US teen prom shooter killed by police

An 18-year-old man has opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin, wounding two students before a police officer who was in the parking lot fatally shot him.

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Investigators did not say on Sunday whether they believe the two students were specifically targeted or discuss a possible motive for the shooting.

But a school administrator said it appeared that the gunman – identified by police as Jakob E Wagner – intended to go into the dance on Saturday night and start shooting randomly.

The two prom-goers who were wounded were shot as the exited the building, according to Eric Roller, the chief of police in Antigo, a community of about 8000 people roughly 150 miles north of Milwaukee.

“Officers were in the parking lot patrolling the activities and heard the shots and an officer immediately fired upon the shooter, stopping the threat,” Roller said.

He said the gunman was then taken into custody but Wagner died at a hospital.

In a statement, the Unified School District of Antigo said Wagner approached the school with a high-powered rifle and a large ammunition clip.

The district said the “quick actions” taken by police and district staff to secure the building “prevented what might have otherwise been a disaster of unimaginable proportions.”

Interim district administrator Donald B. Childs told The Associated Press on Sunday that it appears Wagner intended to go into the building and shoot at people at the dance.

“We have no reason to believe at this point it was targeting anybody specifically,” Childs said, adding that the shooting outside the entrance happened “from some distance.”

Blair could be banned for up to five weeks

Brisbane could be without Adam Blair for up to five NRL matches, after the Broncos forward was put on report for a late and high tackle on Adam Reynolds.

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Such a ban would rule Blair out of the New Zealand side for the Anzac Test in Newcastle on May 6.

Blair hit Reynolds in the second half of the Broncos’ 30-8 NRL win on Friday at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

Reynolds returned to the match but there are fears he has suffered a broken jaw for the second time this season, although the full extent of his injury might not be known until Tuesday.

Blair took the early guilty plea on a grade one careless high tackle for his hit on Jake Granville in last year’s grand final, meaning any charge will carry 50 per cent loading.

He could face a grade one reckless high tackle charge, which carries a base penalty of 300 points.

The 50 per cent loading and 59 demerit points on that could tip the suspension to five weeks, with each 100 points earning a week’s suspension. A grade two reckless high tackle would also ban Blair for five matches.

Souths coach Michael Maguire wasn’t impressed with the tackle.

“At at the end of the day, if he’s got a fractured jaw then he’s obviously caught him pretty high in the head – simple as that,” he said.

Reynolds could also be in judiciary trouble after touching referee Jared Maxwell.

ADAM BLAIR POSSIBLE MATCH REVIEW CHARGE

* A grade one careless high tackle carries 75 demerit points. Add 50 per cent loading and 59 demerit points to that and Blair will serve a week’s suspension.

* A grade two careless charge, which carries a base charge of 125 points, would ban Blair for two weeks.

* A grade three careless high tackle charge, with a base of 175 points, would out Blair for three matches.

* A grade four charge earns 225 base points

* A grade five careless high tackle carries a 275 point penalty

* A grade one reckless high tackle charge earns 300 demerit points, tipping him to over 500 points with loading and carry over points. A grade two reckless high tackle would also ban Blair for five matches

* A grade one intentional high tackle earns 550 demerit points, 275 points loading to push the possible suspension to seven matches.

Troops mark Anzac Day at Camp Taji

They fly up the Persian Gulf, past uncertain friends and semi-hostile nations seen out either window of the RAAF Hercules C130, through Iraq’s barren seas of sand to a base just north of Baghdad, where the history of ANZAC rings loud.

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Some 300 Australians and 100 New Zealanders have come together for their biggest shared mission since Gallipoli, 101 years ago, joined by a will to do their part ridding the world of the Islamic State.

Among those on this mission to train Iraqis to better skill themselves in fighting the enemy known as Daesh are Australians with direct connections back to ANZAC Cove and the Western Front.

There is Leigh Trevan, 29, from Brisbane, whose great-grandfather Harold Trevan was awarded the Military Cross and Frances Croix de Guerre for his actions in 1917.

A machine gunner, Second Lieutenant Trevan displayed “conspicuous bravery and coolness” by leaving his stricken gun pit, fixing a bayonet and charging solo.

His citation notes he “accounted for a large number of Germans” while being shot twice.

