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Afghan civilian casualties hit record high: UN

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit a record high this year, a UN report says, highlighting worsening violence as US-led troops leave the country after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban.

published: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:32:19 +1100    READ MORE

Fraud leaves Franciscan Order in 'grave' financial trouble

The Franciscan Order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi is in deep financial trouble after a massive fraud, prompting criticism of recent property renovations.

published: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:31:05 +1100    READ MORE

Slight hiccups turned to disaster for India: Hull

Molehills turned into mountains for India on day four at the Gabba as Australia took advantage, writes Quentin Hull.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:54:24 +1100    READ MORE

Glory move six points clear after 4-1 win over Mariners

Perth Glory are six points clear at the top of the A-League ladder after a 4-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:51:40 +1100    READ MORE

Carols in the Domain honours Sydney siege victims

Thousands of people pay tribute to the victims of the Martin Place siege at Sydney's annual Carols in the Domain Christmas concert, including Lindt cafe staff members.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:01:02 +1100    READ MORE

North Korea threatens US in call for joint Sony hack probe

North Korea proposes a joint investigation with the United States on the cyber attack against Sony Pictures, calling the charge by the FBI that it was behind the attack "slander".

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:01:02 +1100    READ MORE

Slammin' Sammy shines for Hurricanes in Big Bash win over Stars

A great performance from Darren Sammy has given Hobart Hurricanes a 52-run Big Bash win over Melbourne Stars.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:22:19 +1100    READ MORE

Late goal from Paartalu gives Melbourne City derby win over Victory

Melbourne City has won the derby with a stoppage-time winner from Erik Paartalu against Melbourne Victory.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:54:33 +1100    READ MORE

S Sudan rebels killed 11, raped civilians in attack: UN

South Sudan rebels killed, raped and kidnapped civilians during an attack in October, leaving at least 11 dead, a United Nations report says.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:35:59 +1100    READ MORE

England drop Alastair Cook for World Cup, Eoin Morgan in as skipper

England has dropped captain Alastair Cook for next year's ODI World Cup, replacing him as skipper with Eoin Morgan.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:20:07 +1100    READ MORE

Badgerys Creek residents face 'heartbreaking' move to make way for airport

Residents at Badgerys Creek in Sydney's west are given a deadline of June 15 to move so construction can start on the city's proposed second airport.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:32:12 +1100    READ MORE

Australia puts one hand on Border-Gavaskar Trophy with four-wicket win

Australia has gone 2-0 up in the series after a four-wicket win over India at the Gabba.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:04:03 +1100    READ MORE

Grandfather defends push to expel HIV-positive boy

The grandfather of a Chinese HIV-positive boy defends his support for a petition to banish him from their village, reports say.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:58:17 +1100    READ MORE

Compensation over 'gay conversion therapy'

A Beijing court orders a psychiatric clinic to pay compensation to a homosexual man for administering electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:58:17 +1100    READ MORE

Man cut free from car after it splits in two near Kellerberrin

A 25-year-old man is cut from his car after a dramatic crash near the Wheatbelt town of Kellerberrin.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:29:57 +1100    READ MORE

'Stay out of storms', Disease Control warns after melioidosis death

The bacteria causing melioidosis is on the move, according to the NT Health Department, which says at least one person has died from the disease this wet season.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:46:45 +1100    READ MORE

More laws needed to protect wetlands near Barrier Reef: environmentalists

Environmentalists are calling for more legislation to protect a large wetlands area in central Queensland that flows into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:38:39 +1100    READ MORE

Retailers pin hopes on last minute Christmas shopping rush

Tasmanian retailers are hoping to see thousands of last minute shoppers in the lead up to Christmas.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:34:26 +1100    READ MORE

$900m mine expansion approved by Qld Govt

The Queensland Government has approved a $900 million mine expansion near Oakey on the state's Darling Downs.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:16:57 +1100    READ MORE

Fears Brisbane father and sons stranded in outback Qld

A Brisbane man and his two sons who have been missing for several days after leaving on a driving holiday to Cairns may be stranded in outback Queensland, police say.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:06:19 +1100    READ MORE

Volunteer shortage forces SA charities to rationalise services

Some charities and organisations in South Australia are struggling to provide all their services over the Christmas period due to a lack of volunteers.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:58:08 +1100    READ MORE

Israeli aircraft strike Hamas in response to militant rocket fire

Israeli aircraft bomb a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army says.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:47:57 +1100    READ MORE

Shark drum lines set for second day off WA beach in hunt for great white

Shark drum lines are set for a second day off Warnbro Beach, south of Perth, after the WA Fisheries Department deems a tagged great white shark a danger to the public.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:24:29 +1100    READ MORE

More than 35,000 minors wed in Morocco last year: report

More than 35,000 marriages involving minors took place in Morocco last year, according to a report on sexual violence against children in the North African country.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:21:26 +1100    READ MORE

Arson attack on family home 'entirely bizarre', court told

A man allegedly tries to set fire to a Canberra home with several children inside, in what a prosecutor describes as "entirely bizarre behaviour".

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:40:19 +1100    READ MORE

Indian team criticises Gabba practice wickets

The Indian team has criticised the Gabba practice wickets after batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were injured.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:36:23 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmania seeks ACCC probe into petrol pump prices

The Tasmanian Government asks the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to launch an immediate investigation into fuel prices in the state.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:16:24 +1100    READ MORE

ACT at risk of big budget deficit blowout, report finds

The ACT auditor-general sounds a warning that the Territory is at risk of larger than expected deficits in coming years, as its financial position weakens.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:01:43 +1100    READ MORE

Endangered leatherback sea turtle spotted in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay

Researchers sight an endangered leatherback sea turtle in Melbourne's busy Port Phillip Bay just a few kilometres from the shore.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:53:20 +1100    READ MORE

Builder recalls rush to repair Darwin after Cyclone Tracy

Joe Randazzo reflects on leaving his Sicilian village as a young man and then rebuilding Darwin's schools, houses and hospital after Cyclone Tracy.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:42:25 +1100    READ MORE

School changed lives of asylum seekers on Christmas Island, teachers say

A group of teachers who spent six months on Christmas Island say the structure and routine of classes had a positive impact on asylum seeker children and their families.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:32:37 +1100    READ MORE

Study finds government guarantees increase bank risk taking

A new study of more than 2,200 banks around the world shows that rather than prompt lending, government guarantees encouraged banks to take more risks.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:01:39 +1100    READ MORE

NRL clears Ferguson to play for Roosters

The NRL has agreed to register the contract of Blake Ferguson to play for the Sydney Roosters in 2015.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:37:45 +1100    READ MORE

