$340 for a flight to nowhere?

Written By komlim puldel on Senin, 29 September 2014 | 20.01

The Pan Am Experience gives passengers the chance to step back in time. Picture: Michael Kelley/Air Hollywood Source: Supplied

FANCY a blast from the past that involves spending $340 to sit on a movie set and pretend you're flying in a 1970s Pan Am jet?

Then The Pan Am Experience is your dream come true. Set in the Air Hollywood film studio in Los Angeles, this unique dining concept has opened for business aboard a recreated Pan Am 747.

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Flight attendants in original 1970s Pan Am uniforms. Picture: Michael Kelley/Air Hollywood Source: Supplied

In first class, vintage-clad flight attendants serve passengers a four-course meal from trolleys on original Pan Am china. The menu includes a prawn and crabmeat cocktail, chateaubriand and a fruit and cheese trolley for dessert.

"Everything from the china to the glassware is authentic with careful attention to the exquisite service delivery of the era and menu offerings of Pan Am," announces the Pan Am Experience website.

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The main deck of The Pan Am Experience. Picture: Michael Kelley/Air Hollywood Source: Supplied

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The Pan Am experience starts on the main deck with cocktail hour, where guests can explore and mingle throughout the cabin. Then "passengers" sit back and enjoy a movie in an original Pan Am Sleeperette seat (for Main Deck passengers) or Upper Deck Lounge seats (for Upper Deck passengers).

Later comes the dinner service, followed by a viewing of a vast collection of airline memorabilia amassed by Anthony Toth, a United Airlines sales executive who owns the largest collection of Pan Am memorabilia in the world and has partnered with Air Hollywood to share his treasures with the public.

First class travel through the ages


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Dally M red carpet hits and misses

Jodi Anasta and retired West Tigers star Braith Anasta set the standard on the red carpet at the Dally M awards.

Fox Sports' Matt Russell runs through the frontrunners for the 2014 Dally M Awards.

Johnathan Thurston is the red-hot favourite for the 2014 Dally M Medal, but if anyone is to catch him, the experts are tipping it will be Jarryd Hayne, who has an outstanding year at fullback for the Parramatta Eels.

Lara Pitt at the 2014 Dally M Awards at The Star in Pyrmont. Picture: Richard Dobson Source: News Corp Australia

THE NRL's night of nights, the Dally M Awards, has shaken and stirred The Star in Sydney.

It's the one night of the year when the rugby league WAGs get to outsparkle and outdazzle their other halves and, as always, all eyes were on who wore what on that ruby rug.

The wives and girlfriends of our NRL stars were primping and preening all afternoon at The Darling Hotel to ensure they were red-carpet ready in time.

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This year's annual player awards night boasts a star-studded list of guests and presenters including Olympic and Commonwealth champion hurdler Sally Pearson and Aussie swimming champs Cate and Bronte Campbell.

Stay tuned for all of the glitz and glamour from the 2014 red carpet below.

Queen WAG and fashion favourite Terry Biviano has arrived. The 39-year-old shoe designer descended upon The Star with husband of two years Anthony Minichiello, captain of the Sydney Roosters who ended his record-breaking 302 game career at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

Terry Biviano and Anthony Minichiello at the 2014 Dally M Awards. Source: News Corp Australia

Never one to shy away from making a bold fashion statement, Biviano stunned in a revealing, white Pallas Couture gown that featured plenty of cut-outs. "It is definitely easier to not have to dress the bump," she told Confidential, referring to last year's event where she was pregnant with her first child.

"This year my dress is a bit more full-on. It is really modern, sexy and sleek. We are pushing the boundaries. Actually I'm a little scared."

Paying tribute to her husband's 14 years as a professional NRL player, she said: "The star attraction this year is going to be my husband.

"It's not only an opportunity to celebrate the great year he and his team have had but it's also a time to celebrate his amazing career.

"It will be the last Dally M's, but all good things must come to an end."

Terry Biviano had this Pallas Couture gown designed for the Dally M Awards. Source: News Corp Australia

Instead of a long flowing frock, Jessica Mauboy opted for a white, strapless Steven Khalil number.

"I'm such a big fan of this game, my heart has always been with it, so I will be roaming the room to say hi to as many players as I can," she said ahead of the event.

Jessica Mauboy looked stunning in this fun, flirty Steven Khalil cocktail dress. Source: News Corp Australia

Jodi Anasta, former Home and Away star and wife of former Wests Tigers player Braith Anasta, arrived wearing local designer J'Aton Couture.

Jodi Anasta at the 2014 Dally M Awards. Source: News Corp Australia

The mum-of-one hit the red carpet with her footballer husband wearing the floor-length, pearl beaded gown with plunging neckline and thigh high split.

"It will be (Braith's) last awards because of his retirement so it will be a big night for us," the 29-year-old told Confidential ahead of the evening.

The glittery frock was a total winner, and quite unlike anything else that was donned this year.

Jodi and Braith Anasta arrive at the 2014 Dally M Awards. Source: News Corp Australia

Erin Molan. Source: News Corp Australia

Belinda Bartholomew. Source: News Corp Australia

Greg Bird and Becky Rochow. Source: News Corp Australia

Corey and Maraux Parker. Source: News Corp Australia

Bachelor lovebirds Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich turned up. Heinrich was wearing a deep red, off-the-shoulder Jennifer Regan gown with matching red lippy and statement earrings.

Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich. Source: Getty Images

South Sydney Rabbitohs player Sam Burgess arrived with new girlfriend Phoebe Hooke, who wore a full-length, white gown with one sleeve.

Lara Pitt, who is currently six months pregnant, wore an elegant, black floor-length gown which she teamed with a chunky statement necklace. The Fox Sports personality will be front and centre on the red carpet, conducting interviews with Matty Johns.

Lara Pitt. Source: News Corp Australia

Sam Burgess and Phoebe Hooke. Source: News Corp Australia

Channel 7 news reporter Samantha Brett. Source: News Corp Australia

Channel 9 sports presenter Yvonne Sampson. Source: News Corp Australia

Grand final-bound halfback Trent Hodkinson arrived with his partner of five years, Chantelle Traficante.

"It's nice for him to be recognised for the wonderful year he has had and everything he has gone through to get there so it's a nice reward," Traficante said of her fiance's massive 2014 season.

Trent Hodkinson and Chantelle Traficante. Source: News Corp Australia

Carley and Gareth Widdop. Source: News Corp Australia

Aidan Guerra and Belinda Bartholomew with Jacqui and Wally Lewis. Source: News Corp Australia

Kurt and Brooke Gidley. Source: News Corp Australia

Lisa Wilkinson. Source: News Corp Australia

Johnathan Thurston and Jarryd Hayne. Source: News Corp Australia

South Sydney's Dylan Walker. Source: News Corp Australia

Brett and Kate Morris. Source: News Corp Australia

Ortenzia Borre. Source: News Corp Australia

Ben Hunt and Bridgette Hagan. Source: News Corp Australia

Jade Albany. Source: News Corp Australia

The Bondi Rescue crew. Source: News Corp Australia

South Sydney superstar Greg Inglis and his wife Sally were looking sharp, while Dally M Medal hot favourite Jonathan Thurston and his partner Samantha Lynch opted for matching black.

Jonathan Thurston and Samantha Lynch. Source: News Corp Australia

Greg and Sally Inglis. Source: News Corp Australia

Retired league star and television personality Beau Ryan and his wife Kara looked glam as they posed for photos together.

Beau Ryan and Kara Ryan. Source: News Corp Australia

Kara Ryan. Source: News Corp Australia

John Sutton and Stacey Shumack. Source: News Corp Australia

Georgia Toovey and Geoff Toovey. Source: News Corp Australia

Jess Yates. Source: News Corp Australia

Louise Ransome. Source: News Corp Australia

Nathan Hindmarsh, Lara Pitt, Gordon Tallis, Brian Fletcher and Matthew Johns. Source: News Corp Australia

Jess Fox and Cate and Bronte Campbell. Source: News Corp Australia

Sally Pearson. Source: News Corp Australia

Megan Barnard. Source: News Corp Australia

Tara Rushton. Source: News Corp Australia

Tony Squires and Mark Bosnich. Source: News Corp Australia

Kel Underwood. Source: News Corp Australia

Which Dally M frock is your favourite? Share with us below.


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X Factor’s Jason fails to make cut

It's over ... Jason Heerah has been eliminated from The X Factor. Source: Supplied

DELIVERING a near-perfect performance wasn't enough to save The X Factor hopeful Jason Heerah from being sent home tonight.

The powerhouse Melbourne singer's rendition of Guy Sebastian's hit Like It Like That on Sunday was one of the few performances during homegrown Australian classics night that had the superstar judges in agreement on its strength.

But when the bottom two acts came down to Heerah and competition favourite Reigan Deery, it presented an impossible decision.

