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New South Wales will ease four-square-metre social distancing rule for outdoor venues on October 16

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New South Wales venues will now be allowed to serve more customers outdoors as the state lifts a controversial COVID-19 restriction raising hope for a summer of alfresco events. 

The current four-square-metre social distancing rule which determined how many people can be seated in a certain space will be reduced from October 16.

The new two-square-metre rule for outdoor venues will mean more people will be able to cram into areas such as rooftop bars and outdoor eateries.

Up to 500 people are now allowed seated at outdoor events – an increase on the current limit of just 20 people. 

Outdoor events like the Laneway Festival (pictured) will be allowed up to 500 people compared to the previous limit of just 20

Outdoor events like the Laneway Festival (pictured) will be allowed up to 500 people compared to the previous limit of just 20

Outdoor events like the Laneway Festival (pictured) will be allowed up to 500 people compared to the previous limit of just 20

Venues must use electronic sign in systems, such as QR code scanning, to take advantage of the new rules. 

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said  the rule change will help hospitality businesses heading into summer.   

‘Cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs can now open up to more people as we enter summer and this will help drive recovery and keep people in jobs,’ he said.

‘This is an important change and increasing capacity for patrons was something raised by many stakeholders at the recent Summer Summit.’

The announcement comes as NSW sits on knife edge with a surge in cases after 12 days with no community transmission.

NSW Health announced on Thursday 11 new coronavirus diagnoses, with six cases locally acquired.

Two of these were still under investigation.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Tuesday that the four-square-metre rule would be reduced to just two-square-metres at outdoor venues on October 16 (pictured, restaurant on October 4)

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Tuesday that the four-square-metre rule would be reduced to just two-square-metres at outdoor venues on October 16 (pictured, restaurant on October 4)

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Tuesday that the four-square-metre rule would be reduced to just two-square-metres at outdoor venues on October 16 (pictured, restaurant on October 4)

Three of the new locally acquired cases are linked to the GP practice in Holden Street, Lakemba, in Sydney’s south west.

One of the cases is a household contact of the man in his 70s in Bargo who was announced on Wednesday but included in Thursday’s numbers.

The sources of these two cases and a new infection in a man in his 50s from south-east Sydney are under investigation.

Health authorities are also desperately searching for students who attended two tutoring facilities in Sydney’s west after they were exposed to COVID-19.

Rooftop bars such as Argyle in The Rocks (pictured) and outdoor eateries will be allowed to serve more customers under the new two-square-metres rule

Rooftop bars such as Argyle in The Rocks (pictured) and outdoor eateries will be allowed to serve more customers under the new two-square-metres rule

Rooftop bars such as Argyle in The Rocks (pictured) and outdoor eateries will be allowed to serve more customers under the new two-square-metres rule

Anyone who attended Al-Jabr, A Different Class of Mathematics in Auburn between 4.30 and 8.45pm on October 8 or between 10am and 4.30pm on October 11 are urged to get tested and self-isolate.

Warnings have also been issued for students at Ace Tutoring in Parramatta between 9.30am-1.20pm on October 10.

Students who attended that tutoring class are considered close contacts and must isolate for 14 days.

Anyone else who attended ACE Tutoring on this day is considered a casual contact.   

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Queensland COVID quarantine dodger Haja Timbo granted bail to appear in court with two friends

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One of three women who sparked fears of a second wave of COVID in Queensland after allegedly lying to authorities to cross the state’s closed borders will remain on bail to appear in court alongside her co-accused.

Haja Umu Timbo, 21, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with one count of providing false or misleading documents and fraud.

Timbo is accused of lying on her border declaration about where she had been when she arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21, at the peak of Melbourne’s second COVID-19 outbreak.  

She was travelling with 21-year-old Diana Lasu and Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19, who both tested positive to coronavirus days after arriving in Queensland.

Her lawyer previously worked hard to distance the 21-year-old from her two friends during the court process, as Timbo never tested positive for COVID-19. 

While lawyers for both other women asked for a month-long adjournment to reappear in court on October 28, Timbo’s lawyer pushed for a three week adjournment, meaning her client would appear separately.  

