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Abbott resets team for year ahead

Tony Abbott has dumped Defence Minister David Johnston and named a Kevin Andrews as a surprise replacement, in a major reshuffle to reset and refocus the...
Mother arrested after eight children found dead at a far north Queensland house, police say.
Many precious paintings and sculptures in Italy are stashed in museums' basements and warehouses, but could be displayed at hotels.
US President Barack Obama on Sunday "unconditionally" condemned the killing of two uniformed New York police officers who were gunned down in their patrol car in...
SBS coverage of the deadly siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place and its aftermath.
North Korea will come under scrutiny on Monday at the UN Security Council in the first-ever meeting on its dismal rights record, amid calls for Pyongyang to be...
The National Film Preservation Board added the Coen brothers’ perpetually quotable cult classic The Big Lebowski to the National Film Registry this year,...

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A Cairns mother has been charged with eight counts of murder as she remains in hospital under police guard.

Abbott resets team for year ahead

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reshuffled a number of senior ministries, and axed Defence Minister David Johnston altogether.

Baird's dope plan for NSW

Medical cannabis trials for terminally ill patients, children with severe epilepsy and those undergoing chemotherapy will begin on Monday.
The Abbott government has now removed all children from Christmas Island in a deal reached with crossbenchers.
The wife and daughter of NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione were at the Lindt cafe in Sydney just an hour before it became the site of a siege.
Ex-prime minister Julia Gillard may have created a conflict of interest by providing legal assistance to her former boyfriend, one of her firm's clients.
Clive Palmer's media adviser Andrew Crook has been granted bail after facing court charged over the kidnapping of a bank executive.
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Thousands of miles away from the North Pole, a 'Christmas Village' in China's Zhejiang province is filled with 'red factories' that produce Christmas products for the whole world.
Sydneysiders continue to unite as tributes and flowers pile up near a Sydney cafe a day after the deadly siege came to an end.
At least 130 people, most of them children, have been killed in a Taliban attack on a army-run school in Pakistan.
A makeshift memorial has been set up near Martin Place to honour those who lost their lives at a Sydney cafe.
NSW Police have declared the siege over after heavily armed officers stormed the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place amid heavy gunfire.

In pictures: Martin Place siege

A group of people have been held hostage in in a cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Police have surrounded the building and evacuated the area.
The US Pacific coast's most ferocious storm in years moved south Friday, bringing hurricane force winds and heavy downpours to southern California one day after claiming two lives in the Northwest. Heavy rain triggered a mudslide following a storm in the Camarillo Springs area of Ventura County, California, engulfing houses.
The views over the Grand Canyon are always spectacular - but some lucky visitors have been treated to something extra special. The bowl of the Canyon has filled up with thick clouds in a weather phenomenon known as cloud inversion. It only happens there once every few years.
Hardcore pornography campaigners have protested outside the British parliament against new laws banning a series of extreme sex acts from online videos.
From deserted beaches to its detention centre, Papua New Guinea can be described as a country of contrasts.