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Hong Kong protesters warn of new action unless leader quits

Organisers of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have warned they will launch new civil disobedience plans unless the city's leader stands down.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:50:24 +1000    READ MORE

Japan volcano death toll rises to 47

The death toll from Japan's volcanic eruption has risen to 47 after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered summit.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:25:20 +1000    READ MORE

Wanderers through to ACL final with 2-0 win over FC Seoul

Western Sydney Wanderers advanced to the Asian Champions League final following a 2-0 win over FC Seoul at Parramatta Stadium.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:25:32 +1000    READ MORE

10 killed in Ukraine as shelling hits school

At least 10 people have been killed in shelling at a school and nearby streets in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, officials and witnesses said.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:55:00 +1000    READ MORE

Drug found to stop bowel cancer growth in 80pc of cases

Australian scientists have discovered a set of drugs that stop the growth of bowel cancers in about 80 to 90 per cent of cases.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:16:55 +1000    READ MORE

Media blackout on 'umbrella revolution' in mainland China

The large-scale and at times tense democracy protests in Hong Kong have made headlines around the world, yet this movement in the Chinese territory is not seen as a major news event in mainland China.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:15:30 +1000    READ MORE

War crimes suspect in ACT to fight extradition plans

A Canberra man accused of war crimes signals he will fight plans to extradite him to Bosnia to face the allegations.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:04:58 +1000    READ MORE

Amid 'blur' of nappies and formula, rare gibbon survives

A rare Javan gibbon hand-reared from birth to ensure his survival may soon be returned to his family, staff at the Perth Zoo say.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:35:42 +1000    READ MORE

Share market starts lower but rebounds

The Australian share market saw highs and lows on Wednesday, beginning the day sharply lower before rebounding to close significantly higher.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:23:44 +1000    READ MORE

Essendon, Hird set for showdown over ASADA appeal

James Hird's future at Essendon is in doubt after his lawyers confirmed he was preparing to challenge the Federal Court's verdict in its case against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:56:57 +1000    READ MORE

'Electronic tongue' to test Thai food for authenticity

On the orders of the former PM, a machine that will test the authenticity of Thai dishes cooked around the world has been unveiled in Bangkok.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:49:18 +1000    READ MORE

Queensland motorists peel off rego stickers for last time

Queensland motorists can take their registration stickers off their windscreens for good, as the Department of Transport and Main Roads moves to new digital technology.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:45:35 +1000    READ MORE

Funds manager says Medibank float attracting strong interest

With the Federal Government's announcement of the Medibank float, all eyes are looking towards the details.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:10:22 +1000    READ MORE

Fiji songwriter 'bashed' after campaign ad row with PM

Amnesty International has urged Fiji authorities to fully investigate allegations army officers bashed a man who sent angry text messages to prime minister Frank Bainimarama.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:08:13 +1000    READ MORE

Ukrainian MP beaten by nationalist mob in Odessa

A deputy from the party of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was attacked and beaten by a crowd in the Black Sea resort of Odessa on Tuesday during political campaigning for a parliamentary election set for October 26.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:06:49 +1000    READ MORE

Seven dead in Taliban suicide attacks on Afghan army

Two Taliban suicide bombers have attacked an army bus and another army vehicle in the Afghan capital, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government says.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:34:15 +1000    READ MORE

Resurgent Rabbitohs ready for NRL grand final

It has been a long road back to the grand final for South Sydney, via exclusion, reinstatement and renewal at the club.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:30:10 +1000    READ MORE

Rugby league's greatest drought breakers

As Souths aim to break their title drought, Grandstand looks back at the teams that ended decades of pain for their fans.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:19:30 +1000    READ MORE

Woman chose home birth after hospital trauma, coroner hears

The traumatic hospital birth of a first child led a Perth woman to opt for a home birth with her second, the mother has told an inquest into her baby's death.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:51:49 +1000    READ MORE

Alleged Retta Dixon victims call for new charges

Alleged victims of abuse at the Retta Dixon home have marched from the Supreme Court in Darwin to the police station after a royal commission heard graphic evidence of abuse at the hands of a convicted sex offender.

A number of former Retta Dixon residents and their supporters who were at the court as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse marched to the station to make new criminal complaints.

The action came after the commission finished its Darwin hearings on Wednesday.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:46:15 +1000    READ MORE

Australian planes to start flying over Iraq: Abbott

Australian refuelling and surveillance planes will today start flying over Iraq in support of the international coalition battling Islamic State (IS) militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:29:51 +1000    READ MORE

Westpac to cut hundreds of call centre jobs in Qld, WA

Banking giant Westpac is preparing to shed more than 200 jobs by closing call centres in Queensland and Western Australia.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:15:20 +1000    READ MORE

AFL champions Hawks tour 'second home' Tasmania

Hundreds of loyal Hawthorn fans have turned out in Hobart to give AFL premiers a hero's welcome on their Tasmanian tour.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:15:20 +1000    READ MORE

Disadvantage taken into account in sentence appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal will consider social disadvantage in its review of the sentence given to a New South Wales Aboriginal man who partially blinded a prison guard. 

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:03:25 +1000    READ MORE

Scientists map wreck of ship that crashed into Tasman Bridge

Scientists have mapped the wreck of a ship that sank in Hobart's River Derwent after it ran into and demolished part of the Tasman Bridge in 1975.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:58:01 +1000    READ MORE

Smokers' generosity to nation truly staggering: senator

A crossbench Senator has thanked Australia's smokers and attacked successive governments for increasing tobacco taxes in a speech in Federal Parliament.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:52:41 +1000    READ MORE

Abbott wishes the burka 'was not worn' in Australia

Tony Abbott says he wishes the burka "was not worn" in Australia, and has indicated he may support calls to ban the Islamic head-covering from being worn by visitors to Parliament House.

The PM said he found the burka a "confronting form of attire" but added: "We are a free country ... and it is not the business of Government to tell people what they should and shouldn't wear."

Mr Abbott indicated he might back calls for burkas to be banned from Parliament House on security grounds, saying: "It has to be the same rules for everyone and if the rules require you to show your face, well, you show your face."

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told Lateline that Mr Abbott should have kept his personal views about the burka to himself.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:11:09 +1000    READ MORE

Army corporal charged with rape at Amberley base

An Army corporal has been charged with raping a female private at Queensland's Amberley defence base.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:06:56 +1000    READ MORE

Bus loads of police arrive at Hong Kong protests

Bus loads of police have arrived in central Hong Kong as crowds continue demonstrations across the city.

The government's leader attended a flag-raising ceremony this morning as the city marked China's national day.

Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung led the ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

But protesters at the nearby street rallies turned their back on the event, instead forming crosses with their hands and holding yellow ribbons as a symbol of democracy for Hong Kong.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:54:15 +1000    READ MORE

Chloe Valentine found with teenage boy in park

A police officer told an inquest he found 4yo Chloe Valentine in a teenage boy's care in a park during winter.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:43:47 +1000    READ MORE

More cuts needed to pay for defence, security spending: Hockey

Joe Hockey has signalled more budget cuts are on the way, saying the Government has "no choice" but to look for new savings.

The move has been prompted by the failure to win Senate support for billions of dollars of budget measures and new spending on security and the defence mission in the Middle East.

In August, the Government announced a $630 million funding boost for security and intelligence agencies to better deal with the threat of terrorism.