Haja Umu Timbo, 21, is accused of travelling with two friends from Victoria to Brisbane who later tested positive to COVID-19, sparking fears of a second wave

Haja Umu Timbo, 21, is accused of travelling with two friends from Victoria to Brisbane who later tested positive to COVID-19, sparking fears of a second wave

Haja Umu Timbo, 21, is accused of travelling with two friends from Victoria to Brisbane who later tested positive to COVID-19, sparking fears of a second wave

Timbo's lawyer previously made a point to the judge that the women had been charged separately

Timbo's lawyer previously made a point to the judge that the women had been charged separately

Timbo’s lawyer previously made a point to the judge that the women had been charged separately

At the time, she reminded the court the three women had been charged separately, even though they knew one another. 

‘It is somewhat connected but they are not charged together, they do not have to appear together,’ she told the court. 

But on Wednesday, the magistrate adjourned the matter for another four weeks, ordering that Timbo should appear on the same day as Lasu and Muranga.

‘There are some related defendants matters in court…. It might be better if they’re all together next time,’ the magistrate said.

Timbo’s legal representative told the court she had sent submissions to the prosecution regarding her client’s case and was awaiting a response. 

The 21-year-old’s bail was extended to appear in court again on November 18.  

Police allege the women hosted an Airbnb party in a Melbourne apartment despite the city being in hard lockdown at the time and grappling with a devastating COVID-19 outbreak. 

They were fined by local authorities before allegedly re-entering Queensland via Sydney.  

Olivia Winnie Muranga 19, (pictured)  allegedly lied on her border declarations about where she had been when she arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21

Olivia Winnie Muranga 19, (pictured)  allegedly lied on her border declarations about where she had been when she arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21

Haja Timbo, 21  (pictured) was identified as the third woman, who allegedly provided misleading documents at the Queensland border after visiting Melbourne

Haja Timbo, 21  (pictured) was identified as the third woman, who allegedly provided misleading documents at the Queensland border after visiting Melbourne

Olivia Winnie Muranga (left), 19 and Haja Timbo (right), 21, allegedly lied on their border declarations about where they had been when they arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21

Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19 (pictured) is accused of lying on her border declarations about where she had been when they arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21

Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19 (pictured) is accused of lying on her border declarations about where she had been when they arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21

Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19 (pictured) is accused of lying on her border declarations about where she had been when they arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21

Between them Muranga and Lasu allegedly visited 11 different venues in Brisbane while infected with COVID-19

Between them Muranga and Lasu allegedly visited 11 different venues in Brisbane while infected with COVID-19

Between them Muranga and Lasu allegedly visited 11 different venues in Brisbane while infected with COVID-19

The 21-year-old was the first to speak publicly after she was identified as the third woman involved in the alleged COVID-19 health breach.

She denied media reports surrounding the incident but wouldn’t clarify what actually happened.

‘No, but half of the things that are in the media aren’t true, so what can you do,’ she previously told the Courier Mail.

‘I want everything to be confidential. I don’t want to be in the media.’

During their previous hearing Lasu and Muranga sat side by side with their lawyers, while Timbo sat on the opposite end of the room alongside her father.  

After leaving the courtroom, Muranga and Lasu joined their family members and spoke quietly among themselves while waiting to sign their new bail documents. 

Timbo, meanwhile, walked past the group wordlessly to sit with her lawyer and father.  

The trio eventually left the court one by one, flanked by family and their respective lawyers.

All parties refused to make a comment on the charges. 

Diana Lasu (centre) was granted a bail extension on Monday when she appeared in court

Diana Lasu (centre) was granted a bail extension on Monday when she appeared in court

Diana Lasu (centre) was granted a bail extension on Monday when she appeared in court

Footage emerged of Muranga dining out immediately after getting tested for COVID-19. A couple in the venue later tested positive for the virus

Footage emerged of Muranga dining out immediately after getting tested for COVID-19. A couple in the venue later tested positive for the virus

Footage emerged of Muranga dining out immediately after getting tested for COVID-19. A couple in the venue later tested positive for the virus

Diana Lasu (pictured)

Diana Lasu (pictured)

Pictured: Olivia Winnie Muranga

Pictured: Olivia Winnie Muranga

The defiant mother of Diana Lasu (left) previously sensationally claimed her daughter never travelled to Melbourne and instead pointed the blame at Muranga (right)

A police source alleged the teenagers threw a party (people leaving the party are pictured) for about 20 people at their accommodation in Melbourne prior to returning to Queensland

A police source alleged the teenagers threw a party (people leaving the party are pictured) for about 20 people at their accommodation in Melbourne prior to returning to Queensland

A police source alleged the teenagers threw a party (people leaving the party are pictured) for about 20 people at their accommodation in Melbourne prior to returning to Queensland

Upon returning home, both Lasu and Muranga developed symptoms and were tested for COVID-19, but allegedly carried on working, socialising and dining out at cocktail bars while waiting for their test results.

