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Abbott rules out expansion of income management measures

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out expanding strict income management measures to all welfare recipients, but is not discounting a change to the scheme in the future.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:43:28 +1000    READ MORE

Giraffe dies being transported along S African highway

A young giraffe has died from head injuries sustained while being transported blindfolded in an open truck along a South African highway, an animal welfare agency said.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:16:26 +1000    READ MORE

Muhammad Ali's gloves from fight of the century go to auction

The gloves that boxing legend Muhammad Ali wore in his legendary 1971 fight against Joe Frazier, in what became known as the fight of the century, will come up for auction and are expected to fetch more than $US300,000.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:12:39 +1000    READ MORE

Home prices surge as real estate recovers from autumn slowdown

Australia's home price boom shows little sign of slowing, with Sydney and Melbourne again driving price gains after a brief lull in late autumn.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:59:46 +1000    READ MORE

Margaret Somerville, leader of Croker Island exodus, dies aged 101

Margaret Somerville, the missionary who led the 1942 exodus of children from Croker Island during World War II, has died at the age of 101.

As recorded in her book They Crossed a Continent and the ABC documentary Croker Island Exodus, she guided the group overland, crossing what became Kakadu National Park, then travelling from Pine Creek in the Top End, to Alice Springs, then Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:40:54 +1000    READ MORE

Australian manufacturing edges back into growth

Australia's manufacturing sector has edged back into expansion for the first time in nine months.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:30:15 +1000    READ MORE

Sleeping man hit by freight train escapes with stitches

A man hit by a freight train while sleeping on tracks at Mullewa, 100km east of Geraldton, is lucky to be alive.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:19:09 +1000    READ MORE

Nitschke to be interviewed over Senate candidate's death

Voluntary euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke will be interviewed by South Australian police today as part of an investigation into the death of a terminally ill man who took his own life.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:59:34 +1000    READ MORE

Wall St falls sharply on poor profits, Argentina default and rate jitters

The Dow Jones Industrial Average had its biggest one-day fall since February, with a combination of weak profit results, adverse international developments and poor economic data to blame.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:57:21 +1000    READ MORE

Former premier Lennon booted from casino for 'licking finger'

Former Tasmanian premier Paul Lennon has claimed he was ejected from a Melbourne casino and subsequently fined after licking his finger during a poker game.

Mr Lennon was fined $738 by Victorian police for failing to leave a licensed premises.

He said he was unaware he had broken a rule and said he was not given a reason when he was asked to leave.

He described a witness claim that he acted aggressively as ridiculous.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:57:21 +1000    READ MORE

Knife-wielding Islamist militants kill Chinese imam

Three suspected Islamist militants armed with knives and axes have killed the imam of China's biggest mosque in the western region of Xinjiang, authorities say, days after a knife-wielding gang attacked state buildings in the same region.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:41:21 +1000    READ MORE

End of an era at Alcoa's aluminium smelter near Geelong

As the Alcoa smelter at Point Henry near Geelong closes, take a look back through some old and new pictures of the plant in action.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:25:48 +1000    READ MORE

Scientists take step toward blood test for suicide risk

US scientists have identified a gene mutation that appears to be common in people who attempt or commit suicide, a finding that could lead to the creation of a blood test to predict an individual's suicide risk.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:19:06 +1000    READ MORE

Man charged after taking spear gun to Children's Court

A 47-year-old Central Coast man has been granted bail after he appeared at the Newcastle Children's Court at Broadmeadow carrying a loaded spear gun.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:10:26 +1000    READ MORE

Modern birds 'evolved from flesh-eating dinosaurs'

Scientists believe that modern birds evolved from a large flesh-eating species of dinosaur that shrank in size over 50 million years.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:08:28 +1000    READ MORE

Call to sack Immigration staff after 'cover-up' allegations

The Refugee Council is demanding Immigration Department staff be sacked if they were involved in a cover-up about the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers in detention.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:07:23 +1000    READ MORE

Storm clean-up continues with damaging winds forecast

There is a severe weather warning in effect for damaging winds as more stormy conditions are forecast for Victoria.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:58:44 +1000    READ MORE

Pearson responds to coach outburst, blitzing 100m hurdles heats

Sally Pearson put Eric Hollingsworth's outburst behind her as she qualified fastest for the women's 100m hurdles final.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:07:23 +1000    READ MORE

CIA spied on senate panel investigating torture claims

The head of the CIA has made an extraordinary apology to senior members of congress after an investigation found that its officers had been spying on computers used by their staff.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:41:07 +1000    READ MORE

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza

Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to begin later today.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and US secretary of state John Kerry announced the temporary break in fighting, which is due to start 8:00am Friday local time (3:00pm AEST).

Mr Kerry called the ceasefire "precious time" and said it will give civilians a reprieve from violence, allowing them to bury the dead, care for the injured and restock food supplies.

A joint statement from the pair said "forces on the ground will remain in place" during the truce, implying that Israeli ground forces will not withdraw.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:07:01 +1000    READ MORE

Rare instrument theft proves bittersweet for muso

For musician Harry Manx, the theft of a unique Indian instrument turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:43:49 +1000    READ MORE

Multiple gas pipeline blasts in Taiwan kill 20

Multiple gas pipeline explosions have ripped through a city in Taiwan, killing at least 20 people and injuring hundreds more.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:40:29 +1000    READ MORE

Ballard wins para-1500m gold, Fearnley gets silver

Angela Ballard won the para-1500m T54 gold medal while Kurt Fearnley took out silver in the men's event in Glasgow.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:58:40 +1000    READ MORE

Etoundi, Samardali's brother ordered to pay compo for altercations

Francois Etoundi and Jordan Samardali's brother have been ordered to pay compensation for altercations in Glasgow.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:57:33 +1000    READ MORE

Sierra Leone declares state of emergency as Ebola toll rises

Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency as authorities struggle to contain the Ebola virus pandemic in west Africa, with the death toll now climbing to almost 730.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:55:44 +1000    READ MORE

Peter Greste 'coping well' in Egyptian jail, parents say

Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste has been "coping well" since his conviction by an Egyptian court, his parents say.

published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:17:15 +1000    READ MORE

Garfoot wins bronze, Dennis silver in road time-trial

Australia has taken a silver and bronze in the cycling road time-trial through Rohan Dennis and Katrin Garfoot.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:48:20 +1000    READ MORE

Evidence of asylum seeker data cover-up 'damning': Triggs

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has described evidence of a government cover-up about the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers as "very troubling and damning".

She has also hit back at Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, saying he needs to be better advised about what is happening inside Australia's detention centres.

Today's hearing into children in detention was told the Immigration Department allegedly asked for figures on the extent of mental health concerns among young detainees to be withdrawn from a report.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:46:41 +1000    READ MORE

International investigators reach MH17 crash site

A small Australian and Dutch reconnaissance team has reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after four days of failed attempts to make it across a battlefront to the wreckage.

The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday gave the go-ahead for Australian police and investigators to go to the crash site as part of an international recovery operation.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told Lateline the advance party had arrived and reported hearing shelling near the crash site in the "middle of a war zone", adding there was "fighting going on".

Federal MP Clive Palmer has called for the Australian officers to be brought home immediately, saying their lives should not be put at risk to recover the remaining victims.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:46:07 +1000    READ MORE

Moneghetti says Hollingsworth to be sent home for criticism of Sally Pearson

Suspended Athletics Australia head coach Eric Hollingsworth has been sent home from Glasgow over his criticism of Sally Pearson.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:26:29 +1000    READ MORE

Mental health patient allegedly killed with electric guitar

A mental health patient has been charged with murder after allegedly striking a fellow patient on the head with an electric guitar during a dispute.

