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Marc Janko and Sydney FC part ways

Sydney FC opts not to offer Marc Janko another contract due to his international commitments over the next year.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 21:12:44 +1000

Islamic State tightens hold on Iraq-Syria border

Islamic State takes full control of the two main roads between Syria and the Iraqi province of Anbar, one day after Iraqi forces reclaimed territory from the jihadists.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 21:02:37 +1000

Bulldogs leave it late to kill off Raiders in stunning NRL game

The Canterbury Bulldogs have held off a spirited fightback from the Raiders to post a 41-34 win in an entertaining encounter in Canberra.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 18:13:41 +1000

WA Government spent $13m on project 'highly likely' to move interstate

The WA Government may have spent millions of dollars on an industrial estate for a planned multi-billion-dollar fertiliser plant project only to see it moved interstate.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 18:09:13 +1000

Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

Mass graves and suspected human trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister says.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 17:54:05 +1000

Thousands flee after landslide blocks Nepal river: official

Thousands of panic-stricken villagers in Nepal's quake-hit mountainous north-west flee their homes fearing flash floods after a landslide blocks a river.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 16:18:42 +1000

Tasmania's Prison Service slashes Risdon Prison overtime

After years of struggling with spiralling overtime bills, Tasmania's Risdon Prison nearly halves its annual spend.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 16:00:44 +1000

Melbourne jazz institution Bennetts Lane to close its doors

The Australian jazz landscape is about to lose a landmark, as Melbourne's Bennetts Lane will close its doors in June after more than two decades.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:26:12 +1000

Peace activists cross North-South Korea border

A group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, makes a rare crossing of one of the world's most militarised borders to promote reconciliation between North and South Korea.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:02:54 +1000

Government to detail plans to strip Australian terrorists of citizenship

The Prime Minister flags the Government will this week announce details of its plans to strip Australians involved in terrorism of their citizenship, so they are no longer in the "bosom of our Australian family".

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:44:39 +1000

Film program helps Indigenous teenagers in Sydney's west find their voice

Disadvantaged and disengaged Aboriginal teenagers in western Sydney are given the chance to express themselves by telling their own stories through filmmaking.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:42:39 +1000

Protesters calling for Keppel casino licence greet Palaszczuk in Rockhampton

A gauntlet of pro-gambling protesters greet Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk outside a Community Cabinet meeting in central Queensland.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:39:13 +1000

Darwin Rebels run charity ride after president bashed

Hundreds of members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club take part in a charity ride to raise money for a depression awareness group just days after the club's president was assaulted by rivals.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:32:34 +1000

Female gorilla at Melbourne Zoo killed by male in show of 'unexpected aggression'

A female gorilla at Melbourne Zoo has died of complications from injuries inflicted by a young male silverback gorilla.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:26:51 +1000

Leaders dismiss same-sex marriage referendum in Australia

Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten dismiss the idea of holding a referendum on same-sex marriage in Australia, after Ireland voted in favour of amending the country's constitution on the issue.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:22:49 +1000

Sydney Symphony pilots Chinese mentoring program

Three musicians from Shanghai will travel to Sydney in July for an 11-day performance residency with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as the SSO builds on its push into the vast Chinese market.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:54:05 +1000

Incentive scheme for bush doctors failing: Minister

A Government incentive scheme to try to lure more doctors to the bush is falling short of the mark, with too much money going towards large regional centres and not enough to smaller towns, the Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash says.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:51:17 +1000

Myanmar president signs off on controversial population law

Myanmar's president signs off on a controversial law that could see mothers forced to have children at least three years apart, despite objections that it could be used to repress ethnic minorities including Rohingya Muslims.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:35:42 +1000

'Confronting' ads aim to counter ignorance of cancers caused by smoking

A new advertising campaign is launched in Tasmania that aims to counter ignorance about the different cancers caused by smoking.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:13:14 +1000

First Home Builders Boost to be extended in Tasmanian budget

The Tasmanian Government will fund a six-month extension of the First Home Builders Boost in Thursday's state budget.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:59:01 +1000

Great Barrier Reef likely to avoid 'in danger' listing by Unesco: scientists

Queensland's leading researchers on the Great Barrier Reef predict the area will not be listed as "in danger" by the United Nations body Unesco, although it does face serious threats.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:55:12 +1000

Rogowska first Aussie up at French Open

Olivia Rogowska is Australia's only player in action on day one of the French Open - and she has gone some way to earn the honour of launching the 12-strong assault.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:51:32 +1000

Food manufacturing could replace Holden in Adelaide's north: SA Government

A food manufacturing park in Adelaide's northern suburbs is proposed by the South Australian Government as a way to create jobs after the closure of the Holden plant in 2017.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:49:54 +1000

Union call for royal commission into WA mine site deaths 'desperate'

A union call for a royal commission into mine site fatalities in Western Australia is labelled "opportunistic" and "desperate" by Commerce Minister Michael Mischin.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:29:28 +1000

Australia offers $35m extra to Vanuatu for cyclone recovery

The Australian Government commits an extra $35 million of aid to help with the cyclone recovery effort in Vanuatu.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:16:10 +1000

German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman who already has 13 children gives birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, local media reports.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:11:27 +1000

Watch the top five Eurovision performances

Watch the top five performances from Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, including Guy Sebastian, who performed on behalf of Australia as a wildcard entry this year.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:11:27 +1000

Shotguns, ammo found in car after reports of gunfire in ACT bushland

Police arrest two men and seize a pile of guns and ammunition, following reports of gunfire in bushland in Canberra's south.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 11:48:25 +1000

SA Government receives 30 registrations of interest in Repat Hospital site

Up to 30 health, aged care and community organisations register their interest in occupying the Repatriation General Hospital site at Daw Park in Adelaide once services have been moved, the State Government says.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 11:46:06 +1000

Greg Inglis confirmed for Origin I

Queensland coach Mal Meninga has confirmed Greg Inglis will play Wednesday night's State of Origin opener in Sydney after the recovering centre emerged from quarantine.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 11:36:15 +1000

Monsanto targeted in worldwide protests

Thousands of people have taken to the streets worldwide to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:53:10 +1000

