It was billed as the hottest day of the summer and so far it hasn't disappointed. The mercury hit 35C at 10am in Sydney with temperatures expected to reach 40C out west by the end of Tuesday. But the stifling conditions won't let up much when the sun goes down - with most of Australia bracing for the hottest December night since 1972. Strong winds will block a cooling sea breeze in Sydney for the start of the week, meaning temperatures are not expected to drop below 25C overnight.
Islamic leader questions why Muslims are criticised for having multiple wives - but Australians aren't 'concerned about people having a mistress or visiting a brothel'
NEW A heated argument erupted on the ABC's The Drum when journalist Hamish McDonald pressed the Islamic leader Keysar Trad over the acceptance of polygamy in Australia's Muslim community. Trad, who has expressed his desire for a second wife, was speaking in response to Treasurer Scott Morrison claiming polygamy is '100 per cent wrong' after revelations Muslims with multiple wives were collecting additional spousal benefits. Mr Trad said there was a negative perception around polygamy in Australia, with the practice viewed in a poorer light than someone taking on a mistress or having an affair. However, Journalist Hamish McDonald questioned Mr Trad's view that we should accept the outlawed relationships.
'I've been taken by a man... please hurry': British backpacker 'who was kidnapped in Queensland is rescued after secretly sending texts to her FATHER back in the UK showing her location'
Mary Kate Heys, 20, from Manchester claims she was kidnapped by a Swedish man she met at her hostel in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast and taken about 80km away to Gympie against her will on Monday morning. She said she accompanied the man when he woke her at 4.30am because she feared for his safety when he appeared 'wide-eyed' at her door. They began travelling up the coast and she was able to get help by texting her father (left inset), who was on the other side of the world, sending him her location to allow the police to track the car (right inset). They stopped the man before he could reach his planned destination of Cairns. Ms Heys did not press charges.
'He is in so much pain': Mother's desperate plea for help after her baby broke out in horrific mystery rash 'when he was kissed by someone with a COLD SORE'
Sophie Bellette (pictured, inset), from Hobart in Tasmania, gave birth to twin boys in July and noticed a bubbly red rash forming on Leo's entire body (pictured, main) six-weeks later, while Archer remained clear. After Leo was hospitalised twice, Ms Bellette was told to try steroid cream, antibiotics, fatty ointments and dermatitis cream, but none offered the infant any relief. She said doctors are baffled by the mystery illness. Concerning pictures show the baby's eyes oozing yellow discharge, huge blisters forming on his legs and skin flaking off his face.
EXCLUSIVE: Angelina demands Brad Pitt be drug tested four times a month in order to get access to their kids - as he accuses her of making confidential information public
Angelina Jolie is having Brad Pitt tested for drugs and alcohol four times a month court documents reveal in the estranged couple's ongoing custody battle. That information came to light after Pitt filed court documents in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles to request that all records regarding custody issues be kept under seal.Also revealed were details of the children's therapy, that a psychologist who specializes in child custody issues was determining the visitation schedule, and that Pitt and Jolie were undergoing group therapy sessions with the children.
Blow-up dolls, mile-high groping and stripping off: These plane passengers from hell will leave you reaching for the sick bag
From filthy bare feet invading a head rest to scantily clad couples groping each other in their seats, flying for many is challenging enough without having to share the trip with these passengers from hell. Holidaymakers have shared stomach-churning photos of some of the most shameless fliers in the sky with US-based Instagram account Passenger Shaming. With a careless disregard for others, fliers have been captured flashing the flesh in tiny hot pants and without their tops and trousers. Men are pictured with their hands down their pants, scratching, while female passengers allow their long hair to selfishly hang over the entertainment screen behind them.
Girl, 9, who died two days after falling off a playground swing suffered fatal internal injuries AFTER she was sent home from hospital, doctor tells inquest
A nine-year-old girl who injured herself on a swing died from internal injuries that she had developed after being discharged from hospital, a junior doctor has told an inquest. Adelaide schoolgirl Leila Baartse-Harkin (pictured left, right and inset with her mother Edie Harkin) injured her stomach after she fell off a playground swing at the Eastern Fleurieu School at Strathalbyn in September last year. Women's and Children's Hospital registrar Dr Amy McMellon claimed there had been no signs of a perforated bowel when she assessed the girl, The Advertiser reported.
Explicit naked pictures of NRL star Bryce Cartwright 'posted online in a revenge porn attack by his jilted lover - who also threatened to kill him'
NRL star Bryce Cartwright has become the victim of a revenge porn attack after his 'jilted lover' ex-girlfriend reportedly posted explicit images of him online. A naked photograph (inset) of the Penrith Panthers player, 22, was posted on Twitter by his former long-term partner Brittany Hura (main), a report claimed. In the selfie, Cartwright is seen posing in front of a mirror completely nude. Hura has also threatened to kill Cartwright and claimed text messages he sent her showed he engaged in inappropriate behaviour, according to the report.
