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Jerusalem on edge as Israeli police shoot dead Palestinian

Tensions flare in Jerusalem after Israeli forces kill a Palestinian man suspected of shooting a far-right rabbi who led a campaign for Jews to be allowed to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Jerusalem's most sensitive site and holy to Islam and Judaism.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:49:05 +1100    READ MORE

Chief Minister sheds tears during address on Mr Fluffy scheme

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has shed tears in the Legislative Assembly while delivering an update on the $1 billion Mr Fluffy buyback and demolition scheme.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:55:52 +1100    READ MORE

Protesters set fire to Burkina Faso's parliament

Demonstrators in Burkina Faso set fire to the country's parliament in protest against plans to extend president Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:52:04 +1100    READ MORE

Titans sign Hoffman on three-year deal

Gold Coast Titans have confirmed former Bronco Josh Hoffman has agreed to join the club on a three-year deal.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:50:54 +1100    READ MORE

Northern Ireland police arrest man over Jean McConville murder

Police in Northern Ireland arrest a man for questioning over the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:20:24 +1100    READ MORE

Nurse in Maine fights Ebola quarantine

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa threatens to break a mandatory quarantine imposed by the US state of Maine.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:02:16 +1100    READ MORE

Priceless album compiled by Phar Lap owner unveiled

A priceless pictorial record of Phar Lap's amazing racing career is unveiled by the National Museum of Australia.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:29:01 +1100    READ MORE

Albany policeman remembers grandfather's sacrifice

Albany police Sergeant Greg Webb will this weekend pause to remember his grandfather's sacrifice in WWI.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:20:34 +1100    READ MORE

Blue Mountains' Hydro Majestic hotel reopens after $35m makeover

It has been the venue for glamorous costume parties, a hospital for hurt soldiers and the site of the death of Australia's first prime minister. Now one of Australia's grandest 20th-century hotels is returning to its former glory.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:51:09 +1100    READ MORE

Jury could consider attempted rape verdict for US navy sailor

The prosecutor in the NT rape trial of a US navy sailor delivers his closing address and tells the jury it can consider an alternative verdict of attempted rape if it is not satisfied with evidence presented in the case.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:41:23 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland's anti-corruption watchdog head Ken Levy has term extended

The interim head of Queensland's anti-corruption watchdog will stay on while a disagreement over his replacement is resolved.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:39:34 +1100    READ MORE

Health Department report shows no ice epidemic in NW Tasmania

Concerns over a reported ice epidemic in the Tasmania's north-west are unfounded, the state's Health Department says.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:32:41 +1100    READ MORE

Oesophageal cancer patients share DNA abnormality: study

A Queensland study has discovered a DNA abnormality shared by oesophageal cancer patients, leading to hope for better treatment for a cancer that is one of the fastest rising in Australia.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:28:01 +1100    READ MORE

Warren Mundine on life lessons and facing fears

In this week's Anything But for The Brief, Warren Mundine reflects on important life lessons and the challenges he has faced.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:20:27 +1100    READ MORE

Crossbench senators to vote against Fair Entitlements Guarantee overhaul: unions

Unions claim they have undermined the Government's attempts to overhaul the Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:08:01 +1100    READ MORE

IS militants release 25 kidnapped schoolchildren

The Islamic State (IS) group has released 25 Kurdish schoolchildren its fighters kidnapped in northern Syria in May, a rights group says.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:05:07 +1100    READ MORE

Gay rights activist named Tasmania's Australian of the Year

Gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome has been named Tasmania's Australian of the Year for 2015 and will join winners from other states for the national awards on the eve of Australia Day next year.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:46:45 +1100    READ MORE

Retrofitted VW Beetle leads the charge for electric cars

A 1960s Volkswagen Beetle retrofitted with an electric motor and requiring no petrol leads the charge for electric cars in its German homeland.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:39:22 +1100    READ MORE

World champion cyclist injured in hit and run in Tasmania

World champion Tasmanian cyclist Macey Stewart has been injured in a hit and run in the state's north-west. The 18 year old was on a training ride in East Devonport this afternoon when she was hit from behind by a car.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:25:01 +1100    READ MORE

Eels confirm Watmough signing on four-year deal

Parramatta has finally confirmed the signing of former Sea Eagle Anthony Watmough on a four-year deal.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:19:10 +1100    READ MORE

Farmers fear drought developing in Tasmania's south-east

Farmers from Tasmania's south-east corner warn the region could be pushed to the brink of drought unless there is extra rainfall over summer.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:11:44 +1100    READ MORE

Part of Amelia Earhart's plane found on Pacific island: researchers

Researchers probing the 1937 disappearance of American aviator Amelia Earhart say they now believe a slab of aluminium found decades ago on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean came from her aircraft.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:54:35 +1100    READ MORE

Islamic preacher Thorne admits link to man slain by anti-terror police

Controversial Islamic preacher Junaid Thorne tells the ABC that Numan Haider, the 18-year-old shot dead by police in Melbourne last month, was one of his followers.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:38:14 +1100    READ MORE

Luke Batty feared for his life, coronial inquest hears

Murdered schoolboy Luke Batty had been afraid his father, Greg Anderson, would kill him and said Anderson threatened him with a knife, a child protection worker tells an inquest into the 11-year-old's death. Anderson later killed Luke in front of horrified onlookers at the Tyabb cricket ground.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:35:38 +1100    READ MORE

Bank stocks lead share market gains

Bank stocks led gains on the share market today as investors shrugged off concerns about the US Federal Reserve finally ending its stimulus program.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:25:42 +1100    READ MORE

ADFA cadet to stand trial over rape allegations

An ADFA cadet accused of raping two of his female colleagues has been committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:03:55 +1100    READ MORE

John Hardy named as new NT administrator

Aviator and businessman John Hardy is preparing to become the Administrator of the Northern Territory, replacing Sally Thomas.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:03:55 +1100    READ MORE

Roar midfielder Miller leaves club by 'mutual consent'

Brisbane Roar midfielder Liam Miller has been allowed to leave the reigning champions by "mutual consent".