When they eventually did test positive, Queensland Health scrambled to begin contact tracing and released an extensive list of venues the women had visited while infectious and experiencing symptoms. 

While Queensland avoided a widespread outbreak, the consequences of the women’s actions could have been catastrophic.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young called the pair ‘reckless’ and said she was ‘very disappointed’ that they’d allegedly made the decision to lie and jeopardise the safety of all Queenslanders.

‘They went to extraordinary lengths to be deceitful and deceptive and quite frankly criminal in their behaviour and that is what has put the community at risk,’ Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said at the time. 

Victoria was in the grips of its second wave – with more than 700 cases identified each day at the peak – while the Sunshine State had almost entirely eradicated the virus at the time. 

Victoria Police issued infringement notices to all in attendance at the illegal party after being called to reports of a 'disturbance'

Victoria Police issued infringement notices to all in attendance at the illegal party after being called to reports of a 'disturbance'

Victoria Police issued infringement notices to all in attendance at the illegal party after being called to reports of a ‘disturbance’

Muranga (pictured) had allegedly gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, before calling in sick

Muranga (pictured) had allegedly gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, before calling in sick

Muranga (pictured) had allegedly gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, before calling in sick

Lawyers for Lasu and Muranga separately asked the magistrate to adjourn the matters until October 28

Lawyers for Lasu and Muranga separately asked the magistrate to adjourn the matters until October 28

Lawyers for Lasu and Muranga separately asked the magistrate to adjourn the matters until October 28

But when word spread that the duo had tested positive for the virus, officials feared a second outbreak was inevitable.  

Queensland has since experienced small coronavirus clusters, but managed to avoid widespread infections like in Victoria or New South Wales. 

There have been reports that three of Queensland’s biggest and latest clusters in Queensland Corrective Services Academy, Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and Ipswich Hospital, can be traced back to the women.

Dr Young said ‘that is the most likely scenario… and even more likely after doing more testing and not finding any other chains of transmission. 

But there is a missing link between the women and the cluster, which includes more than 50 cases.   

‘We didn’t find the first cases in this cluster, we found a subsequent case and that’s why it’s taken longer to get on top of it.’

Footage has emerged of Muranga casually entering the Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar on Brisbane's Southbank with a friend (pictured) and ordering a drink

Footage has emerged of Muranga casually entering the Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar on Brisbane's Southbank with a friend (pictured) and ordering a drink

The bar is one of 11 visited by the three women while infectious.

The bar is one of 11 visited by the three women while infectious.

Footage has emerged of Muranga casually entering the Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar on Brisbane’s Southbank with a friend and ordering a drink

Diana Lasu, 21, (pictured) is one of the young women who allegedly lied on border declarations after touching down in Brisbane on July 21 from a trip from Melbourne via Sydney

Diana Lasu, 21, (pictured) is one of the young women who allegedly lied on border declarations after touching down in Brisbane on July 21 from a trip from Melbourne via Sydney

Diana Lasu, 21, (pictured) is one of the young women who allegedly lied on border declarations after touching down in Brisbane on July 21 from a trip from Melbourne via Sydney

INFECTED WOMEN’S ALLEGED ITINERARY 

July 21 – Olivia Winnie Muranga flies into Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21 with Diana Lasu and an unidentified friend

July 24 – Muranga, a cleaner, allegedly calls in sick to Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, south of Brisbane after going to work for two days

July 25 – Muranga goes to the doctor and is told to get tested

July 27 – She finally gets tested, but is spotted getting a drink with a friend within hours at the Cowch dessert cocktail bar on Brisbane’s Southbank 

July 27-29 – Muranga is allegedly active in the community again 

July 29 – Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces two women who allegedly lied on their declaration forms to enter the state have tested positive for COVID-19

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young called the pair ‘reckless’ and said she was ‘very disappointed’. 

July 30 – Three women are charged with one count each of providing false or misleading documents and fraud 

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The women have previously claimed they became the target of vicious trolling when the public learned of their alleged border breaches. 

Lasu revealed she received messages which read: ‘Black lives matter, but not yours’ in the days to follow.  

‘You dumb, ugly sl*t. Way to f*** it up for Queensland. Everyone hates you, do everyone a favour and drink some bleach,’ another reads.

