An elderly Perth woman who owned land where a fallen power pole sparked a bushfire which razed 57 homes is being taken to court by affected property owners.
The fire in Perth’s hills in January 2014 started when the wooden pole, on land belonging to Noreen Campbell, fell over in gusty winds and ignited dry grass.
More than 80 residents have started legal action against Western Power, alleging the power pole was used by the utility, which therefore had a responsibility to maintain it.
The residents are also suing contractors Thiess, arguing that when its workers inspected the pole in July 2013, they did not detect it was extensively damaged by termites and fungal rot, and that it should have been repaired or replaced.
Both Western Power and Thiess are defending the legal action, maintaining they were not responsible for the pole because it was on private property.
Today at a directions hearing in the Supreme Court, the residents’ lawyer, Lachlan Armstrong, said Mrs Campbell, as the owner of the land, was being added as a defendant in the case.
He said it was being alleged that Mrs Campbell had an obligation to maintain the pole.
“It’s alleged that as a result of her breach of duty of care, the pole fell down and the bushfire started,” he said.
Mrs Campbell was not in court for the hearing, but she was represented by a lawyer.
The case has been adjourned until a further directions hearing in March next year.
A shaken father told reporters Wednesday that he never knew his son had returned to France after a stint in Syria.
If he’d found out, Said Mohamed-Aggad said he wouldn’t have let his son join the ranks of attackers who unleashed carnage at the Bataclan theater in Paris last month.
“I would have killed him beforehand,” he said in an interview with French media that aired on CNN affiliate BFMTV.
Instead, Foued Mohamed-Aggad, a 23-year-old from eastern France who traveled to Syria two years ago, blew himself up.
His name was first reported Wednesday by CNN affiliates BFMTV and France 2, who described him as the third gunman who stormed the Eagles of Death Metal concert as part of a series of shootings and explosions in Paris on November 13. The attackers sprayed gunfire and slaughtered people inside the concert hall for 20 horrific minutes. Ninety people were killed.
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France reported three more cases of highly pathogenic bird flu in the southwest of the country on Monday, just as the demand for foie gras is set to peak for the festive season.
At least 46 security personnel, Taliban fighters and civilians have been killed in clashes in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials say.
Several people were also taken hostage in the Taliban assault on Kandahar airport, which began on Tuesday.
The airport compound houses Afghan military and civilian sections as well as a Nato base.
Officials said the attackers had managed to breach the first gate of the complex.
Local security officials and Afghanistan’s Tolo News TV are now reporting the fighting has ended. All flights have been cancelled.
The Taliban said it carried out the attack at the heavily fortified site.
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Foued Mohamed-Aggad is believed to have travelled to Syria in late 2013
French police have identified the third attacker at the Bataclan during the Paris attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says.
Mr Valls did not name the man, but did not dispute reports naming him as French national Foued Mohamed-Aggad, 23, from Strasbourg.
Ninety people were killed at the Bataclan in last month’s attacks.
All three gunmen who attacked the venue wearing suicide vests have been confirmed as French nationals.
Other attackers who took part in the co-ordinated attacks around Paris on 13 November that killed 130 people in total have either been identified as home-grown French or Belgian extremists.
Mohamed-Aggad reportedly travelled to Syria in late 2013 as part of a group of radicalised youth from Strasbourg that included his brother.
Several of the group were later arrested upon returning to France in spring last year. Mohamed-Aggad is believed to have remained in Syria.
He was identified late last week by police after DNA samples were confirmed to match with members of his family, AFP reports.
The two others who blew themselves up at the music venue were identified as Frenchmen Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, and Samy Amimour, 28.
The three men stormed the Bataclan at around 21:40 on 13 November, during a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal rock group. They opened fire on concert-goers, repeatedly reloading their guns before police started to arrive at the scene.
One of the gunmen was killed but the two others took hostages and eventually died when elite police units launched a final assault hours later.
French police commandos came under heavy fire at the Bataclan
French media say that Mohamed-Aggad was recruited by Mourad Fares, a man known to have actively recruited young Frenchmen on behalf of jihadist groups in Syria.
Fares was arrested in Turkey last year. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve described him as a “particularly dangerous individual close to jihadist terrorist movements” including the so-called Islamic State (IS).
He was placed under provisional detention in France in September 2014 and is being prosecuted for a string of terrorism-related offences in France and Syria.
One other Paris attacker remains to be identified, but two men who blew themselves up at the Stade de France carried Syrian passports that are suspected to have been fake.
Ninety people were killed at the Bataclan on November 13
Mohamed-Aggad’s father, Said, told Le Parisien that he had only learned of his son’s role in the Bataclan massacre through the media and “would have killed him beforehand” if he had known that he would go on to carry out such an attack.
Said Mohamed-Abbag separated from his wife in 2007 and said his son had lived with his mother.
The other two Bataclan attackers were identified in the aftermath of the shooting.
Mostefai was identified from a finger-tip found at the venue. He was reported to have previously worked as a baker in Chartres near Paris but in 2010 was identified by authorities as a suspected extremist.
Amimour, from the north-eastern Paris suburb of Drancy, had been charged with terror offences in 2012 over claims he planned to travel to Yemen.
After being placed under judicial supervision, he disappeared, with authorities issuing an international arrest warrant.
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Guillaume Soro is in Paris at the UN climate conference
Ivory Coast’s government has protested to France after a French judge issued an arrest warrant for the speaker of its parliament, Guillaume Soro.
At least eight people have been killed after the Taliban attacked Afghanistan’s Kandahar airport, where a gunfight is continuing between security forces and insurgents, officials said.
Donald Trump sparked a firestorm of criticism from liberals, conservatives and those in between when he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
But while such a ban is unlikely to be implemented in a country with freedom of religion, the cheers that followed his announcement at a South Carolina rally are telling.
“I think that we should definitely disallow any Muslims from coming in. Any of them,” supporter Charlie Marzka, 75, told CNN. “The reason is simple: We can’t identify what their attitude is.”
Indeed, the truth about Muslims in America is perhaps surprising — but not in the way Trump and his supporters might think.
A look at polls and studies conducted in the last few years shows that Muslims have been crucial in helping law enforcement find terror suspects in the United States. Many have served in the military protecting the country against terrorists. And in many ways, they’re a lot like other everyday Americans.
Here’s the reality of Muslims in America — and how it smashes stereotypes: