A kremlin spokesperson has described a threat made by President Barack Obama as "absolutely unacceptable", and denied that a massing of Russian troops close to the Ukraine border constituted a breach of an agreement reached with Ukraine and the EU...
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China's government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is polluted, mostly from years-long accumulations of toxins from factories,...
The captain of the sunken South Korean ferry has reportedly been arrested and faces charges including negligence of duty.
Day four of the Royal visit to Australia will see Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit a RAAF base in Queensland followed by a civic reception in Brisbane
Tributes are flowing for Australian footballer Dylan Tombides, who has died aged 20 following a three-year battle with testicular cancer.
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World, hometown hail Garcia Marquez

Nobel-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has received tributes from world leaders, writers and legions of fans following his death.
Malaysia and Australia will reportedly sign a deal specifying who will handle any wreckage recovered from the missing MH370 jet.

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A former Vietnamese refugee, who arrived in Australia during the 1980s, has completed a 35 day trek from Melbourne to Canberra -- dragging a boat behind him.
They may have been drawn in the World Cup's 'Group of Death' - but the unfancied duo of Ghana and the USA might just cause an upset for either Germany or Portugal.
It's the story of ultimate sacrifice, but in an increasingly secular society, the Wesley mission is pushing for the story of Jesus's crucifixion to remain in the...
A week from Anzac Day, and Australians are being asked to remember the many battles our young nation fought in, between 1914 and 1918. The Prime Minister has...
More than 175 Australian authors, artists and publishers have lodged a joint submission with the Attorney-General’s Department, arguing against the proposed...
There's concern over the fact that almost half of the total numbers of youths under supervision are Indigenous.
The late Father Frank Fletcher dedicated his life to working with the Koori families of Sydney. Now, his work has been immortalised with the publication of a new...
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New NSW Premier Mike Baird has hosed down suggestions he is preparing to sell off the state's poles and wires.
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Victorians have banded together to raise a record-breaking sum for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Newly elected NSW Premier Mike Baird says he will consider the line-up of his new cabinet over the Easter long weekend.
More than 175 Australian authors, artists and publishers have lodged a joint submission with the Attorney-General’s Department, arguing against the proposed...
Australian Christian leaders have made Easter calls for more compassion towards refugees and asylum-seekers.
The Navy has sacked a ship captain for breaching Indonesian territorial waters during Operation Sovereign Borders activities.
There's concern over the fact that almost half of the total numbers of youths under supervision are Indigenous.

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India’s elections promise business as usual for the country’s wealthy and ongoing grinding poverty for its most poor of poor, writes Paul Kenny.
Former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell didn’t have to resign because he was corrupt. He had to resign because if he didn’t then the system collapses, writes Greg...
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is changing South Africa’s media ecology, writes the University of Witwaterstand's Anton Harber
What are the prospects of continuing reform to a state so long afflicted by the taint of corruption?
I’m going to put it out there - most teachers don’t know enough about how the English language works [aka grammar], and this inevitably impacts upon student...
In the nearly two years since Google began testing its augmented-reality eyewear, public reaction has progressed from "that's amazing" to "those look stupid" to ...
The ongoing search for missing flight MH370 has shown how finding objects such as debris on the ocean is difficult, but finding them underwater in the deep ocean...
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Boston has paid solemn tribute to the victims and survivors of the marathon bombings, exactly one year after the attacks.

In pictures: AC/DC over the years

Australian rock band AC/DC had confirmed the illness of founding member Malcolm Young but says while he'll take a break for the band will continue. Here's a look at AC/DC over the years.
Tuesday's lunar eclipse was seen across the globe. We take a look at some of the best images taken of the rare event.
Malta's parliament has passed a law legalising same-sex civil partnerships and giving gay couples the right to adopt.

In pictures: Easter around the world

Easter Week has begun as people around the world begin commemorations ahead of the Easter long weekend.

In Pictures: Jewish Passover

Jews around the world celebrate the week-long holiday, which commemorates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago.
At least 16 people are dead and 500 homes have been destroyed by a huge fire that tore through the Chilean city of Valparaiso.
The UN Security Council held an emergency session Sunday on the Ukraine crisis as Kiev vowed to launch an military operation after pro-Russian forces seized government buildings in the east.
People in far north Queensland are being told to prepare for a worst-case scenario that could see the effects of Cyclone Ita hit more populated areas such as Cairns.

In pictures: Indonesia votes

Indonesians vote in their legislative election.

