kyrgios.</p> <p>“Your funny guy … how is it down under? Respect all the guidelines?”</p> <p>Kyrgios wasn't having any of it and bluntly replied.</p> <p>“Haha nah bro I’m good, don’t act like you’re my friend now because you got sat down.”</p> <p>This isn't the first time Kyrgios has called someone out, as he slammed Novak Djokovic and his wife for their "boneheaded decision" to organise the tournament during a pandemic.</p> <p>“Prayers up to all the players that have contracted COVID-19,” Kyrgios tweeted last week.</p> <p>“Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ — this takes the cake.”</p>

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Grim discovery in Maddie McCann suspect's van

<p><span>Since the night Madeleine McCann disappeared, her “anguished but unbroken” parents Kate and Gerry have never let the world forget their daughter.</span></p> <p><span>It’s been 13 years since she went missing, but they never stopped searching for answers, and say they hope she is still alive.</span></p> <p><span>But the evidence presented to </span><em>60 Minutes Australia</em><span> could hold vital clues to Maddie’s 2007 disappearance.</span></p> <p><span>On June 4, German authorities made a shock announcement declaring the three-year-old dead, and leading to that announcement is believed to be a disturbing discovery in the campervan of Christian Brueckner.</span></p> <p><span>According to </span><em>60 Minutes</em><span>, over 8000 disturbing pieces of evidence, including videos and pictures of his alleged crimes – along with the swimsuits of little girls – were discovered in the van inhabited by the 43-year-old German sex offender.</span></p> <p><span>When Maddie was taken, on the night of May 3, 2007, Bruekner lived in a house in Monte Judeu, only 8km away from the Ocean Club apartment in Portugal from where the three-year-old disappeared. He also had a “vile and disgusting” shack only 3km from the hotel.</span></p> <p><span>Currently in prison for the torture and rape of a 72-year-old woman, Brueckner was recently named by German police as the most likely offender in Maddie’s disappearance, which is now being treated as murder.</span></p> <p><span>After raiding a deserted factory owned by Brueckner, police discovered thousands of videos and photos of his alleged crimes, </span><em>60 Minutes</em><span> reported.</span></p> <p><span>Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the investigation into Brueckner, told the program he was not able to say if there is or isn’t any pictures of Maddie.</span></p> <p><span>“I mean he was into child pornography and torture and he did crimes against children at a very young age and according to the current information, he also filmed his offences,” Mark Hofmann, a Berlin-based Crime &amp; Intelligence Analyst who also works with German police, told reporter Liz Hayes.</span></p> <p><span>Police also revelead that back in 2013, Brueckner wrote in a paedophile chat room about how “bad” he wanted to abuse a little girl.</span></p> <p><span>“He’s very, very clear about his fantasy, about abducting children and torturing them and using them for a couple of days. So these are very clear words,” Mr Hoffman said.</span></p> <p><span>Mr Hoffman said he believes that if Brueckner abducted Maddie, it’s also likely he killed her.</span></p> <p><span>“And killing is likely for different reasons. Number one, it’s likely because it’s part of the fantasy, but number two, it also just could have practical reasons not to be arrested for this crime, because she was old enough to talk,” he told Hayes.</span></p> <p><span>Christian Brückner has not yet been charged with any crime relating to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance or death.</span></p>

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Baby Archie is suing the paparazzi

<p><br /><span>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie is taking a stand against the photo agency Splash News for breaching his privacy, reports have confirmed.</span><br /><br /><span>The toddler is taking legal action against the Los Angeles based photo agency, and the case will be taken all the way through to the UK High Court.</span><br /><br /><span>Lodged by law firm Schillings, the case was brought by “Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and The Duchess of Sussex, HRH”.</span><br /><br /><span>In the legal papers, Meghan is described as Archie’s “litigation friend”, which is due to the fact he is a minor.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_2KLHOpFHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_2KLHOpFHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Windsors (@britishroyalfamily5543)</a> on May 6, 2020 at 5:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The case was lodged with the courts on March 25, just days before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially finished up their roles as senior members of the royal family.</span><br /><br /><span>The royals are suing the photo agency after they snapped photographs of Meghan Markle walking through a park on Vancouver Island in Canada last January without their permission.</span><br /><br /><span>In the photographs, the starlet was seen holding Archie in a sling while the tot was purposefully shielded from the camera.</span><br /><br /><span>The child was wrapped in winter clothes and had his back to the lens while the photograph was being taken.</span><br /><br /><span>Splash photography agency said that they will “defend itself vigorously” against the lawsuit.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBu-XADqgwz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; 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“I know he did it”: Best friend of Madeleine McCann suspect speaks out