The military deployment to the Middle East is expected to cost about $500 million per year.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:31:14 +1000    READ MORE

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young suffering from dementia

The family of Malcolm Young, one of the founding members of legendary Australian rock outfit AC/DC, have confirmed the guitarist is suffering from dementia.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:24:42 +1000    READ MORE

Gold Coast Suns sack coach Guy McKenna

Gold Coast Suns deny approaching Essendon's Mark Thompson to replace sacked coach Guy McKenna.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:21:20 +1000    READ MORE

Revlon factory blast victims win $6.6m payout

Three men who took cosmetics giant Revlon to court over injuries received in an explosion at a Canberra factory in 2009 have won multi-million-dollar payouts.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:04:14 +1000    READ MORE

Dollar drops on weak retail sales growth

A steep fall in sales for department stores and household goods retailers has kept turnover fairly flat in August.

Overall, the Bureau of Statistics figures show retail turnover edged up 0.1 per cent in the last month of winter to $23.3 billion.

However, economist forecasts had centred on a rise of 0.4 per cent for the month, and the Australian dollar was quickly sold off on the data.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:01:19 +1000    READ MORE

Sentencing for Robina shooter delayed

Sentencing has been adjourned for the man found guilty of attempting to gun down an alleged former member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club at a Gold Coast shopping centre.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:55:32 +1000    READ MORE

NT's long list of potential killers

From man-eating animals to extreme weather systems, NT's list of potential killers is long.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:55:32 +1000    READ MORE

Andrew Colvin named as new AFP Commissioner

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced the appointment of Andrew Colvin as the new Federal Police Commissioner.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:47:14 +1000    READ MORE

Taser use against unarmed offenders now allowed in SA

South Australian police are now able to use Tasers against unarmed people, but a situation must be considered high risk.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:28:24 +1000    READ MORE

Missing British teen 'may have joined fighters in Syria'

A missing 15-year-old British girl may have become radicalised and travelled to Syria to join an extremist group, police fear.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:37:57 +1000    READ MORE

Victorian drink-drivers forced to install interlocks

Drink-drivers who have their licence cancelled will today have special locks fitted to their cars to prevent them driving while under the influence.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:26:46 +1000    READ MORE

CSG 'safe to proceed but stricter safeguards needed'

A long-awaited review into Coal Seam Gas extraction in New South Wales has found that the industry was safe to proceed but stricter safeguards need to be put in place.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:26:46 +1000    READ MORE

Home price gains slow, but Sydney surge continues

Home prices were almost flat across the nation in September, but Sydney's market continues to surge.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:59:19 +1000    READ MORE

Manufacturing slips further into contraction despite dropping dollar

A key private index of Australian manufacturing shows the sector is losing ground, despite a lower currency.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:31:41 +1000    READ MORE

EU retains targeted sanctions against Russia

The European Union is to keep in place tough economic sanctions against Russia despite what it has called encouraging developments during Ukraine's ceasefire.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:31:41 +1000    READ MORE

Australia's first Joint Strike Fighter takes inaugural flight

The first of Australia's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters has made its inaugural flight in the US where manufacturer Lockheed Martin's chief test pilot took the aircraft through its paces in a two-hour flight check.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:17:09 +1000    READ MORE

Police name man found dead on back patio

Police have released the name of a man found dead with significant head injuries at a house at Coomera in the early hours of this morning.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:03:15 +1000    READ MORE

SBY under fire for failing to protect direct elections

With just days left in the job, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono moves to defend his democratic reputation to overturn an unpopular law.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:48:12 +1000    READ MORE

US shares continue to slide as data disappoints

Wall Street continued its slide overnight as economic data failed to meet expectations.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:45:47 +1000    READ MORE

Palmer denies inquiry is revenge against Newman

Clive Palmer denies a wide-ranging Senate inquiry into the Queensland Government is about getting back at Premier Campbell Newman.

The Palmer United Party, Labor and the Greens have combined to set up the six-month select committee into the Newman administration.

The inquiry has broad terms of reference, including looking into the use of Commonwealth funds and development and environmental approvals, including for coal seam gas projects.

Mr Palmer denies Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney's claim that the mining magnate is still reeling from a state decision to reject his bid for a Galilee rail line.

"Mr Seeney is just a liar," Mr Palmer told the ABC this morning.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:27:13 +1000    READ MORE

Thieves steal Degas painting from pensioner

Thieves have stolen a painting by French master Edgar Degas valued at $8.69 million from the home of a 70-year-old Greek Cypriot, according to Cyprus police.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:59:37 +1000    READ MORE

Map sheds fresh light on Ludwig Leichhardt expedition

An Australian National University project has shed new light on explorer Ludwig Leichhardt and his landmark expedition through northern Australia in 1844.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:43:14 +1000    READ MORE

More than 2m risk defaulting on basic debts: report

More than two million Australians risk defaulting on their basic household debts over the next year, a report out today warns.

According to an annual scorecard from the credit reference agency Veda, the bills in the too-hard basket include small ones for gas, electricity and mobile phones.

The study also says 500,000 people have jeopardised their credit-worthiness by lying or intentionally omitting information from their credit applications.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:41:48 +1000    READ MORE

eBay to part from PayPal to remain competitive

US online auction giant eBay has announced plans to spin off its PayPal unit, a move designed to help it compete better in the fast-moving online payments segment.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:40:35 +1000    READ MORE

Muslim footballer's praying penalty wrong, NFL concedes

Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalised for sliding on his knees and bowing in prayer after scoring a touchdown, the NFL has admitted.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:32:14 +1000    READ MORE

Health officials confirm first case of Ebola in US

The United States diagnoses its first case of the deadly Ebola virus, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention says.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:04:30 +1000    READ MORE

Baby snatch attempt on Sydney's Bay Walk

A man tried to snatch a baby from a mother while she was pushing a pram along the Bay Walk in Sydney's inner west.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:03:16 +1000    READ MORE

Parliamentary Triangle parking fees comes into effect

Public servants and office workers now must pay to park in Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle under regulations that came into force today.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:43:04 +1000    READ MORE

Chloe inquest told mother was drunk and wandered off

An inquest into Chloe Valentine's death has been told the girl was left with a teenager after her drunk mother wandered off and could not be found.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:35:47 +1000    READ MORE

US Secret Service rebuked over White House breach

US lawmakers have scolded the head of the US Secret Service over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and director Julia Pierson has promised them it will never happen again.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:18:45 +1000    READ MORE

Network costs and confusing fees add to power bill pain

Consumers are being slugged with rising electricity bills boosted by big network costs and confusing fees from energy retailers, according to a new report.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:16:52 +1000    READ MORE

Olympic champion Phelps arrested on DUI charge

Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:03:04 +1000    READ MORE

Driver, guard escape injury after Sydney train fire

A driver and a guard have escaped serious injury after an explosion tore through an empty passenger train in Sydney's south-west.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:32:34 +1000    READ MORE

Japan volcano showing signs of second eruption

Search and recovery efforts on Mount Ontake for at least two dozen victims of Japan's worst volcanic eruption in decades continue to be delayed due to worries about rising volcanic activity.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:03:05 +1000    READ MORE

Kurds backed by air strikes reclaim territory from IS

Kurdish peshmerga troops backed by warplanes have made advances against the Islamic State group on three fronts in northern Iraq, reclaiming land they lost to the jihadists in recent months.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:02:30 +1000    READ MORE

Hong Kong protests to escalate on China's National Day

Protests in Hong Kong may spread to other districts on Wednesday with more people expected to join the pro-democracy rally on China's national public holiday.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:21:53 +1000    READ MORE

US signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014

Officials from Afghanistan and the United States have signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year.

published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:01:16 +1000    READ MORE