Some devolved into racist name-calling and attacks on her physical appearance including references to potential cosmetic surgery she may have received.

‘Your lips are bigger than your ego, you selfish b*tch… Looks like your botox injection penetrated into your tiny brain.’ 

Lasu’s mother earlier denied her daughter did anything wrong, instead pointing the blame at Muranga.

‘She didn’t go to Melbourne, she went to Sydney,’ she told media at the time.

‘I don’t have any apologies for anyone – believe me.’

The mother, who was required to undergo hotel quarantine as a close contact, said her daughter’s friend had been in Melbourne.

‘If you know, yourself, you have the virus – why didn’t you directly go to the doctor?’ she said, referring to Muranga.

Lasu and Muranga were under police guard in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital after they tested positive, partly for their own protection.

Public outrage only intensified when footage emerged showing Muranga casually ordering a drink at the Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar on Brisbane’s Southbank with a friend just hours after she was tested for the virus.

The venue was one of 11 visited by the women while infectious.

Before that, Muranga had allegedly gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, south of the city before calling in sick.

She went to the doctor on Saturday and was told to get tested immediately, but she allegedly waited until Monday to do so.  

Lasu received more than 20 messages in 24 hours after she was named as an accused quarantine dodger

Lasu received more than 20 messages in 24 hours after she was named as an accused quarantine dodger

Lasu received more than 20 messages in 24 hours after she was named as an accused quarantine dodger 

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Paris attack: Two Muslim woman are stabbed under the Eiffel Tower

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Two Muslim women were ‘stabbed repeatedly’ under the Eiffel Tower amid rising tensions in Paris after the beheading of a teacher last week.

French police have arrested two female suspects following the suspected racist attacks, which were allegedly accompanied by the words ‘Dirty Arabs’.  

Those in custody are described as being white women of ‘European appearance’, who now face ‘attempted murder’ charges, said city prosecutors.

It follows the gruesome killing of 47-year-old teacher Samuel Paty last Friday by a refugee Islamist terrorist after cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed were shown to a secondary school class on freedom of speech. 

President Emmanuel Macron is working on a bill to address Islamic radicals, who authorities claim are creating a parallel society outside French values. 

But members of France’s five million plus Muslim community have complained of ‘Islamophobia’ caused by a clampdown on mosques and Muslim organisations.

The victims of the attacks have been identified as French women from an Algerian background named only as Kenza, 49, and Amel, who is a few years younger.

French police have arrested two female suspects following the suspected racist attacks, which were allegedly accompanied by the words 'Dirty Arabs'

French police have arrested two female suspects following the suspected racist attacks, which were allegedly accompanied by the words 'Dirty Arabs'

French police have arrested two female suspects following the suspected racist attacks, which were allegedly accompanied by the words ‘Dirty Arabs’

Teacher Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded in Paris on Friday after he shared cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class. His killer shared a video of the victim's severed head online

Teacher Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded in Paris on Friday after he shared cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class. His killer shared a video of the victim's severed head online

Investigations are focusing on Brahim Chnina (pictured), father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty's class, who denounced the teacher online and gave details of the school. He has since been arrested

Investigations are focusing on Brahim Chnina (pictured), father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty's class, who denounced the teacher online and gave details of the school. He has since been arrested

Teacher Samuel Paty (left) was beheaded in the Paris suburbs on Friday after he shared cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class, leading Brahim Chinina (right), the father of a girl in his class, to issue what France’s interior minister called a ‘fatwa’ against him 

Demonstrators gathered in several French cities to support freedom of speech after history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Pictured: Several people held signs reading 'Je suis Prof, Je suis Samuel' (meaning 'I am a teacher, I am Samuel) to echo the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Demonstrators gathered in several French cities to support freedom of speech after history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Pictured: Several people held signs reading 'Je suis Prof, Je suis Samuel' (meaning 'I am a teacher, I am Samuel) to echo the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Demonstrators gathered in several French cities to support freedom of speech after history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Pictured: Several people held signs reading ‘Je suis Prof, Je suis Samuel’ (meaning ‘I am a teacher, I am Samuel) to echo the ‘I am Charlie’ rallying cry after the 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Kenza was stabbed six times and ended up in hospital with a punctured lung, while surgery was carried out on one of Amel’s hands, said an investigating source.

No information was initially released about the attack on, leading to uproar on social media, where confirmed images from the scene circulated.

