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Massive flooding in Malaysia, caused by torrential northeast monsoon rains, has left five dead and forced 120,000 people to leave their homes.
Follow the latest developments of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, with updates from our embedded reporter Nick Vindin.

Snow causes travel chaos in the UK

Wild and wintry weather has swept the UK and stranded travellers with heavy snow covering roads and forcing two airports to close.
Some 25,000 police officers have paid their respects at the funeral of a fellow officer shot by a gunman allegedly avenging the recent deaths of two black men.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko welcomes home 145 soldiers freed by pro-Russian rebels, praising them for not breaking or changing.

North Korea calls Obama a 'monkey'

North Korea has called US President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed the US for further internet outages it has suffered.
The Theory of Everything is a film about two people who fall in love. What makes it remarkable is that one of them is Professor Stephen Hawking who is suffering...

2014 Year in Review

As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at some of the year's best stories and features.

2014 was another bumper year in the world of sport with plenty of memorable moments, thrilling achievements as well as upsets.
Forty years ago Darwin was destroyed by Cyclone Tracy in a natural disaster on a scale never before seen in Australia.

The best stories from SBS in 2014

As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at some of the year's best stories and features from SBS - the ones which offered a different perspective and...

The biggest stories of 2014

Missing airliners, terrorism, a terrible murder and a shocking loss were among the stories that captivated Australia's attention in 2014
The annual "People Are Awesome" video has been released, celebrating human physical ability and ambition.

Editor's Choice

Our pick of the best content from SBS News & Current Affairs and our content partners.

Dotcom tried to stop gaming attack

Kim Dotcom has been active in trying to stop a worldwide attack on the Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles.
Justin Bieber has posted a picture of his new jet on Instagram, his gift for Christmas.
Years from now, will the Senate issue a “targeted drone attack” report?
So, yeah, there are a few things the North Korean leaders wouldn't appreciate.
Egypt has banned the Hollywood biblical epic movie Exodus: Gods and Kings citing historical inaccuracies, including an apparent claim that Jews built the pyramids.
On 26 December 2004 a tsunami generated by an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia hit coastal areas around the Indian Ocean, killing around 230,000 people.
Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.

National

All the latest news and analysis from around Australia.

An extra 3000 police officers will patrol Sydney's streets on New Year's Eve, with authorities insisting the city will be safe for revellers of all kinds.
John Bjelke-Petersen, son of former premier Sir Joh, will be the state leader of the Palmer United Party ahead of next year's Queensland election.

Support tumbles for govt: Newspoll

Australian voters in all states have abandoned the federal coalition over the past year, a Newspoll shows.
Queensland police say a number of people who have fought overseas are on their anti-terrorism radar.
A teenager tried to avoid police by jumping into the back seat of her car while it was still moving, one of a number of incidents that worries NSW police.
A man who was swept away in NSW's Murrumbidgee River may have been an inexperienced swimmer, police say.

Aussies shopping till they drop

After enjoying one of their busiest Boxing Days in years, Australian retailers say shoppers are continuing to be out in force.
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Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels have swapped captured troops and separatist gunmen under a deal as peace talks remain stalled.

In pictures: 2004 Tsunami

The 2004 South Asian tsunami killed more than 220,000 people in about 10 countries, including Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India,and Somalia. Take a look back at some of the images from then, and now.
How are people celebrating Christmas around the world?
The floral tribute near the scene of the fatal Sydney cafe siege has been removed as wet weather moves over the city.
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.