A staff member making rounds at Shellharbour Hospital's Eloura West Mental Health Unit found the 47-year-old man with head injuries shortly before 8:00am (AEST) on Thursday.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:06:44 +1000    READ MORE

Australian share market ends July on a high

The Australian share market closed modestly higher today, ending a steady rise throughout July.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:06:44 +1000    READ MORE

Abetz hints at job applications policy backdown

Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz has given a strong indication the Government is willing to back down on its plan to make unemployed people apply for 40 jobs per month.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:53:09 +1000    READ MORE

Synchronised swimmers prepare for World Championships

The national synchronised swimming team has completed a 14-day training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, ahead of the World Championships in Quebec in October.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:00:15 +1000    READ MORE

Ebola virus outbreak timeline

Track the spread of the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak from its emergence earlier this year in Guinea.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:41:41 +1000    READ MORE

Mercy plea for drink-driver who killed brother in crash

An Adelaide court has been asked not to jail a drunken driver who caused the death of his teenage brother in a country crash, so as to not rob his mother of a second son.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:37:51 +1000    READ MORE

Two asylum seekers flee detention in Darwin

Two teenage asylum seekers have fled from detention in Darwin, the Immigration Department has confirmed.

The ABC understands the two are unaccompanied Vietnamese, both aged 16, who were recently moved to Darwin from Adelaide.

The pair had previously been living in community detention in Adelaide and attending Woodville High School.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:04:56 +1000    READ MORE

Building approval fall likely marks peak of home building boom

Official figures on new home approvals have raised questions over whether the building boom is peaking.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:43:24 +1000    READ MORE

Train crashes into fallen gum tree amid wild Adelaide weather

A train has crashed into a fallen gum tree in the Adelaide Hills as a severe weather warning is issued for Adelaide and the south-east coast of South Australia following wind gusts of up to 110km/h.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:48:57 +1000    READ MORE

United Nations releases satellite images of Gaza destruction

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research has released satellite images showing the extent of destruction in Gaza following weeks of ongoing conflict.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:36:41 +1000    READ MORE

Mother collapses as court hears her son died in squalor

A Melbourne couple whose five-year-old child died in their squalid home have had their plea hearing delayed after the child's mother passed out in the dock.

The couple pleaded guilty to reckless conduct endangering their children and awaiting sentencing by the Victorian County Court.

Extra security guards were called to the courtroom, after there was a heavy thump as she hit the floor before her husband called out for help.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:03:47 +1000    READ MORE

Paspaley charged over pearl diver's death

A two-year investigation into the death of a pearl diver off Western Australia's Kimberley coast has culminated in a criminal charge against the company, Paspaley Pearling.

Jarrod Hampton, from Brighton in Victoria, died in April 2012 while diving for pearls from a Paspaley-owned boat off Eighty Mile Beach, about 160 kilometres south of Broome.

He was employed as a drift diver, which involved collecting shells from the sea bed while being towed underwater. It was his second day on the job.

Crew members helped Mr Hampton, but he died at the scene.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +1000    READ MORE

'The world stands disgraced': UN's despair as Gaza shelter hit, 15 dead

UN leaders are left shaken and lost for words after a Gaza shelter is shelled, with the loss of 15 lives.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:49:51 +1000    READ MORE

Women in Turkey defy call not to laugh in public

Turkish women have posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter to protest comments by the country's deputy prime minister, who had urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values".

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:19:32 +1000    READ MORE

Racist train rant woman gets good behaviour bond

A woman filmed racially abusing a passenger on a Sydney train has been given a 12-month good behaviour bond.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:18:17 +1000    READ MORE

Woodside-Shell divorce plan looks likely to fail

A long running corporate divorce between Shell and Woodside has suddenly become a whole lot messier.

Woodside Petroleum and Shell's decade-long attempt to formalise their separation now appears doomed after Australian institutions objected to the terms of the $2.68 billion deal which involved Woodside buying back a 10 per cent stake in itself from Shell.

Australian institutions, incensed that Shell was receiving preferential treatment, arced up against the proposal even though the share buyback would have lifted their returns.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:38 +1000    READ MORE

Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law

The Republican-led US House of Representatives has cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing president Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:35:45 +1000    READ MORE

BHP ordered to pay record asbestos compensation

BHP Billiton has been ordered to make a record $2.2 million payout to a man who was exposed to asbestos at a New South Wales steelworks.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:31:36 +1000    READ MORE

Banks lead ASX higher, with mining stocks mixed

The Australian share market is trading higher, despite losses by many mining and energy stocks.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:12:26 +1000    READ MORE

Religions banned from running prayer groups in schools

Victoria has banned religious organisations from running prayer groups, handing out Bibles and delivering other unauthorised religious information sessions in state schools during school hours.

The directive has been issued by the Education Department under recent changes to the delivery of Special Religious Instruction (SRI) to students in public schools.

A government spokeswoman said the directive only affected activities that were run by unaccredited teachers or religious groups.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:02 +1000    READ MORE

Man jailed over 'horrendous' rape of teenager

A Canberra man has been jailed for nearly eight years for a rape described as "a horrendous personal violation" by the ACT's Chief Justice.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:56:14 +1000    READ MORE

IMF urges China to slow economic growth

The International Monetary Fund is calling on China's leadership to slow economic growth by around 1 percentage point for the good of the global economy.

Government debt in China, the report estimates, rose to around 40 per cent of GDP at the end of last year, as stimulus measures were introduced to keep growth at 7.5 per cent.

The IMF says this has been beneficial and provided a "welcome lift to the global economy."

However, it says authorities now need to concentrate on stabilising debt levels, managing a real estate slowdown and liberalising the financial system.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:30:25 +1000    READ MORE

Hastings Deering to cut 400 jobs in Queensland

Hundreds of Queensland jobs will be cut from major mining support services company Hastings Deering.

The company announced about 400 positions would be cut across its Queensland operations by the end of today.

The company said challenging market conditions had forced the decision.

The ABC has contacted the company for further details.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:01:02 +1000    READ MORE

Man charged over 1973 Albury murder

Police have charged a man with the abduction, rape and murder of a teenage girl in Albury, in southern New South Wales, more than 40 years ago.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:57:01 +1000    READ MORE

Truck driver gets 27 years for bashing stepson to death

A Sydney truck driver who beat his two-year-old stepson to death is sentenced to 27 years behind bars.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:48:08 +1000    READ MORE

Immigration accused of covering up children's mental health issues

The inquiry into children in immigration detention has heard evidence alleging a Government cover-up about the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers.

Psychiatrist Dr Peter Young was the director of mental health services at detention centre service provider International Health and Mental Services (IHMS) for three years until earlier this month.

He said figures showed significant mental health problems among child detainees, and the response from the Immigration Department upon being told was "negative".

Gasps were heard in the gallery as Dr Young said the department "reacted with alarm and asked us to withdraw the figures from our report".

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:48:08 +1000    READ MORE

'Low' risk of Ebola spreading to Australia

The Commonwealth chief medical officer says the risk of Ebola spreading to Australia from West Africa is very low.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:44:39 +1000    READ MORE

Internet piracy is theft: Malcolm Turnbull

Internet service providers could be asked to do more to crack down on piracy according to a Federal Government consultation paper that seeks to address illegal downloading of copyrighted material.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:27:41 +1000    READ MORE

MH17-related sanctions shock could push Russia into recession

Tighter sanctions have been imposed in the biggest standoff with Russia since the Cold War and now the questions are being asked: who will they hurt and how will the Russians react?

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:21:52 +1000    READ MORE

Leaking sewer stench a headache for homeowners

Angry residents in the Geraldton suburb of Utakarra say they are living in misery because of foul odours leaking from a sewer main just metres from their houses.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:49:21 +1000    READ MORE

Husband-wife argument leads to death on Stuart Highway

An argument between a husband and wife led to the man's death on the Stuart Highway after he was hit by a car, police say.

The 39-year-old had been arguing with his wife when he pulled the car over about 11:00pm at the Lake Bennett and Batchelor turn-offs, about 70 kilometres south of Darwin.

The man's wife walked into the bush and he crossed the highway to follow her.

He was struck by a four-wheel drive heading north.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:37:16 +1000    READ MORE

Wall St stocks flat despite strong US economic rebound

After several dull sessions there was plenty to keep traders busy overnight, with the US second quarter growth figures and some dissent on the Federal Reserve's board about the future of policy.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:56:02 +1000    READ MORE

Historic seaside pier badly damaged by fire

A Victorian-era seaside pier on Britain's south coast was badly damaged when fire broke out in an amusement arcade.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:10:36 +1000    READ MORE

Alcohol-related illnesses kill 15 Australians each day

Up to 15 people die and more than 430 are admitted to hospital every day in Australia due to alcohol-related illnesses, new research shows.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:52:39 +1000    READ MORE

Guinea stampede death toll rises to 34

The death toll from a stampede at a beachside rap concert in Guinea's capital celebrating the end of Ramadan has risen to 34, medical staff say.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:28:05 +1000    READ MORE

Mickle wins javelin gold, Roberts takes bronze

Kim Mickle won gold in the javelin on day seven in Glasgow, with team-mate Kelsey-Lee Roberts picking up bronze.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:00:39 +1000    READ MORE

Woman killed by falling tree as wild storms lash Tasmania

A 63-year-old woman has been killed by a falling tree in Launceston during a fourth day of wild storms across Tasmania.