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:02:51 +1100    READ MORE

Two people test negative for Ebola in WA after developing fevers

Two more people have been tested for Ebola in Western Australia after coming back from West Africa with a fever.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:54:57 +1100    READ MORE

Inside Obama's G20 ride: Air Force One

As world leaders arrive for the G20 in Brisbane, United States president Barack Obama and his ride - Air Force One - are sure to stand out from the crowd.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:50:49 +1100    READ MORE

Suns confirm agreement with Magpies to take Eade as new coach

Gold Coast has confirmed a deal has been agreed with Collingwood to bring Rodney Eade to the Suns as senior coach.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:40:57 +1100    READ MORE

Brush turkeys shot with arrows in Brisbane suburbs

The RSPCA is investigating after two brush turkeys were found shot with arrows in Brisbane. The animal group says the attacks are not the first of their kind in the city.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:21:42 +1100    READ MORE

Dead woman the 'aggressor', Whyalla murder trial told

A man accused of murdering a woman with whom he was having an affair tells a court she was the aggressor in the incident that led to her death.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:30 +1100    READ MORE

Lambie calls for forced detox programs for ice addicts

Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie says she wants parents to have the right to force children under the age of 18 into detoxification programs if they are addicted to the drug ice.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:12:45 +1100    READ MORE

Pastor arrested after allegedly firing gun during WA mine protest

A Kalgoorlie pastor is arrested after he allegedly fired a gun during a protest at a mine site near the West Australian town of Laverton.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:09:19 +1100    READ MORE

She did not look at peace: murder victim's mother

The mother of murder victim Paula Conlon has described the anguish she felt as she imagined her daughter fighting for her life, against "someone who was supposed to love her".

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:52:13 +1100    READ MORE

Man who killed, dismembered Perth drug dealer sentenced to life

A Perth man who fatally shot and dismembered a drug dealer, whose head subsequently washed up on Rottnest Island, is sentenced to life in jail with a 23-year minimum.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:52:13 +1100    READ MORE

PNG free health care to make situation worse: research

Researchers say the "dire state" of Papua New Guinea's primary health system will likely only get worse under the country's free health care policy, as many clinics do not receive government subsidies and depend entirely on patient fees to survive.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:48:00 +1100    READ MORE

NSW lawyers 'withheld information' in child abuse case

New South Wales Government lawyers withheld information from a court as they fought a damages claim brought by child abuse victims, an inquiry hears.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:36:58 +1100    READ MORE

Tough going for Australia as Pakistan dominates before tea

Australia's bowling struggles continued as Pakistan comfortably dealt with a listless bowling attack to reach 2 for 158 at tea.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:35:46 +1100    READ MORE

New executive to oversee SA child protection

A new executive is appointed to the authority that oversees the handling of child abuse cases in South Australia.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:35 +1100    READ MORE

Nova Peris says email leak part of blackmail attempt

In an emotional address to the Senate, Nova Peris says the release of explicit emails to News Corp was part of an attempt to blackmail her over a "very difficult" child access and financial dispute.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:03:10 +1100    READ MORE

Veteran Red Cadeaux chasing a piece of Cup history

English galloper Red Cadeaux will become the fist international horse to start in four successive Melbourne Cups on Tuesday.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:47:27 +1100    READ MORE

Kimberley school closed after being trashed by children

Fitzroy Crossing Community leaders call for action after a school is forced to closed after being trashed by children twice in a week.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:36:48 +1100    READ MORE

Speight to push Test claims in Wallabies debut against Baa-Baas

Henry Speight will wear the Wallabies jersey for the first time in the European Tour opener against the Barbarians.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:28:37 +1100    READ MORE

Workers' compensation reform passed by SA Parliament

Legislation to reform workers' compensation in South Australia has passed Parliament, with the Government promising levies for the business sector will fall by $180 million annually.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:28:37 +1100    READ MORE

Tas Parliament urges ABC to keep local 7.30 edition

Tasmanian Lower House MPs unanimously calls on the ABC not to axe the locally-produced program, 7.30 Tasmania. A 1% cut to the ABC's budget in May was labelled a 'down payment' to be followed by deeper cuts.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:09:05 +1100    READ MORE

No hope of finding survivors in Sri Lanka landslide: minister

All hope of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka has run out, an official says.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:06:51 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmania Police want tighter anti-abortion protest laws

Tasmania Police say they want the state's anti-abortion protest laws tightened up if they are going to stop future campaigners from protesting within 150 metres of clinics.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:04:34 +1100    READ MORE

Man accused of sparking hijack scare says he was 'trying to find toilet'

A Tweed Heads man has told a Brisbane court he was trying to find a toilet when he sparked a hijack scare on board a flight to Bali on Anzac Day.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:54:38 +1100    READ MORE

Tuberculosis and diabetes co-epidemic looming: report

Health experts are warning of a looming co-epidemic of diabetes and tuberculosis that could have catastrophic consequences for health care systems around the world if not quickly addressed.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:41:46 +1100    READ MORE

Triguboff puts $10b price tag on Meriton empire

Billionaire Harry Triguboff has put a $10 billion price tag on his property development empire.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:37:22 +1100    READ MORE

Giants win World Series with 3-2 game-seven victory

San Francisco won game seven against Kansas City 3-2 to win its third World Series in the last five years.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:33:31 +1100    READ MORE

Teens arrested over alleged Gold Coast machete attack

Two teenagers have been arrested over an alleged assault reportedly involving a machete on the Gold Coast.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:24:42 +1100    READ MORE

Potoroos bounce back into Booderee National Park

A native mammal has been re-introduced into a National Park on the South Coast, in a bid to boost their numbers.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:07:08 +1100    READ MORE

Leapai vows to knock Scott out in Logan

Alex Leapai has vowed to knock out US rival Malik Scott in Friday night's heavyweight boxing bout in Logan.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:48:41 +1100    READ MORE

Syrian army accused of barrel-bombing refugees

Residents of a Syrian refugee camp accuse Bashar al-Assad's troops of massacring women and children after a helicopter reportedly drops barrel bombs on their tents.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:38:41 +1100    READ MORE

City ready to cover loss of Kerevi in NRC grand final

Brisbane City is confident it can overcome the loss of Samu Kerevi i the NRC grand final against the Spirit.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:36:36 +1100    READ MORE

Police ban two people from Brisbane G20 precinct

The Queensland Police Service bans two people from the G20 summit precinct in Brisbane due to serious safety concerns.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:48 +1100    READ MORE

Foreign Fighters Bill passed by Parliament

The Federal Government's Foreign Fighters legislation has just been passed in the Parliament.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:28:27 +1100    READ MORE

Explained: Australia's plan to tackle Ebola

What steps is Australia taking to prevent an Ebola outbreak? And what exactly happens when there is a suspected case?