Single mother forced to live in a tent while she cleaned Kerry Packer's mansion tells of 'humiliation' she felt when she could not afford Christmas presents for her kids
A single mother forced to live in a tent with her three children after having to clean houses like Kerry Packer's mansion to make ends meet has opened up about the shame she felt not being able to buy Christmas presents for her little ones. Nikki McWatters, 50, was living in a 'dive' in Bondi, a beach-side suburb in Sydney's eastern suburbs, with milk crates for furniture after her divorce but found herself without a home or anyone to fall back on when her new partner passed away. With three children and no where to stay, the writer reached out to friends and 'couch surfed' in Sydney but spent the majority of her time that summer living in a small blue tent pitched on the northern New South Wales coast.
Bride paralysed at her bachelorette party opens up about sex after her accident, how she can still find pleasure and her hopes that new treatments could one day do more
Rachelle Friedman Chapman, 29, from Raleigh, North Carolina, was scared she would never have a normal sex life again after the freak accident before her wedding left her as a quadriplegic. 'I was like ... am I ever going to feel an orgasm again?' she told Tonic. 'Am I going to enjoy sex when I do it, even if I figure it out? Is it going to feel like nothing for me?' Chapman says that many people confined to wheelchairs, would choose to have sexual function and sensation before they could walk again. 'For someone like me who's a quadriplegic, it's a toss-up between hand function and sexual function.'
What would YOU do if something broke? These geniuses decided to fix their faulty items instead of throwing them away and the results are brilliant
If something breaks, you don't automatically have to throw it away. These geniuses have found unique ways to fix their broken items - with an added twist. From mugs with the handle missing (far left) to a cracked mobile phone case (second from left), graffiti on the walls (second from right) and a torn sofa (far right), there are ways in which you can give your broken items a bit of a re-vamp. You might even leave them looking better than before.
Sumner Redstone, 93, 'paid out $70million to women who provided nothing more than sexual favors': Billionaire's ex who wants half his estate claims he gave $21m to a mistress and $18m to a flight attendant
Sydney Holland, 45, writes in papers that were filed in Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles that the billionaire businessman gave $21million to a former mistress who is an aspiring reality television producer; $18million to a flight attendant on the CBS corporate jet, $6million to the flight attedant's sister who he 'slept with'; $11million to a woman he met through Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger; $7million to another mistress; $6million to a friend of his grandson's girlfriend along with a job at Showtime; and $1.5million to a third mistress. Redstone (right in 2013 with Holland, left with Holland and her daughter) also gave an undisclosed amount to an ex-fiancee and a college student at the University of Southern California, whose tuition he paid for claims Holland in court papers.
Heart-warming moment staff chip in to buy a $300 WiiU for a boy who came every day to play on the store's free demo model
A video posted on YouTube shows a Best Buy employee in Valley Stream, Long Island, walking up to the boy and handing him the brand-new console in a box (right), telling him it would be an early Christmas present. The young customer, who was inside the location playing on the demonstration model (left), was left too stunned to grab it at first. The WiiU, sold at Best Buy as part of a set that also includes a Mario Kart game, is worth $300. The boy, according to a man who shared a clip of the moment, has two loving parents who couldn't afford to buy him one.
'They're going to kill themselves': Thrill seeking teenagers risk their lives to get the perfect selfie on top of sky-high Melbourne silos
Thrill seeking teenagers are risking their lives to get the perfect Instagram shot (top right, bottom right) on top of Melbourne's abandoned Nylex clock malting silos (left). Five people were spotted on top of the sky-high silos off Gough St, Cremorne, as recently as Monday, sparking fears someone could soon plummet to their death.
Can you really make dreams come true just by wishing? That was the idea behind a self-help book that sold 19 million copies. And, ten years on, these women swear The Secret worked for them
Victoria Loveless, from Leamington Spa, UK, pictured far left, is just one of a group of women who claim they got what they wanted by following Rhonda Byrne's self-help book released in 2006. It told people to think positive, writing a list asking the universe for what you want and it would come to you, so long as it was phrased in the right way. Victoria says she got a husband and a baby, while Toni Mackenzie, second left, got a gorgeous home. Centre, Wendy Fry says she got an exciting career, while Rachael Taplin, second right, got to see the world. Carline James, far right, says she got her novel published thanks to the Secret.
