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ARSONIST ON CAR-TORCHING RAMPAGE IN SYDNEY
At least three cars have been torched in Yagoona this morning, as police hunt the person responsible.
The vehicles, all parked within a short distance of one another, were set alight overnight. Investigators believe the car fires, which occurred in Sydney's south west, are all linked.
The owners of one cars, a blue Toyota Corolla, were an elderly couple who saw that their car was on fire as they stepped onto their verandah around 1.40am last night. One of the couple suffered from minor smoke inhalation as they desperately tried to extinguish the blaze.
All three fires have now been extinguished, but police are still hunting the arsonist or arsonists responsible.
SYDNEY UBER DRIVER FACES LENGTHY JAIL SENTENCE
A Sydney Uber driver faces up to 14 years in jail after he was found guilty of raping a female passenger.
The incident occurred on in October 2015. 41-year-old driver Muhammad Naveed picked the woman up from Kings Cross on a Saturday night.
The woman, who was falling asleep in the back seat after having gone out with her friends, woke to find Naveed on top of her.
Naveed was arrested a few days after the incident. He has claimed that it was "consent sex." Yesterday, the jury at Downing Centre District Court determined otherwise.
GREAT BARRIER REEF "WON'T HEAL ITSELF"
A study published by The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland's Global Change Institute has found that the Great Barrier Reef is very unlikely to be able to heal itself of damages caused by global warming.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Pim Bongaerts, said the study has shown it is "very unlikely reefs will just sort themselves out."
"I think for me it iterates that for the solution we really have to look within ourselves and divest of the use of fossil fuels."
THIRTEEN AUSTRALIAN FASHION RETAILERS TO CLOSE
Thirteen Marcs and David Lawrence stores across the country are set to close amidst financial troubles.
The two Australian fashion brands were placed into voluntary administration earlier this month after a review of the businesses revealed trouble.
It has now been confirmed that nine David Lawrence stores and four Marcs stores will close by February 21.
20 staff members will lose their jobs as a result of the closures.