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:15:15 +1100    READ MORE

Colin Barnett reveals hopes to seek re-election in 2017

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has declared for the first time that he wants to lead his party to a third election victory in 2017.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:55 +1100    READ MORE

Stolen piece from valuable CSIRO sculpture recovered

A piece of a valuable sculpture that was stolen from outside the CSIRO building at Campbell in Canberra is recovered by police.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:09:53 +1100    READ MORE

Sheens to make early call on Cherry-Evans

Coach Tim Sheens will decide today if Daly Cherry-Evans is fit to play England in the Kangaroos' Four Nations encounter.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:07:35 +1100    READ MORE

Man arrested after Ipswich siege

A man is arrested following a siege at an Ipswich home, west of Brisbane.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:06:24 +1100    READ MORE

Bar staff fined for supplying alcohol to drunk footballer who later died

A South Australian hotel manager is fined $9,000 for supplying alcohol to an already drunk footballer who was later found dead at the same hotel.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:57:04 +1100    READ MORE

Labor promises minimum nurse-to-patient ratios

The Victorian Opposition promises to lock-in minimum staffing levels for nurses if it wins next month's state election.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:52:30 +1100    READ MORE

VC soldier's parents in 'bittersweet' private audience with the Queen

The parents of Corporal Cameron Baird, who was killed in action in Afghanistan last year, have a private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:42:43 +1100    READ MORE

Doubts over reports new warships will be built in Adelaide

The South Australian Government says it is not convinced by reports that eight new navy warships will be built in Adelaide.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:34:15 +1100    READ MORE

Roosters lock in coach Robinson through 2017

Trent Robinson will remain the Sydney Roosters' coach until at least the end of 2017 after signing a two-year extension.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:33:08 +1100    READ MORE

Man admits to Chinatown stabbing death: police

A chef has admitted stabbing another man to death in Melbourne's Chinatown on Wednesday, police say.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:25:00 +1100    READ MORE

Forestry Tas posts $43m loss, Minister blames peace deal

The Tasmanian Government is blaming the forest peace deal brokered under its predecessor for another big loss posted by Forestry Tasmania.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:22:17 +1100    READ MORE

Treasures from the Great War

A production being performed in Albany during Anzac commemorations will bring to life the stories told by soldiers from World War I.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:20:00 +1100    READ MORE

Medibank Private broker offer eight times over-subscribed

Medibank Private's broker allocation has been eight times over-subscribed, the first indication of hot demand for the float.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:13:44 +1100    READ MORE

Mullen says Wanderers must attack

Wanderers right-back Daniel Mullen says his team cannot just sit back against Al-Hilal in the ACL final second leg.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:08:36 +1100    READ MORE

US mid-term elections: Washington students can't be bothered to vote

Students at the historic Howard University in Washington admit they're uninterested in the political process, with many not even registered to vote in next week's mid-term poll.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:49:02 +1100    READ MORE

Images of ex-partner's genitals sent to boss, court hears

A Tasmanian woman is facing court charged with sending photos of her ex-partner's genitals to his boss.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:44:47 +1100    READ MORE

No nerves for Kangaroos Test rookie Mata'utia

Sione Mata'utia says he is feeling no nerves ahead of his Test debut, when he will become history's youngest Kangaroo.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:33:05 +1100    READ MORE

Doctor who infected patients with Hep C faces civil case

More than 50 women pursue civil action against an anaesthetist who infected them with Hepatitis C at a Melbourne clinic.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:28:33 +1100    READ MORE

Vic Government pledges to boost search warrant powers

Victoria Police will be given more powers to conduct secret search warrants if the Napthine Government is re-elected next month.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:05:28 +1100    READ MORE

Top prosecutor rejects 'malicious' car crash claims amid ICAC probe

A top New South Wales prosecutor and her son are to face the Independent Commission Against Corruption accused of trying to pervert the course of justice at the scene of a car accident.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:01:30 +1100    READ MORE

Men's World Cup could be played on artificial turf: Valcke

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says there is no discrimination in the decision to play the women's World Cup on artificial turf.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:52:03 +1100    READ MORE

Wesfarmers raises retail sales through Coles

Wesfarmers, the owner of Coles, has seen a pick-up in food and liquor sales, but petrol sales fell.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:39:59 +1100    READ MORE

Knowles, Sablowski win Australian hockey awards

Captain Mark Knowles was named Kookaburras player of the year while Casey Sablowski won the Hockeyroos gong.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:33:38 +1100    READ MORE

Notorious child killer Derek Percy blamed for 7yo's death

A Victorian coroner says Derek Percy, who died last year, "caused the death" of seven-year-old Linda Stilwell who went missing from Luna Park in Melbourne 46 years ago.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:31:16 +1100    READ MORE

Lava edges towards dozens of homes in Hawaii

A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano edges towards dozens of homes and businesses in a seaside town on Hawaii's Big Island.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:19:53 +1100    READ MORE

AFL releases 2015 fixture list

The AFL releases its 2015 fixture list, with Sydney and Hawthorn to face off in a May 23 grand final rematch in round eight.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:16:16 +1100    READ MORE

Cibulkova goes 2-0 at Tournament of Champions

Dominka Cibulkova beat Carla Suarez Navarro to climb to the top of her group at the WTA Tournament of Champions.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:58:25 +1100    READ MORE

Turnbull introduces Data Retention Bill to Parliament

Information about phone and computer use will be kept by telecommunications companies for two years, under new counter-terrorism legislation introduced to federal Parliament.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:38:46 +1100    READ MORE

Sydney financier faces fraud charge

Sydney financier Ian Lazar is charged with deceiving an elderly woman into giving him her home.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:36:14 +1100    READ MORE

Suns' offer too good to refuse: Eade

Incoming Gold Coast Suns coach Rodney Eade says an offer from the club has reignited his passion for coaching.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:35:13 +1100    READ MORE

Manchester City knocked out of League Cup by Newcastle

Newcastle United knocked out Manchester City to reach the League Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 away win.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:21:13 +1100    READ MORE

Fact check: Are de facto relationships more unstable than marriages?

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says de facto relationships are more likely to break up than marriages.

Mr Andrews is currently overseeing the trial of a program that gives counselling vouchers to married and de facto couples, in an attempt to help curb separation rates.

