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Ukraine's president calls for support ahead of poll

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko has called on citizens to elect a majority in Sunday's poll to see through a pro-Europe reform agenda and break with the Soviet past.

published: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:52:10 +1100    READ MORE

Former Cream frontman Jack Bruce dies aged 71

Jack Bruce, a founding member of British psychedelic band Cream, has died aged 71 after a long battle against liver disease, his family says.

published: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:56:08 +1100    READ MORE

Mali vows to keep borders open despite Ebola death

Mali will not close its borders with neighbouring Guinea after its first Ebola-related death, president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita says.

published: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:39:35 +1100    READ MORE

Turkey monitors 24 after powder sent to consulates

Turkey is keeping 24 people under observation at clinics after a suspicious powder was sent to five consulates in Istanbul, the health ministry says.

published: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:17:56 +1100    READ MORE

Man charged with attempted murder over brutal stabbing

Police have charged a 54-year-old man over a brutal stabbing in Cape York in far north Queensland.

published: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:11:38 +1100    READ MORE

Australia's response to Ebola chaotic, AMA says

The Federal Government's response to the Ebola crisis has been chaotic, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says.

AMA president Professor Brian Owler says the Government is keeping Australians in the dark about their plans and medical professionals wanted a coherent plan to tackle the crisis in West Africa and at home, in case Ebola spreads.

The Government has so far refused to send health workers to Africa, arguing that it would be unable to evacuate them if they became infected with the virus.

However, Professor Owler says while the Government fails to respond to the outbreak "people are going to continue to die".

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:49:14 +1100    READ MORE

Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez

Luis Suarez says biting is wrong but harmless and should not be punished as severely as he was ahead of his Barcelona debut.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:19:37 +1100    READ MORE

Olesen dreams of golf glory in Perth

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen has a three-stroke lead going into the final round of the Perth International.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:02:56 +1100    READ MORE

Halep thumps Radwanska to set up rematch with Williams

Simona Halep has set up a rematch with Serena Williams with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Agnieszka Radwanska at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:57:54 +1100    READ MORE

Kiwis upset the Kangaroos with 30-12 Four Nations win

New Zealand has beaten Australia 30-12 in an upset Four Nations win at Lang Park.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:01:09 +1100    READ MORE

Berisha hat-trick propels Victory to 5-2 win over Melbourne City

Besart Berisha's hat-trick helped Melbourne Victory to the top of the A-League ladder with a 5-2 win over Melbourne City.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:50:37 +1100    READ MORE

Myanmar army kills detained 'reporter': press body

Myanmar's press council says the army has admitted to shooting dead a man in its custody who activists claim was a reporter detained after covering clashes near the conflict-hit eastern border.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:43:02 +1100    READ MORE

Wanderers grab 1-0 first-leg lead in ACL final

The Wanderers will take a 1-0 aggregate lead into the second leg of the ACL final after a hard-fought win over Al-Hilal.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:24:06 +1100    READ MORE

Vic Labor promises to lift forced adoption contact ban

A law preventing biological parents from contacting children removed in forced adoptions will be overturned if the Victorian Opposition wins next month's election.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:03:02 +1100    READ MORE

Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

A 26-year-old Iranian woman who spent five years on death row for the murder of a former intelligence official has been executed, defying international pressure to spare her life.

She was sentenced to death in accordance with Koranic "qisas" - eye-for-an-eye law - after being found guilty of stabbing dead an older man, Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, with a kitchen knife in 2007.

The UN's human rights rapporteur on Iran said the killing of Sarbandi was an act of self-defence after he tried to sexually assault Ms Jabbari.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki condemned the execution, saying there were "serious concerns with the fairness of the trial".

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:43:15 +1100    READ MORE

Labor claims victory in NSW by-elections

New South Wales Labor leader John Robertson has vowed his party will not let the Hunter region down after claiming victory in two by-elections.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:35:44 +1100    READ MORE

England beats Samoa 32-26 in Four Nations thriller

England has beaten Samoa 32-26 in a Lang Park thriller to kick off the Four Nations tournament.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:11:10 +1100    READ MORE

Marc Marquez sets record with pole for Malaysian MotoGP

Recently crowned world champion Marc Marquez grabbed pole for the Malaysian MotoGP, breaking the single-season record with his 13th pole.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:03:28 +1100    READ MORE

Perth Spirit stun Melbourne Rising to reach NRC decider

Perth Spirit will meet Brisbane City in the inaugural NRC grand final after stunning previously unbeaten Melbourne Rising.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:56:37 +1100    READ MORE

Pakistan in command after putting Australia in a spin in Dubai

Australia failed its spin examination as Pakistan surged into outright favouritism after four days of the first Test in Dubai.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:32:08 +1100    READ MORE

Beijing shutters factories to stem air pollution for APEC meeting

Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli has ordered a temporary shutdown of factories in and around Beijing to ensure air quality during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders next month.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:18:52 +1100    READ MORE

Van Gisbergen takes out race one at Gold Coast 600

Holden driver Shane van Gisbergen has taken out race one at the Gold Coast 600.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:42:09 +1100    READ MORE

Cheika says Beale will not join Wallabies

Michael Cheika says Kurtley Beale won't join the spring tour despite being eligible following his code of conduct hearing.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:39:23 +1100    READ MORE

Google executive jumps from top of stratosphere

A Google executive has set a new record by jumping successfully from near the top of the stratosphere, 41,000 metres high, his project website said.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:34:25 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide wins Cox Plate for Aidan O'Brien

Adelaide has won the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley for Aidan O'Brien, beating Fawkner and Silent Achiever.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:56:55 +1100    READ MORE

Canadians line 'Highway of Heroes' to honour murdered soldier

The body of a Canadian soldier shot dead by an extremist gunman while guarding the country's war memorial in Ottawa has been returned to his home town.

Homegrown radical Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, on Wednesday before running into the parliament building, where he was shot dead near where prime minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers.

