The family of former NSW premier Neville Wran has accepted the offer of a state funeral, with the date to be confirmed in coming days.
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Chinese intelligence officials are reportedly building networks in Australian universities to monitor the ethnic Chinese community to protect Beijing's interests.
Conflict between humans and elephants is intensifying on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  
The transcript of the last communications between the South Korean ferry that capsized and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by crew.
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A man has been charged with murder after two sisters under the age of 10 were found dead in Watsonia in Melbourne's northeast.
The search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is taking place in the logical area, but adjustments could be made including bringing in private contractors and more underwater search vehicles, Australian ambassador to the US Kim Beazley said.
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Pain threshold 'decided by genes'

Researchers say a study showing four genes may affect a person's pain threshhold could lead to new pain management therapies.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Runners, from the world's elite racers to first-timers, will step to the Boston Marathon starting line on Monday for the first running of the world...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make an official appearance at Uluru on Tuesday, and their visit will highlight one of the Red Centre's success stories -...
Less than five per cent of complaints made under the Racial Discrimination Act make it to court, where the majority of them fail. Look through our interactive...
As music lovers flock to festivals over Easter, the National Folk Festival is challenging its audiences to broaden how they think of 'folk' music and try...
A former Vietnamese refugee, who arrived in Australia during the 1980s, has completed a 35 day trek from Melbourne to Canberra -- dragging a boat behind him.
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The family of former NSW premier Neville Wran has accepted the offer of a state funeral, with the date to be confirmed in coming days.
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A man has been charged with murder after two sisters under the age of 10 were found dead in Watsonia in Melbourne's northeast.
Despite the terror attack that left three dead at last year's Boston Marathon, Australians from all walks of life will be running on Monday.
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Australian ambassador to the US Kim Beazley has told US TV that searchers will regroup and reconsider if the Malaysia Airlines jet isn't found soon.
The federal government is keen to see younger people on the disability pension getting back into paid work.
New NSW Premier Mike Baird has hosed down suggestions he is preparing to sell off the state's poles and wires.
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A 34-year-old Ivanhoe man is missing after being caught in a rip at Station Beach in southern Victoria.

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Long before even Snape killed Dumbledore (sorry), spoilers have been an ever-present risk to enjoying your favourite book, television or movie franchise. But why?
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As the Indian elections reach their climax, there is a sense that something might be about to change.
Easter is here, and while some might reflect on the resurrection of Christ, I’m wondering at another miracle of sorts that we’re witnessing – the renaissance of...
India’s elections promise business as usual for the country’s wealthy and ongoing grinding poverty for its most poor of poor, writes Paul Kenny.
Former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell didn’t have to resign because he was corrupt. He had to resign because if he didn’t then the system collapses, writes Greg...
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is changing South Africa’s media ecology, writes the University of Witwaterstand's Anton Harber
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Former NSW premier Neville Wran's death has sparked a flurry of tributes, with many remembering his contributions to the Labor Party.
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

People around the world mark 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.

Sport

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NRL star Brett Stewart on DUI charge

Manly star Brett Stewart has been charged with a low-range drink-driving offence after failing a random breath test on Monday morning.
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Slumping French giants Marseille say they have reached "an agreement in principle" with Marcelo Bielsa to take over as coach.
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Liverpool ready for Chelsea

A Liverpool victory over Chelsea next Sunday would put Liverpool close to their first ever Premier League title with two games left to play.
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Atletico ready for Chelsea in ECL

Atletico Madrid are preparing for their first Champions League semi-final in 40 years, facing Chelsea at home on Tuesday.
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Leaner Gilbert eyes Ardennes treble

Belgian cyclists Philippe Gilbert credited the work of his BMC teammates for helping him to victory in the Amstel Gold Race.
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Ajax crushed 5-1 by Zwolle

Ajax has suffered a 5-1 humiliation in the Dutch Cup final at the hands of unheralded Zwolle.
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Benfica claim 33rd league title

Portugal's most decorated club Benfica added further silverware to their over laden trophy cabinet in the shape of a 33rd league title.

World

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In a bid to address a national shortage, authorities in Cuba have approved the sale of more than one million condoms with apparently expired dates.
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Japan PM gift to war shrine

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refrained from visiting a controversial war shrine on the eve of a visit from Barack Obama.
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UK skin cancer rates sky rocket

Britain's love of a sun tan is being blamed for a huge rise in the rates of malignant melanoma.
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A fire at a Gibraltar power station blacked out the British outpost and shut down worldwide betting services such as Ladbrokes, William Hill and Betfred.
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A transcript of the final moments before a ferry began listing in South Korea shows the confused state of the crew.
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Pain threshold 'decided by genes'

Researchers say a study showing four genes may affect a person's pain threshhold could lead to new pain management therapies.
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Miss America Nina Davuluri has asked high school officials to rethink the suspension of 18-year-old Patrick Farves, who asked her to be his prom date.

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World News Radio 21 April

The story of two Australian airmen - lost in a tragic mission far from home - but still remembered in a small village in northern Italy;  Protests in Sydney, as an...

Weekend Sport Wrap

World News Radio's weekend sport round up with Attila Mosonyi

Refugee makes pilgrimage of thanks

A Vietnamese refugee has led a pilgrimage of thanks from Melbourne to Canberra, accompanied by three asylum seekers.
Muslims in New York City have welcomed the end of a controversial program that spied on the city's Islamic community.
Conflict between humans and elephants is intensifying on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  
Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union have reached a surprise deal aimed at de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis.  
An historic medal gifted to a Maori chief in Sydney more than 200 years ago is on its way back to New Zealand after being sold at auction.

Science & Technology

Latest in science and technology, including astronomy, environmental, health and IT news.

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.
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...

Business

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Tokyo stocks open 0.23% higher

Tokyo stocks have opened 0.23 per cent higher with yhe Nikkei 225 index was up 33.18 per cent.
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Japan trade deficit quadruples

Japan's trade deficit quadrupled on-year in March to $US14 billion after energy imports surged after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.
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The number of Australians breaking into their savings is at a near 20-year high, according to a survey.
National Australia Bank lagged behind its major rivals for business customer satisfaction in March.

'Europe's gas supplies not at risk'

Europe's gas supplies are not at risk despite the Ukrainian crisis, the EU's energy commissioner says.
Toyota and the union at its two factories in the Indian state of Karnatka have been ordered to return to work after a pay dispute.
Leading automakers are gathering in Beijing Sunday for the kickoff of China's biggest car show, but lackluster growth and environmental restrictions in the world...

Odd

Weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

US Congress' dirty little secret

Hustler founder Larry Flynt has been sending monthly copies of his magazine to every US Congress member since 1983.
Italy has taken to eBay to sell luxury cars owned by the state that were "no longer deemed essential" in a bid to raise money.
A bronze statue of a homeless Jesus on a park bench has sparked controversy in a wealthy American suburb.
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...