Tough ... Jason Heerah's stunning rendition of a Guy Sebastian hit wasn't enough to save him from elimination. Source: Supplied

The shock public voting result saw both performers forced to sing again to save themselves.

"This is unbelievable," their coach Redfoo said after the result. "This is what happens if people at home don't vote."

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Their last-ditch efforts were hard to fault and the four judges were deadlocked, meaning the decision reverted to the original public vote.

Competition ... X Factor contestants Rochelle Pitt, Reigan Derry and Jason Heerah. Source: News Corp Australia

In the end, it was 31-year-old Heerah who was eliminated.

"He's worked so hard – he's amazing," Redfoo said.

It was a night of highs and lows for the remaining six acts, who began the show with an energetic group number with breakout pop-indie trio AJR of their single Are You Ready.

Sister act ... The Veronicas wowed the X Factor audience. Picture: Richard Dobson Source: News Corp Australia

Comeback queens The Veronicas then owned the auditorium with their performance of number one single You Ruin Me, while Brit singer Ed Sheeran was a crowd-pleaser.

There were more than a few tears when Heerah was farewelled though.

There are now five acts left who will battle it out for a recording deal with Sony Music.


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Anger over Grand Final stripper at MCG

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 28 September 2014 | 20.01

Heather McCartney leaves court. Picture: Hamish Blair Source: News Corp Australia

THE Melbourne Cricket Club has launched an investigation into the hiring of a stripper who performed for guests in a corporate box at Saturday's Grand Final.

In a major embarrassment for the AFL, Scottish model Heather McCartney shocked fans with an explicit post-match show shortly after the final siren.

Heather McCartney leaves court. Picture: Hamish Blair Source: News Corp Australia

The model pictured before she went au naturel. Source: Supplied

The 26-year-old flew to Melbourne from her Gold Coast home for footy's biggest day and explained that after a big session drinking she just got carried away.

She was fined for stripping off in a corporate box. Source: Supplied

Shocked fans witnessed her nude antics. Source: Supplied

But sources told the Herald Sun that McCartney, who goes by the name Eva Darling and has worked for FHM, Playboy and Zoo, was paid to strip.

STRIPPER FINED OVER NAKED ROMP IN CORPORATE BOX

In a Hawthorn scarf, McCartney watched the game from the comfort of a corporate box believed to be owned by a prominent Melbourne building firm. After, she got her kit off, shocking nearby patrons, landing her in jail and earning her a $300 fine.

Police arrest the model. Source: Supplied

"It was a bet: I said if Hawthorn win, I'm getting naked. They won, and I got naked," she told the Herald Sun. "What a f---ing day, it was great."

One man who claimed to be in the box said McCartney was hired as an escort and promised double pay if she "got naked and cheered in front of "everyone".

During her out-of-control antics, she kicked and punched police who tried to arrest her, attacking one with a high heel and biting another on the finger. "F--- off, I don't have to tell you anything, you f---ing retard," she yelled before hitting one officer in the face.

Pictures of McCartney's routine flooded ­social media and sparked anger among AFL fans. AFL Fans Association spokesman Brian Clarke said he was disgusted by the return of the "blokey culture" to AFL.

Heather McCartney is a Scottish model. Source: Supplied

"It's a disgrace. It's the people's game and it's for families," he said. "This goes against everything the AFL has been trying to achieve. I hope the AFL come down hard on those who were behind this."

Spokesman Patrick Keane said the AFL had been unaware of the incident on the day. "But the behaviour was completely unacceptable to occur at an AFL game. The MCC is investigating further, and the AFL will await further information."

MCC spokesman Shane Brown said it would work with Victoria Police and the client to establish the circumstances, and appropriate action would be taken. "From the evidence available, we are very disappointed ... and are taking the matter seriously."

shannon.deery@news.com.au

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Why virtual reality is surprisingly not s***

Stuart Kennedy explores virtual reality with the Oculus Rift headset

Experience being in an asteroid field. Source: Supplied

WE HAVE been promised a mind-blowing virtual reality experience for so long that it's hard to take the claims seriously anymore.

Of course 3D has come a long way since 1953 when people sat in cinemas with red-and-blue paper glasses and were amazed when a paddle ball popped out of the screen.

And who could forget James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar, which paved the way for more liberal use of 3D in movies with varying success.

But until now the experience has been confined to cinemas and you still feel like you are sitting there watching and not participating in what's going on.

So when my boyfriend came home with what I thought was the latest 3D gimmick, the much hyped Oculus Rift headset, I was sceptical.

But after trying it, I'm a convert. Even without hyper realistic graphics, I was surprised at how immersive using the Oculus Rift actually was.

Yes, you look silly but it's worth it. Picture: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong Source: AAP

Firstly, a disclaimer, I'm no gaming expert. I would say my experience mostly consists of games of Mario Kart with my sisters circa 1997 but I have tried some new releases and I know that graphics have improved dramatically.

I tried the Oculus Rift DK2 and a program called Sightline: The Chair, which is designed to showcase the possibilities of the headset. It uses 3D graphics but is much more interactive.

The virtual reality headset was developed after its creators raised more than $2 million from crowd-funding in 2012, and since then they have released prototypes so game developers can be part of the design process.

Entering the virtual reality world means there are limitless possibilities. Source: Supplied

The headset itself feels quite heavy when you are wearing it but you don't notice it much once the program starts. It's designed to be plugged into your home computer and my experience was greatly enhanced by the use of some decent headphones.

Sightline: The Chair did not need any extra controls as the idea was to sit in a swivel chair (so you can take advantage of the 360 degree view - trust me you'll want to do this) and watch the world change around you. When you move your head, the landscape changes too, so you really feel as if you are exploring a surreal new world.

The graphics still look like a computer game version of reality but the sound and the fact that you control what you see makes you feel like you are actually in a game, which is quite a cool feeling. In a strange way, the virtual reality world seems like a legitimate world all of its own and it's quite exciting to think that in this place, anything is possible.

Sightline: The Chair is a fantastic way to get a taste of these possibilities as it features a series of scenes that merge from a peaceful field, which is quite relatable, into a rainy cityscape and at one stage turns into a weird spider web world. The transitions between each world are very subtle so seems quite natural.

The strange thing is, you know that the world is not real, it does not even look that real but it's hard not to actually react as if it is real.

Weird spider web world in Sightline: The Chair. Source: Supplied

At one stage I had to fight the urge to reach out and touch a large block that appeared next to me. I had to remind myself - it's not actually there.

One of the best scenes takes you into space where planets and asteroids whiz around you. It feels as if you are sitting alone on a chair floating through the galaxy and it is truly an amazing experience.

It feels real: Flying through the universe. Source: Supplied

After trying the Oculus Rift, I felt like I began to understand, for the first time, the potential that virtual reality technology offers and how much of a game changer it's going to be.

Designer Peter Gould, who purchased the kit that my boyfriend borrowed, said it was an exciting time for creative teams experimenting with the possibilities that the new technology offered.

Some even believe that one day it will be common for each individual to create their own virtual reality world and this will become a way for people to get to know each other, by experiencing each other's curated worlds.

"I'm certain it won't be long before virtual reality is commonplace in classrooms, boardrooms and homes so it's fun to be part of this early phase," Gould said. "The future looks very promising, especially if we can build compelling educational programs."

However, there's no question the technology requires more tweaks before it is ready for mass release.

While anyone is able to buy development kits for the Oculus Rift (the DV2 costs US$350) it is still in development phase and my boyfriend had to scour the internet for programs to play and spend time getting them to work the way they should.

Familiar one minute and surreal the next: The world of Oculus Rift. Source: Supplied

The experience can also leave you with a headache. I tried another program that positions you in a plane and the aim was to use a controller to fly through golden hoops suspended in the sky. Visually it looked amazing but I am terrible at manoeuvring and so my clumsy, jerky movements just gave me a bad headache after just a few minutes.

There was also a rollercoaster ride that I was not up to trying but which has got some funny reactions online and also a program where you can experience flying, which my boyfriend said was lots of fun.

For those who think that virtual reality is a gimmick that will never infiltrate our real lives, the Oculus Rift is a wakeup call. Facebook bought the company in July for more than $2 billion and it is getting closer to releasing a consumer product, recently releasing a new lighter device called Crescent Bay. There's no question that this is going to be the next big thing in entertainment. But hey, what would I know? I don't play computer games.

THE BASICS:

What I tried: The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2, cost US$350.

More information: http://www.oculus.com/


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Kanye stakes his claim

Firm grip ... Kim Kardashian star shared this racy snap of husband Kanye West clutching her famous backside. Picture: Kim Kardashian via Instagram Source: Supplied

SHE has the world's most famous about backside, so it's no surprise Kim Kardashian's husband is staking his claim.

The 33-year-old reality star shared a racy picture of her and husband Kanye West walking down a staircase in Paris, with 37-year-old West possessively gripping her derrière.

Kim gently rested her arm on the rapper's shoulder as he escorted her down the stairs.

The newlyweds are still in Paris for fashion week, but insiders say the pair have worn out their welcome.

Sources say the couple have been branded "fashion flu" by industry insiders for their headline-grabbing antics.

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They brought their one-year-old child North to a Balenciaga show, held up Lanvin's show for 40 minutes, got attacked by a Ukrainian prankster outside Balmain's show, and even revealed their collective cleavage.

"People are so mad about Kimye being here," a fashion insider sniffed to The New York Post, adding that Paris regulars are "fatigued with the whole family." (Kim's sister Kendall Jenner walked in Balmain's Paris show, and mumager Kris was also in town.)


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How one mosque is fighting IS

Written By komlim puldel on Sabtu, 27 September 2014 | 20.01

In documents distributed around areas it controls in Syria, Islamic State also known as ISIS is promoting a harsh set of rules for schools and educators to follow. WSJ's Reem Makhoul reports.

WHEN Islamic State began its bloody rein of terror in Iraq including the beheading of Westerners all in the name of Allah, in London's east Chief Imam Abdul Qayum was in no doubt about his duty.

His mosque in London's east is the biggest in Europe that at any normal Jumuah Friday midday prayers attracts 7000 worshippers.

While most worshippers are moderate, the Whitechapel Road centre attracts Britons from far and wide and he knew a firm statement was required.

"All this bloodshed does not make any sense, it makes human life look cheap as if there is no value to human beings," he began.

"But in Islam we are taught the contrary which is life is valuable, it is precious and we have to do all that we can to safe guard it."

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Worshippers unite ... the East London Mosque in Whitechapel is the largest mosque in West Europe. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

He then went on to highlight other unimaginable contemporary wanton acts of mass violence including the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the bombardment of Palestinian civilians in UN schools in Gaza and how these were against the very clear principle of Islam.

He concluded that those who created "anarchy on Earth" would be taken to task by Allah and their day of judgment would come.

It was a groundbreaking sermon from the 54-year-old, the sentiment of which was not popular with all.

"It shouldn't fall upon an institution like us because we have been fighting a lot of extremist ideologies since the 1990s," East London Mosque spokesman Salman Farsi said yesterday.

Fighting back against ISIS ... prayers taking place at the East London Mosque. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

"And when other imams say something the backlash is on us but we had to say something."

In many respects, the East London Mosque is fighting its own battle.

For groups like Islamic State (or ISIS/ISIL), the mosque is fertile ground for recruits to send to Syria and Iraq to murder.

Mr Farsi said some young members particularly were already "poisoned" by hate preachers before they can get to them but the East London Muslim centre has launched its own offensive and uses the same tool ISIS has done to great effect.

The imam's address, said three times in Arabic, Bengali and English, about bloodshed was recorded on several cameras and broadcast through social media including YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp as well as radio and TV.

Prayer in progress ... the Friday Jumuah midday sermon. The control room for broadcasting. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

The message was also sent out to Muslim schools and youth groups and messages to parents.

While its daily congregation is already among the biggest in Europe its followers though social media are even more extensive; in Ramadan alone the mosque attracts more than 250,000 people in person and more than that on social media to follow events.

It wasn't the first time the imam has felt strongly to step in and during the 2011 London riots he put out a message to parents to know where their children were and the young people to avoid the mayhem.

Praying for peace ... worshippers at the East London Mosque. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

While burroughs about the mosque burnt, Whitechapel was not touched.

The mosque believes many of the disaffected youth who take extremist view points was more than zeal of converts but were youths mixing religion with gang culture. In short they are looking for an excuse for trouble.

Social media is just one tool the mosque uses to counter some of the teachings of those with more extremist views such as controversial British imam Anjem Choudary in East London who was arrested by counter terrorism police this week for preaching hate messages.

"What we try and do is reach out and we have various means and platforms such as social media," Mr Farsi said.

Extreme views ... social and political activist Anjem Choudary in a cafe in East London. He and eight other men were arrested in September 2014 on terrorism-related offences. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

"We try and hold events here with scholars who we think are balanced in their understanding of religion and toe the middle path. We can't be too conservative or too liberal, we have to be in the middle somewhere.

"We try and reach out to youth. On an average Friday (prayers) like today over maybe 40 per cent are young people, early 20s and under.

Ready to listen ... muslims at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

This is the best opportunity to reach out to them and if not we can engage them through youth groups … we try and do our bit and even though we are the largest mosque in the country we can't cater for everybody."

The mosque also takes a leading role for the other mosque in the UK including the 42 mosques alone in their burrough of Tower Halmets.

After the sermon they headed a formal public statement from 12 leading mosques in the UK condemning Islamic State and urging youth not to support them in any form.

"Once other mosques see that come from a larger institutions then they feel a little more confident 'okay well we can tackle this issue'," Mr Farsi said.

Bird's eye view ... of the Friday Jumuah midday sermon and prayer at the East London Mosque. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

"What they (ISIS) are trying to do is recruit people from here to fight over there. The way I see it is they want pawns, foreign fighters to go on the frontline and do the suicide missions. They use foreign fighters and because they are so useless commanders send them off as suicide bombers and on the frontline.

"The community here is very vigilant and groups like Anjem Choudary's group would never get a foothold here or in our community because we know this group is toxic and their understanding of Islam is too literal and taken out of context and selective to suit their own means, they pick and choose."

Released from custody ... social and political activist Anjem Choudary in East London. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

He said ISIS popularity in the West though stemmed from prophecies on groups liberating the Middle East and Muslim lands even though there are other scholar narrations talking about how an initial group causing recklessness and murders was not the one to join. He also said the post 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped breed the contempt that created ISIS.

"Young people are naive though and they think 'this is it, end of times' this is the prophesised war and we must go to it and some might later realise 'okay this is not right'," he said.

And the mosque had advice for Australia.

Spreading the message ... prayers taking place at East London Mosque in Whitechapel. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

"My advice to Muslim communities in Australia is they need to get together if they are not already, work together and figure out the appropriate lines of messaging they are going to take, how they are going to reach out to young people and they need to do it quickly," he said.

"If they don't tackle it now then later on it is going to be a problem for them and the wider society of Australia."

Mr Farsi has CCTV footage to show how they respond to extremists.

After last year's beheading of soldier Lee Rigby on a public street in southeast London, Chaundry supporters of the killers went to the mosque to challenge Imam Qayum for condemning the killing and were physically ejected by the congregation.

"It's a challenge but you need to deal with these things because it affects us all," he said.


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‘AFP officer spooked by GF flyover’

The Virgin plane flies low over the MCG Picture: David Caird. Source: News Corp Australia

COLLINGWOOD president Eddie McGuire says he saw an AFP officer reach for a gun when a Virgin Australia plane flew low over the MCG as part of the Grand Final celebrations.

Footy fans and Melburnians have slammed Virgin Australia for the hair-raising sponsorship stunt which formed part of the pre-match entertainment.

McGuire says the incident spoked an AFP officer he was seated near.

"I was sitting about 10 metres away from the foreign defence minister Julie Bishop and can I tell you, when the Virgin plane flew over the top of the MCG, I looked around and the secret service bloke from the federal police reached for the gun because no one had told him," McGuire told Fox Footy.

"This bloke, he went for the gun. I'm serious, mate. I don't know what he was going to do with it, pop it out of the sky," he added.

The colourful media personality's comments come in the wake of the Twitter storm that erupted

after an A330 airbus flew over the stadium at low altitude before the first bounce.

Crowds outside gasped when the plane roared over the top of the stadium.

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AFL fan Nicole said she was scared by the low-flying plane.

"That was really low. Pretty crazy."

Mark from Melbourne tweeted: "We are in a state of high terror alert. All for the sake of

sponsorship with no warning to the city. STUPID."

"GEE @virginaustralia stupid time to fly over the MCG. You know, because terrorism."

However other fans were delighted with the stunt.

"I love a good flyover nonetheless! what a good spectacle at the ground," tweeted Riley Toms.

Fans at the ground cheered at the jet as commentators confirmed it was as a pre-organised marketing stunt.

Virgin Australia quickly moved to stem fears by tweeting to worried Melburnians online that the flight path had be prearranged.

Virgin Australia spokeswoman Emma King said the flight is operated in strict accordance with Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirements by three senior pilots.

"Virgin Australia is the official airline of the AFL and as a show of support for the game we operate a special flight over the MCG on Grand Final day each year," she said.

There were no passengers on board.

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Jess’s hot track with a hitmaker

Jessica Mauboy has transformed from Idol outback chick to chart-topping stunner.

Dally girl ... Jessica Mauboy is looking forward to her Dally M Medal performance. Source: Supplied

POP princess Jessica Mauboy has been given the seal of approval by the American hitmaker who has created chart-toppers for everyone from Whitney Houston to Ariana Grande.