Former GG becomes founding member of Katrina Dawson charity

The family of Sydney siege victim Katrina Dawson says a new charity will honour her memory by supporting education opportunities for women, as the NSW Police Commissioner reveals his wife and daughter visited the Martin Place cafe shortly before hostages were taken.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:32:37 +1100    READ MORE

Cairns grieves 'loss of innocence' as memorial for children grows

Cairns residents are continuing to leave flowers and gifts at a makeshift shrine outside a home where eight children were found dead.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:08:41 +1100    READ MORE

As it happened: Australia v India second Test, day four

Australia has wrapped up a four-wicket win over India in the second Test at the Gabba. Follow our live blog.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:33:25 +1100    READ MORE

Herring limit reduced and WA fishery closed

The closure of a herring fishery off Western Australia's south coast is labelled "draconian" by the state's peak commercial fishing body.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:25:02 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide man struck by machete during home attack

Three men armed with a machete attack an Adelaide man in his home, leaving him with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:14:14 +1100    READ MORE

Medina claims Brazil's first world surfing title as Wilson wins Pipe Masters

Gabriel Medina has won Brazil's first world surfing title on his way to second place behind Julian Wilson at the Pipe Masters.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:12:39 +1100    READ MORE

Container deposit scheme rejected in Tas after report estimates $4m cost

The Tasmanian Government rules out introducing a container deposit scheme for recycled drink cans and bottles after a report finds it would cost $4 million a year.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:09:50 +1100    READ MORE

Phelps given suspended sentence and probation for drink driving

US swimming star Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, avoids jail and is placed on probation after pleading guilty to drink driving.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:08:33 +1100    READ MORE

Serial fans in Melbourne share finale in podcasting event

Fans of the hugely popular podcast Serial get together to listen to the final episode over breakfast at a Fitzroy cafe.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:00:50 +1100    READ MORE

Support service for road crash victims and relatives

The festive season can be more difficult for those who have lost a loved one in a road accident.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:52:43 +1100    READ MORE

Barack Obama eyes Congress to help with his plan to normalise relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama hopes to overcome a Congress hurdle that could derail his plan to normalise relations with Cuba.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:48:43 +1100    READ MORE

South Africa closes in on victory over West Indies as Philander takes five wickets

Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victory having reduced West Indies to 2 for 76 in Pretoria.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:41:37 +1100    READ MORE

Jetstar flights delayed due to computer problems

Jetstar flights are delayed on one of the busiest travel days of the year due to a computer problem, with passengers experiencing delays of up to two hours in some parts of the country.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:41:37 +1100    READ MORE

Paramedics reach pay deal with Vic Government after years of dispute

Victorian ambulance workers have reached an agreement with the State Government over a long-running pay dispute.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:06:46 +1100    READ MORE

Pressure on Aussie bowlers on day four at the Gabba

Australian captain Steve Smith says his bowlers need quick Indian wickets on day four of the second Test at the Gabba.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:59:14 +1100    READ MORE

Hoddle Street killer loses bid to cross-examine senior military officer

The Hoddle Street killer, Julian Knight, has lost a bid to cross-examine a senior military officer as part of an application for damages from the Commonwealth over his treatment at Duntroon.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:59:14 +1100    READ MORE

Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor

A Turkish court orders the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but remands the head of a national television network in custody, accused of plotting to overthrow president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:59:14 +1100    READ MORE

England set to replace Cook with Morgan as World Cup cricket captain

Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's one-day World Cup according to British media reports.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:14:03 +1100    READ MORE

Mother arrested for murder after eight children found dead

The mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a Cairns home on Friday has been arrested for murder. Police say charges will be laid when it is "appropriate and everything has been completed".

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:09:21 +1100    READ MORE

FIFA publishing full report into corruption allegations

Soccer's governing body FIFA has announced it will publish the full report of an investigation into allegations of corruption over Russia and Qatar's world cup bids.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:39:33 +1100    READ MORE

Pakistan hangs two militants following school attack

Pakistan hangs two convicted militants in the first executions since 2008 following a brutal terror attack on a Peshawar school which left 149 people, mostly children, dead.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:12:26 +1100    READ MORE

Obama says Sony made 'mistake' cancelling The Interview, FBI blames North Korea for cyberattack

North Korea is responsible for a "destructive" cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation says, warning it will hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:36:24 +1100    READ MORE

Fears foreign aid cuts will hurt the world's most vulnerable women

Foreign aid cuts spark fears Australia will return to "truck and chuck" operations to the detriment of women who live in some of the world's worst hotspots for physical and sexual abuse.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:25:43 +1100    READ MORE

Ban Ki-moon begins tour of Ebola-hit West Africa

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged West African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:30 +1100    READ MORE

Pakistan army says 59 militants killed in clashes

The Pakistani army says it has killed 59 militants in clashes in the north-west in intensified fighting since this week's Taliban massacre of children at a school.

published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:42:52 +1100    READ MORE

Hollywood slams Sony over shelving of The Interview

Hollywood filmmakers and actors voice outrage after Sony Pictures pulls the release of North Korea parody The Interview, following threats from hackers.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:47:57 +1100    READ MORE

Trapped tunnel workers in Vietnam rescued

Vietnamese rescuers have freed 12 workers who were trapped for four days in a tunnel collapse at a hydropower plant, state media reports.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:26:57 +1100    READ MORE

Sixers too strong for Renegades in Big Bash

Nic Maddinson's unbeaten 84 has given the Sydney Sixers an eight-wicket Big Bash win over Melbourne Renegades.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:08:51 +1100    READ MORE

Reza Barati's father blames Scott Morrison for his son's death

The father of Reza Barati blames Immigration Minister Scott Morrison for the Iranian asylum seeker's death on Manus Island during a riot in February.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:54:17 +1100    READ MORE

Farmers question drilling funding for mining companies

Unions and farming groups in Western Australia say it is time to take a hard look at a scheme which provides drilling funding to mining companies.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:22:01 +1100    READ MORE

Indonesia closes domestic airport after volcano erupts

Indonesia temporarily closes a domestic airport after a volcano in the country's east erupts, spewing plumes of ash hundreds of metres into the air, officials say.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:13:45 +1100    READ MORE

Jets upset Adelaide United 2-1 for first win of A-League season

The Jets scored their first A-League win of the season with an upset 2-1 victory over Adelaide United in Newcastle.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:40:51 +1100    READ MORE

Junior miners offered royalty relief by WA Government

Royalty relief will be offered to junior iron ore miners struggling with the falling price of the commodity, confirms the WA Government.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:28:42 +1100    READ MORE

