Famous TV actor Alan Thicke has died age 69 on Wednesday. Thicke, known for his role as the father the popular ABC television series Growing Pains, had a heart attack while playing hockey with his son, TMZ reported. The Canadian-born actor was transported to hospital around noon where he was later pronounced dead.
Tony Abbott hits out at unemployed people receiving welfare because they have 'a bad back or a bit of depression'
NEW Tony Abbott says governments have been far too quick to offer welfare payments to people with 'bad backs or a bit of depression', and hit out at unemployed people who refuse to take a job. Reflecting on the prevalence of the welfare payment, the former prime minister said for those who find it impossible to find work, 'fair enough' they need to be looked after. 'We were far too ready to put people on the disability support pension with bad backs, a bit of depression and so on and these are not permanent conditions,' he told Ray Hadley on 2GB radio on Wednesday.
Two women 'filmed carrying out a brazen drug deal' in broad daylight on a packed Melbourne train - and they don't seem to mind who sees
A railway worker named only as Jason said two men who seemed to be on drugs got on a train at St Auburns station with two women who exchanged money before taking pills out of a prescription bottle. He recorded the moment one woman popped an object into her mouth as the other held the bottle open on the seat for her. Jason added that one man staggered off the train as this was going on, while another was smoking inside the carriage.
NEW A police dog has allegedly been left in the back of a hot police wagon for an hour in 30 degree heat. Adam Semaan, 30, said he heard the dog barking and spotted the dog in a parked van outside Surry Hills Police Station in inner-Sydney on Wednesday morning. Mr Semaan, who lives nearby, said the dog was still in the van an hour later when he returned and has demanded better treatment in a picture posted to Facebook.
'They are animals': Landscaper, 21, recalls the moment he and a colleague were 'bashed and whipped with belts by gang of African teenagers' in a vicious attack while they worked at St Kilda beach
A young landscaper has spoken out about the moment he was attacked by a gang of African teenagers while working as a landscaper at St Kilda beach in Melbourne. Andrew, 21, was working with his colleague, Nathan, outside the Life Saving Club on Monday evening when he was targeted in the unprovoked attack that saw him stomped on and whipped with a belt by people he describes as 'animals'. Nathan warned Andrew about a dozen of teenagers who appeared to be of African appearance were pushing their way through temporary fencing onto the work site. Despite yelling at the group to leave the work site, they were attacked. 'They've all just stopped, looked at me, and without saying a word have come and attacked me,' Andrew said.
'You will come to a premature end': Fallen AFL star Ben Cousins walks free from court with a sobering warning from the judge and a $2,000 fine for domestic violence and drug charges
Ben Cousins (left, right) walked free from court on Tuesday but not without a stern warning from a Perth magistrate and a $2000 fine for breaching a violence restraining order and drug charges. 'If you keep on taking drugs you will end up coming to a premature end,' Magistrate Stephen Wilson told Armadale Magistrates Court. Cousins pleaded guilty to two drug offences and two breaches of a VRO (violence restraining order).
Nesting? Bindi Irwin shops for a double bed and homewares with boyfriend Chandler Powell...after reports they are moving in together and ready to get married
For the last month, they've been dodging rumours that they're moving in together, having a baby and getting married. But last week, Bindi Irwin and boyfriend Chandler Powell added fuel to the fire after they were spotted shopping for a double bed and homeware items in Brisbane, Queensland. While out and about, the pair showed off big smiles as they were seen stopping to look at bed fixtures, desk fans and flat pack items.
The grinch who stole Christmas lights: Heartless woman caught on camera pinching festive decorations from a young family's front yard
A heartless woman was caught on CCTV allegedly stealing Christmas decorations from a young family's front yard in Taylors Hill, Victoria. The thief can be seen filling a black garbage bag with lights and signs (left, right). A spokesperson for Victoria Police said they were aware of the CCTV footage, but have not yet received a report in relation to the incident.
Factory manager who claimed he was shunned from work syndicate's $40m Powerball jackpot LOSES his bid for a share of the prize
Brendan King (pictured left) from Sydney, sued the lottery syndicate organiser, Robert Adams (right), claiming he was owed $2.7 million after the mammoth $40 million Powerball win in May. In NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday, Justice John Sacker found there had been two separate syndicates and Mr Adams had bought a ticket in the May lotto only using funds he received from the winning syndicate members, with no contribution from Mr King.
