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Washington: Syrian soldiers have killed three Westerners, including an American woman and a British man, both Muslims, in northwest Idlib province near the Turkish border, a monitoring group says.
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‘‘They were shot dead during an ambush in the Idlib region and the army found them with maps of military positions,’’ said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, late on Thursday.

The three had apparently been taking photos of military positions on the road between Harim, near the border with Turkey, and the town of Idlib further south when government troops ambushed them, he added.

The incident happened on Wednesday.

The nationality of the third Westerner was not clear, said Mr Rahman.

A US State Department official, in response to a query from AFP in Washington, said ‘‘We are aware of the case.’’

Czech diplomats in Syria were helping them in efforts to get more information.

‘‘Because of privacy considerations, we are unable to comment further,’’ the official added.


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Victims of abuse in the defence force are being urged to come forward before tonight’s midnight deadline to register their complaint with a government-appointed taskforce.
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”We are urging everyone to come forward. People are still coming out of the woodwork and we expect there are still many more out there,” said Jennifer Jacomb, a former navy member who runs a group for victims of defence abuse.

”It takes a lot of effort to come forward because you bury it so deep.”

The taskforce will examine individual cases and also advise the government on any systemic problems it uncovers within the Australian Defence Force.

Victims stand to receive up to $50,000 in reparation money. The taskforce, headed by respected former judge Len Roberts-Smith, will also refer cases to police if they believe there is a chance for criminal prosecution.

Adair Donaldson, legal partner with Shine Lawyers, who is representing many alleged victims of abuse, said the taskforce could be one of the last chances victims get to have their voices heard.

”If they don’t register, they may find they don’t get another chance,” he said.

Victims need only register with the taskforce by the midnight deadline, not to give details of their complaints. The cutoff is midnight and the complaints can be registered through a hotline, 1800 424 991 or at [email protected]

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IN a small country town named Yogga Yogga, passion for yoghurt from France has become so entrenched that Aussies have taken on the French way of life.
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This town, though, is actually parts of Weston and Mulbring, in Cessnock local government area, which feature in a television advert for Yoplait yoghurt.

The commercial, which recently went to air, features an Australian family who prefer a French breakfast.

A family man drives a converted Citroen ute through country roads where the imagery is Australian, but ‘‘a little French’’.

Weston was chosen for its ‘‘iconic architecture and village feel’’, with the Criterion Hotel becoming ‘‘The Frog and Snail Hotel’’ in the advertisement.

The scenic backdrop and rural character of Mulbring were considered prime Australian imagery for the brief, which included landscapes that ‘‘scream country Australia”.

Screen Hunter Central Coast and Cessnock City Council’s economic development unit scouted areas for the commercial.

Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent said the council was ‘‘proud of what’s in our own backyard’’.

The film organisation’s manager, Annette Hubber, said that the area’s picturesque qualities were ‘‘the ideal location to represent regional Australia’’.

Photoplay Films used 30 people in the production, travelling in seven vans and two trucks, with two tracking vehicles to film the advert.

Yoplait ‘Yogga Yogga’ from PHOTOPLAY FILMS on Vimeo.

Scene from the commercial, which features Weston and Mulbring.

Scene from the commercial, which features Weston and Mulbring.

Scene from the commercial, which features Weston and Mulbring.

POLICE have released an image of the suspect in the armed robbery of a Muswellbrook shop on Tuesday.
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The man entered the Bridge Street shop about 7pm and threatened a 19-year-old female employee with a knife before demanding money.

He fled with some items.

He was described as being of Caucasian appearance and 170cm to 175cm tall.

He is shown wearing a grey hooded jumper and blue tracksuit pants with white stripes down both legs.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Hunter Valley detectives on 6542 6999.

– Image courtesy of NSW Police

Late bloomer Josh Mantellato will make his NRL debut for the Newcastle Knights against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
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Mantellato, 26, has been preferred as Newcastle’s right winger instead of Peter Mata’utia.

A prolific pointscorer in NSW Cup, the personal trainer from the Central Coast is also expected to handle the goalkicking duties.

Veteran Matt Hilder has also been recalled after rookie Adam Clydsdale was ruled out with illness.

Full match preview in tomorrow’s Herald.