<p>A friend of the man suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann said he is sure the convicted sex offender was responsible for the young girl’s disappearance.</p> <p>Earlier this month, German police identified Christian Brückner as the prime suspect in McCann’s case and launched an <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/03/german-prisoner-named-as-suspect-in-disappearance-of-madeleine-mccann">appeal for information</a>.</p> <p>Austrian drifter Michael Tatschl, who lived with Brückner in Portugal in the early 2000s, said he had told authorities that his “sick” and “perverted” friend was “more than capable of snatching a child”.</p> <p>“I know he did it,” Tatschl told the <em><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/21/interviewchristian-bruckner-best-friend-sure-took-madeleine/">Telegraph</a></em>.</p> <p>“He was my best friend and he was definitely a pervert and more than capable of snatching a child, for sexual kicks or money.</p> <p>“I was sure it was him the minute the police came to find me in Austria.”</p> <p>Tatschl claimed Brückner bragged about making money by burgling apartments in Praia da Luz – where McCann was last seen – and once talked about “selling children maybe to Morocco”.</p> <p>In 2006, the pair spent eight months in the same prison after they were caught stealing diesel from lorries in Portugal, the <em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8445183/I-know-did-Christian-Brueckners-friend-says-German-guilty-taking-Madeline-McCann.html">Daily Mail</a> </em>reported. They were released five months prior to McCann’s disappearance.</p> <p>Tatschl said he became convinced that Brückner was involved in McCann’s disappearance after watching the Netflix documentary <em>The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann</em>.</p> <p>“The part where the female tourist talked about the man turning up at her door while her child played by the front door, the creepy guy with acne and blonde hair. I just knew it was Christian for sure.”</p> <p>Tatschl gave his testimony in April 2019 after Austrian and German police officers visited his house.</p> <p>“They were very clear with me from the first minute. They said, ‘we are investigating Maddie McCann and Christian Brückner’ and I told them I knew it already. I was convinced it was him,” he said.</p> <p>“I really hope they can finally close this case for the family and find Christian guilty for what he has done. He needs to admit it to the police and close it for good.”</p> <p>Last week, Brückner’s lawyer Friedrich Fulscher said his client is <a href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/madeleine-mccann-missing-german-suspect-christian-bruckner-refuses-questions/69be3ad6-0917-462c-92d4-d901c0f99a4f">remaining silent on the matter</a>.</p> <p>“It is the duty of the state to prove that a suspect committed a crime. No accused person has to prove his innocence to the investigating authorities.”</p> <p>Brückner is currently serving a prison sentence in the northern German city of Kiel for <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/05/madeleine-mccann-suspect-christian-bruckner-being-investigated-over-second-missing-girl">drug trafficking</a>. He was also convicted last year of the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.</p>

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Police mistake might have "tipped off" Madeleine McCann suspect

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The German TV station behind an explosive documentary into the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann has revealed the decision that tipped off Christian Brueckner that police were investigating him.</p> <p>McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal but her twin siblings remained.</p> <p>Prosecutors are currently investigating German national Christian Brueckner, a 43-year-old convicted sex offender, over the disappearance.</p> <p>Germany's <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/fall-maddie-mccann-so-erfuhr-christian-b-dass-die-polizei-ihn-im-blick-hatte-a-00000000-0002-0001-0000-000171527048" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">Spiegel TV</a> claims that Brueckner was notified by letter that authorities were investigating him as part of the McCann case in November 2013, six years after her disappearance.</p> <p>In internal documents cited by <em>Spiegel</em>, the letter was a single sheet titled "Subpoena as a witness" and instructed Brueckner to visit a police station for interrogation.</p> <p>Police experts said that this decision was in no way a usual procedure to address a suspect head-on in a "delicate case", and <em>Spiegel</em> claims that Brueckner would have had ample time to remove evidence after being notified.</p> <p>Portuguese detectives have already faced fresh scrutiny over the way they handled the case after missing leads and chances to secure potentially key forensic evidence.</p> <p>The force confirmed that Brueckner was known to Scotland Yard's investigation but did not become an official suspect until 2017. This was due to information received after the 10th-anniversary appeal for information and subsequent inquiries. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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Madeleine McCann’s parents respond to German prosecutor’s claim

