The Joint Agency Coordination Centre has confirmed that unidentified material has washed ashore in Western Australia and authorities are examining whether it is connected to missing flight MH370.
Defence Minister David Johnston says the money to buy more F-35s has been put aside and the jet fighters will boost the nation's defences.
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A Sydney project aimed at training refugees as certified bakers is changing the lives of many, writes Emma Hannigan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Adelaide for a whirlwind visit to the Northern Sound Factory and a civic reception.
A man has been shot dead as violent protests erupt yet again in a Rio de Janeiro slum.
When the New York Police Department asked its Twitter followers to post pictures of people posing with cops on the beat, it probably wasn't expecting their social...
Mick Fanning has beaten fellow Australian Taj Burrow in the men's Rip Curl Pro final at Bells Beach.

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The Abbott government has announced it will spend more than $12 billion on new fighter jets. But what are F-35 Joint Strike Fighters?
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One of India’s biggest success stories, Bollywood, is being used to tackle one of its biggest failings, illiteracy.
A student group in New Zealand is offering free beer in exchange for dead rats, as part of a wider conservation effort.

Iran's divorce rate rising

Fewer people are getting married and the divorce rate is on the rise in Iran, according to new figures.
Adam has a secret. He's shared it with his family and close friends. In fact, he would like to talk about it more openly.
Croatia has summoned the Australian Ambassador in Zagreb to answer questions about a federal MP's speech at a controversial Croatian community event in Sydney.
Officers in all 24-hour police stations in regional Victoria will be given Taser stun guns.
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A handful of Australian businesses are now accepting the digital currency bitcoin in exchange for goods and services. Will the launch of Australia’s first bitcoin ATM...
Former Prime Minister John Howard has headed the list of dignitaries at a state funeral to farewell Brian Harradine.
The parents of Australian journalist Peter Greste says they have lowered their expectations of their son's release after he was again denied bail overnight in an...

Morrison dismisses UN concerns

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected claims from the UN that the Abbott government's boat turn-back policy is breaching the refugee convention.
Any pension age increase would backfire unless discrimination against older workers is addressed, the Age Discrimination Commissioner says
Australia needs powerful air combat capabilities, which is why the nation will spend $12.4 billion on fighter jets, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.
Croatia has summoned the Australian Ambassador in Zagreb to answer questions about a federal MP's speech at a controversial Croatian community event in Sydney.

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Families who have lived in The Rocks for generations are now preparing to say goodbye, writes Elly Clough.
Stories of abuse draw attention to a pressing problem, but there is little subsequent discussion of how to empower women as economic and political actors in the...

Comment: Welcome to the Uighur web

Within China's vast internet is a community where the country's fifth-largest ethnic minority gathers online to communicate in their own language. This is the...
Fighters from outside the Middle East are still a very small percentage of the rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad's government, but their numbers are growing...

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The Sri Lankan government is on the defensive again over human rights.
While Malaysia Airlines continues to provide welfare and support to the families of the passengers of MH370, compensation will soon become a priority.
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A Sydney project aimed at training refugees as certified bakers is changing the lives of many, writes Emma Hannigan.
One person was shot and killed as violent protests erupted in Rio's famed Copacabana beach district following the death of a dancer allegedly at the hands of police, less than two months before the World Cup.
Thousands of fans have filed past the ashes of Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City's Fine Arts Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George continue their three-week Australasian tour.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 88th birthday on April 21. Take a look at the journey of the second-longest serving monarch, who ascended the throne in 1952.
British celebrities have turned out in force for the funeral of Peaches Geldof, who died on April 8 aged 25.
Former NSW premier Neville Wran's death has sparked a flurry of tributes, with many remembering his contributions to the Labor Party.

In pictures: Easter around the world

People around the world mark the Easter long weekend.
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.