Mauboy is rush-releasing a new single Can I Get A Moment after being "gifted " the song by the legendary producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

The Australian singer and actor was in Los Angeles two weeks ago working on new songs when she was granted a rare opportunity to write with the man behind classic R & B hits including Boyz II Men's End Of The Road and Whitney Houston's Exhale (Shoop Shoop).

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Hit single ... Australian pop star Jessica Mauboy has been hand-picked by Babyface Edmonds to record new song Can I Get A Moment. Picture: Supplied by Sony Music Source: Supplied

Edmonds believed Mauboy was the perfect artist to record Can I Get A Moment which is reminiscent of the Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus hit Come Get It Bae.

"Working with someone like him is something I have always dreamt with and we had had three good writing sessions when he played me Can I Get A Moment," she said.

"It's so funky and cool that as soon as I heard it I told them 'This is my track!'

Sexy and sassy ... Jessica Mauboy's career is going to strength to strength. Picture: Sony Music Source: Supplied

"This is major because you don't get songs from producers like him just handed to you on a beautiful platter when you are artist they know nothing about."

The Sapphires star has enjoyed a phenomenal year of achievements from being the first Australian to sing as a guest at the Eurovision Song Contest to performing at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Flying high ... Jessica Mauboy has enjoyed a phenomenal year with performances at Eurovision and Commonwealth Games. Picture: Supplied by Sony Music Source: Supplied

She has soared up the charts with her singles Never be The Same and the iTunes Sessions.

Mauboy said the year had given her the confidence to hold her own in a room with influential producers and writers like the Grammy Award-winning Babyface.

"I tell you I feel this year has been such a huge turnaround for me in knowing what I want as an artist and I feel I can go head to head with these hitmakers," she said.

"I wasn't feeling as fierce as I am now even two years ago but I feel like I'm on fire now."

Can I Get A Moment is available for pre-order tomorrow as Mauboy celebrates her rugby league passion with a performance at the Dally M Awards in Sydney.

A rugby league fangirl, Mauboy said she would be lining up for selfies with Roosters players Sonny Bill Williams and Anthony Minichiello and her Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston.

"I'm such a big fan of this game, my heart has always been with it, so I will be roaming the room to say hi to as many players as I can," she said.

Can I Get A Moment is released on October 17.

* The Dally M Awards, Fox Sports, tomorrow, 8.30pm.

Listen to Jessica Mauboy's hits in our Spotify playlist below:


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As it happened: Rabbitohs into decider

Written By komlim puldel on Jumat, 26 September 2014 | 20.01

IT'S do-or-die for arguably the two best teams in the NRL. The first preliminary final pits the Rabbitohs against Roosters, and it's all on the line. Lose here and the 2014 NRL Grand Final drops out of view and your greatest rival gets bragging rights for a result that won't long be forgotten. Follow all the action in our live blog below.


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Inside Australia’s top gun mission

The RAAF have released footage of the first test firing from their Super Hornets outside of the United States. Courtesy: Royal Australian Air Force

AFTER spending weeks locked in briefing rooms poring over maps and intelligence reports the RAAF's top-gun strike fighter pilots are ready to take up the fight to murderous Islamic militants in Iraq.

Since Tuesday dozens of the Super Hornet pilots and air combat officers (ACOs) have been working in secure air-conditioned briefing rooms at task group headquarters at al-Minhad air base near Dubai reviewing tasking orders, combat reports and preparing for war.

Meanwhile teams of weapons technicians and so-called "black handers", who arm and maintain the lethal $70 million strike jets, are working long shifts in a huge air conditioned hangar preparing the eight RAAF fighters and an array of "smart" weapons for missions that could begin this weekend.

In between the detailed briefings — that began back at their base Amberley near Brisbane — the two-person flight crews, aged mostly in their 20s, will be flying brief sorties in the skies above the Arabian Desert to hone their flying skills on what former air force chief Geoff "Shep" Shepherd calls the "knife edge".

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Ready to go ... ground crew assist as RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets prepare for departure to the Middle East from RAAF Base Amberley in Australia. Picture: Royal Australian Air Force via Getty Source: Getty Images

They won't be engaged in air-to-air combat or "dog fights" during the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but they will be flying eight to 10-hour missions in a cramped cockpit over hostile territory where the trophy value of a downed Australian pilot would be priceless.

As the Government contemplates when the jets will join the fight the crews are planning the long transit from Dubai to northern Iraq, the same distance as Melbourne to Alice Springs. The "four ship" flights of jets will refuel from a RAAF KC-30A tanker or another coalition tanker at least once in each direction as they spend between eight and 10 hours aloft on each mission.

On the tarmac ... the RAAF KC-30A Tanker Transport in Dubai. Source: Supplied

Up ahead over the combat zone the RAAF's Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft will be coordinating the battle with other coalition air assets from the US, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or the United Arab Emirates. This is a multinational effort.

An E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft departs for the Middle East from RAAF Base Williamtown. Picture: Getty Source: Supplied

As they fly out of al-Minhad the powerful twin-engine fighters will climb rapidly away from the gleaming edifices of downtown Dubai. Past the tallest skyscraper on earth — the Burj al-Arabia — up to their cruising altitude of about 10,000 metres above the Arabian Gulf. They will avoid heavy civil airlines traffic as they track northwest above the Gulf States towards Kuwait and southern Iraq. The crews will be extra vigilant to ensure they do not stray too close to Iranian air space off to their right hand side.

The Super Hornet has a top speed of about 2000km/hr, but for the transit flight to war they will cruise at about half that to optimise fuel burn.

The fighter pilots and ACOs in the back seat represent the elite of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Prepared for war ... RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrew departing. Picture: ADF Source: Supplied

Of the 500 or so candidates who apply for RAAF pilot school each year just 70 make it to Basic Flying Training School and a mere 45 will graduate from the Number 2 Flying Training School at Pearce near Perth with their coveted pilot wings.

Just 15 of the 45 will be selected for the introductory fighter course and only 10 or so of them will survive four years of intensive training to become fully fledged fighter pilots.

According to Super Hornet pilot John Haly the two-seat jet provides a major multi-role and multiplier effect to the force.

"It's now near simultaneous multi-roles so the jet can be doing everything at exactly the same time across all the spectra or its roles and capabilities,' he said.

"Now the biggest limitation is the man in the seat and if you have just one person there you are not able to do multiple things at once, like you can when there are two people working on potentially two totally different roles using the same sensors."

Geoff Shepherd was intimately involved in the purchase of the RAAF's 24 Super Hornets and the retired Air Marshal and former fighter pilot regards it as the best fourth generation fighter going around.

He said the aircraft was ideally suited to the job it will be doing in northern Iraq.

Shepherd said the air force's combat wing would have deployed most of its Super Hornet crews for the latest Iraq mission.

Once the government gives the green light to proceed with attacks the task group will be issued with a classified "targeting directive" that will specify in clear, legally binding language exactly what the RAAF crews will be allowed to target.

Their missions will be very different to those undertaken by American jets because the Australians will be strictly tasked with avoiding collateral damage and with definite target identification.

"That document will drive the targeting process and the task group will be given targets by the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC)," Shepherd said.

Just like the 2003 Iraq War the CAOC will be located at the vast al-Udeid air base near Doha in Qatar.

War plans ... RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrew in a pre mission briefing. Picture: ADF Source: Supplied

Once they receive their tasking order the crews will plan the mission by poring over maps and detailed intelligence reports gleaned from sources on the ground as well as electronic signals hoovered up by aircraft and satellites. They will plan their refuelling "stops" to the minute, they will decide the direction of their attacks, the risk of collateral damage including nearby civilian installations and the types of weapons they will carry for the job.

According to Geoff Shepherd the aircrews would meticulously run through six steps in the cockpit to assure themselves that a target was valid before they pressed the red button.

"We are more constrained regarding targets than the Americans," he said.

Super Hornet ... carrying AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon during tests at Woomera Test Range, South Australia. The weapon is about to be used in anger against ISIL militants in Iraq. Picutre: ADF Source: Supplied

"During the 2003 war some of our crews actually declined to launch weapons because they could not be 100 per cent sure."

The Super Hornet carries an array of "smart" weapons including GPS guided Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Air to Ground AGM 154C Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) and numerous laser guided bombs.

The biggest weapon is a 1000kg laser guided bomb but that is unlikely on such long-range missions.

The 500kg $700,000 JSOW is the most likely candidate for strike missions against fixed targets such as buildings with its 130km range.

Fire ... the release of the AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon from a Super Hornet during firing at Woomera Test Range. Picture: ADF Source: Supplied

For so-called "time sensitive targets" such as tanks or vehicles weapons such as the 250kg $25,000 Guided Bomb Unit (GBU) 54 laser guided bomb or a range of other smart bombs would be used.

The jets will orbit inside predetermined airspace "boxes" before conducting attacks from between 5000 metres and 10,000 metres above the desert staying as high as possible to avoid any surface-to-air missile threat.

"We must honour that threat," Geoff Shepherd said.

