A US Air Force pilot snapped a selfie of the Chinese surveillance balloon. (US Department of Defence)A senior State Department official said earlier this month that fly-bys "revealed that the high-altitude balloon was capable of conducting signals intelligence collection operations". (AP)The photo released on Wednesday clearly shows the pilot flying above the balloon, which was hovering 60,000 feet when it was spotted over Montana. The US sent up U-2 spy planes to track the balloon's progress, according to US officials. Recovery efforts began immediately after the balloon was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean on February 4, and were concluded on February 17.
Thousands of Australians have revealed they live with unseen and ongoing mental scars from surviving massive natural disasters. Of those, half said they'd encountered a mental health issue as a result of the upheaval. The mental health system is unable to cope with the impact of escalating extreme weather, a new report has found. They also found it harder to access mental health support and were more likely to declare that state emergency services and state governments were poorly equipped to deal with climate disasters. He said the study highlighted the devastating toll climate change is having on the mental health of communities.24 days ago 9News
Chinese PLA J-11 fighter jet near the Paracel Island over the South China Sea on Friday, February 24, 2023. To a CNN crew aboard the American jet, it's stark evidence of the tensions brewing in the South China Sea, and between the US and China. "I'd say its another Friday afternoon in the South China Sea," Navy Commander Marc Hines tells the CNN crew. (Ivan Watson/CNN)Potential flashpointOver the past several years, the South China Sea has emerged as a major potential flashpoint in the Asia Pacific. But China claims the US presence in the South China Sea is what's fueling the tensions.25 days ago 9News
Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has kicked off with a bang, returning to oxford street for the first time in two years. Over 10,000 people and 200 floats are marching, walking and dancing their way down the packed Oxford Street to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the parade. READ MORE: All the Sydney roads impacted by Mardi Gras parade this weekendParty-goers line oxford street waiting in nervous anticipation for the parade to begin (Nine)Over 10,000 people and 200 floats are marching, walking and dancing their way down the packed Oxford Street to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the parade. This year's parade comes as Sydney hosts WorldPride 2023, the first time the event has been held in the southern hemisphere. This year's parade comes as Sydney hosts WorldPride 2023, the first time the event has been held in the southern hemisphere.26 days ago 9News
READ MORE: The NSW pocket where thousands have been left homelessA war of words over superannuation has erupted but it is unclear whether changes will be made. There are a couple of key things: changing tax concessions, taxing wealth categories and capping balances.Let's flesh those out.Firstly, Chalmers has flagged a potential overhaul to superannuation and in particular the super tax concessions. One thing being raised in the super war of words is tax concessions, where you can make a before-tax contribution to your super in addition to what your employer pops in. (Nine)So there is talk of changing super tax concessions - and Chalmers hasn't completely dismissed the idea. "Right now, we're on track to spend more on super tax concessions than the age pension by around 2050," Chalmers said.28 days ago 9News
Tensions have boiled over at a Brisbane manslaughter trial with a woman leaving the courtroom in tears following heated exchanges in the public gallery. Joshua Elkerton-Sandy is on trial for manslaughter over the alleged stabbing death of a gatecrasher. READ MORE: Newborn baby dies in suspected dog attackPolice were called to the building in Brisbane on Australia Day in 2020. (9News)Elkerton-Sandy, 21, is on trial after 18-year-old Kane Alexanderson was fatally stabbed on Australia Day 2020 in a Brisbane CBD high-rise building. In another, he said his friend stabbed Alexanderson and the others.1 month ago 9News
The parents of a boy stabbed to death in Redcliffe in 2020 say reintroducing breach of bail laws for youth will "make a difference" in Queensland - but say it will take a lot more to crack down on youth crime. Michelle Liddle and Ben Beaumont have called for more to be done on youth crime. (Today)Today, his parents have joined a rally with other victim rights advocates outside State Parliament to voice their frustration over the ongoing youth crime wave. Both called for further legislation, with Liddle saying rather than elevating maximum sentences, the government should commit to mandatory minimum sentencing. The change means if a juvenile offender breaches their bail conditions a court can consider that breach a criminal offence.1 month ago 9News
But by 5pm temperatures had plunged to 25 degrees at Melbourne Airport as the forecast cool change swept through. The heat peaked yesterday in South Australia when Adelaide reached 40 degrees as an out-of-control bushfire broke out in Port Lincoln in the state's Eyre Peninsula. The extreme fire danger conditions sparked a total fire ban for Central and North Central districts from the Country Fire Authority. "The focus of extreme heat will be around the Pilbara with temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees expected," Narramore said. "That's the third or fourth time we've seen temps in Australia record temps above 50 degrees," Narramore said.1 month ago 9News