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Anna Meares wins third straight gold medal in 500m TT

Australia has won two gold medals on the track in Glasgow, highlighted by Anna Meares's win in the 500m time-trial.

published: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:19:04 +1000    READ MORE

Micro dairy brings boutique milk to Melbourne's cafes

In a back street in the inner city Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, a small dairy has quietly opened its doors.

Saint David Dairy, named after the street in which it is located, started a year ago with no customers and a dream to bottle milk the old-fashioned way.

Today, it has over 100 customers - mostly the inner city cafes frequented by hipsters and coffee snobs.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:35:59 +1000    READ MORE

MH17 victims' families likely to be eligible for compensation

The families of those killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 should be eligible for compensation from the Federal Government under its new Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment Act.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:56:26 +1000    READ MORE

Ex-detective threatened Hodson with gun, inquest hears

An inquest has heard slain Victorian police informer Terence Hodson was threatened with a gun by former detective, Paul Dale.

Hodson and his wife Christine were shot dead in their Kew home in Melbourne's inner-east, in 2004.

Their son Andrew appeared at their inquest late today, where his police statements were read out.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:49:14 +1000    READ MORE

Air Algerie plane crashes with 110 passengers on board, officials say

An Air Algerie flight has crashed en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, almost half of them French citizens, officials say.

An Algerian official told Reuters the plane had crashed en route to Algiers, but declined to give details of where the plane was or what caused the accident.

Burkino Faso's transport minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago said the aircraft asked to change route at 1:38am GMT(11:38am AEST) on Thursday because of a storm in the area.

An Air Algerie representative in Burkina Faso, Kara Terki, told a news conference that all the passengers on the plane were in transit, either for Europe, the Middle East or Canada.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:04:03 +1000    READ MORE

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke still fighting old foes

Dr Philip Nitschke, the face of assisted suicide in Australia, is a controversial and divisive figure whose methods have fallen foul of the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:36:26 +1000    READ MORE

Jetstar cabin crew staff lose back pay battle

Jetstar cabin crew staff who were recruited in Asia and paid less than their Australian colleagues have lost their bid for thousands of dollars in back pay.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:34:52 +1000    READ MORE

Gillard offered to stand aside for me in spill, says Combet

Former Labor Minister Greg Combet has told 7.30 that Julia Gillard offered to step aside for him in the 2013 leadership ballot against Kevin Rudd.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:13:18 +1000    READ MORE

Sudanese Christian woman in Italy after escaping death sentence

A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome on Thursday on an Italian government plane, officials said.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:14 +1000    READ MORE

Cane toad's push to colder south surprises experts

An outback roadhouse has become the frontline for the cane toads' push into southern Australia, with the amphibians surprising the experts by adapting to cool, dry conditions and building up to plague proportions.

The Renner Springs Desert Inn was previously thought to be too far south for the cane toads to live, but co-owner Alan Revell said masses of the animals now called the area home.

"Certainly there were hundreds and hundreds at any given time," Mr Revell said.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:24:51 +1000    READ MORE

Coal company wants 'unconstitutional' law struck out

A coal company that lost mining exploration licences after a corruption finding has launched legal action in the High Court to have the licences reinstated.

Cascade Coal's licences were cancelled under New South Wales legislation after a 2013 finding by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The ICAC investigated whether former Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald conspired to defraud the state over the granting of a mining licence.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:23:49 +1000    READ MORE

Finance stocks help share market to six-year high

The Australian share market rose modestly on thursday to close at a fresh six-year record high.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:56:59 +1000    READ MORE

MH17 victim Liliane Derden remembered in Canberra

An ACT mother of two aboard the doomed MH17 flight has been remembered as a devoted mother and partner whose laughter could brighten any room.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:27:21 +1000    READ MORE

Nitschke medical suspension 'no surprise'

The close friend of a Perth man who committed suicide after communicating with doctor Philip Nitschke says he is not surprised the voluntary euthanasia advocate has been suspended from practising as a medical practitioner.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:15:17 +1000    READ MORE

AFP officers readying to join MH17 security force

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says 50 federal police officers are on standby to help secure the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site.

Mr Abbott says the AFP officers are in London awaiting approval for an international force to secure the site of the crash, which killed 298 people including 37 Australian citizens and residents.

He says while the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine has improved, there is a long way to go to gain free and unfettered access to the crash site.

"On the site, it is still clear that nothing is happening without the approval of the armed rebels, who most likely brought the plane down in the first place," he said.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:08:59 +1000    READ MORE

Newman, Bleijie meet with senior Queensland judges

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says he and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie have had a very productive and frank meeting with members of the judiciary.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:06:54 +1000    READ MORE

Bob Geldof labels lack of HIV funding 'disgraceful'

Musician and activist Sir Bob Geldof has called for more foreign aid funding from wealthy countries, including Australia, to defeat the spread of HIV in the developing world.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:42:59 +1000    READ MORE

US lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll rises

Israel has won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its conflict with Gaza war, with the lifting of US and European bans on commercial flights to Tel Aviv.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:34:26 +1000    READ MORE

MH17 sanctions threatened by arms deals with Russia

Revelations about not just French but British arms deals with Russia are undercutting attempts by the European Union to impose economic sanctions and put pressure on Vladimir Putin.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:23:11 +1000    READ MORE

Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager

Doctors have extracted more than 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager during a seven-hour operation.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:17:58 +1000    READ MORE

Criminalisation of homosexual behaviour in Pacific countries undermining HIV efforts

Health advocates say laws banning homosexual acts are undermining efforts to prevent and treat HIV in the Pacific.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:40 +1000    READ MORE

Serial litigant fights move to block him from courts

A serial litigant who has lost count of the number of times he has been to court is fighting the New South Wales Government's moves to limit his access to the legal system.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:48:34 +1000    READ MORE

Woman killed after bus crashes off Great Ocean Road

A woman has been killed and six people injured after a bus veered off the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

The bus crashed at Princetown, south-east of Port Campbell about 2:00pm (AEST) on Thursday.

A man is in a critical condition and three others who were seriously injured have been flown to Melbourne.

The first witness at the scene described the crash as "horrific".

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:04:16 +1000    READ MORE

DPP loses bid to increase Chloe Valentine manslaughter sentences

A court has decided against increasing jail sentences on an Adelaide mother and her former partner over the death of the woman's four-year-old daughter.

South Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions argued unsuccessfully the sentences were manifestly inadequate.

Chloe Valentine died of her injuries after repeatedly crashing a motorbike her mother and the woman's now-former partner forced her to ride in a backyard.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:02:03 +1000    READ MORE

Hockey says destiny will decide if he becomes PM

Treasurer Joe Hockey is keeping his leadership embers burning as an ill-timed biography hits the streets.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:02 +1000    READ MORE

Mother of baby found dead in hot car not guilty of manslaughter

A Bendigo woman whose daughter died after being left in a hot car was found not guilty of manslaughter by a Supreme Court jury.

Jayde Poole's six-month-old daughter Bella Poole was found dead in December 2012.

Ms Poole, 29, told police she thought the child was asleep in her cot and could not explain why she had forgotten to get Bella out of the car.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:34 +1000    READ MORE

Sexual assault suspects rise through ranks, ADF memo reveals

Suspected sexual predators have risen to powerful positions in the Australian Defence Force with one attaining the rank of colonel, or an equivalent post, documents released under Freedom of Information reveal.

A 2013 ministerial briefing, signed by former Defence chief General David Hurley, shows what action was being considered to deal with allegations of abuse at ADFA.

The Defence memo said 15 of those suspected of involvement in a series of sexual assaults, known as the ADFA 24 cases, were still serving officers.

ADFA 24 refers to about two-dozen unresolved cases of sexual abuse at the Canberra military college in the 1990s.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:22:47 +1000    READ MORE

Research challenges perception that suicide is a selfish act

Presenting new research at a national suicide prevention conference in Perth the mental health group, SANE Australia, says the study challenges the long-held public perception that suicide is a selfish act.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:12:52 +1000    READ MORE

New cameras to target unregistered Queensland vehicles

New cameras deployed to catch thousands of unregistered cars on Queensland roads are expected to generate up to $12 million in fines in the first year.