Crowds of people lined much of a roughly 500-kilometre route along Lake Ontario, paying their respects as a black hearse, accompanied by dozens of police vehicles, carried the slain soldier past.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:28:44 +1100    READ MORE

Royals hold off Giants to take World Series lead

Kansas City Royals have hit the front in the World Series after beating San Francisco Giants 3-2 in game three.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:25:25 +1100    READ MORE

Rayney's lawyer questions objectivity of police murder review

The lawyer for former Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney is questioning the objectivity of an internal police review into the case of his wife's murder.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:14:24 +1100    READ MORE

Prince of Penzance wins Moonee Valley Cup

The Darren Weir-trained Prince of Penzance has won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup over 2,500m on Cox Plate day.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:51:15 +1100    READ MORE

Australia's mosques throw open their doors

Mosques around the country have thrown open their doors today as part of a government initiative to "shake away misconceptions" about the faith.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:06:54 +1100    READ MORE

Rag-tag Sky Blues now a real team: Arnie

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was full of praise for the Sky Blues' team culture following the 2-0 win over the Roar.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:23:08 +1100    READ MORE

Tests reveal remains found in central Qld are male

Preliminary forensic tests on human bones found in central Queensland earlier this week have revealed the remains are male.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:50:12 +1100    READ MORE

Henley in sole charge after birdie blitz at Sea Island

Russell Henley posted eight birdies as he surged into a one-shot lead in the second round of the US PGA Tour event at Sea Island in Georgia.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:41:56 +1100    READ MORE

Warnings over new acid tattoo removal technique

Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has warned of serious complications from acid tattoo removal and says new laws may be needed to regulate the technique.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:02:12 +1100    READ MORE

Gut organisms could be key to unlocking Western diseases

As the world of gut bacteria and other microscopic organisms in our bodies begins to be explored it turns out the beings are weirder than anyone thought possible.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:52:47 +1100    READ MORE

Man dies after jumping from Glenelg beach jetty

A man dies after jumping off the jetty at Adelaide's Glenelg beach, prompting a warning from lifesavers to take care in the water.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:47:13 +1100    READ MORE

'Fake cop' fronts court over armed robbery

A 29-year-old Gold Coast man has appeared in a Brisbane court accused of impersonating a police officer.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:26:18 +1100    READ MORE

WA's Wheelchairs for Kids founders nominated for award

Two men who are the driving force behind the Wheelchairs for Kids project are nominated for an Australian of the Year award.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:02:11 +1100    READ MORE

Shorten takes gay marriage message to Christian group

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has reasserted his support for same-sex marriage in a speech to a Christian conference, taking aim at those who "insult and demonise people on the basis of who they love".

Mr Shorten made the comments in a speech to the Australian Christian Lobby national conference in Canberra this morning.

"When I hear that people allege that God tells them that marriage equality is the first step to polygamy and bigamy and bestiality, I cannot stay silent," he said. "I simply do not agree."

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:49:46 +1100    READ MORE

Sexting Queensland MP loses preselection bid

Queensland MP Peter Dowling, who gained international media attention for sending pornographic text messages to his mistress, has been dumped by local branch members and will not be the LNP's candidate in the seat of Redlands at the next state election.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:46:27 +1100    READ MORE

Tougher penalties 'won't stop violence in health system'

The Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) says it doubts tough new penalties will stop the violence against medical staff in the health system.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:30:41 +1100    READ MORE

Hong Kong protesters to vote on government proposals

Hong Kong protesters to hold a straw poll on government offer as their democracy campaign enters its fifth week.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:05:28 +1100    READ MORE

Mature Warner turns corner in Test arena

David Warner has turned the corner as a Test cricketer with six hundreds in the past 12 months.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:52:26 +1100    READ MORE

British PM refuses to pay European Union bill

British prime minister David Cameron is refusing to pay the European Union the additional $3 billion it is demanding by December 1.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:37:49 +1100    READ MORE

Victoria's Woori Yallock pub burns down

The Woori Yallock Hotel, which is believed to be about 100 years old, has been destroyed by fire.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:32:38 +1100    READ MORE

WA students learn combined approach to health care

A new approach to health care, known as inter-professional learning, introduced at Curtin University in 2011, teaches students to develop an holistic strategy for patient care.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:15:46 +1100    READ MORE

PGA president fired for insensitive remarks

PGA of America president Ted Bishop has been removed from office by his board of directors for "insensitive gender-based statements" posted on social media at the expense of English golfer Ian Poulter.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:55:50 +1100    READ MORE

Bid for historic bugle to be returned to WA

An 86-year-old Perth woman has taken on a Tasmanian RSL club in a bid to bring her father's World War I bugle back to Western Australia.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:54:11 +1100    READ MORE

Multilateral trade deal inches closer with Sydney meeting

Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb is hosting talks with 11 counterparts in Sydney, as a multilateral trade deal moves closer to reality.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:40:36 +1100    READ MORE

Police hunt trio who attacked sleeping couple

Police are searching for three men who broke into an Adelaide home armed with a garden fork, broom and metal pole and attacked the occupants while they were sleeping.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:30:21 +1100    READ MORE

New York hatchet attack an 'act of terrorism', police say

Police have called an attack by a hatchet-wielding man on a group of New York police officers an act of terrorism, saying the attacker was a radical convert to Islam.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:22:52 +1100    READ MORE

Success stories rise from ashes of Tasmanian bushfires

The bushfires that swept through Dunalley and the Tasman Peninsular two years ago threatened to ruin many lives, but they also inspired some personal and business success

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:35:56 +1100    READ MORE

Serena reaches Singapore semis to finish year as number one

Serena Williams progressed to the semi-finals of the WTA Finals in Singapore and was crowned year-end world number one.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:24:10 +1100    READ MORE

Voters cite corruption as big issue in NSW by-elections

Labor's candidates in today's New South Wales by-elections say they are not taking anything for granted, despite being widely tipped to win.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:22:58 +1100    READ MORE

Fundraising ride to break 'taboo' of drug addiction

A night-time bike ride around Melbourne in January aims to get people talking about the taboo subject of drug and alcohol problems for young people.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:11:11 +1100    READ MORE

Nadal calls time on 2014 after Basel loss

Rafael Nadal lost in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors to Borna Coric and then shut down his season to undergo appendix surgery.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:55:34 +1100    READ MORE

Ex-world champion Mulaudzi dies in car crash

Former world 800 metres champion and Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has died in a car accident in his native South Africa.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:33:13 +1100    READ MORE

Two dead, three critically injured in US school shooting

Two people have died and three remain critically injured after a student opened fire at a United States high school before turning the gun on himself.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:02:15 +1100    READ MORE

NYC to impose quarantine for Ebola healthcare workers

All health workers travelling from Ebola-affected countries to New York City's airports will face a mandatory 21-day quarantine, state governors have announced.

The extra precautions are being put in place after a doctor was admitted to a New York hospital with Ebola days after returning from treating patients in West Africa.

The new state measures exceed federal guidelines, which only require workers to be quarantined if they report showing Ebola-like symptoms.

The announcement came as a two-year-old girl, Mali's first confirmed case of Ebola, died of the disease.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:03:59 +1100    READ MORE

Police probe Canada shooter's email link to terror suspect

Canadian police are investigating whether the man who shot and killed a soldier and stormed into the parliament building in Ottawa had help in plotting his attack.