ABC Fact Check takes a look at the success and failure of marriage and de facto partnerships.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:13:38 +1100    READ MORE

Wall St dips as Fed turns money tap off

Wall Street dipped as investors came to terms with the end of the US Federal Reserve's stimulus program.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:04:43 +1100    READ MORE

Surfer undergoes surgery after shark attack in NSW

A surfer undergoes surgery after being bitten on the foot by a shark at Old Bar, east of Taree in New South Wales.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:54:55 +1100    READ MORE

Two charged with murdering man found dead in gutter

Two men are charged with murdering a man whose body was found in a gutter in Adelaide's north-western suburbs.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:53:36 +1100    READ MORE

Hunt, Palmer resist criticism of Direct Action deal

Environment Minister Greg Hunt is defending his deal with Clive Palmer for an investigation into an emissions trading scheme, despite remaining strictly opposed to the idea.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:50:56 +1100    READ MORE

Clarke urges batsmen to be positive against Pakistan spinners

Australia captain Michael Clarke has urged his batsmen to play positively against Pakistan's spinners in the second Test.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:42:11 +1100    READ MORE

Ebola admissions down in Liberia but threat not over: WHO

Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of the Ebola virus but the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organisation says.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:42:11 +1100    READ MORE

Dozens busted for drugs at Dragon Dreaming festival

Dozens of people are busted for drug possession at the Dragon Dreaming Music Festival at Wee Jasper, near Yass in southern New South Wales.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:33:26 +1100    READ MORE

NAB cash profit slides 10pc, but real fall even worse

National Australia Bank has posted a near 10 per cent slide in cash profits, which would have been even worse had it not downgraded last year's result in this year's accounts.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:33:26 +1100    READ MORE

Lack of leadership led to Beale scandal: Deans

Robbie Deans says the Wallabies have lacked the leadership culture required to prevent the Kurtley Beale saga.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:22:53 +1100    READ MORE

Tourist found dead in campervan in Kakadu

A 31-year-old German tourist who took a walk on the hottest day in 10 years is found dead in a campervan beside an activated electronic beacon in Kakadu National Park.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:21:05 +1100    READ MORE

Benjamin Netanyahu angry over reported US slur

Israel's prime minister hits back after being reportedly dubbed a "chickenshit" who is "scared to launch wars" by a senior Obama administration figure.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:01:38 +1100    READ MORE

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes to fight dengue virus

Swarms of bacteria-infected mosquitoes will be released into backyards in north Queensland as part of a trial to eliminate dengue fever.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:49:54 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmania's anti-protest laws pass Upper House hurdle

The Legislative Council backs the Tasmanian Government's anti-protest laws, which allow for on-the-spot fines and and three-month mandatory jail sentences for repeat offenders.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:29:57 +1100    READ MORE

Kellock to captain Barbarians against Australia

Former Scotland skipper Alastair Kellock will captain the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:18:30 +1100    READ MORE

Grandmothers unite to prevent forcible removal of Aboriginal kids

Aboriginal elders will work with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to curb the rising number of Aboriginal children who are forcibly removed from their families.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:18:30 +1100    READ MORE

SA campaigners in running for Australian of the Year

A bomb survivor, a cancer charity campaigner, a man keen to reduce bowel cancer deaths and another who set up school breakfast programs for disadvantaged young children are in the running to be South Australia's nominee for Australian of the Year.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:17:26 +1100    READ MORE

US Federal Reserve ends quantitative easing program

The US Federal Reserve ends its quantitative easing stimulus program after six years of pumping money into the economy via asset purchases to shore up growth.

The move to end the practice signals confidence the US economic recovery will remain on track despite signs of a slowdown in many parts of the global economy.

At its peak, the bond buying program pumped $US85 billion a month into the US financial system.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:06:22 +1100    READ MORE

Napthine Government heading for crushing defeat: poll

The Napthine Government is heading for a crushing loss at next month's Victorian election, according to the latest opinion poll.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:58:38 +1100    READ MORE

Federer battles past Chardy into Paris Masters third round

Roger Federer is still a chance of finishing the year as world number one after beating Jeremy Chardy at the Paris Masters.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:53:03 +1100    READ MORE

Peponis to front NRL over Gallen support

NSWRL chairman George Peponis will front the ARL Commission over his support for Paul Gallen over his vulgar tweet.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:47:26 +1100    READ MORE

Man charged over Melbourne Chinatown stabbing

A man is charged with murder after an argument in Chinatown, Melbourne, led to a stabbing death during Wednesday's busy lunchtime rush.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:42:33 +1100    READ MORE

Berisha injured in Victory's FFA Cup loss to Glory

Whiz kid Danny de Silva was the hero in Perth Glory's 4-2 FFA Cup win over nine-man Melbourne Victory.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:33:35 +1100    READ MORE

Dairy farmers hope Chinese FTA will boost exports

Australian dairy farmers are hoping a free trade deal with China will help them deal with plummeting milk prices.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:09:27 +1100    READ MORE

Business group lobbies for Medical Research Future Fund

An elite group of Australian business leaders is pressuring the Federal Government to push ahead with plans for the Medical Research Future Fund, with or without the $7 GP co-payment.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:55:26 +1100    READ MORE

Chinese ex-premier ranked among China's top givers

Former Chinese premier Zhu Rongji has become the first senior politician to be listed among the country's top philanthropists, a survey shows.

published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:27:36 +1100    READ MORE

Viral video shows woman harassed 100 times in 10 hours

An online video of a young woman being harassed by men while walking around Manhattan has been described as "shocking".

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:52:18 +1100    READ MORE

Bentleigh into FFA Cup semis after 2-1 extra time win over Adelaide City

Bentleigh Greens' FFA Cup dream is still alive after beating Adelaide City 2-1 after extra time to reach the semi-finals.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:57:10 +1100    READ MORE

Entrepreneurs seek crowd funding for Perth restaurant in Australian first

Entrepreneurs are seeking crowd funding to set up a noodle bar in Perth's CBD in exchange for donors' names on the wall or dinner for their guests.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:41:01 +1100    READ MORE

Protectionist aiming to give Germany first Cup win

Germany's Protectionist is aiming to give the nation its first winner at Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:29:37 +1100    READ MORE

Racism hotline a ridiculous solution: anti-discrimination advocate

An anti-discrimination campaigner says the launch of a 24-hour hotline to report hate crimes is a "ridiculous" use of funds that could be better used to train the police force to handle such cases.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:41:16 +1100    READ MORE

Woman allegedly raped by US sailor went to witness 'crying and angry'

A woman allegedly raped by a US navy sailor in Darwin last year was crying and angry when she arrived at another sailor's hotel room immediately after the alleged incident, an NT court hears.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:32:52 +1100    READ MORE

PM's science prize winner warns 'best and brightest' will leave

One of the winners of the PM's science award has warned that the nation could lose its best and brightest minds to overseas institutions, due to funding cuts.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:04:16 +1100    READ MORE

WA mayors react angrily to limited funds for forced council mergers

Councils say rates will inevitably rise after the WA Government confirmed it will only offer up to $15 million in grants and $45 million in loans for local government mergers.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:02:38 +1100    READ MORE

Regional banks want big banks' unfair advantages examined

The head of Suncorp says the Treasurer must make it easier for regional "battler" banks to compete with the big four.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:51:47 +1100    READ MORE

SA Police ramp up search for violent car thief

South Australian Police have ramped up their search efforts for a man wanted over two recent violent incidents.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:46:47 +1100    READ MORE

Excessive force claims against detained NT youth investigated

The Northern Territory's Children's Commissioner is investigating allegations a child in youth detention has been subjected to inappropriate force and excessive periods of isolation.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:40:21 +1100    READ MORE

