Details of a drought assistance package to help Queensland and NSW farmers will be fleshed out this week in cabinet discussions.
The Abbott government wants the carbon tax bills dealt with as a matter of priority in the Senate, but Labor and the Greens could frustrate this.
Prime Minister John Key says some Kiwis are fighting in Syria and others had intended to but their passports were cancelled before they could leave.
The Australian Council of Social Service says the May budget should help close the worst gaps in economic and social infrastructure.
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has offered to travel to North Korea to discuss the fate of a Korean American sentenced to 15 years' hard labour there.
Crossbench senators Nick Xenophon and John Madigan are threatening to leave 750 Australian-made plates in the prime minister's office.
Queensland parliament will this week pass legislation to impose tough new laws against organisers of out-of-control parties.
A terse US Embassy message advising Americans to avoid Caribbean Airlines flights is unusual because it is so specific about a potential threat.
The first tranche of new US aid aims to enhance trade to support Afghanistan's accession to the World Trade Organization later this year.
The office of 72-year-old Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says he "is doing well" after sciatica surgery in France.
John Kerry will visit South Korea again for talks on how the US can "continue our close co-ordination ... on North Korea".
The Liberal National Party candidate for Kevin Rudd's old seat says Labor will likely hold onto the seat and he's hanging up his political spurs.
Victorian Sports Minister Hugh Delahunty has announced he is retiring from politics and will not recontest his seat of Lowan at the November election.
Hundreds of anti-government Greeks have set fire to a toll booth on an Athens motorway to protest the tripling of tolls.