From October, the fixed and mobile cameras will scan about 600,000 registration plates every week.

They are expected to reap up to $12 million worth of additional fines yearly.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:58:28 +1000    READ MORE

Australian housing values vulnerable to rates rise

A new report shows current Australian home prices are effectively a gamble on interest rates staying near record lows.

The report from Moody's Analytics finds that Australian home prices are generally around their 'fair value' at current interest rates, and under existing government housing subsidies.

However, the report warns that all of Australia's housing markets, except South Australia, would be overvalued if interest rates rose back to normal levels and pushed up mortgage repayments.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:40:16 +1000    READ MORE

Squatters leave Venezuela's 'Tower of David' super slum

Thousands of squatters have started moving out of an abandoned skyscraper in Venezuela, dubbed the world's tallest shanty-town.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:15:23 +1000    READ MORE

Hundreds gather for Darwin memorial service for three NT residents on MH17

Darwin's largest church has been filled to capacity for a commemorative service for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.

Prayers were dedicated to the communities of Maningrida and Palmerston, which are grieving for the three Territory residents who died in the crash.

The service ended with people signing condolence books at Darwin's St Mary's Cathedral for the families of remote school teacher Emma Bell and long-term Territory public servants Theresa and Wayne Baker.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:58 +1000    READ MORE

Bollywood films 'influenced man accused of stalking'

A man charged with stalking was influenced by Bollywood films, believing his persistence with women would pay off, a court has heard.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:43:32 +1000    READ MORE

Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the answer

Are we alone? Pollution in space may help reveal the presence of an industrialised alien society, according to a study by US astrophysicists.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:38:51 +1000    READ MORE

Games opening ceremony: The seven best Scottish moments

Friday morning's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony offered a quirky celebration of Scottish culture. Here's our pick of the ceremony's most Scottish moments.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:21:58 +1000    READ MORE

Suspended Nitschke hits out at 'dirty little midnight assassination'

Voluntary euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has hit out at his suspension by the Medical Board of Australia as a "dirty little midnight assassination," saying he had very little to do with a Perth man who took his own life.

The board last night suspended Dr Nitschke after he supported Nigel Brayley, 45, in his decision to commit suicide, despite knowing he was not terminally ill.

"My feeling is in retrospect that this a clear case of a person deciding to die rather than spend the next 20 years in jail," Dr Nitschke said, referring to Mr Brayley as an "alleged serial killer".

Police were treating the 2011 death of Mr Brayley's wife Lina as a murder case, but Mr Brayley was never named as a suspect.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:05:56 +1000    READ MORE

Peter Slipper still to face dishonesty charges

Former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper must face dishonesty charges after an application to have his case thrown out was dismissed by the ACT Magistrates Court.

A hearing began this week into charges that Slipper misused his parliamentary Cabcharge allowance on three occasions in 2010 before he was appointed speaker.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:05:56 +1000    READ MORE

Victorian meat processor suspends exports to Russia

A meat processor in south-west Victoria has suspended lamb exports to Russia to send a "strong message" to the country's president Vladimir Putin over the MH17 plane disaster.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:57:42 +1000    READ MORE

Facebook profit jumps on continued rise in mobile advertising

Facebook says its fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61 per cent increase in revenue in the second quarter.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:55:05 +1000    READ MORE

Westfield stabbing accused wins security footage bid

Lawyers for a man accused of a fatal stabbing in a western Sydney shopping centre have won their bid to access security footage of the alleged attack.

Kazem Mohammadi Payam is accused of killing his ex-partner's boyfriend Nabil Naser in front of shoppers and staff during a heated argument at Parramatta Westfield shopping centre on July 7.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:36:39 +1000    READ MORE

Judges reserve decision on quashing Eastman conviction

The full bench of the ACT Supreme Court has reserved its decision on whether it should support recommendations to quash the murder conviction against David Eastman.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:37 +1000    READ MORE

Mangroves painting wins Waterhouse Art Prize

Queensland artist Carole King has won the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize with a painting of tropical mangroves.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:43 +1000    READ MORE

Botched execution leaves man dying for nearly two hours

An death row prisoner takes nearly two hours to die after being injected with an experimental cocktail in the US state of Arizona.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:16:30 +1000    READ MORE

Paracetamol no better than placebo for back pain: study

The most common pain reliever for back pain, paracetamol, does not work any better than a placebo, according to a new Australian study.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:11:19 +1000    READ MORE

Hoon driver jailed for airborne ute crash into tree

An Adelaide driver has been jailed for seriously injuring his mate when his utility became airborne and crashed into a tree.

Peter Arnold, 60, said he could not remember the crash and he apologised to his friend at a previous hearing over the severe injuries his driving caused.

The judge said the case showed age was no barrier to hoon driving.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:09:44 +1000    READ MORE

Memorial service held in Melbourne for MH17 victims

Hundreds of people have attended a multi-faith memorial service for the victims of Malaysia Airways MH17 at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:58:03 +1000    READ MORE

Kookaburras not settling for less than Commonwealth Games gold

Australia's Kookaburras have their sights set on hockey gold in Glasgow, and will deem anything less a failure.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:45:41 +1000    READ MORE

NZ Reserve Bank's rate rises offer warning for Australian borrowers

New Zealand's Reserve Bank has lifted interest rates for the fourth meeting in row, taking the cash rate to 3.5 per cent.

The central bank across the Tasman has now indicated a pause in rate rises, but only a temporary one as it aims to return rates to normal, with the New Zealand economy expected to grow at 3.7 per cent this year.

At least one economist is warning Australian borrowers that New Zealand's rate rise cycle should caution against being too complacent that rates here will stay at record lows for years to come.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:43:31 +1000    READ MORE

'Grave concerns' for Christmas Island detainees

Almost all of the child asylum seekers on Christmas Island are reportedly sick and distressed, with many wetting the bed and some developing severe speech impediments.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:43:31 +1000    READ MORE

Stolen Melbourne VFL premiership flag found on eBay

A 1948 VFL premiership flag stolen from Melbourne Football Club has been found in southern New South Wales.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:27 +1000    READ MORE

Auschwitz war crimes suspect dies in US hospital

A former Nazi concentration camp guard accused of war crimes has died while awaiting extradition to Germany from the USA.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:15:56 +1000    READ MORE

MH17: Malaysia struggles to come to terms with twin tragedies

Malaysia is a country struggling to come to terms with two tragedies; too much grief, in too short a time.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:54:47 +1000    READ MORE

Terriers steal show as Games officially opened

Forty-one furry bundles of joy stole the show as the 20th Commonwealth Games burst into life in Glasgow.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:39:36 +1000    READ MORE

ACT ambulance response times 'quickest in Australia'

Canberra has the quickest ambulance response times of all Australian capital cities for life-threatening emergencies, according to an independent report.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:30:31 +1000    READ MORE

Philip Nitschke suspended by medical board

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has been suspended by the Medical Board of Australia, which says he "presents a serious risk to public health and safety".

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:26:47 +1000    READ MORE

UN to probe possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza

The United Nations has launched an international inquiry into allegations of human rights violations and war crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:57:32 +1000    READ MORE

Top Ukraine rebel acknowledges fighters had Buk missile

A powerful pro-Russian separatist leader has confirmed that rebels had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, and it could have originated in Russia.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:57:32 +1000    READ MORE

Obama congratulates Indonesia's Joko Widodo

US president Barack Obama has called Joko Widodo to congratulate him on his victory in Indonesia's "free and fair" presidential elections, the White House says.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:32:06 +1000    READ MORE

Commonwealth Games opening ceremony: as it happened

The Queen has declared the Glasgow Commonwealth Games open. Look back on the events of the opening ceremony.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:24:08 +1000    READ MORE

Bomb blasts in northern Nigeria kill at least 82

Two bomb blasts in northern Nigeria's Kaduna city have killed at least 82 people, officials say.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:10 +1000    READ MORE

First MH17 victims arrive in the Netherlands

The bodies of the first victims from the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week have arrived at a military base in the Netherlands.