Separatist commander killed in Ukraine car attack: rebel authorities

A separatist commander in eastern Ukraine is killed along with several other fighters after their car comes under attack, rebel authorities announce.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:45:22 +1000

International veterinarians saving animals injured in Nepal's earthquakes

A team of international veterinarians in Nepal is working to save valuable animals injured in the devastating earthquakes.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:45:22 +1000

Man charged with shining laser at Queensland police chopper

A Queensland police helicopter is targeted by a laser light for the second time in less than a week.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:36:18 +1000

US police officer found not guilty over shooting unarmed couple to death

A Cleveland police officer is found not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:34:07 +1000

Pedestrian killed by car in northern NSW

A Gold Coast man dies after being hit by a car near a sweeping bend on a main road at Broken Head on the NSW north coast.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:25:00 +1000

Man, 18, charged with seven counts rape of teenage girl

An 18-year-old man has been charged with seven counts of rape, seven counts of incident assault and one count of aggravated burglary, in Melbourne's south.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:15:08 +1000

Senior police officer to lead welfare fraud taskforce

The Federal Government is set to announce a crackdown on welfare cheats by appointing a senior police officer to lead a special taskforce on welfare fraud.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:47:43 +1000

Woman who stabbed partner in chest at Ipswich released without charge

Police lay no charges against a 25-year-old woman thought to have stabbed her partner in the chest at Ipswich, west of Brisbane, early this morning.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:45:21 +1000

Gatecrashers damage WA home as residents shelter inside

Dozens of gatecrashers smash windows and knock holes in walls and doors at a home south of Perth, as residents take refuge inside.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:41:59 +1000

Mock evacuations in Sydney's CBD as city tests emergency response

Hundreds of volunteers help authorities test Sydney's preparedness for a terrorist attack or natural disaster during a mock emergency this morning.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:40:41 +1000

Bigger Picture a political campaign: WA Opposition

The Barnett government is using the taxpayer-funded Bigger Picture logo to try gain a political advantage from everyday capital works projects, the WA Opposition says.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:27:58 +1000

Light rail project to receive almost $52m in ACT budget

Almost $52 million will be allocated in next month's ACT budget to construct a light rail system in Canberra.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:22:42 +1000

Police dog recovering after being punched during dramatic arrest

A police dog is recovering after being punched while assisting in a dramatic arrest in Melbourne's north-west.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:19:16 +1000

Palaszczuk rates well in poll to mark 100 days of Queensland Labor Government

A Galaxy poll finds 59 per cent of Queenslanders are satisfied with Annastacia Palaszczuk's performance in the role of Premier.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:04:30 +1000

British-Australian man facing 58 charges of aggravated rape collapses

A 63-year-old man extradited from the UK to Melbourne to face dozens of sex charges is taken to hospital, after collapsing.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 08:52:51 +1000

Hobart candlelight vigil remembers woman allegedly shot dead by ex-husband

A Hobart vigil against domestic violence, held in honour of Olga Neubert, who was allegedly shot dead by her ex-husband, draws hundreds of people.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 08:46:48 +1000

GreenEDGE building towards grand tour general classification tilt

After four years, GreenEDGE is building towards being able to compete for grand tour general classification honours, writes Mark Bennett.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 08:28:51 +1000

Ireland votes 'Yes' for gay marriage in referendum

Ireland votes in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum, making the largely Catholic country the world's first to make the change after a popular vote.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:41:50 +1000

Contador regains pink jersey at Giro d'Italia

Spaniard Alberto Contador bounced back from a crash to retake the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia as rivals Fabio Aru and Richie Porte stumbled in the 14th stage time-trial.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:26:48 +1000

Stosur warms up for Paris with Strasbourg title

Samantha Stosur has warmed up for her French Open bid by defeating France's Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the WTA Strasbourg Open title.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:17:25 +1000

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow narrowly beats Russia to win Eurovision 2015

Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow wins the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, with Guy Sebastian coming in fifth for wildcard entry Australia.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:06:11 +1000

Giant puppets made by Australian artists visit Singapore

Giant moving body parts made by Australian puppeteers are performing in Singapore for its birthday celebrations.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 05:26:16 +1000

As it happened: 60th Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow wins the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, with Australia coming in fifth as a wildcard entry this year. Look back on how the contest unfolded.

published: Sun, 24 May 2015 05:23:28 +1000

Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues

Migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, as the UN chief calls for more rescues.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 22:37:10 +1000

Iraqi forces reclaim Islamic State territory: military officials

Iraqi forces retake territory from the Islamic State jihadist group east of Ramadi, in their first counterattack since Anbar's provincial capital fell a week ago, commanders say.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:42:19 +1000

Ireland's 'Yes' voters celebrate after gay marriage referendum

Ireland appears to have voted in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum which would see the largely Catholic country become the world's first to make the change after a popular vote.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:52:28 +1000

Get to know the Eurovision 2015 finalists

Find out more about all of this year's finalists in the Eurovision Song Contest.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:36:48 +1000

Irish emigrants travel home to vote in gay marriage referendum

Thousands of Irish emigrants head home to vote in the country's historic referendum on gay marriage.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:57:19 +1000

GammaCon 2015 brings together K-pop, cosplay and comic fans

Lovers of comics, K-pop and cosplay gather in Canberra for pop-culture festival GammaCon 2015.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:28:40 +1000

Officer struck by police car during pursuit

An officer is injured when a police car hits him during a pursuit in northern New South Wales which led to the arrest of two females.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:47:32 +1000

NT locals unconvinced by Noonamah Ridge consultation

The company behind the proposed Noonamah Ridge development in Darwin's rural area begins its charm offensive to win support, but locals say they are not convinced so far.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:36:37 +1000

Beijing's improved air quality due to good policy: officials

Chinese officials say a remarkable improvement in Beijing's air quality is due to good policy.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:12:39 +1000

US reality TV show pulled after reports star molested girls

US cable network TLC pulls all episodes of its top-rated television reality show 19 Kids and Counting, which features a large Christian family, after reports surface that the eldest son molested underage girls as a teen.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:53:11 +1000

Computer games help stroke survivors get back on their feet

Computer games are being used to boost independence for patients recovering from strokes, brain injuries and amputations in trials in Sydney and Adelaide.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:44:54 +1000

