Saudi Arabia World Cup team's plane catches fire on their way to their match

The plane carrying the Saudi Arabia World Cup team reportedly caught fire as they came in to land Rostov for their match against Uruguay.

An unnamed passenger took footage out the window of Russian Airlines Airbus jet, with flames clearly seen coming out from the wing.

The plane landed safely and the plane is being repaired.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation issued a statement after the incident saying everyone was safely on the ground.

"The Saudi Arabian Football Federation would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely," they wrote.


Iran blames unnamed US-allied country for deadly terror attack on military parade

Iran's president today accused an unnamed US-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60, further raising regional tensions.

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 file photo provided by Mehr News Agency, an Iranian soldier carries a child away from a shooting during a military parade, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran. On Saturday, Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting the military parade in Iran, and President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani declared that the Iranian government would be toppled. From Saturday’s attack in Ahvaz to America resuming sanctions despite Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, pressure on Tehran is rising and its leaders are growing more combative toward the West. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Mehdi Pedramkhoo)
An Iranian soldier carries a child away from a shooting during a military parade. Source: Associated Press

Hassan Rouhani's comments came as Iran's Foreign Ministry also summoned Western diplomats over them allegedly providing havens for the Arab separatists who claimed Saturday's attacks in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.

The Iranian moves, as well as promises of revenge by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, come as the country already faces turmoil in the wake of the American withdraw from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

The attack in Ahvaz, which saw women and children flee with uniformed soldiers bloodied, has further shaken the country.

Rouhani's remarks could refer to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain - close US military allies that view Iran as a regional menace over its support for militant groups across the Middle East.

"All of those small mercenary countries that we see in this region are backed by America. It is Americans who instigate them and provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes," Rouhani said before leaving for the UN General Assembly in New York.

Iran meanwhile summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands early Sunday for allegedly harbouring "members of the terrorist group" that launched the attack.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen condemned the attack and stressed that there would be "consequences" if it turns out that those responsible have connections to Denmark.

The ministry later summoned the UAE's envoy as well over what it called the "irresponsible and insulting statements" of an Emirati adviser, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. The UAE did not immediately acknowledge the summons.

Saturday's attack, in which militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on an annual Iranian military parade in Ahvaz, was the deadliest attack in the country in nearly a decade.

Women and children scattered along with once-marching Revolutionary Guard soldiers as heavy gunfire rang out, the chaos captured live on state television.

The region's Arab separatists, once only known for night-time attacks on unguarded oil pipelines, claimed responsibility for the assault, and Iranian officials appeared to believe the claim.

The separatists accuse Iran's Persian-dominated government of discriminating against its ethnic Arab minority. Khuzestan province also has seen recent protests over Iran's nationwide drought, as well as economic protests.

The attack killed at least 25 people and wounded 60, according to the state-run IRNA news agency. It said gunmen wore military uniforms and targeted a riser where military and police commanders were sitting. State TV hours later reported that all four gunmen had been killed.

At least eight of the dead served in the Revolutionary Guard, an elite paramilitary unit that answers only to Iran's supreme leader, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The Guard responded to the attack on Sunday, warning it would seek "deadly and unforgiving revenge in the near future."

Tensions have been on the rise in Iran since the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran in May and began restoring sanctions that were eased under the deal. It also has steadily ramped up pressure on Iran to try to get it to stop what Washington calls its "malign activities" in the region.

The US government nevertheless strongly condemned Saturday's attack and expressed its sympathy, saying it "condemns all acts of terrorism and the loss of any innocent lives."

The attack dominated Iranian newspaper front pages on Sunday. The hard-line daily Kayhan warned that Iranians would demand Saudi Arabia feel the "hard slap" of the country's power.

Iran's government declared Monday as a nationwide public mourning day, state-run IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

Also, all governmental organisations, banks, schools and universities in south-eastern Khuzestan province will be closed on Monday, semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

An overnight impromptu candle-light vigil in Ahvaz honoured the dead and wounded. Among the dead is 4-year-old Mohammad Taha, who was captured by a photographer being carried away from the attack by a Guardsman in full dress uniform and sash. The photograph, showing the boy bloodied and helpless, shocked Iran.