The 40 bodies were flown to the Eindhoven air base from Ukraine in a Dutch Hercules C-130 and a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17.

Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joined the Dutch king and queen and prime minister Mark Rutte to receive the bodies.

Thousands of people lined the 100-kilometre route and watched from motorway bridges as the cortege travelled from Eindhoven to the military base at Hilversum. The bodies will remain there until they can be identified, a task that could take months.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:07:14 +1000    READ MORE

Rebels down Ukrainian warplanes near MH17 crash site

Ukraine says pro-Russian rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board.

published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:54 +1000    READ MORE

Scores dead as plane crashes during landing in Taiwan

A TransAsia Airways plane has crashed while attempting an emergency landing in Taiwan, killing 47 people.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:31:38 +1000    READ MORE

Australian Richard Flanagan on Booker Prize long list

Australian author Richard Flanagan has made a long list of 13 for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:18:54 +1000    READ MORE

Peaches Geldof died of heroin overdose: coroner

An inquest in Britain has found Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, died of a heroin overdose.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:52:30 +1000    READ MORE

Simon Gerrans pulls out of Tour de France

Australian champion Simon Gerrans did not start the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:38:51 +1000    READ MORE

Hundreds of women in Australia 'still forced to marry'

Hundreds of women are still being forced into marriage in Australia despite the practice being made illegal just over a year ago, Victorian welfare groups have said.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:51:44 +1000    READ MORE

Woman whose baby died in hot car not a 'child killer': lawyers

Lawyers defending a woman whose baby died after being left in a hot car have told a jury not to condemn their client as a "child killer".

Jayde Poole, 29, has been standing trial in the Supreme Court for the manslaughter of her six month-old daughter Bella.

The infant died after Poole forgot to remove her from her car for more than two hours on a 30-degree day in Bendigo in December 2012.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:17:48 +1000    READ MORE

Holden recalls 25,000 Commodore, Caprice models

Holden is recalling late-model Commodore and Caprice cars built at its Elizabeth plant in South Australia.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:12:00 +1000    READ MORE

Sally Pearson set to skip 100m flat in Glasgow

Sally Pearson is likely to drop the 100m flat and focus all her attention on defending her hurdles crown in Glasgow.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:07:17 +1000    READ MORE

Gangland widow would 'spit in former detective's face', court hears

Roberta Williams, the former wife of murdered gangland boss Carl Williams, "hated the guts" of a former detective implicated in his death, she told the Coroners Court.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:54:35 +1000    READ MORE

Israeli colonel questions how children could be killed in Gaza strike

An Israeli military spokesman says the Israeli Defence Force should have been able to tell that four boys it killed on a Gaza beach last week were not Hamas operatives.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:54:35 +1000    READ MORE

Parents' 'hell beyond hell' after MH17 deaths

The family of three Perth children killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week has described how they are living in a "hell beyond hell" as they struggle to deal with their loss.

Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin, aged 12, 10 and 8 respectively, died with their grandfather Nick Norris while on board the Malaysian Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

In a statement issued through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris pleaded for privacy as they revealed "our pain is intense and relentless".

"Our babies are not here with us – we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives," they said.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:52:47 +1000    READ MORE

Telstra confirms 670 Australian jobs to go offshore

Telstra has told nearly 700 of its technical staff and contractors in Australia that their jobs will be shifted overseas.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:02:58 +1000    READ MORE

Anglicare may close Parliament House childcare centre

Security and the introduction of paid parking are being cited as reasons for the possible closure of the Parliament House childcare centre.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:48:22 +1000    READ MORE

Share market hits six-year closing high

The Australian share market has closed at its highest level in six years, thanks to broad gains across every sector.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:28:52 +1000    READ MORE

Lawyers say Slipper has no case to answer

Lawyers for former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper have asked the ACT Magistrates Court to find there is no case to answer on three dishonesty charges.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:27:35 +1000    READ MORE

Court scathing of officials over state care abuse 'horror story'

The public servant responsible for wards of the state breached her duty to care for some of Victoria's most vulnerable children, a court says.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:30 +1000    READ MORE

Police identify burnt body in Sydney park

The body of a man found burnt in a park in Sydney's south-west has been identified as 20-year-old Dane McNeill.

Mr McNeill, from Narellan in Sydney's south-west, was reported missing July 18.

His body was found early on Monday in Lambeth Reserve at Picnic Point.

Detectives are still trying to piece together Mr McNeill's last movements and the cause of his death is yet to be determined.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:51:09 +1000    READ MORE

Bodies leave Ukraine as Abbott ponders crash site security

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia is considering options to secure the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Mr Abbott says the recovery of human remains at the crash site has been "quite unprofessional", adding that "we owe it to the families to do our utmost to recover them".

"It is quite possible that many bodies are still out there in the open in the European summer, subject to interference and the ravages of heat and animals. That is the predicament in which we find ourselves," he said.

As the plane carrying the first of the victims' bodies left Ukraine en route to the Netherlands, Mr Abbott says he fears some Australian bodies will never be recovered.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:22:24 +1000    READ MORE

Serial asbestos dumper to owe fines until 2072: court

A contractor who dumped eight truckloads of hazardous waste containing asbestos on residential land could be paying off fines for similar offences beyond 2072, a Sydney court has heard.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:11:30 +1000    READ MORE

China censors squash giant inflatable toad reports

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:48:17 +1000    READ MORE

Five-year fixed mortgage rates plummet as bank competition heats up

Mortgage market competition has intensified, with two major banks slashing their five-year fixed rates.

The Commonwealth Bank sparked the latest round of rate reductions by slashing its five-year fixed rate to 4.99 per cent, a move matched by National Australia Bank.

These two rates are actually below the banks' discounted variable mortgage rates, with NAB also lowering rates on its shorter-term fixed loans.

The move is being seen by analysts as a market share grab, and they also warn the real rate is not as good as the headline looks.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:59 +1000    READ MORE

$680m ASIO building in Canberra remains empty

Staff at Australia's domestic spy agency ASIO have still not moved into their new $680 million headquarters in Canberra a year after it was officially opened.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:59 +1000    READ MORE

Doctors warn against health insurers paying for GP visits

The Australian Medical Association is warning the Federal Government against moving to a system where health insurers, rather than Medicare, pay for GP visits.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:18:51 +1000    READ MORE

Paramedic's call for back-up 'refused' before death

A paramedic was refused back-up on the night he died during a helicopter winch rescue, an inquest has heard.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:56:16 +1000    READ MORE

Robber ties up woman with phone charger, steals BMW

A Melbourne woman was tied up with a phone charger and an electric blanket cord before being robbed of her BMW car and cash, according to Victoria Police.

Police said the woman, in her mid-20s, was confronted in the car port of her South Yarra home by a man wearing a balaclava and a single glove at 10:15pm AEST on Tuesday night.

The man, armed with a pair of scissors, forced his way into her connecting bedroom.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:52:15 +1000    READ MORE

Surveillance video shows cops 'eating hash cookies'

Surveillance footage of a number of New South Wales and Queensland police officers allegedly consuming hash cookies has been shown in a Sydney court.