Axing ABC shows would be lazy: Turnbull

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there is no need for the ABC to make cuts to programming in response to funding losses.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:29:42 +1000    READ MORE

WADA rules out appealing Sharks' bans

WADA will not appeal the back-dated suspensions handed out by ASADA to 12 Cronulla Sharks players.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:03:04 +1000    READ MORE

Child care costing economy as mothers forego work

Parents rely on a patchwork of temporary solutions to battle the cost and availability crisis in child care.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:33:51 +1000    READ MORE

Social media a double-edged sword in Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong's "umbrella revolution" takes to social media to separate fact from fiction in the pro-democracy protests as China's internet censors go into overdrive.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:19:41 +1000    READ MORE

Train catches fire in Sydney's south-west

A suburban train that caught fire in Sydney's south west on Tuesday night endangered the safety of a driver and guard.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:17:54 +1000    READ MORE

Sydney brothers arrested after train assault

Two brothers have handed themselves into police following a brutal assault on a train in Sydney's west.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:16:07 +1000    READ MORE

Tasmanian salmon industry accused of polluting ocean

Tasmanian salmon producers want to double the size of the industry over the next 15 years to keep up with growing demand.

But environmentalists and the rival abalone industry want the expansion stopped, accusing salmon farms of polluting Tasmania's waterways and killing off marine life.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:31:24 +1000    READ MORE

Suspended Luke to miss grand final

Issac Luke will miss South Sydney's first grand final appearance in 43 years after being suspended by the NRL judiciary.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:12:08 +1000    READ MORE

Families to be compensated for home insulation deaths

Families of the young men who died during the rollout of the Rudd government's home insulation program will be compensated by the Commonwealth.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:04:03 +1000    READ MORE

Mum of epileptic boy backs calls for cannabis rethink

A mother whose 10-year-old son suffers from a rare form of epilepsy has backed a de-registered doctor's drive to treat the condition with medical cannabis.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:04:03 +1000    READ MORE

Taking children from parents 'could cause more harm'

Alcohol or drug abuse by a parent would not necessarily 'trigger' the removal of a child from their biological family, a parliamentary committee investigating Families SA has heard.

Department for Education and Child Development chief executive Tony Harrison told the committee while he would not want any parent abusing alcohol or drugs, it was not realistic.

He said the removal of a child by Families SA was a 'major decision' and had the potential to cause a child further harm.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:01:36 +1000    READ MORE

Share market, dollar gain ground but rise won't offset losses

The local share market and the Australian dollar gained ground today, but the rise by stocks was not enough to offset this month's run of losses.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:44:40 +1000    READ MORE

Strip searches at Townsville women's prison were 'illegal', ombudsman rules

Strip searches of female inmates at the Townsville Women's Correctional Centre were illegal, Queensland ombudsman Phil Clarke has found.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:39:48 +1000    READ MORE

Senate opens inquiry into Newman Government

Queensland's Government will be the subject of an unprecedented federal inquiry after a deal between the Palmer United Party, Labor and the Greens.

Clive Palmer has been engaged in a bitter and long-running personal feud with Premier Campbell Newman and has now been given a significant weapon to use against him.

It is a loss for the Federal Government which had successfully seen off a previous attempt to establish the inquiry, arguing it was without legal precedent and overrides parliamentary convention.

The select committee, which will consist of five members but only one from the Coalition, has a reporting date or on or before March 27 next year, very close to the date of the next Queensland election.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:23:41 +1000    READ MORE

Wave tax and fines off agenda for Gold Coast surf management

Fines and taxes are off the agenda as the Gold Coast seeks to manage its iconic surf breaks.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:04:44 +1000    READ MORE

Bank accounts shut down 'as part of ASIO crackdown'

A well-known charity group raising money for humanitarian aid in Syria has been caught up in the crackdown on money leaving Australia for the Middle East.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:43:09 +1000    READ MORE

Floating farms may boost Singapore's food security

A Spanish architecture firm has designed floating vertical farm towers for Singapore that could revolutionise the future of farming.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:22:56 +1000    READ MORE

David Cunliffe resigns as NZ Labour Party leader

New Zealand's Labour Party looks set for a potentially ugly leadership battle after the official resignation today of David Cunliffe.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:14:00 +1000    READ MORE

Plan for tourist wristbands in Thailand after murders

Thailand's tourism minister says that identification wristbands will be distributed to tourists following the murder of two British backpackers earlier this month.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:05:38 +1000    READ MORE

Australian dollar below business sweet spot: survey

A Commonwealth Bank survey shows the Australian dollar is below its "sweet spot" for businesses.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:42:14 +1000    READ MORE

Teacher charged with publishing child pornography

A Catholic primary school teacher has been charged with publishing child pornography on the internet after police searched his home in Sydney's west.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:16 +1000    READ MORE

Coalition MPs question axing of gold pass scheme

Three long-serving Coalition MPs are questioning the Government's budget promise to axe the life gold pass travel entitlement for retired politicians.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:35:37 +1000    READ MORE

Traditional owners, scientists and cat gizzards key to Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area success

Pintubi traditional owners in Western Australia will work with scientists to preserve their land and the threatened species that call it home.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:24:05 +1000    READ MORE

NSW bushfire threat worse than last year

The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned this year's bushfire season will be worse than last year, when more than 200 homes were lost in the Blue Mountains.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:13:11 +1000    READ MORE

Man refused bail over beheading threat

A Sydney man accused of threatening to behead a policeman has been refused bail.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:01:06 +1000    READ MORE

Strong winds rip off roof near wall collapse site

Strong winds in Melbourne have sent a roof crashing onto a footpath near the site where three people were killed in a wall collapse last year.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:00:01 +1000    READ MORE

Hong Kong share market falls again as protests continue

Hong Kong's finance sector is enduring another day of disruption as pro-democracy protests block the city.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:58:31 +1000    READ MORE

Magpie goose hunting 'threatened by its own popularity'

Magpie goose shooting in the Northern Territory is being threatened by its own popularity, hunters say.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:54:44 +1000    READ MORE

Man guilty of attempted murder over Robina shooting

A man has been found guilty of attempted murder and unlawful wounding following a shooting at a Gold Coast shopping centre in 2012.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:53:36 +1000    READ MORE

Boy killed in Geelong house fire

A 13-year-old boy has been killed in a house fire in the Geelong suburb of Newcomb.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:53:36 +1000    READ MORE

Quakers Hill Nursing Home arsonist 'stalked colleague'

A woman who was allegedly stalked by a man who went on to start a deadly nursing home fire has given evidence at an inquest in Sydney.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:39:41 +1000    READ MORE

Hong Kong leader demands protests end 'immediately'

Hong Kong's chief executive has called on pro-democracy protest leaders to "immediately" withdraw their followers from the streets.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:05:38 +1000    READ MORE

US embassy crash driver found not guilty

A man who drove his car into the gates of the United States embassy in Canberra last year has been found not guilty by the ACT Supreme Court because of his mental illness.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:52:21 +1000    READ MORE

ABC warned of 'wider implications' from China story

Senior Chinese officials have warned the ABC there will be "wider implications" over its Foreign Correspondent story about unrest in western China.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:43:07 +1000    READ MORE

Giles considers offering NT nuclear waste site

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has suggested his Government may put up a site for a national nuclear waste dump if traditional owners fail to nominate one.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:28:02 +1000    READ MORE

Recommendation to drop court action 'did not meet guidelines'

An NT magistrate has admitted a 2002 recommendation to drop court action against a sex offender was made quickly, and did not meet guidelines.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:59:44 +1000    READ MORE

Support program to help cancer patients' children

A new support program is being launched for children of cancer patients after research found over 23,000 youngsters are affected by a parent's diagnosis each year.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:08:51 +1000    READ MORE

Drownings on the decline but men remain at greatest risk

The number of drownings in Australia has decreased compared to last year, but men remain at the greatest risk, a new study has found.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:41:39 +1000    READ MORE

ATM use under pressure from new payment methods

An array of payment methods is stalling ATM growth but financial industry researchers say cash is not about to disappear.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:31:49 +1000    READ MORE

Man shot dead by police was 'missing his girlfriend'

The man who was shot dead by police outside an Inala unit block had told officers he would not shoot them during a tense four-hour stand-off, witnesses have said.