There were widespread power disruptions and damage as trees fell onto houses and power lines.

At least 22,000 properties were without electricity late on Thursday night.

Eighteen public schools have been closed across the north and north-west, and Launceston's Cataract Gorge has been closed.

Destructive winds with gusts up to 130 kilometres an hour have been forecast for the south overnight.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:57:41 +1000    READ MORE

Israeli shells kill 17 at busy market: Gaza health ministry

Israeli shells have killed at least 17 people at a busy marketplace in the east of Gaza City, Palestinian officials say, as a four-hour pause in fighting announced by Israel was deemed worthless by Hamas.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:56:26 +1000    READ MORE

Liberia shuts schools in bid to halt Ebola outbreak

Liberia has quarantined communities and closed schools in the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government trying to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:24:57 +1000    READ MORE

Rebels accused of laying landmines at MH17 crash site

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop says she fears Russia is "undermining" attempts to investigate the MH17 tragedy, amid reports rebels in eastern Ukraine have planted landmines on roads approaching the crash site.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:58:30 +1000    READ MORE

Child death rates vary within similar communities: study

A detailed study of Australian baby and infant deaths by region has shown high socio-economic status and distance from hospitals is not always a guarantee of better survival rates.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:51:06 +1000    READ MORE

Etoundi charged with assault after Games village altercation

Weightlifting bronze medallist Francois Etoundi was charged with assault after an altercation in Glasgow's athletes' village.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:37:43 +1000    READ MORE

Mitcham, Nel win silver and bronze in 1m springboard

Matthew Mitcham and Grant Nel won silver and bronze respectively in the men's 1m springboard in Glasgow.

published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:51:24 +1000    READ MORE

Australians prefer digital over television for entertainment: survey

The growing use of digital devices has ended television's unrivalled dominance of Australian entertainment, a media consumption survey has found.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:25:36 +1000    READ MORE

Athletics Aust suspends coach Hollingsworth over Pearson criticism

Athletics Australia head coach Eric Hollingsworth has been suspended after calling out team captain Sally Pearson.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:28:31 +1000    READ MORE

Australia asked India to take asylum seekers at sea

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has revealed Australia unsuccessfully tried to get India to take 157 asylum seekers while they were being held on a Customs ship for almost a month.

The Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, including at least 37 children, were transferred to the Curtin Detention Centre several days ago, breaking long-standing government policy.

Mr Morrison revealed on 7.30 that secret negotiations had been underway with the Indian government and three options had been discussed.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:26:26 +1000    READ MORE

British A-G won't seek to increase Rolf Harris's sentence

Britain's attorney-general will not seek to increase Rolf Harris's sentence for child sexual assaults despite 150 complaints over its "leniency".

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:21:38 +1000    READ MORE

ACT to request loan to help solve Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis

The ACT Government will ask the Commonwealth for a low interest loan or fund, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, to help it solve the region's asbestos crisis.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:00:37 +1000    READ MORE

McDonald's breached code by giving vouchers to kids

Australia's advertising watchdog has upheld a complaint against McDonald's after vouchers for free fries were handed out to children at a playground in Victoria's north.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:46:33 +1000    READ MORE

UN school in Gaza shelled, at least 15 people dead

Israeli shelling of a UN school in Gaza's Jabaliya refugee camp has killed at least 15 people, hours after Gaza's only power station was destroyed.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:14:37 +1000    READ MORE

Man who supplied cannabis to sick child reported

An ACT man who was providing liquid medical cannabis to the family of a seriously ill toddler has had his house raided by police, after writing to the Chief Minister to tell her the treatment was working.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:28:54 +1000    READ MORE

Judge furious after man's third murder trial aborted

A Perth judge has expressed his rage following the abandonment of the third trial of an elderly man, accused of killing a woman more than 20 years ago.

Ronald Pennington, 85, was standing trial in the Supreme Court accused of killing 42-year-old Cariad Anderson-Slater in 1992.

Pennington was charged in 2011 after Mrs Anderson-Slater's remains were found on a property in Woodlands where he used to live.

He first stood trial in 2012 and was convicted, but that was overturned on appeal, and he then faced two more trials.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:09:26 +1000    READ MORE

Deadly landslide hits Indian village

A major landslide has hit a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, leaving at least 21 dead.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:44:31 +1000    READ MORE

Australian share market hits six-year high

The Australian share market has risen solidly to close at a fresh six-year high, with the gains shared between all sectors.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:37:17 +1000    READ MORE

Senate candidate dead after taking euthanasia drug

The Voluntary Euthanasia Party's South Australian Senate candidate at last year's election has died in an Adelaide motel room after taking the lethal drug Nembutal.

Max Bromson, 66, had been terminally ill with bone cancer.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:30:12 +1000    READ MORE

Brandis lays out plans to broaden anti-terror laws

Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed the Federal Government is planning to make it illegal to promote or incite terrorism.

He says he wants to broaden laws which ban the promotion of specific terrorist acts, to include the promotion of terrorism generally.

The move comes after police said they had warrants for the arrest of two Australian Islamic State fighters (pictured) following the posting of gruesome photos online.

The Government says there is increasing concern about the possible threat posed by around 160 Australians who are currently fighting with Islamist terror groups in the Middle East.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:09:11 +1000    READ MORE

Iraqi Christians flee militants, robbed during escape

Thousands of Iraqi Christians are being forced to flee the northern city of Mosul under threat by extremist Islamic militants, according to Christian leaders in Iraq and Australia.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:03:57 +1000    READ MORE

Glasgow locals give Malawi athletes pedal power

A Glasgow bike shop is helping two Malawi athletes get to the starting line at the Commonwealth Games.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:37:51 +1000    READ MORE

Local services could undermine Netflix in Australia

The anticipated arrival of the successful online video streaming service Netflix has spurred local operators to broaden their own services, raising the question of whether it has left its run here too late.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:37:51 +1000    READ MORE

CSIRO researchers use ferrets in search for Ebola cure

Australian researchers infecting ferrets to understand the deadly Ebola virus at the CSIRO in Geelong said a vaccine would not come fast enough to stop the current outbreak.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:24:05 +1000    READ MORE

Rowers crossing Indian Ocean blown off course, entering pirate waters

Rowers attempting a record-breaking crossing of the Indian Ocean from Western Australia to Africa have lost sight of their course and were entering waters known for pirates.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:59:07 +1000    READ MORE

Ebola: what is it and how does it spread?

Almost 700 people in West Africa have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record. What is Ebola, and how does this highly contagious and deadly disease spread?

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:54:30 +1000    READ MORE

ANU chief delivers damning report card on universities

The vice-chancellor of one of Australia's top-ranked universities has delivered a damning assessment of the country's tertiary education system, saying it has "no truly outstanding universities".

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:48:51 +1000    READ MORE

Last member of Enola Gay crew dies aged 93

The last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan near the end of WWII, has died aged 93.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:31:03 +1000    READ MORE

Wheat price keeps sliding on bumper global crop

Prospects of a bumper worldwide grain crop and news that new European trade sanctions against Russia will not include agriculture are continuing to drive down wheat prices.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:05:28 +1000    READ MORE

Hanson-Young denied access to Curtin Detention Centre

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says she has been denied access to the Curtin Detention Centre to visit the 157 Tamil asylum seekers who were held on an Australia Customs ship for almost a month.

Senator Hanson-Young says she had flown to Broome from Adelaide and was on the road to the remote West Australian centre when she was informed that she would not be allowed inside.

She says she has been visiting detention centres for more than six years and this is the first time she has been blocked from entering the Curtin facility.

"This is highly suspicious that I have been denied access today. This is a political move by the Immigration Minister. What is he hiding? What doesn't he want me to see?"

