Tragic find in search for 12-year-old girl, woman's Bruce Lehrmann claim revealed in court: Australia news live

There is also big news coming out of the US about President Joe Biden.

Yahoo's live news blog for Thursday, July 4 has concluded.

We started with the news US President Joe Biden is reportedly considering pulling out of the upcoming election after a disastrous first presidential debate. Read more here.

Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis has caused an upset in the first round of Wimbledon, defeating 17th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets.

A woman in Queensland has also been charged with five counts of attempted murder.

Police in the NT have found human remains in their search for a 12-year-old girl feared to have been snatched by a crocodile.

And former Liberal Party staffer Bruce Lehrmann has been committed to stand trial on two rape charges.

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    Human remains found in search for missing child

    Police in the NT have now confirmed human remains have been found in the search for a missing 12-year-old girl.

    The child is believed to have been taken by a crocodile 360km southwest of Darwin while swimming with family.

  • 'Never seen one that big': Shark encounter stuns bystanders

    Here's a moment this paddle boarder won't forget in a while.

    Bystander Chris Willis was able to capture video of the encounter as a shark approached at Torquay Beach on the Fraser Coast.

    “I’ve been here 32 years and I’ve never seen one that big so close before,” Chris told the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

    It's believed the shark was a mako and was hunting stingrays.

    Source: Chris Willis via Fraser Coast Chronicle
    Source: Chris Willis via Fraser Coast Chronicle
  • Woman claims Lehrmann said 'it's OK' during sex assault

    After a night out together a woman woke up to find Bruce Lehrmann sexually assaulting her while telling her "it's OK, it's OK", a court has been told.

    Former Liberal Party staffer Lehrmann has been committed to stand trial on two rape charges following two days of hearings into the reliability of the alleged victim's evidence.

    Lehrmann is accused of raping the woman twice during the morning of October 10, 2021 after they met at a strip club the previous night in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane.

    Read the full story here.

  • Bus passengers branded 'a disgrace' after attack on Chinese teen

    Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin says it's "a disgrace" passengers on a busy bus failed to intervene when a 16-year-old Chinese student was attacked with a metal rod in Auckland.

    Jason Luo lost three teeth in the unprovoked attack with only an elderly Chinese man trying to intervene before the female attacker was able to exit the bus and flee.

    Luo said the bus driver failed to help or stop the bus when asked. Police are trying to determine if the attack was racially motivated and have yet to identify the woman involved.

    Jason Luo pictured after the attack. Source: RNZ
    Jason Luo pictured after the attack. Source: RNZ
  • How man nearly missed out on $1 million jackpot

    A Melbourne man who landed $1 million on Monday's Weekday Windfall draw says he initially left the newsagent without a ticket.

    "I was so close to not putting a ticket on because I really couldn’t be bothered," he told lottery officials.

    “I went to the newsagency to buy a ticket, but they were too busy, so I walked out.

    “But then this thought came over me and I just knew I had to buy a ticket. I’ve been playing the same numbers for four decades and it’s just within my weekly routine.”

    Talk about gut feelings.

  • Tourist spot to start fining beachgoers who urinate in ocean

    Source: Gett
    Tourists better be careful when heading into the water. Source: Getty

    According to one Yahoo employee, "everyone does it".

    Urinating in the ocean has became an unlikely talking point this morning in our office following the news authorities will be issuing fines to beachgoers in the Spanish city of Marbella if they're caught relieving themselves in the sea.

    But is it as common as my colleague suggests? Let us know below.

  • Girl's shirt found after feared crocodile attack

    The shirt of a 12-year-old girl has been found in a creek after she disappeared, with authorities believing she was snatched by a crocodile, the ABC reported.

    A search by NT authorities continues in a remote area 360km southwest of Darwin after the girl disappeared while swimming in a creek with family.

    Police say her family is "extremely distressed".

  • Palestine protesters climb onto Parliament House roof

    Pro-Palestinian protesters have climbed onto the roof of Parliament House in Canberra to unfurl banners accusing Australia of complicity in "war crimes" and "genocide".

    At least four people from the group Renegade Activists ascended the building on Thursday, as police, media and supporters watched from below.

    "We declare to the Australian government, we will continue to unmask and resist the US imperial, hegemonic and capitalist interests you devote yourself to," one protester yelled from the rooftop.

    Pro-Palestine protesters hang banners from the top of Parliament House on Thursday. Source: AAP
    Pro-Palestine protesters hang banners from the top of Parliament House on Thursday. Source: AAP

    "Australia continues to enable and commit war crimes as lackeys to our powerful friends."

    One of the banners stated "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free"

    The phrase has been condemned by the prime minister and coalition who claim it supports a one-state solution where Israel wouldn't exist.

    Read more here.

    - AAP

  • Marty Sheargold stepping away from breakfast radio

    Popular host Marty Sheargold is quitting breakfast radio, stepping down from his morning Melbourne shift at Triple M.

    He previously took a break from the role and says the move made him realise how he needs to spend more time with his family.

    He will continue his afternoon show and his podcast.

    Marty Sheargold. Source: Triple M
    Marty Sheargold. Source: Triple M
  • Bruce Lehrmann committed to stand trial on two counts of rape

    Former Liberal Party staffer Bruce Lehrmann has been committed to stand trial on two rape charges following two days of hearings into the reliability of the alleged victim's evidence.

