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Eager parents show off the decorative trees they started putting up in SEPTEMBER

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In what has been one of the toughest years in some families’ lives, Australians have decided to lift their spirits by decorating for Christmas three months early – but not everyone agrees with the sentiment.

A host of parents have started sharing photos of their six foot towering trees on Facebook, complete with decorative baubles, matching reindeer statues and stockings for each child. 

On September 30 one woman wrote: ‘Well I posted on my page saying that I was getting a little excited for Christmas and after the crappy year we had I thought I’d start early, but so many “friends” proceeded to give me their unwanted opinions about how crazy I am’

‘First tree up and several rooms to go.’

Her green tree was tinged with white flecks and covered in matching white baubles, with a Nutcracker character, Santa Claus and reindeer statue beside it

Her green tree was tinged with white flecks and covered in matching white baubles, with a Nutcracker character, Santa Claus and reindeer statue beside it

Her green tree was tinged with white flecks and covered in matching white baubles, with a Nutcracker character, Santa Claus and reindeer statue beside it

A Queenslander took to social media to share her incredible living room filled with Christmas-related paraphernalia, saying that it took her a fortnight to put together

A Queenslander took to social media to share her incredible living room filled with Christmas-related paraphernalia, saying that it took her a fortnight to put together

'The inside is finished! It has taken me two weeks to do but I'm so happy. I won't start the outside and back deck until December 1 so things don't fade in our Queensland heat,' she said on October 4

'The inside is finished! It has taken me two weeks to do but I'm so happy. I won't start the outside and back deck until December 1 so things don't fade in our Queensland heat,' she said on October 4

A Queenslander took to social media to share her incredible living room filled with Christmas-related paraphernalia, saying that it took her a fortnight to put together

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Her green tree was tinged with white flecks and covered in matching white baubles, with a Nutcracker character, Santa Claus and reindeer statue beside it.

On October 1 a number of other Christmas lovers followed suit with their own designs, saying ‘our tree is up although hubby isn’t happy about it’ and ‘early? Said no one ever!’  

‘Okay I decided to put my new Christmas tree up much to my husband’s disbelief… he was super quiet during the erection process,’ said one woman on October 2.

‘He did help though and his only comment was “are you just looking at it or keeping it up?”. My answer was “keeping it up”. It’s staying naked for a while as I like to rest my trees before decorating it. Also I have a bad hand so it takes its toll on me and I have six big trees to put up. That is going to take a while.’

On October 1 a number of other Christmas lovers followed suit with their own designs, saying 'our tree is up although hubby isn't happy about it' and 'early? Said no one ever!'

On October 1 a number of other Christmas lovers followed suit with their own designs, saying 'our tree is up although hubby isn't happy about it' and 'early? Said no one ever!'

'Okay I decided to put my new Christmas tree up much to my husbands disbelief... he was super quiet during the erection process,' said one woman on October 2

'Okay I decided to put my new Christmas tree up much to my husbands disbelief... he was super quiet during the erection process,' said one woman on October 2

On October 1 a number of other Christmas lovers followed suit with their own designs, saying ‘our tree is up although hubby isn’t happy about it’ and ‘early? Said no one ever!’

Some joked that reindeer just 'wandered' into the front room in their house before they could stop them

Some joked that reindeer just 'wandered' into the front room in their house before they could stop them

Some joked that reindeer just ‘wandered’ into the front room in their house before they could stop them

‘This is my 2020 tree! Time for some sparkle and cheer in this difficult year,’ said another lady on October 3. 

A Queenslander took to social media to share her incredible living room filled with Christmas-related paraphernalia, saying that it took her a fortnight to put together. 

‘The inside is finished! It has taken me two weeks to do but I’m so happy. I won’t start the outside and back deck until December 1 so things don’t fade in our Queensland heat,’ she said on October 4.  

There has been an outpouring of excitement from those who believe September and early October is the perfect time to start preparing for the holiday season.

‘I think we need a bit happiness and joy after the year that has been. We move house in two weeks. Mine will all be coming out of storage then and going up. We do Christmas lights and a friend of mine said my street goes nuts with decorating so clearly I will fit in well,’ said one person.

There has been an outpouring of excitement from those who believe September and early October is the perfect time to start preparing for the holiday season

There has been an outpouring of excitement from those who believe September and early October is the perfect time to start preparing for the holiday season

There has been an outpouring of excitement from those who believe September and early October is the perfect time to start preparing for the holiday season

'It's 2020. I'm disappointed people haven't put up the tree in July!' Joked another

'It's 2020. I'm disappointed people haven't put up the tree in July!' Joked another

‘It’s 2020. I’m disappointed people haven’t put up the tree in July!’ Joked another

‘It’s 2020. I’m disappointed people haven’t put up the tree in July!’ Joked another.   

Others were inclined to leave the decorating until late November or December 1 and said they ‘couldn’t believe’ how early people were starting.

‘What happened to the December 1 tradition?’ One woman said.

‘I don’t have the energy to start now… definitely holding off a little while longer,’ said another. 

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Nice terror attack: Two beheaded, several wounded, attacker arrested, police source says

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At least three people have been killed – two of them beheaded – and several others stabbed in a terrorist knife attack at a cathedral in Nice.

The attack began around 9am just as Mass at the Notre Dame basilica – the largest Roman Catholic church in Nice – was getting underway.

Police quickly swarmed the area, where they shot and arrested the attack, who has been taken to hospital. A police source said it appears he was acting alone.  

The city’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, tweeted: ‘I am on site with the [police] who arrested the perpetrator of the attack. 

‘I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice.’

Scene of the attack

Scene of the attack

Scene of the attack

Scene of the attack

At least two people have been killed and several others wounded after what is believed to be a terrorist knife attack at the Notre Dame basilica in Nice

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The attack is just the latest to strike France, after an 18-year-old Pakistani stabbed a wounded two people outside the old offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The man has admitted to police that he was targeting the magazine for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Earlier this month a French history teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded in another attack north of Paris – also over cartoons of the Prophet.

Paty was stabbed by an 18-year-old Chechen after he showed the cartoons to his students during a lesson on free speech.

Parents of pupils at the school had led a campaign against him, before the attack took place. Seven have been arrested. 

It also comes amid mass protests in many Islamic countries against Emmanuel Macron, after the French President spoke up in defence of the cartoons. 

Tweeting in Arabic, he wrote: ‘Nothing makes us hold back, ever. We respect all differences in the spirit of peace. We never accept hate speech and defend rational debate. 

The attack is thought to have begun around 9am before police were called, and arrested the perpetrator. The area is now cordoned off

The attack is thought to have begun around 9am before police were called, and arrested the perpetrator. The area is now cordoned off

The attack is thought to have begun around 9am before police were called, and arrested the perpetrator. The area is now cordoned off

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‘We will always stand by human dignity and universal values.’ 

His remarks have prompted demonstrations in Gaza, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and boycotts of French products in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Palestinian territories.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has led outrage at Macron, suggesting that he is mentally ill and needs to have his health evaluated.

More to follow… 

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Boyfriend is hung upside-down for half an hour by his girlfriend’s disapproving mother and father 

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A man was hung upside-down for half an hour in Indonesia because his girlfriend’s parents disapproved of the young couple living together without their permission.  

Mario Natriti, 23, moved in with his lover Desiana, 20, in East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia on 20 October.

His girlfriend’s family were furious when they discovered the couple were living together – which is said to have broken a custom that prohibits partners from staying with each other without their elder’s permission.

The enraged parents forced their daughter to return home before interrogating Mario and hanging him upside-down.

Footage from a concerned neighbour shows Mario strung up against a wooden fence while the family calmly talk with local soldiers. 

