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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 man has been shot dead as violent protests erupt yet again in a Rio de Janeiro slum.
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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...
Australia said Wednesday cost was not a concern in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, after the mini-sub plumbing the depths of the Indian Ocean for wreckage ended its ninth mission empty-handed.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released inflation figures for the March quarter.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Adelaide for a whirlwind visit to the Northern Sound Factory and a civic reception.
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Officers in all 24-hour police stations in regional Victoria will be given Taser stun guns.

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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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A student group in New Zealand is offering free beer in exchange for dead rats, as part of a wider conservation effort.
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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.
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Hawaiian superstar Carissa Moore has successfully defended her Rip Curl Pro title, downing Australian Tyler Wright in a close final at Bells Beach.
Born with Erb's Palsy, table tennis player Melissa Tapper is the first Australian Paralympic athlete to join an able-bodied Commonwealth Games team.
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.

Iran's divorce rate rising

Fewer people are getting married and the divorce rate is on the rise in Iran, according to new figures.
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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.

Asia-Pacific navies sign agreement

Navy officials from the US and Asia-Pacific nations have adopted an agreement to improve communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict.
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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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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...
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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...
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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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Comment: How to make Siri smarter

Siri can't really do anything I can't, despite the resources (and my data) at her theoretical disposal.
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The Sri Lankan government is on the defensive again over human rights.
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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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Internal communications in plants share striking similarities with those in animals.
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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.
Tuesday's lunar eclipse was seen across the globe. We take a look at some of the best images taken of the rare event.

Sport

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Graham wants Hodkinson for England

Canterbury prop James Graham says he'd like to see in-form halfback Trent Hodkinson play for England in this year's Four Nations.
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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou knows what it takes to win in the A-League finals and feels Tony Popovic has the Wanderers fit and firing at the right time.
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Sydney FC sack Farina

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina has been sacked just four days after the club were eliminated from the A-League finals.
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Manly captain Jamie Lyon says the Sea Eagles must accept Glenn Stewart is moving on and switch their focus back to football.
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Wallabies flyhalf great Stephen Larkham says he's surprised Benji Marshall didn't see out his code-hopping venture, adding he had what it takes to make it.
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As Gold Coast prepares to take on in-form Wests Tigers, memories of their 42-12 round two NRL mauling are clearly still hurting the Titans.
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Queensland Reds captain James Horwill plays his 100th Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

World

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China, rivals sign naval pact

China and a dozen other countries, including the US and Japan, have signed a maritime pact that is hoped will ease maritime tensions.
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A report says 60 per cent of China's underground water is too polluted to drink without being treated.
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Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek has conveyed goodwill towards Indonesia in her first visit to Jakarta.
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A Vietnamese court has sentenced an American man to death after he was stopped at the airport with a kilo of heroin hidden in his underwear.
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Ford is hoping the Mustang's 50-year reputation for being a cool car will appeal to Chinese consumers.
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President Barack Obama says islands disputed by China fall within the scope of the US' defence alliance with Japan.
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Pentagon shows off life-size robot

The Pentagon's scientists have created a life-size robot that would be used to rescue victims in the rubble of a natural disaster.

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World News Radio 23 April

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.
Warren Mundine says he's confident improvements can be made in Indigenous disadvantage despite accepting there will be cuts to funding.
Bill Shorten has outlined ambitious plans for reforming the Australian Labor Party.

Science & Technology

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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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Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at the close on Wednesday
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Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles

Toyota has had a very good first quarter, outperforming GM to sell a record 2.58 million vehicles.
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The latest figures show inflation is under control. Thanks to the slack jobs market, there's no reason to expect that to change in the near future.
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China yuan hits 16-month low

China's yuan currency has hit a 16-month low against the US dollar, with some traders blaming the slowing economy.
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Energy stocks pushed the New Zealand market higher as investors bet the government is in a stronger position to be re-elected.
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China Mobile has seen is quarterly profit drop 9.4 per cent as customers used its services less.
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The NZ dollar is up against the aussie dollar on the eve of an interest rate decision in New Zealand on Thursday.

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.
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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.
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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.