Chilling video shows Australian woman, 23, walking down notorious Khaosan Road in Bangkok minutes before she 'was raped by tuk tuk driver' - as Thai police give bizarre reason for NOT believing her story
A young Australian woman's rape claims have been publicly doubted by Thai police who say she reported the incident 'too quickly' for the story to be likely. The young woman says she was raped by her tuk tuk driver and his friend before escaping on the back of a motorcycle and reporting the matter to police. She was caught on CCTV walking down Bangkok's notorious Khaosan Road with a friend at about 3.40am, just minutes before she got in to the tuk tuk with the alleged rapist driver.
'I can't feel anything Meg. I love you so much': Groom is paralysed in front of his bride-to-be after accidentally diving into a sandbar during their joint bachelor-bachelorette party
Meg Alexander, 29, and Brett Greenhill were due to tie the knot in just ten weeks time when tragedy struck.
The active couple - who loved to run out and work out together - had been holding a joint bachelor/ bachelorette party on the beach in Naples, Florida, on December 3 when Greenhill decided to go swimming. While his friends and fiance stayed on the beach, the 39-year-old had dived into the ocean. The next thing friends saw, was Greenhill floating motionless in the water. Alexander, 29, says friends helped drag him from the water and called 911. 'I can't feel anything. Meg, I love you so much and I'm so sorry. I love you so much,' she said he told her.
The little girl who can't eat or drink: Rare condition means toddler has to be fed through her HEART - because her intestines are outside her body
A two-year-old girl was born with her intestines on the outside of her body. Mayana Wyles-Dudman (pictured left and right with her grandmother Eileen Dudman ) cannot go swimming, taste food or drink water because she suffers from a rare birth defect called gastroschisis after her abdomen failed to form properly in the womb. The Queensland girl requires constant care and relies on a feeding line into her heart so she can only eat liquid nutrients through a tube to keep her healthy. Her body needs to be kept dry in a silo bag (left) at all times so there is no risk of any infection - a task that her grandmother tackles alone as a single mother-of-two.
From Joanna the singing schoolgirl to Liam Neeson's lovesick stepson Sam, where the cast of Love Actually are now (and some careers have fared better than others)
Since its release in 2003, Love Actually has become a bona fide Christmas classic. The singing schoolgirl Joanna (top left), played by Olivia Olson (below left), is now 24, and still singing and acting in LA, while her secret admirer Sam (above, second from left), played by Thomas Brodie Sangster (below, second from left), has appeared in Game of Thrones and the Maze Runner. Martine McCutcheon, who played Downing Street staffer Natalie (above, third from left), was recently announced as a Loose Women panellist (below, third from left), while shy Karl (above, third from right), played by the hunky Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, now stars in the HBO hit Westworld (below, third from right). Hugh Grant, who starred as Prime Minister David 13 years ago (above, second from right), just picked up a Best Actor award for his performance in Florence Foster Jenkins alongside Meryl Streep (below, second from right), and Peter (above, right), picked up Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his role in 12 Years a Slave (below, right).
Time for a cool change! Temperatures to plummet at 4pm as cold front hits Sydney - before rain sends the mercury below 20C tonight
Temperatures are expected to drop rapidly as a cold front sweeps across the southeast coast, turning the heat down 16 degrees. Relief will wash over the Sydney CBD about 4pm on Wednesday, with temperatures expected to fall below 30 'rather rapidly' after a scorching top of 38 degrees, Weatherzone senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje told Daily Mail Australia. The humidity will bring showers overnight and keep temperatures just below 20 degrees. (Bondi Beach in Sydney's east is pictured).
Duterte's back-street butchers: Bodies pile up in the Philippines as crackdown claims 5,900 lives in five months and the president declares 'You want me to stop? Then stop taking drugs'
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has pushed the death toll to 5,927 since he took office in June vowing to get rid of narcotics in the country. The radical leader insists he is not a killer, despite the country's streets being littered with dead bodies due to his crackdown on illicit drugs (main and inset). President Duterte said he is not about to pull the plug on his operation, but would happily allow citizens to enjoy Christmas and New Year in peace if people stopped taking drugs.
Who did YOU have a crush on? The most lusted after romantic heroes of all time are revealed... and Richard Gere and Julia Roberts lead the way
Australians have voted, and revealed their favourite romantic comedies and who they lusted after in them, with Pretty Woman taking out the top spot on the list. A survey showed that Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (left) are the top romantic heroes. For women Audrey Hepburn (top centre) and Jennifer Aniston (top right) also ranked well. When it came to men Patrick Swayze (bottom right) and Hugh Grant (bottom centre) were up there too.