Jetpack transport closer with company to list on stock exchange

Having a jetpack is every child's fantasy. The dream might be a step closer after a company reveals it has developed a jetpack with 30 minutes of flying time.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:31:38 +1100    READ MORE

Newman seeks tougher protocols to prevent Ebola outbreak

The Queensland Government is seeking federal approval for further measures to prevent a local Ebola outbreak following three scares this year.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:18:28 +1100    READ MORE

ACT charities 'operating beyond capacity'

A provider of the ACT Government's emergency relief program says it has been operating beyond capacity for 18 months as the need for help continues to soar.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:09:00 +1100    READ MORE

Late MP Bob Such remembered in SA Parliamentary tribute

Tribute has been paid in the South Australian Parliament to long-serving MP Bob Such, who died from a brain tumour this month.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:04:54 +1100    READ MORE

Bill to protect disabled people introduced into SA Parliament

A bill to protect disabled people from abuse from support workers or service providers has been introduced into South Australian Parliament by Attorney General John Rau.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:53:54 +1100    READ MORE

3D printing plant producing body parts and the bizarre

Race cars, titanium knees, artificial heart models and outlandish lamps made up of dozens of naked human figurines are just some of the products being churned out at one of the world's largest 3D printing factories.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:45:58 +1100    READ MORE

Union slams private operator plan for new Sydney hospital

The New South Wales Government chooses a private contractor to build and run a long-awaited Sydney hospital amid fears profits will be put before patients.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:40:28 +1100    READ MORE

Riders complete 3,000km journey on horseback for charity

A three-month horseback adventure from central west Queensland to Tasmania has ended with an emotional homecoming.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:30:48 +1100    READ MORE

At least 100 dead, many more missing after huge Sri Lankan landslides

Huge landslides triggered by monsoon rains have engulfed a tea-growing village east of the Sri Lanka capital Colombo, killing at least 100 people and leaving many others missing, feared dead.

Police, security personnel and local volunteers were involved in a major operation to search for survivors at the Meeriyabedda tea plantation, which lies close to a spot famous for its waterfalls in the Koslanda region.

"We have reports of 140 houses getting washed away," spokesman for Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Centre Sarath Kumara said.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:30:48 +1100    READ MORE

Cardiologist to be suspended for prescribing teen girlfriend morphine

A Perth-based cardiologist will be suspended from practising as a medical practitioner for prescribing morphine and other drugs to a former girlfriend.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:29:06 +1100    READ MORE

Smith batting three in second Test is a fantasy: Clarke

Australian captain Michael Clarke says Steve Smith is a rising star, but he is not a Test number three just yet.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:14:12 +1100    READ MORE

Banking losses offset strong market gains

A steep slide in bank stocks completely offset strong gains in most other sectors.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:02:23 +1100    READ MORE

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters arrive in Turkey en route to Kobane

A group of 150 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters have arrived in Turkey for deployment to the Syrian town of Kobane to help fellow Kurds in their battle against Islamic State (IS) militants.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:58:02 +1100    READ MORE

SA doctors fear Ebola treatment preparations fall short

South Australian doctors are unhappy with local training and preparations to deal with any Ebola cases, even though the local risk is considered remote.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:30:31 +1100    READ MORE

Death sentence for Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami leader

Bangladesh's controversial war crimes tribunal has handed a death sentence to the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, the country's largest Islamist party, Motiur Rahman Nizami.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:27:03 +1100    READ MORE

Vandals attack Sikh temple with anti-Islamic graffiti

A Sikh temple near Beechboro in Perth's east is vandalised with anti-Islamic slurs spray-painted onto walls.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:27:03 +1100    READ MORE

No more threat to Ravensbourne homes from bushfire

Properties are no longer under threat from a large bushfire burning north-east of Toowoomba, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:13:34 +1100    READ MORE

Sydney's drinking water 'at risk' from mine expansion

Greater Sydney's drinking water could be at risk, if a proposal to expand coal mining operations underneath one of the state's most valuable catchments, is approved.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:11:33 +1100    READ MORE

Two men injured in Buddhist temple fight involving nail gun

Two men are in hospital after a fight at a Buddhist temple in Sydney's southwest believed to involve a nail gun.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:57:24 +1100    READ MORE

White leader appointed in Africa for the first time in decades

A white head of state has been appointed in Africa for the first time in decades, with Guy Scott becoming the interim president of Zambia after the death of Michael Sata.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:54:42 +1100    READ MORE

No bail for man charged with raping teen neighbour

A man charged with raping his teenage neighbour has been refused bail by an ACT Magistrate.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:51:03 +1100    READ MORE

Deal with Clive Palmer sees Government salvage Direct Action

Tony Abbott's plan for a $2.5 billion Direct Action emissions reduction fund is set to pass the Senate, as the Government agrees to Clive Palmer's demand that it keep the Climate Change Authority.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:24:43 +1100    READ MORE

UWA scientist wins PM's prize for life science

A scientist from the University of WA says he is humbled to be awarded the Prime Minister's prize for life science.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:19:28 +1100    READ MORE

Whyalla woman's death an accident: murder accused

A man accused of murdering a woman with whom he was having an affair has told South Australia's Supreme Court her death was an accident.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:18:21 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmanian painter Max Angus celebrates 100 years

Renowned Tasmanian artist Max Angus is celebrating his 100th birthday this week with an exhibition of his latest work.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:12:06 +1100    READ MORE

Indigenous runners overcome challenges to run New York Marathon

Nine Indigenous runners head to New York Marathon tomorrow after overcoming huge personal and physical challenges to take part.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:02:49 +1100    READ MORE

Inmates leaving prison without ever getting parole

A discussion paper from the Victorian Ombudsman says an increasing number of prisoners leave jail without ever getting parole.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:56:15 +1100    READ MORE

Man whose son died in squalid home 'afraid to seek help'

A man whose son died in their squalid home, did not seek help for his mentally ill wife because he was scared of losing his family, a court hears.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:32:01 +1100    READ MORE

Red Cross adviser slams Australia's Ebola response

An Australian nurse working as a senior health adviser for the Red Cross in Sierra Leone says she is embarrassed by Australia's response to the Ebola crisis.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:29:51 +1100    READ MORE

Elderly Adelaide woman 'killed husband with axe'

An elderly woman attacked and killed her husband with two knives and an axe during a psychotic episode and answered the phone during the attack, an Adelaide court hears.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:28:28 +1100    READ MORE

Tas Government accused of being 'emotionless' over job cuts

The Tasmanian Government is expressing "regrets" about its cuts to public sector jobs, but warning class sizes will grow and nurses could lose their jobs.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:17:47 +1100    READ MORE

