The number of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal women in custody has jumped by 18 per cent.
State governments have announced plans which could lead the way to medical marijuana use in Australia.
Japan has signalled it intends to find a way to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean.
The construction of the proposed mosque in Currumbin can only go ahead if it's approved at a full Gold Coast Regional Council meeting.
Some observers believe that by joining the US-led international coalition in Iraq, Australia could be risking its own security.
World leaders pledge to fight so-called IS; Criticism of Australia's involvement in Iraq; Interest-free loans for Australia's poorest.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has spent a second day living in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
A migration body says about 500 suspected migrants are feared drowned after their boat sank near Malta last week.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has begun a week-long trip to remote Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
Some experts say Australia is at risk of squandering the benefits of immigration.
Senator Cory Bernardi has sparked more controversy over his comments on multiculturalism.
Protesters targeting the PM have clashed with police at Melbourne University.
The UNHCR is continuing a major aid operation for almost half a million displaced people in northern Iraq.
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