The attack by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who according to US sources was a recent convert to Islam, came two days after another incident in Quebec.

Police said Zehaf-Bibeau had travelled to the capital seeking a passport and that he had intended to travel to Syria, a hot spot of Islamic State (IS) activity, after recently undergoing a "radicalisation process".

Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Bob Paulson has also revealed investigators had linked Zehaf-Bibeau to someone charged with what he called a terrorist-related offence.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:50:17 +1100    READ MORE

US trying to remake the whole world, Putin says

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of making the world a more dangerous place by imposing a "unilateral diktat", or harsh policies, in international diplomacy.

He also denied Russia wanted to build a new empire or is attempting to undermine the sovereignty of neighbouring countries.

In a speech laced with language reminiscent of the Cold War, Mr Putin shifted blame for the crisis in Ukraine to the West and portrayed Russia as a strong power that would not be forced to beg the West to lift sanctions imposed over the conflict.

He warned that Washington was trying to "remake the whole world" around its own interests and that the risk of international conflicts was growing.

published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:12 +1100    READ MORE

Lankan Rupee wins tight Manikato Stakes

Mick Price-trained favourite Lankan Rupee edged an incredibly tight field to take out the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:49:15 +1100    READ MORE

Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet at gallery opening

Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet while opening an exhibition on the history of communication and information.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:33:22 +1100    READ MORE

New South Wales beat Bulls to make one-day cricket final

New South Wales beat titleholder Queensland by two wickets with only two balls to spare to reach the one-day cup final.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:23:24 +1100    READ MORE

Woman in labour forces emergency plane landing in Bali

A Malaysia Airlines flight has made an emergency landing in Bali after an Australian passenger went into labour.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:08:48 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland girl, 3, critical after balcony fall

A three-year-old girl has been airlifted to Brisbane from North Stradbroke Island in a critical condition after falling from a balcony onto concrete.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:42:03 +1100    READ MORE

Pintupi mark first contact with white Australia

The last remaining group of Indigenous Australians to make contact with white Australia is marking the 30th anniversary of the event.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:29:46 +1100    READ MORE

Sydney FC dismantles winless Roar

Marc Janko's wonder-goal helped Sydney FC beat a lacklustre Brisbane Roar 2-0 to temporarily top the A-League table.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:00:48 +1100    READ MORE

WHO sends Ebola experts to Mali as Europe boosts aid

The World Health Organisation sends experts to Mali to reinforce preparedness for Ebola after the country confirmed its first case of the deadly virus.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:41:30 +1100    READ MORE

Beale fined for sending offensive photo to Wallabies team manager

Kurtley Beale has been fined $45,000 for sending an offensive photo to Di Patston, but the ARU has not torn up his contract.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:15:31 +1100    READ MORE

Sweden calls off search for mystery submarine

Sweden has called off the hunt for a suspected submarine that sparked one of the largest mobilisations of the country's naval forces since the end of the Cold War.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:12:54 +1100    READ MORE

Murdoch vice chancellor resigns amid CCC probe

The Murdoch University vice-chancellor under investigation by WA's anti-corruption watchdog has resigned from his position.

Professor Richard Higgott was last month suspended on full pay after he was reported to the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) by the university.

Murdoch Chancellor David Flanagan said the Senate had accepted Professor Higgott's resignation.

In September, the university senate referred Professor Higgott to the CCC for suspected misconduct.

It did not detail the nature of Professor Higgott's alleged misdemeanours.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:43:21 +1100    READ MORE

Rolling Stones concert tests SA scalping laws

New laws to target ticket scalpers will be put to the test this weekend with the Rolling Stones concert at the Adelaide Oval all but sold out.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:40:15 +1100    READ MORE

Euthanasia advocate dies after appeal for lethal drug

A voluntary euthanasia advocate who used online video to appeal for a lethal drug has died in Darwin, triggering a police investigation.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:16:26 +1100    READ MORE

Toll boss to call Daniel Andrews about East West Link

The Victorian Labor Party's pledge to scrap the East West Link if it wins the November election has been branded "frustrating" and costly by the head of Toll, Australia's largest freight company.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:13:18 +1100    READ MORE

Qld considers protecting genes from discrimination

Queensland could become the first state to protect people from future discrimination if they get a genetic test.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:05:02 +1100    READ MORE

Rebels bikies head to Canberra for meeting

Police have set up traffic operations targeting hundreds of Rebels motorcycle gang members expected in Canberra this weekend.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:59:41 +1100    READ MORE

Bush stone-curlew reintroduced in ACT woodlands

The bush stone-curlew is being reintroduced to Canberra's woodlands after being considered locally extinct for more than 40 years.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:56:09 +1100    READ MORE

Hetty Johnston named Queenslander of the Year

Bravehearts founder and child protection advocate Hetty Johnston is named Queenslander of the Year at a ceremony in Brisbane.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:45:30 +1100    READ MORE

Police detail trouble keeping Luke Batty's father in jail

It is harder now to keep people who breached bail in custody than it was a decade ago, an inquest into the death of Victorian schoolboy Luke Batty has heard.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:43:14 +1100    READ MORE

Pakistan in charge of first Test despite Warner's third-straight ton

Pakistan is in the driving seat of the first Test against Australia despite David Warner hitting a third-consecutive century.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:34:37 +1100    READ MORE

Market finishes higher on mining stocks, Qantas profit statement

The share market finished higher on Friday, after a recovery in mining stocks helped drive gains late in the day.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:29:50 +1100    READ MORE

French journalists handed short jail terms in Papua

Two French journalists detained in Indonesia's Papua province for reporting while on tourist visas have been sentenced to two and half months in jail, their lawyer says.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:29:50 +1100    READ MORE

Muir's second chief of staff quits after two months

The chief of staff to Motoring Enthusiast Party senator Ricky Muir has quit, just two months after taking up the role.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:16:09 +1100    READ MORE

Troy Buswell won't 'misuse' former position: Barnett

WA Premier Colin Barnett has defended former transport minister Troy Buswell's decision to accept a job with a company responsible for building some of the state's major roads.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:14:40 +1100    READ MORE

Ebola 'scary' for paramedics lacking proper training

Australian paramedics say they are unprepared to deal with Ebola cases on home soil and have demanded urgent training.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:06:12 +1100    READ MORE

China sets sights on manned Moon mission: observers

China has launched a robotic probe into space on a mission to fly around the Moon and back, another crucial step forward in its space program.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:01:03 +1100    READ MORE

Fallen WWI soldiers recognised in Tasmania 100 years on

Tasmanian WWI diggers have been recognised as war veterans with the installation of new headstones honouring their service.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:56:38 +1100    READ MORE

