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South Korean rescuers and dive teams have worked frantically under floodlights as fears rise for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 462 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.
The NSW Liberal Party will elect a new premier today after Barry O'Farrell resigned yesterday over a $3000 bottle of wine.
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First Heartbleed hacker arrested

Federal police said they have arrested and charged a 19-year-old man in the theft of 900 Canadian taxpayers' data, which was made vulnerable by the "Heartbleed" bug.
NATO will deploy more aeroplanes, ships and military staff to eastern member states in Ukraine, as Kiev has demanded that Russia cease its support for "terrorist activities" in the region.
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More than 100 supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have been sentenced over clashes which killed 24 people last year.
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Human rights campaigners in Myanmar are concerned a proposed ban on interfaith marriages will the exacerbate existing tensions.
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A poster in a London barber, which pokes fun at Kim Jong Un's undercut hairstyle with the slogan "Bad Hair Day?", has attracted the ire of Pyongyang.

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A custom made, one-handed guitar is helping a former Vietnamese refugee with a traumatic brain injury reconnect with his music and there are hopes the design could be...
Wine, sport and spoons were among the gifts declared by members of the NSW Parliament throughout 2010 and 2011, but a $3000 bottle of Grange made no appearance.
Prince William, Kate and Prince George have arrived in Sydney to commence their 10-day tour of Australia.
For the past 20 years, the NSW ICAC has targeted these factors, with varying levels of community support. What is needed is ongoing internal monitoring, and a...
Dual explosions killed three people and injured more than 260 others during the Boston Marathon last year. Twelve months on from the tragedy, some survivors have...

Correction: Tamiflu



All the latest news and analysis from around Australia.

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The Australian journalist due to face a Thai court on defamation charges has accused the Royal Thai Navy of trying to shut down his website.
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Police locked down the offices of the WA premier and treasurer after the discovery of threatening letters with powder inside.
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Australia inks aid deal with EU

Australia and the European Union will work closer on administering aid programs in Fiji and Sudan.
Two men have been killed after a wall collapsed at the Austar Coal Mine in the NSW Hunter Valley.
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Two shootings in Sydney's west

Specialist police are investigating after two shootings in nearby Sydney suburbs, just an hour apart.
West Australian Senator Louise Pratt has conceded defeat in the re-run senate election.
The flood-hit sugar cane farming town of Ingham in Queensland's north is dealing with looting before farmers even count the cost of cyclone Ita.

Comment & Analysis

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For the past 20 years, the NSW ICAC has targeted these factors, with varying levels of community support. What is needed is ongoing internal monitoring, and a renewed...
One can only imagine the mental state of young people when a universe of information, temptations and perils can be carried around in their pocket. While it’s...
Students studying in Australia need to be made aware of basic crime prevention and risk-reduction strategies in their daily activities. Doing so would at least...
India will soon have a new prime minister, who will be poised to shape the nature of this Asian Century and much will depend on India’s engagement with the rest...
Many women seem to view India's current election as a referendum on governmental incompetence and corruption, which has stymied efforts to crack down on sexual...
Australians living in poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, as well as communities with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are...
Kiev is fighting to regain control over the eastern region of Ukraine, with news of troop buildups and tense standoffs with protesters.
Vikings - Watch online
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The Nordic warriors with an insatiable appetite for warfare, unrestrained passion and ruthless betrayals are back on our screen Monday nights on SBS ONE, or watch episodes On Demand now!

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

Choirboys frontman Mark Gable says ailing AC/DC founding guitarist Malcolm Young is unlikely to perform live or record again.
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

Easter Week has begun as people around the world begin commemorations ahead of 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.

In pictures: Indonesia votes

Indonesians vote in their legislative election.


Latest in sports news, including football, cycling, AFL, rugby league and rugby union.

