Twelve injured on Qatar Airlines turbulence flight, McDonald's adds new item to menu: Australia news live

Australia has vowed to do what it can to help Papua New Guinea following a landslide that is feared to have killed more than 600 people.

Yahoo's live blog has concluded for Monday, May 27.

We started the day with a major electric vehicle commitment from the NSW government. Sixteen councils will see close to 700 charging ports installed as the EV revolution rolls on. Read more in the blog below.

Australia has reiterated its commitment to help Papua New Guinea after more than 600 people are feared dead following a landslide last Friday. "This is an absolute tragedy," Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles told ABC RN.

There is also plenty of talk about UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's plan to bring back National Service. More details below.

Eight people have been hospitalised on a Qatar Airlines flight hit by turbulence just a week after one person died in a similar incident on a Singapore Airlines service.

  • Harry and Meghan move a 'huge worry' for Will and Kate

    William and Kate are uneasy that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are growing closer to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, a royal expert has claimed.

    “For William and Kate an alliance between Harry and Meghan and Beatrice and Eugenie is a huge worry," Royal author Tom Quinn told The Mirror.

    “They sense that Beatrice and Eugenie feel that, as virtual outcasts themselves, they have far more in common with Harry and Megan than with any other part of the family.

    “The situation is made worse by the fact that the senior royals’ main asset – Kate herself - is effectively out of action while she continues her treatment for cancer.”

    Read more here.

    Meghan and Harry's relationship with other Royals is reportedly a concern for Will and Kate. Source: Getty
  • Larry Emdur pokes fun at long TV career

    Nearing his 60th birthday, veteran TV host Larry Emdur has reflected on how he's managed to stay in the business for so long – and it's not the reason you may expect.

    “I’m TV’s most axed guy really, I say ‘yes’ to everything. I feel like I have gone from one disaster to the next, had more ‘worst’ shows than anyone but I’m still here.... I’ve always been grateful for any opportunity,” the Seven star told The Sunday Telegraph.

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Larry Emdur and Sylvie Emdur attend opening night of West Side Story at Sydney Opera House on August 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/WireImage)
    Larry pictured with his wife Sylvie. Source: Getty
  • Jacqui Lambie wants compulsory work for unemployed Aussies

    Following UK PM Rishi Sunak's bold plans to reintroduce National Service, Senator Jacqui Lambie says young Australians not working should be put to use as part of a national guard.

    “I want to speak really out there to those kids who are 21 and below: you can see what’s going on with climate change, you can see especially when we need to go in there and we need to do the clean up, we haven’t got the feet on the ground,” she told Sky News.

    “I would like to see some sort of compulsory (service), but I have to work around the kids of today and say ‘What can convince you to come in and get the training that you need, and what do we need to repay you back?’”

    Read more here.

    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Senator Jacqui Lambie looks on during Question Time at Parliament House on July 28, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. The 47th parliament is sitting for the first time this week following Labor's victory over the Coalition government in the Australian Federal Election on May 21. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
    Jacqui Lambie wants young Aussies doing more when out of work. Source: Getty
  • Man who murdered mum and daughter reportedly owned 13 guns

    A man who shot and killed a mother and daughter inside their WA home on Friday before turning the gun on himself was a registered gun owner with a reported stash of 13 firearms.

    Mark Bombara was searching for his ex-wife at the Floreat home, who was residing at the address after leaving her husband.

    Failing to find her, he instead shot Jennifer and 18-year-old Gretl Petelczyc.

    According to WA Today, Bombara owned 13 firearms, however police have not confirmed the report. The Nightly reports all of the weapons were seized from Bombara's Mosman Park home.

    WA Premier Roger Cook called the attack "chilling and horrific" and has vowed to consider tightening gun laws.

    Read more here.

    Jennifer Petelczyc, 59, and her daughter Gretl (left), Mark Bombara (right). Source: NCA NewsWire
    Jennifer Petelczyc, 59, and her daughter Gretl (left), Mark Bombara (right). Source: NCA NewsWire
  • Couple Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary reunite in Australia

    Australia's favourite sporting couple Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary are back together on home soil.

    Pictures obtained by The Daily Telegraph show the pair embracing at Sydney Airport on Monday morning.