Mario Natriti, 23, is pictured hanging upside-down in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Mario Natriti, 23, is pictured hanging upside-down in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

While Mario was strung upside-down, the family chatted with a group of local soldiers (pictured)

While Mario was strung upside-down, the family chatted with a group of local soldiers (pictured)

Mario Natriti, 23, was strung upside-down (left) near his girlfriend’s parents’ home after they found out he and their daughter had moved in together without their permission. Mario was left hanging for half an hour while the girl’s parents chatted with a group of local soldiers (right)

Mario stayed in the agonising position for half an hour before his legs gave in and he fell.

He complained of a severe headache upon returning home and was taken to the hospital by his family. There were no immediate signs of any lasting injuries.

The young man’s raging mother, Tujuh Juli Yuli, described the incident as an ‘inhumane abuse’ against her son.

She said: ‘I cried after seeing my son being treated like an animal like that. Not only was he hung upside-down, he was also slapped several times.

Mario is pictured surrounded by police as he recovers from the ordeal in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Police said they will be going to the girlfriend's house to question her parents

Mario is pictured surrounded by police as he recovers from the ordeal in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Police said they will be going to the girlfriend's house to question her parents

Mario is pictured surrounded by police as he recovers from the ordeal in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Police said they will be going to the girlfriend’s house to question her parents  

‘I hope for justice for my child’s rights. He was treated like an animal. My kid is not a criminal who has to be hanged and tortured and being made into a show for the public.’

The mother reported the incident to the police and provided them a copy of the video as evidence.

Southwest Sumba Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Joseph Mandagi said they are now investigating the incident and will go to the girlfriend’s house to question the parents.

He said: ‘We are working on the testimony of the witnesses and see what violations we can charge against the people involved.’

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Giant hail to batter Australia’s east coast TONIGHT

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Monster hail and damaging winds will batter Australia’s east coast, and a man has already died after being hit by a falling tree in fierce storms. 

Giant hail stones, damaging winds and heavy rain fall will hit the New South Wales mid-north coast and south-west on Thursday night.

A severe storm warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the eastern parts of the state, spanning from Newcastle up to Lismore on the Queensland border. 

Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding spanning several hours in the affected regions, including Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Orange, Tamworth, Moree, and Dubbo.

Giant hail stones, damaging winds and heavy rain fall will hit the New South Wales mid-north coast and south-west on Thursday night. Pictured: Hail in Allgomera, northern NSW

Giant hail stones, damaging winds and heavy rain fall will hit the New South Wales mid-north coast and south-west on Thursday night. Pictured: Hail in Allgomera, northern NSW

Giant hail stones, damaging winds and heavy rain fall will hit the New South Wales mid-north coast and south-west on Thursday night. Pictured: Hail in Allgomera, northern NSW

A severe storm warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the eastern parts of the state, spanning from Newcastle up to Lismore .

A severe storm warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the eastern parts of the state, spanning from Newcastle up to Lismore .

A severe storm warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the eastern parts of the state, spanning from Newcastle up to Lismore .

BoM forecaster David Wilkie told Daily Mail Australia parts of the far south-west could potentially be hit with thunder and strong wind gusts.

‘Severe storms in far south west of the state that are currently moving through South Australia will impact overnight tonight,’ he said.

‘We have a potential for storms tomorrow, with the risk of large hail and damaging winds being the main concern.’

Thunderstorm activity has hit the nation’s east hard since Sunday, causing flooding and destruction across swaths of NSW.

BoM forecaster David Wilkie told Daily Mail Australia that parts of the far south-west could potentially be hit with thunder and strong wind gusts

BoM forecaster David Wilkie told Daily Mail Australia that parts of the far south-west could potentially be hit with thunder and strong wind gusts

BoM forecaster David Wilkie told Daily Mail Australia that parts of the far south-west could potentially be hit with thunder and strong wind gusts

Pictured: Hail in Ballina, NSW

Pictured: Hail in Ballina, NSW

Pictured: Hail in Seelands, NSW

Pictured: Hail in Seelands, NSW

Mammoth hail stones up to 8cm wide were seen near Tweed Heads on Thursday. Pictured: Hail in Ballina and Seelands

On Wednesday evening, a tree fell on a Ford Ranger driven by a 68-year-old man in Armidale, in the state’s north-west.