The Islamic militants are well funded and equipped and no one knows exactly what their arsenal includes.

Should the worst happen and a crew be forced to eject over hostile territory, special-forces search and rescue troops would already be airborne nearby in specialised US Black Hawk helicopters ready to recover the downed airmen.

All RAAF aircrew undertake intensive survival training at the Combat Survival Training School in Townsville.

The tough 21-day course is one of the hardest things that any air force flyer will do as they are taught to survive and pushed to the limit by hardened infantry instructors whose tough lessons could be the difference between life and death. They are also schooled in techniques to resist interrogation and the vital secret code words to identify friend from foe.

The key element to survival is physical fitness and as one pilot who flew 16 combat missions over Iraq in 2003 said, "If I was going to end up on the ground and had to run, I was going to run pretty quick and for a long time."


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‘Prius of the skies’ set for takeoff

Watch as the A320neo, dubbed the Prius of the skies takes off on its historic first flight.

THE aircraft equivalent of a Toyota Prius will soon be saturating the skies following its first successful test flight over Europe.

More than 3200 of Airbus's A320neos (new engine option) are on order worldwide with commercial passenger flights due to take off before the end of next year.

Jetstar will be the first Australian carrier to take delivery of the new aircraft in 2017.

Captain Philippe Pellerin emerges after the Airbus A320neo's maiden flight. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

The A320neo is expected to deliver to airlines the same sort of fuel efficiency that the Toyota Prius has delivered to motorists. Source: News Limited

Although not electric like the Toyota Prius, the A320neos are expected to deliver the same sort of fuel efficiency to airlines as the hybrid model car delivers to motorists.

Airbus is promising customers a reduction in fuel consumption of about 20 per cent per passenger through efficient engine technology, aerodynamic sharklet wingtips and new cabin features.

That is expected to translate to savings of more than $1 million per aircraft on an airline's annual fuel bill — often the biggest expense after employees.

A Jetstar spokesman said the airline was "always keen to invest in ways to reduce fuel burn and keep fares low".

"The introduction of the A320neo into our fleet will be great for our customers right across

the Asia Pacific," he said.

"The aircraft offers fuel savings of up to 15 per cent and an increased flying range that will

allow us to reach even more destinations."

For passengers, the A320neo should mean a bit more space — unless airlines add extra rows of seats in the reconfigured cabins — and larger overhead stowage compartments for carry-on luggage.

A crowd gathers to watch the Airbus A320neo take off for its first test flight. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Aviation Projects managing director Keith Tonkin said the aircraft's lighter weight would also allow it to reach places previously not within the A320's range.

"Reduced fuel consumption also means reduced carbon emissions, and reduced noise during takeoff," he said.

Eight aircraft will be involved in the year-long testing program, racking up about 3000 hours of flying time.

Qatar Airways in the Middle East will be the first to fly the A320neo commercially in late 2015.

The original A320 which seats about 160 people is considered the "bread and butter" of commercial airlines with 6200 made and delivered by Airbus since 1988.

Another 4700 remain on order.

The Airbus A320neo lands after its first test flight. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

A320s cost almost $94 million each compared with $102.8 million for the neo.

After more than four years in the development process, the 180-seat A320neo will come on to the market nearly two years ahead of Boeing's new 737 MAX, which is due for delivery in 2017.

Orders for the Airbus model currently outnumber those for the 737 MAX by just over 1000.

Boeing's version costs about $105 million each and is also expected to cut fuel bills by as much as 20 per cent.

Boeing show off their all new improved Boeing 737, delivering MAX reliability, efficiency and passenger comfort. Courtesy Boeing.


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Dramatic Bachelor moment nobody expected

Written By komlim puldel on Kamis, 25 September 2014 | 20.01

"My four girlfriends, all in the same room. This isn't awkward." Source: Channel 10

JESS contracted a sudden, vicious bout of common sense, Sam took off most of her clothes and Blake forgot where he parked his car.

All that and more in our recap of The Bachelor, or as it should be called this week, Meet the Parents. Read on ...

Last night's recap

Jessica gets steamy

LOUISE'S FAMILY

Blake links up with Louise in Thredbo, which is exciting, because he's never seen snow before.

"It's so crisp and white, and you just look across the mountains and you see it there. It's something that's seriously out of a movie for me," he says. How very amazing. You'd swear he'd just laid eyes on a real, live unicorn.

They do all the generic snow things together — snow angels, a snowball fight and a sled race. Actually, the whole afternoon is pretty racy, as Blake and Louise can't stop snogging each other. Geez, Louise.

Snog one. Source: Channel 10

Snog two. Source: Channel 10

Snog three. Count 'em! Source: Channel 10

Understandably, as he thrashes around in the snow, Blake says he feels ridiculous.

"Don't! There's no one else here, just me," Louise replies. Apparently cameramen don't count as people.

When playtime is over, they brace themselves for the much-anticipated family meeting, and Louise does her best to ease Blake's nerves.

"I do have three brothers. Very strong, very confident, they're very protective," she says.

"This is a veeeery important thing for me. Veeeery important. If my family doesn't approve then I don't approve."

No pressure then.

"If my brothers don't like you, we're pretty much done." Source: Channel 10

"That sounds ... fair?" Source: Channel 10

Blake's dinner date with destiny starts well enough, as Louise's starry-eyed mother appears to seriously consider stealing him for herself.

"Blake is definitely easy on the eye," she tells the camera. "I can see why Louise likes him."

The father is much more intimidating, particularly after Blake spills champagne on his pants.

"I look at people's body language and how they handle themselves," Dad says. "Probably give me half an hour or an hour, and I can see whether it will last or is just a brief thing."

I wonder what Mr Body Language Expert thought of that "eye-rubbing" episode with Laurina last week?

"So, Blake ... how do you feel about older women? Source: Channel 10

"Spill any more drinks on me and you're a dead man." Source: Channel 10

After some brief one-on-one bonding, Louise's dad gives Blake his blessing.

"I didn't see that there was any fakeness there. Yes, he's smooth, yes he's got all of those good looks and all that, but let's cut through that. He was genuine, he looked me in the eye, he shook my hand. I can't ask for any more."

Well, you could ask him not to spill champagne on you. Or to make up his damn mind and stop stringing your daughter along. Or to offer up some sort of dowry. A goat, perhaps.

Having achieved victory in his charm offensive, Blake farewells Louise with yet another pash, and rides off into the sunrise to find one of his other girlfriends.

"It was so hard to see Blake go, because I knew he was going to meet other families. It's very confronting," Louise says. You don't say?

"Babe, it's been like, three minutes since our last pash. Come here." Source: Channel 10

SAM'S FAMILY

Blake's reunion with Sam is a festival of deep sighs and excited squeals.

"The butterflies are definitely going," Sam says. Remember the butterflies? They first attacked during that date at The Tea Room in Sydney, when she dropped some mints down her dress. No danger of that this time, because Blake and Sam are stripping down to their swimwear and lounging around in a hot spring. Steamy Jess would be proud.

"I'm glad to see you're wearing your lovely necklace," Blake says. We all know what he actually means: "I'm glad you're wearing hardly anything."

"Well, this is new." Source: Channel 10

"I love what you're not wearing." Source: Channel 10

Once their clothes are back on, Blake approaches Sam's family with a bouquet of flowers, which is much larger than the one he gave to Louise's folks. That's definitely a sign. Louise may as well give up right now.

Ten people are waiting for the jolly couple inside — good luck remembering all those names, Blake — but the most important of them is Sam's sister. She leads him into the knife-laden kitchen for a private interrogation.

"Are you falling for Sam?" she asks, surrounded by potential murder weapons.

"I should let you know that I am falling for Sam," Blake responds. That answer seems to earn her approval.

"Blake, would you mind accompanying me to the kitchen? I want to grill you." Source: Channel 10

"He honestly comes across as quite a genuine person," she tells Sam later. "I can really sense from him that he's falling for you. I can definitely see him being a part of our family."

At this point, we've been watching the show for about half an hour without witnessing a mental breakdown. In other words, we're in the middle of a severe tear drought. So, even though everything has gone perfectly, Sam decides to chuck a fit.

"I was really happy, but I'm terrified as well," she says as Blake prepares to leave. "It just felt so good having you in my home, with my family, but then I just have to remember that it is what it is."

That outburst is followed by the most excruciating silence since Laurina decided to yap about the Melbourne property market.

So much for happy families. Source: Channel 10

As always, Blake interprets his girlfriend's deep, emotional confession as a refusal to open up.

"I'm being as vulnerable as I can and letting her know what I feel, and she couldn't return that," he whines.

"I'm confused. After all we've gone through and everything we've done, she's doubting herself. She's doubting us and our connection together."

Of course she's doubting herself, you twit. You're dating three other women.

"I am leaning back to show my displeasure." Source: Channel 10

LISA'S FAMILY

Lisa's hometown is Noosa, so if Blake has any sense, he'll declare her the winner right now. There are certainly worse places to live.