The most heartbreaking, powerful, and astonishing pictures of 2016: News agency AFP releases its best photographs of the year
This collection of images is taken from Agence France Presse, or AFP's 'Pictures of the Year 2016' - a selection of the press agency's most important and powerful photographs from the past year. Every year AFP, which has photographers around the globe, chooses a selection of their most powerful, moving, shocking or fascinating images, offering a look back at the highlights - and lowlights - of the last 12 months. Pictured, left, a woman is sprayed by police during a public sector protest against austerity measures in Brazil. Top right, A biker shows off his 12-year-old cat named Chiquinho, which always rides with him on his motorbike, also in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bottom right, people watch the Euro 2016 final match between Portugal and France on a giant screen near the Eiffel Tower, while Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo is evacuated on a stretcher after being injured
'I don't want to sit next to a screaming baby': Mother carrying an infant is kicked out of first class seat by passengers who are angry because she didn't have the right ticket... but who is in the right?
Tyrone Williams, from Bromley, shared a video that captured the moment when the woman was forced out of her seat despite the fact she had an infant in a sling. The mother sat down in the first class section of a Southern Rail train to Brighton. However, fellow passengers argued that she shouldn't be allowed to sit there because she doesn't have a first class ticket but the mother points out it is a priority seat. Southern Rail say that priority seats in first class are available to ticket holders only unless it has been declassified due to disruption.
'They raped me until I fainted': Yazidi women who were sexually assaulted hundreds of times while kept as ISIS slaves are awarded human rights prize
Lamiya Aji Bashar, 18, and Nadia Murad, 23, are two of thousands of Yazidi women and girls who have been abused by the terror group. Lamiya (pictured, right, with Nadia), who lost the sight in one eye when she was injured by a landmine while escaping in March, said the Sakharov Prize for human rights was one 'for every woman and girl who has been sexually enslaved' by ISIS.
It was acceptable in the eighties! Hilarious photos showcase classic haircuts from the decade style forgot - including permed poodle cuts and monstrous mullets
Awkward Family Photos have shared some of the most outlandish hairdos from the decade. It seems that the rule of thumb is the bigger the hair the better with perms and mullets making a regular appearance. Some adventurous men can be seen getting creative with their fronts and sides as well as the back of their head.
'I know what it's like to feel emotionally and physically flat': Cancer survivor who lost both her breasts at 35 launches fashion blog to help others navigate dressing after mastectomies
After Genevieve Esgate, 38, from NSW, survived breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, she struggled to find clothes which suited her. Here, the mother of two (pictured left with her son before she had cancer) talks to FEMAIL about launching a fashion blog for breast cancer survivors (pictured right on the blog).
From economic powerhouse to a bombed-out shell of a city: Historic images show how tourists flocked to Aleppo to visit the world's largest markets and admire the ancient buildings
For centuries, the city in the north of the country was Syria's economic and cultural powerhouse, attracting tourists from around the world to its celebrated heritage sites and modern buildings. But the war that erupted across Syria in 2011 exploded into Aleppo in the summer of 2012, when rebel fighters took over the east of the city, leaving it in ruins, inset. Pictured left is Aleppo's citadel while right are the the stalls and shops in the city's old sooks.
Some-fin very special! Incredible moment Australian champion Mick Fanning surfs underneath the majestic Northern Lights
Seeing the Northern Lights majestically shimmer across the Norwegian skyline is a bucket list item for many. But surfing underneath the iridescent green glow as the lights bounced off the icy cold water took Mick Fanning's experience to a whole other level. The three-time ASP World Tour champion said he could not help but scream with excitement when he saw the lights peaking out from beyond a mountain top and rushed to get into the icy water as photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsaeth sat poised on the beach to capture the unprecedented event on film.
'Worst idea ever!' Heart-stopping moment young boy almost shoots himself with a GUN he found in his grandpa's shed
Harrison Woods (inset) is lucky to be alive after he nearly shot himself in the foot with a gun he found in his grandpa's shed (right) while holidaying in New Zealand. The video shows Harrison attempting to reload the gun (left), before it becomes 'stuck.' 'Safety off... oh no it's stuck... oh c***,' Harrison says before the gun goes off. 'Ah, that was the worst idea ever, I just shot that when it was on my foot.' Luckily for Harrison the bullet misses his foot, but the close encounter doesn't seem to bother him as he goes on shooting things in the backyard.
