Welcome to our daily update, where we summarise the key talking points from the last 24 hours.
1. Australian terror incident
A terrorist incident has taken place in Melbourne, Australia, with armed police being called to an apartment building following reports of an explosion. A man was killed in the lobby, and a woman was being held hostage. The terrorist, Yacqub Khayre, 29, was eventually killed and the woman freed. He claimed he was working for Islamic State.
2. Notre Dame attack
A man has been shot outside of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, after he tried to attack a policeman with a hammer.
Officials say it is a “terrorist incident” and the suspect has been wounded in the chest. Around 900 people took cover and remain inside the cathedral.
3. Trump takes credit for Qatar isolation
President Donald Trump has taken credit for the isolation of Qatar, tweeting “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look! So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!”
Middle eastern countries including Saudi Arabia have closed borders and trade with Qatar, claiming the state supports terrorism.
4. Terminal cancer patient conquers Everest
A 47 year old man with terminal cancer, with just months left to live, has successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. Ian Toothill was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015, and he believes that he has become the first ever cancer patient to summit the world’s highest mountain.