Thousands enjoy beautiful Brisbane autumn weather for Paniyiri Festival

Fine weather greets thousands of people attending the opening day of this year's Paniyiri Festival, a celebration of Greek culture and food held in Musgrave Park in South Brisbane.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:22:58 +1000

Detained Thai student protesters 'merely invited for talks'

Dozens of Thai students who were dragged away and held overnight by police after they staged an anti-coup protest in Bangkok on Friday were "merely invited for talks", a senior police officer says.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:21:05 +1000

Concerns Tasmanian anti-discrimination changes will restrict education choice

Tasmania's Legislative Council is being called on to reject legislative changes allowing religious schools greater powers to exclude children of different faiths.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:05:00 +1000

RAAF's 11 squadron prepares for change of planes

The RAAF's 11 squadron based at Edinburgh is replacing its Orions with a fleet of pilotless drones, but its much loved mascot will stay the same.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 14:58:18 +1000

Victorian Minister stood down over alleged bullying

Victorian Government Minister Adem Somyurek is stood down by Premier Daniel Andrews over allegations of bullying behaviour, which Mr Andrews says "might" be a police matter.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 14:31:12 +1000

Japan to give $578m to Pacific islands to fight climate change

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe pledges $578 million in aid to Pacific island nations to help them combat climate change and natural disasters.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 14:17:58 +1000

Vienna abuzz with Eurovision grand final hype

The running order for the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed and, as the competition ramps up, so does the excitement in Vienna, the ABC's Barbara Miller reports.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:50:18 +1000

#Hobart39: Images of HMAS Hobart light up social media

The much anticipated launch of HMAS Hobart in Adelaide meant for some impressive photo opportunities with photographers sharing images on social media.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:47:47 +1000

LNP opts for same candidate to fight Clive Palmer in federal seat of Fairfax

The Liberal National Party (LNP) has again preselected local businessman Ted O'Brien to run against Clive Palmer in the seat of Fairfax at the next federal election.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:33:15 +1000

13kg of illicit drugs seized in raids on two Perth properties

A total of 13 kilograms of illicit drugs is seized and two men are charged with drug offences by police in Perth after raids on two properties.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:22:42 +1000

Life for London bombmaker over murder of US soldier

A London taxi driver who made bombs targeting coalition troops in Iraq, one of which killed a US soldier, is jailed for life after being convicted of murder.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:22:42 +1000

Australia's treatment of life-threatening immune condition lagging: study

Sufferers of a chronic genetic condition say Australia is lagging behind world standards in diagnosing and treating the disease.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:13:06 +1000

Pilot dies in Hunter Valley plane crash

A pilot dies after an ultralight plane crashes into a paddock in a wine-growing region in New South Wales' Hunter Valley.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:56:09 +1000

NT public sector travel inquiry must include ministerial trips: Opposition

A Northern Territory government review into public sector travel does not go far enough and should scrutinise ministerial travel too, the Opposition says.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:53:09 +1000

Tasmania to spend $8m on upgrading parks infrastructure

The Tasmanian Government announces an additional $8 million for national parks and reserves in next week's state budget.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:46:18 +1000

WA mine site fatalities prompt union call for royal commission

Recent mine site fatalities prompt a call by Unions WA for an independent investigation by a royal commission into workplace deaths in Western Australia.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:38:47 +1000

'Savage' budget cuts to cost families, ACOSS says

The federal budget will strip more than $15 billion over four years from families and lower-income earners, Australia's peak social welfare group says.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:29:15 +1000

Scientists race to stop mystery disease wiping out NSW turtles

A mysterious disease threatens the survival of a NSW turtle species, wiping out most of its population within two months and baffling scientists who say they have never seen anything like it.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:02:11 +1000

At least 44 people killed in Mexican gunfight

At least 44 people are killed in western Mexico in a gunfight between suspected gang members and security forces.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 11:57:37 +1000

Emerging Indigenous leaders take concerns direct to NT Government

Indigenous people identified as emerging leaders in their communities are offered the chance to take their issues to the highest levels of the Northern Territory Government.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 11:11:58 +1000

Course aims to foster qualified fruit industry workforce

Tasmania's fruit industry hopes a new entry-level horticulture course will attract more qualified workers to the sector.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 11:03:31 +1000

California men charged with conspiring to join IS

Two Californian men are arrested and charged with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:59:10 +1000

Colombian rebels suspend ceasefire after air strikes

Colombia's FARC guerrillas suspend their unilateral ceasefire after a government air strike killed 26 rebels, plunging peace talks to end the five-decade conflict into a new crisis.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:45:27 +1000

Navy's newest warship launched as part of 'Destroyer' program

SA Premier Jay Weatherill uses the launch of the first Air Warfare Destroyer, the HMAS Hobart, in Adelaide to push the state's credentials to build the next generation of submarines.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:42:52 +1000

Man, 22, charged with murder of 24-year-old man in WA

A 22-year-old man is charged with the murder of Brent Barton, 24, in Bunbury, in Western Australia's south-west.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:30:31 +1000

Toddler laid to rest after fatal Beenleigh house fire

A funeral has been held for two-year-old Roman Campbell who died in a house fire at Beenleigh, south of Brisbane on May 14.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:27:48 +1000

Parramatta to challenge NRL salary cap ruling

The Parramatta Eels say they will challenge some of the NRL's ruling on the club's salary cap breach, saying the ruling was a "breach of trust" by the governing body.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:23:08 +1000

Aspiring astronauts live under dome for 7 months to simulate Mars life

Six aspiring astronauts spend seven months living in a geodesic dome on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii to simulate a spaceflight mission to Mars.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:17:06 +1000

Australian contingent ready for French Open charge

Australia's tennis hopefuls are ready to tackle the best players in the world on clay - Dean Bilton analyses how they are shaping up ahead of Roland Garros.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:53:53 +1000

Cost of registering a vehicle in Queensland set to rise again

Queensland, already the most expensive place in Australia to own a car, will raise vehicle registration fees again on July 1, with the State Opposition accusing the Government of treating motorists as cash cows.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:33:15 +1000

WA economic stress putting workers at risk of substance abuse: counselling service