A doctor interviewed on state television said Mohammad had been up the night before marking Ashoura, a commemoration of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints. Mourners wear black in honour of his 7th century death in the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq.

"He was wearing a black shirt when he was martyred," a doctor said, standing next to the boy's tiny corpse, now wrapped in a blue body bag.


Australian firm to launch 'first kid friendly' mobile phone

An Australian firm is launching what it says is the first cyber-safe mobile phone for kids, targeting parents worried about their children's online habits.

ASX-listed cyber safety company Family Zone says the Android phone - which it aims to have in stores in time for Christmas - has built-in controls that allow parents to restrict usage.

Parents control the settings on the $199 FZ One phone from their own devices, monitoring websites and imposing time restrictions on games and applications.

But the child still has a degree of autonomy, Family Zone managing director Tim Levy said.

"You might be comfortable giving your child access to Snapchat from ages 13 or 14, and if you're using a child-designed phone bought from Harvey Norman you probably can't do that," Mr Levy told AAP.

"With our device you can give your child access to Snapchat, but you can limit when they use it, for instance during school time."

The company has a school community platform, giving participating schools control over how the phones are used throughout the day.

"It changes the argument about banning mobile phones: that isn't the objective here," Mr Levy said.

"Most kids are happy to not be exposed to things that are inappropriate, they just want to play the things they want, and talk to their friends."

The company declined to say which retailers would stock the phone.

The device comes with a free 12-month subscription to the required Family Zone app.

Shares in Family Zone were trading 1.5 cents, or 4.8 per cent, higher at 32 5 cents, at 1209 AEST.

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Facebook app on smartphone (File picture). Source:



Man labelled 'stupid' for swimming with great white shark during feeding frenzy off Sydney coast

An Australian man has been called "stupid" after filming himself swimming next to a great white shark off Sydney's coast yesterday.

A report from 9NEWS outlines how Jai Kiggins jumped into the water at Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park after hearing about a shark feeding frenzy on a whale carcass in the area.

"Probably one of the craziest things I've ever seen you know," Mr Kiggins told 9NEWS. "The great white came straight up like, face to face and then just turned and kicked away."

While he admitted that swimming next to a shark feeding frenzy was not the smartest move he said: "If you've got the balls to do it, I don't see why not".

Shaun Elwood , from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, wasn't impressed with the men's stunt, simply calling the move "stupid". 

Jai Kiggins went swimming after getting a tip-off about a shark feeding frenzy off the Sydney coast. Source: Nine

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault accusers hope to see him behind bars this week

Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago said overnight they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week.

Bill Cosby, left, arrives with his wife, Camille, for his sexual assault trial. Source: Associated Press

Lise-Lotte Lublin and Chelan Lasha, who appeared with attorney Gloria Allred, also said they hoped they would be allowed to read victim impact statements before Cosby is sentenced on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault .

Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. A two day-sentencing hearing begins tomorrow in Montgomery County.

"I really think it's important that he spend some time behind bars," said Lublin, who said Cosby assaulted her when she was 23 in 1989. The then-model said Cosby prodded her to take two drinks to relax. "At some point, he should acknowledge what he's done, and do the time for the crime."

Lasha, who wept during her testimony at the trial last spring, said she prays Cosby is sentenced to 30 years. "He deserves every year."Lasha said she was a teenage aspiring actress in 1986 when she lay immobilized and unable to speak as Cosby touched her breast and rubbed himself against her leg. She said he gave her a pill he described as an antihistamine."He ruined my life at 17 years old," Lasha said. "I have nightmares about it this very day, and I want them to go away, just like him."

More than 60 other women accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct during his 50-year show business career. Five were allowed to testify, while others came to watch the court proceedings.

Allred said she believed the sentencing would be "sending a message" in the #MeToo era. She said Cosby should be sentenced to "a substantial period of time," shouldn't receive probation or house arrest, and shouldn't remain free pending appeal."Mr. Cosby should not be treated differently because he is a celebrity," she said. "Judgment day has finally arrived for this convicted sexual predator who betrayed the trust of so many women."

Lawyers for the 81-year-old, legally blind Cosby are expected to stress his age, health problems, legacy and philanthropy. Prosecutors hope to call other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison.