All the news you need to know this Friday.
A total fire ban is in place for Victoria, while warnings have been issued for dust and damaging winds, as the state prepares to swelter. Melbourne is tipped to reach 42 degrees on Friday, while in northern Victoria, the mercury is expected to rise to 46 degrees. Parts of western and southern NSW are also bracing for temperatures in the 40s.
READ MORE: In This Week’s Heatwave, One Aussie Suburb Will Sizzle Like No Other
The Liberal Party is on track to have its lowest number of female election candidates this century. Just 21 women are on the party’s 2019 candidate list while there are 102 men confirmed. It’s the lowest representation since 2001.
READ MORE: What Needs To Be Done To Get Equal Numbers Of Women In Politics
China has made history by becoming the first nation to land a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon. The probe will now carry out experiments on the moon’s surface.
READ MORE: How China Landed A Spacecraft On The Dark Side Of The Moon
A former US Marine detained in Russia has been charged with espionage. The 48-year-old was arrested last Friday on suspicion of spying and now faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.
A 14-year-old boy in the US has been charged with murder after the SUV he was driving caused a fatal car accident. Silvia Zavala, 45, was in Houston visiting family to celebrate the new year when she was killed. Police say teens inside the SUV were throwing eggs at other cars, before the 14-year-old driver ran a red light and crashed into a truck, killing Zavala.
Wall Street has taken a hit with the Dow Jones dropping more than two percent thanks to weak economic data and a sales warning from Apple. Meanwhile, the Australian dollar has climbed back above $US 70 cents after dropping to a ten-year low on Thursday.
Social media users have kick-started a search for a father-to-be after a woman’s note revealing she is pregnant was left unopened at a nightclub. The handwritten poem, instructing a man named ‘Josh’ to open its contents at midnight on New Year’s Eve, was later found on the dance floor by cleaners at a Nottingham club. The question remains … Does Josh know?
In sports news, India resumes on 4/303 on day two of the fourth Test against Australia at the SCG. Cheteshwar Pujara returns to the crease on 130 not out.
READ MORE: Why Cheteshwar Pujara Is A Batsmen Unlike Any Other
And you’re up to date with 10 daily.