<p>Madeleine McCann’s parents have denied they received a letter from German authorities stating that their daughter is dead.</p> <p>In a statement released Tuesday on the Find Madeleine website, Kate and Gerry McCann said they have not received a letter regarding proof of their daughter’s death.</p> <p>“The widely reported news that we have a received a letter from the German authorities that states there is evidence or proof that Madeleine is dead is FALSE,” the parents said in the statement.</p> <p>“As we have stated many times before, we will not give a running commentary on the investigation – that is the job of the law enforcement agencies and we will support them in any way requested.”</p> <p>The statement came after German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told UK newspapers he had sent the family a letter explaining German authorities believed Madeleine was dead but could not reveal the evidence.</p> <p>Wolters said German police has “concrete evidence” that the missing British girl was murdered by Christian Brückner, a 43-year-old convicted sex offender.</p> <p>“We have concrete evidence that our suspect has killed Madeleine and this means she is dead,” Wolters was quoted as saying by the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p>“I sympathise with the parents but if we reveal more details to them it might jeopardise the situation.”</p> <p>He insisted his team had sent a letter to the McCanns.</p> <p>“I’m not able to say whether the letter has reached the family or is still on the move,” Wolters told <em>The Sun</em>.</p> <p>Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007. She was three years old at the time of her disappearance.</p>

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Personal trainer suing date for $236k after kiss

<p>A personal trainer is suing his date after he claims he contracted painful cold sores that developed after he kissed her. </p> <p>Martin Conway, 45, is asking for $236,000 in compensation for her “negligence”, along with 30 years of therapy. </p> <p>Mr Conway says his work became seriously impacted after catching the herpes simplex virus in 2019 from his date, Joanna Lovelace and claims she had “a moral and ethical and legal duty to warn me of the risks that I would be exposed to.”</p> <p>“I was kissed before I was informed of any cold sore,” he added. </p> <p>“It is fair, just and reasonable for the court to impose a duty of care upon the respondent, due to the risk that was negligently being taken with my health, which was reasonably foreseeable, which led to three weeks of severe acute symptoms, leading to emotional, physical and financial distress.”</p> <p>The compensation case is being heard in the Central London County Court.</p> <p>“It is fair, just and reasonable for the court to impose a duty of care upon the respondent, due to the risk that was negligently being taken with my health, which was reasonably foreseeable, which led to three weeks of severe acute symptoms, leading to emotional, physical and financial distress.”</p> <p>Conway claims he became sick with flu-like symptoms and found eating painful a few days after his date with Lovelace.</p> <p>Doctors diagnosed him with the herpes simplex virus and prescribed medication.</p> <p>He also says he had a panic attack and collapsed after seeing more ulcers appear.</p> <p>Conway alleges he was incredibly fearful of leaving his apartment, and stayed inside for weeks with the exception of doctor’s appointments. </p> <p>Lovelace’s lawyers described the claim as “frivolous and vexatious” and doomed to fail, and have denied any liability for their client. </p> <p>“The statement of case discloses no reasonable grounds for bringing the claim,” her lawyers told the court, calling the action an “abuse of the process of the court”.</p> <p>Conway is claiming $182,000 for fortnightly therapy sessions until the age of 79.</p> <p>He also wants salary protection insurance costs and payments to cover lost earnings while he was ill.</p> <p>The case is due in court later in 2020.</p>

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Shocking twist in crash that killed four teens

<p><span>In a shocking new twist, chilling voice notes have been released and appear to have been recorded just moments before four teenagers were killed in a horrific car crash.</span><br /><br /><span>Lucius Baira-Hill, 13, Cayenne Nona, 14, Rayveena Coolwell, 15, and Aaliyah Tappa Brown, 17, died after the Kia Sorrento they were travelling in hit a light pole in Townsville, Queensland, in the early hours of Sunday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>An unnamed 14-year-old boy, who is the only survivor of the horrific ordeal, has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death since he was driving the automobile.</span><br /><br /><span>A friend of one of the children has now released audio they were reportedly sent via Instagram moments before the fatal crash.</span><br /><br /><span>The messages were received at about 4.08 am on Sunday morning, the Townsville Bulletin reported.</span><br /><br /><span>A text said they were “flying around” and was followed by muffled audio of a girl's voice saying they were 'getting chased'.</span><br /><br /><span>“Yeah we still getting chased, it's hectic. If I don't text you back you know why,” the girl says.</span><br /><br /><span>A revving engine, background conversation and gusts of wind can be heard in the snippets of audio.</span><br /><br /><span>“We come get you later, we are getting chased,” the girl said into the phone.</span><br /><br /><span>The car clipped a roundabout, flipped and hit a light pole at about 4.30am.</span><br /><br /><span>Police are aware of the audio recordings, Townsville Police Chief Superintendent Craig Hanlon revealed.</span><br /><br /><span>“We've got a copy … we are investigating the details contained in that and seeing what evidence it holds,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>The superintendent went on to say that while the screen recording of the audio could not be overlooked as it may point to the teen’s final moments, he added it did not show the location or proof of identity.</span><br /><br /><span>A Go Fund Me page was set up to help pay for one of the teenager's funeral, which has a target of $8,000.</span><br /><br /><span>“We tragically lost Lucius at the young age of 13. We as a family are asking for any help we can get as this happened so suddenly. Please and thank you in advance,” a message from the organiser read.</span></p>

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White counterprotesters mock George Floyd’s killing

<p><span>The protest in New Jersey township was similar to the ones that have taken place all over the United States since the murder of George Floyd by police – close to 70 people gathered to rally against police brutality and systemic racism.</span></p> <p><span>But as the diverse group marched on Monday, waving signs and chanting slogans in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, it was met by a number of white men who had gathered near a sign that said “All Lives Matter” and in front of a pickup truck draped with an American flag and pro-Trump sign.</span></p> <p><span>One of the men confronted the marchers aggressively as he kneeled on the neck of another who was facedown on the ground – an apparent attempt to mock the killing of Mr Floyd.</span></p> <p><span>The mayor and police chief in Franklin Township were quick to issue a statement regarding the scene, calling it “revolting” and that it had left them “appalled and saddened.”</span></p> <p><span>On Tuesday, the state’s Department of Corrections said it had suspended one of its employees after confirming that he was among the group that taunted and tried to rile the protesters up. Another man can be seen on video filming the protesters.</span></p> <p><span>“We have been made aware that one of our officers from Bayside State Prison participated in the filming of a hateful and disappointing video that mocked the killing of George Floyd,” the Corrections Department said in a statement that also pledged “a thorough and expedited investigation.”</span></p> <p><span>The department did not reveal the name of the officer in question, but officials said he was a senior corrections police officer who joined the Corrections Department in March 2002 and worked at a youth detention facility in Bordentown until January 2019, when he moved to the Bayside prison in Leesburg.</span></p> <p><span>Gov. Philip D. Murphy called the counterprotesters’ actions “repugnant.”</span></p> <p><span>“We won’t let the actions of a few distract from our progress toward dismantling systemic racism,” Mr. Murphy said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span>FedEx also confirmed that one of its employees had also taken part in the counterprotest and had been fired as a result.</span></p> <p><span>“We do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behaviour depicted in this video,” the company said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span>Daryan Fennal, who organised the protest was emotional at the scenes that unfolded in front of them.</span></p> <p><span>“I was crying, immediately,” she said. “I was thinking about the kids who were marching behind me. That’s not something easily unseen.”</span></p> <p><span>In addition to mocking Mr. Floyd’s death, she said, the men on the side of the road had yelled, “If George Floyd would have complied he wouldn’t be dead”; “Go cash your checks”; “Start running”; and “Black Lives Matter to no one” as the group passed.</span></p> <p><span>But Ms Fennal said the hatred shown from a select few hasn’t dimmed her passion, or that of others, to continue protesting against injustice.</span></p> <p><span>“There are more people who are encouraged, even more so, to stand up and march alongside us and help black people who are facing systematic racism,” she said.</span></p>

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US calls out Prince Andrew for false portrayal

<p><span>Prince Andrew is caught up in a battle with US authorities after they made an accusation against him, say he is refusing to cooperate with the investigation into his disgraced friend Jeffrey Epstein.</span></p> <p><span>The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, said the Duke of York was trying to “falsely portray himself to the public” after he publicly insisted he had offered to help “at least three times” and was being treated at a “lower standard” than other citizens.</span></p> <p><span>On Monday, Prince Andrew’s legal team at Blackfords LLP issued an extraordinary statement refuting claims that the Queen’s second son had offered “zero co-operation” and a “wall of silence” to investigators.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/KUKvXQsrzd">pic.twitter.com/KUKvXQsrzd</a></p> — US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SDNYnews/status/1270074605923958785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>His lawyers, Clare Montgomery QC and Stephen Ferguson, said so far they had chosen not to speak out about any conversations with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) but would now do so in light of “misleading media briefings.”</span></p> <p><span>Prince Andrew’s team says the DOJ had been “actively investigating” Epstein for 16 years “yet the first time they requested the Duke’s help was on 2nd January 2020.”</span></p> <p><span>“The Duke of York has on at least three occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the DOJ. Unfortunately, the DOJ has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the Duke has offered zero co-operation. In doing so, they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered,” they said.</span></p> <p><span>The lawyers then claimed that the Geoffrey Berman, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York is making “inaccurate” statements after he said there had been a “wall of silence” from Prince Andrew back in January.</span></p> <p><span>But it didn’t take long for Mr Berman to fire back at the Duke of York’s “false” claims.</span></p> <p><span>“Today, Prince Andrew yet again sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate with an ongoing federal criminal investigation into sex trafficking and related offenses committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates, even though the Prince has not given an interview to federal authorities, has repeatedly declined our request to schedule such an interview, and nearly four months ago informed us unequivocally - through the very same counsel who issued today’s release - that he would not come in for such an interview,” he said in a statement released by his office.</span></p> <p><span>“If Prince Andrew is, in fact, serious about cooperating with the ongoing federal investigation, our doors remain open, and we await word of when we should expect him.”</span></p> <p><span>In early March, Mr Berman had said the Prince “shut the door” on US authorities.</span></p> <p><span>“These statements were inaccurate, and they should not have been made,” the lawyers said.</span></p> <p><span>“It is a matter of regret that the DOJ has seen fit to breach its own rules of confidentiality, not least as they are designed to encourage witness co-operation.</span></p> <p><span>“Far from our client acting above the law, as has been implied by press briefings in the US, he is being treated by a lower standard than might reasonably be expected for any other citizen.</span></p> <p>“Further, those same breaches of confidentiality by the DOJ have given the global media – and, therefore, the worldwide audience – an entirely misleading account of our discussions with them,” the lawyers said.</p>

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George Floyd killing: All four police officers charged

<p><span>The former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into the neck of George Floyd has had his charge upgraded to second-degree murder.</span></p> <p><span>The three other police officers present during the killing have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.</span></p> <p><span>Derek Chauvin, the man at the forefront of the investigation, had previously been charged with third-degree murder.</span></p> <p><span>This is the first time police have announced any charges against the three officers who were present at the scene. They are now being taken into custody and will face the same potential maximum sentence as Chauvin.</span></p> <p><span>“We are working together on this case with only one goal — justice for George Floyd,” Minnesota Attorney-General Keith Ellison said at a media conference.</span></p> <p><span>He thanked the community for giving prosecutors “the time and space we needed” to investigate Mr Floyd’s death and settle on the correct charges.</span></p> <p><span>“I now ask for continued patience. This case continues to be under investigation. We will not be able to say very much publicly, except that we encourage anyone who believes they have evidence to come forward and be cooperative,” Mr Ellison said.</span></p> <p><span>“Our job is to seek justice and to obtain a conviction, not to make statements to the press.</span></p> <p><span>“I also ask for your trust that we are pursuing justice by every legal and ethical means available to us.</span></p> <p><span>“The investigation is ongoing, we are following the path of all the evidence, wherever it leads.”</span></p> <p><span>He said while prosecutors would aim to work as “quickly and thoroughly” as possible, it may take “months” to come to a conclusion.</span></p> <p><span>“The reason thoroughness is important is because every single link in the prosecutorial chain must be strong,” he said, pointing out that only once before has a police officer from Minnesota been successfully tried for murder.</span></p> <p><span>“Trying this case will not be an easy thing. Winning a conviction will be hard.</span></p> <p><span>“I say this not because we doubt our resources or our ability. In fact, we’re confident in what we’re doing. But history does show that there are clear challenges here.</span></p> <p><span>“It is better to make sure that we have a solid case, fully investigated, before we go to trial than to rush it.”</span></p> <p><span>Reporters asked why Chauvin wasn’t charged with the higher offence of first-degree murder, to which Mr Ellison explained that such a charge would require premeditation to be proven.</span></p> <p><span>The second-degree charge will be easier, because it covers an “unintentional” death caused during an underlying felony offence – in this case assault.</span></p>

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Australian lawyer allegedly sacked for refusing to lie