Woman jailed for killing Madeley caravan park manager

A mentally ill woman has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years' jail for running down and killing the manager of a caravan park in the Perth suburb of Madeley.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:48:40 +1100    READ MORE

WA Premier says Nationals, ALP 'silly' on council reform

WA Premier Colin Barnett has accused the National and Labor parties of being "silly" for refusing to support legislation to expand the City of Perth's boundaries.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:47:07 +1100    READ MORE

Inquest told no systemic failures despite soldier deaths

A brigadier has testified there were no systemic failures despite the death of three Australian soldiers during an insider attack in Afghanistan, as a coronial inquest ended today in Brisbane.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:32:57 +1100    READ MORE

Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from Paris come to SA

Iconic fashion from some of the world's leading designers will be displayed at an exclusive exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:18:36 +1100    READ MORE

More surgeons for Geelong hospital to cut waiting times

Surgeons from Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital will perform surgery in Geelong in an arrangement that could cut waiting times and may, if successful, be replicated across other regional centres in Victoria.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:06:09 +1100    READ MORE

Wanderers want nothing less than ACL title

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says his team risks being branded as chokers if it fails to fire in the ACL final.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:01:43 +1100    READ MORE

Pacific Islands Forum lifts Fiji's suspension

The Pacific Islands Forum says Fiji's suspension has been officially lifted following the country's return to democracy.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:55:19 +1100    READ MORE

Britons have worse oral health than Romans: study

Britons have worse oral health today than they did in Roman times despite the advent of toothbrushes and dentists, a study has found.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:38:41 +1100    READ MORE

Athletics Australia boss announces resignation

Athletics Australia (AA) has announced chief executive Dallas O'Brien has resigned from his position.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:34:16 +1100    READ MORE

Japan beats Singapore to place in 2016 Super Rugby

Japan has been named as the preferred candidate for Super Rugby's 18th team when the competition expands in 2016.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:24:50 +1100    READ MORE

MH17 victims Wayne and Theresa Baker farewelled in Darwin

Theresa Baker was "full of zest" and her husband was a "mad keen" fisherman, a friend said in their eulogy at a funeral in Darwin.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:23:46 +1100    READ MORE

Flintoff relishing Big Bash clash with Pietersen

Brisbane Heat recruit Andrew Flintoff is looking forward to welcoming former England team-mate Kevin Pietersen to the Gabba.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:17:56 +1100    READ MORE

Amla century, poor New Zealand batting gives South Africa series

Hashim Amla's composed century helped South Africa to within a sniff of reclaiming the one-day top ranking after it beat New Zealand by 72 runs.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:10:15 +1100    READ MORE

Police name Gold Coast man found dead

Police have confirmed the identity of a man found dead in a Gold Coast townhouse, but say his body was not tied to a chair as widely reported.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:56:33 +1100    READ MORE

Man remains in jail accused of assaulting baby boy

A man has been officially refused bail after facing court charged with assaulting a baby boy on the NSW Central Coast last month.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:43:44 +1100    READ MORE

Winderlich to return for Bombers in 2015

Essendon has confirmed veteran Jason Winderlich will play with the Bombers next season.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:42:40 +1100    READ MORE

Wallabies eyeing clean sweep in Europe under Cheika

The Wallabies are en route to London with high hopes of a rare European clean sweep under new coach Michael Cheika.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:26:03 +1100    READ MORE

Cancer patients demand trial drugs rather than placebo

Cancer specialists meeting in Adelaide are grappling with the issue of what to do when a trial patient wants to switch from the placebo group.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:21:12 +1100    READ MORE

'Out-of-control' party hosts found not guilty

The first people charged under WA's out-of-control party laws have been acquitted of any wrongdoing.

Jonathon James French and his friend Travis Thomas Robinson stood trial in the Magistrates Court accused of organising a gathering that became out of control in Padbury in December 2012.

Police were called to the scene amid reports of people throwing bricks, urinating in the street and obstructing traffic.

Magistrate Richard Huston found the men not guilty, ruling that it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the people responsible for the bad behaviour had come from the party organised by Mr French and Mr Robinson.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:57:46 +1100    READ MORE

Happy Trails set for emotional Cox Plate return

For Happy Trails and trainer Paul Beshara, this year's Cox Plate is a second chance in more ways than one.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:52:11 +1100    READ MORE

Federal Government launches financial planner register

The Federal Government is launching a register to name and shame rogue financial planners, but consumer groups and the opposition say it does not go far enough.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:41:58 +1100    READ MORE

Heat and wind play havoc with Tasmanian crops

An unseasonably warm, dry spring is playing havoc with southern Tasmanian cropping farmers.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:34:16 +1100    READ MORE

Gallen apologises for offensive tweet directed at NRL

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has issued a public apology for an offensive social media post attacking the NRL.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:28:44 +1100    READ MORE

'Thrill killer' sentenced over Melbourne double murder

A 21-year-old man who stabbed a Melbourne couple for a thrill will spend 32 years in jail, with a minimum term of 27 years.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:26:28 +1100    READ MORE

Qantas says it has returned to profit

Qantas says the worst is behind it and that it is back making money.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:59 +1100    READ MORE

Nearly 700 sharks killed in Queensland this year

Nearly 700 sharks have been killed in the last year in Queensland's shark control program, but a conservation group says there is no evidence it actually works.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:21:53 +1100    READ MORE

Fall in Margaret River wine sales: report

Wine exports from Western Australia's renowned Margaret River region have dropped in both volume and value in the past year.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:13:09 +1100    READ MORE

Date set for Gough Whitlam state memorial service

A state memorial service will be held in Sydney next month for former prime minister Gough Whitlam.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:00:59 +1100    READ MORE

Child abuse case should have gone to mediation: lawyer

The NSW senior lawyer overseeing part of a six-year-long sexual abuse compensation case that cost $2 million in legal fees has conceded the Crown should have gone to mediation years ago.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:58:08 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide gunsmith and backyard firearms dealer jailed

A backyard firearms manufacturer in Adelaide whose illegal weapons ended up in the hands of bikies has been jailed for 10 years.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:30:02 +1100    READ MORE

EU reaches landmark climate change deal

European Union leaders have reached a landmark climate change deal, including a new target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:28:53 +1100    READ MORE

Wedding ring found at Nazi camp might have Adelaide connection

Archaeologists have made a remarkable find at a former Nazi concentration camp more than seven decades after an Adelaide woman hid her mother's wedding ring from Nazi guards.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:05:17 +1100    READ MORE

Ex-Magpie Beams relieved with trade to Lions

Dayne Beams says he felt like the meat in the sandwich when Brisbane and Collingwood were negotiating his high-profile trade.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:04:15 +1100    READ MORE