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:07:41 +1000    READ MORE

Employers 'getting away' with pregnancy discrimination

Australian employers are getting away with breaching their legal obligations to pregnant women and parents "scot free", according to Victoria's Legal Aid.

The state's legal aid service released a short YouTube clip in response to a report handed down by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) last week, which found widespread discrimination against expectant mothers.

The video was launched today at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, with Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:02:03 +1000    READ MORE

Kidnappers demand $50k ransom for Carlos Tevez's dad

The father of Juventus striker Carlos Tevez has been released by kidnappers in Buenos Aires after they were reportedly paid a $50,000 ransom.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:45:14 +1000    READ MORE

Aussie swimmers farewell Glasgow to prepare for Pan Pacs

After winning 57 medals in Glasgow the Australian swimming team is heading home to prepare for the Pan Pacs.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:30:46 +1000    READ MORE

Stampede at rap concert in Guinea kills 24

A stampede during a rap concert in Guinea has left at least 24 people dead, hospital officials said.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:27:32 +1000    READ MORE

Cat lovers on the prowl at new cafe in central Melbourne

Melbourne's new cat cafe is booked out for the next five days with people keen to have a coffee while socialising with 13 rescued felines.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:18:20 +1000    READ MORE

Hockey seeks to bypass Senate on budget measures

Treasurer Joe Hockey is struggling to get budget measures through the unwieldy Senate, and is now looking at ways to bypass it.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:24:36 +1000    READ MORE

Terence Hodsons' son hospitalised, delaying inquest

Andrew Hodson, son of slain police informer Terence Hodson, has called in sick to the Victorian inquest into his parents' deaths for the second time this week, delaying his cross-examination.

The inquest was due to finish today and Mr Hodson was scheduled to be cross examined over his knowledge of the 2004 murder of his parents.

Coroner Ian Gray described Mr Hodson as a vital witness who was required to assist him in "getting to the bottom" of the murders.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:23:27 +1000    READ MORE

More charges against PNG lawyer over government fraud

Police in Papua New Guinea have charged lawyer Paul Paraka with an additional 32 corruption-related offences, bringing the total alleged fraud to more than $AU100 million.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:32 +1000    READ MORE

Photos: Los Angeles water main bursts on Sunset Boulevard

Parts of Los Angeles have been thrown into chaos after a 90-year-old Sunset Boulevard water main burst, shooting millions of litres of water around 10 metres into the air.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:12:02 +1000    READ MORE

Man jailed for hit-and-run death of refugee

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to life in jail for killing a Sudanese refugee by running him down with his car.

Luke David Taylor, from the outer Perth suburb of Quinns Rock, had earlier pleaded guilty to hitting 29-year-old William Maker while he was waiting at a bus stop in the northern Perth suburb of Merriwa in April last year.

The Supreme Court earlier heard Maker was standing on the road trying to get Taylor, who was unlicensed at the time, to slow down.

Taylor was speeding, repeatedly going around a roundabout, spinning the car's wheels and revving its engine, the court was told.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:05:28 +1000    READ MORE

HSU whistleblower 'ambushed' at trade union inquiry

Health Services Union (HSU) whistleblower Kathy Jackson has won an adjournment at an inquiry into alleged trade union corruption after claiming she was "ambushed".

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:15:39 +1000    READ MORE

Defence paper raises doubts over local manufacturing

The Federal Government has not denied reports a major defence project may be handed over to a British firm.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:58:58 +1000    READ MORE

AFP seizes ice worth $130m in Melbourne

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have seized 135 kilograms of methamphetamine in Melbourne.

Police said they located four suitcases containing the drugs in an inner city Melbourne apartment on Tuesday night.

The estimated street value of the drugs is up to $130 million and represents 1.3 million street deals, police said.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:24:54 +1000    READ MORE

Crew 'back on Earth' after simulated Mars mission

Six volunteers taking part in a simulation of life on Mars have 'returned to Earth' after four months living on top of a Hawaiian volcano.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:57:16 +1000    READ MORE

WikiLeaks publishes details of suppression order

Details of a suppression order granted last month banning Australian media from reporting details of a corruption case involving international leaders and their relatives have been published by the WikiLeaks website.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:50:25 +1000    READ MORE

Rolf Harris plaque to stay, WA council says

A West Australian shire has voted to keep a plaque dedicated to disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:45:13 +1000    READ MORE

MH17: New sanctions mark biggest Russia-West confrontation since Cold War

The broader sanctions from the United States and the European Union mark a new phase in what's now the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:44:13 +1000    READ MORE

Domestic violence offenders should be tagged: police

The Victorian Police Association has called for repeat domestic violence offenders to be electronically tagged like paedophiles, but a domestic violence group said that would not have saved Luke Batty.

Fiona McCormack of Domestic Violence Victoria says the boy's father was entitled to be where he was.

She says electronic tagging is an expensive option when "thousands of women and children" are at risk in the community.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:43:03 +1000    READ MORE

Airlines say intelligence sharing a 'moral duty' after MH17

The airline industry says governments have a "moral duty" to share intelligence to prevent another passenger plane being shot down like Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:02:27 +1000    READ MORE

Treatment of asylum children 'state-sanctioned abuse'

Church leaders have described the Federal Government's treatment of unaccompanied children seeking asylum as "state-sanctioned child abuse".

In a report titled Protecting The Lonely Children, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce says the treatment of unaccompanied child asylum seekers is a "sick joke".

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has flatly rejected the claims, but the taskforce is calling for him to be stripped of his guardianship role of children in immigration detention.

"Children in our detention facilities are suffering everything from untreated sexual infections to tuberculosis ... they're biting themselves, they're banging their heads into furniture due to their appalling state of mental health."

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:51:53 +1000    READ MORE

Men escape serious injury when light plane crash lands

Two men have escaped serious injury when their light plane crash landed on a football field at Runcorn, south of Brisbane this morning.

The pilot was forced to make the emergency landing after experiencing engine problems about 7:30am (AEST).

Police Inspector Rob Graham says the men on board were lucky to escape with only minor injuries.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:33:44 +1000    READ MORE

Solomon hobbles out of Glasgow 400m semi-final

Steve Solomon injured his hamstring in his 400m semi-final, while Nicholas Hough just missed a 110m hurdles medal.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:23:34 +1000    READ MORE

Business concerned by Government's welfare proposal

A plan to force people on unemployment benefits to apply for 40 jobs a month looks unlikely to make it off the drawing board, with small and large businesses worried they will be inundated by low-quality job applications.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:23:34 +1000    READ MORE

NT Attorney-General 'punched in face' at football oval

The NT Attorney-General has been punched in the face while trying to stop an argument at a Darwin football oval, police say - hours after he intervened when a woman was allegedly assaulted across town.

Darwin police say John Elferink was at Gardens Oval with his children on Tuesday evening when he noticed two adults arguing.

When he went to intervene, a 25-year-old man punched him in the face, they said.

Earlier the same day, Mr Elferink - a former policeman - was involved in another incident in Darwin's mall, stepping in and warning off a man who had struck a woman.

They are the latest events in a history of Mr Elferink intervening during physical threats and violence.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:14:03 +1000    READ MORE

Miners fear poor job prospects despite mine approval

Australian mining engineers say the changing nature of the resources industry has put their job prospects on shaky ground.

The Federal Government says Adani's newly approved Carmichael Coal mine in central Queensland will be a jobs bonanza.

It is expected to create around 6,000 positions, but many highly skilled mine designers believe they will miss out.

Structural designer Chris Gifford says although his skills were in high demand during the resources boom, he is now one of thousands out of work amid concerns the new Galilee Basin coal projects would be designed overseas.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:10:03 +1000    READ MORE

Pacific summit opens with plea to protect oceans

The 45th annual meeting of Pacific Island leaders has officially begun in Palau with a message about protecting the world's oceans.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:01:30 +1000    READ MORE

Farmer charged with murder of NSW environment officer

A farmer whose property had been at the centre of an illegal land-clearing dispute has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead an environment officer.

Ian Robert Turnbull, 79, is accused of killing Glen Turner, a father of two and NSW Environment Department officer at Croppa Creek in northern New South Wales.

Today the Moree Local Court was told Turnbull had been in a long-running dispute with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and had a criminal history.

