Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday January 23
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Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday January 23

Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond, including weather, traffic updates and what the capital is talking about.

That's all for today. Thanks for joining us for the blog. 

More tomorrow from 7am.

Here's the top five most viewed stories of the morning.

1. Rabbit in Mandela statue's ear has to go, South African officials say         

2. No full-time jail for 'cheap shot lacking courage'

3. Eateries ignoring hygiene standards Breach notices on the rise

4. PM prods Indonesia over boat turnbacks

5. Roger Federer in double-bounce controversy

 

A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela, with a  barely visible sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.

A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela, with a barely visible sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.

Photo: AP

The St Vincent de Paul store in Greenway was robbed sometime on Tuesday night, stealing gold jewellery and cash among other things.

Police said the offenders broke into the store through the front doors between 6.30pm on Tuesday and 8.30am on Wednesday.

The police were called after an employee discovered the damage and noticed the items were missing.

If anyone saw anything, you can contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

The inquiry into David Harold Eastman's murder conviction for the killing of territory police chief Colin Stanley Winchester continues today,

The inquiry is scheduled to hear evidence from a number of witnesses throughout the day, including Raymond Webb.

Mr Webb gave evidence at the inquest into the death that he saw Eastman at the Queanbeyan home of a man selling guns, including a Ruger rifle which police would later claim was used in the killing.

That's all for today. Thanks for joining us for the blog. 

More tomorrow from 7am.

Here's the top five most viewed stories of the morning.

1. Rabbit in Mandela statue's ear has to go, South African officials say         

2. No full-time jail for 'cheap shot lacking courage'

3. Eateries ignoring hygiene standards Breach notices on the rise

4. PM prods Indonesia over boat turnbacks

5. Roger Federer in double-bounce controversy

A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela, with a  barely visible sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.

A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela, with a barely visible sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.

Photo: AP
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A Goodfellow's tree kangaroo (file photo).

A Goodfellow's tree kangaroo (file photo).

Photo: Colleen Petch

In what could be the most exciting baby news since the birth of Prince George, the National Zoo and Aquarium have acquired a new baby tree kangaroo.

The Goodfellow's tree kangaroo will be unveiled by the zoo later today, we're told.

We'll keep you updated with all the baby news as it develops.

A 71-year-old man has been found "covered in blood and with numerous injuries" after being assaulted on the lawns of Old Parliament House.

Police were called to the scene at about 10.40am yesterday after they received reports of two men fighting, with one man beating the other with a large stick.

When police arrived they found a man lying on the lawns bloody and injured, and he was taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment.

The elderly man stated he had been assaulted by a man and his dog, which had also mauled him.

A 40-year-old man was arrested by police at about 12.15pm and his dog was seized. He was charged with assault and allowing a dog to attack a person.

He'll face court next month.

Follow the stock markets today via our Markets Live blog.

Local stocks are set to open lower as disappointing US corporate results test investors’ patience.

Earlier in the blog we posted a Twitter photo from Paul Jurak, our Lake View blogger.

Here are some more snaps, from today's blog post.

See more photos on the Kayak Cameraman's Facebook page.

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An update on that two-car accident in Narrabundah at the intersection of Sturt Avenue and Boolimba Crescent:

The road's are now clear and the area is open to traffic.

We'll let you know if there are any further disruptions to Canberra traffic this morning.

The government has promised to co-operate with an Indonesian police investigation into claims asylum seekers suffered burns during an Australian navy tow-back operation.

Defence chiefs and the government have disputed the allegations after the ABC aired footage of asylum seekers receiving medical treatment for burns they say were inflicted when they were forced to hold on to hot engine pipes while they were taken to Indonesia’s Rote Island. Indonesian police are now investigating the incident.

Australian defence chiefs and the Prime Minister say the claims are baseless.

But Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia will co-operate with the Indonesian inquiry.

‘‘I cannot imagine for a moment that the professional people that we have in our forces would have behaved in that fashion,’’ she told reporters in Washington overnight.

‘‘But of course if there is any cooperation we can extend to ensure that these allegations are scotched then we’d be prepared to do it.’’

 

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