So what have you achieved this year? Syrian refugee who scored an ATAR of 96.65 and couldn't even speak English TWO years ago describes remarkable journey from his war-torn homeland
Saad Al-Kassab (left) was just 14 years old when his school was turned into a refugee camp and family home in Homs, Syria, turned into a battle zone. The teenager (top right) was home-schooled as many of his friends (bottom right) were brutally tortured or killed by mortar shells - but eventually sought refuge with his family-of-six in Australia in 2014. In two years he taught himself how to speak English by watching Federal Parliament and using his father's Arab-English dictionary (inset), and on Monday he was announced dux of his Melbourne school after scoring a near-perfect 96.65 ATAR.
'I just shot my shot at an Uber driver!' VERY determined woman details her elaborate quest to seduce her 'fine' taxi driver in viral Twitter story with a soul-crushing ending
Twitter user @KelliAmirah recently found herself in an Uber in Washington, DC, with a very attractive driver. Not having the confidence to ask him out, she made the wily move of leaving her phone charger in the car as an excuse to contact him again. In a series of tweets that have since gone viral, the woman told her story, ending with her successfully making a move, but then discovering he is married.
Knifeman shouting 'kill all Muslims' stabs a man on a train before chasing passengers through a station in London, witnesses say
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: A man was injured during the attack at Forest Hill station in south-east London this afternoon and is currently being treated in hospital. Witnesses said the man was waving his arm around in the air and shouting 'Death to Muslims' as he 'marched up and down' outside the station after the attack (left). A British Transport Police spokesman said: 'We are investigating the circumstances of the Forest Hill incident, but at this time we are not treating it as terrorism-related.' The alleged attacker, pictured right, was detained by police in the area minutes after the attack (inset).
EXCLUSIVE: 'Catwoman' Jocelyn Wildenstein's ex-boyfriend claims she 'lied' about assault and theft as 'revenge' for break-up, adding she has blown her $2.5 billion divorce settlement on plastic surgery and HE supports HER
Friends claim Wildenstein's accusations are nothing but a spiteful tit-for-tat bid to discredit couturier Lloyd Klein for walking out on her.
Klein is accused of assaulting Wildenstein while trying to collect some of his belongings from their ritzy apartment. He is also charged with taking an iPhone, a Swiss ID, a cell phone case and a credit card. But he says the socialite is virtually penniless and was financially reliant on him - despite her $2.5 billion divorce settlement. She is currently fighting two lawsuits for nonpayment, DailyMail,com has learned Wildenstein, 71, also claims the Canadian-born fashion mogul grabbed and pushed her to the ground. His arrest comes just days after Wildenstein was arrested for attacking Klein at their once shared apartment. The warring couple are now banned from going within 1,000 yards of one another or speaking by phone, email or text.
The tycoons who make more money than the heads of Facebook and Apple: Meet the eight highest-paid private equity titans whose deals with the likes of Twinkies made them up to $800MILLION in one year
The top executives of America's largest private equity firms, like Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone, take home on average 10 times the amount of money as do the CEOs of banks. Schwarzman (right) raked in $800million last year, while Leon Black (left), the founder of Apollo Global Management, earned $200million. Apollo was one of the private equity firms responsible for the dramatic 2013 turnaround of Hostess Brands, maker of the famous Twinkies (inset). After declaring bankruptcy the year before, Hostess is now worth as much as $2.3billion.
Philip the playful prince: Unseen Royal home videos show the Duke of Edinburgh larking about aboard the Britannia and bowling COW PATS at a young Prince Charles
The Duke of Edinburgh's softer side was revealed in footage of intimate family moments shown on television today as part of a documentary marking the 60th anniversary of his award scheme. The previously unseen images looked back at the 1960s and touching moments between the Royal couple and their children, with Philip even seen bowling cow pats (inset) for a young Prince Charles to bat away, while the young Prince of Wales was also seen larking about with friends (bottom right). The Duke of Edinburgh was seen messing around in his bathing suit aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, sliding along the wet deck (top right). The hour-long special featured Prince Philip being interviewed by 'daytime television royalty' Phillip Schofield (left), who met his match in the witty and pithy Duke.
Robo-butlers, self-assembling made-to-order rooms and spa treatments based on DNA analysis: Inside the hotels of 2060
The hotels of the future have been revealed - and they are very different indeed from lodgings that travellers are used to today. Visitors can expect to sleep in beds that self-assemble, to have pre-programmed dreams thanks to neuro-technology (top left), eat food based on DNA analysis (bottom right), check in using DNA (inset) and stay in hotels that will be fully sustainable (bottom left). Health treatments, meanwhile, will be based on DNA, too (top right). The revelations come courtesy of Dr James Canton of the Institute for Global Futures in San Francisco, who produced an eye-opening report on the hotels of the future.
