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Mother arrested after eight children found dead at a far north Queensland house, police say.
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Senior frontbencher Mathias Cormann says a reshuffle will give the government the best team for 2015 and beyond.
Four Afghan detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been sent home following a review of their cases, the Pentagon says.
North Korea has asked to be part of a probe into a crippling cyber attack on Sony, claiming it can prove it wasn't involved.
SBS coverage of the deadly siege at the Lindt cafe in Martin Place in Sydney.

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Charges could soon be laid against a mother under police guard in a Cairns hospital following the deaths of eight children, seven of them her own.

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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.
The US Pacific coast's most ferocious storm in years moved south Friday, bringing hurricane force winds and heavy downpours to southern California one day after claiming two lives in the Northwest. Heavy rain triggered a mudslide following a storm in the Camarillo Springs area of Ventura County, California, engulfing houses.
The views over the Grand Canyon are always spectacular - but some lucky visitors have been treated to something extra special. The bowl of the Canyon has filled up with thick clouds in a weather phenomenon known as cloud inversion. It only happens there once every few years.
Hardcore pornography campaigners have protested outside the British parliament against new laws banning a series of extreme sex acts from online videos.
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