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11.14pm GMT

This is lovely story which I think we all need today – a young woman paid off $16,000 in lay-bys at a Gold Coast toy store.

From ABC Gold Coast:

An anonymous ‘Santa’s helper’ has paid off all the lay-bys at a toy store on Queensland’s Gold Coast, totalling more than $16,000, with customers surprised and emotional with the gesture of Christmas goodwill after a tough year.

Staff at Mr Toys Toyworld at Burleigh Waters said a woman came into the store with two others at lunchtime last Thursday and paid the outstanding balances on more than 80 lay-bys in the lead-up to Christmas.

11.05pm GMT

Over the past 48 hours we’ve seen a number of countries (France, Britain, America, New Zealand) swing to Australia’s defence after the Chinese foreign ministry posted a digitally created image depicting an Australian soldier cutting the throat of a child in Afghanistan.

Guardian Australia approached the German government for comment on the imbroglio. A spokesperson for the federal foreign office in Berlin has provided this response:

We were disconcerted by this tweet. Spreading such material on official social media is unacceptable. The Australian government is facing up to its responsibility to investigate alleged crimes by its special forces in an exemplary manner.

Proceedings have been initiated to hold those responsible to account. This goes to show that Australia takes human rights and the investigation of alleged crimes seriously and – contrary to others – we very much respect Australia’s approach.

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