"I've only ever brought one guy home, and I dated him for four years before he got to meet the family," she says. Talk about a change of pace.

Blake appears in a tank top, strolling nonchalantly along the beach, and Lisa laughs deliriously at his puny arm muscles.

"Time to stop hugging now Lisa, my arms are getting tired." Source: Channel 10

There's nothing puny about her house though.

"It's huuuuuuuuge!" Blake yells as they approach the megamansion in a pair of kayaks. Yes, it's accessible via kayak — that's how loaded Lisa's family is. Now would be a good time to start digging for gold, Blake.

Lisa clearly comes from a humble background. Source: Channel 10

"That house of yours is oarsome." Source: Channel 10

The Bachelor shares a barbecue with Lisa's dad, mum and sister. They all seem pretty laid back, and I'm too busy salivating over the food to pay attention to the conversation, so let's presume he's making a good impression.

When the two lovers reconvene outside afterwards, Lisa tells Blake she's properly serious about their relationship.

"You know I don't always talk about (that), but I mean it when I say it," she says. Then they pash. And pash. And pash.

This date has been an unmitigated success, and I say so without any of that "tongue in cheek" nonsense. Although obviously, Blake's tongue is firmly embedded in Lisa's cheek right now.

"You can't expect me to conduct a coherent conversation with this food wafting sumptuous scents at me." Source: Channel 10

"Babe, that's not how a piggyback works." Source: Channel 10

JESSICA'S FAMILY

Blake meets Jessica at Ocean Beach on the NSW Central Coast. He says he wants to come up with a more comprehensive picture of his relationship with Jess going forward, but we already know what it would be like — lots of lusty staring, breathless talking and raw sexual tension without any remotely interesting conversation.

As they share fish and chips at the end of the pier, the world's most wistful person says something typically ... sensible?

"I would want to date for a period of time before, say, living together," Jess says.

"You still need to keep that independence. If you lose yourself in a relationship, then the relationship isn't capable of sustaining only one person for being who they originally were."

"Oh dear. I think I might be coming down with a case of common sense." Source: Channel 10

Moving on from that shocking dose of realism, they drive to Jess's parents' house, where her father immediately fixates on the one thing that matters in a potential son-in-law.

"It was nice to receive a firm handshake," he says.

The boys decide to go fishing while the girls prepare dinner — no, this show definitely doesn't promote sexist stereotypes. Blake, who must be sick of answering awkward questions by now, goes on the offensive instead.

"Mmm, firm hands. You're OK, kiddo." Source: Channel 10

"Do you think Jess is ready for something serious? Ready for something lasting?" he asks. That's followed by a loooooong silence.

"Gee, ahh, umm, I think Jess's dream will be to find the right person. And I think when she does, she'll be ready," Dad responds. Eventually.

The tension continues at dinner, as Jess's mum tries to get her head around the whole "one guy dating four girls" thing.

"In real life, dating four women at the same time would be ..." she starts.

"Something I wouldn't do," Blake interjects.

What? This is real life. That's why they call it reality TV, right?

"Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm." Source: Channel 10

"In real life, my daughter would never have met this bloke and we wouldn't have to deal with all this palava." Source: Channel 10

After dinner, Blake and Jess chat on the porch.

"I feel I'm ready for something ... for something longer lasting," Blake says, as though he's auditioning to appear in one of those ads for premature ejaculation products.

They kiss for a while — bet you didn't see that coming — and then Blake walks off into the night, never to be seen again. At least, not until the commercial break finishes.

"Are ... are you trying to tell me something about your sex life?" Source: Channel 10

THE ROSE CEREMONY

And so we reach the 576th edition of "our most tense rose ceremony yet".

"I had such a good time at my hometown, and I hope Blake did as well," Lisa tells the camera. Of course he had a good time, Lisa. It's Noosa. The place exists for the sole purpose of showing people a good time.

As if to prove that point, Blake gives Lisa the first rose.

Louise: "Hey Blake, check out this top. Definitely roseworthy, don't you think?" Source: Channel 10

Louise gets the next one, because she has the unfair advantage of living near snow, and snow is just the coolest. That leaves Jess and Sam. Blake asks the former to step outside with him.

"My head tells me that you're not ready for the love that I'm looking for, and I'd like you to tell me if I'm the man for you," he says. Jess foolishly persists with her new-found sensibleness.

"True, long, deep, lasting love isn't something you can rush. It's not a process you can just turn on," she says.

Jess goes back inside, but Blake stays in the garden for a while. He seems to have forgot where he parked his car.

"I left my soppiness at home tonight. I'm soooo sorry Blake." Source: Channel 10

"Dude, seriously, where's my car?" Source: Channel 10

Finally, Blake rejoins the four Bachelorettes. He picks up the last rose. He looks down at his shoes. He glances at Sam and Jess. He looks at his shoes again. He twiddles the rose between his fingers. He stares at Sam. He stares at Jess. He examines the shoes one more time. Then, about 10 minutes later, he picks Sam.

Jess may be leaving, but she's still a card-carrying member of the Blake cult.

"You are an incredible man. And you deserve love," she says before hopping into her limo.

That sums up the core message of this show pretty nicely. See you next week.

"Never in doubt." Source: Channel 10

"Oh god, the footy's on. I'm totally missing it." Source: Channel 10

The Bachelor next screens at 7:30pm on Wednesday, on Network Ten. Stay tuned right after the show for our recap. In the meantime, you can find Sam on Twitter: @SamClench


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Defence chief warns Aussie troops

Australia will be 'utterly unflinching' in the fight against Islamic State at home and abroad, Tony Abbott has told world leaders.Addressing a special United Nations Security Council session on the foreign fighter terrorist threat, Mr Abbott said IS had declared war on the world. Courtesy Sky News.

DEFENCE chief Mark Binskin has issued a fresh warning to his troops in the wake of an attack against a navy officer at his Sydney home.

The 41-year-old was in full uniform when he was allegedly approached by two men of Middle Eastern appearance in Bella Vista, in Sydney's north-west, on Thursday morning.

The officer told Kings Cross police that he was threatened and assaulted about 6.30am, leaving him with minor bruising.

Take care ... Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin has urged Defence members to be aware of their surroundings and exercise common sense. Picture: Gary Ramage. Source: News Corp Australia

Air Chief Marshal Binskin told News Corp Australia that he had not altered his view that he would not tell Defence members to not wear their uniform.

However he urged them to be diligent and to look out for each other as the risk grew of reprisal attacks by Islamic militants and their supporters angered by Australian involvement in Iraq.

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"I have not issued any change to my previous direction," he said.

"It remains — think about where you're going, be aware of your surroundings, and exercise common sense and judgment when considering where and when to wear your uniform in public."

Rising tensions ... Numan Haider, who was shot dead after stabbing two police officers outside a Melbourne police station. Source: Supplied

Air Chief Marshal Binskin used his Facebook page to urged his people to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid being distracted by their mobile phone while they were in public.

"Tell someone where you're going and when you expect to return," he wrote.

"Try to park in high traffic, well lit areas with good visibility and lock your car when it's unattended, even if it's in the garage."

He also advised them to consider downloading an app on their smartphone that links a person and their location to emergency services.

"Simple steps like these can help you and your family feel more at ease — but most importantly, make sure you look out for each other."


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Simpsons, Family Guy rape joke slammed

Not funny ... Some groups have attacked the Simpsons, Family Guy crossover episode for a joke about rape. Picture: Supplied. Source: Supplied

THE Simpsons-Family Guy crossover episode hasn't even aired yet but it is already copping flak for a controversial rape joke.

A trailer which was screened at Comic Con in July gave fans a sneak peak of what happens when the Griffins travel to Springfield.

In one scene, Bart Simpson shows baby Stewie how he makes prank calls to Moe the bartender.

It is a running gag that Simpsons fans know well.

Moe: "Moe's Tavern, Moe speaking."

Bart: "Uh yeah, I'm looking for a friend, last name Ki-Bum, first name Lee?

Moe: "Hang on I'll check, hey guys do I got a Lee Ki-Bum, do I got a Lee Ki-Bum?"

Will he ever learn ... Moe is the victim of another one of Bart's prank calls. Source: Supplied

Then Stewie has a turn.

Stewie: "Hello Moe, your sister's being raped."

After hanging up the phone he asks Bart, "is that one?"

Family Guy fans will know that the rape joke is far from being the most controversial that creator Seth MacFarlane has approved but it appears that it is causing outrage because people aren't that used to The Simpsons pushing the envelope so far.

Tim Winter, president of the advocacy group Parents Television Council, said he's a longtime fan of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, and sought out the trailer when it was released.

"I was blown out of my shoes when I saw the scene with the rape joke in it," Mr Winter said. "It really troubled me."

Mr Winter said he didn't think the subject was worth joking about, and said he was particularly concerned about its exposure to younger viewers who may be fans of The Simpsons, but are not familiar with the Family Guy style of comedy.