A chilling video records screaming as the stabbings are carried out on Sunday evening. Police confirmed the incident had taken place last night.

A statement from Paris Police read: ‘On October 18, at around 8pm, the police intervened following an emergency call from two women wounded by knives on the Champs-de-Mars’ – the Field of Mars by the Eiffel Tower.

A source at the Paris prosecutors’ office confirmed on Wednesday: ‘An investigation for attempted murder has been opened in connection with the stabbings.’

One of the victims wore a face covering, but it was not clear whether this was because of the Covid-19 pandemic, or for cultural or religious reasons.

Emmanuel Macron closes Paris mosque in crackdown on Muslim hate preachers after French teacher is beheaded for showing class Prophet cartoons  

France ordered the temporary closure of a mosque outside Paris on Tuesday, part of a crackdown on Muslims who incite hatred after the decapitation of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

The Grand Mosque of Pantin, a low-income suburb on the capital’s northeastern outskirts, had shared a video on its Facebook page before the attack that vented hatred against history teacher Samuel Paty.

Police plastered notices of the closure order outside the mosque as the authorities promised a tough response against the disseminators of hate messages, preachers of radicalized sermons and foreigners believed to pose a security threat to France.

The six-month order was “for the sole purpose of preventing acts of terrorism,” the notice issued by the head of the Seine-Saint-Denis department read.

The beheading of a public servant by a suspected Islamist for his use of religious satire to explore with students the debate surrounding freedom of expression, a deeply cherished tenet of democracy in secular France, has convulsed the country and shocked the world.

President Emmanuel Macron is increasingly concerned by what he calls Islamist separatism: the attempt by hostile elements within France’s large Muslim community to impose conservative Islamic beliefs over the traditional values of the French Republic in some communities.

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Kenza told Liberation newspaper: ‘We were a family, five adults in all and four children. We had gone out for a walk. At the level of the Eiffel Tower there is a small rather dark park, we took a little tour in it.

‘As we walked, there were two dogs that come towards us. The children got scared. My cousin, who was veiled, asked the two women if it was possible to keep their dogs with them because the children were afraid.’

The dog owners refused to put their animals on a leash, and a furious argument followed – one that included racist insults.

At around 8pm, the two women with the dogs then allegedly pulled out a knife, and launched themselves at Kenza and Amel.

‘One of the two took out a knife, she slashed me on the skull, on the back on the ribs and there was a third blow on the arm,’ said Kenza. ‘They then attacked my cousin.’

Witnesses say they heard smears including ‘Dirty Arab!’ and ‘Go home to your own country’. ‘Call the emergency services, she stabbed him,’ was also heard.

Two local shop workers then intervened and held one of the attackers down until the police arrived. The second suspect was arrested later.

Details about the stabbings come as President Emmanuel Macron prepares to lead a National Hommage to Mr Paty, who was stabbed to death by 18-year-old Russia-born killer Abdullakh Anzarov.

The beheading happened outside the Bois-d’Aulne school in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, north of Paris, where Paty taught French and Geography. 

Chechen jihadist Anzorov was in contact with the father of a girl in Mr Paty’s class who had mobilised a campaign against him over the cartoons, police sources said. 

The father, Brahim Chnina, is in custody after France’s interior minister accused him of launching a ‘fatwa’ against Paty who was killed in the Paris suburbs on Friday. 

Chnina had put his phone number on a Facebook post with a video calling for protests against Paty, and later published details of the teacher and his school.   

The French government said it would honour Paty with a posthumous Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest order of merit. 

But his killer is also being celebrated by ISIS terrorists who have produced horrifying propaganda using a photo of Paty’s severed head. 

The images were taken by 18-year-old Anzorov after he murdered Paty and shortly before he was shot in the street by police.  

The depraved image has featured in a magazine published in India, which says: ‘If your freedom of expression doesn’t stop you from criticising Prophet Mohammed then our swords will not stop defending the honour of Prophet Mohammed.’   

Anzorov is believed to have shared the graphic images with fellow Russian-speaking jihadists before it was distributed among pro-ISIS accounts on Telegram. 

A witness who saw Paty’s severed head described seeing Anzorov take pictures of it in the moments after the killing and before the terrorist was shot dead by police. 

The murder has led to a renewed crackdown on extremism in France where ministers plan to shut down two Islamic organisations and a Paris mosque. 

One imam apologised after his mosque shared details of Paty and his school on Facebook following a campaign by an outraged Muslim father. 