Fatal crash victim's card stolen, used in purchases

A credit card stolen from the victim of a fatal crash is being used to make unauthorised purchases around Perth, police say.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:57:12 +1100    READ MORE

Native title rights granted for Qld's Fraser Island

Queensland's popular Fraser Island has been returned to its Indigenous people, with the Federal Court granting native title rights.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:48:27 +1100    READ MORE

Family of fatal assault victim condemns street violence

The family of Joshua Hardy, who died after being assaulted outside a Melbourne fast food restaurant, has pleaded for an end to street violence.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:42:00 +1100    READ MORE

Eagles axe Wilson, Carter from AFL list

Blayne Wilson and Adam Carter have joined Ashley Smith and Jacob Brennan on the chopping block at West Coast.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:33:01 +1100    READ MORE

Unions hand Tas Government alternative savings plan

Tasmanian unions have handed a savings plan to the State Government that they say avoids the axing of another 500 public service jobs.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:33:01 +1100    READ MORE

Hatchet-wielding attacker hacks New York police officers

A hatchet-wielding attacker has charged a group of New York City police officers posing for a photograph, wounding two, one critically, before the assailant was shot dead.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:33:01 +1100    READ MORE

MOFO line-up revealed in Hobart

The line-up for the Museum of Old and New Art's Festival Of Music and Art (MOFO) promises a vibrant mix of music and performance from around the world.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:32:00 +1100    READ MORE

Photo editor's choice: The week in news

Look back at some of the best photos from the past week in news.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:19:58 +1100    READ MORE

Photo editor's choice: The week in sport

Look back at some of the most striking images from the past week in sport, in Australia and around the world.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:19:58 +1100    READ MORE

Students lack science, maths skills, educator warns

Many of today's students will be unable to grapple with key problems of the years ahead unless maths and science learning is boosted in schools, a science educator warns.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:19:58 +1100    READ MORE

Calls for apology for patients of mental health institution

A former patient of a notorious Tasmanian mental institution is renewing calls for an official apology to those who were held there.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:17:41 +1100    READ MORE

Uranium miner slammed in report over Kakadu acid spill

A report has criticised standards at a Kakadu uranium mine, but local Aboriginal people say the investigation process had broken down and they had not been told the report was being released.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:12 +1100    READ MORE

WA abandons catch-and-kill shark program

The Western Australian Government has withdrawn an application for federal approval of its controversial catch-and-kill shark policy, but said it had thrashed out an agreement that would allow it to target sharks posing an imminent threat.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:11:04 +1100    READ MORE

Proposal released to triple the size of Adelaide airport

A new 30-year blueprint for a $2 billion expansion of Adelaide Airport including hotels and multi-storey office buildings and car parks has been released.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:59:52 +1100    READ MORE

Banking regulator outlines likely response to housing investor surge

Investors remain in the firing line as regulators attempt to cool a hot property market.

Rapidly rising property prices in the big cities have forced the Reserve Bank and Australia's banking regulator APRA to confront a threat they denied existed for far longer than they should have - the threat of a property price bubble.

Now there is a strong expectation that intervention is on its way.

The banking regulator APRA has also given a fairly clear indication on what form that intervention will take.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:59:52 +1100    READ MORE

Victim's family makes emotional gun control plea

The family of a man shot dead in central Victoria have made an emotional plea for tighter gun control in regional areas.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:52:57 +1100    READ MORE

Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt election

Ukraine's prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has warned Russia may attempt to disrupt the country's parliamentary elections on Sunday.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:50:40 +1100    READ MORE

Negotiator removed from paramedic pay talks

A senior Health Department negotiator has been removed from pay talks with Victorian paramedics while an investigation takes place into an alleged fake letter designed to discredit the ambulance union.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:46:41 +1100    READ MORE

Alleged bikies face court over shopping centre assault

Three alleged members of a motorcycle gang have faced an ACT court after being charged over an assault outside the Belconnen Westfield shopping centre earlier this month.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:33:58 +1100    READ MORE

Fire causes $1 million damage to Kings Park gym

A fire has caused extensive damage to a day spa connected to a popular health club at Kings Park in Perth.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:21:48 +1100    READ MORE

Rolling Stones back in Adelaide, this time without controversy

The Rolling Stones are back in Australia on tour, but life is a far cry from the tour of more than four decades ago when controversy raged.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:21:48 +1100    READ MORE

SES join search for more bones in Rockhampton

Police say they expect to find out more over the weekend about the identity of human remains found near Rockhampton.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:04:08 +1100    READ MORE

Japan tipped for Super Rugby expansion

The New Zealand Rugby Union says Japan is the preferred option over Singapore to expand Super Rugby in 2016.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:03:02 +1100    READ MORE

Henry says eurozone collapse inevitable, depression unlikely

The former head of the Commonwealth Treasury says his greatest fear is fallout from the collapse of the eurozone, something he says is inevitable.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:42:34 +1100    READ MORE

Doctors transplant heart that had stopped beating

For the first time, Australian doctors have transplanted a heart that had stopped beating in what they say is a paradigm shift for organ donation.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:34:36 +1100    READ MORE

Developers appeal Gold Coast mosque rejection

Developers have launched a legal appeal against the Gold Coast council's decision to reject a proposal for a mosque at Currumbin.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:21:05 +1100    READ MORE

Baddeley in the mix at US PGA event

Aaron Baddeley finished the opening round of the US PGA Tour event in Georgia two shots off the lead.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:35 +1100    READ MORE

Australia needs to go on with strong start: O'Keefe

After five long sessions in the field, Australian debutant Steve O'Keefe says the batsmen now need to score some big tons.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:35 +1100    READ MORE

Fears super contributions can be dropped from payslips

Industry Super raises concerns about the repeal of laws that require super contributions to be shown on payslips.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:35 +1100    READ MORE

Geoff Ogilvy misses cut at Perth International

Charl Schwartzel is well placed for a weekend assault but Geoff Ogilvy has missed the cut at the Perth International.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:11 +1100    READ MORE

Hydro Tasmania's centenary focuses on first power station

Hydro Tasmania is inviting former employees and past residents at Waddamana to celebrate its first hydropower station supplying Hobart.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:38:51 +1100    READ MORE

Gold Coast man questioned after fake officer pulled gun

A man is being questioned by police about an incident where a man pretending to be a police officer pulled a gun on a driver in Brisbane.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:37:41 +1100    READ MORE

ACT's biggest drug seizure nets 28kg of ice

A Curtin man has faced court in connection with a police seizure of about 28 kilograms of methylamphetamine, also known as ice, during the search of a car in Canberra's inner south.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:30:24 +1100    READ MORE