"We can't believe that someone's come out here to do his job, and we're always the ones to be the neighbourly ones and hospitable, but here's a man who's lost his life," neighbour Elaine Anderson said.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:51:49 +1000    READ MORE

Jetstar crew warned passengers to dispose of drugs

Jetstar has confirmed a crew member warned passengers returning from the Splendour In The Grass music festival about drug-detection dogs waiting at Sydney airport.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:45:52 +1000    READ MORE

Tasmanians brace for more wild weather amid clean-up

Tasmanians are bracing for more wild weather as the state mops up from destructive storms and flash flooding in the past two days.

Strong winds have brought down powerlines, trees and damaged roofs in Tasmania's south after "tornado-like" winds battered the north yesterday.

Flood warnings are in force for the north but the focus has turned to the south, which is on alert for gale-force winds.

There are also extensive power outages in the state's south.

Emergency service officials warn severe conditions will continue through the night.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:14:01 +1000    READ MORE

Young stowaway found dead on US military plane

The US military has found the body of an adolescent male trapped in a compartment above the landing gear of a C-130 aircraft following a trip to Africa.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:51:54 +1000    READ MORE

Ebola-fighting doctor dies from virus in Sierra Leone

The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record has died from the virus.

The death of Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry after treating more than 100 patients, follows the deaths of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two American medics in neighbouring Liberia.

Ebola is believed to have killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organisation.

"It is a big and irreparable loss to Sierra Leone as he was the only specialist the country had in viral haemorrhagic fevers," chief medical officer Brima Kargbo said.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:35:36 +1000    READ MORE

Russia sanctioned over support for Ukraine rebels

The US and the European Union will impose tough new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The move, which Australia will not follow at this stage, comes amid reports that apartment blocks are being shelled in the rebel-held city where Australian police aiming to get to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site are based.

The sanctions targets include banks, oil companies, defence and technology industries as the West seeks to pressure Russian president Vladimir Putin.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:10:46 +1000    READ MORE

Australia Zoo handler recovering after tiger bite

An animal handler is recovering after being bitten by a tiger at Australia Zoo on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:39:20 +1000    READ MORE

Indonesia-Australia code of conduct likely to be signed

Indonesia's presidential palace has indicated a code of conduct with Australia is likely to be signed soon.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:37:59 +1000    READ MORE

Aussies clean up on final day in Glasgow pool

Daniel Tranter won the 200m IM and Australia's women won the medley relay on the last day of Glasgow's swimming program.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:34:12 +1000    READ MORE

Vella, Chapman win Australia's fifth and sixth shooting gold medals

Australia's shooting team took its Glasgow gold medal haul to six with victories to Adam Vella and David Chapman.

published: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:20:21 +1000    READ MORE

China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang under investigation

China has formally announced a corruption probe will investigate its former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:22:16 +1000    READ MORE

FFA Cup starts with plenty of goals

The FFA Cup opened with a flurry of goals as the Strikers, Sydney Olympic, Olympic FC and South Springvale all won.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:38:20 +1000    READ MORE

Israel knocks out Gaza's only power plant

Israel has knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in a fresh offensive.

Thick black smoke rose on Tuesday from blazing fuel tanks at the power station that supplies up to two-thirds of Gaza's energy needs.

"The power plant is finished," its director, Mohammed al-Sharif, said.

Gaza City municipality said damage to the station could halt many of the area's water pumps, and it urged residents to ration water consumption.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:57:46 +1000    READ MORE

Shorter mid-year break considered for NT school students

The NT Government is considering changes to the school holiday calendar to "align with our Asian neighbours".

The changes could include a reduction to the four week mid-year break and moving the mid-semester break to fit with the Easter long weekend.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:49:07 +1000    READ MORE

Nigeria gold medallist Amalaha fails doping test

Nigeria's 16-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning weightlifter Chika Amalaha has failed a doping test.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:27:39 +1000    READ MORE

Coal power station to close, two years after $50m bailout

A brown coal-fired power station and briquette factory in Victoria's Latrobe Valley will close next month, two years after receiving a Federal Government bail-out package.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:27:39 +1000    READ MORE

Ukrainian villagers recall horror of MH17 victims 'pouring from the sky'

Ukrainian villagers whose homes were directly underneath the explosion which brought down MH17 have spoken of their horror as bodies and aircraft parts rained from the sky.

The community in the village of Rozsypne, deep in the rebel-held territory, is still struggling to understand how it has been catapulted into the middle of an international aviation disaster.

The tales the villagers tell of the day of the crash are shocking.

"I couldn't understand what I was seeing. People were pouring from the sky," one villager, Valery, said.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:22:14 +1000    READ MORE

NASA's Opportunity rover sets travel record on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has broken the record for extra-terrestrial travel.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:04:15 +1000    READ MORE

Judge attacks Carmody in email to old classmates

The acrimony over the appointment of Chief Justice Tim Carmody has deepened with one of Queensland's most senior judges delivering an extraordinary tirade about his suitability for the role.

Court of Appeal judge John Muir had already criticised the Government's choice for the state's top legal position but took it further in an email to old classmates at Nudgee College.

His email appears to have been prompted by the decision by the school's Old Boys' Association to invite Chief Justice Carmody to be guest speaker at its annual business breakfast next month.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:41:38 +1000    READ MORE

Australia more vulnerable than before GFC, economist says

A senior economist with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has issued a stark warning about the risks still facing the global economy.

Australian-born Adrian Blundell-Wignall, who is based in Paris as the OECD's director of financial and enterprise affairs, says his home country is more vulnerable now than it was when the global financial crisis (GFC) hit.

First on his list of risks is the continuing growth of emerging economies, which he says now account for 50 per cent of global production.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:20:08 +1000    READ MORE

Military cooperation set to dominate US and Australia talks

The growing military alliance between Australia and the United States will sit at the top of the agenda when the two nations' defence and foreign ministers meet next month in Sydney.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:03:28 +1000    READ MORE

Fighting keeps MH17 investigators from crash site

Australian and Dutch investigators have been unable to get through to the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine for the third day running as fighting continues in the rebel-held region.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:01:44 +1000    READ MORE

Port company to hand business to rival Patrick amid union stoush

One of Australia's largest port operators will indefinitely stop loading and unloading ships through its Fremantle terminal from this Thursday afternoon.

DP World Australia said it would subcontract its Fremantle vessels out to competitor Patrick in response to a Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) organised stoppage over negotiations about a new enterprise agreement.

The union describes the plan as a "lock-out" of 215 workers and an "extraordinary overreaction" to stop-work action planned for Thursday at Fremantle.

DP said the planned union action triggered its decision.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:01:44 +1000    READ MORE

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

A suicide attacker with explosives in his turban has killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan president Hamid Karzai near Kandahar, raising already high tensions as election results are contested.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:59:01 +1000    READ MORE

Miners and banks drive share market gains

The Australian share market has closed a fifth of a per cent higher, with mining and finance stocks among those driving the gains.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:44:43 +1000    READ MORE

Banks criticised over credit card security changes

Banks have been accused of not doing enough to help consumers ahead of the phasing out of signatures on credit card transactions.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:34:31 +1000    READ MORE

Rapist 'threatened to come back for victim's mother'

A man who pleaded guilty to raping a young woman during a random burglary last year told her not to tell anyone or he would come back and rape her mother, the ACT Supreme Court has heard.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:16:31 +1000    READ MORE

Vickery banned for four weeks for Cox punch

Richmond's Ty Vickery has received a four-week AFL ban for his punch which left West Coast's Dean Cox concussed.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:59:23 +1000    READ MORE

Concerns over plan to load coal ships on Barrier Reef

A plan to load coal ships in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef raises the risk of collisions and damage to the reef, says the United Nations' peak scientific and cultural body.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:08:34 +1000    READ MORE

Bow and arrow attacks on wildlife on the rise: carers

Wildlife carers say there are an increasing number of bow and arrow attacks on native animals, prompting calls for the weapons to be prohibited.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:07:27 +1000    READ MORE

Students take control of Australia's largest satellite dish

Budding astronomers have taken control of one of Australia's largest satellite dishes through an education program at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:43:03 +1000    READ MORE

Australians wanted on terrorism warrants over severed heads photos

Arrest warrants have been issued for two Australian Islamic State fighters, after one of them was pictured online brandishing the severed heads of Syrian government soldiers.