The footage was tendered as evidence in the case against former Tweed Heads detective Shane Diehm, arising from a weekend away on the Gold Coast with serving and former police officers in August 2010.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:38:35 +1000    READ MORE

High Court's full bench to hear asylum seeker challenge

A legal fight over 157 asylum seekers detained at sea will be heard by the full bench of the High Court.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:28:04 +1000    READ MORE

Scuffle breaks out in Ukrainian parliament after vote

Ukraine's parliament descended into a schoolyard push and shove between politicians after a lawmaker accused authorities of running a war against the Ukrainian people.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:26:43 +1000    READ MORE

Man jailed over stabbing death of love rival

A man who fatally stabbed his love rival in a Perth fight has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:08:49 +1000    READ MORE

Prabowo to challenge Indonesia presidential result

The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, is to challenge the result in the Constitutional Court.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:31:17 +1000    READ MORE

Controversial freemason statue erected in Alice Springs

A controversial statue of explorer John McDouall Stuart has been erected in the centre of Alice Springs after four years of debate dividing residents.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:52:49 +1000    READ MORE

'Murderous trimming' of sacred trees sparks anger

The NT Government has ordered an internal investigation over the "murderous trimming" of trees at a sacred Aboriginal site by a government-commissioned contractor.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:40:05 +1000    READ MORE

Bill Clinton says AIDS-free generation in reach

Former US president Bill Clinton has told a world AIDS conference in Melbourne that an AIDS-free generation is within reach.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:26:09 +1000    READ MORE

Joe Hockey wanted heavier cuts in budget, book reveals

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey says his predecessors Peter Costello and Paul Keating have produced tougher budgets than the one he delivered in May, revealing he would have gone further if not held back by colleagues.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:04 +1000    READ MORE

McKinnon injury may have been Boyd's tipping point: Bennett

Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett believes the injury to Alex McKinnon may have been Darius Boyd's tipping point with depression.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:59:37 +1000    READ MORE

MH17: Who decides if passenger planes can fly over war zones?

International rules on passenger planes flying over war zones, under fresh scrutiny in the wake of the MH17 tragedy, are dangerously fragmented.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:10:23 +1000    READ MORE

MH17: How can airlines defend against missile attacks?

How can airlines defend against attacks like that one that brought down MH17?

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:10:23 +1000    READ MORE

Inflation hits top of Reserve Bank target

Inflation has risen to 3 per cent, hitting the top of the Reserve Bank's target range, with key underlying measures also nearing the top of the RBA's band.

The Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Index rose 0.5 per cent in the June quarter, following a rise of 0.6 per cent in the March quarter.

That left the annual headline inflation rate at 3 per cent - right in line with the typical economist forecast, but also right at the top of the Reserve Bank's preferred range of 2-3 per cent price rises.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:40:01 +1000    READ MORE

China shows off military hardware to the world

China's army bosses threw open their doors at a Beijing tank base in a bid to ease fears over the build-up of the country's armed forces.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:35:33 +1000    READ MORE

PM intervenes to help grandparents of murdered toddler

The grandparents of a murdered north Queensland toddler have welcomed prime ministerial support for their crusade to change child protection laws.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:17:10 +1000    READ MORE

Cameron calls for an end to female genital mutilation, child marriages

British prime minister David Cameron wants female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages to stop globally within a generation, and he has announced new measures to tackle FGM in Britain.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:07:16 +1000    READ MORE

BHP Billiton production hits records in four commodities

BHP Billiton says its total output is up 9 per cent, with record production in four commodities.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:58:15 +1000    READ MORE

Mass murderer Breivik 'renounces violence' on massacre anniversary

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, now renounces violence, his lawyer says.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:52:45 +1000    READ MORE

Scammers sell house without owner's knowledge

A house at Macgregor in Canberra's north has been sold through a South African real estate scam without the owner's knowledge.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:23:10 +1000    READ MORE

Inflation likely to hit top of Reserve Bank target

Analysts expect Australia's inflation rate to rise in official figures released today, but not enough to cause concern for the Reserve Bank.

The average projection from economists surveyed by Bloomberg is that the annual consumer price index will rise to 3 per cent, up marginally from 2.9 per cent.

That is right at the top of the Reserve Bank's inflation target band but, importantly, analysts predict the key reading of underlying inflation will remain more comfortably within the band.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:59:23 +1000    READ MORE

MH17: satellite photos show impact of crash

Satellite photos taken near the Ukrainian town of Grabovo show MH17 debris strewn far from the primary crash site in eastern Ukraine.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:41:11 +1000    READ MORE

NRL star Darius Boyd admitted to mental health clinic

Newcastle Knights full-back Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic in order to seek treatment for depression.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:29:29 +1000    READ MORE

Officials defend relevance of Commonwealth Games

As Glasgow's fortnight in the sun nears, organizers have dispelled the usual questions of the relevance of the Commonwealth Games.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:28:20 +1000    READ MORE

PM congratulates Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has congratulated Joko Widodo on being elected Indonesian president. The pair are expected to speak later today.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:19:27 +1000    READ MORE

Inexperienced rebels likely downed MH17 by 'mistake': US intelligence

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 may have been shot down by "mistake" by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, US intelligence officials say, dismissing Moscow's accounts of the incident.

The officials said they decided to brief reporters partly to counter what they described as misleading propaganda from Russia and its state-controlled media over the incident.

Evidence gathered so far suggests separatists launched the SA-11 surface-to-air missile that blew up the Malaysian airliner, but it remains unclear "who pulled the trigger" and why, said a senior intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:09:17 +1000    READ MORE

Five arrested for mass murder on migrant boat

Italian police have arrested five men on suspicion of murdering and throwing overboard dozens of migrants crossing by fishing boat from Libya.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:55:07 +1000    READ MORE

Stocks rise on Wall Street as profits top estimates

Wall Street rose on corporate earnings and a benign US inflation reading, and as tensions eased in Ukraine.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:48:06 +1000    READ MORE

Peter Greste 'guided by the devil' to defame Egypt

The Egyptian court that jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste and two Al Jazeera colleagues for alleged ties with Islamists says "the devil guided" the group to spread false news defaming the country.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:20:20 +1000    READ MORE

Bogan controversy mayor survives no confidence vote

A Tasmanian mayor who described his town as ugly and the residents as bogans has survived a no confidence motion.

Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor, Bertrand Cadart, made the comments in a national magazine article about former woodchip export town Triabunna.

A council motion calling to him resign was voted down on Tuesday night.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:11:38 +1000    READ MORE

Indonesia's president-elect calls for national unity

Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo has called for his nation to put the divisive election behind it as he prepares to take office.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:53:56 +1000    READ MORE

Tower block demolition ruled out of Glasgow opening ceremony

Glasgow's Red Road flats will not be demolished during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony as originally planned.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:43:09 +1000    READ MORE

Vigilance the key, say SA child protection advocates

Advocates on child protection say it is clear people remain able to circumvent efforts by authorities to keep children safe.

A royal commission is likely to be held in South Australia into another case of alleged child sexual abuse.

A man, 32, from Adelaide's southern suburbs is facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse involving seven preschool-aged wards of the state over 18 months to late 2012, as well as pornography offences.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:43:09 +1000    READ MORE

Pro Hart private collection fetches $1.6m at auction

Some of Australian artist Pro Hart's most significant paintings have gone under the hammer in Melbourne, fetching $1.6 million for the family's estate.

It was the first time the 173 works from the Hart family's private collection have been made available to the public.

Hart's son John Hart said the works spanned from about 1950 to 2006 and took on different themes.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:19:49 +1000    READ MORE

Deported Islamic preacher back in Australia

Australian Federal Police (AFP) says they will continue to monitor high-profile preacher Musa Cerantonio who it says, is responsible for "offensive and disturbing" posts on social media.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:18:25 +1000    READ MORE

Queen's horse fails drug test

A horse owned by Queen Elizabeth II and the winner of one of England's most prestigious races has failed a drugs test.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:31:23 +1000    READ MORE

US suspends Israel flights over rocket fears

Major airlines are suspending flights to and from Israel, on the advice of US and European aviation authorities, as intense fighting continues on the Gaza Strip.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:18:49 +1000    READ MORE

Bodies missing as experts begin identifying victims

The head of the Dutch forensic team in Ukraine says a train carrying the remains of MH17 victims contains significantly fewer bodies than claimed by pro-Russian rebels.

The separatists said there were 282 bodies on the train but only 200 have been found.

"We are sure of having 200 bodies and body parts, that is all that I know," said Jan Tuinder, the head of the Dutch delegation.