Tough new laws for assaults on Qld nurses, doctors

People who assault nurses, doctors and paramedics will face up to 14 years in prison under tough new Queensland laws.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:25:59 +1100    READ MORE

Lachlan Murdoch hits out at new anti-terror laws

Lachlan Murdoch hits out at new anti-terror laws, saying they put press freedoms under attack.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:23:48 +1100    READ MORE

Brisbane lights up for G20

Security may have dominated the lead-up to next month's G20 in Brisbane, but organisers say it also presents the city with an opportunity to shine - literally.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:22:32 +1100    READ MORE

Two men wanted over 'brazen' armed robberies in Sydney

Police are hunting two men wanted in connection with a spate of daylight armed robberies across Sydney over the past two months, including at newsagencies, service stations, liquor stores and hotels.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:56:27 +1100    READ MORE

Volunteers refuse to fight fire in protest against levy hike

Country Fire Service volunteers in South Australia have refused to fight a fire in protest against a rise to the state's Emergency Services Levy (ESL).

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:53:57 +1100    READ MORE

AFP looking into Victorian government porn ring claims

The Federal Police says it is looking into claims a sacked senior Victorian government adviser ran a pornography ring from Treasury Place offices to see if anything illegal took place.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:39:39 +1100    READ MORE

Lamela goal lights up Spurs' 5-1 Europa League win

Erik Lamela scored a stunning 'rabona' goal to light up the EPL club's Europa League clash with Asteras Tripolis.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:37:45 +1100    READ MORE

Ebola alert in New York after doctor tests positive

New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio has called for calm after a doctor in the city was put into isolation following a positive test for the deadly Ebola virus.

Doctor Craig Spencer tested positive after returning from a stint working with Ebola victims in Guinea, one of the three West African nations at the centre of the outbreak which has killed at least 4,900 people.

New York authorities said Dr Spencer had travelled on the city's subway before being diagnosed but said the risk of fellow passengers having been exposed to Ebola was extremely low.

The doctor's Harlem apartment has been sealed off, but the rest of the building is still open.

"Every hospital in the city is prepared in the event that other patients come forward," Mr de Blasio said.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:31:44 +1100    READ MORE

Canadian gunman had troubled, transient past

The Islamic convert that police say killed a soldier in Ottawa and then rampaged through Canada's parliament before being shot dead was a misfit and perhaps mentally ill, according to friends and family, while his troubled and transient past included robbery and drug offences.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:13:47 +1100    READ MORE

How cattleman Arthur Hopkins met Gough Whitlam

The day cattleman Arthur Hopkins returned home for the first time in 66 years and re-discovered his long-lost family, he also met Gough Whitlam.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:11:33 +1100    READ MORE

Three alternative systems of political donations in the NT

The Northern Territory Labor party has called for a wide-ranging inquiry into political donations, so what are the alternatives to the Territory's current campaign funding system?

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:49:02 +1100    READ MORE

Wall St jumps on earnings and optimism

Wall Street jumped on strong corporate earnings and positive economic data from the US, China and Europe.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:45:57 +1100    READ MORE

Comet smells like rotten eggs, horse urine, alcohol

Rotten eggs, horse urine, alcohol, and bitter almonds: this is the bouquet of odours you would smell if a comet in deep space could be brought back to Earth, European scientists say.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:45:57 +1100    READ MORE

Pets could be allowed on Canberra's ACTION buses

Canberra bus users are being asked to comment on whether pets should be allowed on ACTION buses.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:39:03 +1100    READ MORE

Royal guard arrested after ammunition found

A police officer who guards Britain's royal family has been arrested after ammunition was found in lockers in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, Scotland Yard has said.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:35:52 +1100    READ MORE

Australian War Memorial security under review

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra is reviewing security after a gunman attacked Canada's parliament.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:22:27 +1100    READ MORE

Isis Downs Shearing Shed celebrates century

A renowned shearing shed in Queensland's west will open its doors to the public for one day only as it marks its centenary.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:09:35 +1100    READ MORE

Families SA should not investigate its carers: Anglicare

South Australian Government child protection agency Families SA should be stripped of its power to investigate complaints against its carers, according to Anglicare.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:01:53 +1100    READ MORE

Devonport court faces uncertain future

There are more concerns about the provision of court services in regional Tasmania as the State Government reviews the future of Devonport Magistrates Court.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:57:22 +1100    READ MORE

Murray, Ferrer cruise into Valencia last eight

Andy Murray inched closer to a place at the ATP World Tour Finals, beating Fabio Fognini to reach the Valencia Open quarter-finals.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:43:12 +1100    READ MORE

Victorian cemeteries guide launched

A guide to the history and heritage of Victoria's cemeteries will be launched today in what the State Government calls an Australian first.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:43:12 +1100    READ MORE

Islamic State continues fight for territory in Iraq

IS militants surround Mt Sinjar, trapping more Yazidis, as another village in Anbar province falls to militants.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:21:46 +1100    READ MORE

Federer shrugs off slow start to reach Basel quarters

Roger Federer shrugged off dropping the first set against Denis Istomin to win and reach the Swiss Indoors quarters.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:18:35 +1100    READ MORE

Pair charged after 300km police pursuit

A man and a teenager are charged with armed robbery after a 300-kilometre police pursuit that started in Dandenong and ended near Lakes Entrance in Victoria's east.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:03:01 +1100    READ MORE

Man charged over White House security scare

A man who jumped the White House fence, on the same day as the Canadian parliament shooting, wanted to 'talk to the president'.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:46:31 +1100    READ MORE

Sign language interpreter in ACT Parliament for first time

Debate in the ACT's Parliament has been translated into sign language for the first time.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:43:32 +1100    READ MORE

Boko Haram abducts dozens more girls in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants have been accused of abducting 25 more girls, despite a reported truce and talks to free 200 others.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:24:11 +1100    READ MORE

Papua New Guinea to set up anti-corruption hotline

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has announced a hotline will be set up for people to report incidents of police brutality.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:31:30 +1100    READ MORE

Footage shows Canadian gunman storming parliament

Canadian authorities have released CCTV footage of the moment gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed the nation's parliament.

The footage shows people running away from the gunman as well as officers in pursuit of the 32-year-old.

The parliament reopened with a standing ovation for its sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers, who shot Zehaf-Bibeau after he had killed a soldier and stormed the building.

Under tight security, politicians returned to Ottawa's Parliament Hill complex, where prime minister Stephen Harper said the government would "be vigilant" to threats but "not run scared".