Sport

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Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough made 59 tackles in Friday's NRL clash with the Knights, but says his defensive effort is just a way to help the team.
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo put Red Bull on top of the timesheets for the first time this season with the fastest time in final practice for the Chinese...
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Australian Daniel Ricciardo has set the fastest time on a slippery track in the final practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
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Australia have suffered a horror start to their Fed Cup semi-final with Germany after Sam Stosur lost in straight sets to Andrea Petkovic in Brisbane.
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Angela Stanford has carded a five-under 67 to grab a four-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA tournament in Hawaii.
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Coach Paul Green says the Cowboys can't afford to believe the rugby league world is against them after another refereeing howler against the club.
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South Sydney's Adam Reynolds says the lack of consistency from NRL officials in regard to the obstruction rules is confusing players and coaches.

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China's government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is polluted, mostly from years-long accumulations of toxins from factories, mining...
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The death toll from the flooding of a coal mine in southwest China has risen to 20 after more bodies were recovered.
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The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized with 476 people aboard says he delayed evacuation due to the sea conditions and lack of rescue boats.
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Seismologists say there is no risk of a widespread tsunami following a strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island.
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Two recent deaths have raised concerns about Colorado's newly legalised recreational marijuana industry.
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Progress has been made but no final deal has been reached in trade talks between the US and Japan, US officials say.
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A bomb thrown from a bridge at a traffic police kiosk in Cairo has killed a policeman and injured another officer and a civilian.

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Refugee makes pilgrimage of thanks

A Vietnamese refugee has led a pilgrimage of thanks from Melbourne to Canberra, accompanied by three asylum seekers.
Muslims in New York City have welcomed the end of a controversial program that spied on the city's Islamic community.

Saving the elephants of Sumatra

Conflict between humans and elephants is intensifying on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  
Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union have reached a surprise deal aimed at de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis.  
An historic medal gifted to a Maori chief in Sydney more than 200 years ago is on its way back to New Zealand after being sold at auction.
Australian Christian leaders have made Easter calls for more compassion towards refugees and asylum-seekers.

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Calls for action as 50 thousand South Sudanese face death by starvation.How would a raised retirement age affect Australians from migrant backgrounds?Saving...

Science & Technology

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Saving the elephants of Sumatra

Conflict between humans and elephants is intensifying on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  
A new study has found climate change could make fish do strange things.
A new oral antiviral drug may be a future tool in the global fight against measles, according to a new international study.
New research suggests the beard styles embraced by hipster culture are likely to grow less attractive as they become more popular, writes Rob Brooks.
What is the deadly Ebola virus and is Australia at risk of an outbreak? 
Heartbleed, the bug that has preoccupied thousands of websites and millions of users over the past week, may well have been the biggest security flaw in internet...
Scientists have successfully implanted laboratory-grown vaginal organs into four teenagers who had underdeveloped or absent vaginas.

Business

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Earnings, economy buoy US stocks

Positive overall quarterly earnings and encouraging data protected US stocks this week from tensions over Ukraine and lower interest in tech stocks.
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Android gains in US

The poll US poll has found 53 per cent of new mobile phones activated by American customers n the January-March period were Android devices.
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The US says federal agencies will be given "more time" for the submission of their views on the Keystone pipeline.
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Armani settles Italy tax row

Giorgio Armani is to pay 270 million euros to settle a tax dispute in Italy over three of the company's foreign subsidiaries.
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LinkedIn is looking to capitalise on the mobile market after eclipsing the 300-million-members mark.
Unemployment rates dropped in 21 US states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12 last month.

Italian lender backs share sale

Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena is to begin a 5.0-billion-euro share sale in mid-June.

Odd

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US Congress' dirty little secret

Hustler founder Larry Flynt has been sending monthly copies of his magazine to every US Congress member since 1983.
Italy has taken to eBay to sell luxury cars owned by the state that were "no longer deemed essential" in a bid to raise money.
A bronze statue of a homeless Jesus on a park bench has sparked controversy in a wealthy American suburb.
A police inquiry has been launched into a German store's sale of mugs that inadvertently featured an image of Hitler on them.
Liang Kegang, who recently sold a jar of clean air from Provence for $904, is one of several artists protesting at China's air quality.
In what the German press has dubbed the “Peniskuchen-Affäre,” the General Secretary of Germany's far-right National Democratic Party has stepped down after he was...
Former US president George W. Bush said relations with Vladimir Putin became "increasingly tense" during his White House years, as he unveiled his portraits of...