"We don't mock certain groups because we realise that it is highly insensitive and morally wrong," he said. "Why wouldn't we do the same thing about sexual assault?"

He said he found it particularly offensive in the context of stories about sexual assaults on US campuses and, most recently, talk about abusive treatment of women by some players in the US National Football League. He said when rape is accepted as a punch line for a joke in entertainment, "it becomes less outrageous in real life."

Winter said he wrote to Groening, MacFarlane and Fox in August, asking that the joke be removed when the episode is shown on television. He said he received no reply.

Fox's entertainment division, through a spokeswoman, said it would not comment on the criticism or whether there are any second thoughts about the joke.

Katherine Hull Fliflet, spokeswoman for the Washington-based Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, said she did not find the line offensive.

"I think the show is making it clear that rape is not funny by how they are positioning the joke," Fliflet said. "It's my hope that would be the viewers' takeaway."

RAINN, which says it is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organisation and operates a rape hotline, works with creators in Hollywood to help them depict sexual assault realistically. The group lists actor Christina Ricci as a national spokesman.

The National Organisation for Women didn't respond to requests for comment on the Fox comedies.

MacFarlane brought up the line during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, predicting he will get attacked for it in the media. "But in context," he said, "it's pretty funny."


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The selfie stick has hit the fan

Written By komlim puldel on Rabu, 24 September 2014 | 20.01

Sydney Fashion Blogger: a (selfie) stick pic With The Lot. Pic: Instagram Source: Instagram

YUP, the stick has hit the fan.

Sure, we've read about the surge of "selfies" for ages — a portrait created of yourself, by yourself, that documents what you are doing right here, right now. Nothing new there.

So for those not au fait with a selfie "stick", pretty simply, it's a small extension designed to latch onto your phone, so you can take that selfie from waaay above the action.

They've been around for a while, but when I came across one recent example of a SS in action, I just had to ask: "Is this the best selfie ever?"

When it comes to using a selfie stick, the hugely popular blogger and Instagrammer, Sydney Fashion Blogger, looks to have totally nailed it.

The exotic Antionette Marie posts from exotic destinations — OK, in this case Sydney's Maroubra beach may be pushing that description — but she is usually draped in sexy clothes and killer jewels in exotic locales, wearing delicious pieces, cossies, delectable diamonds and jewels that look like they are about to casually fall off her amazing frame.

I discovered that, apart from posting sultry pics of herself wearing sexy clothes that leave her followers salivating, she is also a big fan of the stick.

A recent Instagram pic of her "running" on the beach posted to her 714,000 followers drew a diverse array of comments. Good, bad and ugly.

Everything from "apparently the selfie stick makes a great running companion" to "WTF? C'mon girl" to "yes, everyone runs with a GOPRO, aviators and that unsporty bra" to "if only we looked this great when we go for a run".

You should read the 1000 or so others!

Aside from being used by professional bloggers, the selfie stick is becoming seriously popular among regular people, and we're seeing lots popping up overhead at sporting events, parties, BBQs, on holidays and just wandering down the street, attached to their owners like puppy dogs.

Selfie Rule 101 says that a "real" selfie should be taken by hand, so to some, the selfie stick is a copout. But while lots of selfies — particularly some celebrity ones that reek of total narcissism — are seen to be plainly self-indulgent, with the rise of the stick, there will be more coming our way. Only this time, they will be higher, longer, wider and more all-encompassing than ever before.

You have been warned. Take our holidaying troika above as a prime example of the coming selfie revolution. Sean Curtis, Tom Coutts and Kristopher Kremer had such a great holiday that they decided to hashtag it with #holdmypole. Gotta love 'em.

TEN REASONS TO LOVE/HATE SELFIE STICKS

The claw-like, expanding wand can also double a rubbish picker-upperer;

• You can get LOTS more angles than with your usual selfie;

• The stick could, unfortunately, be mistaken as a weapon of mild destruction;

• The stick has already been tagged a narcissist's delight. Read into that what you will;

• Fashion weeks around the world are full of them, so they've gotta be cool. Right?

• The height you get from a selfie stick makes it the perfect gig-going accessory, and you'll be sure to piss everyone off behind you!

If you really want to get noticed — and possibly laughed out of a party/beach/club/park, go ahead and get one;

There isn't as much facial obscuring — like a thumb or palm — than with a good old hand-held selfie;

Take a look at #selfiestick on Instagram. It's going OFF!

• You can pretend you have LOTS of friends if you get a swarm of peeps (who happen to be near you) in a photo with you.

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AC/DC to rock on without Young

Rock juggernaut AC/DC are set to release their first live album in 20 years.

Rock on ... Malcolm Young (right) is calling it day — his nephew Steve Young will replace him. Picture: Chris Jackson/WireImage for Columbia Source: Supplied

LEGENDARY Australian rockers AC/DC have confirmed Malcolm Young has officially retired from the band as they reveal their new record Rock Or Bust will be released on November 28.

The 15th studio record from the enduring band will be their first without Malcolm in their 40-year career.

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UNWELL: AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young seriously ill

AC/DC announced earlier this year that the founding rhythm guitarist was "taking a break from the band due to ill health."

While frontman Brian Johnston later revealed Malcolm had been hospitalised, the nature of his illness has remained undisclosed and the band have made a pact not to discuss it.

End of era ... Malcolm Young (third from left) with his AC/DC bandmates. Picture: Chris Jackson Source: Supplied

As AC/DC gear up to unleash their first new tunes in six years, they stated Malcolm would not be touring or recording with them in the future.

"Unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm's illness, he will not be rejoining the band," they said in a statement issued by their label Alberts and Sony Music Australia.

Stepping down ... legendary Scottish-born guitarist Malcolm Young will no longer be touring or recording with AC/DC. Source: Supplied

The band confirmed they will embark on a world tour in honour of Rock Or Bust and their 40th anniversary, with Angus and Malcolm Young's nephew Steve joining as guitarist.

He also played on the 11 tracks recorded in 10 days at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver and produced by Brendan O'Brien.

Swan song ... Malcolm Young (in background) performed his final shows with his guitarist brother Angus on the Black Ice tour in 2010. Picture: Adam Ward Source: News Limited

Rock Or Bust is the follow-up to their hugely successful 2008 album Black Ice, which sold eight million copies worldwide and debuted at No. 1 in 31 countries.

When launching his debut solo album last month, drummer Phil Rudd dismissed rumours that AC/DC had considered calling it a day in the wake of Malcolm's ill health.

The originator ... Malcolm Young formed AC/DC with his brother Angus in late 1973. Picture: Supplied. Source: News Limited

"Angus Young will never retire," Rudd said.

"We were never going to retire. It'll never happen. Angus will never retire and as long as Angus never retires I won't f---ing retire either."

Rudd said Angus took on the songwriting duties solo in his brother's absence and next year's tour details were yet to be finalised.

"I'll get a call a month before they need me. We've done some long, hard tours. It's not easy," Rudd said.

"You do it for 18 months, you're the walking dead when you finish, especially as you get older. But everything's great in the band, we're ready to fire up on all cylinders again."


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Andy Murray’s referendum regret

The Queen purred like a pussycat when British Prime Minister David Cameron told her Scotland was staying part of the United Kingdom. Courtesy Sky News.

Andy Murray at this year's Wimbledon tournament Source: AP

ANDY Murray continues to support the push for Scottish independence but regrets the wording of his tweet which created such an uproar on the eve of last week's referendum.

The tennis star has spoken for the first time since receiving a torrent of abuse on Twitter for his condemnation of the ultimately successful 'No' campaign.

"It wasn't something I would do again," Murray told the BBC.

"It was a very emotional day for Scottish people and the whole country and the whole of the UK — it was a big day.

"The way it was worded, the way I sent it, is not really in my character. I don't normally do stuff like that. So, yeah, I was a bit disappointed by that."

But the 27 year-old added that he did not "regret giving an opinion".

"I think everyone should be allowed that," he said.

Murray's tweet, displayed above, was retweeted almost 20,000 times.

More than 3.6 million people voted in the referendum, which finished 55 per cent 'No' to 45 per cent 'Yes'.

Murray with his gold medal at the end of the men's singles at the 2012 London Olympics Source: AFP


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Cuddles threaten hook-up culture

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 23 September 2014 | 20.01

SICK and tired of the hook-up culture of dating apps but still crave a certain level of intimacy?

Forget Tinder and Grindr - there's a new located-based social-meeting application on the market just for cuddling.

The new app, Cuddlr, has already become a topic of discussion since it was released on September 11.

It "provides a welcome break from hook-up culture, while still making it easy to meet people near you and establish a physical connection."

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In an interview with Salon magazine, Cuddlr founder Charlie Wilson said the app started as a joke with their designer Jeff Kulak.