“No, he was not the reason I signed up,” says Ms Trevan, whose grandfather also served in WWII.

“It was never spoken of in my family. All I know is my grandfather had nightmares.

“I joined for the challenge, physically and mentally.”

In the blistering heat of central Iraq, in the fortified Camp Taji compound where IEDs go off outside the walls, and ballistic vests and loaded weapons are mandatory beyond the accommodation area, Ms Trevan and the other Australians are getting that challenge.

Corporal Kenneth Horton’s Scottish great-grandfather James Taylor served in the Boer War and then came to live in Australia, where he went on to fight in Gallipoli.

Between battling the Turkish army, Second Lieutenant Taylor played the bagpipes, and was called upon to pipe too many laments for Australians who fell at Gallipoli.

Corporal Horton, 35, from Mittagong in NSW, tasked to play the pipes at the ANZAC Dawn Service in Camp Taji, says his great-grandfather put his pipes under his bed and “never played them again after the war”.

His father played the pipes with 7RAR, and his uncle plays too, treasuring and putting new life into the old ivory and wooden pipes that stayed under the bed for years.

“It’s the way we tell our history and culture,” says Corporal Horton.

The Iraqi and Afghanistan missions are currently Australia’s most war-like, though this time, following a tradition that goes back to Lawrence of Arabia, the mission is not a combat role.

They seek to help the indigenous Iraqi army to better battle and survive the threat of Daesh, who fight with a kind of formless savagery their great-grandfathers would probably find hard to imagine.

Obama leaves UK with Brexit warning

President Barack Obama has flown out of Britain after warning that it could take a decade for the UK to negotiate a new trade agreement with the United States if it leaves the European Union.

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In a BBC interview, Obama said “it could be five years from now, 10 years from now before we were able to actually get something done”.

The US and the 28-nation European bloc of which Britain is a member are attempting to seal a trade deal, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.

Obama said that “the UK would not be able to negotiate something with the United States faster than the EU”.

“Our preference would be to work with this large bloc of countries,” he added.

Obama flew to Germany after a three-day UK visit during which he angered supporters of an EU exit by making it clear the United States wants Britain to stay in.

He said Friday that Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for a trade deal if it votes to leave in a June 23 referendum.

That drew scorn from backers of a UK exit, or Brexit, who accused the president of meddling.

Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party, said that “Barack Obama is not a pro-British president”.

But Obama told the BBC that he hoped British voters would listen to the friendly opinion of “the president of the United States, who loves the British people and cares deeply about this relationship”.

And he said the close relationship between Britain and the US would endure, whatever happened.

“The bond between our two countries is unbreakable,” Obama said.

‘Lest we forget the battles of France’

A century ago the first Australian soldiers arrived in the fields of France, encountering an idyllic landscape on which would be fought battles unprecedented in history.

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In coming months Australia would mark the first major battles of the Western Front involving Australians, at Fromelles and Pozieres, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove says.

But before that first Anzac Day, the first of almost 300,000 soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force began arriving in France.

Some were veterans of Gallipoli and others were new recruits eager to play their part, perhaps blissfully unaware of what was to come.

Sir Peter said that was a landscape of picturesque villages, bountiful crops and verdant fields, estaminets and the rhythm of country life, which was all to change.

“The battles fought across these lands were of a scale unprecedented in the human experience: mighty artillery barrages tore men apart, and sent some insane; machineguns cut great swathes through the ranks of soldiers running toward their almost inevitable deaths,” he says in his address to the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux.

Sir Peter said the locals knew all too well the pain and price of that war, the familiar black dresses of grieving widows and the mantelpiece photos of men gazing into living rooms to which they would never return.

“Almost 100 years have now passed and on this lovingly tended land, these fallen friends and allies rest in peace together,” he said.

Sir Peter said people came to such a special place on such a special day to remember them and to share admiration and respect, just as in the coming months many would mark a century since battles at places like Fromelles and Pozieres.

“Let us never forget each other and what truly binds us,” he said.

NSW long weekend road toll rises to seven

Another person has died on NSW roads despite police pleading for motorists to take care over the long weekend.

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The 78-year-old man was airlifted to Orange Base Hospital after his car hit an embankment at Canowindra about 11.30am on Sunday, but he later died.