Rising stress levels in Western Australia due to the state's current economic climate could prompt alcohol or substance abuse among workers, a counselling service warns.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:17:25 +1000

Endangered species adapting to feral cat threat in SA

Infrared cameras put in a South Australian conservation zone show how endangered native species are coping despite the presence of feral cats.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:14:12 +1000

Melbourne tattoo shops firebombed amid growing bikie tensions: police

Several tattoo parlours have been firebombed in Victoria and police urged to exercise "extreme caution" as tensions escalate between the Rebels, Comancheros and Finks motorcycle gangs.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:06:46 +1000

Dreamworld successfully breeds tree kangaroo

Animal handlers at a Gold Coast theme park are hopping with joy as a brand new joey pops its head from the pouch of a shy Lumholtz's tree kangaroo.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:02:17 +1000

Meditation being used at Perth school to target stress

Perth schools and businesses are using meditation to calm nerves and boost the mental health of students and staff.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:02:17 +1000

RAC wants WA driverless car trial to ease congestion

Driverless cars and better public transport could be the solution to Perth's congestion problems, the RAC says.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:40:32 +1000

Indonesia says asylum seekers are illegal labourers: Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Indonesian officials have told her most of the 7,000 people stranded in the South-East Asia boat crisis are illegal labourers, not refugees.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:40:32 +1000

High turnout for Ireland's gay marriage referendum

Irish voters turn out in force for a historic referendum on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, with polling booths closed after 15 hours of voting.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:27:54 +1000

Soiled disposable nappies make up quarter of Tasmanian litter, survey finds

Tasmanian parents are not dumping disposable nappies properly, with a survey finding they make up a quarter of the state's litter.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:24:02 +1000

Horse cull considered to combat growing number of brumbies in national park

A controversial cull is being considered by the New South Wales Government to combat the growing number of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:24:02 +1000

Australia's French Open entrants now 12

Australia will have its largest French Open singles contingent this century after Olivia Rogowska pulled off a second straight qualifying escape act.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 07:30:19 +1000

Gillespie reveals talks over England coaching role

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has revealed that he has held talks with Andrew Strauss about succeeding Peter Moores as England coach.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 07:15:50 +1000

Stosur into Strasbourg final after beating Stephens

Samantha Stosur advanced to her first final of the year with an impressive three-set win over highly-rated young American Sloane Stephens at the Strasbourg International.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 07:03:49 +1000

Contador caught up in crash as Aru takes Giro lead, Porte out of contention

Italian Astana rider Fabio Aru has taken over as leader of the Giro d'Italia from crash victim Alberto Contador after the rain-hit 13th stage was won by Sacha Modolo.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 06:52:54 +1000

Dutch cabinet backs partial Islamic burka ban

The Dutch cabinet approves a partial ban on wearing the burka, a face-covering Islamic veil, including in schools, hospitals and on public transport.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 06:41:10 +1000

Clinton emails on 2012 Libya attack released

The US State Department releases hundreds of emails from Hilary Clinton's private address, giving a glimpse into her work in the wake of a 2012 attack on a US mission in Libya.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 06:12:05 +1000

Polish court adjourns Polanski extradition case

A Polish court adjourns a hearing on whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 03:38:15 +1000

IS suicide bomber targets Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia

An Islamic State suicide bomber detonates explosives during weekly prayers at a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled eastern Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people in the first attack officially claimed by IS in the country.

published: Sat, 23 May 2015 02:15:14 +1000

Protesters arrested on anniversary of Thai military coup

Thai police arrest several anti-junta activists for small protests marking a year since military generals seized power from the elected government.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 22:58:03 +1000

Eiffel Tower shuts as staff walk out in protest over pickpockets

Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 22:53:01 +1000

Another English king could be buried under parking lot: historian

Just three years after the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath an English car park, researchers believe another medieval monarch might be found in similar circumstances.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 22:37:30 +1000

Cats thump woeful Blues to pile more pressure on Malthouse

The Carlton Blues suffered yet another defeat in their horror season, going down to the Geelong Cats 22.8 (140) to 9.9 (63).

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 22:32:14 +1000

Turkey's ruling party nails giant election banner over ancient aqueduct

Turkey's ruling party outrages archaeologists by nailing a giant election banner over an ancient Istanbul aqueduct that is one of the city's most famed landmarks.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 22:09:57 +1000

Breakthrough brain implant helps paralysed people gain independence

A new kind of brain implant that can sense a patient's intent to move a robotic arm is being hailed as a breakthrough in harnessing mind power to help paralysed people gain more independence.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:48:49 +1000

Reds back to losing ways as Sharks score rare win on tour

A James O'Connor howler blew the Reds' chances of victory as the Sharks ran out 21-14 winners at Lang Park.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:32:34 +1000

Public sector travel under review in NT

A police investigation into a Darwin travel agency has led to a review of the NT public sector's travel processes.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:16:33 +1000

Crackdown continues on migrant worker exploitation on Victorian farms

Federal and state departments react quickly to a report on the exploitation of immigrant workers on Victorian farms, setting up a taskforce on visa fraud and by stopping busses of migrant workers.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:02:43 +1000

Driver jailed after fatal head-on crash at 160kph

A driver is jailed for 30 months after crashing head-on with another vehicle at 160 kilometres per hour, killing the other driver.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:19:53 +1000

Pot kills crippling pain, medical marijuana user says

Cancer-sufferer Paul Lawrence says he survives crippling daily pain with medical marijuana, including a breakfast marijuana smoothie, joints and hash oil throughout the day.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:06:50 +1000

Peter Greste still in danger of Egypt terror conviction

Australian journalist Peter Greste says he is still in danger of being convicted on terrorism charges in Egypt after he was ordered to appear in court by the judge hearing his new case.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:53:17 +1000

'Chicken from hell' among top 10 new species

The State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry releases its list of the top 10 new species for 2015, including a cartwheeling spider, a bird-like dinosaur and a fish that creates 'crop circles' on the sea floor.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:51:58 +1000

Colonial artefacts go under hammer at massive NSW auction

Thousands of artefacts from colonial Australia go under the hammer at a massive auction in the New South Wales town of Adaminaby.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:37:17 +1000

Cancer drug more effective after Australian researcher's breakthrough

An Australian invention that gained scientific attention for being able to "unboil" an egg is put to use in the treatment of cancer.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:24:12 +1000

NT Police issue warning after Rebels bikie bashed

Northern Territory Police are warning a feud between two rival motorcycle gangs after an altercation at a Darwin nightclub threatens to put members of the public at risk.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:17:44 +1000

Seven new high-rise towers given go-ahead in Melbourne's Fishermans Bend precinct

Victoria's Planning Minister approves seven new apartment towers for Fishermans Bend in Melbourne, even though the precinct is poorly served by public transport.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:13:04 +1000

Albany locals up in arms over wastewater beach dumping plan

A plan to dump wastewater at a popular beach near Albany attracts the ire of Great Southern residents.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:08:08 +1000

Internal ALP push to address 'unfair playing field' of negative gearing

Labor faces pressure from members of its Left faction to commit to cutting or modifying negative gearing tax breaks to help first home buyers enter the market.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:51:01 +1000

Diver swept away by currents tells of relief when washed onto island

A Launceston scuba diver swept away by currents tells of how he cried with relief when he finally reached land and realised his ordeal was over.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:37:34 +1000

Reviews of seniors' in-home care cases offer hope

Seniors set to lose out when their federally funded in-home care schemes are changed from Home Care Packages to Consumer Directed Care plans receive a last-minute reprieve.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:31:18 +1000

Not every drought-affected farm should be saved by taxpayers, Queensland senator says

Queensland senator Barry O'Sullivan declares that not every farm will, or even should, be saved by the taxpayer from the drought that is gripping most of the state.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:19:00 +1000

Big banks' losses hold share market back

The Australian share market ends the week with another poor performance by the banks, which kept a lid on the market and saw it close with little change.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:14:05 +1000

Don't give drought aid to bad farmers: agribusiness leader

Drought assistance should not be used to prop up bad farmers, a leading agribusiness consultant warns.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:06:41 +1000

Waste company gets record fine over fatal Perth truck crash

A record fine of $363,000 is imposed on waste management company Transpacific Industries over a fatal collision involving one of its trucks in Perth.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:02:07 +1000

Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat

Myanmar's navy has found two boats, one carrying more than 200 Bangladeshis, the government says.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:59:28 +1000

Carine attack prompts call for information from WA police

Perth police search for a man who attacked a woman while she was exercising in the Perth suburb of Carine.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:51:20 +1000

Victoria's congestion costs set to soar to $9b by 2031: report

The cost of delays on Melbourne's road network is expected to triple to $9 billion by 2031 without greater investment to reduce traffic congestion, a national infrastructure audit finds.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:18 +1000

Labor to target marginal seats over Max Light Rail

WA Labor will target key seats in Perth's northern suburbs over the State Government's failure to deliver its promised Max Light Rail project.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:18 +1000

Public housing residents in Millers Point make last-ditch plea to Government

Public housing tenants facing eviction from their homes at Millers Point in Sydney meet the NSW Housing Minister in a last-ditch attempt to avoid eviction.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:30:45 +1000

PNG woman accused of sorcery 'axed to death'

A woman who was saved from being murdered in a sorcery-related attack in Papua New Guinea's Highlands earlier this year has reportedly been hacked to death by a group of men.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:28:48 +1000

Bed numbers not best measure of busy SA hospital: surgeon

A senior surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital fends off criticism that the hospital is already being downgraded ahead of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital opening next year.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:18:54 +1000

Dugan happy to be number one but he is no Hayne clone

Josh Dugan admits he has big shoes to fill taking over the New South Wales number one jersey from Jarryd Hayne for next week's State of Origin opener against Queensland.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:17:44 +1000

Witness to alleged hit and run in Fyshwick sought by ACT police

ACT police are seeking the driver of a dark-coloured Holden ute after a man was hit by a sedan while crossing a road at Fyshwick.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:06:52 +1000

Former Queensland politician Gordon Nuttall to be released on parole

Former Queensland politician Gordon Nuttall will be released from prison in July after serving almost six years for corruption and perjury.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:50:33 +1000

Rosalie Woodruff latest Greens candidate vying for Milne's Senate spot

Southern Tasmanian local councillor Rosalie Woodruff becomes the latest to nominate for pre-selection for Christine Milne's Senate spot.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:18:40 +1000

Associate of Junaid Thorne handed supervision order for using false name for travel

An associate of self-styled Islamist preacher Junaid Thorne is handed a 12-month supervision order for using a false name to book and take flights from Perth.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:16:23 +1000

Court reveals details of Tasmanian mother Jodi Eaton's murder

A court reveals details of how Sorell mother of two Jodi Eaton was murdered last year.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:11:24 +1000

ICAC 'invalidly' launched local court case against Ian Macdonald

A magistrate rules ICAC jumped the gun by launching a local court case against former NSW Labor minister Ian Macdonald who will now be prosecuted in a higher court.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:09:02 +1000

Dutton defends refusal to resettle Rohingya refugees

Criticism of Australia's refusal to accept Rohingya boatpeople ignores the country's existing support for refugee programs, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:53:58 +1000

Restored 'flying boat' takes pride of place at Qantas museum in Longreach

Years of work and countless hours of restoration culminates in the launch of a new vintage plane display at a museum in outback Queensland this weekend.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:45:57 +1000

Nuclear inquiry contribution 'difficult' for Indigenous people

Four decades after the Maralinga nuclear tests, Indigenous people in SA's far north face barriers as they try to contribute to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:07:44 +1000

Motorist who drove with faulty headlight avoids jail after fatal accident

A motorist avoids being sent to jail after fatally hitting an elderly man while driving with a faulty headlight in Armadale last year.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:07:44 +1000

Companion dogs provide new hope for PTSD patients

A growing number of Australian veterans turn to companion dogs to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, with one veteran saying the animal has given he and his family a second chance at life.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:02:29 +1000

Cancer-suffering pilot sentenced to jail over drug importation flight into Wollongong

A cancer-suffering pilot is sentenced to nine months in jail for flying a small plane into Australia thought to have been carrying drugs.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:57:23 +1000

Dog domestication much older than previously thought

Dogs may have been man's best friend as early as 40,000 years ago, according to new research.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:45:49 +1000

No plans to remove paedophile from Christian Brothers order

The head of the Christian Brothers' Oceania chapter tells the royal commission into child sex abuse there are no plans to remove paedophile Robert Best from the order.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:45:49 +1000

Opera singers, orchestra bring love story to remote Arnhem Land

Some of Australia's finest opera singers gather in Darwin as they prepare to bring the classical art form to the remote town of Nhulunbuy.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:40:52 +1000

NSW students allegedly indecently assaulted by deputy principal

A high school deputy principal in southern NSW is charged with additional offences relating to the alleged aggravated indecent assault of female students at a school camp.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:37:23 +1000

Record crowd for Canberra Sorry Day march

An estimated 1,500 people have taken to the streets of Canberra as part of the annual Sorry Day commemorations, in the biggest local turnout in the event's history.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:30:50 +1000

Korean Air heiress apologises for 'nut rage' incident after being freed

The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts has been freed by a South Korean appeals court and apologised to those hurt by the incident.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:28:53 +1000

Vale expansion 'puts Australia market share at risk'

Brazilian mining giant Vale's move to massively expand its low-cost operations is a clear reminder Australia will lose market share if it does not remain competitive, the head of Gina Rinehart's WA mine Roy Hill says.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:27:02 +1000

Boy sentenced over stabbing of classmate at Brisbane school

A Brisbane schoolboy who stabbed a classmate in the neck is sentenced to three years in detention.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:11:18 +1000

Infrastructure audit 'raises red flag' on economic hit from Queensland's road congestion

Traffic congestion could cost Queensland's economy almost $10 billion a year by 2031, a national infrastructure audit finds.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:58:10 +1000

Sisters fail in bid to sue community services worker over stepfather's abuse

Two sisters who sued a former Department of Community Services (DOCS) worker and the NSW Government for allegedly failing to protect them from their abusive stepfather lose their claim for damages.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:56:45 +1000

Student-led push for fossil fuel divestment at UTAS gains traction

A student-led push for fossil fuel divestment has gained momentum with the University of Tasmania committing to a "contest of ideas" on the subject.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:44:23 +1000

OECD urges higher taxes on wealthy to address growing income gap

A global study warns the gap between rich and poor is widening at a dramatic pace, although Australia has seen a modest improvement in inequality.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:24:47 +1000

WA Premier calls for calm, 'change in rhetoric' in iron ore debate

WA Premier Colin Barnett calls for calm in the debate over iron ore production after the Federal Government abandons support for an inquiry into the market power of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:13:24 +1000

ACT light rail proposal strengthened by traffic report: Government

A report on predicted traffic congestion for Canberra underlines the need for the controversial light rail project, according to the ACT Government.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:10:21 +1000

Baby killer Mervyn Bell sentenced over bashing victim's mother

A convicted WA baby murderer is sentenced to almost five years' jail for severely bashing the child's mother.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:01:33 +1000

Tony Abbott tight-lipped on funding details for Mersey Hospital

The Prime Minister remains silent on the future of the Mersey Hospital with just five weeks left to spell out where future funding for it will come from.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:59:49 +1000

US plotted to find bin Laden via medical supplies: report

The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, according to a report citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:58:46 +1000

Disgraced Families SA worker pleads guilty to more child sex offences

A former Families SA carer who admitted to sexually abusing children as young as 18 months old pleads guilty to two further charges of child pornography.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:56:58 +1000

Scaffidi defends undeclared BHP-funded Beijing trip

The Lord Mayor of Perth defends her decision to accept a Beijing Olympics hospitality package from iron ore giant BHP Billiton without declaring it on a council gift register.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:56:58 +1000

Vivid Sydney festival of light, sound and ideas powered by green energy

City's landmarks light up as world's largest festival of light sound and ideas returns.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:53:38 +1000

Two SA Education staff suspended over alleged NAPLAN breaches

Two employees of SA's Education Department are accused of breaching NAPLAN test protocols and are suspended while an investigation is conducted.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:46:45 +1000

Subcontractor fined over involvement in fatal wall collapse

A magistrate finds a sign installer guilty for his role in the collapse of a brick wall in Melbourne that killed three people, and issues him with a $7,500 fine.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:46:45 +1000

Perth road congestion to cost billions 'if action not taken'

WA needs to look at more private public partnerships to fund transport infrastructure to deal with future traffic congestion, a sustainability expert says.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:42:49 +1000

Croc killers at large after 2.7m saltie found shot outside Darwin

A dead crocodile that had been shot three times is found at a popular fishing spot outside Darwin days after another crocodile was found beheaded in the Northern Territory.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:41:20 +1000

Fairbrother wins $2m contract to upgrade Spirit of Tasmania ferries

The Tasmanian construction company Fairbrother is awarded a $2 million contract for the refurbishment of the Bass Strait ferries.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:34:25 +1000

Iron ore inquiry would have done 'more harm than good', Abbott says

The Federal Government decided not to hold a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore industry in the belief it would have done "more harm than good", Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:33:11 +1000

Man dies at worksite south of Brisbane after reports of excavator accident

A man dies in a workplace accident south of Brisbane after paramedics respond to reports of a man trapped under an excavator.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:25:57 +1000

Woman in custody without water 'drank from police station toilet'

A woman who was being held at the Ballarat police station resorted to drinking water from the toilet because she was not provided with drinking water, documents lodged in the Supreme Court of Victoria allege.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:15:05 +1000

John Marsden says selling millions of books unrelated to true success

Bestselling Australian author and educator John Marsden talks about his life as a pioneering author of teen fiction and founder of alternative school Candlebark.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 11:58:12 +1000

Islamic State capture of Ramadi poses threat to Australian troops: strategy expert

Islamic State's capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi poses a threat to Australian and New Zealand troops who are now in a precarious position, counter-insurgency expert David Kilcullen has warned.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 11:56:49 +1000

Emergency declared as California cleans oil spill

The governor of California declares an emergency as crews scramble to contain an oil slick and clean up popular beaches after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of litres of oil into the ocean.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 11:30:27 +1000

Hopes and intimidation ahead of Ireland gay marriage vote

As Ireland is predicted to vote "Yes" in its imminent gay marriage referendum, with polls showing two-to-one support for equal marriage, ABC's Europe Correspondent Mary Gearin speaks to the locals about their expectations.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 11:20:41 +1000