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Born in Belgium to ethnic Albanian parents from Kosovo, Januzaj was eligible to play for a number of countries and had been wooed by national teams including Belgium,...
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The Chiefs are looking for improvement in their lineout when they tackle the Brumbies in Friday's Super Rugby clash in Canberra.
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LONDON (Reuters) - Paul Farbrace has been appointed England assistant coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.
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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia have named Portugal's Mariano Barreto as coach, the head of the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) said on Wednesday.
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BERNE (Reuters) - European football is more divided today than it was during the Cold War because of the unequal distribution of wealth among its clubs, FIFA...
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Prague in the Czech Republic and Poland have pulled out of the race to host matches at Euro 2020.
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Australian cyclist Michael Rogers can return to competitive racing after a positive drug test caused by some dodgy meat was overturned.

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Camilla's brother seriously hurt

The Duchess of Cornwall's brother has suffered a serious head injury after falling outside an after-party for a charity event in New York.
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Residents of the eastern Ukraine town of Svyatogorsk have questioned the validity of reports their town has been liberated from pro-Kremlin separatists.
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Security in Rio de Janeiro has been beefed up after violent clashes dealt another blow to the Brazilian city's public image ahead of the World Cup.
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Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, a commander during the 1998-99 war, has opposed the creation of a war crimes court, calling it unjust and an insult.
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The European Commission says its energy commissioner will finalise an accord on the supply of European gas to Kiev.
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Globe to do worldwide Hamlet tour

Shakespeare's Globe theatre is setting out to test the Bard's maxim that "all the world's a stage" by taking Hamlet to every country on Earth.
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DR Congo train crash kills 37

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo fear the death toll from a passenger train crash, which currently stands at 37, will rise.

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The federal government will spend more than $12 billion to upgrade Australia's air-force capabilities with a new fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. 
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There are fears the world's youngest nation, South Sudan, is on the brink of collapse after four months of civil war.   

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Australia responds to a Croatian diplomatic protest; The head of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council optimistic despite expected budget cuts;  We...
Croatia has issued a strongly-worded statement in response to a federal MP's speech at a controversial Croatian community event in Sydney.
A group of ex-service personnel, including six wounded by their service, have begun cycling from Sydney to Canberra ahead of Anzac Day.

Manchester United sacks Moyes

Manchester United has sacked its manager David Moyes less than a year after he took on the top job.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are at Uluru after spending the afternoon meeting members of an Indigenous community.

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A major review of homeopathy in Australia could lead to stricter industry regulation and changes to private health insurance coverage.
A handful of Australian businesses are now accepting the digital currency bitcoin in exchange for goods and services. Will the launch of Australia’s first bitcoin...

Combatting carp in Murray-Darling

Researchers in NSW are embarking on a project designed to limit carp numbers in the upper Murrumbidgee River.
A corner of the Cholistan desert in Pakistan's Punjab province is about to be turned into one of the world's largest solar power parks.
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.

Business

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Belgian-Brazilian brewing giant AB InBev is to purchase Chinese brewery Siping Ginsber in a deal reportedly worth 450 million euros.
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Boeing lifts profit outlook

Boeing says its outlook for the full year remains positive on the strength of demand for its products.
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US oil stockpiles hit record

An oil and gas production boom in the US has lifted the country's stockpiles to a record 397.7 million barrels.
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The US winter of 2013-14 was one of the coldest, but Procter & Gamble says fewer swings in temperatures led to fewer coughs and colds and a dip in sales.
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Online retailer Amazon, under pressure to boost its bottom line after a spate of furious growth, will offer the HBO cable network to its prime members.
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Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5%

The US Commerce Department says sales of new homes declined 14.5 per cent last month.
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China is reportedly set to launch a series of projects for private investment as part of a pledge to let markets play a greater role in allocating capital.

Odd

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A student group in New Zealand is offering free beer in exchange for dead rats, as part of a wider conservation effort.
A powder that would give new meaning to mixed drinks may take time to hit the US market, the company said Tuesday after regulators found a labeling problem.
When the New York Police Department asked its Twitter followers to post pictures of people posing with cops on the beat, it probably wasn't expecting their social...
A US company says its new powdered alcohol product has been approved by US regulators and is poised to hit stores in the coming months.
A Japanese inventor has created digital eyes that show your emotions for you, with one use being for flight attendants dealing with irritating passengers.
A US Senator has been caught on camera having a near-miss with a speeding train while speaking about the importance of rail commuter safety.
Jokes are being made about a business card presented by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine as proof that ultra nationalists attacked their checkpoint.