Victoria pushes ahead with plans to legalise medical marijuana

The Victorian Government hopes to become the first state in Australia to legalise medical marijuana, hopefully by the end of next year.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:24:20 +1100    READ MORE

Melbourne man trades in day job for internet comic stardom

Three years ago, a Melbourne-based graphic designer gave up his job and his home to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional cartoonist. Now, he says, the gamble has paid off.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:15:49 +1100    READ MORE

Asylum seeker 'would rather starve to death than return to Iran'

An Iranian asylum seeker on the 49th day of a hunger strike tells refugee advocates he has no choice but to continue starving himself, even if it means dying.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:05:56 +1100    READ MORE

Aboriginal woman in jail 'made to go without medication'

A Perth Aboriginal woman sent to prison for unpaid fines says she was treated like a dangerous criminal and became very sick when she was made to go without blood pressure medication for three days.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:50:15 +1100    READ MORE

New Bellerive Oval stand almost finished

The redevelopment of Hobart's Bellerive Oval is weeks away from completion and fans at a 20-Twenty match will be the first to try it out.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:01 +1100    READ MORE

Obama expresses concern over Egypt mass trials

United States president Barack Obama speaks to his Egyptian counterpart to express concern over mass trials and the continued detention of journalists including Australian Peter Greste.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:09:33 +1100    READ MORE

Perth Glory investigated over salary cap breaches

Perth Glory confirms it is under investigation by Football Federation Australia for salary cap breaches.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:57:35 +1100    READ MORE

India throws it away on day three at the Gabba

Grandstand's Quentin Hull says India let control of the game slip in all-too familiar fashion on day three at the Gabba.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:56 +1100    READ MORE

Baited hooks set to catch shark off beach

Baited shark hooks are set off Warnbro Beach, south of Perth, after a shark was spotted close to the shore.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:01:24 +1100    READ MORE

Lleyton Hewitt still sees opportunity for Australian Open run

Amid incessant retirement talk, Lleyton Hewitt remains focused on making week two at the Australian Open.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:46:13 +1100    READ MORE

Australia v India: Smith ton gives Australia the edge on day three

Australia took a first innings lead of 97 thanks to captain Steve Smith and an aggressive tail.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:52 +1100    READ MORE

No sign of Brisbane man, sons missing on road trip to Cairns

Police are increasingly concerned about a Brisbane man and his two sons who have been missing for several days.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:37:13 +1100    READ MORE

Up to 700 Water Corporation jobs could go, union says

WA's public sector union calls for urgent clarification on whether Water Corporation is preparing to slash as many as 700 jobs.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:35:58 +1100    READ MORE

Share market posts biggest single-session gain of the year

Australia follows surging share markets around the world, matching Wall Street in posting its biggest single-session gain of the year.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:17:35 +1100    READ MORE

Paedophile teacher 'moved into public school system'

A witness comes forward with evidence a paedophile teacher, implicated in the royal commission, moved from Hobart's private school sector to the public system.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:09:10 +1100    READ MORE

Japan snow storm toll climbs to 11

The death toll from a severe winter snow storm gripping much of Japan rises to 11, according to local media and officials.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:08:07 +1100    READ MORE

Catholic cleric protected paedophile priest, inquiry finds

A senior Catholic cleric failed to note a key conversation with a paedophile priest which ensured a criminal admission was not recorded, a child abuse inquiry finds.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:07:04 +1100    READ MORE

Man who hit and killed pedestrian in stolen car dies in custody

A man who was jailed for killing a woman by crashing into her in a stolen car in 2012 dies in custody.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:07:04 +1100    READ MORE

Henry Keogh murder conviction overturned over fiancee death

Henry Keogh has his conviction for allegedly murdering fiancee Anna-Jane Cheney in 1994 overturned and a retrial is ordered by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:55:08 +1100    READ MORE

Man jailed for 'prolonged' and 'violent' bashing of priest

A man is sentenced to five and a half years for a "prolonged" and "violent" bashing of a Catholic priest at the cathedral in WA, fracturing his jaw.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:46:14 +1100    READ MORE

Bandidos 'boss' in court on motorbike theft, fraud charges

The alleged head of the Bandidos bikie gang appears in court in Victoria charged with stealing a motorbike and fraud.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:16:07 +1100    READ MORE

Hidden cameras used to monitor SA pathology staff

SA Health admits using cameras hidden in smoke detectors to monitor its staff at SA Pathology premises in Adelaide.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:24 +1100    READ MORE

WA hotel room rates, occupancy drop, figures show

Room occupancy rates and prices at hotels in WA drop significantly, figures show, with the industry blaming the slowdown in the mining sector.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:47:03 +1100    READ MORE

Former Families SA worker pleads guilty to child sex offences

A former Families SA worker pleads guilty to multiple sexual offences against children in his care, including one as young as 18 months old.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:37:50 +1100    READ MORE

Explainer: Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos

The ACT and parts of New South Wales are dealing with the potentially deadly legacy of loose-fill asbestos insulation in the 1960s and 1970s used by an operator that became known as Mr Fluffy.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:09 +1100    READ MORE

WA Christian Brothers failed to prevent sexual abuse, inquiry finds

An inquiry into child sexual abuse at four Christian Brothers institutions in Western Australia finds the organisation was aware of abuse allegations for decades - and the damage it could cause - but did not stop it.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:16:22 +1100    READ MORE

Former partner of missing Darwin mother Carlie Sinclair arrested on suspicion of murder

The former partner of Darwin mother Carlie Sinclair is arrested on suspicion of her murder. Danny Deacon is being held in police custody, sources have told the ABC.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:54:53 +1100    READ MORE

Shaun Johnson wins rugby league Golden Boot

New Zealand Warriors half-back Shaun Johnson has won the Golden Boot award for the best rugby league player in 2014.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:48:59 +1100    READ MORE

All Blacks give Sonny Bill all clear for boxing bout

New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen has cleared Sonny Bill Williams to return to the boxing ring in January.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:44:29 +1100    READ MORE

Six Rabbitohs in emerging Blues squad

South Sydney's youngsters have dominated the emerging Blues squad, with several Penrith Panthers also picked by coach Laurie Daley.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:26:10 +1100    READ MORE

Street store for homeless pops up in Melbourne

A global pop-up clothing store for the homeless arrives in Melbourne in the hope of addressing the stigma surrounding people living on the street.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:09:43 +1100    READ MORE

Russian rouble crisis may have global fallout

As the Russian rouble collapses on sanctions and tumbling oil prices, ABC News Online looks at what the effects may be on Australia and the rest of the world.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:08:26 +1100    READ MORE

Eight SA police officers charged over corruption allegations face court

Eight South Australian police officers facing numerous charges following an investigation into corruption appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court for the first time.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:06:47 +1100    READ MORE

Man jailed for bashing that blinded victim in one eye

A Christmas reveller who blinded a man in one eye by punching him at a bar in Perth CBD is jailed for two years.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:48:35 +1100    READ MORE

Terror plot accused will not get a fair trial, court told

A man accused of planning a terrorist attack on Australian soil will struggle to get a fair trial because of "inaccurate media reports", a Sydney court hears.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:47:26 +1100    READ MORE

Iraqi Kurds liberate besieged Sinjar mountain

Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters, a Kurdish leader says.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:44:19 +1100    READ MORE

Lawyers for Indonesian boy ask for case to be sped up

Lawyers for an Indonesian boy wrongly jailed as an adult for people smuggling ask the Federal Court to order the Commonwealth to hurry up to clear the way for a court challenge in the case.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:24:12 +1100    READ MORE

Minister backs treatment of stripped teen by NT prison guards

The Northern Territory's Minister for Correctional Services says the actions of guards who grabbed a 13-year-old boy around the neck and forcibly stripped him were a last, but necessary, resort.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:10:38 +1100    READ MORE

Pregnant Sydney siege hostage Julie Taylor honours 'confidant' Katrina Dawson

Martin Place siege hostage Julie Taylor pays tribute to her "closest friend, role model and confidant" Katrina Dawson and the "courageous" Tori Johnson, who both died in the gunfire that ended the siege.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:08:19 +1100    READ MORE

As it happened: Eight children found dead after Cairns stabbings

Eight children from the same family have been found dead in a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora. It is believed some of the victims, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were stabbed. The 34-year-old mother of seven of the children is helping police with their enquiries after being taken to hospital with chest and neck injuries.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:56:22 +1100    READ MORE

Teen jailed for rape, sexual assault of three Melbourne women

A Colombian teenager who preyed on "vulnerable" young women in Melbourne's CBD is jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:45:40 +1100    READ MORE

WA Government to split whale carcass clean-up cost

The WA Government agrees to help pay for the clean up of a whale carcass on Scarborough Beach.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:44:15 +1100    READ MORE

Plumber dies in Sydney trench collapse

A plumber and father of two is killed after falling into a collapsed trench at a building site in Sydney's north-west.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:44:15 +1100    READ MORE

Get fact: 27 facts you might have missed in 2014

Get your final dose of facts for 2014 with 27 facts from ABC Fact Check that you might have missed this year.

Let us know your favourite fact by using the #getfact hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:39:09 +1100    READ MORE

Arthur Sinodinos resigns as Assistant Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos formally resigns after standing aside from his role in March, a move which paves the way for a possible Cabinet reshuffle before Christmas.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:33:54 +1100    READ MORE

Cairns stunned after eight children from one family found dead

Residents of far north Queensland are in shock after the bodies of eight children from the same family were found in a suburban Cairns home. It is believed some of the victims, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were stabbed. The 34-year-old mother of seven of the children is assisting police after being taken to hospital with chest and neck injuries.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:32:24 +1100    READ MORE

Sydney mother charged with drug possession in Malaysia

A 51-year-old Sydney mother of four is charged with drug possession after appearing before a Malaysian court.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:09:51 +1100    READ MORE

Fire chief retires after service found to be 'hostile' workplace for women

Queensland's fire chief has taken early retirement after a report finds the state's Fire and Emergency Service to be a hostile workplace for women and ill-equipped to deal with accusation of sexual harassment and bullying.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:52:58 +1100    READ MORE

Smith makes century on Test captaincy debut

Steve Smith was his effervescent best as he made a century on his Test captaincy debut for Australia in Brisbane.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:51:43 +1100    READ MORE

Giant Woodford puppet takes first big outing on Sunshine Coast

Woodford Folk Festival's newest mascot Tilda, a five-metre-tall puppet operated by a team, has its debut ahead of the festival's opening ceremony next week.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:37:11 +1100    READ MORE

Launceston man pleads not guilty to ice importation

A Launceston man pleads not guilty to the importation of more than half a million dollars worth of the drug ice.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:35:49 +1100    READ MORE

US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq says Pentagon

Several leaders of the Islamic State group in Iraq have been killed in US air strikes in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the jihadist forces, the Pentagon says.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:35:49 +1100    READ MORE

Two Families SA staff referred to police after agency audit

Two Families SA workers are referred to police for more investigation after they were suspended during an audit of the government agency.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:35:49 +1100    READ MORE

Parklands dry zone 'will move problems elsewhere'

A dry zone trial for Adelaide's parklands will move vulnerable people elsewhere and do little to help their problems, according to a nearby agency for homeless people.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:28:44 +1100    READ MORE

ASX surges on biggest Wall St gain this year

The local share market is rising after very strong gains on US and European markets overnight.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:16:11 +1100    READ MORE

Sole commissioner to lead SA emergency services

A sole commissioner will run South Australia's emergency services agencies and backroom operations will be streamlined, the State Government says.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:54:18 +1100    READ MORE

Barr calls for ACCC to investigate Canberra petrol prices

New powers granted to the ACCC could be used to conduct an investigation into Canberra's high petrol prices.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:47:44 +1100    READ MORE

Commission calls on authorities to consider charges against union officials

Union officials could be facing criminal charges following an interim report from the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:44:34 +1100    READ MORE

LivingSocial latest group buying site stung by consumer watchdog

An online group buying site has accepted a court enforceable undertaking after the consumer watchdog raised concerns about its contracts and its website advertising.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:04:05 +1100    READ MORE

Stella Young farewelled at Melbourne memorial service

The life of disability advocate Stella Young is remembered as "outspoken, funny and fearless" at a memorial service at Melbourne's Town Hall.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:03:02 +1100    READ MORE

Recycling agency urges Australians to be mindful of festive waste

Australians need to do more to cut back on the waste created as part of Christmas celebrations, a recycling agency warns.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:55:28 +1100    READ MORE

Palmer media adviser charged over alleged coercion of banker

Clive Palmer's media adviser and confidant Andrew Crook is bailed after being charged over the alleged unlawful detention and coercion of a National Australia Bank executive on an Indonesian island.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:49:59 +1100    READ MORE

ALP candidate for Lytton quits citing alcohol 'issues'