ACT Government to spend an extra $8m to help clean up Canberra's suburbs

The ACT Government sets aside almost $8 million in next month's budget to spruce up Canberra suburbs, in a bid to revitalise urban areas and town centres.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:49:04 +1000

High-risk WA school ceilings to be fixed by June: Government

The WA Government says urgent work to replace or repair roofs at 16 schools will be finished by the end of June, after a roof collapsed at a school in February.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:42:34 +1000

Grand jury indicts Baltimore police officers over death of Freddie Gray

A grand jury brings charges against six Baltimore police officers over the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:40:19 +1000

Standing down officers over chase 'an absolute disgrace': police union

Chris Hurley and Barry Wellington, the two officers stood down over an police pursuit on the Gold Coast, are being treated unfairly, the Queensland Police Union says.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:37:36 +1000

Eels can still afford Foran and Scott despite salary cap dramas: Seward

Parramatta chief executive Scott Seward insists star signings Kieran Foran and Beau Scott will still play for the Eels despite their salary cap dramas.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:26:29 +1000

Quiz: Are you Euro enough for Eurovision?

Australia is competing at Eurovision for the first time. Do you know enough about the contest to justify Australia's inclusion?

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:24:18 +1000

Clive 'Palmerstein' branded a 'political science lab escapee' in LNP report

Clive Palmer is compared to Frankenstein's monster in a Liberal National Party assessment of his victory in the Queensland seat of Fairfax at the last federal election.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:23:05 +1000

Environmental standards face decline if approval powers are handed to states: report

Environmental standards would drop under a proposed state-based one-stop-shop environmental approval system, a report report commissioned by an activist group finds.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:58:16 +1000

Police dismiss claims Canberra teen targeted by IS recruiters

An Australian Federal Police Investigation finds no terrorism links to a 13-year-old's Facebook account after his concerned parents contacted authorities earlier this week.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:45:33 +1000

Two children likely killed in Syria air strike: Pentagon

Two children were likely killed by a US air strike in Syria in November, the US military says, the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged civilian casualties since it began an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:40:28 +1000

Inglis, Hodges again no-shows at Maroons training

Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston is confident Justin Hodges and Greg Inglis will bounce back despite the star centres again being notable absentees at a Maroon session on Friday.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:40:28 +1000

Identity of man found dead in Wollongong laundry released

Police have released the name and the image of a man found dead in the laundry of a unit complex in Wollongong in April.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:26:18 +1000

Ireland expected to back gay marriage

Voters in Ireland look set to show majority support to guarantee equality for same sex marriage in their constitution, after polls suggest two-to-one support for equal marriage.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:21:40 +1000

Wall St rises on energy stock gains

Wall Street edges higher, with energy stocks leading the charge on a rise in the key US oil price benchmark.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:41:02 +1000

Controversial Kulaluk development too close to Darwin Air Force base: Defence

The Australian Defence Force is opposing a plan to develop Aboriginal land near the Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin because of concerns about noise complaints and public safety.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:25:15 +1000

Man dies in custody in Darwin city police station

An Indigenous man who was taken into custody for alcohol offences in Darwin at 6:00pm on Thursday night was found dead in his cell his cell three hours later, police say.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:18:10 +1000

Murder probe in East Fremantle, Bunbury deaths

Two people are thought to have been murdered in separate incidents in Western Australia overnight, in Bunbury and East Fremantle.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:01:51 +1000

Jeremy Clarkson says leaving Top Gear has left 'big hole' in life

Jeremy Clarkson admits being dismissed from Top Gear was entirely his "own fault" and leaving the program has left a "big hole" in his life.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 07:59:08 +1000

Seven children, adult rushed to hospital after gas leak at WA home

Eight people including seven children are rushed to hospital after being exposed to a gas leak in a house in Tammin, 200 kilometres east of Perth.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 07:48:20 +1000

Australia preparing to transfer refugees to Cambodia: Dutton

Australia is in the process of transferring a small group of refugees to Cambodia under a resettlement deal between the two countries, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 07:39:10 +1000

'Sad day' for Cadbury as the chocolate giant sheds 80 jobs

It is a "sad day" for Tasmania-based chocolate maker Cadbury Australia which will shed 20 per cent of its workforce from its factory in Claremont, unions say.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 07:36:42 +1000

Boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase allowed to stay

An African boy who was found hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spain has been granted temporary permission to stay so he can be reunited with his mother, officials say.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:59:02 +1000

Control of troubled warship project to go to tender as costs hit $9b

The Federal Government puts control of the troubled Air Warfare Destroyer project out to tender, as a new report reveals the total cost for the three new ships has now blown out to around $9 billion.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:59:02 +1000

Grave robbers steal cemetery plaques 'to sell for scrap metal'

Dozens of plaques have been stripped from graves in the Frankston cemetery, in Melbourne's south-east, by people who want to sell them for scrap metal, police believe.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:48:39 +1000

US spy plane in South China Sea warned to leave 'eight times'

The Chinese navy warns a US surveillance plane flying over artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times, according to a reporter on the flight.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:40:00 +1000

Man remanded in custody over alleged sexual assault of woman in wheelchair

A man is remanded in custody after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in a wheelchair who he wheeled off a Sydney train and took to a secluded area.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:37:35 +1000

Gridlocked cities to cost more than $53 billion a year by 2031

Travel times in parts of Australian capital cities could more than double by 2031 without transport investment, while congestion could cost the economy more than $53 billion, a new report warns.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:34:44 +1000

Blatter challengers down to one after Figo, van Praag withdraw

Luis Figo and Michael van Praag have pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race, leaving Jordan's Prince Ali bin al Hussein as the only challenger to incumbent and runaway favourite Sepp Blatter.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:21:00 +1000

Plans to end weekend jail step closer in ACT

Plans to end weekend jail in the ACT moves a step closer with a new report suggesting community detention under strict conditions.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:12:31 +1000

Greens criticise Government asylum seeker question change

The Greens say changes to the way asylum seekers are quizzed about whether they have been tortured sends the message that Australia wants them to "bugger off and die somewhere else".