An RAAF C17 plane carrying the remains of victims so far recovered from the wreckage is expected to depart Kharkiv this evening and travel to the Netherlands.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:59:26 +1000    READ MORE

Aussie Rogers breaks through for Tour stage win

Australian Michael Rogers finally earned his first stage victory in his 10th Tour de France.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:45:33 +1000    READ MORE

Thai king endorses military's interim constitution

Thailand's king has endorsed an interim constitution that grants power to the military to intervene in politics for security reasons without approval of a civilian government.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:41:02 +1000    READ MORE

One dead, dozens injured in South Korea train accident

One person has been killed and dozens more injured after two South Korean trains collided on an eastern coastal track.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:55:38 +1000    READ MORE

Storm kills 27 in Vietnam, Philippines on alert

Extreme weather caused by Typhoon Rammasun has killed 27 people in Vietnam, while the Philippines remains on storm alert.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:11:18 +1000    READ MORE

Investigators want drones to monitor MH17 crash area

With pro-Russian Ukraine rebels obstructing attempts by investigators to visit the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has placed an urgent order to acquire a drone to monitor the region.

published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:17 +1000    READ MORE

Jokowi: a self-made man outside the traditional elite

Indonesia's next president is a self-made man who hails from outside the country's traditional power elite.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:21:19 +1000    READ MORE

Joko Widodo wins Indonesian presidential poll

Indonesia's election commission has confirmed Jakarta Governor Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo as the country's next president.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:21:19 +1000    READ MORE

Britain to hold public inquiry into ex-KGB agent's death

Britain says it will hold a public inquiry into the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder from his deathbed.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:11:17 +1000    READ MORE

Train with MH17 victims' remains arrives in Ukraine's Kharkov

A train carrying the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over eastern Ukraine has arrived in Kharkov, after being delayed for a short time in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in the south.

The train, pulling five refrigerated carriages, slowly rolled into the grounds of an arms industry plant, where the remains will be unloaded and flown to the Netherlands.

Australian and Dutch officials will attend a closed ceremony in Kharkov to honour the bodies of the victims.

Following the arrival of the train with victims' remains, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte told journalists the first bodies from the MH17 crash in Ukraine would be flown to the Netherlands on Wednesday.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:49:30 +1000    READ MORE

Real Madrid sign Colombian star James Rodriguez

Real Madrid on Tuesday confirmed the signing Colombian star James Rodriguez for six seasons.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:33:01 +1000    READ MORE

Schizophrenia study hailed as major step forward

A world-first study into schizophrenia is being hailed as a major step towards understanding the causes of the psychiatric disorder, with the potential to lead scientists to develop new treatments.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:06:24 +1000    READ MORE

Court quizzes ex-Barca boss over Neymar case

Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was questioned in a Spanish court over the signing of star striker Neymar.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:41:51 +1000    READ MORE

Foundation 51 had direct line to Giles, FOI search reveals

The director of Foundation 51 asked Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles to look over a press release refuting claims the company was a Country Liberal Party (CLP) slush fund, the ABC has learned.

Emails obtained under freedom of information (FOI) legislation also showed Mr Giles wrote to Foundation 51 director Graeme Lewis about concerns of a possible conflict of interest.

Foundation 51 has been at the centre of a political storm since May, when a series of leaked emails raised questions about whether the company, set up in 2009, was receiving donations on behalf of the CLP.

It has described itself as an independent, conservative-thinking research company that engages with business to understand the issues and challenges confronting the Territory.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:38:41 +1000    READ MORE

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo expected to win Indonesia election

Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is expected to be declared the next Indonesian president within hours, after former General Prabowo Subianto withdrew from the vote count before official results were due to be announced.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:18:51 +1000    READ MORE

Gaza bombardment continues, Hamas says soldier captured

Israel has continued to pound targets across the Gaza Strip, dashing hopes of a pause in the fighting, as the military said one of its soldiers was missing, presumed dead, following clashes with Hamas Islamists.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:56:08 +1000    READ MORE

Man fined $12,000 for neglecting pet rabbits

A Perth man has been fined $12,000 for severely neglecting his pet rabbits in a case that prompted a warning from the RSPCA.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:54:16 +1000    READ MORE

Childcare rebate should cover nannies, Canberra family says

Calls for the childcare rebate to be extended to cover nannies make perfect sense for Emma Reid and her family.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30:21 +1000    READ MORE

Mining gains offset share market losses

It was a flat day of trade for the Australian share market, which finished marginally higher.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:49:24 +1000    READ MORE

Slipper offered to pay back 'dishonest' travel, court hears

Former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper offered to pay travel costs associated with dishonesty charges against him but was told the matter was in the hands of the police, a Canberra court has heard.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:23:06 +1000    READ MORE

Mother waits for justice 23 years after son's death

As the tides of war ebbed and flowed across the Balkans, two middle-aged men and an elderly woman sat in a house in the small Croatian town of Petrinja.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:15:09 +1000    READ MORE

Melbourne man wanted over alleged war crimes

A Melbourne man has been placed on Interpol's most wanted list after allegedly committing war crimes during the breakdown of the former Yugoslavia.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:08:48 +1000    READ MORE

Kids charities deregistered after fundraising probe

A charity exposed by 7.30 as a carrying out questionable fundraising activities has been struck off the charities register after a five-month investigation by the sector's regulator.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:48:54 +1000    READ MORE

Newman hits back at lawyer suing him for defamation

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has accused a Gold Coast solicitor who is suing him of contempt of court and interfering with the administration of justice, offences that carry potential jail terms.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:22:59 +1000    READ MORE

Newman losing PR war over bikie crackdown: report card

The man overseeing Queensland's bikie crackdown says the State Government is winning the battle but losing the public relations war.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:05:23 +1000    READ MORE

Saltwater crocodile appears in popular WA freshwater lake

A large and dangerous saltwater crocodile has turned up in the freshwater Lake Kununurra, close to a township, after bypassing dam walls.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:03:52 +1000    READ MORE

Australian Muslim preacher deported from Philippines

A high-profile Australian preacher who has voiced support for Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria has been deported from the Philippines.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:03:52 +1000    READ MORE

3D-printed body parts don't cost an arm and a leg

A team of medical experts in Melbourne has created a 3D-printed anatomy kit that is set to revolutionise medical training around the world.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:26:38 +1000    READ MORE

Renewable target uncertainty killing clean energy says Infigen boss

The boss of one of Australia's biggest wind farm companies says the abolition of the Renewable Energy Target would end the country's clean energy industry.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:21:00 +1000    READ MORE

Four killed in suicide bomb attack near Kabul airport

A Taliban suicide bomb attack outside Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan has killed at least four people including three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:55:26 +1000    READ MORE

Perth man pleads guilty to hit-and-run murder of refugee

A 24-year-old repeat drink driver is facing a possible life jail term after pleading guilty to murdering a Sudanese refugee by running him down in suburban Perth. 

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:30:44 +1000    READ MORE

Ex-chancellor talked up hotel deal, former partner tells ICAC

A former university chancellor accused of being corruptly involved in the sale of an Armidale hotel told his business partner it was a "good investment", a corruption inquiry has heard. 

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:04 +1000    READ MORE

Operation Bring Them Home to identify MH17 victims

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a major operation to recover and identify the bodies from the Malaysia Airlines disaster in Ukraine.

Mr Abbott said Operation Bring Them Home would involve consular officials, victim identification and forensic experts and air safety investigators in Ukraine and the Netherlands.

An Australian military transport aircraft has arrived and will help transport bodies out of Ukraine.

Mr Abbott says he is disturbed by the scenes from the crash site: "After the crime comes the cover-up. What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale."

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:20:45 +1000    READ MORE

Bus gutted by fire on Sunshine Coast

A bus has burst into flames on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, but passengers have escaped without serious injury.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:53:49 +1000    READ MORE

Lambie sorry for 'well-hung' remarks in radio interview

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has issued an apology for a radio interview in which she described her perfect man as being well-off and "well-hung".

Senator Lambie said when the discussion turned to her lack of a love life she tried to hide her embarrassment by making jokes.

"I apologise to any radio listeners who may be offended by my comments," she said in an issued statement.

"Of course my political enemies will make a big deal out of my comments, but the reality is I was talking with Kim and Dave on Heart FM - not Sarah Ferguson on the ABC."