Labor's candidate for the Brisbane seat of Lytton, Daniel Cheverton, quits amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour, citing his issues with alcohol.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:43:40 +1100    READ MORE

Second man in court for 2004 shooting murder in Adelaide

A second man faces court charged with murder over a killing at Morphettville in Adelaide a decade ago.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:33:19 +1100    READ MORE

As it happened: Australia v India second Test, day three

India was 1/71 at stumps on day three at the Gabba, but still trails Australia by 26 runs courtesy of Australia's wagging tail.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:30:52 +1100    READ MORE

Nadal ready for Australian Open after injury-blighted year

Rafael Nadal has declared his Australian Open preparations on track after recovering from appendix surgery.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:29:39 +1100    READ MORE

As it happened: Memorial honours life of Stella Young

The life of prominent disability activist, writer and comedian Stella Young is being honoured at a memorial service in Melbourne.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:29:39 +1100    READ MORE

Pakistani military signs death warrants for 'hard core terrorists'

Pakistani forces kill 27 suspected militants in air strikes and a ground operation in the restive north-west in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:22:33 +1100    READ MORE

Gold Coast hinterland homes may have contaminated water

Hundreds of people in the Gold Coast hinterland are issued with bottled drinking water and told not to drink tap water following a potential contamination.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:15:17 +1100    READ MORE

Ed Cowan ready to cut loose in Big Bash League

Former Test opener Ed Cowan says he will show a new side to his game when the Sydney Sixers host the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:06:20 +1100    READ MORE

Koren to make Melbourne City debut

Robert Koren will make his Melbourne City debut in the cauldron of the Melbourne derby on Saturday night.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:01:26 +1100    READ MORE

Siege victim's partner thanks public for 'outpouring of love'

The partner of Lindt cafe siege victim Tori Johnson thanks Australians for their "outpouring of love".

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:58:05 +1100    READ MORE

National Gallery to review ownership history of 54 items in collection

The National Gallery of Australia is investigating the ownership history of 54 items in its collection as part of efforts to review the legal status of works, after returning the stolen Dancing Shiva statue to India this year.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:48:52 +1100    READ MORE

Bar Association concerned about death threats over Monis bail outcome

The New South Wales Bar Association expresses concern that members of the judiciary have received death threats in the wake of this week's siege in Sydney.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:40:19 +1100    READ MORE

Barramundi 'should be protected' under country of origin labelling

Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon calls for the protection of the name "barramundi" so it can only apply to Australian-caught fish.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:33:08 +1100    READ MORE

Gustnado captured on camera during Qld storms

A gustnado on Queensland's Darling Downs was one of the more spectacular sights caught on camera during severe thunderstorms that rolled over the state's south-east yesterday.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:15:38 +1100    READ MORE

Wall St posts biggest one day gain of 2014

Wall Street has seen its biggest one-day rally for the year, and European markets surged, on the back of yesterday's commentary from the US Federal Reserve.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:14:28 +1100    READ MORE

US Secret Service in dire need of overhaul: review

The United States Secret Service is in dire need of an overhaul that requires an outside leader, an infusion of agents and more training to protect the White House, an independent review concludes.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:10:25 +1100    READ MORE

Electricity and gas disconnections reach five-year high

The number of Victorians who had their gas and electricity cut off reached a five-year high last financial year, with prices set to rise in the new year.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:10:25 +1100    READ MORE

Plans to co-locate ACT animal services on hold due to financial woes

Plans to build new facilities in Canberra to co-locate the RSPCA and Domestic Animal Services are on hold due to the charity's financial woes.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:39:17 +1100    READ MORE

Watson no number three, says MacGill

Former Test tweaker Stuart MacGill says Shane Watson should not be batting at number three for Australia.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:12:03 +1100    READ MORE

High-level paedophile ring may be linked to boys' murders, teenager's disappearance

British police ask people to come forward to help with an investigation into a high-level paedophile ring in the 1970s and 80s that may be linked to the murder of three boys and the disappearance of a 15-year-old who lived at the Australian High Commission in London.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:56:01 +1100    READ MORE

Roma man charged with murder following apparent stabbing

A 30-year-old man has been charged with murder following an apparent stabbing at Roma in south-west Queensland.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:42:07 +1100    READ MORE

Japan sticks with Aguirre for Asian Cup despite scandal

Japan will stick with coach Javier Aguirre for next month's Asian Cup despite his involvement in a match-fixing scandal.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:37:12 +1100    READ MORE

Ludeman unaware of Big Bash League record fifty

Adelaide Strikers batsman Tim Ludeman says he was unaware he was setting a new Big Bash record for fastest fifty.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:28:38 +1100    READ MORE

Blaze breaks out at Echuca despite cool conditions

Firefighters have brought a grassfire that broke out near Echuca in Victoria's north under control, as crews hope cooler weather will help their efforts across the state.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:13:29 +1100    READ MORE

Sony hacking a serious national security matter: White House

Cyber attacks on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea are a "serious national security matter" and the Obama administration is considering a proportional response, the White House says.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:53:52 +1100    READ MORE

Socceroos rise in FIFA rankings as champions Germany stay top

Australia has risen two spots to number 100 in FIFA's world rankings without playing a game.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:50:00 +1100    READ MORE

Amla double-ton puts South Africa in control before rain

Hashim Amla's third double ton and debutant Stiaan van Zyl's unbeaten century put South Africa in control against the West Indies in the first Test.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:40:54 +1100    READ MORE

Anti-wind farm lobby stripped of health promotion charity status

Government regulators strip a prominent anti-wind farm lobby of its health promotion charity status, removing its ability to receive tax deductible donations.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:34:22 +1100    READ MORE

Jindabyne remembers historic flooding of old town

Jindabyne in New South Wales is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the new town centre after the old site was flooded as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:27:01 +1100    READ MORE

UN calls for North Korea to face charges for crimes against humanity

The United Nations General Assembly condemns North Korea's rights record and calls for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:25:47 +1100    READ MORE

Accused Boston bomber makes first public appearance since 2013

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes his first public appearance in court in more than a year - ahead of his January trial.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:17:03 +1100    READ MORE

NSW Government to knock down all Mr Fluffy asbestos homes

The New South Wales State Government is following the ACT's lead by committing to knock down all buildings insulated with potentially deadly loose-fill asbestos roughly 40 years ago.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:17:03 +1100    READ MORE

UN appeals for $8.4 billion aid relief for Syrians

The United Nations launches its biggest ever humanitarian appeal for Syria, seeking $8.4 billion after only securing about half the funding it asked for in 2014.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:06:16 +1100    READ MORE

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen attack remote Nigerian village

