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The Australian share market has shed around 61 billion dollars in value today after a sell-off which began on Wall Street spread to our region. No sector was spared from the losses with major falls for financials, energy and tech stocks. Markets in London, Frankurt and Paris have all fallen sharply in early trade.
Seven people connected to a performing arts school in regional New South Wales are in jail tonight after they were charged with more than 100 sickening child sex offences. Police say the four women two men and teenage girl inflicted sadistic sexual abuse on three little boys.
A growing number of women at risk of developing ovarian cancer are opting for pre-emptive surgery to improve their chances of a long and healthy life. Experts say ovarian cancer is hard to predict early and the only way of guaranteeing a positive outcome is to remove the organs.
And Australian athletes have landed in Pyeongchang ahead of the Olympics which begin on Friday. The nation is set to present arguably its best mogul team in Winter Games history. Skiier Britt Cox is one of Australia's best medal hopes after she was crowned moguls world champion last year.