The man is the seventh to die on the state’s roads since the Anzac Day long weekend began.

In a crash earlier on Sunday morning a 47-year-old was killed when his car slammed into a concrete barrier in East Gosford, on the Central Coast.

A 17-year-old girl was also killed when her car hit a tree near Mittagong on Saturday, while a 44-year-old woman died in hospital after she was struck by a car while crossing the road in Newcastle.

Three young men died on Saturday morning when their four-wheel drive ploughed into a tree northwest of Dubbo.

It’s believed fatigue may have been a contributor in the triple fatality which killed the men, aged 17, 21 and 24, near Dubbo.

“Being awake for about 17 hours has a similar effect on performance as a blood alcohol content of 0.05,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said on Sunday.

“If you’re driving home, take regular breaks. There will be about 80 driver reviver locations open all around the state,” he said.

Police have issued more than 2000 speeding infringements across the state this long weekend and 90 people have been charged with drink driving.

More than 64 people have also been injured in major incidents, including a 22-year-old man who crashed his car into a tree while allegedly trying to avoid an RBT in Lake Macquarie, police said.

Congo music legend Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage

Congolese rumba music legend Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Ivory Coast, according to the private morgue where his body was taken.

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Wemba, born in 1949, was performing at the FEMUA 2016 festival when he collapsed on stage in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Videos posted online showed the artist falling on his back mid-song before band members rushed to his side.

He died before reaching hospital, a spokesman for the Ivosep morgue in Abidjan said.

Known in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the King of Rumba Rock, Wemba’s career began in the late 1960s.

He became a staple of African music over the following decades, involved in bands including Zaiko Langa Langa and later Viva La Musica that reached audiences across the world.

He was known for mixing traditional African music with western rock and worked with international stars including former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel.

“Papa Wemba is a golden voice, an artist who has established himself through his work. The proof is that he died on stage,” said the Minister of Culture and Arts of the DRC, Baudouin Banza Mukalay Nsungu.

Fans and colleagues paid their respects over social media and in person on Sunday.

Eric Didia, a promoter of Congolese music in Ivory Coast and friend of Wemba who was at the Ivosep morgue on Sunday morning, said Wemba will long be remembered.

“I do not know if this is a loss for African music, because the music does not die. People can listen to Papa Wemba songs in 50 years, in 100 years,” he said.

Born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in what was then the Belgian Congo, he moved to Europe in the 1980s, taking his band Viva La Musica with him.

Papa Wemba was also known for his taste for designer clothes, heading a flamboyantly-dressed organisation called the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People, known as Sapeurs, in Kinshasa.

Nine admits ‘we made mistakes’ in Beirut

Nine Network reporter Michael Usher has admitted “we made mistakes” in a 60 Minutes report about his colleagues’ detainment in Lebanon over a botched kidnapping attempt.

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Brisbane mum Sally Faulkner says she has moments where she wants to burst into tears after saying goodbye to her children Lahela, 5, and Noah, 3, following two weeks spent in a Beirut prison for attempting to snatch back her children from their father Ali Elamine.

But reporter Tara Brown, who was detained along with her crew and Ms Faulkner, maintained they were “just journalists doing our job”.

A review into the editorial approval of the story and the actions of the crew in Beirut began on Friday, Mr Usher said, adding “it was a failure which ended very badly for everyone involved”.

Ms Brown said she thought “reason would prevail” after she and her crew Benjamin Williamson, David Ballment and Stephen Rice were detained for two weeks with Ms Faulkner and Child Abduction Recovery International head Adam Whittington.

“I really thought we’re journalists, we’re doing our job, they will see reason, they’ll understand that,” she said.

“That we are here just to do a story on a very, very desperate mother.”

While the 60 Minutes crew returned to Sydney on Thursday, Ms Faulkner stayed behind until Friday to say goodbye to her eldest children.

Ms Faulkner has now been reunited with her new partner Brendan Pierce and their three-month-old son Eli, but says she’s numb.

“Lahela she looked at me and she said ‘mummy take my ring’, she gave me her little ring, she said ‘so you don’t forget me’,” she said.

The Australian Family Court granted Ms Faulkner full custody of Lahela and Noah but she gave up that right in exchange for Mr Elamine dropping abduction charges against her and the TV crew.

