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Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbance

Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbanceAn Australian model was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to community service and probation for slapping a flight attendant and going on an obscene tirade during a flight, with a federal judge saying he believed she was deeply remorseful and did not deserve fines or prison time. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney sentenced Adau Mornyang to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Prosecutors had sought a month in jail for Mornyang.



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North Korea says released Australian student was 'spying'

North Korea says released Australian student was 'spying'An Australian student who was released after being held in North Korea had been “spying” in the reclusive country, state media said Saturday. Alek Sigley, 29, disappeared around two weeks ago prompting deep concern about his fate, but was freed and flew to Japan on Thursday. Official North Korean news agency KCNA said Sigley had admitted “he had been spying by collecting our internal information and sharing with others and repeatedly asked for our forgiveness for infringing on our sovereignty”.



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North Korea says released Australian student was spying

North Korea says released Australian student was spyingNorth Korea said Saturday that an Australian student who it detained for a week had spread anti-Pyongyang propaganda and engaged in spying by providing photos and other materials to news outlets with critical views toward the North. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said North Korea deported Alek Sigley on Thursday after he pleaded for forgiveness for his activities, which the agency said infringed on the country’s sovereignty.



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Australian student released from North Korea says he's 'very good'

Australian student released from North Korea says he's 'very good'SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – An Australian student who was detained in North Korea was freed and safely left the country on Thursday, arriving in Tokyo via Beijing later the same day after Swedish officials helped broker his release. Alek Sigley, 29, who was studying in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, had been missing since June 25.



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Australian student detained in North Korea released

Australian student detained in North Korea releasedA 29-year-old Australian student detained in North Korea arrived in Tokyo on Thursday, hours after surfacing in Beijing where he said he felt “great” after being released. For days Sigley’s family received no word about his whereabouts or wellbeing, stoking fears he may have been the latest in a long line of foreigners to become entangled in North Korea’s police state. Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told lawmakers that Sigley had “been released from detention in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” and was “safe and well”.



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Australian student released in North Korea says 'I'm OK'

Australian student released in North Korea says 'I'm OK'An Australian student released after a week in detention in North Korea arrived in Tokyo on Thursday after telling reporters he was in “very good” condition, without saying what happened to him. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced to Parliament that Alek Sigley, 29, had been released following intervention from Swedish diplomats and had been taken to the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Later Thursday, Sigley flew to Tokyo’s Haneda airport to reunite with his Japanese wife.



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Australian man dies 10 days after eating gecko at party

Australian man dies 10 days after eating gecko at partyAn Australian family is still grieving over the unexpected loss of their father, who fell gravely ill after allegedly eating a gecko on a dare.



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Australian student feared detained in North Korea

Australian student feared detained in North KoreaAustralia said it was “urgently seeking clarification” Thursday on the fate of a 29-year-old tour guide and student feared detained in North Korea. Alek Sigley — who speaks fluent Korean and is one of only a handful of Western students living in Pyongyang — is believed to have been detained sometime in the last three days. In a statement, Sigley’s family said there was no confirmation yet that he had been arrested.



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US ex-cop shot dead Australian woman 'to protect partner'

US ex-cop shot dead Australian woman 'to protect partner'A former US police officer on trial for fatally shooting an Australian woman told a Minneapolis court Friday that he fired to protect his partner, but never saw a gun –- only a blonde woman in a pink T-shirt with her right arm raised. At issue in the trial of Mohamed Noor, the 33-year-old officer who killed Justine Damond in the Midwestern city in July 2017, is whether the use of deadly force was justified.



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Ex-Minnesota policeman says he shot Australian woman to protect partner

Ex-Minnesota policeman says he shot Australian woman to protect partnerMohamed Noor, 33, is charged in the murder of 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond, whom he shot through his patrol car window during the night of July 15, 2017 in a dark alley while responding to her 911 call to report a possible sexual assault near her Minneapolis home. Noor testified in a Minneapolis courtroom that he shot Damond after he and his partner Matthew Harrity, who was in the driver’s seat, heard a loud noise. Harrity had trouble removing his gun from its holster and “he turned to me with fear in his eyes,” Noor said during his five-hour testimony.



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