Insurance companies are processing more than $27 million worth of initial damage claims after the supercell storm that tore through Brisbane.
Cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital after being hit by a bouncer at the SCG on Tuesday.
The battle of the year as rival network personalities engage in an inner-city brawl that makes Ron Burgandy’s scuffle in Anchorman seem trivial.
A foreign guesthouse in central Kabul has been attacked by the Taliban, hours after six people died in a blast targeting a British embassy vehicle.

Beheaded bodies found in Mexico

The bodies of 11 people have been found beheaded, and some burned, in an area of Mexico where 43 students were apparently killed in September.
Video bloggers – known as 'vloggers' – must make it clear to their audiences when they are promoting products, a British advertising standards body has ruled.
Author P D James, who began writing in the 1950s and was awarded an OBE in 1983, has died at her Oxford home, aged 94, her publisher says.

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A beggar arrested in Iran Wednesday had millions of rials (thousands of dollars) in his pockets and a great deal more in two bank accounts, an official said.


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The army has been called in to help mop up after Brisbane was smashed with large hailstones catapulted by destructive winds up to 141km/h.
Over the weekend Victorians will head to the polls, with Labor still tipped to topple the Napthine-led coalition government.
Cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital after being hit by a bouncer at the SCG on Tuesday.
Twenty years ago, Ahmed Abdo was followed home from school by a group of bullies. He turned to police for help. Now he says he wants to give back.
A 93-year-old Victorian man has been jailed for the abuse of boys under his care while the head of an orphanage in the 1960s.
The Greens and human rights advocates have criticised new legislation which broadens the immigration minister's powers to cancel or refuse visas.

Vic election sparks federal furore

The imminent Victorian state election has sparked a rowdy federal parliamentary question time.
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Phillip Hughes' death has plunged cricket into mourning. Australians and the international community have rallied to pay tribute to the 25-year-old.
Thousands of protesters in London took to the streets outside the US embassy to march against the killing of black teenager, Michael Brown by a white police officer.

In pictures: Thanksgiving Day

The annual Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated across the United States tomorrow here are some the traditions and quirks.
With only weeks left till Christmas, many countries around the world are preparing for the festive season in spectacular fashion.
Police cars have been vandalised, gunshots heard and tear gas fired in Ferguson after a white police officer Darren Wilson, who shot black teen Michael Brown, was not indicted.
The governor of the US state of Missouri has urged calm ahead of a verdict on whether to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager.
The ARIA Awards are on tonight, celebrating Australia's best musical talents. We take a look at some of the nominees, including rapper Iggy Azalea and singer/songwriter Sia.
Students protested in London overnight, rallying against higher education fee hikes.
A massive snowstorm stranded motorists, canceled flights and left at least eight people dead in the northeastern United States, officials said Wednesday.