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Bayern beats Kaiserslautern 5-1

Bayern Munich have cruised to their 20th German Cup final by beating second-division Kaiserslautern 5-1.
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Juventus striker Carlos Tevez denies suggestions that a falling out with Lionel Messi is behind his absence from the Argentina side.
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Ligue 1 strugglers Guingamp have upset Monaco 3-1 in extra-time in the semi-finals of the French Cup.
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Real Madrid have kept alive their hopes of a treble this season with a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
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Sport News Update, what you need to know
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MUNICH (Reuters) - Dutch winger Arjen Robben was the inspiration as Bayern Munich crushed second division Kaiserslautern 5-1 on Wednesday to set up a mouth...
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Lay day at Rip Curl Pro

Small waves at Bells Beach have prompted organisers to call a lay day on Thursday at the Rip Curl Pro.


Latest news from the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe, Africa, North America and South America.

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Conservationist shot in DR Congo

Environmentalists have condemned the shooting of conservationist Emmanuel de Merode in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Finance News Update, what you need to know
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NATO will send more planes, ships and military to eastern Ukraine as eastern member states say they feel increasingly threatened by Russia.
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The US is preparing more sanctions and demanding that Russia halts "provocation" in Ukraine.
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Singer Paul Weller, the former frontman of The Jam, says he's delighted about winning a privacy case over photographs taken of his children.
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The former editor of News of the World, Andy Coulson, has told a London court that he listened to hacked voicemail messages.
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Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick has been cleared of fraud after being accused of providing illegal financial help to selected clients.


Latest from World News Australia Radio.

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World News Radio April 17

Debate rages after New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell announced he is stepping down.The number of Indigenous youth in justice supervision remains high.And we look...
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Human rights campaigners in Myanmar are concerned a proposed ban on interfaith marriages will the exacerbate existing tensions.
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The Human Rights Commission is fighting for sweeping changes to public transport in NSW after an accident involving a disabled man.
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Indigenous artist wins award

Daniel Boyd has become the first Indigenous man to win one of Australia's richest cultural accolades, the Bulgari Art Award.
The federal government is promising massive spending on roads in western Sydney as part the plan to build the Badgerys Creek airport. 

Wine gift brings down NSW Premier

A bottle of wine has led to the end of the political career of New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell.  

World News Australia April 16

Tropical Cyclone Ita's trail of destruction through Papua New Guinea.We hear from the former chairman of SBS on fears of funding cuts for public broadcasters...

Science & Technology

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

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...
Scientists have successfully implanted laboratory-grown vaginal organs into four teenagers who had underdeveloped or absent vaginas.
Scientists say governments should review use of the common anti-flu medication Tamiflu after a new report questioned the efficacy of the drug.
The sudden death of a previously healthy young individual is a rare but tragic event. Every year about one in 100,000 people aged between one and 35 dies suddenly...
Two Sydney doctors have invested in a state-of-the-art robot that takes some of the risk out of spinal surgery and improves recovery time.
There's a call to revise treatment guidelines for box jellyfish stings after new research that shows vinegar can release more venom in victims.


Latest in business and finance, including company news and Australian and global market updates.

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The US dollar has overcome early losses to end flat against the euro as the yen slipped back.
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Computer company IBM says it's achieved first-quarter earnings of $US2.38 billion, down 21 per cent on the previous year due to reorganisation costs.
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Google chief executive Larry Page has hailed "another great quarter" for the tech giant, with revenue of $US15.4 billion, up 19 per cent year on year.
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Stocks to watch on Thursday

Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Thursday
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Gold futures prices are up 0.3 per cent as fears of armed conflict over Ukraine outweigh concern China's demand for the metal will wane.
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A Japanese court has placed failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox into administration and it's expected it will file for bankruptcy soon.
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LME base metals have closed higher, with copper up 1.2 per cent, after a better-than-expected China GDP figure boosts demand hopes.


Weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

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...

US restaurant chain 'bans' Putin

A New York-based food chain has banned Russia's Vladimir Putin from its restaurants, saying he'll be welcome back when he stops "picking on people".
You can't always believe what you read online, especially if it's April Fools Day. We've scoured the web for some of the best jokes creating buzz this morning.
In Denmark, a travel company is 'prescribing' romantic holidays, launching a 'baby-making holiday' competition to boost the country's low birth rate.