The ABC's 7.30 program can reveal NSW Police have issued warrants seeking the immediate arrest of Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar for terrorism offences if they return to Australia.

The two Sydney men travelled to Syria and then Iraq late last year and joined the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State.

A Twitter account linked to Sharrouf has published photos of Elomar holding up the severed heads of soldiers killed late last week during fighting in northern Syria.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:03:46 +1000    READ MORE

Adelaide pensioner jailed for selling drugs to gamble

An aged pensioner has been jailed for 19 months for trafficking cannabis to help pay for his gambling addiction.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:55:53 +1000    READ MORE

Inquiry into asylum seeker detention compels heath workers

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs is using her powers to compel witnesses to appear at a hearing into children in immigration detention.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:41:15 +1000    READ MORE

Tiger bites keeper on leg at Australia Zoo

A keeper is in a stable condition after suffering a puncture wound to his leg at Australia Zoo.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:41:15 +1000    READ MORE

'Cult' case proves need for charity watchdog: Xenophon

Revelations about alleged abuse and misuse of funds by a registered charity show the sector's regulator should be saved, independent Senator Nick Xenophon has said.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:31:11 +1000    READ MORE

Your say: What does the Promise Tracker say about the Abbott Government's performance?

ABC Fact Check has launched a Promise Tracker, which follows more than 60 promises made by the Coalition in the lead up to the 2013 federal election.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:18:33 +1000    READ MORE

HIA data show new home sales rise, apartments lead

The rate of growth in new home sales has eased but the industry says there is enough work in the pipeline for it not to be worried.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:14:17 +1000    READ MORE

Electronic vote counting proposed for federal elections

Future federal elections should use electronic vote counting to improve the accuracy of results, the ACT Electoral Commission has said.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:13:16 +1000    READ MORE

Mokbel claimed he made payment to have informer killed, inquest told

Gangland boss Tony Mokbel claimed to have contributed $50,000 to have police informer Terence Hodson killed, a witness has told an inquest in Melbourne.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:10:04 +1000    READ MORE

Australia's Call of Duty commentator mixing it with big guns

Dallas O'Donnell is a non-destructive testing technician in the mining industry, but in the world of online gaming he is somewhat of a celebrity.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:07:25 +1000    READ MORE

Combet predicts carbon tax repeal will not last

Former Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has described the Abbott Government's repeal of the carbon tax as 'no more than a setback' to tackling global warming.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:51:05 +1000    READ MORE

Mixed reaction to proposed public artworks in Sydney

There have been mixed reactions to the unveiling of three new public artworks in Sydney's central business district, including a 50-metre cloud-shaped arch and a giant milk crate-shaped pavilion.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:36:14 +1000    READ MORE

Lee unaware signed bats were for asylum talks: manager

Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee was unaware that bats signed for the Immigration Minister would be given to Indian officials involved in asylum seeker negotiations, the sportsman's manager says.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:20:05 +1000    READ MORE

ACCC examines Qantas over carbon tax repeal pass through

The competition watchdog has begun pressuring companies it believes are not passing on savings from the abolition of the carbon tax.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:07:40 +1000    READ MORE

BeyondBlue launches campaign against subtle racism

A new campaign has been launched to draw attention to subtle racism experienced by Indigenous Australians and the ongoing effects it can have on their mental health.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:24:26 +1000    READ MORE

Israel strikes house of Hamas leader in Gaza, Hamas rockets fired into Tel Aviv

Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +1000    READ MORE

Drunk man admits petrol attack on SA police officer

An Adelaide man has admitted he endangered a police officer's life when he doused him in petrol and tried to set him alight.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:42:43 +1000    READ MORE

Alleged Rebels arrested in cross-state drug busts

Six men, including four alleged members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, have been arrested over alleged importation of drugs estimated to be worth $20 million after a series of raids in Queensland and Tasmania.

Authorities allege the men were involved in the importation of more than eight kilograms of amphetamines from the UK.

Two of the men are to face court in Queensland, while three others are to appear in court in Tasmania.

A sixth man has been arrested in the United Kingdom.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:20:10 +1000    READ MORE

Adelaide-Darwin derailment affects supermarket supplies

Supermarket chain Woolworths said it was trucking food from Adelaide to Alice Springs after a train derailment caused a shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables in supermarkets across the Northern Territory.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:42:24 +1000    READ MORE

Qantas says flying over Iraq still safe despite conflict

World aviation officials will hold an emergency meeting in Canada tomorrow to discuss the risks of commercial airlines flying over war zones, following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:36:47 +1000    READ MORE

Who's who: The Russian-linked warlords behind rebellion in Ukraine

Fighting between the Ukraine government and pro-Moscow separatists continues to obstruct access of a joint Dutch-Australian police team to the site of the MH17 crash.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:36:47 +1000    READ MORE

ICAC corruption finding against RAMS founder overturned

The New South Wales Supreme Court has overturned a corruption finding against RAMS Home Loans founder John Kinghorn over his involvement in a mine licence linked to the Obeid family.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:26:31 +1000    READ MORE

QBE shares slump on unexpected insurance claims

Australian-listed global insurer QBE has again unpleasantly surprised the market with another profit warning.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:06:21 +1000    READ MORE

Accused in court after Tasmania's 'biggest drug bust'

Two Tasmanians have appeared in court after what police claim is the biggest drug bust in Tasmanian history.

Police said they seized two packages of amphetamines weighing a total of four kilograms with a street value of $10 million in raids on Hobart's eastern shore last month.

Police on Queensland's Gold Coast also seized another four kilograms of the drug during raids yesterday when premises were searched in Queensland and Tasmania, and five Australians with alleged links to the Rebels Motorcycle Club now face charges.

The drugs were allegedly seized as a part of joint operation by Tasmanian and Queensland police, along with the Australian Crime Commission, Australian Federal Police, and Customs.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:04:12 +1000    READ MORE

Hinch meets Qld A-G over sex offenders register

High-profile broadcaster Derryn Hinch has met with Queensland's Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to persuade him to adopt a public sex offenders register.

Mr Hinch has a petition signed by more than 150,000 people supporting the move.

A spokesman for Mr Bleijie says it is too early to say whether the State Government will support the idea of a register.

However, child protection campaigner Hetty Johnston says a register would likely drive sex offenders underground.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:54:16 +1000    READ MORE

Massive coal mine won't affect Great Barrier Reef: Hunt

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has hit back at criticism of his approval for Australia's largest coal mine, insisting the project will not have a big impact on the Great Barrier Reef.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:40:46 +1000    READ MORE

Wave-riding robots help track illegal fishing, weather

A US company is hoping to help Pacific Islands combat illegal fishing with a wave-riding robot which can sense boats offshore.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:36:11 +1000    READ MORE

Yarra River seal 'having a ball': Parks Victoria

A seal seen in Melbourne's Yarra River on Monday does not appear to have a rope around its neck, Parks Victoria says.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:21:50 +1000    READ MORE

Man charged after shots fired in Palmerston

A 63-year-old man accused of firing shots at a home in suburban Palmerston, a satellite city of Darwin, has been arrested and charged by NT police, after turning himself in.

Police went to a home in Gray just after midnight, responding to reports of a neighbourhood disturbance in which a gun was allegedly produced and a number of shots fired.

"There was an argument during which the alleged gunman produced a firearm and [allegedly] let loose a couple of shots - at least two," said an NT police spokesman.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:35:06 +1000    READ MORE

Ebola hospital in Nigeria shut down and quarantined

A hospital in Nigeria where a man died of Ebola virus in the country's first case of the highly infectious disease has been shut down and quarantined.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:30:09 +1000    READ MORE

How did the conflict in Ukraine start?

The region where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down is at the heart of a conflict that has been raging for months.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:27:54 +1000    READ MORE

Push for cannabis 'licences' for NSW medicinal use

Cannabis permit cards similar to drivers' licences could be issued to terminally ill patients in New South Wales to allow them to carry medicinal marijuana.

State Nationals MP Kevin Anderson is planning to soon distribute draft legislation for the decriminalisation of medicinal marijuana to his parliamentary colleagues.

Mr Anderson said the bill would propose a licensing system and a medicinal cannabis register that listed patients and carers who could legally possess up to 15 grams of the drug.