Both the Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and Opposition Leader Bryan Green took a dim view of her performance, saying that Tasmanians had reason to be expect better from their elected representatives.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:44:00 +1000    READ MORE

Waking up hidden HIV a step closer to cure: researchers

Scientists say they are able to wake up hidden reservoirs of HIV in patients, leading to hopes the virus could one day be eradicated.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:39:39 +1000    READ MORE

Packers launch $200m philanthropic fund

Billionaire casino mogul James Packer has launched a $200 million philanthropic fund to support the arts and Indigenous education.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:33:51 +1000    READ MORE

Radio failed during paramedic's death, inquest hears

There was no back-up or working radio communication when a paramedic was killed during a failed helicopter rescue bid, an inquest has heard.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:23:00 +1000    READ MORE

PNG revivalist churches push dangerous AIDS campaign

Revivalist churches in Papua New Guinea are promoting prayer as a substitute for medication to those with HIV, according to human rights groups.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:23:00 +1000    READ MORE

Bowen inquest told of teenager's plan to fake pregnancy

North Queensland teenager Rachel Antonio tried to "blackmail" a man into thinking she was pregnant, an inquest into her disappearance has heard.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:15:03 +1000    READ MORE

Visa for teen stowaway may have set precedent: lawyer

Human rights lawyers are hoping the Immigration Minister has set a precedent in granting a permanent protection visa to a teenage stowaway.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:54:22 +1000    READ MORE

Reserve Bank governor Stevens encourages risk-taking firms

The Reserve Bank's governor Glenn Stevens says businesses need to focus less on risk reduction and more on growth.

Speaking to an audience of economists at a lunch, Mr Stevens says a culture of risk aversion has gripped the business community since the financial crisis.

The RBA's governor has urged the need for greater business and infrastructure investment in order to lift western economies out of their low growth rates.

Mr Stevens says governments, and the G20, will need to play a key role, as central banks can provide cheap money but cannot ensure that it is put to productive uses.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:34:18 +1000    READ MORE

Under-fire Cook won't improve, says Ponting

Ricky Ponting says under-fire English captain Alastair Cook will not improve as a player for the rest of his career.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:52:36 +1000    READ MORE

Obama increases pressure on Putin to influence rebels at MH17 crash site

US president Barack Obama is increasing pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, saying his responsibility is to compel pro-Russian separatists to clear the path for an investigation.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:04:40 +1000    READ MORE

Newman rules out swap from Ashgrove to safer seat

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is determined to stand firm in his Brisbane seat of Ashgrove despite his party's massive loss in the neighbouring electorate of Stafford over the weekend.

The Premier yesterday announced the scrapping of some of his Government's most controversial policies and pledged to mend relations with the judiciary in the wake of the Saturday's by-election result.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:04:40 +1000    READ MORE

Inside Australia's campaign for UN Security Council resolution on MH17

A massive amount of lobbying was needed by the Australian contingent for the UN vote on a MH17 resolution to pass.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:58:20 +1000    READ MORE

No cause for alarm over athletes village gastro bug: officials

Glasgow 2014 officials insist the Australian team has no reason to be alarmed by a bug that hit the athletes' village.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:45:33 +1000    READ MORE

SA government-employed carer facing child sex charges

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says he expects there will be a royal commission into alleged child-sex offending involving Adelaide wards of the state.

He says he feels angry, sickened and horrified by the allegations and is determined to ensure justice is achieved.

Seven preschool-age children have been identified as alleged victims of a government-employed carer who is facing multiple child sex charges.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +1000    READ MORE

Paul Dale excused from appearing at Hodson inquest

Former Victorian drug squad detective Paul Dale and career criminal Rodney Collins should not be forced to give evidence at the inquest into the deaths of Terence and Christine Hodson, the coroner has ruled.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:04:00 +1000    READ MORE

Judge tell lawyers to clarify positions in asylum case

Both parties in the Sri Lankan asylum seeker case have been ordered to finalise their claims by tomorrow.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:57:59 +1000    READ MORE

Newcrest shareholder class action launched by Slater & Gordon

A class action has been launched against gold miner Newcrest over a major write down by the company last year which sent its shares plunging.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:54:16 +1000    READ MORE

Memorial service held in Wollongong for MH17 victims

A candle-lit service has paid tribute to the lives of two teachers from Kanahooka, south of Wollongong, who were on board flight MH17 returning from a European holiday.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:49:45 +1000    READ MORE

Ex-detective Rogerson to fight Jamie Gao murder charge

Former Sydney detective Roger Rogerson will plead not guilty to murdering university student Jaime Gao, his lawyer has said.

Rogerson and Glen McNamara are accused of murdering 20-year-old Jamie Gao during a botched drug deal earlier this year.

Gao's body was found floating in the sea off Cronulla a week after he was reported missing.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:43:52 +1000    READ MORE

London bombings survivor plans SA local government run

Adelaide woman Gill Hicks, who lost her legs in a terrorist bombing in London in 2005, is planning a grassroots political future.

She will run for a seat on Unley Council in Adelaide's inner south at local government elections in November.

Ms Hicks says she is keen to make a difference for her local community.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:37:27 +1000    READ MORE

Two ACT cancer cases 'linked to Mr Fluffy asbestos'

Two men who lived in so-called Mr Fluffy homes have been diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, the ACT Government has confirmed.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:25 +1000    READ MORE

Widodo poised to be named Indonesia's next president

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo is expected to be declared Indonesia's seventh president when the election result is announced today.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:39:16 +1000    READ MORE

Ethical investment small but growing

The ethical investor is the new breed of profit-seeker. It means avoiding big tobacco and fossil fuels and investing in renewable energy, health care and even insurance companies.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:37:48 +1000    READ MORE

Aldi co-founder Karl Albrecht dies aged 94

Karl Albrecht, one of the co-founders of German discount supermarket chain Aldi, has died aged 94.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:37:48 +1000    READ MORE

PPL not part of national childcare review: Minister

The Federal Government has rejected a key recommendation of a major childcare review, ruling its paid parental leave scheme should not be part of any nationwide system overhaul.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:29:35 +1000    READ MORE

Wall Street eases as global political tensions remain high

Wall Street followed global stock markets lower on concern tensions over Ukraine could lead to deeper sanctions against Russia.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:55:37 +1000    READ MORE

Scottish Games uniform designer says detractors are 'trolls'

The designer of Team Scotland's controversial Commonwealth Games uniform has labelled her detractors 'trolls'.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:40:20 +1000    READ MORE

$200m payout after gynaecologist filmed patients

A leading US medical school will pay $202.7 million to patients of a gynaecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped them in his office, lawyers say.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:34:32 +1000    READ MORE

Campbell sisters ready to resume rivalry

Sister swimmers Cate and Bronte Campbell say they are close friends, but that all changes when they hit the pool deck.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:32:03 +1000    READ MORE

Human remains at Pearl Beach may be missing boy

Human remains believed to be those of a young boy who was swept off a beach by a large wave on the New South Wales Central Coast have been found.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:29:39 +1000    READ MORE

Bennett never expected Broncos return

Wayne Bennett says the Brisbane Broncos "were not in the equation" until the NRL club's board recently contacted him.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:18:03 +1000    READ MORE

Rebels hand over MH17 black boxes to Malaysia

Pro-Russian separatists have handed over the two black boxes of flight MH17 to Malaysian authorities in Donetsk.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:52:59 +1000    READ MORE

Robert Downey Jr highest-paid US actor: Forbes

Robert Downey Jr, the star of superhero film franchises Iron Man, and The Avengers, is Hollywood's highest-paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of $80 million, according to

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:11:38 +1000    READ MORE

Ex-detectives Rogerson, McNamara to face court over student's death

Former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara are to face court today charged with the murder of Sydney student Jamie Gao.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:58:07 +1000    READ MORE

England captain Gerrard retires from internationals

England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:29:56 +1000    READ MORE

Boston bomber's friend guilty of obstructing justice

A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber has been found guilty of obstructing the probe of the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from the suspect's dormitory room.