Members of parliament rose to their feet in applause for Mr Vickers, who is being hailed a national hero.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:05:29 +1100    READ MORE

Schumacher's recovery will take years: doctor

A doctor treating Michael Schumacher says the former Formula One champion was making progress, but will need years to recover.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:10:19 +1100    READ MORE

UN rights body calls for open elections in Hong Kong

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has backed Hong Kong protesters who are calling for full democratic elections in 2017.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:06:06 +1100    READ MORE

Gang violence drives Central Americans across border into US

Tens of thousands of women and children from Central America are risking robbery, sexual abuse and death as they make the journey to a new life in the US.

published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:18:32 +1100    READ MORE

N Korea halts foreign tours over Ebola fears: agents

North Korea will close its borders to foreign tourists this week due to Ebola fears, travel agencies say.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:59:32 +1100    READ MORE

Finalists announced in 2014 Walkley Awards

The finalists in the 2014 Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism have been announced at events in Sydney and Melbourne.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:44:01 +1100    READ MORE

Folau emphatically takes out John Eales Medal

Israel Folau has won the John Eales Medal for Wallabies player of the year in just his second year in the code.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:19:39 +1100    READ MORE

Murder charges laid in deaths of man, woman and son

A 63-year-old man has been charged with three counts of murder following a four-hour siege in Wedderburn in central Victoria.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:56:05 +1100    READ MORE

Rejection of costly Hep C treatment a 'death sentence'

Liver experts have been told the recent decision by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee to refuse subsidies for a breakthrough treatment for Hepatitis C has effectively delivered a death sentence to up to 50,000 Australians who will die from the disease in the next few years.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:12:34 +1100    READ MORE

Four detained over plane crash involving snow plough

Russia has detained four Moscow airport employees over a plane crash which killed the head of French oil giant Total, investigators say.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:53:16 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmanian women cyclists on top of the world

Tasmania's reputation for producing world class cyclists has been cemented in recent months by a promising bunch of young women.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:42:56 +1100    READ MORE

Bhutan's riding royal brings education cause to Canberra

The Queen Mother of Bhutan promotes her passion for women and girls' education during an official visit to Canberra.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:15:13 +1100    READ MORE

US-led air strikes kill 553 people in Syria: monitor

Air strikes by US-led forces in Syria have killed 553 people during a month-long campaign, an activist group monitoring the violence says.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:52:33 +1100    READ MORE

iiNet fights threat to name those who illegally download

Australian internet users who download films illegally from torrent websites could face claims of thousands of dollars if a Hollywood film company gets its way in the Federal Court.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:44:02 +1100    READ MORE

Sharapova loses to Kvitova as Williams bounces back

Maria Sharapova is only a mathematical chance to end the year ranked number one after another loss at the WTA Finals.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:41:50 +1100    READ MORE

No change to MRM water license, despite lead levels

The NT EPA will not make any changes to the McArthur River Mine's water license, despite report finding fish have unsafe lead levels.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:24:31 +1100    READ MORE

Local share market ends lower after modest fall

The local share market has ended down for the first time in eight sessions, though it was a very modest fall.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:23:26 +1100    READ MORE

Flintoff to play for Heat in BBL

The Brisbane Heat have announced the signing of former England star Andrew Flintoff for the Big Bash league season.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:19:29 +1100    READ MORE

Government waters down proposed anti-protest laws

The Tasmanian Government has moved to water down its controversial anti-protest laws.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:14:11 +1100    READ MORE

Australia starts well in response to brilliant Pakistan on day two

Australia's openers laid an excellent platform late on day two after Pakistan's batsmen shone again in Dubai.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:04:44 +1100    READ MORE

ACT politician's son sentenced over armed robbery

The son of an ACT politician has received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a knifepoint robbery in Canberra last year.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:55:34 +1100    READ MORE

Teen jockey who died in race fall farewelled in SA

More than 1,200 people have attended the public funeral service for young apprentice jockey Caitlin Forrest at Morphetville Racecourse in Adelaide.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:51:58 +1100    READ MORE

Japanese minister's staff visited Hiroshima bondage bar

Japan's new industry minister has admitted that some of his staff spent office money at a sex bar, the third political scandal to hit the Japanese cabinet this week.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:50:56 +1100    READ MORE

Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm fails to sell at auction

Businessman Nathan Tinkler's thoroughbred training and breeding property in the Gold Coast hinterland has failed to sell at auction.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:30:12 +1100    READ MORE

Gap between student performance wider since Gonski: report

The gap between student performance at Australia's richest and poorest schools has widened in the three years since the Gonski report into education was delivered, a new report has found.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:21:05 +1100    READ MORE

One in five ACT public servants bullied: survey

About a fifth of ACT public servants have experienced bullying in the workplace, a survey has found.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:09:08 +1100    READ MORE

Tassie town abuzz as The Cleaner sets off

Cox Plate fever has gripped the northern Tasmanian town of Longford as local plate contender The Cleaner sets off for Melbourne.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:05:26 +1100    READ MORE

Infectious diseases expert named as Australia's Ebola tsar

One of Australia's leading doctors has been appointed the country's Ebola tsar with the job of overseeing the response to the epidemic.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00:26 +1100    READ MORE

Female gamers and developers threatened in 'gamergate' dispute

Female video game developers and critics in Australia say they have been threatened with rape and murder as part of a vicious dispute that has gripped the global gaming community.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:26:29 +1100    READ MORE

Doctors who helped paralysed man walk seek patients

A team of doctors who helped a paralysed man walk again say they are seeking new patients so they can establish their breakthrough was not a one-off.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:46:52 +1100    READ MORE

Demolition of Gough Whitlam's childhood home halted

The demolition of Gough Whitlam's childhood home has been halted by the granting of an interim protection order.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:33:14 +1100    READ MORE

Former Blackwater guards guilty of Baghdad killings

A US federal jury has found three former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter, and a fourth of murder, in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:33:14 +1100    READ MORE

Bulldogs pinch Morris from Dragons on four-year deal

Brett Morris will play alongside his twin Josh next NRL season after signing a four-year deal with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:29:18 +1100    READ MORE

Convicted Perth drug dealer drops PTSD claim

A convicted Perth drug dealer has dropped his claim that post-traumatic stress disorder, suffered as a result of his service in the Army, may have contributed to his offending.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:27:02 +1100    READ MORE

Officials don't believe MP assisted surrogacy couple

Foreign affairs officials say they do not believe any federal politicians advocated on behalf of an Australian couple who abandoned one of their surrogate babies in India.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:23:09 +1100    READ MORE

Drunken petrol attack on police officer leads to jail

A man who doused an Adelaide police officer with petrol and tried to set him alight has been jailed.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:09:46 +1100    READ MORE

