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Medicare, pharmaceutical and aged-care benefits would be delivered by the private sector under a secret plan reportedly being developed by the government.
Deaths in jail at the hand of the Syrian government amounts to 'extermination' and is a crime against humanity, according to a new UN report.
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Two couples tell Insight how their love has conquered cross-cultural and religious differences.
The federal government has axed funding for Australia's largest Islamic school - Malek Fahd school in Sydney - citing non-compliance with the Education Act.
There are calls for the prime minister to lead a re-think on indigenous policy on the eve of the government handing down the Closing the Gap update
Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash promised to drop her private health cover while she remains in office, following heated healthcare debate on Monday’s Q&A program.
Passengers feared for their lives after 9 metre waves and 240km winds battered their cruise ship off the US southern coast.

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Australian Jocelyn Elliot, who has been released by jihadists, has told reporters she hopes her husband would be freed soon so they can continue their work
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The ABC has apologised for wrongly reporting that a five-year-old child was allegedly raped on Nauru.
Barack Obama is to ask US Congress for emergency funding of up to US$1.8 billion to help find a vaccine for Zika.

Lunar New Year starts with a bang

Millions of people in China and Australia have started to celebrate, as Lunar New Year officially begins.
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Fleeing Iran for Australia as a child, Rita Panahi knew only two words of English. Her family was penniless. Today, she's an opinion columnist and controversial critic...
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Medical and educational experts who have spent time with asylum seeker children detained by Australia have backed calls for their immediate release, as the Human...
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The alarming spread of the Zika virus - caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya...
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Christmas Island has a long, often dark, Chinese history that spans more than 100 years of phosphate mining.
Parts of the US East Coast have been buried in snow up to 76cm deep, while coastal areas like New Jersey have been submerged under record high tides.
Seven people are dead after terror attacks in Jakarta.
Front pages around the globe have paid tribute to David Bowie, 69, who died on 10 January after an 18 month battle with cancer.
David Bowie, the visionary British rock star who coupled hits such as 'Space Oddity' with trend-setting pop personas like 'Ziggy Stardust,' employed a a wide range of musical styles, and his costumes were diverse too. Here are nine examples from Ziggy Stardust, to Jareth, to plain-clothed Bowie.
Cities around the globe have been bringing in New Year's Day with captivating fireworks displays and light shows. Here are some of the festivities welcoming 2016 from east to west.

In pictures: Spain's wildfires

Wildfires continue to burn across Spain's northern areas after an unusual dry spell.
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Not long after large deposits of bauxite were discovered in remote northeast Arnhem Land, a thriving township was built. Rare archival photographs from 1971 document Nhulunbuy’s whirlwind construction.
Hayat lost a leg this year during the conflict in Yemen. But now she is learning to walk again with a prosthetic thanks to the work of staff at an International Committee of the Red Cross-supported centre.