Two other friends are awaiting trial, as is the accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:29:56 +1000    READ MORE

Meares picked as Commonwealth Games flag bearer

Champion cyclist Anna Meares will be Australia's flag bearer for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:37:30 +1000    READ MORE

UN Security Council condemns MH17 downing

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously backed an Australian-sponsored resolution over the downing of MH17, with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop condemning the "grotesque violations" at the crash site.

Russia backed the Australian-sponsored resolution after some changes were made to the text, including the characterisation of the incident as "the downing" of the aircraft rather than the "shooting down".

Ms Bishop described the vote as "an unambiguous response from the international community to an utterly deplorable act".

In eastern Ukraine, a refrigerated train carrying the remains of most of the 298 victims left the crash site, while rebels handed MH17's black boxes over to Malaysian authorities.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:33:23 +1000    READ MORE

Calls for calm as Indonesia prepares for a new president

Indonesian voters have been told to stay calm and not do anything to inflame tensions as the nation prepares for an announcement about its new president.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:48:57 +1000    READ MORE

Childcare rebate 'should be means-tested'

The Productivity Commission suggests the childcare rebate should be means-tested and could cover nannies.

Its new report into the childcare system suggests that middle and upper-income families should pay more than they do now, while low-income parents receive back up 90 per cent of their costs.

The proposed changes include replacing the existing multiple childcare subsidies with a single subsidy that would be means-tested and paid directly to the parents' choice of provider.

published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:19:34 +1000    READ MORE

US presses for Gaza ceasefire as death toll passes 500

US secretary of state John Kerry will hold talks in Cairo today aimed at ending the fighting in Gaza, where the death toll has now passed 500 people.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:54:10 +1000    READ MORE

Police await Interpol data a year after sex worker's death

Police hunting the killer of Melbourne sex worker Tracy Connelly say that a year on from her stabbing death they are still waiting on Interpol to provide any relevant DNA data.

Connelly, 40, was found dead in her van in St Kilda's red-light district on Greeves Street on July 21, 2013.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Victoria Police reached out to the international police agency to review the DNA traces found in Connelly's van against the agency's 192 databases across the world.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:55 +1000    READ MORE

Pilots demand review of flight path rules after MH17 disaster

A former chief pilot of Malaysia Airlines has questioned the worth of rules that were supposed to keep aircraft safe over Ukraine.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:19:27 +1000    READ MORE

Liam Jurrah granted bail, ordered to enter rehab

Former Melbourne Demons AFL player Liam Jurrah has been granted bail in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court and ordered to take part in a residential drug and alcohol treatment program.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:12:41 +1000    READ MORE

Supreme Court judge's rock band to perform at Greste benefit

A Supreme Court judge and his band The Lex Pistols will perform at a benefit concert for detained Australian journalist Peter Greste in Melbourne.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:46:27 +1000    READ MORE

Coal terminals, dredging put reef at risk, Senate inquiry told

The fast-tracking of coal terminals and dredging along Queensland's coast was endangering the health of vital marine ecosystems, a conservation group has told a Senate inquiry.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:20:50 +1000    READ MORE

Alleged shooter in high-speed road rage attack takes the stand

A man accused of shooting at another driver during a high-speed road rage incident has told an Adelaide court that he just wanted to scare the other man away.

TAFE lecturer Michael Craig Anderson is on trial in the Supreme Court for attempted murder.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:18:27 +1000    READ MORE

Share market edges higher on finance stocks

Finance and consumer stocks helped the Australian share market finish the day modestly higher.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:16:48 +1000    READ MORE

Scammers exploit MH17 victims with fake Facebook pages

The Malaysia Airlines tragedy is again proving that disaster brings out the best and worst of human nature, with scammers now attempting to use it as a way to make money.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:42:03 +1000    READ MORE

Companies get approval for HIV-killing condom

An Australian-developed virus-killing condom is a step closer to sale, following a key regulatory approval.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:28:20 +1000    READ MORE

TB breakthrough could speed up cure: researchers

Researchers say they have made a major breakthrough in treating tuberculosis by combining three drugs, including two medications not licensed for use against the disease.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:31:24 +1000    READ MORE

Sydney teacher identified as another victim of MH17

Gabrielle Lauschet, a pre-school teacher from Sydney, has been identified as another victim of flight MH17.

The 48-year-old was on her way back from Germany after visiting her mother.

Ms Lauschet worked at The German International School in Sydney's north for 14 years, and was engaged to another staff member at the school.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:26:52 +1000    READ MORE

Father unaware he fatally stabbed daughter, court hears

A 45-year-old man was unaware he had fatally stabbed his daughter during an argument, a Perth court has heard.

Kelvin Clive Hart is on trial in the Supreme Court, accused of murdering his 24-year-old daughter Ricky Lee in December 2012 at his South Fremantle unit.

Prosecutor Paul Yovich told the court the two were arguing when Ms Hart was stabbed in the chest by her father, who was holding a knife he had used to cut a cake.

Mr Hart's barrister, Tom Percy QC, described the case as unusual and tragic, but said his client "did not wilfully act to cause the knife to enter his daughter's body".

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:22:53 +1000    READ MORE

Body found during search for man in NT

Authorities searching for Michael Callahan have found a man's body in the Gregory National Park, about 600 kilometres south of Darwin.

The dead man was only wearing shorts and is yet to be formally identified.

Police say the man appears to have suffered exposure in terrain and conditions they described as "harsh".

The ABC has been told the deceased appeared to have suffered exposure in terrain and conditions police described as "harsh".

Police said Mr Callahan wandered off from the camp sometime between 8:30pm on Saturday and 6:30am on Sunday.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:57:21 +1000    READ MORE

UNE ex-chancellor tipped off partner on hotel sale: ICAC

Former University of New England (UNE) chancellor John Cassidy engaged in misconduct by tipping off a business partner about the sale of a UNE-owned property, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has heard.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:46:02 +1000    READ MORE

Bodies wait in train as pressure mounts on Russia

Four days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot out of the sky in eastern Ukraine, 272 bodies have been recovered from crash site.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:44:25 +1000    READ MORE

Soweto choir sings gospel with Arrente women in Central Australia

Songs of Praise has united two of the world's oldest cultures in the remote Central Australian community of Ntaria, 120km from Alice Springs.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:42:53 +1000    READ MORE

Newman flags major reversals after by-election backlash

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has apologised to the people of Queensland as he announced a reversal of several controversial policy positions.

The Premier said the Crime and Corruption Commission chair would again be a bipartisan appointment, estimates would revert to their previous schedule and jailed bikies would no longer be isolated.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:18:13 +1000    READ MORE

Refugees crisis grows as Ukraine conflict shows no sign of ending

As the MH17 tragedy focuses the world's attention on Moscow and Kiev's deadly fight over eastern Ukraine, thousands of locals continue to flee their homes amid widespread conflict.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:49:37 +1000    READ MORE

Sky News apologises for rummaging in MH17 luggage

British broadcaster Sky News apologised after one of its presenters searched through luggage at the crash site of downed flight MH17 live on air on Sunday.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:31:00 +1000    READ MORE

MH17 victim Emma Bell remembered with smoking ritual

A traditional smoking ceremony has been held for a young teacher who was on board MH17.

Community elders and family conducted a private smoking ceremony this morning which was attended by locals, family and coworkers of Ms Bell.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:53:07 +1000    READ MORE

Man admits attacking Adelaide speed cameras

A man has admitted he damaged nine speed cameras across Adelaide but has told a court he cannot remember damaging 13 more.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:11:27 +1000    READ MORE

MH17 crash seals fate of Malaysia Airlines

After the MH17 crash there is almost no chance Malaysia Airlines can survive, at least in its current form.

Even before disaster struck in March with the mysterious disappearance of MH370, the airline was in a perilous financial position, perhaps the worst in the region, burning cash at an unsustainable rate.

After last week's tragic loss, when MH17 was shot out of the skies over eastern Ukraine, the airline's destiny has been sealed.

