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Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine

Russia, the US and the European Union say all sides have agreed to take steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in Ukraine following talks in Geneva.
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The author of such classics as 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and 'Love in the Time of Cholera' has died at the age of 87, Colombia's president said.
Bad weather is hampering the search for survivors after a ferry capsized in South Korea, amid reports passengers were denied a proper chance to escape.
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...
The Immigration Department has delayed the transfer of 26 asylum seeker babies born in Australia to overseas detention centres, pending the outcome of a legal...
The cost of finally discovering the location of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be "huge", according to the Malaysian government.
Newly elected New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has commended outgoing premier Barry O'Farrell in his first media conference since being elected unopposed earlier today.

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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...
A group of football-mad doctors have joined together to help raise awareness of yellow fever as Socceroos fans gear up for the finals.
A French lab has lost more than 2,300 vials of the potentially deadly SARS virus.
A poster in a London barber, which pokes fun at Kim Jong Un's undercut hairstyle with the slogan "Bad Hair Day?", has attracted the ire of Pyongyang.
A new study has found climate change could make fish do strange things.
A custom made, one-handed guitar is helping a former Vietnamese refugee with a traumatic brain injury reconnect with his music and there are hopes the design...
Wine, sport and spoons were among the gifts declared by members of the NSW Parliament throughout 2010 and 2011, but a $3000 bottle of Grange made no appearance.
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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.
An Australian journalist is facing seven years in a Thai jail over an online report that alleged Thailand's navy was involved in people smuggling.
A lawyer who recently toured the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea says he's gravely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of asylum-seekers...
The federal government has appointed Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie to manage the Medibank Private sale.
A suspicious envelope has been discovered at WA's parliament after similar mail items were sent to the premier and treasurer.
The body of 49-year-old Jamie Mitchell, who died when a wall collapsed in a Hunter Valley Coal mine, has been recovered by rescue teams.

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What are the prospects of continuing reform to a state so long afflicted by the taint of corruption?
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is changing South Africa’s media ecology.
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...
A new oral antiviral drug may be a future tool in the global fight against measles, according to a new international study.
For the past 20 years, the NSW ICAC has targeted these factors, with varying levels of community support. What is needed is ongoing internal monitoring, and a...
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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.

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Widespread looting and 39 deaths reported after a two-day strike by police in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Salvador.
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Hannover win 3-2 at Frankfurt

Hannover beat Frankfurt 3-2 in German football, leaving both teams eight points clear of the relegation zone with three games to play.
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Mils Muliaina will undergo surgery on an elbow injury next week, ruling him out of the rest of the Super Rugby season.
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Formula One drivers are in talks collectively to try and resolve the issue of unpaid wages but they have ruled out going on strike, some of...
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MADRID (Reuters) - A nightmare eight days for Barcelona was compounded on Thursday when forward Neymar and defender Jordi Alba were ruled out for up to a month...
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Barcelona faces end of winning era

This winning era is over at Barcelona and FIFA's transfer ban means the early rebuilding will have to be done with players from the club's academy.
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Allrounder Ben Stokes has had more than a month to contemplate the flash of anger that had him barred from the England cricket team.

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People born with a particular gene mutation are more likely to develop bowel cancer from eating processed meat, according to a US study.
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A Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to write about life in Latin America has died.
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Chelsea Clinton's hopes of making 2014 "the year of the baby" have come to light.
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US President Barack Obama has warned that if Russia doesn't commit to a deal to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, there will be consequences.
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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird says his Egyptian counterpart has assured him that a detained Canadian-Egyptian reporter is getting a fair trial.
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The author of such classics as 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and 'Love in the Time of Cholera' has died at the age of 87, Colombia's president said.
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Voting has ended in Algeria's election with the 77-year-old president, who has been in power since 1999, the firm favourite.

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Australia's largest migrant community organisation is concerned by proposals to raise the pension age.

Mike Baird now Premier of NSW

Mike Baird has been sworn in as the 44th Premier of New South Wales.

Is Ukraine headed for civil war?

There's growing concern that unrest in eastern Ukraine may result in civil war.
The Immigration Department has delayed the transfer of 26 asylum seeker babies born in Australia to overseas detention centres, pending the outcome of a legal...
There's concern over the fact that almost half of the total numbers of youths under supervision are Indigenous.
Seven naval officers have been penalised for repeated incursions into Indonesian waters during Operation Sovereign Borders.

AMA appeal for Nauru access

The AMA is calling for an independent medical assessment panel to be sent immediately to the Nauru detention centre.

Science & Technology

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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.
Scientists say governments should review use of the common anti-flu medication Tamiflu after a new report questioned the efficacy of the drug.

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US stocks end mostly higher

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 16.31 points (0.10 per cent) to 16,408.54 after several earnings reports met expectations.
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At 55 years old, Barbie is sagging as sales in the iconic doll tumbled for the second straight quarter.
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Social games pioneer Zynga is looking to tap into the portable market, releasing a new version of its hit game Farmville for smartphones and tablets.
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Two ex-directors of collapsed Anglo Irish Bank have found guilty of providing unlawful financial assistance to customers.
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European stock markets had rallied as strong company earnings and well-received Chinese growth data offset jitters over the Ukraine crisis.
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PepsiCo says its global snack volume grew by two per cent in the first quarter, while beverage volume remained at the same level as a year earlier.
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US investment bank Goldman Sachs has reported first-quarter earnings of $US 2.03 billion, down 10 per cent form a year ago.

Odd

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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...

US restaurant chain 'bans' Putin

A New York-based food chain has banned Russia's Vladimir Putin from its restaurants, saying he'll be welcome back when he stops "picking on people".
You can't always believe what you read online, especially if it's April Fools Day. We've scoured the web for some of the best jokes creating buzz this morning.
In Denmark, a travel company is 'prescribing' romantic holidays, launching a 'baby-making holiday' competition to boost the country's low birth rate.