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill at least 32 people and kidnap almost 200 others during a raid on a remote village in Nigeria's north-east, security officials and residents say.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:58:58 +1100    READ MORE

Russian president Putin says West behaving like 'an empire'

Russian president Vladimir Putin uses an end-of-year press conference to accuse the West of behaving like "an empire" while reassuring his citizens about the country's flailing economy.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:42:20 +1100    READ MORE

EU court rules obesity can be considered a disability

The European Union's highest court rules that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders the overweight person's performance at work.

published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:12:52 +1100    READ MORE

Cambodia orders investigation into mass HIV infection

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen orders investigation into an apparent mass HIV infection, as the number of suspected cases passes 100. The spread of the infection is believed to have been spread by contaminated needles.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:25:11 +1100    READ MORE

Karmichael Hunt can revive Reds: Michael O'Connor

Dual international Michael O'Connor says Karmichael Hunt can be a hit at the Queensland Reds.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:02:34 +1100    READ MORE

Myanmar workers 'did not kill British tourists in Thailand'

Two Myanmar men accused of murdering two British tourists in Thailand are innocent but witnesses who might be able to prove their case will not testify because they fear Thai police, Myanmar investigators say.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:01 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide Strikers chase down Melbourne Stars' 148 at a canter

The Strikers chased down the Stars' total of 148 in under 13 overs thanks to Tim Ludeman's 92 off 44 balls.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:13:01 +1100    READ MORE

Magistrate taken off case after googling information

A magistrate is prohibited from continuing to hear a case in Perth because midway through a trial she looked up information about it on the internet.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:55:14 +1100    READ MORE

India launches its biggest ever rocket into space for $25m

India successfully launches its biggest ever rocket carrying an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space in a test mission costing nearly $25 million.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:53:55 +1100    READ MORE

WA school budgets 'in chaos' after funding changes

School principals accuse the WA Government of throwing their budgets into chaos after being told on the final day of the school year that some of them would be hundreds of thousands of dollars worse off.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:22:45 +1100    READ MORE

CSIRO Indigenous program mixes science with culture

The CSIRO is hoping a targeted summer school program in Adelaide combining academic work with an extensive cultural program will increase Indigenous employment in science and engineering.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:16:40 +1100    READ MORE

Governor slams 'neo-colonialist' PNG asylum seek deal

A PNG governor slams Australia's "neo-colonialist" refugee deal with PNG, claiming it will foster divisions and heighten security risks.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:00:21 +1100    READ MORE

Do not revive me, hunger striking asylum seeker says

An asylum seeker in the 48th day of a hunger strike in a Darwin detention centre gives written instruction that he not be revived if he loses consciousness. The 33-year-old Iranian detainee at Wickham Point detention centre has not eaten since November 1 because he was denied refugee status.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:34:50 +1100    READ MORE

Man who flew drone over Victorian siege fined $850

A man who flew a drone at the scene of a siege at Altona North, in Melbourne's western suburbs, will be fined $850.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:31:41 +1100    READ MORE

Death prompts push for better ED mental health services

The alleged stabbing murder of a Perth woman by her son prompts calls for improved mental health services in hospital emergency departments.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:06:58 +1100    READ MORE

Leading NSW welfare worker to advise Pope on child protection

A leading New South Wales welfare worker is appointed to the Vatican's child protection commission and will advise Pope Francis on safeguarding children from sexual abuse.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:46:10 +1100    READ MORE

'Jedi Council' military sex scandal victims read impact statements

Two women have describe how their lives were turned upside down by the military's so-called Jedi Council sex scandal at the sentencing hearing for the group's ringleader.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:44:40 +1100    READ MORE

Navy saves sharks caught on illegal lines off NT coast

Three sharks have been rescued by the Royal Australian Navy after they were caught on abandoned longlines off the Northern Territory coast.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:33:13 +1100    READ MORE

Essendon fails in bid to send representative to ASADA hearing

Essendon has failed in an official bid to have a representative observe the AFL anti-doping tribunal hearing.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:21:40 +1100    READ MORE

Katy Gallagher endorsed by Labor for Senate seat

Former ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher is endorsed by Labor for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Kate Lundy.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:06:06 +1100    READ MORE

Quentin Hull: Smith and Hazlewood deliver the goods

The baby blue prodigies did a man's job for Australia on day two at the Gabba, writes Quentin Hull.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:04:51 +1100    READ MORE

Woolworths denies bullying suppliers over discounted products

The Australian Food and Grocery Council says there is widespread concern about claims Woolworths is bullying suppliers, after receiving complaints that the retailer is demanding suppliers pay up to $1.5 million to make up for profit lost on discounted products.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:57:07 +1100    READ MORE

Share market posts strongest daily rise in more than a fortnight

The Australian share market posts its strongest daily rise in more than a fortnight, after even healthier gains on Wall Street last night.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:32 +1100    READ MORE

NZ bar manager faces jail in Myanmar over Buddha insult

A New Zealand bar manager appears before a Myanmar court accused of insulting religion by using an image of the Buddha wearing headphones to publicise a cheap drinks night.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:32 +1100    READ MORE

Timeline: 50 years of operation at Alcoa

Take a look back at 50 years of operation at Alcoa's aluminium rolling mill near Geelong.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:12:49 +1100    READ MORE

NSW, federal police raid homes in Sydney

NSW Police and Australian Federal Police carry out raids on several Sydney homes, including one of the properties targeted during large-scale counter-terrorism raids in September.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:12:49 +1100    READ MORE

Dozens of asylum seeker babies allowed to stay in Australia for processing

Thirty-one babies born to asylum seekers will be allowed to stay in Australia with their immediate families while their refugee claims are assessed.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:10:26 +1100    READ MORE

Hazlewood stars with five-wicket haul on Test debut

Josh Hazlewood claims an excellent five-wicket haul on his Test debut as Australia fights back on day two of the second Test against India in Brisbane.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:09:18 +1100    READ MORE

Guards who stripped boy in detention backed by NT prisons boss

Guards who restrained and stripped a teenage boy naked at an Alice Springs detention centre are given the backing of the NT's corrections boss, as the ABC obtains CCTV footage of the incident.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:02:18 +1100    READ MORE

Alcoa workers ready to hand in their passes

Alcoa's aluminium rolling mill at Point Henry, near Geelong, will close this week after more than 50 years of operation.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:43:58 +1100    READ MORE

Shake-up of seafood labelling laws served up by Senate

A Senate committee recommends a shake-up of the way seafood is labelled when sold in restaurants, cafes and fish and chip shops, proposing all products should display a country-of-origin label.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:41:36 +1100    READ MORE

