The Joint Agency Coordination Centre has confirmed that unidentified material has washed ashore in Western Australia and authorities are examining whether it is connected to missing flight MH370.
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 Sydney project aimed at training refugees as certified bakers is changing the lives of many, writes Emma Hannigan.
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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A man has been shot dead as violent protests erupt yet again in a Rio de Janeiro slum.
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...
Mick Fanning has beaten fellow Australian Taj Burrow in the men's Rip Curl Pro final at Bells Beach.

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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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One of India’s biggest success stories, Bollywood, is being used to tackle one of its biggest failings, illiteracy.
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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.

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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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.
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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Officers in all 24-hour police stations in regional Victoria will be given Taser stun guns.
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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 ATM...
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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.
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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Families who have lived in The Rocks for generations are now preparing to say goodbye, writes Elly Clough.
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...

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...
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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The Sri Lankan government is on the defensive again over human rights.
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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A Sydney project aimed at training refugees as certified bakers is changing the lives of many, writes Emma Hannigan.
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.

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David Moyes says he understands Manchester Untied fans' frustration after his ill-fated 10-month spell in charge at Old Trafford.
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Central Coast Mariners have been AFC Champions League when they were beaten 1-0 by Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan.
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Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captain

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been appointed the new captain of the Sri Lanka Twenty20 team until March 2015.
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SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's legendary Maracanã stadium was in a frenzy. Brazil had trounced the Spanish world champions. Yet 73,000...
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Andrey Kanchelskis watches events at Old Trafford from afar these days but weighed into the debate over Manchester United's woes this week,...
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The International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a statement that the Saxo-Tinkoff rider had been stripped of his results from the Japan Cup that month but would...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes returned to the club's training ground on Wednesday to help caretaker manager Ryan Giggs...

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Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

A freight train has derailed in the Congo, killing at least 30 people, officials say.
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The Turkish prime minister has offered condolences to descendants of the victims of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman troops during World War I.
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The US State Department says it is "deeply concerned" over reports of the kidnapping of an American journalist by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
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Former British prime minister Tony Blair says the West should put aside its differences with Russia to work together against Islamic extremism.
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Hong Kong and the Philippines say they have resolved a row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal.
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Justin Bieber has apologised to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine.
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Greece reaches financial milestone

Greece has reached a major financial milestone that was required if it were to be granted more debt relief, the European Union says.

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The federal government will spend more than $12 billion to upgrade Australia's air-force capabilities with a new fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. 
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There are fears the world's youngest nation, South Sudan, is on the brink of collapse after four months of civil war.   

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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.

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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.

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WhatsApp now has 500 million active users, the free mobile messaging service being acquired by Facebook says.
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Greece reaches financial milestone

Greece has reached a major financial milestone that was required if it were to be granted more debt relief, the European Union says.
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Treasurer Joe Hockey says his concerns about ADM's behaviour were partly behind his decision not to allow its foreign takeover of Graincorp.
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Asian shares mixed at close

Asian markets have ended mixed following another Wall Street rally, while a report showed a slight improvement in Chinese manufacturing activity.
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A survey shows eurozone business activity hit a near three-year high in April as a modest economic recovery gained momentum and began creating jobs.
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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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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.
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...
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.