<p>A <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/legislation/corporations-act/">corporate lawyer</a> has commenced proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court after he was terminated from his position as a senior legal adviser with Meriton Property Services for allegedly refusing to lie in an affidavit.</p> <p>Sydney lawyer Joseph Callahan is claiming $556,500 in compensation and costs after being terminated from his $350,000 a year position in February 2020.</p> <p>He claims that during a meeting on 3 February 2020, his employer, billionaire property developer Harry Triguboff, demanded that he falsely state in an affidavit that Sydney Council had taken three years to approve a development application.</p> <p>According to his statement of claim, the lawyer responded by stating, “I’m a solicitor and can’t include something in an affidavit which I know isn’t true”.</p> <p>He says his employer then said, “Listen my friend, you write it my way or you can fuck off”, and “Fuck you. I pay you to win cases do you understand?”.</p> <p>Mr Callahan says he then told his employer, “I understand I am here to win cases, but it did not take three years to get the building approved, so I can’t give evidence to the Court that it did”, to which Mr Triguboff responded, “Enough crap from you. Write it my way or you are no good to me”.</p> <p>The lawyers says he stood his ground, telling his employer “Harry I won’t do it. It’s a lie”.</p> <p>He says his employer emailed him on 13 February 2020 to advise that his position had been terminated.</p> <p>Meriton Property Services refutes the allegations, filing a defence which states:</p> <p>“All allegations that suggest otherwise are strongly denied. Meriton disputes the sequence and nature of the events set out in the court filing”.</p> <p>The case is listed for hearing on 17 June 2020.</p> <p><strong>The offence of swearing a false affidavit</strong></p> <p>Swearing a False Affidavit is a crime under <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/legislation/oaths-act/swearing-falsely-in-affidavits/">Section 29 of the Oaths Act 1900</a>.</p> <p>The offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.</p> <p><strong>For the offence to be established, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:</strong></p> <ol> <li>The defendant swore or affirmed an affidavit,</li> <li>The affidavit was affirmed or sworn before a person authorised to do so,</li> <li>The affidavit was false in any respect, and</li> <li>The defendant knew the affidavit was false in that or those respects.</li> </ol> <p>In addition to this, <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/legislation/oaths-act/false-statement/">section 33 of the Oaths Act 1900</a> prescribes a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for the offence of making a false statement in an affidavit.</p> <p><strong>To establish that offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Swore or affirmed an affidavit,</li> <li>Made a false statement within that affidavit, and</li> <li>Knew the statement was false.</li> </ol> <p>Swearing to false information in an affidavit may also amount to perverting the course of justice, which is an offence under <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/legislation/crimes-act/perverting-course-of-justice/">section 319 of the Crimes Act 1900</a> carrying a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.</p> <p><strong>To establish that offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Engaged in an act or made an omission, and</li> <li>Did so with the intention of perverting the course of justice.</li> </ol> <p>‘Perverting the course of justice’ is defined as ‘obstructing, preventing, perverting or defeating the course of justice or the administration of law’.</p> <p><strong>Defendants have been found guilty of the offence for the following conduct:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Falsely swearing or declaring that another person was responsible for an offence,</li> <li>Attempting to bribe a police or judicial officer to avoid being prosecuted or punished,</li> <li>Using a victim’s phone or email in an attempt to create a defence to a crime,</li> <li>Encouraging or bribing another person to plead guilty to an crime they did not commit, to provide a false alibi and to give false testimony in court.</li> </ol> <p>Where it is alleged that a false affidavit was used in connection with judicial proceedings – such as court proceedings – a person can be charged of perjury, which is an offence under <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/legislation/crimes-act/perjury/">Section 327 of the Crimes Act 1900</a> carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.</p> <p><strong>To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:</strong></p> <ol> <li>The defendant made a false statement under oath or affirmation,</li> <li>The statement was in, or in connection with, judicial proceedings,</li> <li>The statement concerned a matter that was material to those proceedings, and</li> <li>The defendant knew the statement was false or did not believe it was true.</li> </ol> <p>The maximum penalty increases to 14 years in prison where the prosecution proves that the defendant intended to procure the conviction or acquittal of a person for a ‘serious indictable offence’, which is one that carries a maximum penalty of at least 5 years in prison.</p> <p><strong>Defences to the charges</strong></p> <p>In addition to prove each ‘element’ (or ingredient) the charges, the prosecution must disprove beyond reasonable doubt any legal defence which a defendant validly raise in court.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/defences/">Legal defences</a> which apply to these offences include:</p> <ol> <li>Duress</li> <li>Necessity, and</li> <li>Self-defence</li> </ol> <p><strong>Professional obligations</strong></p> <p>In addition to obligations under the general law, a solicitor or barrister who falsely swears to information in a legal statement such as a statutory declaration or affidavit is liable to disciplinary action by the Law Society of New South Wales, including being <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/lawyers-struck-off-for-professional-misconduct/">‘struck off’ for professional misconduct</a>.</p> <p>Going to court for an offence against justice?</p> <p>If you have been charged with an offence against justice such as swearing a false affidavit, contempt of court, perverting the course of justice or perjury, call Sydney Criminal Lawyers anytime on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange a free first conference with an experienced criminal defence lawyer who will advise you of your options and the best way forward.</p> <p><em>Written by Ugur Nedim. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/lawyer-allegedly-sacked-for-refusing-to-lie/"><em>Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</em></a></p>

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Kate and William to take legal action against magazine for “cruel and disgusting” story