Fish and chip van tops list of best Darwin restaurants

A fish and chip caravan in a car park run by two part time cooks with no hospitality experience is rated as Darwin's top eatery.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:08:54 +1100    READ MORE

US boosts security at key buildings amid terrorist threats

The United States is to boost security at government buildings in Washington and other cities due to continuing terrorist threats and off the back of last week's attacks in Canada.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:42:57 +1100    READ MORE

$50k for swearing in a tweet? That's life in the NRL

The Paul Gallen story is another reminder that to be an athlete is to forego all personal liberties and be thankful for the incredible opportunity you are being afforded.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:39:06 +1100    READ MORE

Kentucky adds unique flavour to US mid-term elections

The US state of Kentucky is set to add its own unique flavour to next week's mid-term elections, with a showdown between a 30-year political veteran and a young newcomer.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:08:39 +1100    READ MORE

Former Aurora boss 'given $2 million payout'

Former Aurora Energy boss Peter Davis was paid out $2 million under the previous government, the Tasmanian Parliament hears.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:48:55 +1100    READ MORE

WA could save $1.3b if smoking rate cut, report finds

An estimated $1.3 billion could be saved if WA's smoking rate was cut to 4 per cent by 2030, a new report reveals.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:47:10 +1100    READ MORE

Royals rout Giants, send World Series to Game Seven

The Royals awoke from their hitting slumber in a 10-0 thrashing of the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the World Series.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:41:12 +1100    READ MORE

New Zealand to vote on possible changes to flag

New Zealand will hold a binding vote in 2016 on whether to change the national flag, the country's prime minister John Key said Wednesday.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:40:07 +1100    READ MORE

Facebook almost doubles earnings on rising ad revenue

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, has recorded another increase in 3rd quarter earnings as it continues its acquisition spree.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:36:31 +1100    READ MORE

Thieves tunnel into Indian bank; steal cash, jewellery

Police in India are looking for thieves who tunnelled 40 metres into a bank vault, stealing cash and valuables potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:33:48 +1100    READ MORE

NRL judiciary boss quits over Gallen $50,000 fine

NRL judiciary chairman Paul Conlon has resigned in protest over the fine the league imposed on Paul Gallen.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:20:55 +1100    READ MORE

Gai confident of winning Derby after dropping out of Cup

Gai Waterhouse may not have a runner in the Melbourne Cup but she remains confident of winning the Victoria Derby with Hampton Court.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:57:36 +1100    READ MORE

Conman Foster to be jailed for 18 months

Convicted conman Peter Foster pleads guilty to assaulting police and resisting arrest and will be jailed for 18 months on unrelated charges.

Foster, 52, had been on the run for more than a year when he was found hiding in the Byron Bay hinterland.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:51:22 +1100    READ MORE

Hunt's fate hanging on Cherry-Evans again

For the second time this year, Ben Hunt's representative fate hangs on the fitness of Daly Cherry-Evans.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:50:05 +1100    READ MORE

Man guilty of murdering drug dealer whose head washed up on Rottnest Island

A 30-year-old Perth man is found guilty of murdering a drug dealer whose head was found washed up on Rottnest Island, a popular family holiday destination off the coast of Perth.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:42:39 +1100    READ MORE

Man arrested trying to grab officer's gun outside Victorian Parliament

Police arrest a man who attempted to grab the gun of a protective services officer at Parliament House in Melbourne.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:37:45 +1100    READ MORE

Anti-protest bill cannot be saved, former Tas judge tells MPs

A former Tasmanian Supreme Court judge tells legislative councillors the State Government's anti-protest bill was drafted in a hurry and would have unintended consequences.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:35:41 +1100    READ MORE

Shares flat as steep bank falls offset widespread gains

The Australian share market is trading flat midway through the session as banking stocks are sold off ahead of the start of reporting season.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:33:21 +1100    READ MORE

Mr Fluffy asbestos compensation scheme explained

The ACT's asbestos taskforce has given details of a new buyback and demolition scheme, as Canberra homeowners affected by the Mr Fluffy crisis face difficult decisions about their next steps.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:25:31 +1100    READ MORE

Sunbather hit by car at beach suffers broken pelvis

A man struck by a vehicle while sunbathing at Coogee in Sydney's eastern suburbs says he has a broken pelvis and a gash to his head, but that "it could have been a lot worse".

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:24:27 +1100    READ MORE

Google explores ways to search bodies for disease

Google is exploring a way to search inside people's bodies for early signs of deadly illnesses such as cancer or heart disease.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:19:51 +1100    READ MORE

Man pleads guilty to murder of mother and daughter

A 20-year-old man pleads guilty to murdering a mother and daughter at their home in Perth's north.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:14:08 +1100    READ MORE

Sue Hickey elected as Hobart's next Lord Mayor

Challenger Sue Hickey has been elected as Hobart's next Lord Mayor after a nail-biting election race with incumbent Damon Thomas.

After preferences Alderman Hickey finished 892 votes in front of her rival.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:14:08 +1100    READ MORE

Man dies after Melbourne Chinatown stabbing

A man dies after being stabbed in Chinatown, in Melbourne's CBD, during the lunchtime rush. Police say the stabbing would have been disturbing for witnesses as it took place in a public place outside the Golden Square carpark.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:07:25 +1100    READ MORE

Kennedy, Hala released by Brisbane Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos have officially released Martin Kennedy and David Hala from their NRL contracts with the club.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:02:33 +1100    READ MORE

Brothers plead not guilty to vicious Sydney train bashing

Two brothers, Connor and Gareth Mckeown, plead not guilty to a vicious assault on a train in Sydney's west.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:25 +1100    READ MORE

Evans not racing to win in farewell ride

Cadel Evans says he will not be racing to win in his farewell to cycling at the Great Ocean Road race.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:44:23 +1100    READ MORE

Airbnb to help provide emergency accommodation

The Victorian Government is partnering with accommodation sharing website Airbnb to offer short-term housing during emergencies.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:37:14 +1100    READ MORE

Gill using NRC to roll into Reds' Super Rugby campaign

Reds star Liam Gill says the NRC has served as a "great jump start" for next year's Super Rugby season.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:31:21 +1100    READ MORE

Government trying to confirm death of Australia's most senior Islamic State terrorist

Islamic State terrorist Mohammad Ali Baryalei, accused of masterminding a plot to behead Australians, reportedly died four or five days ago while fighting in the Middle East.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:04:23 +1100    READ MORE

Car plunges down embankment at Sydney station

A woman has a lucky escape when her car plunges down an embankment and lands on a platform at Croydon Railway Station, in Sydney's inner west.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:58:43 +1100    READ MORE

ACCC finds businesses passing on carbon cost savings

The competition regulator says businesses are generally acting quickly to roll back prices after the carbon tax repeal.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its third carbon monitoring report, looking at the September quarter which was the first period after the tax was repealed.