‘Given what happened we regret having published it, said imam M’hammed Henniche, according to France Info

‘We are currently seeing how in the future to take a step back before getting carried away on things like that.’  

Armed police stand guard outside the secondary school where Samuel Paty taught, while mourners lay flowers at the scene alongside a placard declaring 'Je suis Samuel'

Armed police stand guard outside the secondary school where Samuel Paty taught, while mourners lay flowers at the scene alongside a placard declaring 'Je suis Samuel'

Armed police stand guard outside the secondary school where Samuel Paty taught, while mourners lay flowers at the scene alongside a placard declaring ‘Je suis Samuel’ 

Candles, flowers and tributes left for Paty last night in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where he was killed, with one message saying: 'Samuel is not a martyr (let's leave that word to the fanatics)... Samuel is a hero of the Republic'

Candles, flowers and tributes left for Paty last night in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where he was killed, with one message saying: 'Samuel is not a martyr (let's leave that word to the fanatics)... Samuel is a hero of the Republic'

Candles, flowers and tributes left for Paty last night in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where he was killed, with one message saying: ‘Samuel is not a martyr (let’s leave that word to the fanatics)… Samuel is a hero of the Republic’ 

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen speaks to the media as she attends a vigil for Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Monday evening

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen speaks to the media as she attends a vigil for Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Monday evening

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen speaks to the media as she attends a vigil for Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Monday evening 

While ISIS has not claimed responsibility for Paty’s killing, the magazine has previously urged people to emulate the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris which was also seen as revenge for blasphemy against Mohammed. 

The Charlie Hebdo attackers were ‘leaving a clear path for others to follow’ because Western governments would not ‘carry out the punishment for the blasphemy prescribed by Islam’, the ISIS magazine said

The 2015 killings were the first in a series of terror attacks which have rocked France in recent years, including Paty’s beheading last Friday. 

According to the SITE Intelligence Group, a US-based monitor, supporters of al-Qaeda have also been ‘celebrating’ the attack and sharing graphic images online.

There have also been posts from ISIS and al-Qaeda supporters ‘claiming [the killer] will inspire other lone wolves’, according to SITE director Rita Katz. 

Three feminists are arrested for pasting naked images of Mohammed on city centre walls in Toulouse

Three feminists were arrested in Toulouse on Monday after pasting naked images of Mohammed on walls in the city centre.  

The caricatures were drawn by Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier who was killed in the 2015 terror attack at the satirical paper’s offices. 

Armed with paintbrushes and glue, the trio said they wanted to put up a thousand of the posters to ‘inundate the centre of Toulouse’. 

One of them said that ‘we have to go quickly because it remains a risky action, we are not there to give a press conference’. 

‘A man was slaughtered in France for showing caricatures,’ she told a bystander.  

However, within half an hour the three women were arrested for illegal fly-posting, according to 20 Minutes.  

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Meanwhile, Paris prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into a French neo-Nazi website hosted abroad that republished the photo of Paty’s corpse.  

The teacher’s murder has led to renewed promises of action against Islamic extremists in France, with police conducting a series of raids on Monday. 

Fifteen people have been detained so far, including four pupils who may have helped the killer to identify the teacher in return for money.

Law enforcement carried out 40 raids on Monday, mostly around Paris, with many more planned.

‘We want to harass and destabilise this movement in a very determined way,’ one government source said.

In addition, a 14-year-old French schoolboy has admitted identifying Paty to the terrorist who beheaded him after accepting the equivalent of €300 (£270) in cash. 

The boy who accepted the money shared it among three friends, who are also all in custody. None of the children are thought to be Muslim and it is not suggested that they knew of Anzorov’s terrorist plans. 

‘Anzarov said he simply wanted to film the teacher and ask him to apologise for showing the drawings to his class,’ said an investigating source.

Interior minister Gerald Darmanin vowed there would be ‘not a minute’s respite for enemies of the Republic’, after tens of thousands took part in nationwide rallies.

Darmanin said the government would also tighten its grip on institutions and charities with suspected links to Islamist networks.

Officials named two groups they would target for closure – the Collective Against Islamophobia in France that says it monitors attacks against Muslims, and BarakaCity, which describes itself as a humanitarian organisation.

In a social media post, BarakaCity accused Darmanin of ‘going mad’ and said he was taking advantage of a tragedy.