<p>Kate Middleton and Prince William are taking legal action against UK magazine, Tatler, for publishing a “cruel, sexist and woman-shaming” about the Duchess.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have legal letters to the magazine demanding its profile of Kate be removed from the internet, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8372889/Kate-William-sue-Tatler-cruel-sexist-woman-shaming-article.html" target="_blank">the Mail on Sunday newspaper claims.</a></p> <p>As of Sunday, however, the story which was headlined<span> </span>Catherine The Great,<span> </span>remained online.</p> <p>While the article does initially appear as flattering, Kensington Palace issued a rare statement bashing the publication for its “inaccuracies and false representations.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836329/kate-middleton.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/962562a548a941bc914524b1033fa32d" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Tatler Magazine</em></p> <p>It is widely reported the royal family felt particularly enraged by the suggestion that Duchess Catherine was feeling exhausted and trapped by an increased workload after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle withdrew from being senior members for The Firm.</p> <p>They were also infuriated at the “disgusting” line about her being “perilously thin.”</p> <p>The story compared the Duchess’ figure to eating disorders Princess Diana suffered from.</p> <p>“That is such an extremely cruel and wounding barb,” a royal source told the UK paper.</p> <p>“It’s sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst.”</p> <p>The source says that the William and Kate were only taking legal action because the article was “full of lies.”</p> <p>“It’s ironic that the Royals’ favourite magazine is being trashed by them,” the source noted.</p> <p>“Tatler may think it’s immune from action as it’s read by the Royals and on every coffee table in every smart home, but it makes no difference.”</p> <p>Tatler’s Editor-in-Chief, Richard Dennen says he “stands behind the reporting” although Kensington Palace slammed the UK magazine for its “inaccuracies”.</p>

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Keep your nose out of it: why saliva tests could offer a better alternative to nasal COVID-19 swabs

<p>Saliva is one of our biggest foes in the COVID-19 pandemic, because of its role in spreading the virus. But it could be our friend too, because it potentially offers a way to diagnose the disease without using invasive nasal swabs.</p> <p>Our research review, <a href="https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4418/10/5/290">published in the journal Diagnostics</a>, suggests saliva could offer a readily accessible diagnostic tool for detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and might even be able to reveal whether someone’s immune system has already encountered it.</p> <p>COVID-19 testing is a crucial part of the pandemic response, especially now countries are gradually lifting social distancing restrictions. This requires widespread, early, accurate and sensitive diagnosis of infected people, both with and without symptoms.</p> <p>Our review looked at the results of three different studies, in Hong Kong, the nearby Chinese mainland city of Shenzhen, and Italy. All three studies found SARS-CoV-2 is indeed present in the saliva of COVID-19 patients (at rates of 87%, 91.6%, and 100% of patients, respectively). This suggests saliva is a potentially very useful source of specimens for detecting the virus.</p> <p>Saliva <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016041202031254X">spreads the SARS-CoV-2 virus</a> via breathing, coughing, sneezing, and <a href="https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25769/rapid-expert-consultation-on-the-possibility-of-bioaerosol-spread-of-sars-cov-2-for-the-covid-19-pandemic-april-1-2020">conversation</a>, which is why guidelines suggest we maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from one another. We also know <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7094991/">SARS-CoV-2 can survive in tiny droplets of saliva</a> in an experimental setting.</p> <p>Saliva is an attractive option for detecting SARS-CoV-2, compared with the <a href="https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-seeing-a-doctor-getting-tested-faqs#diagnosis">current tests</a> which involve taking swabs of mucus from the upper respiratory tract. Saliva is easy to access, which potentially makes the tests cheaper and less invasive. Saliva can hold up a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19726214">mirror to our health</a>, not just of our mouth but our whole body.</p> <p>For this reason, saliva has already been widely investigated as a diagnostic tool for chronic systemic diseases, as well as for oral ailments such as periodontal disease and oral cancers. But less attention has been given to its potential usefulness in acute infectious diseases such as COVID-19, perhaps because researchers and clinicians don’t yet appreciate its full potential.</p> <p><strong>What a mouthful</strong></p> <p>When we get sick, much of the evidence is present in our saliva – from the germs themselves, to the antibodies and immune system proteins we use to fight them off. Saliva also contains genetic material and other cellular components of pathogens after we have broken them down (for the full biochemical breakdown of the weird and wonderful things in our saliva, see pages 51-61 of our <a href="https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4418/10/5/290">review</a>).</p> <p>Saliva is also hardy. It can be <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=High-yield+RNA-extraction+method+for+saliva">stored at –80℃ for several years with little degradation</a>.</p> <p>This means it would be relatively straightforward to track the progression of COVID-19 in individual patients, by collecting saliva at various times during the disease and recovery. Saliva tests from recovered patients could also tell us if they have encountered the disease for a second time, and how strong their immune response is.</p> <p>However, there is no research yet available on using saliva to monitor immune responses. This will be well worth investigating, given the pressing need for a reliable and cost-effective way to monitor the population for immunity to COVID-19 as the outbreak continues.</p> <p><strong>Could saliva testing replace nasal swabs?</strong></p> <p>An ideal saliva test would be a disposable, off-the-shelf device that could be used at home by individuals, without exposing them or others to the risk of visiting a clinic.</p> <p>One drawback with the research so far is that it has involved small numbers of patients (each of the three studies we reviewed involved no more than 25 people), and there is little published detail on exactly how these studies collected the saliva – whether from the mouth or throat, whether by spitting, drooling or swabbing, and whether collected by the patient or by a clinician.</p> <p>Nevertheless, based on the modest amount of research done so far, saliva looks like a promising candidate for COVID-19 testing. More research is now needed, in larger groups of people, to learn more about how to confidently test for SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva of both symptomatic and non-symptomatic people.</p> <p>Earlier this month the US Food and Drug Administration <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/health/fda-coronavirus-spit-test.html">approved the sale</a> of saliva-based COVID-19 test kits that will allow people to collect their own samples and send them to a lab for analysis.</p> <p>A reliable test would offer a cheaper, less invasive and potentially even more accurate way to detect the virus, which would also reduce the risk posed by routine COVID-19 checks to both patients and front-line medical professionals.</p> <p><em>Written by Pingping Han. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/keep-your-nose-out-of-it-why-saliva-tests-could-offer-a-better-alternative-to-nasal-covid-19-swabs-138816"><em>The Conversation.</em></a></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Man pleads not guilty to murder of newlywed daughter