Two neighbours have recounted the ordeal, saying they felt for the man who had been having difficulties with his girlfriend.

Officers found the 42-year-old man holed up in his car in the complex's carpark about midday on Monday, and he held heavily-armed police at bay for hours.

Police tried to coax the man out of his car and were trying to reach his girlfriend on the phone at one point, the two neighbours said.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:31:49 +1000    READ MORE

MPs demand inquiry into sex abuse claims on Nauru

Labor and the Greens are demanding an investigation into claims of sexual abuse against women and children inside the Nauru detention centre.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said women inside the centre were regularly required to strip and exchange sexual favours with guards so they could have access to the showers.

She said there were also allegations children had been forced to have sex in front of guards at the centre.

It comes as refugees living on Nauru have vowed to continue to protest against the Australian Government's $40 million resettlement deal with Cambodia.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:04:52 +1000    READ MORE

Reserve Bank data show housing credit growth accelerates

The week after figures showing Australians have their highest housing debt-to-income ratio so far recorded, new Reserve Bank data show home lending keeps growing apace.

The credit aggregates released this morning by the RBA show annual housing credit growth is 6.7 per cent - about two-and-a-half times as fast as wages are growing.

More worrying for regulators, such as the RBA and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, is the continued strong growth in investor lending, up almost 10 per cent.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:51:17 +1000    READ MORE

11yo ice addicts appearing in Vic courts, magistrate says

A Victorian magistrate says ice addicts as young as 11 are appearing in the courts and she sometimes has no option but to put them into detention because there are no specialist treatment programs.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:27:53 +1000    READ MORE

Obama 'dropped the ball' over IS threat

Barack Obama's claim senior US intelligence officials underestimated IS threat slammed as Pentagon fears 'dispersing' militants.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:27:08 +1000    READ MORE

Reserve Bank gets please explain over possible new home loan rules

The Reserve Bank has been given a 'please explain' by the Senate's Economics Committee.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:24:50 +1000    READ MORE

Australia's ecological footprint on the improve: WWF

Australia's environmental ranking has improved in the past few years according to an analysis of the world's largest ecological footprints.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:51:23 +1000    READ MORE

Hong Kong protests add new geopolitical threat to markets

The protests in Hong Kong have rattled financial markets amid concerns that the Chinese government might ratchet up the local response.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:23:38 +1000    READ MORE

Wall St retreats on Hong Kong concerns

Wall Street went into retreat overnight as the unrest in Hong Kong weighed and strong US data made a rate hike look more likely.

That saw the US dollar extend its four-year high, hurting other currencies including the Aussie.

Official data revealed US consumer spending rebounded in August, up 0.5 per cent, as a pick-up in employment encouraged spending.

It follows data on Friday which showed the US grew at its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years in the second quarter, and added to market worries that rates could rise early next year.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:51:25 +1000    READ MORE

German government condemns pictures showing refugees' abuse

Police in Germany are investigating allegations security staff physically abused asylum seekers in privately run accommodation.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:42:51 +1000    READ MORE

Chloe inquest told investigators lacked resources

The inquest into Chloe Valentine's death has been told government agency Families SA was short of resources so did not investigate a number of notifications of possible child abuse.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:12:40 +1000    READ MORE

As it happened: FBI tip-off sparks terror raids in Melbourne

A man has been charged with intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation, after more than 100 police officers carried out raids across Melbourne.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:06:55 +1000    READ MORE

Souths' Isaac Luke awaits grand final fate

South Sydney's Isaac Luke will find out tonight if he can play in the grand final when he faces the NRL judiciary.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:46:43 +1000    READ MORE

FBI tip-off sparks Melbourne terror raids, man charged

A man has been charged with sending funds to overseas terrorist groups including Islamic State (IS) after more than 100 federal and state officers raided properties across Melbourne.

Hassan El Sabsabi, 23, from Seabrook was arrested for allegedly providing $12,000 to a US citizen fighting in Syria.

A court heard investigators had intercepted hundreds of phone calls and text messages.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said this was the first time police were aware "someone has sponsored someone to go and fight".

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:27:00 +1000    READ MORE

Iran, Hamas, IS part of same poisonous tree: Netanyahu

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indignant that some of the same countries who have joined the military coalition against Islamic State also opposed Israel's attacks on Hamas.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:25:41 +1000    READ MORE

Crouch header gives Stoke win over battling Newcastle

A Peter Crouch goal has given Stoke City a 1-0 win over Premier League strugglers Newcastle United.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:03:36 +1000    READ MORE

Officers acted in 'self-defence' in Brisbane shooting

Police officers who shot dead a man after a four-hour siege in Brisbane's south-west were acting in self-defence, the Police Union has said.

Officers arrived at a unit in Inala about midday on Monday hoping to speak to the man about an unrelated matter.

They found him holed up in his car in the unit's carpark.

Negotiators spoke with the 42-year-old via a phone they gave him but he held heavily-armed police at bay for hours.

The man emerged about 4:00pm holding what appeared to be a handgun and police opened fire, letting off several shots.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:59:58 +1000    READ MORE

Islamic State pillaging Iraqi artefacts, UNESCO warns

Islamic State jihadists occupying parts of Iraq are destroying age-old heritage sites and looting others to sell valued artefacts on the black market, experts gathered at UNESCO's Paris headquarters have warned.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:23:43 +1000    READ MORE

Joint Dally M winner Thurston says he has three years left in NRL

Joint Dally M Medal winner Johnathan Thurston is confident he can win a title with the Cowboys in his last three years in the NRL.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:19:09 +1000    READ MORE

China clamps down on dissent in restive Uighur homeland

We set out to cross China's vast western province of Xinjiang knowing that journalists have been blocked from reaching many areas in this increasingly troubled region.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:38:56 +1000    READ MORE

Anti-corruption court orders seizure of Marcos paintings

The Philippines anti-corruption court has ordered the family of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to surrender eight paintings by famous European artists, declaring they had been illegally acquired with public funds.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:29:21 +1000    READ MORE

Japanese ex-PMs take anti-nuclear stance to rock stage

Two former prime ministerial foes who became anti-nuclear campaigners in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima crisis joined a rock festival event in Tokyo on Monday that brought together musicians opposed to nuclear power.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:24:55 +1000    READ MORE

Coalition and Labor to begin talks over RET

The Federal Opposition has indicated it will be pushing for a precise energy use target represented by gigawatt hours, as it begins negotiations with the Government over the future of the renewable energy target (RET).

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:10:56 +1000    READ MORE

MP backs dole wait period amid rights concerns

A Federal Government backbencher has strongly backed the Coalition's welfare changes despite a new report arguing they breach Australia's human rights obligations.

The report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights said "the committee considers that the measure is incompatible with the right to social security and the right to an adequate standard of living".

Coalition backbencher Ewen Jones said the tough approach would help ensure young unemployed people get jobs.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:01:16 +1000    READ MORE

No Cheezels, no Xbox: MP backs six-month dole freeze

A Federal Government backbencher says the proposed six-month waiting period for dole payments will stop unemployed young people eating Cheezels whilst playing video games.

The Government wants to bring in a six-month waiting period during which time young people without a job would not be able to claim unemployment benefits.

The measure is due to be debated in Parliament this week and the Government is negotiating with crossbench senators to get the bill passed.

"There are no free lunches," LNP backbencher Ewen Jones said. "Are we better to say to them, 'look there's your dole -- go home, eat Cheezels, get on the Xbox', kiss you goodbye and we will never see you again?".

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:01:16 +1000    READ MORE

Turkish tanks on Syrian border in preparation for IS fight

Turkey has deployed tanks and armoured vehicles to reinforce its border with Syria as parliament readies the authorisation of military action against Islamic State jihadists.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:06:20 +1000    READ MORE

Hong Kong protesters continue to block city streets

Major streets around Hong Kong remain blocked as tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters continue demonstrations.

Organisers say as many as 80,000 people gathered in Hong Kong's central business district last night for a peaceful protest after Sunday's night of violence.

Britain has voiced concern about the escalating protests, and the United States says it is closely watching the situation while supporting calls for universal suffrage in accordance with the basic law.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:00:51 +1000    READ MORE

One killed, two injured in Sydney stabbings

Police believe a fight may have led to a triple stabbing at Liverpool in Sydney's south-west last night in which one man died and another two were seriously injured.

published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:21:25 +1000    READ MORE

Ukrainian ceasefire shows strain as troops shelled

Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed when separatist shelling hit their armoured vehicle near Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine, putting a fragile ceasefire under further strain.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:56:18 +1000    READ MORE

Indonesia seeks Australia's help in Montara spill dispute

Indonesia is urging Australian Government intervention to resolve a dispute over a massive oil spill that is claimed to have devastated Indonesian coastal villages.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:31:22 +1000    READ MORE

Thurston and Hayne joint Dally M winners

Johnathan Thurston and Jarryd Hayne have been named joint winners of the 2014 Dally M medal.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:23:20 +1000    READ MORE

Teenager who fell off Sydney cliff winched to safety

A 16-year-old boy who fell down a cliff face on Sydney's northern beaches has been winched to safety and flown to hospital with broken wrists.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:38:12 +1000    READ MORE

Australia remembers fallen police officers

Officers killed in the line of duty have been honoured in National Police Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:58:57 +1000    READ MORE

Gambling is 'mostly immoral' says MONA's David Walsh

Gambling is "mostly immoral" and guilt over making his millions through exactly that prompted David Walsh to start Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:36:07 +1000    READ MORE

George Alex passed $3,000 to union official: Byrnes

One of Australia's most colourful businessmen, "Big Jim" Byrnes, says he witnessed one of the key targets of the trade union royal commission, George Alex, pass an envelope full of cash to a construction union official.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:28:24 +1000    READ MORE

As it happened: NRL Dally M awards

Look back on the countdown to the Dally M medal and the naming of all the awards for 2014.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:55:55 +1000    READ MORE

Troubles overseas lead fall in Australian dollar, local share market

Analysts say a steep fall in the New Zealand dollar and civil unrest in Hong Kong contributed to a slide in the Australian dollar as well as the local share market.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:28:33 +1000    READ MORE

Healthcare must adapt to let Australians die well: report

The majority of Australians are not dying the way they would like to, a new report says, with experts calling for greater public discussion around the benefits of palliative care.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:28:33 +1000    READ MORE

NT magistrate to appear before child sex abuse inquiry

Northern Territory Magistrate Michael Carey has been called before an inquiry to explain why fresh charges against a convicted child sex offender were dropped 12 years ago.

Justice Peter McClellan last week said he wanted Mr Carey to appear before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in relation to a memo he wrote in 2002 recommending court action be dropped against Don Henderson.

Mr McClellan has said there was "crystal clear" evidence to support the charges against Henderson, a convicted child sex offender who has been linked to scores of abuses at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin, which housed mainly Aboriginal children between 1946 and 1980.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:06:39 +1000    READ MORE

Police reject criticism of comments made after Haider shooting

Victoria Police has rejected claims that comments it made in the aftermath of the shooting of teenage terrorism suspect Abdul Numan Haider pre-judged the coronial investigation.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:54:14 +1000    READ MORE

Chef who swindled chicken schnitzels to pay $70k

A chef behind a large-scale swindle involving chicken schnitzels has been ordered to pay more than $70,000 in damages.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:48:41 +1000    READ MORE

Family want answers over woman's death in custody

The family of a West Australian woman who died in police custody say they feel "broken up" and are desperate for answers about her death.

Julieka Dhu, 22, died on August 4 after being held in custody at the South Hedland Police Station and complaining of feeling unwell.

It is understood she was in custody because she owed approximately $1,000 in unpaid fines.

Ms Dhu's family has revealed to the ABC they were never informed she was unwell, despite phoning the police station to check on her.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:18:05 +1000    READ MORE

St Peter's College settles staff lunch dispute

A dispute over the removal of staff lunches and morning teas for staff at one of Adelaide's most expensive private schools, St Peter's College, has been settled.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:14:59 +1000    READ MORE

Companies paid MUA for 'industrial peace': inquiry

The powerful Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) collected donations of up to $1 million for an industry training body in return for "industrial peace", an inquiry has heard.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:01:08 +1000    READ MORE

New president Ghani says Afghanistan tired of war

Afghanistan's new president calls for peace talks with Taliban

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:37:59 +1000    READ MORE

New Tigers coach Taylor bounces back after losing his passion

Newly appointed Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor admits he had lost the passion for coaching when sacked five years ago.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:35:04 +1000    READ MORE

Vintage car show helps mark National Police Remembrance Day

A collection of vintage police cars have gone on display in Queanbeyan, southern NSW, to help mark National Police Remembrance Day.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:31:38 +1000    READ MORE

Alleged people smuggler loses bid to appeal extradition

An alleged people smuggler has lost his bid to appeal against a New Zealand court order that he be extradited to Australia.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:23:48 +1000    READ MORE

Gunman shot during stand-off with Qld police dies

A gunman shot by specialist police officers during a stand-off in Brisbane's south has died.

The man had been holed up in his car armed with a gun at Inala since about 12pm (AEST) on Monday, when officers attended an address in Gannet Street to conduct an enquiry on an unrelated matter.

Aerial footage of the scene showed the man leap suddenly from the car and point a gun at police just before 4pm (AEST).

Police then appeared to fire several shots at him.

Police and paramedics performed CPR on the man, but he died of his injuries.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:00:45 +1000    READ MORE

Adelaide teen shot neighbours with handgun: police

A 17-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly shooting two neighbours with a handgun in Adelaide's northern suburbs.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:58:29 +1000    READ MORE

Japan volcano hikers caught in searing hot ash cloud

Hikers caught out by the eruption of a volcano in Japan would have been faced with "an asphyxiating atmosphere" filled with ash at temperatures in the hundreds of degrees Celsius, an Australian geoscientist says.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:29:25 +1000    READ MORE

Coles can't market frozen bread as 'Freshly Baked'

The Federal Court has ordered Coles to publicly admit that it has broken the law by incorrectly advertising bread as "Freshly Baked".

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:29:25 +1000    READ MORE

Tas Government seeks advice on MONA casino plan

The Tasmanian Government says it is seeking advice on a proposal from the founder of Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) to open a casino for high-roller tourists.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:40:22 +1000    READ MORE

Fundraiser complies with political donation laws, LNP says

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, former prime minister John Howard and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman are holding a $5,000-a-head dinner to raise cash for the Liberal National Party (LNP) ahead of next year's state election.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:26:15 +1000    READ MORE

Child abuse allegations in NT jump 30pc, inquiry told

There has been an almost 30 per cent jump in the annual number of child protection reports in the Northern Territory, a royal commission in Darwin has heard.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:20:18 +1000    READ MORE

NSW Police take DNA from hundreds of ex-offenders

New South Wales police are collecting DNA samples from thousands of criminals with spent convictions to help solve cold cases and future crimes.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:06:30 +1000    READ MORE

MCG turf to be completely ripped up

Fresh from hosting the AFL grand final, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is undergoing the biggest redevelopment of its surface since 2006.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:59:13 +1000    READ MORE

Chloe inquest told 'mother not regularly drug-tested'

An inquest into Adelaide girl Chloe Valentine's death has heard government agency Families SA believed her teenage mother had overcome a drug habit, so decided against organising regular drug testing.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:49:55 +1000    READ MORE

Share market dollar fall on Hong Kong unrest

The Australian dollar and the local share market are losing ground, with the protests in Hong Kong adding to investor jitters.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:30:13 +1000    READ MORE

Schools, banks close as Hong Kong protests continue

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong are continuing their protests, forcing the closure of banks and schools, and causing transport chaos.

Government schools in central Hong Kong have been closed, while some companies have told employees to stay home as demonstrations enter their second week in the city's financial district.

Police have asked protestors to retreat and leave the streets, but demonstrators are showing no signs of leaving.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:23:53 +1000    READ MORE

Photos: Surfing dogs catch waves in California

Dozens of sun-loving dogs and their owners have descended on a California beach to test the canines' surfing skills.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:12:17 +1000    READ MORE

MP welcomes AEC probe into alleged electoral fraud

The independent MP for the federal seat of Indi has welcomed an inquiry into allegations of voter fraud levelled against a grassroots group that played a pivotal role in her election.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:03:19 +1000    READ MORE

Schipper announces retirement from swimming

Australia's fastest female butterfly swimmer Jessicah Schipper has confirmed her retirement from swimming.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:33:07 +1000    READ MORE

Activists disrupt Whitehaven Coal operations in NSW

Activists protesting against a coal project have disrupted mining operations at several sites in the Gunnedah Basin, in northern New South Wales.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:27:11 +1000    READ MORE

Resident wins court bid to halt East West Link

The Court of Appeal has overturned a Supreme Court decision on Melbourne's East West Link road project, which found the Victorian Government had not misrepresented the economic benefits of the road project.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:26:00 +1000    READ MORE

Queensland firefighters face sack over 'sex poll'

At least three Queensland firefighters could face the sack over a social media poll which allegedly rated which female colleagues would be "best in bed".

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:04:14 +1000    READ MORE

Mother's plea to save son's foot prompts SA Govt review

A South Australian mother has lobbied the government for support so her eight-year-old son can travel interstate for medical treatment that could save his foot from being amputated.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:47:38 +1000    READ MORE

Corporate tax minimisations costing Australia $8b a year

A third of Australia's largest companies are paying a fraction of the full 30 per cent corporate tax rate.

A report by the Tax Justice Network and the United Voice union says almost a third of companies listed on the ASX 200 pay 10 per cent or less in corporate tax.

This is substantially less than the statutory 30 per cent corporate tax rate.

The report says the government is losing out on at least $8.4 billion in tax each year.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:46:21 +1000    READ MORE

Life prisoners should have euthanasia option: Nitschke

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke has called for Australian prisoners jailed with no prospect of release to be given the option of euthanasia.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:41:47 +1000    READ MORE

Barack Obama admits US underestimated IS threat

United States president Barack Obama has acknowledged his intelligence officials underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants inside Syria.

In an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes program, Mr Obama said Syria had now become "ground zero" for jihadists, including fighters from Australia.

He said IS propagandists had become "very savvy" with social media and lured new recruits "who believed in their jihadist nonsense".

"[They] travelled everywhere from Europe to the United States, to Australia, to other parts of the Muslim world, converging on Syria, and so this became ground zero for jihadists around the world," he said.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:17:02 +1000    READ MORE

Campaign to keep natural gas reserves for industry

A national campaign is being launched today for greater controls over Australia's natural gas exports.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:12:34 +1000    READ MORE

Injured Bulldog Ennis 'praying for a miracle'

Michael Ennis is praying for a miracle to be fit for the NRL grand final, but the Bulldogs reckon he is unlikely to play.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:58:34 +1000    READ MORE

UK government minister resigns after sexting sting

The Conservative Party of British Prime Minister David Cameron has been hit by a defection and a scandal-ridden resignation as it gathers for its annual conference.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:55:59 +1000    READ MORE

Treasury Wine rejects private equity bidders

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) shares slump after it rejected takeover approaches from two private equity firms.

The owner of well-known brands including Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Lindemans says both offers were pitched around $5.20 cash per share, which Treasury says undervalues the company.

TWE says it consulted with major shareholders who own a total of around half of the company in coming to its conclusion that the offers were too low.

TWE says it made clear in its communications to the market at the time the bids were announced that there was no certainty a formal offer would eventuate.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:39:31 +1000    READ MORE

Malaria resistance depends on location, study finds

Humans have evolved different defences against malaria depending on where they live, scientists find.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:36:12 +1000    READ MORE

Search teams find body of mountain biker

The body of a mountain biker has been found two days after he went missing near Kinglake, north-east of Melbourne.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:34:20 +1000    READ MORE

Fiona O'Loughlin speaks out about her battle with alcohol

Last year, comedian and mother of five Fiona O'Loughlin checked herself into a motel under a false name and attempted to kill herself.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:31:47 +1000    READ MORE

Three dead, 18 injured in Dutch monster truck accident

Three people were killed and 18 people injured when a monster truck lost control and crashed into the crowd during a stunt show in the Dutch town of Haaksbergen.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:25:54 +1000    READ MORE

Three dead, 18 injured in Dutch monster truck accident

Three people were killed and 18 people injured when a monster truck lost control and crashed into the crowd during a stunt show in the Dutch town of Haaksbergen.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:25:54 +1000    READ MORE

Daughter of man killed by Taliban held ransom hopes

The daughter of an Afghan-Australian dual citizen tortured and killed by the Taliban while visiting relatives says she thought her father would be held to ransom.

The body of Sayed Habib Musawi, 56, who grew up in Helmand Province and came to Australia by boat in 2000, was found on the side of the road after he was snatched from a bus by Taliban militants.

Afghan authorities say they believe he was singled out to be murdered because he was Australian.

His daughter Kubra said some family members were aware her father had been captured, but hoped he would be ransomed.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:39:56 +1000    READ MORE

Ruthless Europe retains iron grip on Ryder Cup

Europe retained the Ryder Cup with a crushing five-point victory over USA to make it eight wins in the last 10 matches.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:47:40 +1000    READ MORE

Government urged to do more to combat Ebola spread

The Federal Opposition and medical organisations are pressuring the Government to do more to help combat the rapidly spreading Ebola virus.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:43:27 +1000    READ MORE

Reserve Bank to front Senate over tougher lending rules

The Reserve Bank is set to front a Senate committee on Thursday to explain possible new lending rules set to make borrowing tougher for investors.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:22:29 +1000    READ MORE

Search halted for survivors of Japanese volcano eruption

The search for victims of a volcanic eruption in Japan has been suspended because of fears of rising levels of toxic gas.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:54:43 +1000    READ MORE

Chinese parents protest over school stampede deaths

Chinese parents have staged a protest after six pupils were killed in a stampede at a primary school in China's southwest.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:18:37 +1000    READ MORE

Strikes on refineries 'don't weaken Islamic State'

Air strikes believed to have been carried out by US-led forces have hit three makeshift oil refineries in Syria's Raqqa province as part of an assault to weaken Islamic State militants, a monitoring group said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks occurred shortly after midnight on Sunday (local time), adding that they also hit a plastic factory.

IS fighters have control over oil produced in eastern Syria and have set up small, makeshift refineries to distil the crude into fuel, one of their main sources of income.

"These so-called refineries are not a real target and they do not weaken the Islamic State as they do not have any financial value for them," the Observatory said.

published: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:07:24 +1000    READ MORE

Cameron considered quitting if Scotland split from UK

British prime minister David Cameron thought about resigning if Scotland voted to leave the United Kingdom.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:07:07 +1000    READ MORE

Hong Kong police use tear gas on protesters

Hong Kong police have fired repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district after official warnings against illegal demonstrations.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:56:17 +1000    READ MORE

Diamond ring worth $577k stolen in Sydney

A unique pink Argyle and white diamond ring valued at $577,000 has been stolen from an auction centre in central Sydney.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:36:40 +1000    READ MORE

Melbourne doctors save East Timorese boy's life

An Australian charity with the support of health experts have performed life-saving heart surgery on a sick East Timorese boy in Melbourne.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:14:25 +1000    READ MORE

Australia Network goes off the air

The Australia Network has gone off the air after the Federal Government withdrew funding for the broadcaster earlier this year.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:10:13 +1000    READ MORE

Shaw fined after drunken run-in with police

Greater Western Sydney has confirmed that defender Heath Shaw was detained by police in Melbourne in the early hours of Saturday morning.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:42:26 +1000    READ MORE

More than 30 people found in 'cardiac arrest' on Japanese volcano

Thirty-one people have been found in cardiac arrest and are presumed dead near the peak of an erupting volcano in Japan.

Rescue workers found the hikers near the summit of the 3,067-metre Mt Ontake, which erupted without warning on Saturday afternoon.

"We have confirmed that more than 30 individuals in cardiac arrest have been found near the summit," a Nagano prefecture police spokesman said without elaborating further.

An official in the area said rescue efforts had been called off due to rising levels of toxic gas near the peak.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:17:12 +1000    READ MORE

Hawks fans celebrate premiership win at Glenferrie Oval

Thousands of Hawthorn fans have gathered at Glenferrie Oval to celebrate the team's grand final victory over Sydney.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:16:51 +1000    READ MORE

Ferguson police officer shot and wounded in burglary

A police officer from the strife-hit Missouri city of Ferguson was shot while responding to a burglary in an incident that was not believed to be related to protests in the town rocked by the shooting of a black teenager last month.

The officer was chasing two suspects outside the Ferguson Community Center when one turned and shot him in the arm, St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference.

The officer, who is expected to survive, returned fire but apparently did not hit either suspect, he said.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:53:02 +1000    READ MORE

Search underway for missing mountain biker

Emergency services are searching for a 47-year-old man who failed to return from a mountain bike ride north-east of Melbourne.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:52:53 +1000    READ MORE

Tasmania enacts earliest ever total fire ban

Five fires remain out of control in Southern Tasmania where the state has enacted its earliest ever total fire ban.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:22:35 +1000    READ MORE

Bulldogs captain Ennis fractures foot

Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis appears set to miss the NRL grand final after being diagnosed with a fractured foot.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:47:25 +1000    READ MORE

Better bushfire information for regional communities

Travellers and people living in remote parts of Western Australia can now access up-to-date emergency fire information previously only available to emergency services personnel.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:41:27 +1000    READ MORE

Government's Medibank Private sales pitch

Investors can now pre-register for shares in Australia's biggest health insurer, Medibank Private.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced the Federal Government would soon begin a national advertising campaign to promote the pre-registration process of the share offer which could generate up to $4 billion.

He said those who pre-register can be allocated more shares than those who do not; while eligible policy holders who pre-register and apply for shares will receive a greater preferential share location.

"It's been long standing Coalition policy to sell Medibank Private. There is absolutely no good reason for the Federal Government to own a private health insurance business today," Senator Cormann said.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:39:08 +1000    READ MORE

Project aims to save Port Phillip Bay's shellfish reefs

Scientists, conservationists and anglers have come together in a national first in an attempt to improve marine habitats in Port Phillip Bay.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:31:27 +1000    READ MORE

Issac Luke facing NRL grand final ban

South Sydney's Issac Luke could miss the NRL grand final after being charged with a grade one dangerous throw.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:08:05 +1000    READ MORE

Leigh Matthews says James Hird should quit Essendon

AFL legend Leigh Matthews says James Hird should quit as Essendon coach in the wake of the ongoing supplements scandal.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:52:32 +1000    READ MORE

Syrian refugees facing a grim future

About nine million people – half of Syria's population and mostly women and children – are facing a grim future as refugees fleeing Islamic State militants.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:43:10 +1000    READ MORE

Skull found on NT beach by man fishing for crabs

A man who found a human skull on a remote NT beach says police told him to hide it until they could investigate.

Darwin man Chris Johnson said he made the discovery while fishing for crabs on a beach in the Mandorah area on Friday.

Mr Johnson posted photos of the skull on his Facebook page and said he placed it in scrubland away from the water.

"The police instructed me to go and hide it in the bush somewhere, so I did that," he said.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:27:00 +1000    READ MORE

Cuba rejects Che Guevara, Hugo Chavez perfume plans

Cuba has put an abrupt end to a pharmaceutical company's plans to develop fragrances in honour of the late revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara and former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:23:17 +1000    READ MORE

Teen prevented from travel 'for arranged marriage'

Authorities have prevented a 14-year-old girl from leaving Australia amid suspicions she was being taken overseas for an arranged marriage.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:03:11 +1000    READ MORE

Plan to tackle dugong, turtle poachers 'muddle-headed'

The $5-million plan to battle the illegal trade in dugong and turtle meat has been described by an Indigenous leader as "muddle-headed".

Northern Land Council CEO Joe Morrison said the plan - involving federal authorities and Customs and Border Protection to combat poachers - should instead be left to Aboriginal communities.

He said Environment Minister Greg Hunt's assertion that Territory traditional owners had given their backing to the plan was "nonsense".

Mr Morrison likened the emotions around the issue to those surrounding whale hunting and said there was no crisis in dugong populations in NT waters.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:55:33 +1000    READ MORE

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters clash with police

Hong Kong police charge pro-democracy demonstrators as Beijing denounces the "illegal" rally.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:53:53 +1000    READ MORE

Washington DC taxis losing their colour in Uber fight

The streets of Washington DC are being stripped of character, with taxi drivers forced to abandon their colourful designs.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:34:36 +1000    READ MORE

Film festivals kick off Oscars 2015 campaigns

The Oscars may be five months away, but that doesn't stop studios powering full steam ahead in their efforts to grab voters' attention.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:34:36 +1000    READ MORE

Strong winds cause blackouts across Adelaide

More than 14,000 homes and businesses have been without power after strong winds brought down power lines in Adelaide's northern suburbs, the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

The weather bureau says wind speeds of nearly 110 kilometres an hour have been recorded on Hindmarsh Island, while speeds of almost 90kph have been recorded in Adelaide.

The forecast of gale-force winds had prompted the Country Fire Service to issue total fire bans across much of the state today.

The State Emergency Service said volunteers had been called to more than 150 incidents since 6:00am (ACST).

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:14:02 +1000    READ MORE

Meeting on Iraq involvement expected within days: Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is expecting a meeting of the nation's top security officials to be convened this week to discuss Australia's involvement in Iraq.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:12:32 +1000    READ MORE

Off-limit zones revised for G20 summit in Brisbane

Police have expanded the number of no-go areas in the lead-up to and during the G20 summit in Brisbane from November 8.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:00:05 +1000    READ MORE

Security guard trampled at Sydney's Listen Out festival

A security guard suffered a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding after being trampled at a dance music festival in Sydney.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:21:20 +1000    READ MORE

Liberia's top doctor quarantined over Ebola scare

Liberia's chief medical officer has put herself in quarantine as a precaution against Ebola, after one of her assistants died from the disease.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:51:35 +1000    READ MORE

Volunteer firefighter to sue over Black Saturday trauma

A volunteer Victorian firefighter is suing the Country Fire Authority (CFA) for damages after he was trapped by a deadly blaze on Black Saturday.

The action is the first personal injury claim to be brought by a Black Saturday volunteer against the CFA.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:50:04 +1000    READ MORE

Former Qld MP to run for preselection in Premier's seat

Former Queensland MP Kate Jones will nominate for preselection in Premier Campbell Newman's Brisbane seat of Ashgrove ahead of the next state election.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:42:19 +1000    READ MORE

George Clooney marries Amal Alamuddin in Venice

Oscar-winning actor George Clooney has wed Amal Alamuddin, a Lebanese-British human rights lawyer in Venice, a spokesman says.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:26:04 +1000    READ MORE

US launches more strikes in Syria with partners' help

The United States says it has carried out 10 more air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq with the help of coalition partners.

The strikes hit seven targets in Syria, including an IS building and two armed vehicles at the border crossing in the besieged Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobane, US Central Command said.

In Iraq, three air strikes were conducted south-west of Erbil, destroying four armed vehicles and a fighting position.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, meanwhile, has returned to Australia for Cabinet talks that could see Australian forces join the war against IS militants in Iraq.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:32:48 +1000    READ MORE

Factory worker charged with beheading former colleague

The Oklahoma man accused of beheading a former co-worker and stabbing another has been charged with first degree murder.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:25:03 +1000    READ MORE

Late try flurry earns Springboks scrappy win over Wallabies

Jean de Villiers' two tries in the last 10 minutes saw South Africa beat the Wallabies 28-10 in the Rugby Championship.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:46:03 +1000    READ MORE

Indian film star turned politician jailed for corruption

An Indian court has convicted Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star turned powerful politician, in a corruption case that has lasted for nearly two decades.

published: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:19:10 +1000    READ MORE

Deep sea volcanoes discovered in search for MH370

Remnants of volcanoes, towering ridges and deep trenches have been discovered by experts mapping the southern Indian Ocean as part of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:58:35 +1000    READ MORE

Turkey signals an active role in battling IS militants

Turkish troops could be used to help set up a secure zone in Syria, if there was an international agreement to establish a safe haven for refugees fleeing Islamic State fighters, president Tayyip Erdogan said.

Turkey has so far declined to take a frontline role in the US-led coalition against Islamic State, but Mr Erdogan said negotiations are underway to determine how and by which countries the air strikes would be undertaken and that Turkey is ready to take part.

Mr Erdogan's comments come as British forces left bases in Cyprus in preparation to strike militant targets "as and when appropriate targets are identified".

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:28:04 +1000    READ MORE

Somali woman accused of bigamy stoned to death

Islamic militants have stoned a woman to death in Somalia after a court they had set up declared her guilty of bigamy, witnesses say.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:18:03 +1000    READ MORE

Dogs hold out Panthers to book grand final berth

Canterbury has dug deep to beat Penrith 18-12 and book a place in next week's premiership decider against South Sydney.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:56:53 +1000    READ MORE

Catalonia defies Madrid to call independence vote

Catalonia's president has formally called a referendum to decide whether Spain's richest region should be independent, defying Madrid which has vowed to block the move.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:09:42 +1000    READ MORE

Abbott leaves New York for IS mission discussion

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is heading home from New York for cabinet talks which could see Australian forces joining the war against IS terrorists in Iraq.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:17:17 +1000    READ MORE

Swans fan secures grand final tickets just before first bounce

A young Swans fan has scored two tickets to the AFL grand final, after flying to Perth and holding up a sign outside the MCG.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:58:24 +1000    READ MORE

Hawks steamroll Swans for stunning 63-point grand final win

Hawthorn has hammered Sydney by 63 points at the MCG to earn the club's 12th AFL premiership.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:14:00 +1000    READ MORE

Cambodia refugee deal will build over time: Morrison

Australia's refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia is a long-term arrangement that will start small but build over time, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:01:25 +1000    READ MORE

Japan volcano eruption traps hikers

More than 500 Japanese military and police have set out to search the peak of a volcano popular with hikers a day after its sudden eruption trapped hundreds on the mountain.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:45:20 +1000    READ MORE

CSIRO's $120m Investigator can't plug into shore power

The CSIRO's new research vessel Investigator is unable to access shore power in Hobart and is running off the ship's engines.

The ship has been moved from its berth alongside the CSIRO to Macquarie Wharf following complaints by neighbours about the noise.

It is the latest in a string of issues with the $120-million flagship vessel, which was besieged by delays before eventually arriving at its home port of Hobart earlier this month, a year later than expected.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:45:27 +1000    READ MORE

Indonesian province to punish gay sex with caning

Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has passed new laws that make gay sex punishable by 100 lashes of the cane.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:42:38 +1000    READ MORE

Victoria Police satisfied with AFL grand final security

Victoria Police said it was satisfied with security measures in place ahead of the AFL grand final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:41:30 +1000    READ MORE

New York scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak'

Scientists in New York have discovered a way to hide large objects from view, using inexpensive and readily available lenses to make an 'invisibility cloak'.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:14:39 +1000    READ MORE

AFL grand final: Sydney v Hawthorn as it happened

A rampant Hawthorn has won a 12th flag after belting the Sydney Swans by 63 points in the AFL grand final at the MCG.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:03:08 +1000    READ MORE

The coalition against Islamic State

The United States has built a broad coalition of Western allies and Arab states to assist in bombing Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.

Here is a summary of where key countries stand.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:00:14 +1000    READ MORE

US slams 'offensive' Abbas speech on Israel

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of committing war crimes and has pressed the United Nations for a "firm timetable" to end occupation.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:37:20 +1000    READ MORE

Sydney Airport security breach sparks evacuation

A passenger distracted by his iPad has sparked a major security scare at Sydney Airport on Saturday.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:59:31 +1000    READ MORE

Radiohead's Thom Yorke releases album on BitTorrent

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke has released his new album via BitTorrent, marking the first time the online file transfer system often associated with piracy has been used to sell music.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:34:13 +1000    READ MORE

Woman miscarried in ACT hospital's toilet: report

The case of a woman who miscarried in the toilet of a public hospital emergency department in Canberra is one of several serious complaints revealed in the ACT Human Rights Commission's annual report.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:24:47 +1000    READ MORE

Taskforce 'gravely worried' about domestic violence severity

Former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce says the gravity and severity of domestic violence in Queensland is far worse than people realise.

published: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:03:03 +1000    READ MORE

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