    With Fowler contracted to Manchester City, the couple have to deal with a long-distance relationship and their situation has even sparked rumours Cleary could leave the Panthers and join a Super League club.

  • Very Aussie response after $4.8m lottery win

    “You beauty! Good on ya, mate!"

    That's the reaction of a South Australian man who just landed $4.8 million over the next 20 years playing Set for Life.

    “I have plenty of children and grandchildren so this will go to great use... We’re also in need of a new car so maybe we’ll do that too," the Moonta man said.

  • Macca's launches new dessert item after overseas success

    McPops have launched in Australia.
    McPops have launched in Australia.

    There's a new addition to McDonald's menus across the country following the success of its bite-sized donuts in a host of other countries.

    McPops, first launched in Spain in 2018, come in three flavours - chocolate, berry and Biscoff. They're priced at $1.50 for 1 and $2.50 for 2.

    “Pairing perfectly with our McCafé barista-made coffee, they’re a delectable bite-sized treat that will make your morning or afternoon pick-me-up that little bit sweeter," Lancy Huynh, Marketing Manager for McDonald’s Australia said.

    What do you think? Have your say below.

  • Lisa Wilkinson's big legal bill for Bruce Lehrmann case revealed

    High-profile television personality Lisa Wilkinson is seeking $1.8 million from employer Network 10 over legal costs incurred during Bruce Lehrmann’s failed defamation lawsuit, a court has heard.

    Justice Michael Lee earlier this year dismissed Lehrmann’s high-profile lawsuit against Ms Wilkinson and Network 10 over Brittany Higgins’ comments that she was raped in Parliament House.

    In his judgment, Justice Lee found that – on the balance of probabilities – Lehrmann had raped Ms Higgins inside Senator Linda Reynolds’ office, and dismissed Lehrmann’s defamation claim.

    Ms Wilkinson has since returned to court amid the multimillion-dollar fallout from the lengthy legal battle after she hired outside legal help to represent her separately from the network, in the form of top defamation barrister Sue Chrysanthou SC.

    Read more here.

    - NCA NewsWire

    Lisa Wilkinson, left, returned to court following Bruce Lehrmann’s, right, failed defamation case.
    Lisa Wilkinson, left, returned to court following Bruce Lehrmann’s, right, failed defamation case.
  • Eight hospitalised after Qatar Airlines flight hit by turbulence

    Eight passengers have been hospitalised after a Qatar Airways flight was hit by turbulence.

    Twelve people were injured altogether on the flight to Dublin and comes just a week after one man died on a Singapore Airlines flight that endured severe turbulence.

    Passengers have revealed the fear onboard, with one saying food went flying all over the ceiling.

    Read more here.

  • UK PM vows to bring back National Service

    UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has raised eyebrows with an early election promise – vowing to bring back National Service for British teens.

    He said this would entail either a year on a military placement for 18-year-olds or instead spend one weekend of each month volunteering.

    The Royal Family would not be exempt from the scheme.

    Read more here.

    Photo by: zz/KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 5/22/24 Prime Minister of The United Kingdom Rishi Sunak is seen on May 22, 2024 outside 10 Downing Street at a press conference announcing the date of the next general election. A General Election will be held in the UK on July 4th 2024 with the Labour Party - and Keir Starmer as Leader Of The Opposition - still ahead in the polls and expected to form the next government. (London, England, UK)
    The scheme has certainly been a conversation starter in the UK. Source: AP
  • Major electric vehicle change coming to state's roads

    Whether you like it or not, electric vehicles are here to stay and NSW has made a major commitment to ensure a smooth rollout across the state.

    Climate Change and Energy Minister Penny Sharpe on Sunday unveiled the first recipients of the government’s EV kerbside charging grants, announcing 671 charge ports would be installed at 391 sites across 16 local government areas.

    Councils to benefit from the increased number of chargers are:

    • Blacktown

    • Burwood

    • City of Sydney

    • Georges River

    • Inner West

    • Ku-ring-gai

    • Lane Cove

    • Liverpool

    • Mosman

    • Newcastle

    • North Sydney

    • Northern Beaches

    • Randwick

    • Waverley

    • Willoughby

    • Woollahra

    Read more here.

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