Aircraft fault, pilot error partly to blame for crash that killed soldier

Pilots were not given formal advice on how to deal with a helicopter "porpoising" before it crashed killing a soldier who was riding on the ramp, an inquiry finds.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:36:55 +1100    READ MORE

QantasLink to expand services to Whyalla in 2015

QantasLink says it will start start flying to Whyalla on South Australia's upper Spencer Gulf region next year, becoming the second airline to offer services to the area.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:35:09 +1100    READ MORE

Alleged Albanian ATM thieves extradited from Darwin

Four Albanian men are extradited from the Northern Territory to Sydney to face charges relating to a string of ATM thefts around Australia.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:17:26 +1100    READ MORE

Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

The plight of a Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition, sparks intense online soul-searching in the country.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:12:48 +1100    READ MORE

SEC commissioner says US post-crisis banks reforms 'halfway done'

A commissioner from the US Securities and Exchange Commission says the biggest challenge facing US regulators is implementing financial reforms introduced in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Mike Piwowar was appointed as a commissioner at the SEC last year by US president Barack Obama.

He also held senior adviser roles in the Bush and Obama administrations during the peak of the financial crisis.

In an interview with the ABC, Mr Piwowar said the regulator is only about halfway through implementing the Dodd-Frank laws passed around four-and-a-half years ago.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:06:49 +1100    READ MORE

Severe storms hit Brisbane, thousands without power

Severe storms move across Brisbane and Ipswich, leaving thousands without power and causing major commuter delays.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:54:34 +1100    READ MORE

Gold Coast pair accused of corruptly sourcing driver's licences

Two people are charged with official corruption for allegedly sourcing driver's licences and licence upgrades for their friends.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:49:43 +1100    READ MORE

Is Darwin prepared for another Cyclone Tracy?

Cyclone Tracy is described as the perfect storm, but it hit Darwin at a time when it was vulnerable, complacent and distracted. Forty years on, how prepared is the city for another disaster?

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:48:23 +1100    READ MORE

Australia chosen as F-35 servicing hub but Asian rivals at odds

Australia is one of two countries chosen by the United States to service the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the Pacific region, but the decision has already brought rivalries to the fore between two Asian neighbours.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:44:17 +1100    READ MORE

Japanese star Akihito Yamada joins Western Force for 2015 season

Japanese try machine Akihito Yamada has been signed by the Western Force for the 2015 season.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:34:51 +1100    READ MORE

Cheika unfazed by prospect of Wallabies exodus

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika remains unfazed about the prospect of a mass exodus of stars after next year's World Cup.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:32:29 +1100    READ MORE

NBN proving unreliable, some SA business owners say

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is proving unreliable, business owners at Willunga on Adelaide's southern fringe say, blaming recent internet crashes and dropouts on the rollout.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:32:29 +1100    READ MORE

Police find body of missing Canberra man

Police find the body of a Canberra man missing since Saturday, after a major land and water search in the Tuggeranong area.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:28:15 +1100    READ MORE

Man jailed for violent attacks on pregnant partner

A man who struck his pregnant partner in the stomach with his knee and stood on her throat is sentenced to nine years' jail in the ACT Supreme Court.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:15:58 +1100    READ MORE

Heavy snow kills 5, disrupts travel in Japan

At least five people die in heavy snow that is blanketing swathes of Japan, with up to two metres lying in some places and more forecast to fall.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:15:58 +1100    READ MORE

Drug bust uncovers 35kgs of cannabis

A cannabis and amphetamine drug ring has been busted in Logan, south of Brisbane, stopping more than $850,000 worth of drugs hitting the streets, according to Queensland Police.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:15:58 +1100    READ MORE

Jail terms for men who flew to Perth to torture drug dealer

Four men who flew to Western Australia and tortured a drug dealer, leaving him permanently disabled, over a debt of up to $150,000 are sentenced to lengthy jail terms.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:58:12 +1100    READ MORE

Nichols out of Asian Cup reckoning

Mitch Nichols' Asian Cup dream is over with the Perth Glory midfielder out for up to eight weeks with a torn hamstring.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:52:52 +1100    READ MORE

More income management flagged for NT

The Abbott Government flags heavier income management for people on welfare in the NT, despite a report showing it had no significant impact on people's spending behaviour.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:39:39 +1100    READ MORE

Regional WA school cleaners to remove sanitary waste

The decision to make regional schools in WA responsible for removing sanitary waste is labelled a "disgrace" by a Labor MP.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:27:38 +1100    READ MORE

NAB chairman praises Murray, says call for capital not a huge concern

National Australia Bank has reassured shareholders it is not threatened by an imminent overhaul of the financial system.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:48 +1100    READ MORE

Global population living six years longer than in 1990: study

People around the world lived on average to a ripe old age of 71.5 in 2013, more than six years longer than in 1990, thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:48 +1100    READ MORE

Nativity donkey dies after being sat on by overweight man

An overweight man is charged with animal abuse in Spain after the donkey he sat on in a Nativity scene died three days later.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:02:44 +1100    READ MORE

ANZ 'not the moral police' when deciding where to lend

ANZ chairman David Gonski has gone on the offensive against criticism that the bank is not doing enough to help farmers or prevent climate change.

Mr Gonski has used the bank's AGM to respond to mounting pressure about its role in funding projects and businesses that are carbon intensive, such as power generation.

The bank's chairman said ANZ will work hard to ensure that money that is leant "complies with our obligations to society."

However, he also said there is nothing the bank can do to assist Timbercorp investors who say they suffered large financial losses due to ANZ's actions.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:59:26 +1100    READ MORE

Sea Shepherd 'arrests' Nigerian-flagged fishing boat in Southern Ocean

Sea Shepherd activists claim they have conducted a citizen's arrest in the Southern Ocean on a Nigerian-flagged fishing boat known for poaching Patagonian toothfish and other rare species.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:52:44 +1100    READ MORE

Dry zone curfew for entire Adelaide parklands

It will be an offence to drink alcohol in Adelaide's parklands under a three-month trial over summer.

A curfew will apply from 8:00pm each night until 11:00am the next day, with a hope antisocial behaviour can be curbed.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:51:01 +1100    READ MORE

Fact check: Do Australia, US 'compare favourably' on emissions targets?

Environment Minister Greg Hunt says Australia's emissions reduction efforts can be compared favourably to the United States.

"If you use the same basis as the United States – 2005 to 2020 – the US is minus 17, we're minus 12 per cent," Mr Hunt said. "If you use the full Kyoto period of 1990 to 2020 the US is minus 5 per cent and Australia is almost exactly the same. So we're very comparable."