<p><span>A Melbourne dad has pleaded not guilty in court to killing his newly-married daughter and her husband in a shooting on New Year’s Eve.</span><br /><br /><span>Osman Shaptafaj says he was mentally impaired when he allegedly shot Lindita and Veton Musai on the morning of December 31 in 2018, while they entered the Musai family home which they had been living in Yarraville.</span><br /><br /><span>His daughter Lindita, 25, died while still at the scene, and Veton, 29, died the next day in hospital.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836091/15.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c4c74790ec7442ffa86c56ea18fd4031" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Lindita and Veton Musai</em><br /><br /><span>The loved-up couple had just returned from a trip away to celebrate their first wedding anniversary when they were allegedly shot from behind the front door.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Shaptafaj was charged with two counts of murder but on Thursday pleaded not guilty due to mental health.</span><br /><br /><span>The father appeared by video link for a brief hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Shaptafaj is due to return to the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on May 29.</span><br /><br /><span>If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.</span></p>

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Sydney nurse went on $36k shopping spree with credit cards she stole from patients

<p>A nurse at a day surgery in Sydney, NSW has been found guilty of professional misconduct against three patients after taking their credit cards whilst unconscious and racking up $AUD 36,000 ($NZD 38,630) in fraudulent charges.</p> <p>Saeeda Kauser, 32, then managed to successfully trick police into closing the investigation into her, according to <em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://7news.com.au/news/crime/sydney-nurse-stole-patients-credit-cards-for-36000-spending-spree-c-1001345" target="_blank">7news</a>.</em></p> <p>Kauser made more than 78 fraudulent and attempted purchases in early 2018, including $AUD 330 ($NZD 354) of essential oils, a membership to her local F45 club and a $AUD 3,135 ($NZD 3,364) life coaching program.</p> <p>Her calculated behaviour was carried out “in a full understanding of what she was aiming to achieve”, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal said.</p> <p>“While the tribunal accepts (Kauser) might well suffer from some form of depression, it does not accept that this excuses her behaviour,” it said.</p> <p>“Her behaviour was particularly offensive in that she was dealing with vulnerable patients who were undergoing surgery, the acts being perpetrated while the patients were unconscious and she showed a remarkable lack of understanding of the harm that she was doing to others.”</p> <p>Kauser, who pleaded guilty to the charges and was convicted of fraud, admitted the misconduct charges and removed herself from the nursing register before the tribunal made a decision.</p> <p>She stole a card from a woman who was being operated on and made 55 purchases totalling $23,373 within a fortnight.</p> <p>Once the woman reported the theft to the clinic, Kauser rang back and asked the woman specific details about what she had told police.</p> <p>Kauser then called police, pretended to be the patient who made the claim and made up a story about her stepson being responsible for the charges. Her request that the case be closed was accepted.</p> <p>Kauser also tried to call Westpac’s fraud hotline but ended after she failed to properly verify her identity.</p> <p>She has said that the incident has been a “very big wakeup call”.</p> <p>“I am doing my best to rebuild my life from what I have left,” she said.</p> <p>She has been banned from practicing as a nurse in NSW until late 2022.</p>

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