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:06:28 +1000

Islamic State death squads accused of beheadings in Palmyra

Fighters from the Islamic State group execute at least 17 people, including civilians, after the jihadists seize Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor says.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 05:58:41 +1000

Contador increases Giro lead as Gilbert triumphs on 12th stage

Alberto Contador reinforced his bid for overall victory at the Giro d'Italia by snatching precious bonus seconds at the end of the 12th stage won in timely fashion by Belgian Philippe Gilbert.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 05:46:29 +1000

Britain unveils immigration crackdown ahead of EU talks

British prime minister David Cameron says restricting welfare payments to EU workers is an "absolute requirement" of his efforts to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the bloc as he unveils a new crackdown on immigration.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 05:27:21 +1000

Students from Launceston school meet first lady of China

Students from Launceston meet with the first lady of China, Peng Liyuan, in Beijing, after receiving an official invitation from Chinese president Xi Jinping.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 05:22:37 +1000

Over 900 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, one dead

More than 900 migrants rescued, one dead from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 01:25:31 +1000

Submersible drones to render Australia's new submarines obsolete: Pentagon adviser

A key Pentagon adviser is warning Australia that its next submarine fleet purchase may be obsolete as a result of game-changing technology breakthroughs in drone warfare.

published: Fri, 22 May 2015 01:13:09 +1000

Who are the Rohingya fleeing Myanmar by boat?

The plight of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees, a Muslim ethnic minority group rendered stateless in their homeland and detained in transit nations, is desperately bleak.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 23:05:38 +1000

Malaysia orders search for migrants stranded at sea

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak orders the navy to conduct search and rescue missions for thousands of migrants stranded at sea.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 22:40:15 +1000

Bernardi's concerns on Indigenous referendum ignorant: Labor senator

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi is branded "ignorant" by the Opposition and cautioned by the Attorney-General after comments he made against the referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 22:22:17 +1000

Rift between WA Government and AMA deepens

The rift between the Health Minister and the AMA deepens with a new war of words over the future of Royal Perth Hospital.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:57:05 +1000

Questions over mass fish kill after wild west coast weather

Hundreds of tonnes of farmed salmon worth millions of dollars are killed by storm surges on Tasmania's west coast.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:18:36 +1000

'Serious concerns' raised over major CSG project in NSW

Santos' controversial Narrabri coal seam gas project hits a new hurdle with documents raising serious concerns from the NSW Government about the environmental impact of key elements of the proposal.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:02:49 +1000

'Bully' George Pell complicated royal commission case: victim

David Ridsdale, a victim of sexual abuse by his uncle, paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, says Cardinal George Pell has complicated his case with "layers of nonsense".

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 20:47:47 +1000

NT Stolen Generations organisation facing audit and closure

An organisation that reunites family members torn apart through the Stolen Generations is forced to close due to funding cuts and is being audited over funding "compliance issues".

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 20:40:22 +1000

Barnett warns Australia needs to improve trade relations with China

WA Premier Colin Barnett warns Australian needs to improve its trade relation with China as the country invests in iron ore competitors.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 20:31:54 +1000

Man who murdered Devonport woman had history of domestic violence

A Tasmanian court hears the relationship between a Devonport man and the woman he killed was a domestic violence cycle that was "doomed to be disastrous".

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 20:07:51 +1000

Off-grid solar storage batteries 'set to revolutionise electricity industry'

Solar energy storage batteries developed by US billionaire Elon Musk are expected to cost less than $6,000 when they go on sale in Australia next year, sparking predictions of a massive transformation in the electricity industry.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:33:35 +1000

Airline supply deal secure as company keeps its Halal certification

A milk products company which announced it would ditch its Halal certification after it was targeted on social media now reinstates it and wins back a deal to supply Emirates Airlines.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:27:39 +1000

Proposed welfare cuts for psychiatric patients accused of crimes raise alarm

Mental health experts and legal aid groups are concerned about a bill drafted to strip the welfare payments of psychiatric patients accused of serious crimes.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:21:13 +1000

MP pushes for iron ore royalty floor to limit impact on WA's coffers

WA backbencher pushes for a iron ore royalty floor in a bid to reduce the impact of the commodity's low price on the state's finances.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:15:35 +1000

Letter threatens retaliation against Indonesians in Australia over Bali executions

Indonesians living in New South Wales are advised to take extra care after a letter was sent to the consul general in Sydney threatening retaliation over the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:40:07 +1000

Mortician on a mission to change attitudes about death

Funeral director Caitlin Doughty saw her first dead body at the age of eight and is now encouraging people to take a more active role in the funerals of their relatives.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:40:07 +1000

Driver faces court over fatal SA highway crash

A man charged over a fatal road crash in South Australia's mid-north is already on bail for alleged driving offences, a court is told.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:35:23 +1000

Gains in healthcare help snap market's three-day losing streak

The local share market snaps a three-day losing streak led by healthcare stocks, while building products maker James Hardie makes the biggest gain.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:31:12 +1000

Tony Abbott announces lifeline for Launceston rehab centre

A Launceston rehabilitation centre will stay open for another two years after a late funding pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:23:01 +1000

Child care worker charged with indecent assault of 2yo girl while she slept

A two-year-old girl is allegedly indecently assaulted by a child care worker in Sydney's inner west.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:15:06 +1000

Dinosaur dig gets underway at new site in outback Queensland

Scientists and volunteers start work on a new "dinosaur field" in outback Queensland, digging for more ancient bones.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:09:39 +1000

Tasmania's $590m GST windfall to be spent on roads, not teachers, nurses

A projected $591 million GST windfall for Tasmanian coffers is to be spent on infrastructure rather than rehiring public servants as Labor suggests.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:00:37 +1000

East Perth train station parking option for new stadium

The WA Government seeks interest from developers for two pockets of prime inner-city land which could be used as parking for the new Burswood sports stadium.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 17:58:53 +1000

Government accused of caving in to 'shock and ore' campaign over mining inquiry

Nick Xenophon and Andrew Forrest accuse the Government of bowing to pressure from the big miners after Joe Hockey rules out holding an inquiry into the iron ore industry.

published: Thu, 21 May 2015 17:40:15 +1000

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