WDBJ news anchor Chris Hurst pauses as he is overcome with emotion while holding a photo album that was created by fellow reporter and girlfriend Alison Parker, in Roanoke, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Vester Lee Flanagan opened fire during a live on-air interview for WDBJ, killing Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)
People demonstrate in demand of Guatemalan President Otto Perez to step down over a corruption scandal, in Guatemala City on Aug. 27, 2015. Perez suffered a double setback Wednesday, after the country’s top prosecutor called for his resignation and his ex-vice president was maintained in jail for tax fraud. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)
Bedouin women take part in a protest against a plan to uproot the Umm Al-Hiran village, which is not recognized by the Israeli government, near the southern city of Beersheba in the Negev desert, on Aug. 27, 2015. In May Israel’s Supreme Court approved the removal of 750-1,000 Bedouin residents from the southern Negev village of Umm al-Hiran to enable the construction of a Jewish town. According to Human Rights Watch, the villagers say they were expelled from their land in 1948, when the state of Israel was established, and while they have been allowed to live there, Israel never recognized the village or approved a zoning plan for it. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
A migrants’ group stands at a collection point of the Hungarian police near the Hungarian village of Roszke, at the Hungarian-Serbian border on Aug. 27, 2015. As Hungary scrambles to ramp up defenses on its border with Serbia, refugees continued to surge into the country in record numbers, police figures confirmed. (Csaba Segesvari/AFP/Getty Images)
Student protesters Joshua Wong (C L) and Nathan Law (C R) stand outside the Wanchai police station in Hong Kong on Aug. 27, 2015. The students reported to police for investigation into their participation in the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy movement. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
Warragamba Dam spills water over the edge after reaching capacity on Aug. 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Warragamba Dam, Sydney’s main reservoir, last spilled in June, 2013. (Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
Citizens wearing raincoats drive electric motor bikes in the rain on Aug. 26, 2015 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China. South China’s Zhengzhou City encountered severe convective weather on Wednesday afternoon. (ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton leaves court at the conclusion of his hearing on his felony securities indictment, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Paxton pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging that he defrauded investors before he became the state’s top lawyer, and his attorney Joe Kendall announced that he would no longer represent him. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison via AP, Pool)
Lebanese riot policemen take a rest near the government building during a lull in anti-government protests over an ongoing trash collection crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Beirut has been jolted by daily protests for the past week, including two massive demonstrations that turned violent over the weekend. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Students clash with the riot police during a demonstration against an education reform plan pushed by the government of President Michelle Bachelet, in Santiago, Chile, on Aug. 27, 2015. Critics say the reforms fall short of overhauling a highly unequal education system inherited from the 1973-1990 dictatorship of late ruler Augusto Pinochet. (Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)
Police clash with victims of toxic investments made by former Banco Espirito Santo (BES) now Novo Banco (New Bank) during a protest in front of the Novo Bank headquarters in Lisbon on Aug. 27, 2015. (PATRICIA DE Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images)
While jury still deliberate, former St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie, left, leaves the Merrimack Superior Court at the end of day with security in tow Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool)
President Barack Obama is greeted by a woman during a tour of the Treme neighborhood Aug. 27, 2015, in New Orleans. President Obama visited New Orleans on Thursday to praise its people’s “extraordinary resilience,” 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the “Big Easy” and shattered Americans’ confidence in government. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Colombian citizens cross the bordering Tachira River as they leave Venezuela with their belongings, arriving in Cucuta, Colombia, on Aug. 27, 2015. Hundreds of Colombians are fleeing Venezuela, opting to leave the country with their belongings rather than be deported empty-handed like more than 1,000 people sent home in an escalating border crisis. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the border between Tachira and the Colombian department of Norte de Santander closed last week in response to an attack by unidentified assailants on a military patrol, which wounded a civilian and three soldiers on an anti-smuggling operation. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)
A masked kurdish militant holds a molotov cocktails in front of a barricade during clashes with Turkish police on Aug. 27,2015, in the Gazi district of Istanbul. Five people, including two children and a soldier, were killed in clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in Turkey’s restive Kurdish-majority southeast on Aug. 27, 2015, local officials and the army said. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic officers stand in front of a truck inside which were found a large number of dead migrants on a motorway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on Aug. 27, 2015. The vehicle, which contained between 20 and 50 bodies, was found on a parking strip off the highway in Burgenland state, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said at a press conference with Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. (Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images)
Captain Ed Lloyd Owen links arms with Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole as he completes his ‘Short Walk Home’ in aid of Walking With The Wounded on Aug. 27, 2015 in London, England. The walk from Cyprus to London has taken 5 months covering covering 11 Countries. The British Army Officer Captain has raised over 21,000 GBP for Walking for the Wounded. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, N.S. — Police have located a 24-year-old Eskasoni, N.S., woman who was last seen near her home in late August.
Cape Breton Regional Police say Chrisma Ann Joy Denny was found safe in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Police say Denny has confirmed her intent to return home.
Denny was reported as missing by her family on Nov. 4 and was last seen in the Eskasoni area on Aug. 22.
Police say she entered the U.S. in late August and had previously interacted with police in Alabama and then in Knox County, Tennessee.
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Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.
Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries.
When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside. The victims range in age from 18 months to 15 years.
The news out of Cairns is heartbreaking
A 34-year-old woman found inside the home was suffering from stab wounds to the chest, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said.
The woman was receiving treatment for her wounds and was in stable condition at a hospital, Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said. He said he had no further information, including how the children were killed.
“As it stands at the moment, there’s no need for the public to be concerned about this other than the fact that it’s a tragic, tragic event,” Asnicar said. “The situation is well controlled at the moment. There shouldn’t be any concern for anyone else out of this environment.”
Detectives were speaking with neighbours and police had not determined the relationship between all of the children and the hospitalized woman.
But Lisa Thaiday, who said she was the woman’s cousin, said the children were all siblings and that the woman was their mother. Thaiday said another sibling, a 20-year-old man, came home and found his brothers and sisters dead inside the house.
“I’m going to see him now, he needs comforting,” Thaiday said. “We’re a big family … I just can’t believe it. We just found out [about] those poor babies.”
The woman allegedly stabbed the children and then herself in a suicide attempt, the Brisbane Times reported, citing an unidentified police source.
The street has been cordoned off and a crime scene will remain in place for at least the next day, Asnicar said.
Dozens of police have swarmed the home.
“These events are extremely distressing for everyone of course and police officers aren’t immune from that — we’re human beings as well,” Ascinar said.
The tragedy comes as Australia is still reeling from the shock of a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe earlier this week. On Monday, a gunman burst into a cafe in the heart of the city and took 18 people inside hostage. Two hostages were killed along with the gunman after police stormed in 16 hours later in a bid to end the siege.
“The news out of Cairns is heartbreaking,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement. “All parents would feel a gut-wrenching sadness at what has happened. This is an unspeakable crime. These are trying days for our country.”
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A major police operation was underway in downtown Sydney on Monday, where several people inside a chocolate shop could be seen through the windows with their hands held in the air.
New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the shop or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the store’s windows showed several people with their arms in the air and hands pressed against the glass.
It’s believed at least 13 hostages are being held, according to Australia’s Channel 7 News. Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane told news.com.au he believes there are 40 to 50 people inside the cafe, including customers and staff.
The footage showed two people inside the Lindt chocolate shop holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it. It was not immediately clear what the flag said, but it looks similar to the flag used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.
The shop is located in the heart of the city’s financial district. Streets in the area were closed and officials were asking the public to stay away. Police officers were lined up outside the shop.
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