Vigils held in Melbourne for Australians killed in Sri Lanka terror attack

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Vigils are being held in Melbourne for an Australian mother and her 10-year-old daughter who were killed in the Sri Lankan terror attacks. Manik Suriaaratchi and her daughter Alexendria were killed in the blast at a church in Negombo during Easter mass on Sunday. Ms Suriaaratchi was the founder of a business management company and had returned to Sri Lanka to care for her sick mother. They are two of 290 people so far confirmed dead in the eight coordinated attacks. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Sky News his ‘heart broke’ when he learned of the attack.

Palmer ads prove $30m can buy ‘massive political influence’: Bramston

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Clive Palmer’s enormous $30 million election advertising spend proves you can buy massive political influence in this country, says The Australian’s Troy Bramston. The latest Newspoll reveals the United Australia Party holds between five and 14 per cent of the primary vote in four marginal seats, and indicates Mr Palmer is on track to hold the balance of power in the Senate. Mr Bramston believes the poll results show Clive Palmer is ‘on the verge of making a stunning political comeback’, despite lacking ‘credibility and integrity’ in both his business and public life.

Extreme weather outlook

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The heaviest rain in years is falling over western NSW, while parts of Queensland can expect further heavy falls this week. Sky News Chief Meteorologist Tom Saunders explains.

South Bend Police Officer Saves Skunk With Cup Stuck on Head

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A lucky skunk received some help from a police officer in South Bend, Indiana, after it got its head stuck in a cup. Footage shared on Facebook shows the skunk not making a lot of movement. South Bend Police Officer Kaszas walks over to the skunk, throws a towel on it and removes the cup. Fortunately, the officer did not get sprayed by the skunk, who immediately left the area. Credit: Paul Wendy Beck Sr. via Storyful

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