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More than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease...
Hope is on the horizon for heart attack patients and Australians at risk of heart failure, as medical researchers investigate the promise of stem cell therapy in...
Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the cities portfolio remains crucial even if the reshuffle has made it an assistant ministerial role.
Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground...
A stoush between the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade and United Firefighters Union over a recruitment drive to increase the number of female firefighters in...

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Australians have been warned not to fall for online romance scammers on Valentine's Day.
Protesters have demanded the federal government let Baby Asha remain in Australia while offering support to doctors blocking her transfer to Nauru.

NSW water ski victim named

A Sydney man who died during a water skiing race on the Murray River has been identified as 47-year-old Kevin Vahtrik.
Police investigating a high school shooting in Arizona that had parents in distress for hours, say it was a murder-suicide, after discovering a note.

Mal Brough resigns from ministry

Special Minister of State Mal Brough has quit the front bench two months after standing aside pending an AFP investigation.
Disgraced Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been charged with seven additional counts of indecent assault, following fresh allegations dating back to 1971.
Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family...

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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...
A Sydney teenager is gaining international support in her bid to become the world's first hijab-wearing ballerina, but she's also facing a number of challenges.
After months of sporadic street fighting, a group of Aboriginal elders says their Queensland community is under siege, from within and by authorities.
A US war veteran has reunited with his wartime sweetheart, sharing a hug and a kiss in Adelaide after a lifetime apart.
Robert Burton-Bradley describes the daily frustrations of selfishly having a "two name" surname.
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Pope Francis has launched a broadside against endemic corruption on his first visit to Mexico as pontiff, calling on President Enrique Pena Nieto and his government to combat it.
The future of Australia's relationship with China has never been brighter, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a crowd of hundreds who gathered for a Chinese New Year lantern festival.

In pictures: Lunar New Year 2016

Celebrations for Lunar New Year were colourful and loud.
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.