The branch fell across the roof and bonnet trapping him inside, police said in a statement.

‘He was eventually released and treated at the scene before being taken to Armidale Hospital, where he died on Thursday.’ 

Mammoth hail stones up to 8cm wide were seen near Tweed Heads on Thursday.

About 27mm of rain fell near Logan’s Crossing and there was about 6-5cm of rain at McKees Hill.

Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding spanning several hours in the affected regions, including Coffs Harbour, Grafton (pictured on Wednesday), Orange, Tamworth, Moree and Dubbo

Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding spanning several hours in the affected regions, including Coffs Harbour, Grafton (pictured on Wednesday), Orange, Tamworth, Moree and Dubbo

Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding spanning several hours in the affected regions, including Coffs Harbour, Grafton (pictured on Wednesday), Orange, Tamworth, Moree and Dubbo

Sydney woke to the early part of the deluge on Thursday morning, with up to 35mm of rain expected to fall by the afternoon. 

Emergency services urged people to avoid floodwaters as parts of New South Wales brace for wild weather including thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds. 

‘Floodwater can wash out roads that once lay underneath and just 15cm of water can start to float a small car,’ an SES spokesman said. 

Mr Wilkie said the stormy weather is due to a low pressure system moving through the eastern parts of the state, causing mass amounts of rain and potential flooding.

‘Friday and Saturday will be stormy, with warning on both days, and Sunday could be another rainy day.

‘But possibly from Monday there’s a lower chance of showers.’ 

FIVE DAY WEATHER IN YOUR CITY 

SYDNEY  

Friday: Min 13. Max 22. Showers

Saturday: Min 17. Max 26. Storms

Sunday: Min 15. Max 22. Windy

Monday: Min 16. Max 22. Showers

Tuesday: Min 15. Max. 22. Cloudy 

MELBOURNE   

Friday: Min 13. Max 20. Showers

Saturday: Min 13. Max 18. Showers

Sunday: Min 11. Max 19. Cloudy

Monday: Min 9. Max 25. Sunny

Tuesday: Min 16. Max 28. Sunny

CANBERRA  

Friday: Min 7, Max 21. Storms

Saturday:   Min 11. Max 15. Heavy rain

Sunday: Min 10. Max 21. Showers

Monday: Min 9. Max 23. Cloudy

Tuesday: Min 9. Max 26. Sunny 

DARWIN  

Friday: Min 25, Max 34. Storms

Saturday:   Min 26. Max 34. Sunny

Sunday: Min 26. Max 35. Sunny

Monday: Min 27. Max 35. Sunny

Tuesday: Min 27. Max 34. Storms

BRISBANE   

Friday: Min 16, Max 31. Sunny

Saturday:  Min 20. Max 31. Storms

Sunday: Min 19. Max 33. Sunny

Monday: Min 19. Max 29. Sunny

Tuesday: Min 17. Max 29. Cloudy 

ADELAIDE  

Friday: Min 12. Max 20. Showers

Saturday:   Min 12. Max 21. Cloudy

Sunday: Min 10. Max 25. Sunny

Monday: Min 16. Max 31. Sunny

Tuesday: Min 20. Max 33. Cloudy 

PERTH   

Friday: Min 19. Max 36. Cloudy

Saturday:  Min 19. Max 26. Showers

Sunday: Min 13. Max 21. Showers

Monday: Min 12. Max 24. Cloudy

Tuesday: Min 13. Max 25. Cloudy 

HOBART   

Friday: Min 9. Max 18. Showers

Saturday:  Min 9. Max 19. Cloudy

Sunday: Min 10. Max 17. Cloudy

Monday: Min 10. Max 25. Cloudy

Tuesday: Min 17. Max 22. Showers

 Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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