Wade shocked by record round and lead at Perth International

Victoria's John Wade has hit the lead at the Perth International, but West Australian Michael Sim is not far behind.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:03:46 +1100    READ MORE

Thaw reveals Scott of the Antarctic expedition notebook

A photographic notebook from Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been discovered after a century trapped in ice.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:56:47 +1100    READ MORE

Thousands enjoy People's Day at Royal Hobart Show

At least 15,000 people have poured through the gates on People's Day, the second day of the Royal Hobart Show.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:52:30 +1100    READ MORE

Kyrgios among Newcombe Medal nominees

Nick Kyrgios, Samantha Stosur, Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt have been nominated for the Newcombe Medal.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:37:37 +1100    READ MORE

Suspended professor is 'collateral damage', lawyers say

Lawyers for suspended Sydney University professor Barry Spurr have told the Federal Court he is collateral damage in a political attack on the Federal Government by the New Matilda website over the national curriculum review.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:19:03 +1100    READ MORE

Rare whale washes up on Sunshine Coast

Marine experts will examine a rare deep sea whale that has washed up on a Queensland beach.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:15:07 +1100    READ MORE

Man tells court his confession to shooting was fake

A man accused of shooting at an Auburn home, injuring a woman inside, tells court his confession was fake.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:04:30 +1100    READ MORE

Man arrested in central Canberra over alleged assault

A man wanted in connection to an alleged assault has been arrested during a police operation near a government building in Canberra.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:02:27 +1100    READ MORE

Player of the year Burgess defends NRL over departures

Sam Burgess leapt to the NRL's defence moments after being named the RLIF International Player of the Year.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:01:03 +1100    READ MORE

Man arrested after 300km car chase across Victoria

A man is arrested after a dramatic four-hour police pursuit across 300 kilometres of eastern Victoria.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:40:09 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide coach breaches child sex offender laws

A respected and highly sought after Adelaide tennis coach has been jailed for working with children in breach of child sex offender laws.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:40:09 +1100    READ MORE

Royals level World Series with big win over Giants

The Kansas City Royals levelled the World Series at 1-1 after beating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:35:37 +1100    READ MORE

Premier vows to continue with city expansion plans

West Australian Premier's Colin Barnett has vowed to push ahead with plans to expand the City of Perth's boundaries, despite the WA Nationals leader confirming he would not support the relevant legislation.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:21:32 +1100    READ MORE

Reebok fined for false claims about muscle toning shoes

The Federal Court has ordered Reebok Australia to pay $350,000 for making false claims about its EasyTone shoes.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:03:54 +1100    READ MORE

Goodfellas actor sues over Simpsons mafia character

Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero has sued Fox Television for $285 million for allegedly ripping off his 'wise guy' cinematic character and using it on the long-running and highly successful television program The Simpsons.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:01:01 +1100    READ MORE

Woman held over body find in Gold Coast unit

The body of a man has been found reportedly tied to a chair in a Gold Coast townhouse, with police questioning a woman led from the scene by officers.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:58:35 +1100    READ MORE

Grants to community groups extended ahead of new arrangements

The Federal Government says it will extend about 1,400 different grants to community and social services groups for another two months while it makes decisions about future programs.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:54:37 +1100    READ MORE

Political donations 'open my door': David Tollner

The former deputy chief minister of the NT Government has argued against an inquiry into "dodgy" political donations but said making a donation "opens my door".

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:49:37 +1100    READ MORE

Aboriginal man dies in prison, as hundreds rally

A 31-year-old Aboriginal man has died in a Perth prison, and hundreds have rallied around the state to protest against Aboriginal deaths in custody.

It is the second death in custody in WA in three months.

Protesters have marched in Perth, South Hedland and Geraldton demanding answers over the death of a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman in police custody in August.

Ms Dhu, 22, died after being locked up in the South Hedland Police Station over unpaid fines.

Head of the Deaths in Watch Committee Marc Newhouse says people want answers.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:44:19 +1100    READ MORE

Australia finds reverse swing in Dubai

Australia's pace bowlers have found reverse swing is definitely on offer in the Dubai Test against Pakistan.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:40:45 +1100    READ MORE

Baby killed in 'terrorist attack' as car ploughs into pedestrians in Jerusalem

Israel blames Hamas after a man targets pedestrians at a Jerusalem tram stop, killing a baby and injuring six more people.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:19:13 +1100    READ MORE

Khawaja out for Bulls with broken thumb

Queensland star Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the interstate one-day cup final with a broken thumb.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:19:13 +1100    READ MORE

Can anyone beat the Rolling Stones for music longevity?

Currently in Australia, the Rolling Stones are still touring five decades since they first formed, but they are not alone in their longevity.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:16:54 +1100    READ MORE

Man jailed for raping man who owed drug debt

A man convicted of bashing and raping another man with a beer bottle over a $2,500 drug debt has been sentenced to nearly seven years in jail.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:11:43 +1100    READ MORE

Lawyers allegedly 'wore plaintiffs down' in sex abuse case

NSW Government lawyers have been accused of trying to "wear the plaintiffs down" in a case involving children who suffered horrendous abuse in a children's home called Bethcar.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:58:00 +1100    READ MORE

Boart Longyear does $401m private equity bailout deal

Troubled mining company Boart Longyear has struck a bailout deal with US private equity firm and debt financer, Centerbridge Partners.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:50:27 +1100    READ MORE

Sydney's Sculpture By The Sea, in pictures

Beaches and parks on the Sydney coastline become outdoor art galleries for the 18th annual Sculpture By The Sea festival.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:41:45 +1100    READ MORE

Breaking Bad dolls with meth gear pulled from shelves

US retail giant Toys R Us has removed a series of Breaking Bad dolls from its shelves following complaints the drug-themed toys were not appropriate for children.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:38:16 +1100    READ MORE

Threats to Queensland's high-ranking officials reviewed

The Queensland Police Commissioner has ordered a review of security threats to the state's high-ranking government officials following a gunman's attack on the Canadian parliament.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:24:53 +1100    READ MORE

CSIRO sheds light on new ship's power problems

A senior CSIRO bureaucrat has revealed more details about a power-supply issue that has dogged its new multi-million dollar research ship, the RV Investigator.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:19:28 +1100    READ MORE

Luke Batty inquest: Father was '100 per cent bad'

A police officer involved with the family violence case between Rosie Batty and her former partner Greg Anderson says he was "astounded" Anderson was released on bail before he killed their son.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:12:43 +1100    READ MORE

Teacher jailed by SA court over child porn

A teacher who admitted child pornography offences has been jailed for two years and nine months by an Adelaide court.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:11:35 +1100    READ MORE

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