However, the regulator has observed that while it has received a prompt response from businesses, some of the statements have had a disappointing lack of detail.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:52:18 +1100    READ MORE

Controversial Foreign Fighters Bill passes Senate

The latest tranche of the Government's national security laws pass the Upper House, amid suggestions new laws could let the ADF kill Australians fighting for terror groups.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:48:04 +1100    READ MORE

New heart-rate measurement the key to athlete recovery, say researchers

A test that measures changes in heart-rate could be the key to athlete recovery and injury minimisation, say researchers.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:37:41 +1100    READ MORE

Chlamydia 'breakthrough' in fight to protect koalas

Queensland researchers say they have made a breakthrough in the fight to protect the shrinking koala population against chlamydia.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:59:34 +1100    READ MORE

Watson, Wade in squad for South Africa ODIs

Shane Watson is set to return to international cricket after being named in Australia's one-day squad to face South Africa.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:57:22 +1100    READ MORE

Korean island village split over naval base plans

The ABC's Peter Ryan visits a Korean island where villagers are waging a bitter fight to stop the building of a controversial naval base.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:53:42 +1100    READ MORE

Former public servant jailed for stealing $340k

A woman was motivated by "naked greed" when she used her position to steal more than $340,000 from taxpayers, a judge has told a court in far north Queensland.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:39:17 +1100    READ MORE

Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis could 'distort' housing market

A buyback and demolition scheme to deal with Canberra's Mr Fluffy crisis could distort the ACT's property market and bump up prices, legal and real estate groups are warning.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:22:02 +1100    READ MORE

FIFA backs African football federation over Ebola measures

FIFA issued a statement backing the Confederation of African Football over its measures to control the spread of Ebola.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:17:05 +1100    READ MORE

Trott gets England Lions call-up

Batsman Jonathan Trott has been called up by the second-string England Lions for their 2015 tour of South Africa.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:11:13 +1100    READ MORE

Teen charged with murder of homeless man at docks

A 19-year-old Fremantle man is charged with the murder of a homeless man on Monday night.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:07:19 +1100    READ MORE

Opposition bid for more Tasers for ACT police fails

The ACT Opposition fails to convince the Legislative Assembly that all frontline police officers should be equipped with Tasers.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:04:36 +1100    READ MORE

Genia keen for fresh start under Cheika

After missing out on selection this year, Will Genia hopes he can restart his Wallabies career against the Barbarians.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:59:16 +1100    READ MORE

Business costs itself billions in internal red tape

Red tape has long been blamed for whittling away company profits in Australia, but global accounting firm Deloitte says internal red tape and self-imposed rules are costing businesses twice as much as government regulations.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:53:27 +1100    READ MORE

Activists attempt to prevent deportation of Hazara man

Activists have been campaigning at Perth International Airport to try to prevent a man from the minority Hazara community in Afghanistan being deported.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:51:06 +1100    READ MORE

Rocket bound for space station fails in spectacular fireball

An unmanned Antares rocket explodes seconds after lift-off from a launch pad in Virginia, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:39:20 +1100    READ MORE

Two stabbed, man tasered after violent attack in Adelaide

Police tasered a 21-year-old man who was threatening them with a knife in Adelaide overnight after he allegedly stabbed two people at Torrens Park.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:31:48 +1100    READ MORE

One in four has negative attitude towards Muslims: report

A national survey has found one in four Australians has a negative attitude towards Muslims.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:28:22 +1100    READ MORE

Seven interesting people buried in Victoria's cemeteries

Take a look at seven interesting, quirky, legendary people plucked from the guide In Memoriam: A Guide to the History and Heritage of Victoria's Cemeteries.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:17:34 +1100    READ MORE

Big bang theory does not contradict church: Pope Francis

The scientific theory of the big bang does not contradict the creative intervention of God but instead requires it, Pope Francis says.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:11:10 +1100    READ MORE

Rise in consumer confidence boosts Wall St

Wall Street jumped on a pick-up in consumer confidence and positive company profit numbers.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:01:17 +1100    READ MORE

Woman's body found on Nobbys Beach near Newcastle

A woman's partly-clothed body is found on Newcastle's Nobbys Beach by a member of the public.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:31:54 +1100    READ MORE

Conman Foster faces charge of assaulting police

Convicted conman Peter Foster will be charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest after being caught in northern New South Wales.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:24:51 +1100    READ MORE

Peris rejects claims of wrongdoing over alleged affair with Olympian

Northern Territory Labor senator Nova Peris rejects any suggestion of wrongdoing over allegations she improperly sought public money for a personal affair.

News Corp has published explicit emails it says are between the senator and Trinidad and Tobago Olympic medallist Ato Boldon.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:24:51 +1100    READ MORE

Emergency services merger 'will not short-change' SA firefighters

The South Australian Government says a merger of emergency services operations will not leave country firefighting crews short-changed.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:10:51 +1100    READ MORE

Wounded Australia will bounce back: Pakistan coach

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis warned his team to be prepared for a backlash from Australia in the second Test.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:09:21 +1100    READ MORE

Champion Djokovic breezes into third round of Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic began his Paris Masters defence with a straight-sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:43:29 +1100    READ MORE

African leaders hit out at Australia's Ebola visa ban

Australia's decision to close its border to visitors from Ebola-affected countries will discourage health workers from joining the fight against the disease, African leaders say.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:32:59 +1100    READ MORE

Abbott urges business leaders to help drive 'Team Australia'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Australia's most influential business leaders to drive a new wave of economic reform and help convince Labor and the states to join the patriotic front he calls "Team Australia".

Mr Abbott spoke to more than 400 leading executives at the annual Business Council of Australia dinner in Sydney last night.