"If the police do come across someone [possessing marijuana] then they will be able to show their card," Mr Anderson said.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:43:05 +1000    READ MORE

Bishop presses for arming of officers at MH17 site

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is hopeful Ukrainian MPs will ratify an agreement to allow Australians to carry weapons on the MH17 crash site.

Ms Bishop is in Kiev holding talks with president Petro Poroshenko and other officials and says the plan to carry weapons is just a contingency.

Ms Bishop says the Australian Federal Police mission at the crash site will remain unarmed but says the addition of Ukrainian parliamentary approval for weapons is simply a wise contingency plan.

The announcement comes as fighting between the pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops forced the abandonment of the joint Dutch-Australian police mission to get to the site for the second day in a row.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:24:29 +1000    READ MORE

Flash flood in Tasmania after 'tornado-like' winds

Homes have been inundated by flash flooding in northern Tasmania just hours after the north-west was pounded by severe winds that left a trail of destruction and caused widespread power cuts.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has confirmed houses have been flooded at Windermere, Lilydale and Gravelly Beach near Launceston.

However, Jim Bolzenello from the SES said water levels have peaked.

"A number of houses have flooded, but the water is receding at this stage," he said.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:19:49 +1000    READ MORE

Scottish referendum could end 300-year union with England

As Glasgow basks in the glory of a Commonwealth Games that so far has gone off almost without a hitch, the real game in Scotland is arguably still to come.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:59:51 +1000    READ MORE

Rebels bikies targeted in pre-dawn raids across Victoria

A series of pre-dawn raids targeting the Rebels Motorcycle Club in Melbourne, Geelong and Traralgon has led to 13 arrests, Victorian police say.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:54:14 +1000    READ MORE

Court orders Russia to pay $53 billion for seizing Yukos assets

An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the former oil giant whose ex-owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell foul of the Kremlin.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:28:55 +1000    READ MORE

Australian transitions 1914-2014: Digital montages of a changing nation

The experience of "being Australian" changed on the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front, but before the war started life carried on with a normalcy that was captured by the leaders in Australia's burgeoning photography industry.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:58:48 +1000    READ MORE

Bailey-Cole, Okagbare win 100m finals

Kemar Bailey-Cole and Blessing Okagbare won the men's and women's 100m in Glasgow.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:50:52 +1000    READ MORE

Older Australians turning to the dole, new figures show

More than 200,000 Australians aged over 50 are now on the dole, new figures show, with the number of older Australians receiving unemployment benefits dramatically increasing in the past four years.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:39:13 +1000    READ MORE

Eight children die after explosion at Gaza playground

A grim-faced Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:14:45 +1000    READ MORE

Campbells lead sweep of women's 100m freestyle

Cate Campbell beat sister Bronte and Emma McKeon as Australia swept the women's 100m freestyle in Glasgow.

published: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:37:42 +1000    READ MORE

Abetz admits risk of jobseekers 'box-ticking' under welfare changes

Employment Minister Eric Abetz has admitted there is a risk of "box-ticking" if jobseekers are forced to apply for 40 jobs a month to claim welfare.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:49:59 +1000    READ MORE

6yo boy dies after being hit by car in Sydney

A six-year-old boy has died in hospital after being hit by a car in Sydney's south on Monday.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:11:04 +1000    READ MORE

MH17 black boxes 'show shrapnel caused crash'

Ukraine says black boxes recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 show shrapnel from a rocket explosion caused the passenger jet to crash.

The finding was revealed as a convoy of international inspectors, including Australian Federal Police officers, abandoned an attempt to reach the crash site for the second day running amid fierce fighting in the rebel-held area.

A Ukrainian spokesman said data from the black box flight recorders, decoded in Britain, showed the passenger airliner was brought down by "massive explosive decompression arising from multiple shrapnel perforations from a rocket explosion".

Meanwhile Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she wants AFP officers in Ukraine to be allowed to carry weapons "for self-defence".

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:04:55 +1000    READ MORE

Mob in Pakistan kills three over 'blasphemy' row

A mob in Pakistan has torched an Ahmadi Muslim minority neighbourhood, killing a woman and her two granddaughters after a sect member was accused of a blasphemous posting on Facebook.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:15:44 +1000    READ MORE

No doubting Ricciardo now, says Jones

Put Daniel Ricciardo in a better car and he would take the F1 title race to the wire, says former world champion Alan Jones.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:24:50 +1000    READ MORE

ISIS targets Indonesian Muslims in recruitment video

A group of Indonesian men have appeared in a recruitment video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) urging Indonesian Muslims to join the group's fight.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:49:53 +1000    READ MORE

Pietersen to play for Melbourne Stars in BBL

The Melbourne Stars have lured Kevin Pietersen to play in the Big Bash League this summer.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:06:07 +1000    READ MORE

Orica fined over chemical spills and breaches in NSW

The chemical company Orica has been fined $768,000 over a series of chemical spills and safety breaches at two of its sites in New South Wales.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:51:44 +1000    READ MORE

Big banks fall as Australian market finishes lower

The Australian share market fell slightly to start the week, with finance sector losses outweighing gains by the miners.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:44:40 +1000    READ MORE

Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares

The United Nations Security Council is calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza to allow for urgent aid to reach civilians.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:35:42 +1000    READ MORE

Brisbane woman heads to US for tree climbing championships

Climbing trees has gone far beyond just a childhood hobby for Brisbane's Rebecca Barnes.

The reigning Australian Tree Climbing Women's Champion and Asia Pacific Women's Champion wants to do her country proud as one of the 50 competitors in the International Tree Climbing Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this weekend.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:18:57 +1000    READ MORE

Peter Slipper guilty of misusing Cabcharge allowances

Former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has been found guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court on three counts of dishonesty over the misuse of his parliamentary Cabcharge allowance.

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

Slipper had earlier in the trial applied three times to get the charges thrown out of court.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:13:28 +1000    READ MORE

Militant attacks kill at least 19 in southern Philippines

At least 19 people, including children, were killed when Islamic militants opened fire on two vehicles in a remote southern Philippines town.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:37 +1000    READ MORE

Vickery referred straight to the tribunal

Richmond forward Ty Vickery has been referred straight to the tribunal for his punch on West Coast's Dean Cox.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:44:09 +1000    READ MORE

Darwin inmates repeatedly break out, return drunk

At least four prisoners in Darwin are suspected of repeatedly escaping the prison, getting drunk, then voluntarily returning to the facility in the hope no one would notice.

The ABC understands authorities were checking whether low-security prisoners have repeatedly escaped from a work release centre at Berrimah jail for a few hours after a 7pm headcount.

"It would appear that a couple of prisoners have jumped the fence but returned," a spokesman for NT Department of Correctional Services said.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:36:28 +1000    READ MORE

Hodson son may have 'inadvertently' shared security info

The son of Terence and Christine Hodson may have "inadvertently" given out information about his parents' security system in the lead-up to their deaths to convicted drug boss Tony Mokbel, an inquiry has heard.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:05:20 +1000    READ MORE

AFP again abandon bid to reach MH17 crash site

A convoy of unarmed police officers has again abandoned attempts to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines MH17 amid fierce fighting in the area in eastern Ukraine.

ABC correspondent Stephen McDonell says the Australian and Dutch inspectors drove right into an "active battle zone" as they headed for the "chaotic and extremely dangerous" site.

"Then soon after the inspection team could be seen returning at high speed. Artillery and rocket fire could be heard 15 kilometres from the crash site," he said.

A Ukrainian military statement said troops "had entered into" two towns near the crash site, and "battles were continuing for the complete liberation" of two other towns.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:54:11 +1000    READ MORE

Families SA official resigns after misleading superiors

The South Australian Education Department's deputy chief executive has resigned for "inadvertently misleading" his boss and the Minister over a sexual abuse case involving a Families SA carer.