Darmanin also ordered the closure of a Paris mosque, accusing its imam of encouraging intimidation of the teacher and publicising the school’s address.  

Paty, 47, was attacked on his way home from the secondary school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 25 miles from central Paris.

Anzorov was shot dead after refusing to put down his weapons in a dramatic stand-off with police soon after he murdered Paty.  

Dramatic footage shows the fatal stand-off between French police and the terrorist they shot dead last Friday after he beheaded a school teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class

Dramatic footage shows the fatal stand-off between French police and the terrorist they shot dead last Friday after he beheaded a school teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class

Armed police yelled at the killer to 'throw your gun' and 'get on the ground' during the showdown in the Paris suburbs, but the terrorist ignored the repeated warnings and refused to drop his weapon

Armed police yelled at the killer to 'throw your gun' and 'get on the ground' during the showdown in the Paris suburbs, but the terrorist ignored the repeated warnings and refused to drop his weapon

Dramatic footage filmed from a nearby house shows the fatal stand-off between French police and the terrorist they shot dead last Friday after he beheaded a school teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class

A witness, who gave only his first name Stephane to news channel LCI, said he was nearby when the ‘barbaric’ attack happened, sheltering with his children.

‘We did not know what is going on. There was just a beheaded man in front of our house,’ he said, adding he saw the assailant take pictures.

A photo of the teacher and a message confessing to his murder was later found on the Anzorov’s phone. 

The terrorist had arrived in France with his family from the predominantly Muslim Russian region of Chechnya more than a decade ago.

Four members of the killer’s family were among those detained. 

The people under investigation also include the father of a 13-year-old schoolgirl who was in Paty’s class when he showed the controversial images during a lesson about freedom of expression. 

Paty had given Muslim children an opportunity to leave the classroom, but the lesson nonetheless led to uproar. 

The father, Brahim Chnina, launched an online campaign against the teacher and has now been arrested along with a known Islamist radical. 

Chnina he wanted the teacher removed and went to see the principal of the school to complain, prosecutors said. 

That evening, he put out another Facebook video, giving the name of the teacher and identifying the school.

Speaking on Monday, Darmanin accused the pair of issuing a ‘fatwa’ against the teacher which the terrorist had acted upon.  

Emotions were still running high outside Paty’s school on Monday, where Muslim leaders gathered to offer condolences and distance their religion from the atrocity.

‘It is very important to come here to show our sorrow, to show that what happened here is not Islam. It was done by thugs who have nothing to do with Islam,’ said Kemadou Gassama, an imam in Paris. 

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Sydney man faces 15 years jail after ‘importing 11 parts of childlike sex dolls’ into Australia

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A 43-year-old man is facing up to 15 years’ behind bars after allegedly importing parts of 11 childlike sex dolls into Australia. 

Investigations began after Australian Border Force officers detected and seized the parts in three separate consignments at air cargo facilities in Sydney on September 19 and October 16. 

They also searched a house in Padstow, in Sydney’s southwest on Tuesday and seized an electronic device containing child abuse images and a childlike sex doll.  

Other electronic devices were seized as well as cannabis plants, marijuana and publications containing child abuse material.

The 43-year-old was arrested by Australian Border Force officers after they seized the childlike sex dolls in three separate consignments on September 19 and October 16

The 43-year-old was arrested by Australian Border Force officers after they seized the childlike sex dolls in three separate consignments on September 19 and October 16

The 43-year-old was arrested by Australian Border Force officers after they seized the childlike sex dolls in three separate consignments on September 19 and October 16

The man was arrested and charged with three offences under the Customs Act.

Bankstown detectives also charged the man with cultivating prohibited plants and possessing a prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail and will appear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday.

Importing childlike sex dolls carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment and/or fines up to $525,000.

Possessing a childlike sex doll attracts a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment. 

Bankstown Police Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Darren Beech commended the work of the officers who helped seize the alleged child sex dolls.

‘We do not condone any form of child exploitation and we will continue to work with other agencies in the detection and prosecution of persons attempting to purchase these items,’ he said.  

ABF officers also searched a house in Padstow, in Sydney's southwest on Tuesday and seized an electronic device containing child abuse images and a childlike sex doll

ABF officers also searched a house in Padstow, in Sydney's southwest on Tuesday and seized an electronic device containing child abuse images and a childlike sex doll

ABF officers also searched a house in Padstow, in Sydney’s southwest on Tuesday and seized an electronic device containing child abuse images and a childlike sex doll

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