"We talked about it initially as a joke, the name being a play on the common "-r" trope for apps. But then we both quickly decided that there's a real need for this, that we'd both actually use that app if it existed, and that it was technically feasible for us to make it happen," Mr Wilson told the American magazine.

He said for a first-time cuddle it was important to establish a cuddle etiquette by talking about length, location and position.

"It's possible that you'll discover a mismatch here — both people only want to be the little spoon, say — in which case you can compromise or call off the cuddle."

Originally published as Cuddles threaten hook-up culture

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New terror threat ‘eclipses IS’

Julie Bishop has said Arab states can be trusted to crack down on wealthy citizens funding terror groups.

Guiding light ... A "Tribute in Light" illuminates the sky down in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan in New York on September 10, 2014 on the night before the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. A new terror group has reportedly been formed to launch attacks at the West. Source: AFP Source: AFP

The Khorasan group — which the US has hit in its air strikes against Syria — was actively plotting against a US homeland target and Western targets, according to reports.

The threat was "imminent", a source told CNN.

US Central Command said that eight strikes were conducted against Khorasan targets including training camps, an explosives factory and command facilities.

As the world reacts with horror to the Islamic State, the United States raised an alert over an "unholy mix" of militants specifically targeting the West.

As al-Qaeda fragments after the death of its leader Osama bin Laden, one of its many offshoots in the Middle East has named itself Khorasan. It asserts the sole reason for its existence is to attack the United States and Europe.

The White House believes them. The US military launched air strikes in Syria on Tuesday, targeting the Khorasan group.

The Obama administration has said that the Islamic State, the target of more than 160 air strikes in recent weeks, does not pose an imminent threat to the US homeland. The Khorasan group, however, is considered a clear and present danger.

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US intelligence sources have revealed they have intercepted discussions from Khorasan that prompted a heightened terror alert among airlines and airports earlier this year, with mobile phones and laptops being banned on flights to the US from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The director of US national intelligence James Clapper named the new terrorist organisation for the first time last week.

Deadly inspiration ... An attack on the West on the scale of the September 11, 2001, is the reported goal of a new terror organisation based in Syria, US officials claim. Source: Source: New York City Police Source: News Limited

The warning was initially lost amid his dramatic admission that he had "mistakenly misled" Congress about the surveillance of US citizens last year.

"There is potentially yet another threat to the homeland, yes," he told an intelligence conference.

"In terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as Islamic State."

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Under pressure ... US intelligence director James Clapper Source: AP

Until now, US officials have been reluctant to name the group and its members.

Clapper first warned a Senate hearing in January that a group of core al-Qaeda militants from Afghanistan and Pakistan was plotting attacks against the West from Syria. But the group was not named.

Republican Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, declined to name the group in an interview with AP. But he described concerns among intelligence officials about "an unholy mix of people in Iraq and Syria right now — some who come from (Yemen), some who come from Afghanistan and Pakistan, others from the Maghreb" in North Africa.

Icon of evil ... Shiite militiamen hold the flag of the Islamic State militant group they captured, during an operation outside Amirli, north of Baghdad, Iraq. Source: AP Source: AP

"They can combine in ways that could pose a greater threat than their individual pieces. And that's something we worry about," said Schiff.

But Republican member of Congress, Mike Rogers, took the threat warning one step further. He says Khorasan is "engaging with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to develop a terror plot to bring down aeroplanes."

Like the Islamic State, Khorasan spawned amid the confusion and turmoil wracking Syria. Feeding from the US-backed Muslim-based opposition to Syria's President Assad, the terror cell is reportedly not interested in carving out a new caliphate.

Instead, it draws inspiration from the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon. It is reportedly actively recruiting Islamic fighters with Western passports in order to conduct similar strikes.

Targeted assassination ... al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a CIA drone strike on September 30, 2011. Source: AP Source: AFP

BORN OF BLOOD

Despite the years of drone missile strikes against the leadership of core al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Yemen, the movement's offshoots and affiliates remain a threat to the West. It has been rejuvenated in the past year as offshoots have grown in strength and numbers, bolstered by a flood of Western extremists.

Muhsin al Fadhli, 33, is reported to be the leader of the veteran al Qaeda operatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen who have formed the new terror cell.

The name "Khorasan" refers to a province under the Islamic caliphate, or religious empire, of old that included parts of Afghanistan.

A member of al Qaeda since he was a teenager, the New York Times says Fadhli was such a closely trusted adviser to Bin Laden that he was one of the very few who knew of the September 11 attacks in advance.

His terror credentials include organising a suicide attack on an oil tanker in the Red Sea, conspiring to attack a hotel frequented by US officials in Yemen and plotting to attack a US base in Kuwait.

Terror training ground ... Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near Kabul. Al-Qaeda veterans from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen are said to be behind the newly formed Khorasan group. Source: AFP Source: AFP

CNN reports that Fadhli arrived in Syria in 2013 to work with al Qaeda affiliates in the region. Fadhli is said to be copying the Islamic State's social media recruitment campaign to seek and train Westerners willing to attack their homelands.

US intelligence has expressed fears Khorasan recruits may include some trained by al Qaeda's master bombmaker in Yemen, Ibrahim al Asiri, who is believed to be the brains behind several attempts to bring down airliners with devices such as exploding underwear and shoe bombs.

According to US intelligence assessments, the Khorasan militants have been testing new ways to slip explosives past airport security.

US officials say it was because of Khorasan's ties with Asiri that the Transportation Security Administration in July decided to ban uncharged mobile phones and laptops from flights to the US that originated in Europe and the Middle East.

Concealed weapon ... Underwear with a six-inch long packet of the high explosive chemical called PETN was smuggled onto Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23-year-old Nigerian suspect on 25/12/2009. Source: AFP

"The group's repeated efforts to conceal explosive devices to destroy aircraft demonstrate its continued pursuit of high-profile attacks against the West, its increasing awareness of Western security procedures and its efforts to adapt to those procedures that we adopt," Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, recently told a Senate panel.

US officials have identified some members of the Khorasan group, but would not disclose the individuals' names because of concerns they would hide from intelligence-gathering.

Intelligence officials have been deeply concerned about dozens of Americans and hundreds of Europeans who have gone to fight for various jihadist groups in Syria. Some of those Westerners' identities are unknown and therefore they are less likely to draw the attention of intelligence officials when they purchase tickets and board a crowded jetliner heading for European and American cities.

Pressure-cooker ... The flow of arms and cash to support those attempting to overthrow Syria's President Assad has created a safe training ground for terror, intelligence officials have warned. Source: AFP Source: AFP

TRACKING TERROR

A US-led effort to galvanise the international community against what the Obama administration officials call an "unprecedented" threat from Western-based extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq will be taken to the UN this week.

"These are individuals who've been trained. These are individuals who have access to military equipment. And these are individuals who have indicated a willingness to die for their cause," a White House spokesman said.

President Barack Obama is expected to lead the UN Security Council session that begins tomorrow, just the second time a US president has done so.

What President Obama wants out of the UN meeting, a the spokesman said, "is to have a discussion about what kinds of global standards can be put in place to mitigate the threat from these individuals."

Prying eyes ... This file combination of images shows an airport staff member demonstrating a full body scan at Manchester Airport in Manchester, northwest England. Source: AFP Source: News Limited

The Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution that would require nations to bar their citizens from travelling abroad to join terrorism organisations in a bid to stem the flow of Europeans, Americans and members of other Western nations into their ranks.

The US has been dealing for more than decade with the problem of Islamic extremists flocking to various battlefields, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen. But the movement of an estimated 15,000 foreign fighters to the civil war in Syria, which has spilt into Iraq, is an "unprecedented flow," that creates an increased risk that some of those people will return to their home countries to attempt terrorist attacks, officials said.

And they are also worried about the presence of foreigners within the Islamic State, including the militant with the British accent who appeared to behead two American journalists and a British aid worker.

Off-focus ... The National Security Agency (NSA), home of the United States secret surveillance programs, allegedly spying on the electronic communications of US citizens. Source: AFP Source: AFP

SLIPPING THROUGH THE GAPS

US intelligence agencies are working to track Westerners travelling to fight with extremists in Syria, but there are major gaps.

An Obama administration official said last night that the US "didn't have full knowledge" of the travel patterns of Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman who returned to Europe this year after fighting in Syria. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. Three died instantly, one afterwards. Nemmouche was arrested later, apparently by chance.

The US also failed to detect when Moner Mohammad Abusalha, an American who grew up a basketball fan in Vero Beach, Florida, travelled back home from the Syrian battlefield. He later returned to Syria, and in May killed 16 people and himself in a suicide bombing attack against Syrian government forces.

The US and many European nations already have laws on the books that allow them to prosecute their citizens who attempt to or succeed in travelling to join extremist groups. The UN resolution is intended to prod other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, to step up efforts to stop the flow of foreign fighters. It is also designed to facilitate more sharing of travel data and other intelligence designed to allow the tracking of foreign fighters, the officials said.


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