    The second day of a committal hearing for Lehrmann's charges, that he allegedly raped a woman twice on the early hours of October 10, 2021, was held at Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Thursday.

    Defence barrister Andrew Hoare had argued Lehrmann should not face trial on the charges because the alleged victim was too intoxicated to remember giving consent.

    Bruce Lehrmann. Source: AAP
    Bruce Lehrmann. Source: AAP

    "The test that needs to be satisfied is a low one in this case. It is said the threshold is not met in both of these (charges)," Mr Hoare said.

    Crown prosecutor Nicole Friedewald said there was a prima facie case to answer and any questions over the reliability of the alleged victim's evidence should be considered by a jury.

    After adjourning for a few minutes, Magistrate Mark Howden returned with a decision that a reasonable jury, properly instructed, could potentially find the allegations proven beyond reasonable doubt.

    Mr Howden told Lehrmann, who attended remotely via phone, that he would stand trial on two counts of rape before the Toowoomba District Court at a date to be set by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    "Not as this time, thank you, Your Honour," Lehrmann said when asked if he wanted to say anything or enter a plea.

    Lehrmann's bail was continued.

    - AAP

  • State's coldest July temperature on record

    While plenty of us have been shivering through some cold mornings of late, just be grateful you're not in Liawenee which plunged to -12.9C on Wednesday – a July record for Tasmania.

    On the mainland, SA's Nullarbor recorded its lowest temperature since temperature records began in 1987, dropping to –3.2C, according to Weatherzone.

    Adelaide also saw its coldest morning in 18 years, with a minimum of 0.6C.

  • Julian Assange's wife shares new photo of couple

    Stella Assange has shared a new photo of Julian Assange, with the couple appearing to explore the great outdoors together after her husband's lengthy detention.

    "Free!" she simply captioned the photo.

    Speaking after his release last month, Stella told media it will take a bit of time for Julian to get back to a normal way of living.

    "Julian needs time to recover. To get used to freedoms. Someone told me yesterday who had been through something similar, that freedom comes slowly. And I want Julian to have that space to rediscover freedom, slowly," she said.

  • Jay Slater left Airbnb 'alive'

    A man who invited Jay Slater back to his Airbnb before he vanished has stressed the British teenager "left the house alive".

    Ayub Qassim and a friend took Slater back to their remote rental 40km from a music festival they attended two weeks ago on the Spanish island of Tenerife. The following day he disappeared when it's believed he was trying to return to his accomodation.

    Unfounded conspiracies online have speculated about Qassim and his unnamed friend however Spanish police ruled out their involvement, saying they are "irrelevant" to investigations.

    Ayub Qassim. Source: ITV
    Ayub Qassim. Source: ITV

    "I let the geezer stay at mine because he had nowhere else to go, his friends had all left him," Qassim told MailOnline.

    "I'm doing the geezer a favour and now my face is all over the news. It's a bit mental. I haven't even done anything."

    Qassim was previously jailed for nine years over a drug operation in the UK, MailOnline reported.

  • Taxi driver allegedly assaulted woman during 3am trip

    A taxi driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman throughout a 45-minute trip taken from Melbourne's CBD.

    The incident allegedly took place after a 30-year-old woman got into a cab on Collins Street about 3.30 am on June 27.

    Victoria Police will allege the 28-year-old driver sexually assaulted the woman for the duration of the 35km ride to Wantirna South.

    It is understood the man also allegedly stole the woman's engagement ring from her finger during the trip.

    A Thomastown man was arrested at Melbourne International Airport two days later.

    He has been charged with 15 counts of sexual assault and one count of theft and will face court today.

    - AAP

  • Woman charged with five counts of attempted murder

    A woman has been charged with five counts of attempted murder in Queensland.

    Police allege the 32-year-old woman deliberately drove a Nissan X-trail off the Kennedy Highway near Atherton in the early hours of June 26, before crashing into a sign and flipping the vehicle.

    There were five passengers in the vehicle including a 43-year-old man and four children aged between three months and nine years.

    "It is further alleged that one of the children at the time of the incident was in the car’s boot and not properly restrained," Queensland Police said in a statement on Thursday.

    The driver nor any of the passengers suffered major injuries, and they left the scene.

    The following day police were called to an Evelyn property to reports a 3-month-old baby girl and a 2-year-old girl sustained non-life threatening injuries.

    Police allege the 32-year-old woman assaulted the two children.

    She has been charged with multiple offences, including five counts of attempted murder, and one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed and assault occasioning bodily harm. She will appear in court later today.

  • Thanasi Kokkinakis 'earns a rest' after epic Wimbledon victory

    Australia's World No.93 Thanasi Kokkinakis has claimed another big scalp at a Grand Slam with a five-set victory over 17th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round of Wimbledon.

    The win is yet another successful five-setter for the Australian, with the match also the eighth victory from a player two-sets down at this year's tournament - the most in the first round in Wimbledon history.

    Kokkinakis completed a two-day marathon match that was disrupted by rain, beating Auger-Aliassime 4-6 5-7 7-6 (11-9) 6-4 6-4.

    It's fair to say fans were in awe of Kokkinakis' resolve once again, describing the victory as "incredible" online.

    Read more from Yahoo Sport's editor Sam Goodwin here.

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