He praised the economic reform efforts of the Hawke and Howard governments and implied that reform had stalled under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

Mr Abbott encouraged all sides of government to join together for a long-range plan for economic reform, including overhauling Australia's "dog's breakfast" tax system.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:31:43 +1100    READ MORE

First signs of annual turtle nesting on Lady Elliot Island

Staff at the Lady Elliot Island eco-resort say the first turtle of the season has nested and hopefully laid its first clutch of eggs.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:28:54 +1100    READ MORE

Suffering Santalab 'touch and go' for ACL final

Brendon Santalab is in a desperate race to overcome injury and play in the second leg of the ACL final against Al Hilal.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:15:22 +1100    READ MORE

Streets packed for Canadian soldier's funeral

Thousands of mourners in Canada line the streets of the city of Hamilton for the funeral of the soldier killed last week in the attack on the Canadian parliament and national war memorial.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:13:00 +1100    READ MORE

SAS corporal could be charged for cutting off Taliban fighters' hands

Charges are being considered against a Special Air Service corporal over an incident in Afghanistan in 2013 that saw him remove the right hands of three dead Taliban fighters.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:23:25 +1100    READ MORE

NSW disappointed Mr Fluffy compo doesn't cross border

Politicians and residents in NSW are disappointed a Commonwealth-funded scheme for Mr Fluffy asbestos homes in the ACT will not extend across the border.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:18:37 +1100    READ MORE

'Naked Rambler' loses human rights court challenge

A British man who has spent seven years in jail for going naked in public loses his legal battle to wear no clothes, with Europe's human rights court telling him to respect the feelings of others.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:14:13 +1100    READ MORE

Kim Jong-un had ankle surgery, spy agency believes

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who recently dropped out of public view for nearly six weeks, had surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle, South Korean spies believe.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:41:56 +1100    READ MORE

Police release identikits of Senzo Meyiwa's alleged killers

South African police have released facial composites of two men wanted over the fatal shooting of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa during a robbery near Johannesburg.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:59:34 +1100    READ MORE

Iraqi Kurdish fighters leave to join fight in Syria's Kobane

Scores of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have left a base in northern Iraq headed for the battleground Syrian town of Kobane.

Kobane has become a crucial front in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, which overran large parts of Iraq in June and also holds significant territory in Syria.

Dozens of military trucks were seen leaving the base north-east of Kurdish regional capital, Irbil, from where officers said fighters bound for Kobane departed.

Earlier, the fighters loaded machine guns and mortars into the trucks and packed bags for the trip.

published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:49:56 +1100    READ MORE

Germany's green transition attracts Australian companies offshore

An Australian company which invented a renewable energy electricity generator says it was forced to move its operation to Germany because of a lack of opportunities in Australia.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:53:59 +1100    READ MORE

England skipper still a chance to face Kangaroos

The door remains ajar for Sean O'Loughlin's return despite the inspirational England captain being a glaring omission for the match that could knock Australia out of the Four Nations.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:39:26 +1100    READ MORE

Russia to recognise separatist elections in Ukraine

Russia's foreign minister says his country plans to recognise the results of separatist elections being held in eastern Ukraine this weekend.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:29:53 +1100    READ MORE

Reeva Steenkamp's family believe prosecutors' appeal 'correct'

The families of Oscar Pistorius and the woman he killed have accepted the decision by South African prosecutors to press for a murder conviction and a harsher sentence for the athlete.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:47:37 +1100    READ MORE

NZ researchers develop device for quick Ebola detection

Scientists in New Zealand have developed a portable DNA testing device which they say could help curtail the spread of Ebola.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:26:54 +1100    READ MORE

Cultural centre opened near Pinjarra massacre site

On the 180th anniversary of the Pinjarra massacre, the Noongar community has opened a new cultural centre near where their ancestors were killed.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:15:41 +1100    READ MORE

Smith happy to take first drop against Pakistan

Steve Smith says he will welcome the challenge of batting at first drop if Michael Clarke pulls the trigger for the second Test.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:11:38 +1100    READ MORE

Foreign Fighters Bill 'incompatible with human rights'

A Senate committee has found key elements of the Government's proposed Foreign Fighters Bill are incompatible with human rights.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:18:39 +1100    READ MORE

Lloyds to cut jobs and branches to reduce costs

Britain's state-rescued Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) plans to cut 9,000 jobs by the end of 2017 to reduce costs on its road to full recovery.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:17:30 +1100    READ MORE

Researcher uses drone to collect humpback whale mucus

Drones have been sent to hover metres above migrating humpback whales off south-east Queensland to help with a study into the giant mammals' health.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:54:18 +1100    READ MORE

Cottesloe votes to install shark net at popular beach

The town of Cottesloe is pushing ahead with its proposal to install a shark barrier at its popular beach.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:38:53 +1100    READ MORE

Rosie Batty named Victorian Australian of the Year

Family violence campaigner Rosie Batty has been named the 2015 Victorian Australian of the Year.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:38:53 +1100    READ MORE

Childress suspended for one NBL game

Sydney Kings star import Josh Childress will miss one game after pleading guilty to a charge of unduly rough conduct.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:21:17 +1100    READ MORE

New blood test developed for Alzheimer's disease

A simple blood test that could diagnose early onset Alzheimer's disease has been developed by University of Melbourne researchers.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:14:54 +1100    READ MORE

Australia ranked 24th in closing gender gap

An annual international survey has ranked Australia 24th in the world for closing the gender gap.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:51:43 +1100    READ MORE

Body of Joshua Hardy returns to Darwin

The body of a Melbourne student fatally bashed earlier this month has been returned to his hometown of Darwin.

Joshua Hardy, 21, died in hospital after being attacked outside a fast-food restaurant on St Kilda road in Melbourne about two weeks ago.

His uncle and aunt accompanied Mr Hardy's body home on a flight from Melbourne, ahead of his funeral in Darwin on Friday.

"We've brought Josh Hardy home. Home to his family, home to his many friends ... home to his community and home to his country," Joshua's uncle, Shaun Hardy, said.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:47:57 +1100    READ MORE

Holden chairman Gerry Dorizas resigns

Holden chairman and managing director Gerry Dorizas has resigned after only seven months in the roles.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:42:43 +1100    READ MORE

ADF commandos rehearse hostage operation for G20

Special forces troops from the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) 2nd Commando Regiment have rehearsed a mock hostage recovery operation at the Port of Brisbane as part of a G20 training exercise.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:41:20 +1100    READ MORE

Neeld to return to AFL with Bombers

Former Melbourne coach Mark Neeld will return to the AFL, joining Essendon to head its player development.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:38:44 +1100    READ MORE

Banking gains offset share market lows

The All Ordinaries was down just 8 points to 5,434 at market close, after spending much of the day down more than 0.3 per cent.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:32:57 +1100    READ MORE

Mayors dumped as local council polls deliver sweeping change

Tasmanian voters have delivered sweeping change to the state's local government sector, ousting several incumbent mayors.

It is the first time the local government sector has faced voters at the same time, with direct elections for the roles of mayor and deputy mayor.

East coast mayor Bertrand Cadart is among those dumped and there is a tight race for the Lord Mayor of Hobart.

Damon Thomas is just a handful of votes ahead of Alderman Sue Hickey and the result will be decided by preferences.

Former Labor minister, Burnie mayor Steve Kons, looks likely to lose his job.

published: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:14:43 +1100    READ MORE

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