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The pro and the anti gun lobbies are uniting in calling for an extension to the gun buyback amnesty; and  for a second day in a row, a record has been set for Australia's hottest day

1.For a second day in a row, a record has been set for Australia's hottest day. On Tuesday the average high for the country was  40.9C, but that record only lasted 24 hours . Yesterday's average high was 41.9C.

2.Two New South Wales Rural Fire Service volunteers have died and three other firefighters are injured after their truck rolled in Sydney's south-west.Authorities said the truck was travelling as part of a convoy when it is believed to have hit a tree on Wilson Drive in Buxton, before rolling off the road just before 11:30pm.

3.Samoa was warned as early as March to immunise its population against measles. the death toll from an epidemic that has infected more than 5000 people reached 77 yesterday.

4.The pro and the anti gun lobbies are uniting in calling for an extension to the gun buyback amnesty.The official buyback and amnesty for banned weapons ends today, but a lack of records of how many guns have been brought into the country has led to uncertainty over how successful the buyback has been.

5.The Government wants to charge polluters more for their carbon gas emissions, it is seeking feedback to proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme such as lifting the price cap from $25 a tonne of carbon.

6.Donald Trump has become the third US president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether he remains in office.The House voted on two charges - that the president had abused his power and that he had obstructed Congress.

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