The carer has been charged over the abuse of seven preschool-aged children under his care at a Government residential facility.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:05:36 +1000    READ MORE

One dead, eight injured by Venice Beach lightning strike

One man is dead and at least eight people have been injured in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach, California.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:00:42 +1000    READ MORE

Seal seen swimming in Yarra with ropes around neck

Wildlife officials are worried about a large seal seen swimming in the Yarra River with what appeared to be ropes tangled around its neck.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:33:55 +1000    READ MORE

France rejects Orica bid to ship toxic waste to Alps

A third attempt by Australian chemical giant Orica to export its stockpile of hazardous waste for disposal in Europe appears to have failed.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:27:05 +1000    READ MORE

Father not guilty of murdering daughter with cake knife

A Perth father has been found not guilty of murdering his 24-year-old daughter with a cake knife during an argument at his South Fremantle unit.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:40:48 +1000    READ MORE

Trio jailed for murder of Wollongong lawyer in house fire

Two women and a man have been jailed for the murder of solicitor Katie Foreman in Wollongong.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:37:13 +1000    READ MORE

AFP officers in hot water for Lily Allen fake arrest photo

Australian Federal Police officers who handcuffed Lily Allen as part of an Instagram prank gone wrong are now the subject of an internal investigation.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:07:06 +1000    READ MORE

Leighton dividend rises despite profit fall

Construction giant Leighton Holdings suffered a fall in profit, as earnings results at key businesses including John Holland and Leighton Contracting halved.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:22:26 +1000    READ MORE

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

Hundreds of delegates from across the Pacific are arriving in Koror in Palau to discuss climate change, non-communicable diseases and protecting marine life.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:17:41 +1000    READ MORE

Carmichael coal mine project gets federal approval

Australia's biggest coal mine, the $16.5 billion Carmichael Coal and Rail Project in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has been given federal approval.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the project proposed by Indian company Adani could go ahead, subject to 36 "strict" conditions focused on conserving groundwater.

But Greens Senator Larissa Waters said the mine's approval was an environmental and climate disaster.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:14:58 +1000    READ MORE

Security guards suspended after prisoner escapes at Acacia Prison

Two prison guards have been suspended after a detainee escaped from Western Australia's only privately-managed prison this morning.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:04:49 +1000    READ MORE

NAB mortgage customers ahead on loans, first home buyers less so

National Australia Bank has released data showing 85 per cent of its home loan accounts are now ahead on repayments.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:01:20 +1000    READ MORE

Former members lift lid on Christian cult of horrors

A four-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).

Tonight's Four Corners reveals that self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams was using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a clandestine homosexual sex ring while allegedly misusing vast amounts of member donations for personal use.

Courageous former members have broken their silence and tell of their torment living inside the NSW-based group, which they say is a horrendous cult run by one man.

The revelations have prompted Australia's charity regulator to promise an immediate investigation into the assembly, which enjoys tax-free status.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:38:34 +1000    READ MORE

Canberra-based artist Richard Larter dies

Celebrated Australian artist Richard Larter has died in Canberra at the age of 85.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:20:25 +1000    READ MORE

Mining survey shows productivity now biggest industry challenge

A snapshot of the global mining sector shows companies are shifting their focus to maximise profits as the industry's boom enters its twilight.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:41:35 +1000    READ MORE

Vic Labor staff destroyed reporter's recording device

Victoria's Opposition has admitted that ALP staff listened to and then destroyed a journalist's recording device that had been lost earlier this year.

The Age newspaper reported the journalist dropped the device at the Labor state conference in May and alleged that senior ALP staff members stole it from a lost property box.

Mr Samaras issued a statement apologising for not returning the recording device, which belonged to journalist Farrah Tomazin.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has described the matter "a dirty mess" in which he had "no involvement".

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:56:14 +1000    READ MORE

Tourists flee 'drunk, aggressive' tour guide in Darwin

A Darwin guide who allegedly drove her tour group around while drunk is due to face court next month.

Northern Territory Police said a group of eight tourists got a "somewhat extreme taste of the Top End" when returning from a trip on Sunday, with their driver apparently intoxicated and behaving in an aggressive manner.

The owner of the About Darwin family tour company, Brian Waites, has made a public apology on behalf of the company and the driver.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:38:07 +1000    READ MORE

Crowds gather in Sydney to celebrate end of Ramadan

Thousands of Muslims are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr in Sydney's south-west to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:27:45 +1000    READ MORE

Japanese schoolgirl admits to dismembering classmate

A 15-year-old Japanese schoolgirl was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murdering a classmate and dismembering her body, local media reported.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:56:37 +1000    READ MORE

More than 150 killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

The Libyan government says more than 150 people have died in clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi, descending into the country's deadliest violence since 2011.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:25:08 +1000    READ MORE

Ceasefire stalls as fighting continues in Gaza

A 24-hour ceasefire announced by Hamas in Gaza appears to be stalling, with both Palestinian militants and Israel continuing their offensives.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:01:27 +1000    READ MORE

ASX profit reporting season clouded by prospect of downgrades

The share market's profit reporting season looks likely to disappoint as much of corporate Australia searches for earnings growth.

Nervousness has been heightened by a rise in share prices despite little evidence that firms will post a corresponding increase in earnings.

It has been six months since Australia's $1.5 trillion stock market last bared its financial soul to the world and in that time its value has risen by 7 per cent, even while the big broking houses have been busily downgrading its earning potential.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +1000    READ MORE

Labor MPs at odds over call to condemn Gaza assault

Forty-one state and federal MPs have signed a strongly worded letter condemning the Israeli military's attacks on Gaza.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:48:21 +1000    READ MORE

Italy's Nibali keeps date with Tour destiny

Italian Vincenzo Nibali has won the Tour de France to become the sixth man to win all three grand tours.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:06:22 +1000    READ MORE

Boko Haram suspected of kidnapping Cameroon minister's wife

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of a senior Cameroonian minister and a traditional leader in attacks in the far north of the country that left at least six dead.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:05:16 +1000    READ MORE

Tamil asylum seekers are 'economic migrants': Morrison

The Immigration Minister has dismissed any claims of persecution in India, saying the 157 Tamil asylum seekers who were held on a Customs ship for almost a month are certainly economic migrants.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:47:48 +1000    READ MORE

Unemployed to be forced to apply for 40 jobs a month

The Federal Government has released details of a new $5.1 billion package for a new employment services model that will provide wage subsidies to young and long-term unemployed people.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:36:23 +1000    READ MORE

Australians fill podium in blue-riband race in Glasgow

A James Magnussen-led Aussie sweep of the 100m freestyle podium headlined a strong day four in the pool.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:59:57 +1000    READ MORE

Morton beats Meares to sprint gold in Glasgow

Stephanie Morton dethroned countrywoman Anna Meares as the Commonwealth Games sprint champion on day four.

published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:14:38 +1000    READ MORE

Ricciardo wins thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo pipped Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to win a thrilling Hungarian F1 Grand Prix.

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:59:31 +1000    READ MORE

Costa Concordia wreck completes its final voyage

The wreck of the Costa Concordia has completed its final voyage to the port where it will be broken up for scrap metal, two-and-a-half years after the cruise liner ran aground and sank, killing 32 people.

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:59:31 +1000    READ MORE

Israel claims Hamas violates its own proposed 24-hour truce

Palestinian militant group Hamas agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in their conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the group said, but the Israeli prime minister has told media the group is "continuing to fire".

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:26:06 +1000    READ MORE

Michael Shelley wins Australian marathon gold

Michael Shelley powered to victory in the Commonwealth Games marathon while Jess Trengove claimed women's bronze.

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:15:36 +1000    READ MORE

Tigers put off decision on Potter's future

Mick Potter has survived the axe for the time being after the Tigers held off on making a decision about his future.

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:41:47 +1000    READ MORE

Promise check: We will stop the boats

In his campaign launch speech on August 25, 2013, Tony Abbott pledged: "We'll build a stronger economy so everyone can get ahead. We'll scrap the carbon tax so your family will be $550 a year better off. We'll get the budget back under control by ending Labor's waste. We'll stop the boats."

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:05:21 +1000    READ MORE

Promise check: No tax increases 

Tony Abbott made a series of promises about taxes in the lead-up to the 2013 federal election. 

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:05:21 +1000    READ MORE

Promise check: No change to pensions

Around 80 per cent of pension-age Australians receive either a full or part pension, and the National Commission of Audit projects this figure will not change over the next 40 years.

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:05:21 +1000    READ MORE

Cottesloe mansion could sell for as much as $50m

An iconic property has gone up for sale in one of Perth's wealthiest beachside suburbs, and is estimated to be worth up to $50 million.

published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:26:26 +1000    READ MORE

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