I'm the mane attraction round here! Lion freaks out when he comes face-to-face with toddler dressed as a cub
Incredible footage shows baby Aryeh high fiving a magnificent male lion from behind the glass of its enclosure at Zoo Atlanta His godfather said: 'The lions were immediately interested in our little lion cub, and it wasn't long before they couldn't stand their curiosity any longer and came right up to the glass. Aryeh was completely unfazed and interacted with the lions for a few minutes.'
She said YES! Unsuspecting pair of love birds are caught on camera during an impromptu bended knee marriage proposal at a beauty spot by a passing photographer
A love struck man got down on bended knee and proposed to the love of his life - and the tender moment was captured by a professional photographer who just happened to be passing. Tree surgeon Paul Groves took his girlfriend Christina Dales to Newquay Headland in Cornwall on Sunday before asking her to marry him. Sports photographer Robert Taylor, who was taking pictures of a surfing competition nearby, spotted Paul drop to one knee - and instinctively got his camera out and managed to capture every stage of the romantic proposal. And it was something of a whirlwind romance for the pair, who met through mutual friends at a dinner dance only one year ago.
The dramatic moment three pedestrians are almost killed when a bus skids on ice and heads straight towards them
The bus went into a slide after swerving out of the way of an oncoming car in the Ortahisar district of north-eastern Turkey's Trabzon Province. Three people walking down the hill were nearly crushed between the bus and a wall but one turned around, saw the oncoming vehicle and shouted a warning. Two of the pedestrians managed to jump over the wall while the third - apparently an old lady - dodged around the end of it as the bus hit the wall where they had been walking a split second earlier.
Moment documentary maker 'is punched, kicked and choked by five migrants' after entering 'no-go' zone in Swedish city
US producer Ami Horowitz travelled to Stockholm in Sweden to film a documentary examining the effects of immigration in the country. But after entering the Husby area of the city, he claims he was immediately set upon by a gang of men who took objection to him filming. A sound recording captures the moment he says he was set upon in an 'unprovoked attack' before being dragged off to a nearby building. The audio goes silent after his microphone goes out of range.
This e-cig is the bomb! North Korean guard is amazed by electronic cigarette after finding it in British tourist's bag and mistaking it for explosives - before giving it a try
A baffled North Korean border railway guard took his first puff of an electronic cigarette that he confiscated from British tourist Del Dinsdale (inset). The official thought the e-cig was a 'bomb' but gave it a try once Mr Dinsdale explained it was a vapour cigarette. Strict rules in the communist country means tourists are usually forbidden from taking photos of officials but the guard was so amazed that he happily posed for photos.
Police arrest 'thug who booted a woman down stairs in a Berlin underground station' after bodyguard to Lady Gaga and Charlize Theron offered a $3000 reward
The incident in October was captured in a video shared this week, showing a thug kicking a young woman down a flight of stairs at the metro station in the German capital of Belin. Witnesses were initially shy in coming forward, but now that bodyguard Michael Kuehr, 54, has offered €2,000 (£1,677) to anyone stopping the attacker and his three accomplices, police are questioning a man in relation to the incident. Mr Kuehr claimed he 'almost had to vomit during breakfast' when he saw the footage.
'We are almost there. Hold on!': The dramatic moment that two passers-by spot a dog drowning in a frozen lake and spring into action to save him
Surrounded by ice, Chernish the dog faced a battle for survival as he paddled for his life in a freezing pond in the Pskov Oblast region of Russia, but thankfully a work crew came to the rescue.
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When it comes to sibling rivalry, there is often nothing more dramatic than a fight over fight - and it seems that even extends to guinea pigs, too! An adorable video has surfaced showing the moment the two cute-as-a-button rodents squabbling over a baby carrot. The clip, which recently appeared on the video sharing website Jukin Media, shows the pair of siblings trying to overpower the other for the vegetable. After some to-ing and fro-ing, it finally goes to the guinea pig sitting on the left. Sadly, the one on the right comes out with just a tiny, broken-off piece in its mouth.
No wonder it's abandoned! Inside German doctor's home and surgery filled with creepy surgical implements and KIDNEY specimens
A German doctor's vacant home and surgery was left behind, filled with spooky belongings. Urologist Doctor Klaus Kraft died in 1988 and his home was left to rot, 30 years after his death. Inside the home, kidneys soak in jars (top left), surgical equipment rusts (bottom left) and a treatment chair moulds (right).
Kanga-mew: Cat learns to get around by hopping like a kangaroo after its front legs were 'fried off' by electric shock
Able, a brown and white moggy, gets around by hopping like a kangaroo. The three-year-old cat's front paws and tail were fried off in an electric shock. He was found lying in an alley in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The accident was so loud that neighbours thought a bomb had gone off. It took two years for Able to fully recover but now he can jump onto high ledges.