Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi confirmed dead, police treating two bodies as murder-suicide: Australian news live

Plus we bring you the latest about the police officer stabbed in the head in Sydney on Sunday.

Yahoo's live news blog for Monday, May 20 has now concluded.

We started the day with the tragic news a man and his toddler son have been found dead inside a unit in northern NSW. Police are now treating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

Over in the US, former president Donald Trump has copped a taste of his own medicine as he was torn apart by Joe Biden supporters after he appeared to freeze for 30 seconds during a speech. He has regularly honed in on the 81-year-old's memory suggesting he is unfit for office.Watch the video in the blog below.

A helicopter wreckage has been found in the search for Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who has been confirmed dead by Iranian officials.

  • Iranian president died in crash, official says

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister have been killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain, an Iranian official has confirmed.

    "President Raisi, the foreign minister and all the passengers in the helicopter were killed in the crash," the senior Iranian official told Reuters, asking not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

    Iran's Mehr news agency confirmed the deaths, reporting that "all passengers of the helicopter carrying the Iranian president and foreign minister were martyred".

    Read more here.

    FILE- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi places his hands on his heart as a gesture of respect to the crowd during the funeral ceremony of the victims of Wednesday's bomb explosion in the city of Kerman about 510 miles (820 kms) southeast of the capital Tehran, Iran, Jan. 5, 2024. A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi suffered a “hard landing” on Sunday, May 19, 2024, Iranian state television reported, without immediately elaborating. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Source: AP
  • Discovery of dad and toddler son's bodies treated as murder-suicide

    Police are treating the death of a man and his two-year-old son in NSW's Lismore as a murder-suicide.

    Deputy police commissioner Peter Thurtell said the boy was in the care of his father on Sunday with the boy's mother becoming concerned when he wasn't returned at the agreed time of 4.30pm.

    Police went to the father's home, forced their way in and discovered the two bodies shortly before 10pm.

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  • Helicopter wreckage found in search for Iranian president

    Hopes are fading that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister have survived a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain and icy weather, an Iranian official said on Monday after search teams located the wreckage.

    "President Raisi's helicopter was completely burned in the crash ... unfortunately, all passengers are feared dead," the official told Reuters.

    Rescue teams fought blizzards and difficult terrain through the night to reach the wreckage in East Azerbaijan province in the early hours of Monday.

    Read more here.

  • More states look to ban social media for kids

    Millions of Australian children could be barred from using social media platforms under age-limit changes floated by state premiers who want bolstered protections for young people against online harm.

    The leaders of NSW, Queensland and Victoria united on Monday in a push to lift age minimums on major operators such as the Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram, and TikTok.

    All of the platforms require users to be at least 13 years old, but that limit could be lifted to as high as 16 under a proposal from NSW.

    South Australia is investigating if it can impose social-media bans for children aged under 14 and parental permission for those aged under 16 amid rising concern over harms of social media content on minors.

    Read more here.

  • 'Enormous courage' from cop stabbed in head

    A police officer stabbed in a daylight attack in Sydney's city centre displayed "enormous courage" in chasing after his assailant in spite of his injuries, the NSW premier says.

    Elvis Poa, 35, remains in a stable condition in hospital after being stabbed near Hyde Park early on Sunday afternoon.

    He and another officer were performing traffic duties just after 1pm on the corner of Castlereagh and Park streets when they were approached by the 35-year-old alleged attacker.

    The man allegedly produced a 30cm long "kitchen-style" knife and stabbed Constable Poa in the back of the head two to three times.

    Elvis Poa has been hailed for his bravery. Source: AAP/ Nine
    Elvis Poa has been hailed for his bravery. Source: AAP/ Nine

    He fled and was pursued by the injured officer and a female constable along Park St and into Hyde Park, where officers directed him to drop the knife.

    Other officers arrived and the man was tasered before being taken into custody, police said.

    "The officer involved showed enormous courage," Premier Chris Minns told reporters.

    "To not only be the victim of an alleged assault, but also to apprehend the person who is alleged to have committed the offence."

  • Photo reveals huge task of finding president's missing helicopter

    A desperate search for a helicopter carrying the Iranian president and the country's foreign minister has been badly hampered by horrid weather conditions.

    Photos emerging from the search sites shows just exactly what rescue crews are facing.

    Thick fog is hampering the rescue efforts. Source: Getty
    Thick fog is hampering the rescue efforts. Source: Getty

    The Bell 212 civilian aircraft went down near the Azerbaijan border after experiencing a "hard landing", with Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, 63, onboard , state TV said.

    “We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” an Iranian official said. He added that Raisi’s life was “at risk”.

    Read more here.

  • Cliff face edges closer to dozens of homes

    Dozens of homes sat perilously close to a cliff's edge in the UK are once again fearing for their future after another rock fall brought the coastline closer to their doors.

    The local council continues to warn the cliff in Newhaven on England's south coast is unstable and "can crumble without warning".

    Read more here.

    The cliff face has endured several falls recently. Source: Zack Street/ Eddie Mitchell
    The cliff face has endured several falls recently. Source: Zack Street/ Eddie Mitchell
  • Man wins $2.5 million with first ever lottery ticket

    How's this for a bit of luck.

    A Canberra man has scooped $2.5 million on the Saturday Lotto with his first ever lottery ticket.

    "I just bought this ticket on the spur of the moment. I’ve never bought a lottery ticket before," he told officials.

    “Then, on Sunday morning, I woke up and saw I had this ticket in my wallet, so I thought I’d check it.

    “Oh sh**! I can’t explain the moment. I just can’t believe it."

  • Trump appears to freeze during speech

    Well this is an unfortunate turn of events for Donald Trump.

    Repeatedly calling out President Joe Biden for his supposed unsuitability to lead the country at 81, Trump, 77, has had his own moment to forget while addressing those gathered at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting.

    The former president appeared to freeze for more than 30 seconds, much to the joy of Biden's supporters. Unsurprisingly Trump's faithful offered their explanations, suggesting the teleprompter was down or he was just listening.

    See for yourself below.

  • Man and toddler son found dead in unit

    A man and his two-year-old son have been found dead in an East Lismore home in northern NSW.

    NSW Police confirmed the pair’s bodies were found after officers attached to Richmond Police District attended a unit in College St in East Lismore about 9.45pm on Sunday, following concerns being raised for their welfare.

    A NSW Police spokeswoman said officers forced entry to the unit and found a man, 38, and two-year-old boy dead.

    Investigations are ongoing.

    Read more here.

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