ABC Fact Check investigates.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:37:09 +1100    READ MORE

Drought photographic exhibition tours Queensland

It is hoped an exhibition of photographs from one of Queensland's most drought-affected regions will hang in Brisbane's Parliament House to raise awareness about the impact of the dry. 

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:33:08 +1100    READ MORE

AFP admits misinforming PM over siege gunman firearms licence

The Australian Federal Police takes responsibility for inaccurate information about whether Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis had a firearms licence.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:33:08 +1100    READ MORE

Obeid granted unconditional bail over misconduct in public office charges

Former New South Wales Labor minister Eddie Obeid walks from court after being granted bail on charges of misconduct in public office.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:31:55 +1100    READ MORE

Man accused of trying to join Syrian conflict to stand trial

Sydney man Amin Mohamed is committed to stand trial for allegedly trying to join the fighting in Syria to overthrow the country's government.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:17:44 +1100    READ MORE

Chefs' surplus food helps feed needy at Christmas

Surplus food from restaurants and other outlets is being collected to help feed Adelaide's needy over Christmas.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:16:38 +1100    READ MORE

Dairy price recovery still a year away: Rabobank

A price recovery in the struggling dairy industry may still be a year away according to the giant global agricultural lender Rabobank.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:08:37 +1100    READ MORE

Kingswood shooting in Adelaide 'drug-related'

Police believe an overnight shooting in Adelaide that left two men hospitalised is drug-related.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:55 +1100    READ MORE

Cuba-United States relations: five decades of feud

The United States and Cuba plan to restore diplomatic relations and end more than five decades of fierce animosity.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:59:36 +1100    READ MORE

Truck carrying machinery wedged under overpass

A truck carrying a piece of heavy machinery was wedged under an overpass of the Mitchell Freeway in Perth this morning, causing traffic delays.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:50:29 +1100    READ MORE

Journalist describes 'horror movie scene' in school

A freelance journalist describes the aftermath inside the classrooms and auditorium of a Pakistan school where 141 people, including 132 children, were slaughtered by Taliban militants.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:42:25 +1100    READ MORE

Flight Centre braces for profit descent

Travel agency Flight Centre is warning investors to brace for a potential fall in full-year profits.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:34:24 +1100    READ MORE

Peter Slipper case can't be solved by paying back Cabcharge money: prosecutors

Former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper should not be allowed to simply pay back the money for misusing his Cabcharge allowance, prosecutors tell an appeal court.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:13:01 +1100    READ MORE

Fears disengaged teens will be lost as Youth Connections program cut

The closure of a national youth support program means hundreds of vulnerable teenagers are at risk of falling through the cracks, youth workers say.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:51:17 +1100    READ MORE

American aid worker welcomes US-Cuban relations shift

American aid worker Alan Gross hails the abrupt shift in US-Cuban relations and says it is time to end a half-century of "mutually belligerent policies".

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:51:17 +1100    READ MORE

Finucane signs three-year deal with Storm

Former Canterbury back rower Dale Finucane has signed with the Melbourne Storm for the next three NRL seasons.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:06 +1100    READ MORE

Man who smothered daughters with pillow gets life in prison

A Melbourne man who murdered his two young daughters by smothering them with a pillow is sentenced to life in jail, with the judge saying the father "did not seem to regret" his actions.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:06 +1100    READ MORE

Meeting demands clarity on future of historic Martindale Hall

A community meeting shows strong support for keeping historic Martindale Hall in the mid-north of SA open to the public.

The mansion is known to many Australians for its role in the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock in the 1970s.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:48:43 +1100    READ MORE

Cairns casino, resort development gets environmental nod

An $8 billion casino and resort development in far north Queensland has had its environment impact statement approved by the State Government.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:43:09 +1100    READ MORE

Canberra man sentenced to jail for incest against stepdaughter

A 34-year-old Canberra man is sentenced to more than nine years' jail for incest after offences against his stepdaughter.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:36:09 +1100    READ MORE

Sydney mother and son who killed policeman sentenced to jail

A Sydney man and his mother who admitted killing police officer Bryson Anderson are sentenced to 35 years and 10 years in prison respectively.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:35:08 +1100    READ MORE

Jail term for truck driver who caused fatal train crash

A 71-year-old truck driver is sentenced to five years' jail for causing a train crash that killed one man and injured several others.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:23:17 +1100    READ MORE

Child soldier recruitment soars in Central African Republic, report says

A new report by aid agency, Save the Children, estimates there are as many as 10,000 active child soldiers fighting in Central African Republic - a four fold increase since a violent civil war broke out two years ago.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:21:51 +1100    READ MORE

Pinnacles excised from mining exploration permit

Iconic West Australian tourist site the Pinnacles is removed from an exploration permit granted to an oil and gas company.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:14:38 +1100    READ MORE

Neighbours actor charged with more than 100 child sexual offences

Melbourne actor Jeremy Kewley, best known for his role in the ABC TV series Janus and appearances in Neighbours and Underbelly, is released on bail after facing court charged with more than 100 child sex offences.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:14:38 +1100    READ MORE

SA Government defends one week's notice for public transport changes

A decision to cut back public transport services over the Christmas and New Year period with just one week's notice is labelled "a mess" by the South Australian Liberal Party.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:56:18 +1100    READ MORE

NSW budget forecast improves by $555 million

The NSW Government's half-yearly review reveals a turnaround in the budget bottom line this financial year, but smaller than expected surpluses over the forward estimates.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:37:20 +1100    READ MORE

As it happened: Australia v India Second Test, day two

Steven Smith's unbeaten 65 helped guide Australia to 4 for 221 at stumps on day two, in response to India's 408 all out.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:33:42 +1100    READ MORE

Sony cancels release of controversial North Korea comedy film

Sony Pictures bows to pressure and cancels the December release of its controversial new movie The Interview, a comedy about American journalists assassinating the current leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:30:41 +1100    READ MORE

Horwill to depart Australian rugby after World Cup

Reds captain James Horwill has announced he will leave Australian rugby following the 2015 World Cup.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:29:23 +1100    READ MORE

Man charged over stabbing death in White Gum Valley

A 19-year-old man is charged with the stabbing murder of a woman in the southern Perth suburb of White Gum Valley earlier this week.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:19:48 +1100    READ MORE

Leyonhjelm's pro-gun push rejected by Opposition, Greens

Pro-gun crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm's call for more Australians to carry guns is rejected by the Opposition and Greens.

published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:17:37 +1100    READ MORE

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