Only two options remain for the stricken airline, and both involve a purchase; either a privatisation by the Malaysian Government or a 'sale' to a rival - although it is unlikely any potential purchaser would pay anything for the carrier.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:11:27 +1000    READ MORE

Ambulance Service apologises for paramedic's death during rescue

The Ambulance Service of New South Wales has apologised to the family of a specialist paramedic who was killed while rescuing an injured canyoner from a cliff ledge in the state's south.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:53:28 +1000    READ MORE

Vote Compass Victoria: What election issues matter to you?

ABC News wants to know what issues will influence your vote in this year's Victorian election, and which policy areas you are interested in hearing about.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:37:13 +1000    READ MORE

Man's burnt body found in Sydney park

Police are looking into the possibility that a dead man was taken into a Sydney park, dumped and then set alight.

A council worker found the man's body while opening the gates to Lambeth Reserve in Picnic Point just after 5am (AEST).

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later today on the badly-burnt remains.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:37:13 +1000    READ MORE

Family 'very emotional' as Rachel Antonio inquest begins

The family of north Queensland teenager Rachel Antonio say they are very emotional as a coronial inquest begins at Bowen Magistrates Court, 16 years after she vanished.

The 16-year-old was last seen near the Queens Beach area on Anzac Day in 1998.

The coroner is investigating if Rachel died, and if so, how and why.

Members of the Antonio family have flown in from across Australia to hear evidence from more than 40 witnesses.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:21:23 +1000    READ MORE

Broncos confirm Bennett's return

The Brisbane Broncos are welcoming back Wayne Bennett with open arms after deciding to axe Anthony Griffin.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:43:17 +1000    READ MORE

ICAC investigates former UNE chancellor over hotel deal

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has begun an inquiry into whether the former University of New England chancellor misled a compliance committee over a deal involving an art deco hotel.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:16:04 +1000    READ MORE

Tony Abbott condemns 'shambolic' effort to recover MH17 bodies

Prime Minister Tony Abbott hit out at the "shambolic" conditions at the MH17 crash site today, as the Government considered whether to list the passenger jet crash as an act of terrorism.

Mr Abbott again publicly blamed Russian-backed rebels for the attack over eastern Ukraine last Thursday which saw 298 people killed, including 37 Australian citizens and residents.

His comments came just hours after he spoke to Russian president Vladimir Putin, asking for his cooperation in the international investigation into who shot the jet down.

Pro-Russian rebels were continuing to block some access to the crash site overnight, as they moved nearly 200 bodies into a refrigerated train which is currently stuck on a nearby siding.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:09:24 +1000    READ MORE

Indonesian presidential candidates' show of unity ahead of poll result

Indonesia's presidential candidates have made a final public show of unity before the winner of the July 9 election is officially declared tomorrow.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:59:10 +1000    READ MORE

NSW catching up to west and north in state economic race

New research shows growth across Australia's states and territories is levelling out as the economy moves away from its reliance on mining.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:50:49 +1000    READ MORE

Malaysia Airlines retires MH17 flight code

Malaysia Airlines will be no longer use the MH17 flight code for its Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur service after last week's crash.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:45 +1000    READ MORE

Sydney Slavic community mourns MH17 victim

Sydney's Slavic community is in mourning for the fifth victim of MH17 from NSW.

Victor Oreshkin from Lidcombe in Sydney's west was on his way home from a five-week trip in Europe.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:03:41 +1000    READ MORE

High gas prices threaten thousands of jobs, billions of dollars: industry

A new report estimates that rising gas prices will cost thousands of jobs and billions in industry profits.

A coalition of half-a-dozen industry groups commissioned the report by Deloitte Access Economics.

The report says domestic gas prices are rapidly rising as the market links in with international prices.

It warns that, if the rise goes unchecked, the manufacturing sector alone will contract by as much as $118 billion by 2021, with nearly 15,000 jobs lost, with other industries also going backwards.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:53:24 +1000    READ MORE

Tomic beats Karlovic to win ATP Bogota event

Bernard Tomic has beaten world number 29 Ivo Karlovic to win the ATP event in Bogota in three sets.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:30:15 +1000    READ MORE

'Zero to hero' promise helps recruit suicide bombers: expert

Disaffected Australians at risk of being recruited as suicide bombers are being lured by the promise of going from "zero to hero", a leading security expert says.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:18:37 +1000    READ MORE

Australian suicide bomber was 18yo from Melbourne

The Australian man who killed himself and several others in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq last week was an 18-year-old from Melbourne, the Federal Government says.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:17:29 +1000    READ MORE

ABC correspondent finds signs of looting at MH17 crash site

The images from the fields where flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine have shocked and angered the world.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:33:35 +1000    READ MORE

Bishop warns rebels not to use MH17 bodies as 'hostages or pawns'

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called for the bodies of MH17 victims to stop being "used as pawns" as she lobbies the UN Security Council to support an Australian-sponsored resolution demanding access to the crash site.

Pro-Russian separatists have begun moving the bodies of victims to a refrigerated train, with their leader saying conditions in the crash zone were becoming "inhumane" as bodies decomposed in the stifling heat.

Speaking in the US, Ms Bishop said it was an utter outrage that rebels had removed the plane's black boxes and other evidence from the site in eastern Ukraine.

"I cannot imagine any other air crash in [recent] history where days later bodies are still laying in the field," she said.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:07:07 +1000    READ MORE

Woman at centre of Mexico children's home probe released

A controversial woman at the centre of an abuse scandal at a children's home in western Mexico has been set free after a preliminary probe cleared her of wrongdoing, authorities say.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:48:21 +1000    READ MORE

ACT proposal to decriminalise cannabis for seriously ill

The ACT could become the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise cannabis for medical use under proposed new laws.

However, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says the ACT Government will not be backing the decriminalisation of cannabis for medical purposes.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:26:19 +1000    READ MORE

Peter Slipper 'denies using cab vouchers dishonestly'

Former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has admitted using taxi vouchers to visit wineries around Canberra but denies doing so dishonestly, a court has heard.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:20:59 +1000    READ MORE

Lebanese-Australian cleric arrested over 'terrorist activity'

A Lebanese-Australian cleric with suspected links to Al Qaeda has been arrested in Lebanon's second-largest city, Tripoli.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:49:58 +1000    READ MORE

Athletics Australia fines Pearson, Harradine and Rowe

Athletics Australia sticks by its decision to fine Sally Pearson, Alex Rowe and Ben Harradine for showing up late to Commonwealth Games training camp.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:38:15 +1000    READ MORE

Kristoff wins Tour de France's 15th stage, Bauer suffers heartbreak

Alexander Kristoff won the 15th stage of the Tour de France as New Zealand's Jack Bauer suffered late heartbreak.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:29:10 +1000    READ MORE

McIlroy joins greats after repelling Garcia charge to win British Open

Rory McIlroy saw off Sergio Garcia to land a first British Open title, rubber-stamping his status as golf's newest great.

published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:09:49 +1000    READ MORE

Bloody day of fighting takes Gaza death toll beyond 400

Scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers died in a day of heavy fighting in Gaza, as Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there was "very strong" international support for his military's actions.

published: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:48:51 +1000    READ MORE

Maverick star James Garner dies aged 86

Actor James Garner, best known for his television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on Maverick and as an ex-con turned private eye on The Rockford Files, has died at age 86.

published: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:41:00 +1000    READ MORE

Islamic State claims responsibility for Baghdad bombing

The Islamic State jihadist group has claimed responsibility for the deadliest spate of bombings to strike the Iraqi capital in weeks, saying a "Baghdad cell" helped carry out the attacks.

published: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:02:35 +1000    READ MORE

Kirby urges Abbott to put AIDS on G20 agenda

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has paid tribute to AIDS conference delegates killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash, and called on the Prime Minister to take a leadership role in the fight against the virus.

published: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:10:34 +1000    READ MORE

AIDS conference organisers vow to honour MH17 victims

AIDS conference organisers vow to honour MH17 victims by stepping up global fight against HIV AIDS.

published: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:47:10 +1000    READ MORE

McKinnon overcome by emotions

As hard as he might try, Alex McKinnon could not hold back his emotions when he took to the Hunter Stadium field.

published: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:07:23 +1000    READ MORE

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