Ms Faulkner and the 60 Minutes crew could still face possible criminal charges – and Nine remains under pressure for apparently paying nearly $70,000 to the alleged child recovery team.

Whittington has expressed anger about being left out of the release deal as he waits for a bail hearing, postponed until early this week.

Whittington’s mother, Georgina, has criticised Nine for a lack of communication on her son’s situation.

Austria far right leads presidential poll

Austria’s far right has won more than a third of the vote in the presidential election and will face an independent in next month’s run-off, dumping out the country’s two main parties from the post for the first time.

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It was the Freedom Party’s best result in a national election after a campaign that focused on the impact of the migrant crisis, which has seen around 100,000 asylum seekers arrive in Austria since last summer.

Norbert Hofer, who ran on an anti-immigrant and anti-Europe platform, on Sunday won 36.4 per cent of the vote to become head of state.

He will face Alexander van der Bellen, a former Green Party figurehead, who won 20.4 per cent, according to official preliminary results.

While the presidency is largely only a ceremonial role, the fact that neither of the main ruling parties will be battling for the post on May 22 marks a major change in Austrian politics – as well as the rising role of the far right in Europe.

Members of the centre-left Social Democrats and the conservative People’s Party have filled the job since it was first put to a popular vote in 1951. The two parties have ruled the nation of 8.7 million in tandem for most of the postwar era.

The president is head of state, swears in the chancellor, has the authority to dismiss the cabinet and is commander in chief of the military.

The election outcome was “a resounding slap in the face” for the government coalition, said Wolfgang Bachmayer, who founded the OGM market research institute.

His comments were echoed by political analyst Peter Filzmaier. “Only those who are satisfied vote for a government party or its candidate,” he said. “This time, the annoyed voted for Norbert Hofer.”

Around 70 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots, a big turnout compared with around 50 per cent six years ago when Social Democrat Heinz Fischer, now 77, was elected for his second term.

Peter McDonald, general secretary of co-ruling People’s Party acknowledged the scale of the defeat after coming in fifth in the poll with just 11.2 per cent of the vote.

“We have experienced a landslide that should give the entire political centre food for thought,” he said.

Should Hofer get the top job, he could push to bring forward a parliamentary election due to take place in 2018 as support for his party has been growing.

Crowds down but security up for Anzac Day

Anzac Day crowds are expected to be down on last year’s record numbers but high security will be in place for the service at Gallipoli.

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The number of Australians making the pilgrimage to Turkey for the Anzac Day dawn service on the North Beach are expected to be lower than last year, reflecting a drop in overall numbers after record attendance in 2015 to mark 100 years since Australian forces landed at Gallipoli.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said travel advice for Turkey remained under close review, but she did not respond directly to reports that authorities in Gallipoli had increased security “tenfold” following specific threats.

A Turkish government official overseeing security on the peninsula said intelligence agencies had received several pieces of information suggesting a planned attack on the Gallipoli peninsula, Seven News reported.

“The overall level of advice for Turkey, including the Gallipoli peninsula, remains at exercise a high degree of caution,” Ms Bishop said in a statement to AAP.

For this year’s Anzac events at Gallipoli extra security checks, similar to international airport screening, will be in place, including restrictions on liquid, aerosol or gel products and inspection of electronic devices.

However, thousands are expected to attend hundreds of events across Australia on Monday – including dawn services, marches, ceremonies and sporting events – a century after the first ever Anzac Day where big crowds across the nation and overseas gathered in 1916 to remember those who fought and died in Gallipoli.

“We’re certainly expecting very large crowds,” Returned and Services League chief executive Sam Jackman told AAP.

“There might not be the numbers we got last year, but we’re still expecting a very good turn out.”

Despite the expected decrease in crowds, Ms Jackman said the importance of the occasion for former servicemen and women should not be downplayed.

“We will never forgot those who served in wartime whichever conflict they served in, whatever age they are,” she said.

“The best thing for veterans’ healing and moving on is to spend time and talk amongst themselves.

“No one really understands what they’ve been through as well as their mates.”

The weather will not keep people away, with mild and sunny conditions expected in all the country’s capitals on Monday except Brisbane and Perth, where it’s likely to be damp.