Haunting footage captures an ISIS suicide bomber calmly strolling into a Cairo church before killing 25 Christians in a savage attack
Horrifying footage showing the moment an ISIS suicide bomber killed 25 Christians at a Cairo church has been released by the Egyptian government. Abu Abdallah al-Masri detonated a 12kg bomb targeting Cairo 's main Coptic Christian community killing six children and 19 adults, mostly women. A further 49 were wounded in the savage attack on Sunday.
Young soldier with a promising career as an officer who broke up with his girlfriend and vanished a day after his 24th birthday 'may have been living a double life for 17 years'
A soldier who vanished more than 17 years ago could have been leading a 'double life' in an extraordinary case. A man has told a court he saw Lieutenant Sean Sargent (pictured) at a Brisbane gay bar in the days after he vanished in 1999. A number of previous girlfriends of the lieutenant indicated he could have been gay, and he reportedly broke up with his girlfriend in the weeks before he went missing.
Heartbreaking ruins of a 4,000-year-old city as the brutal Battle for Aleppo finally ends after four and a half years: Assad's troops reveal epic destruction that has virtually razed the world heritage site to the ground
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: A ceasefire deal has been struck between the pro-Syrian government forces and the rebels effectively ending the battle for Aleppo that has raged for many years. It comes as the once proud Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo, also known as the 'Great Mosque' now lies in ruins in the middle of Aleppo following intense fighting. Several of the walls surrounding the UNESCO-listed building have been destroyed and pro-government fighters have been inspected looking on at the ruins. And images emerging of Aleppo's citadel and the old city also show how it has been destroyed by the bloody conflict that has left over 30,000 people dead.
Man, 60, who lived with huge 12kg facial tumour for 47 years has it removed after successful surgery in Nepal
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, 60, developed the tumour in his childhood and suffered with it for 47 years before it was removed by surgeons in his native Nepal. Mr Bhattarai suffers from neurofibromatosis, a rare condition where non-cancerous tumours grow in the nervous system which is caused by mutations in genes. The tumour was found to weigh almost two stone after the seven-hour surgery but the 60-year-old is now recovering well.
'They have an amazing friendship': The incredible bond between a disabled little girl and her best friend is captured in adorable video
A heartwarming video has captured the incredible bond between a disabled little girl and her best friend. Madison Cobb, eight, who has a number of conditions including a rare blood disorder and a brain disease, met Eliza Hazlewood, seven, at kindergarten three years ago. Despite being in a wheelchair, having limited verbal communication and suffering more than 230 epileptic seizures a day, Madison, from NSW, attends a mainstream school and enjoys going to the movies, bowling and playing sports with her friends.
Mother-of-three who was accused of 'abusing' her children by spending $3000 on their Christmas gifts last year will be buying them 96 gifts EACH this December
Emma Tapping, 28, from the Isle of Man, inset, will be making sure they each get 96 gifts - even though they still haven't used many of the items they were given last festive season. She was accused of 'abusing' and spoiling her children by lavishing them with the gifts that cost £1,500 in 2015, left. But the mother-of-three said the criticism hasn't put her off spending lavishly again this Christmas and this year she started her present-buying in July when she armed herself with a suitcase to carry everything home - and shared a snap of this year's tree on Facebook, right.
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What the first map-makers REALLY thought of the Americas: Map made for King Philip II to show off 'Spanish Empire' in 1562 reveals landscape full of mermaids, giants, sea serpents, and cannibals
For Europeans of the 16th century, the lands that lay across the Atlantic harboured wonders both dangerous and unknown - a 'New World' guarded by sea monsters, cannibals, and giants. A map crafted in 1562 by esteemed chartmaker Diego Gutiérrez and Dutch engraver Hieronymous Cock highlights the extraordinary views of the time, revealing a description of the Americas that combines fact with folklore and propaganda. Pictured top left, one of the map's many sea monsters can be seen. It also features mermaids (top center) and giants in Patagonia (top right).
Cy-bare warfare! Russia holds competition to find Putin's next hacker where boffins are distracted by STIPPERS to test their nerve
Russia is searching for its next generation of computer programmers with the help of some very distracting strippers. Boffins in Moscow are being tested on their ability to great a 'prototype programme under very difficult conditions'. As they beaver away on their laptops, scantily-clad women approach and attempt to put them off their work.
There's snow stopping him! Genius boy rapidly clears his drive by making a snowplow with his HOVERBOARD
Clearing the drive of snow after a heavy dump is normally an arduous task. But one genius boy has found a way to speed up the painstaking process. The youngster created a makeshift snowplow with his hoverboard at his home in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The boy rapidly rolled up and down his drive while shovelling snow at either side.