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Thailand's parliament votes to ban commercial surrogacy

Thailand's parliament votes to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the largely unregulated industry following allegations an Australian couple abandoned a baby with Down's syndrome.

published: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:35:39 +1100    READ MORE

Strong voter turnout as Tongans dump incumbents

Tongans have dumped half their members of parliament in a general election as the tiny Pacific island kingdom faces up to a grim economic outlook.

published: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:45:02 +1100    READ MORE

Sri Lanka arrests 37 asylum seekers turned back by Australia

Sri Lanka's police arrest 37 nationals who were turned back by Australian authorities on the high seas after attempting to seek asylum

published: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:37:39 +1100    READ MORE

Leaked ABC efficiency review shows program cuts couldn't be avoided, Greens say

The Greens say a leaked review into efficiency at the ABC and SBS shows there is no way that cuts of the scale imposed by the Government could have been made without having an impact on programming.

published: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:13:29 +1100    READ MORE

Victorians head to the polls

A record number of early voters and a handful of crucial marginal seats could see today's Victorian election hanging on a knife edge.

published: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:01:50 +1100    READ MORE

James Tamou to undergo neck surgery

Cowboys prop James Tamou will have neck surgery for nerve damage he picked up during a game in July.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:51:03 +1100    READ MORE

CA chief 'incredibly impressed' by Sean Abbott

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland says he is thrilled by the amount of support being offered for Sean Abbott.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:36:14 +1100    READ MORE

Namibian election first in Africa to use electronic voting

Namibians voting in their presidential election will become the first in Africa to use electronic voting.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:38:14 +1100    READ MORE

Economic disaster prompts spike in Italian migration to Australia

Australia is witnessing a new wave of migration from Italy in numbers not seen in half a century, as thousands flee economic devastation in Europe.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:23:05 +1100    READ MORE

Two Brisbane children missing in separate cases

Police are seeking public assistance to locate two children missing in separate incidents around Brisbane.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:16:42 +1100    READ MORE

Victory on top of A-League after 3-2 win over Adelaide

The Victory stretched their A-League winning streak to eight games with a 3-2 win over Adelaide.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:50:17 +1100    READ MORE

Nepal's mass animal sacrifice for Hindu festival sparks rights outcry

A mass slaughter of animals is underway in Nepal, as part of a Hindu festival that has drawn criticism from animal rights activists.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:30:58 +1100    READ MORE

Liberal MP says party's property rights policy 'theft'

A WA Liberal MP has criticised his Government’s proposed legal changes to property rights, claiming they will only further expand the "theft" of private land.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:06:04 +1100    READ MORE

Water users paying too much, SA inquiry told

South Australian households are paying up to $150 million too much collectively for their water annually, a former head of the Essential Services Commission claims.

Appearing before a parliamentary inquiry in Adelaide, Paul Kerin said the high charges effectively propped up the Government's budget.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:00:55 +1100    READ MORE

Hockey star Eddie Ockenden named Tasmanian Athlete of the Year

Hockey player Eddie Ockenden has been named Tasmania's Athlete of the Year.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:58:55 +1100    READ MORE

Artist Chuck Close describes painting portraits 'face blind'

Chuck Close has been painting what he calls "heads" for more than 50 years, without the ability to recognise faces.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:53:43 +1100    READ MORE

Breakers too strong for Sydney Kings

Competition leaders the New Zealand Breakers made it five wins in a row by beating the Sydney Kings 107-96.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:44:56 +1100    READ MORE

Imparja Television sacks 14 staff, moves operations to NSW

Imparja Television has retrenched 14 staff members as part of a restructure of their operations. The Alice Springs-based media company will outsource technical broadcast operations to a New South Wales company.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:33:05 +1100    READ MORE

Workmates strip for calendar to help hit-and-run victim

Workers at a Canberra construction company are baring almost all to raise funds for a colleague who was seriously injured in a hit and run accident last year.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:26:17 +1100    READ MORE

Bid to save birds from Tasmania devils on Maria Island haven

A Tasmanian devil sanctuary established on Maria Island is taking a toll on the island's bird population, with anecdotal evidence that no chicks have been successfully reared this breeding season.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:25:09 +1100    READ MORE

Bloemen recounts personal toll of corruption allegations

One of the most colourful characters in Australia's legal profession, former magistrate Antoine Bloemen, has moved to set the record straight on his controversial retirement from the bench.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:22:38 +1100    READ MORE

Planes at Melbourne Airport face 'higher risk' of mid-air collision

Planes landing at Melbourne Airport over the last two years may have faced a higher risk of mid-air collision because of a problem with safety rules.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:16:02 +1100    READ MORE

Quentin Dempster to leave ABC after 30 years

Veteran journalist Quentin Dempster, famous for helping to expose corruption in Queensland and New South Wales, promises to "go out with a bang" as he announces the end of his 30-year ABC career.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:59:08 +1100    READ MORE

Virgin cancels regional flights to southern WA

Virgin Australia will slash the number of flights between Perth and southern Western Australia.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:46:55 +1100    READ MORE

Indonesian officials ordered to eat street food to save budget

Indonesia orders officials to eat local street food at meetings and stop holding lavish parties, the latest moves by the new government to crack down on bureaucratic excess.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:36:50 +1100    READ MORE

Iron ore miner Mt Gibson stands down 200 staff

More than 200 staff have been stood down without pay at Mt Gibson's iron ore mine in WA's Kimberley.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:28:27 +1100    READ MORE

Pie Face announces closure of 20 stores

About 130 part-time jobs will be lost as fast food chain Pie Face closes 20 stores across four states.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:04:23 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmanian industry overstating costs of RET: report

Tasmania's major industrials are over stating the cost of the Renewable Energy Target on their operations, a new report claims.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:59:08 +1100    READ MORE

Dollar, share market fall due to global oil market volatility

The local share market and the Australian dollar fall sharply after getting caught in the crossfire of a global battle for dominance of the oil market.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:57:43 +1100    READ MORE

Police cleared by coroner over Kilburn stand-off death

A coroner finds Adelaide police appropriately handled a stand-off that ended when a man killed himself in March 2012.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:56:23 +1100    READ MORE

Serco contracts to come under scrutiny from committee

Western Australian government contracts with private security firm Serco will come under scrutiny from a parliamentary committee.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:52:56 +1100    READ MORE

Charge more for electricity in peak times: Power and Water

The way electricity prices are set in the NT should move from a flat rate to a floating one that changes every half an hour, according to the head of Power and Water Corporation.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:50:53 +1100    READ MORE

PNG PM dismisses Fiji's push to change Pacific regional body

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill says a common sense approach is needed in the debate surrounding the Pacific's regional body.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:36:51 +1100    READ MORE

Book store forced to dump $10,000 worth of storm-damaged stock

A rare book store in the Brisbane CBD is being forced to throw out thousands of books damaged by water in Thursday's storm.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:28:45 +1100    READ MORE

Passengers enjoy Sunlander train as locomotive makes final journey

The iconic Sunlander train will say goodbye to the state in just a few weeks, with the heritage locomotive being retired to make way for the newer and faster fleet called the Spirit of Queensland.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:01:03 +1100    READ MORE

Experts differ on Bridgewater double killing

Forensic experts have differing opinions on who attacked first in a bloody confrontation in Hobart's outer suburbs that left two men dead.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:49:57 +1100    READ MORE

Football Park precinct sold for high-rise development

A developer and the South Australian Football Commission have signed a deal for the Football Park precinct in Adelaide's western suburbs to be transformed over the next 10 to 15 years.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:48:42 +1100    READ MORE

Autopsy finds plastic bag in dolphin's stomach after failed rescue

A dolphin rescued off Sydney's northern beaches earlier this week is euthanased after becoming stranded for a second time.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:34:46 +1100    READ MORE

Plane makes emergency landing in remote Kimberley

A light plane makes a successful emergency landing on a road south of Halls Creek in a remote part of WA's Kimberley, police say.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:23:34 +1100    READ MORE

Family, friends and fans gather to remember Ian Craig

Australia's youngest Test cricket captain, Ian Craig, is remembered as a talented sportsman and gentleman at a memorial service in New South Wales' southern highlands.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:19:14 +1100    READ MORE

NSW Premier reveals plans to hold state memorial for Hughes at SCG

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has announced a state memorial service for Phillip Hughes at the SCG.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:19:14 +1100    READ MORE

Drive to fill job vacancies in Tasmanian hospitality sector

Tasmania's hospitality industry is about to begin a major jobs drive in a bid to fill hundreds of vacancies.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:12:06 +1100    READ MORE

Canberra paramedics meet baby Maise after roadside delivery

The Canberra father who delivered his baby girl while parked by the side of Gungahlin Drive is reunited with the paramedics who arrived to help.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:11:00 +1100    READ MORE

Boy wins bravery award for calling police after his mother was attacked

A 12-year-old boy who called police after his mother was beaten by her ex-partner is among 23 Victorians who have been honoured for their bravery at a ceremony at Government House.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:04:10 +1100    READ MORE

Heavens 'not shutting anytime soon' as rain sets in over the NT

Darwin recorded more rain in 24 hours than it did for the entire month of November after the Top End experienced strong storms.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:51:07 +1100    READ MORE

Keeping children in immigration detention 'disgraceful'

The former chief justice of the Family Court of Australia says the Federal Government should be "deeply ashamed of itself" for keeping children in immigration detention. Alastair Nicholson says the criticism of Australia's policy by the UN overnight is "a very significant thing".

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:38:53 +1100    READ MORE

Manly suspends Tetevano after prop pleads guilty to assault charges

Manly is set to ditch plans to sign prop Zane Tetevano after he pleaded guilty in court in Newcastle assault charges.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:36:31 +1100    READ MORE

Study finds bankers dishonest by training, not by nature

A study of more than 200 international bankers put their honesty to the test and found them to be fundamentally decent human beings, until they were reminded about what they did for a living.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:53:19 +1100    READ MORE

70pc of chicken on UK shelves contaminated: study

Seventy per cent of fresh chickens sold in British supermarkets are contaminated with the potentially fatal food-poisoning bug campylobacter, a UK government survey reveals. One chain had 28 per cent of its fresh chicken classified as highly contaminated.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:34:08 +1100    READ MORE

Sporting world honours Phillip Hughes

Sporting codes across Australia have found their own way of honouring Hughes.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:24:13 +1100    READ MORE

WA iron ore miner warns of takeover risk

Mid-tier Western Australian miner BC Iron says it is at risk of a takeover after the company's shares slumped amid plummeting iron ore prices.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:16:19 +1100    READ MORE

Assault case against WA Police Commissioner's son adjourned

The assault case against the WA Police Commissioner's son is adjourned until January.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:12:33 +1100    READ MORE

Keating backs Baird's $20b infrastructure plan

Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating gives a ringing endorsement of NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird's performance and takes a swipe at the opposition.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:10:26 +1100    READ MORE

WA drowning deaths unacceptable, says SLSWA

The number of people drowning off Western Australian beaches is unacceptable, Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) says.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:07:44 +1100    READ MORE

European MPs vote to break up Google to curb its dominance

Parliamentarians in Europe vote to break up internet monolith Google - which facilitates 90 per cent of searches on the continent - in a bid to curb its dominance.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:56:07 +1100    READ MORE

Teens' deaths spark call for Victoria-wide suicide prevention strategy

The suicides of seven teenagers in Geelong in 2009 prompts the Victorian Coroner to call for a state-wide suicide prevention strategy.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:37:32 +1100    READ MORE

Man 'messed up' when he killed mother with samurai sword

A 21-year-old man tells a Queensland court he stabbed his mother with a samurai sword after she slashed him on the arm with a knife.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:31:03 +1100    READ MORE

Australian dollar and local share market fall sharply in wake of oil price plunge

The Australian dollar and the local share market fall sharply in the wake of a plunge in global oil prices.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:16:11 +1100    READ MORE

Push to give domestic violence victims stronger court defence

Domestic violence victims who kill their abuser could have a stronger self defence case, under proposed law reforms.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:05:04 +1100    READ MORE

David Johnston canoe comment: Defence industry, unions demand 'crisis talks'

The defence industry and unions demand "crisis talks" with David Johnston over his "canoe" comments and the future of submarine building in Australia.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:05:04 +1100    READ MORE

Former bikie involved in fatal airport brawl 'has no Comancheros link'

The barrister defending a former bikie leader involved in a fatal Sydney Airport brawl in 2009 says there is no proof that his client is still involved with the Comancheros.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:56:01 +1100    READ MORE

Oil price collapses after OPEC nations decide against cutting production

The price of oil collapses after OPEC nations decide against cutting production to prop up dwindling values.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:40:25 +1100    READ MORE

Accountant who stole $600k from wine companies 'not motivated by greed'

An accountant was not motivated by greed when he stole more than $600,000 from a group of Barossa wine companies, the South Australian district court hears.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:39:05 +1100    READ MORE

Australian health workers leave on Ebola mission

A contingent of Australian health workers travel to Ebola-stricken West Africa, where they will staff a government-funded care facility alongside private volunteers.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:32:05 +1100    READ MORE

Facebook users warned on perils of Indian click farms

Social media experts say users who buy Facebook 'likes' from click farms in India are "essentially sabotaging" themselves in the long run.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:28:19 +1100    READ MORE

Political leaders converge on super-marginal Bentleigh

State and federal political leaders converge on the marginal seat of Bentleigh in Victoria on the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's state election.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:20:10 +1100    READ MORE

Four arrested over suburban 'steroid lab' discovery

Four people are arrested in Adelaide's west over the discovery of a secret laboratory allegedly making liquid steroids.

Police found 3,000 vials of assorted steroids at West Lakes, along with more than a kilogram of testosterone powder.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:13:36 +1100    READ MORE

Pilbara lepidolite could help power electronics

Tests will soon commence at a site in Western Australia's Pilbara to determine the potential to produce lithium carbonate for use in high-tech batteries.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:04:36 +1100    READ MORE

Victorian election map: What voters in every seat think about the big issues

Explore our interactive map to see what voters in each electorate think about the key issues of the Victorian election campaign, based on their responses to Vote Compass.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:04:36 +1100    READ MORE

'Mind specialist' vows to keep practising, despite pressure from commission

A Northern Territory man claiming to be a spiritual healer says he will continue to offer people cures despite a recommendation that he stop practising immediately.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:03:17 +1100    READ MORE

Australia's largest Navy vessel, HMAS Canberra, joins fleet

The largest ship ever built for the Australian Navy is welcomed into the fleet, with the HMAS Canberra formally commissioned for service in Sydney.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:58:07 +1100    READ MORE

In your words: Brisbane storms

Residents share their stories after Brisbane was hammered by a storm super cell on Thursday afternoon that caused widespread damage and left tens of thousands without power.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:53:25 +1100    READ MORE

Convicted killer gets more jail time for prison guard assault

A convicted killer is sentenced to a further year in jail after pleading guilty to assaulting a prison guard while on remand.

Earlier this month, Aleksander Vojneski was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his partner to death in her Canberra home in 2012.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:48:03 +1100    READ MORE

Phillip Hughes's father urges mates to play on but no decision on first Test

Cricket Australia has not asked players if they want to play first Test but Phillip Hughes's father urges mates to play on.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:43:21 +1100    READ MORE

Victorians expect Labor victory: Vote Compass

When asked which party they expect to win the Victorian election, Vote Compass survey respondents expect Labor will be victorious winning 48 seats to the Coalition's 40.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:28:25 +1100    READ MORE

Chalmers grabs Australian Open lead with 66, Scott back in contention

Greg Chalmers has shot a second-round 66 to claim the outright clubhouse lead of the Australian Open.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:10:48 +1100    READ MORE

Students taken to hospital after chemical spill at Gungahlin school

Students are taken to hospital after sulphuric acid is accidently spilt in a Gungahlin school science lab.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:08:35 +1100    READ MORE

Family gives chase after dementia patient steals hearse with body inside

A funeral party in the NSW Blue Mountains watches in horror as a man leaps out of bushes and into the driver's seat of a hearse, driving off with the coffin in the back.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:06:06 +1100    READ MORE

Mr Fluffy asbestos waste to be buried at tip

More than 300,000 cubic metres of asbestos-contaminated waste will be buried at a West Belconnen tip following the demolition of contaminated homes, a committee hears.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:54:28 +1100    READ MORE

In quotes: Victorian election campaign

As the Victorian election comes to a close, it is time to look back on some of the funny or interesting quotes from the campaign.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:16:13 +1100    READ MORE

Cause of Australia's deadliest house fire remains a mystery

A coroner is unable to determine what sparked Australia's deadliest house fire, which killed 11 people on Brisbane's south side three years ago.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:13:12 +1100    READ MORE

#PutOutYourBats: A tribute to Phillip Hughes

People around the world put out their cricket bats in tribute to Phillip Hughes, who died in hospital yesterday after being hit by a bouncer.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:05:35 +1100    READ MORE

Gilmore wins sixth world surfing title in dramatic finale

Australia's Stephanie Gilmore has won a sixth world surfing title in a dramatic climax to the 2014 women's tour in Hawaii.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:41:59 +1100    READ MORE

Cricket helmets have made batsmen feel too safe: Boycott

Modern cricketers no longer have the technique to deal with pace bowling, according to Geoff Boycott.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:23:22 +1100    READ MORE

Stuart Little helps return long-lost Hungarian painting

A long-lost avant-garde painting returns home to Hungary after nine decades, thanks to a sharp-eyed art historian who spotted it being used as a prop in the film Stuart Little.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:16:37 +1100    READ MORE

No proof FIFOs have higher rate of mental health issues: CME

An inquiry has so far failed to provide any evidence that suggests there is a higher prevalence of mental health issues among fly-in, fly-out workers, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy says.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:12:56 +1100    READ MORE

Mother of baby abandoned in drain remains in jail

The mother who police allege dumped her baby in a Sydney drain will remain in jail for at least another two weeks.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:11:54 +1100    READ MORE

Port Adelaide and Crows pick up new recruits from AFL National Draft

Port Adelaide and the Crows pick up four new players at the annual AFL draft at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:57:13 +1100    READ MORE

UNHCR urges Australia to stop detaining children

The United Nations refugee agency calls on Australia and other countries to end the detention of child asylum seekers, saying it is against international law and breaches the rights of children.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:45:18 +1100    READ MORE

Questions raised about grant in Napthine's electorate

Victorian Government funding is set to upgrade a Warrnambool street where a wealthy connection of Premier Denis Napthine is proposing a $20 million apartment complex.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:31:57 +1100    READ MORE

Road train carrying chemicals catches fire

A road train carrying chemicals catches fire, closing for a time part of Albany Highway, a major transport route between Perth and Albany.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:22:45 +1100    READ MORE

Canberra Christmas lights display sets world record

More than a million Christmas lights were switched on in Canberra's CBD last night, officially breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest LED image display.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:07:37 +1100    READ MORE

Victoria votes: Labor set to win government, poll shows

Labor is poised to win tomorrow's Victorian election, according to a Herald Sun Galaxy poll of more than a thousand voters.

The Opposition is still on track to win the vote, with a 52 to 48 per cent lead over the Coalition, on a two-party preferred basis.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:55:01 +1100    READ MORE

Wallabies players shocked at death of Phillip Hughes

Wallabies players were shocked to hear of the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes and will wear black armbands when they take on England.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:53:57 +1100    READ MORE

Beheaded bodies found in Mexico

Eleven beheaded bodies have been found in Mexico's troubled southern state of Guerrero, a region still reeling from the apparent massacre of 43 students, as the president announces he plans to dissolve the country's corruption-plagued municipal police forces.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:38:41 +1100    READ MORE

Hospital construction worker dies from injuries

A man who was critically injured at the Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site has died.

The 54-year-old man suffered serious head and neck injuries at the worksite when he was crushed between a scissor lift and concrete slab above.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:33:17 +1100    READ MORE

Tas ambulance service urges defibrillator registration

Paramedics are urging schools, businesses and community centres throughout Tasmania to register their defibrillators. About 300 of the devices are already installed around Tasmania.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:08:55 +1100    READ MORE

Venezuela says 13 inmates die of overdose

Thirteen inmates have died after breaking into a Venezuelan jail's sick bay and ingesting medical products including antibiotics and pure alcohol, the government says.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:01:52 +1100    READ MORE

Nigeria bus station blast kills 40 people: witnesses

A roadside bomb tears through a bus station near a busy junction in Nigeria, killing 40 people including five soldiers, witnesses and a security source on the scene say.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:42:17 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmania adopts minimum mandatory sentences for assaults on police

The Tasmanian Government's bill for a minimum mandatory penalty for assaults on police officers passes Parliament.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:37:43 +1100    READ MORE

Phillip Hughes's death shocks international community as Lord's flags fly at half-mast

An outpouring of grief from the international community over the death of Phillip Hughes reaches Lord's cricket ground, the spiritual home of cricket, where flags fly at half-mast and a baggy green sits among floral tributes at the gate.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:37:43 +1100    READ MORE

Mystery motive over shooting murder of great-grandmother

Police are baffled by the murder of a great-grandmother in New South Wales who was shot in the head through the screen door of her Sydney home last week.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:29:25 +1100    READ MORE

Israel thwarts attack on Jerusalem football stadium

Israel has thwarted a planned attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on Jerusalem's biggest football stadium, arresting 30 suspected militants commanded from Turkey, security services say.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:28:08 +1100    READ MORE

International despair points to Hughes's character says Gideon Haigh

Phillip Hughes was one of few athletes who could elicit such despair from the entire cricketing community says Gideon Haigh.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:20:06 +1100    READ MORE

New analysis shows variations on carbon tax power bill savings

Fresh analysis of the carbon tax repeal reveals wide variations in the amount consumers are saving on their electricity bills, with ACT consumers receiving the biggest refunds.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:18:02 +1100    READ MORE

Brisbane's 'worst storm in a decade' damage bill could reach $150 million

The damage bill from a supercell storm that hit south-east Queensland on Thursday with cyclonic winds and softball-sized hail could reach $150 million, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:50:30 +1100    READ MORE

Yoko Ono artwork to be created and destroyed in Adelaide

A Yoko Ono artwork will be created and later destroyed as part of an Australian exhibition next year.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:37:53 +1100    READ MORE

Medical researchers vow to lobby for $20b fund amid GP co-payment confusion

The confusion about the future of the proposed GP co-payment causes concern within the medical research community, with a call for the proposed $20 billion medical research fund to be established "in the next week or two".

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:14:49 +1100    READ MORE

Catholic Education Office tells parents not to vote Greens

The Victorian Catholic Education Office sends letters to parents at Catholic schools in Melbourne's inner city, advising they should not vote for the Greens in Saturday's election.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:13:49 +1100    READ MORE

Indian police say girls found hanging from tree killed themselves

Two girls found hanging from a tree earlier this year in northern India suicided and were not gang-raped and murdered as previously thought, federal investigators say.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:47:54 +1100    READ MORE

Sheep flock to Eiffel Tower as French farmers cry wolf

French farmers flock to the Eiffel Tower with their sheep to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:09:01 +1100    READ MORE

British crime writer PD James dies at age 94

British detective writer PD James, who was best known for her mystery series featuring policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh, has died at the age of 94. She began writing in the 1950s and her works were adapted into popular TV series.

published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:56:21 +1100    READ MORE

Police make arrest over Jean McConville murder

Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a leading Irish nationalist for questioning over the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:46:37 +1100    READ MORE

Meet the $100m property concierge for cashed-up Chinese clients

Monika Tu calls herself a property concierge and says she can't get enough Australian real estate for her cashed-up Chinese clients.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:25:36 +1100    READ MORE

Cruise ship off Busselton a business boon

Busselton businesses welcome the arrival of the city's first cruise ship, which is expected to inject up to $300,000 into the local economy.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:06:25 +1100    READ MORE

PNG prime minister faces leadership tribunal over loan

Papua New Guinea's prime minister has been referred to a leadership tribunal over allegations of misconduct in office relating to a $1.3 billion loan.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:58:27 +1100    READ MORE

NT Thunder player snapped up by Geelong in AFL draft

Northern Territory footballer Nakia Cockatoo is drafted to play for the Geelong Cats Football Club. The 18-year-old was the tenth draft pick in the national AFL draft.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:40:00 +1100    READ MORE

McCartin to lead the new Saints in AFL

St Kilda has selected Paddy McCartin with the first pick of the unpredictable 2014 AFL draft.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:15:33 +1100    READ MORE

India v CA XI tour game cancelled as players grieve

India and the Cricket Australia XI will not be in action at Adelaide Oval as players mourn the death of Phillip Hughes.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:03:20 +1100    READ MORE

Cannabis haul seized in Perth's north

A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis growing operation spanning two northern Perth suburbs is shut down by police.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:53:45 +1100    READ MORE

Concerns build over effectiveness of whooping cough vaccine

An increase in whooping cough cases in young children leads experts to conclude that the protection given by the current vaccine may be wearing off.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:47:02 +1100    READ MORE

Clive Palmer's joint bank account with Chinese partners not a trust, court hears

Clive Palmer's lawyer tells a civil trial in Brisbane that a fund set up with his Chinese business partners was not a trust.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:41:42 +1100    READ MORE

Government urged to act on 'national emergency' of Indigenous imprisonment

The national law council declares the increasing number of Indigenous Australians behind bars a "national emergency", calling for the immediate attention of the Federal Government.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:38:57 +1100    READ MORE

Videos: Snap hail storm causes chaos in Brisbane

Residents capture dramatic videos of hail smashing windows, strong winds and water flowing through streets after a super cell sweeps across south-east Queensland.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:09:54 +1100    READ MORE

Support for Sean Abbott after Phillip Hughes's death

Sean Abbott has received waves of emotional support in the wake of Phillip Hughes's death.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:08:33 +1100    READ MORE

Photos show full scale of destructive Brisbane storm

Social media lights up with striking images from a storm cell that battered Brisbane and South East Queensland, smashing windows, bringing down trees and powerlines and cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:03:09 +1100    READ MORE

Former AFP crime fighter leads crackdown on dirty money

Former AFP crime fighter Paul Jevtovic is the man in charge of tracking the flow of dirty money out of Australia.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:54:52 +1100    READ MORE

Sacred site definition challenged in court case

The definition of a sacred site is being challenged in an Aboriginal heritage test case in the WA Supreme Court.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:52:13 +1100    READ MORE

Council launches last-ditch bid to save Margaret River forest

A local council launches an eleventh-hour bid to save a swathe of forest in WA's South West that is slated for logging next week.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:49:06 +1100    READ MORE

Australian, four others reportedly suffocate in PNG barge

Five men, including an Australian, die in Papua New Guinea after they enter an airtight compartment of a shipping barge to inspect a damaged bow.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:22:44 +1100    READ MORE

Market limps to second straight day of gains

It was a flat day of trade for Australian stocks on Thursday, but the local market still limped to its first two-day run of gains this month.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:20:35 +1100    READ MORE

Brisbane man extradited to US for trial over Silk Road

A Brisbane man who allegedly helped run the online drug and hacker bazaar, Silk Road, is extradited to the United States to face trial.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:19:22 +1100    READ MORE

Kim Jong-un's sister takes senior party post: state media

The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un assumes a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party, state media says, consolidating a third generation of Kim family rule in the secretive state.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:12:21 +1100    READ MORE

Fears ACT electoral funding changes could allow corruption

Removing the cap on political donations in the ACT could lead to corruption, ANU academic Andrew Hughes says.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:10:39 +1100    READ MORE

Hughes condition 'incredibly rare' with only one other case resulting from cricket ball

Doctors say Phillip Hughes died from a "very rare, very freakish" injury after a bouncer split one of the main arteries feeding blood to his brain.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:10:39 +1100    READ MORE

Indigenous activists demand better representation

Indigenous activists demand a new national body to represent Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:07:07 +1100    READ MORE

As it happened: 2014 AFL draft

Paddy McCartin has been selected by St Kilda as the number one pick. Follow our live coverage here.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:38:54 +1100    READ MORE

Arrest made in infamous cold-case murder

Police in Queensland have arrested former Alice Springs resident Adam Filippone, in a dramatic twist in the infamous Northern Territory cold-case murder of Peter Murphy.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:37:53 +1100    READ MORE

Accused Launceston lawyer Adrian Hall found guilty of stealing

A high-profile Tasmanian lawyer has been found guilty of four counts of stealing.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:26:25 +1100    READ MORE

Hughes's team-mates past and present rocked by death

Past and present team-mates of Phillip Hughes are rocked by the death of the 25-year-old, many of whom seldom left St Vincent's Hospital since the incident occurred on Tuesday.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:18:51 +1100    READ MORE

Phillip Hughes: Tributes to a humble, hard-working champion

The cricket world pays tribute to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died today at the age of 25.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:06:11 +1100    READ MORE

Blast hits British embassy vehicle in Kabul: officials

A British embassy vehicle is hit in a suicide attack in Afghanistan's capital, killing at least five people.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:53:42 +1100    READ MORE

Premier calls in Army to help with Brisbane storm clean-up

Queensland's Premier calls in the Army to help clean up after a super cell storm with 140kph wind gusts and large hail causes major destruction in the state's south east.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:49:34 +1100    READ MORE

World reacts to death of cricketer Phillip Hughes

The world takes to social media to pay tribute to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes who died after being hit by a cricket ball during a game.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:44:32 +1100    READ MORE

Highly-publicised police raids do not cut drug harm: study

Large, highly-publicised drug seizures are not reducing drug crime or drug-related harm, a study suggests.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:38:11 +1100    READ MORE

New 'paperless arrest' laws in NT under attack

Lawyers criticise new "paperless arrest" laws in the NT, designed to give police more powers to take troublemakers off the streets before they commit serious crimes.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:30:01 +1100    READ MORE

Phillip Hughes's death one of worst days in Australian sport: Jim Maxwell

ABC Grandstand chief cricket commentator Jim Maxwell says Phillip Hughes was on the verge of returning to the Test team this summer and the 25-year-old's death is "one of the worst days in Australian sport".

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:18:31 +1100    READ MORE

Bronwyn Bishop suspends 18 MPs from Question Time, breaks Federation-era record

Federal Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has suspended 18 MPs from Parliament, the largest number ever to be ejected in one Question Time since Federation.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:11:01 +1100    READ MORE

North-west ice problem overhyped by media: health minister

The extent of addiction to the drug known as ice in Tasmania's north-west is being overhyped, the Health Minister says.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:09:58 +1100    READ MORE

FIFO inquiry finds mental illness stigma 'pervades' resources sector

The stigma around mental illness "pervades" the Western Australian resources sector and is a major barrier to seeking help, according to a report into the mental health of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:08:25 +1100    READ MORE

Former school principal pleads guilty to child pornography charge

Former NSW primary school principal Michael Philpot will be sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court after pleading guilty to a charge of accessing child pornography.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:04:41 +1100    READ MORE

BHP move to slash contract costs 'will be copied'

BHP Billiton's move to put pressure on its suppliers to take a cut of up to 25 per cent signals to other companies they can do the same, analysts say.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:49:33 +1100    READ MORE

Two men wounded at Tas supported accommodation facility

Police call for information surrounding the wounding of two men at a supported accommodation facility in Burnie.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:24:16 +1100    READ MORE

Families SA agency under fire from foster carers

A foster carer breaks down in tears while giving evidence to a South Australian parliamentary inquiry into the work of government welfare agency Families SA.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:10:29 +1100    READ MORE

Wind change saved tiny Mid West town from bushfire

A last minute wind change saved a tiny Western Australian community as bushfires ravaged the state's Mid West region yesterday.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:08:06 +1100    READ MORE

As it happened: Phillip Hughes's death plunges cricket into mourning

Tributes have poured in from Australia and around the world after former Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in hospital, two days after being hit by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:53:06 +1100    READ MORE

Horne and McMahon in Wallabies side to play England

Winger Rob Horne and flanker Sean McMahon have earned recalls to the Wallabies starting side against England.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:51:00 +1100    READ MORE

Phillip Hughes dies from head injury at age 25

Former Australian Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died in hospital, two days after being hit by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:42:59 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide Zoo orangutan Karta mourns loss of sixth baby

Adelaide Zoo's Karta the orangutan and her mate Kluet are mourning the loss of their baby, which is believed to have been stillborn.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:34:27 +1100    READ MORE

Former CEO of Bega Cheese guilty of child sexual abuse

A former chief executive of Bega Cheese is identified as the man who this week pleaded guilty to multiple charges of child sexual abuse on the New South Wales far south coast.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:33:14 +1100    READ MORE

Tas Govt proposes mandatory jail for possession of stolen guns

Tasmanians found in possession of stolen guns could soon face mandatory three-month jail sentences when the State Government updates the Firearms Act.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:30:23 +1100    READ MORE

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces cyber security review

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces a review, the first of its kind in six years, into cyber security to better protect the Government and businesses from online attacks.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:20:07 +1100    READ MORE

Labor reveals election policy costings

The Victorian Labor Party has released an assessment of its policy costings, including details of what savings measures it would implement if it wins this Saturday's election.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:17:34 +1100    READ MORE

Government urged to close loophole allowing companies access to welfare pay

Consumer groups are calling for an urgent overhaul to laws governing the way lease companies access payments from people on welfare, after reports people are paying up to $6,950 to hire a washing machine in remote Queensland.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:03:31 +1100    READ MORE

Carer who murdered elderly man jailed for 25 years

A carer who murdered an 84-year-old Sydney man after stealing his money is jailed for up to 25 years. The judge says Kerry Forrest, 54, used deceitful and manipulative behaviour to get money from Bill Adamson.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:45:28 +1100    READ MORE

Ebola vaccine passes early safety test

An experimental Ebola vaccine causes no serious side effects and produces an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in a clinical trial, scientists say.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:40:09 +1100    READ MORE

Video released of police shooting 12-year-old boy

Cleveland police release a video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy that shows him pointing a pellet gun around a park before police arrive and shoot him within two seconds.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:37:44 +1100    READ MORE

Controversial mine water bill passed in Queensland

Miners in Queensland will no longer need a licence to take ground water and will be exempt from reporting requirements for "low-risk" activities.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:16:14 +1100    READ MORE

New Perth International Arts Festival director revealed

The Perth International Arts Festival's new director is revealed as Wendy Martin, the former head of theatre and dance at the Sydney Opera House.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:03:46 +1100    READ MORE

Notorious London gangster 'Mad' Frankie Fraser dies aged 90

"Mad" Frankie Fraser, a notorious London gangster known as "The Dentist" who acted on behalf of the Kray twins and the Richardson brothers, dies aged 90.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:35:05 +1100    READ MORE

Comanchero bikies charged over Madeley assaults

Seven members of the Comanchero bikie gang are charged over a serious assault in the Perth suburb of Madeley.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:20:22 +1100    READ MORE

Father whose son died in squalid home avoids prison

A father whose son died after cutting his toe in a Melbourne house filled with rubbish and faeces is given a three-year suspended sentence, avoiding prison.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:17:14 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide researchers make advances in the use of 'body recognition'

Forensic anatomy researchers in Adelaide are making advances in the use of "body recognition" for criminal and missing persons cases, to help with identification when a face is not clearly shown.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:15:14 +1100    READ MORE

Australian women surf trio make quarter-finals in Maui

All three of Australia's women's surfing championship contenders have kept their titles hopes alive at the Maui Pro in Hawaii.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:02:39 +1100    READ MORE

Christian Brother jailed for indecently assaulting boys in NSW schools

A Christian Brother has been jailed for at least two years for indecently assaulting boys in New South Wales schools.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:58:00 +1100    READ MORE

Arnold stokes Sydney derby flames

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says the Wanderers should host derby games at the Olympic stadium, not Parramatta.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:43:03 +1100    READ MORE

SA Police reveal new high-visibility patrol cars

SA Police (SAPOL) unveil a prototype of its new high-visibility patrol car, the blue Holden SV6 Commodore sedans.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:30:41 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmanian power prices set to fall

Tasmania's electricity prices are set to drop, following a draft decision by the energy regulator about transmission company TasNetworks.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:30:41 +1100    READ MORE

Shares edge higher on banking gains

The Australian share market has risen slightly in morning trade, consolidating its strong gains yesterday after a mixed session on Wall Street overnight.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:18:22 +1100    READ MORE

AFL draft: hits, steals and misses

Grandstand looks back at the history of the AFL draft at some of the hits, misses and steals of past years.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:16:35 +1100    READ MORE

4WD driver who killed boy outside Sydney school sentenced

A 46-year-old woman who ran over and killed a six-year-old boy outside a Sydney primary school will serve her 18-month sentence in the community.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:12:15 +1100    READ MORE

Proposal could see ACT power bills drop by $180 per year

ACT households could see a fall in their annual electricity bills of about $180 next financial year under a draft decision by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:04:24 +1100    READ MORE

Anaesthetist who infected women with Hep C to pay $300k compensation

A painkiller-addicted doctor who infected 54 women with Hepatitis C during abortion procedures at a Melbourne clinic agrees to personally pay compensation to them.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:59:20 +1100    READ MORE

Militants kill three polio vaccination workers in Pakistan

Three female polio vaccination workers and their driver have been killed in Pakistan in the most deadly attack on health workers in two years.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:59:20 +1100    READ MORE

Sia gives away her ARIA awards to Twitter fans

Australian singer-songwriter Sia rewards good deeds on Twitter by giving away four of her ARIAs hours after winning them.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:52:42 +1100    READ MORE

Lawyer abused for representing Daniel Morcombe's killer in appeal

A lawyer says he has been subjected to abuse for representing Brett Peter Cowan, who is appealing his conviction for the murder of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:46:12 +1100    READ MORE

Union vows to fight James Hardie plan to pay asbestos victims in instalments

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is vowing to take legal action against any moves by James Hardie to compensate asbestos victims by instalments.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:35:50 +1100    READ MORE

WA health sector 'reeling' as 500 job cuts revealed

The Health Services Union of WA says its members are reeling after being told 500 jobs will go in further cuts, and they need to register for voluntary redundancies by tomorrow.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:12:31 +1100    READ MORE

Pat Cummins to play India tour game

Pat Cummins is set to turn out for the Cricket Australia XI in the tour game against India at Adelaide Oval.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:03:51 +1100    READ MORE

Exhibition charts impact of immigrants on Australia

An exhibition chronicling the impact of migrants on modern Australia and the advertising campaigns that got them here gets underway in Canberra this week.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:59:32 +1100    READ MORE

Foreign buyer rule enforcement needs strengthening: committee

A parliamentary committee has recommended stronger enforcement of rules around foreign property investment.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:55:39 +1100    READ MORE

Turtles starving to death in wake of Queensland cyclones, floods

Marine wildlife such as turtles and dugongs are still starving to death as a result of Cyclone Larry, Cyclone Yasi and the Brisbane floods, researchers at James Cook University in far north Queensland say.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:47:58 +1100    READ MORE

Barnett called 'a disgrace' on Indigenous recognition issue

Internal Liberal tensions flare on the matter of recognition of Indigenous people in WA's constitution, with a former senior minister labelling the Premier "a disgrace" on the issue.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:40:11 +1100    READ MORE

Vic Labor wants breath-testing in Parliament to stamp out 'chaos'

The Victorian Labor Party will introduce random breath tests for MPs and judges during sitting times in a bid to raise parliamentary standards if it wins Saturday's election.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:38:52 +1100    READ MORE

First Test should go ahead: Allan Border

Allan Border says it will be a personal decision for players to play in the first Australia-India Test after Phillip Hughes's injury.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:31:54 +1100    READ MORE

Child protection system 'overwhelmed' in NT, with spike in unresolved cases

A near tripling of unresolved child protection cases in the NT shows the system is overwhelmed and struggling under severe resource constraints, says the man in charge of advocating on behalf of vulnerable children.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:27:36 +1100    READ MORE

'Feuding' men may have killed each other over drug debt, police say

Police believe two men found dead inside a house north of Hobart killed each other during a fight over a drug debt.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:23:29 +1100    READ MORE

NATO says Russia could exert control over the entire Black Sea

NATO's top military commander warns Russian militarisation of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:06:05 +1100    READ MORE

Nigerian child bride accused of killing husband with rat poison could face death penalty

A 14-year-old Nigerian child bride is accused of murdering four people, including her 35-year-old husband, by lacing food she had prepared for a post-marriage celebration with rat poison.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:02:14 +1100    READ MORE

Oil prices continue to languish as supply keeps flowing

It is one of the big questions on financial markets at the moment - how low can the price of oil go?

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:54:13 +1100    READ MORE

Public servants to 'work to rule' as campaign against job cuts changes tack

After a day of rallies across Tasmania, unions are changing tack in their fight against public sector cuts.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:48:47 +1100    READ MORE

Worker critical after accident at Royal Adelaide Hospital site

A worker at the Royal Adelaide Hospital site is in a critical condition after an accident this morning.

The construction union said the 54-year-old worker suffered a head injury and was found on a scissor lift just after 7:00am (CDST).

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:41:32 +1100    READ MORE

Landlords urged to drop rent to meet Perth market

Landlords are being urged lower rents to meet a downturn in demand in Peth. REIWA warns rental listings are up but population growth is slowing.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:37:05 +1100    READ MORE

Bikie raids: Man 'gave drugs to 2yo boy'

A man who was charged after raids targeting bikie gangs in Queensland had given methylamphetamine to a two-year-old boy, police allege.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:01:04 +1100    READ MORE

Feather-shaker pardoned in White House tradition

President Barack Obama makes his "most talked-about executive action" this month by pardoning a pair of turkeys - Mac and Cheese.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:59:56 +1100    READ MORE

Wall St mixed despite disappointing data and falling oil prices

A round of disappointing data on the US economy and a slide in energy stocks failed to drag Wall Street down ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:58:39 +1100    READ MORE

Arsenal too good for Dortmund as Liverpool draw with Ludogoretz

An Alexis Sanchez stunner saw Arsenal beat Dortmund 2-0 to progress to the Champions League knock-out round.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:47:33 +1100    READ MORE

Egypt jails 78 teenagers for joining pro-Morsi rally

An Egyptian court has sentenced 78 teenage boys to between two and five years in prison for taking part in protests demanding the return of the ousted Islamist president, judicial sources said.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:36:18 +1100    READ MORE

Fast-track laws to be used to stop ACT light rail delays

A bill to ensure Canberra's proposed light rail project is built on time and with few legal appeals will be introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly today.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:32:49 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland's upcoming election too close to call: poll

The Queensland election is too close to call, the latest poll shows, with more indications the Newman Government will not go to the ballot box early.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:23:43 +1100    READ MORE

Knights player Tapine on assault charge

Newcastle Knights prospect Joseph Tapine has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:08:30 +1100    READ MORE

British brothers jailed for Syria terror training

Two British brothers who travelled to Syria with the intention of attending a militant training camp are jailed, becoming the first to be sentenced for such offences in Britain.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:41:29 +1100    READ MORE

Phillip Hughes still in critical condition as questions arise over ambulance response

Questions are being asked about why it took 23 minutes for an ambulance to reach Phillip Hughes after his skull was fractured by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:27:13 +1100    READ MORE

Scott struggles as Spieth takes Open lead

Former champion and world number three Adam Scott faces the prospect of missing the Australian Open cut for the first time after a poor first round.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:20:52 +1100    READ MORE

England falls short in Sri Lanka despite Moheen century

Moeen Ali's magnificent century was in vain as England suffered a 25-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the first of seven ODIs.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:04:17 +1100    READ MORE

Exercise or face rapid health decline in old age, expert warns

Older people must exercise regularly or face the prospect of an often rapid decline in their health, a national conference on ageing has heard.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:01:44 +1100    READ MORE

Government looking at 'different options' on GP co-payment

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton confirms the Government's abandonment of the GP co-payment, announced in its May budget, will be short-lived, with "different options" already being considered to replace it.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:01:44 +1100    READ MORE

Pakistan on top as Hafeez nears maiden double ton

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez approached a maiden double century to dominate New Zealand on day one of the third Test.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:57:33 +1100    READ MORE

Polar bears could face starvation by the end of the century: scientists

Polar bears in the Arctic could face starvation by the end of the century if sea ice keeps shrinking, scientists warn.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:57:33 +1100    READ MORE

Boomers cleared of tanking by FIBA

Australia has been cleared by basketball's governing body of tanking at the World Cup in September.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:50:14 +1100    READ MORE

Traditional owners reach agreement on Mid West mine after five years

Traditional owners reach a native title agreement with a WA Mid West mining company over a culturally significant site.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:48:43 +1100    READ MORE

Slain Ferguson teen's parents call officer's account 'crazy'

The parents of slain teenager Michael Brown have called the account given by the police officer who shot him unbelievable, and say the officer's comments added "insult after injury".

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:35:43 +1100    READ MORE

Teens charged over pig's head attack on Newcastle mosque

Newcastle police charge two teenagers over an incident in which a pig's head was thrown into the grounds of the city's mosque.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:34:28 +1100    READ MORE

Polls close in Tonga election, counting continues

Vote counting begins in the Tongan elections, where a record number of female candidates are standing for parliament.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:25:08 +1100    READ MORE

Passengers get out and push frozen Siberian plane on runway

Siberian air passengers had to get out and push their plane in temperatures of minus 52 degrees Celsius after its chassis froze, Russian air safety investigators say.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:04:17 +1100    READ MORE

EPA reassessing James Price Point for gas development

Environmental impact assessors are again at James Price Point on the Kimberley coast, as the State Government pushes ahead to get the site ready for use by industry.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:43:06 +1100    READ MORE

Indian girl burned to death for resisting molestation

A teenage girl dies in northern India one week after a gang of men set her on fire as punishment for resisting their attempts to molest her.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:19:54 +1100    READ MORE

Byron Bay pushes for community-owned clean energy

Australia's first community-owned clean energy generator and retailer is taking shape in the counter-culture capital of Australia, Byron Bay.

published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:12:33 +1100    READ MORE

Economic forecasts in budget could be worse than anticipated: PBO

The Parliamentary Budget Office warns the Federal Government must maintain spending discipline and increase productivity for the budget to be able to cope with an economic shock.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:32:03 +1100    READ MORE

Court told not to return toddlers switched at birth

A court-appointed expert says two South African toddlers accidentally swapped on the day they were born should stay with the families who raised them and not be returned to their biological parents.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:58:23 +1100    READ MORE

Gas agreement gives certainty but supply crisis looms

A new domestic gas agreement in Western Australia will partly offset a looming hole in supplies but analysts are predicting higher prices for consumers, including households.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:54:52 +1100    READ MORE

Wallabies face costs for Dublin dressing room damage

The Wallabies could face a damage bill after a staff member accidentally broke a door after their Test loss to Ireland.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:43:36 +1100    READ MORE

Influence of political cartoons on the wane, editor warns

The influence of political cartoons is facing an "inevitable" decline as newspapers decline, the editor of a new book of Australian cartoons, Russ Radcliffe says.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:17:46 +1100    READ MORE

Former ADFA cadet denies royal commission would cause more trauma for victims

A former cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy believes the argument that a royal commission into abuse cases would cause more trauma for the victims is "mostly an excuse that pretends to be compassionate".

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:16:04 +1100    READ MORE

Man dies after being pulled from Surfers Paradise pool

A man dies after being pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:14:25 +1100    READ MORE

China drafts first domestic violence law

China drafts its first national law against domestic violence, making restraining orders more accessible and penalising hospitals and schools for not reporting abuse cases.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:46:09 +1100    READ MORE

ACT senator Kate Lundy confirms retirement plans

Canberra-based Labor senator Kate Lundy confirms her intention not to stand at the next federal election after 18 years in politics.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:42:19 +1100    READ MORE

'Feuding' men found dead at northern Hobart home

Two men are killed at a home north of Hobart in what police believe was an ongoing feud between the pair.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:24:13 +1100    READ MORE

Share market rises sharply, with mining stocks among best performers

The Australian share market rises sharply, as investors rediscover the optimism that drove the market's strong gains on Monday.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:22:27 +1100    READ MORE

Sales growth and rise of Aldi has Woolworths bosses under pressure

Slowing sales growth and the rise of competitor Aldi will have shareholders posing tough questions at Woolworths' annual general meeting in Brisbane on Thursday.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:12:00 +1100    READ MORE

Music industry disunited over benefits of streaming services

Music streaming websites like Spotify and Rdio have made the internet a music lover's paradise, but not everyone is happy.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:07:44 +1100    READ MORE

Angry parents back teachers joining strike against job cuts

Parents join the fight against the Government's budget cuts to education as teachers prepare for Tasmania's public sector strike.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:57:11 +1100    READ MORE

Chet Faker and Sia win big at the ARIAs

Melbourne electronic musician Chet Faker and Adelaide-raised singer-songwriter Sia are named Australia's best music artists at the industry's annual ARIA awards.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:45:58 +1100    READ MORE

Union studies back calls to ban compulsory 100pc FIFO mines

Two new studies back calls for the banning of compulsory 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mines.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:34:04 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmanians struggle to pay power bills despite price drop

The number of Tasmanians seeking help to pay power bills has doubled, a report says.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:32:53 +1100    READ MORE

Equine passport to stop gene doping

Racing NSW will introduce a biological passport for horses similar to that used by WADA to detect gene doping in athletes.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:31:41 +1100    READ MORE

Dunsborough risks becoming drug dealers' paradise during leavers: police

A popular tourist town in WA's South West risks turning into a "drug dealers' paradise" during school leavers' celebrations, police warn, after more than 90 MDMA pills are seized.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:03:25 +1100    READ MORE

Singapore bans 'pick-up artist' Julien Blanc

Singapore becomes the third country to ban self-proclaimed "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc, after more than 8,000 people sign a petition accusing him of legitimising "sexual assault and predation".

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:01:50 +1100    READ MORE

HSC exams marked ahead of schedule but students must wait for results

HSC markers in New South Wales have finished marking exams ahead of schedule but year 12 students still have a three-week wait to get their results.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:58:24 +1100    READ MORE

Hong Kong police arrest more than 100 democracy protesters

Police in Hong Kong arrest more than 100 people, pull down tents and clear protesters from a pro-democracy demonstration site in the crowded Mong Kok district.

published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:57:03 +1100    READ MORE

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