Last Updated: August 21, 2014

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10:06AM (AEST)

Sydney Airport doubles first half profit

SYDNEY Airport has posted a strong first half profit less than a week after it agreed to consult with the federal government on the Western Sydney Airport. Read more

10:04AM (AEST)

Ebola death toll rises to 1350

FAMILIES have been divided by barricades put up around a Liberian slum to try to stem the Ebola outbreak, as the death toll rose to 1350. Read more

10:04AM (AEST)

Bikie Yates-Taui on way back to Aus

MONGOL bikie Wade Yates-Taui allegedly fled Australia with his model girlfriend a day before he was ordered to testify about a Queensland stabbing death. Read more

10:02AM (AEST)

Treasury Wine makes $101m loss

PENFOLDS Wine owner Treasury Wine has recorded a $101 million full year loss after restructuring its operations. Read more

9:58AM (AEST)

Islamic State devastatingly effective: PM

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says the Islamic State extremists are masters of propaganda and social media. Read more

9:58AM (AEST)

National garbage collection slowly resumes

WASTE collection is gradually resuming after Transpacific grounded its fleet of trucks following a fatal crash in Adelaide. Read more

9:52AM (AEST)

Cyril celebrates Channel swim with coldie

SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD Cyril Baldock from Bondi has become the oldest person to swim across the English Channel from Dover to Cap Gris Nez. Read more

9:51AM (AEST)

Obesity 'increases dementia risk': study

RESEARCHERS from the University of Oxford have suggested a link between obesity and dementia. Read more

9:48AM (AEST)

Tatts begins new year with revenue gains

TATTS says revenues from its wagering, racing and sports betting businesses are all higher at the start of the new financial year. Read more

9:47AM (AEST)

Obesity may affect breast cancer treatment

OBESITY may reduce the effectiveness of a common breast cancer treatment used on post-menopausal woman, a study has found. Read more

9:45AM (AEST)

Aust victims of Thames disaster remembered

FIVE Australians were among 51 passengers who died when the riverboat Marchioness collided with a dredger and sank in the Thames 25 years ago. Read more

9:40AM (AEST)

Study explains why we're all Neanderthals

NEANDERTHALS and our early human ancestors coexisted in Europe for several thousand years, according to a new study. Read more

9:40AM (AEST)

Man caught after four NSW car chases

POLICE successfully use road spikes in northern NSW to stop a man after a series of car chases beginning 200 kilometres away. Read more

9:40AM (AEST)

Petrol companies deny price collusion

THE major fuel chains will fight a claim by the competition watchdog that they are using a website to collude on petrol prices. Read more

9:11AM (AEST)

Four arrested over IRA letter-bombs

FOUR people have been arrested on the suspicion of organising an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign over the past year. Read more

8:55AM (AEST)

Indon president condemns IS

INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has condemned the Islamic State terror group, saying it was counter to his country's fundamental values. Read more

8:54AM (AEST)

Jackie Chan shamed by son's drug arrest

FILM star Jackie Chan says he is heartbroken by his son's arrest in a Chinese drugs crime crackdown. Read more

8:42AM (AEST)

AMP lifts underlying profit

AMP has lifted its underlying profit from 16 per cent to $510 million. Read more

8:35AM (AEST)

Ukraine troops take rebel stronghold

BATTLES for control of Ukraine's east have continued, with 34 Donetsk residents killed in a 24-hour period in the latest violence. Read more

8:30AM (AEST)

Rick Perry formally enters not guilty plea

POTENTIAL 2016 presidential candidate Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of abuse of power. Read more

8:22AM (AEST)

Stocks to watch on Thursday

STOCKS of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Thursday Read more

8:22AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know. Read more

8:22AM (AEST)

Copper prices surge on Glencore outlook

COPPER prices rose as optimistic comments from a major commodities tradier spurred investors to buy the metal ahead. Read more

8:22AM (AEST)

Gold Prices Slip After Fed Minutes

GOLD prices fell in, as the minutes from the Federal Reserve's showed it was debating whether to raise interest rates sooner than expected. Read more

8:22AM (AEST)

US cop may face serious beating charges

A CALIFORNIA police officer may face serious charges over the beating of 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, which was captured on video. Read more

8:19AM (AEST)

Apple's stock bounces back; hits new high

APPLE shares have hit their highest-ever point, showing a dramatic shift in investor sentiment. Read more

8:11AM (AEST)

Muslims don't support beheading: Rifi

THE overwhelming majority of Muslims do not support Islamic group ISIS and a Sydney community leader hopes their idea's don't gain ground in Australia. Read more

8:11AM (AEST)

Truck fire near Melbourne's Burnley Tunnel

A TRUCK has caught fire outside Melbourne's cross-city Burnley Tunnel. Read more

8:11AM (AEST)

Qld policeman in domestic violence probe

A BRISBANE constable has been stood down from official duty while being investigated for a domestic violence incident. Read more

7:38AM (AEST)

Woman jailed for calling police 637 times

A FRENCH woman who called the police 637 times in the space of 48 hours has been handed a six-month jail sentence. Read more

7:37AM (AEST)

US parents to keep kids off Facebook

MORE and more US parents are keeping their children off Facebook, many of them citing privacy and safety concerns. Read more

5:42AM (AEST)

BofA reaches $17B settlement with US

BANK of America has reached a record settlement over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis. Read more

5:26AM (AEST)

Aust, Indonesia face new wave of terror

FEDERAL Justice Minister Michael Keenan has visited Indonesia as both nations confront the emerging threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Read more

3:46AM (AEST)

Target cuts outlook as fallout lingers

TARGET Corp has reported a second-quarter earnings drop of 61.7 per cent, and cut its annual profit outlook again. Read more

12:49AM (AEST)

Tips for parents: To post or not to post?

PRIVACY-WARY parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their children on social media. Read more

Yesterday

10:39PM (AEST)

Chinese economy facing some risks

THE RBA governor said the Chinese economy is going along okay but there are some risks from the financial sector. Read more

10:39PM (AEST)

Heineken reports sales, profit drop

HEINEKEN, the largest brewer by sales within Europe, says its sales and profit dropped in the first half while Carlsberg saw its net profit grow slightly. Read more

10:14PM (AEST)

British PM breaks holiday over beheading

BRITISH PM David Cameron has broken his holiday to hold meetings after the apparent execution of a US journalist by a jihadist with a British accent. Read more

9:30PM (AEST)

Vic healthcare staff protections broadened

THE Victorian government says it will broaden new laws designed to curb attacks on healthcare workers. Read more

9:27PM (AEST)

Baird heading to China in September

NSW Premier Mike Baird is travelling to China in September in his first overseas visit since taking office this year. Read more

9:27PM (AEST)

Chilling out for charity - Becks and Gaga

THE latest charity craze is the Ice Bucket challenge, where stars including David Beckham and Lady Gaga freeze to raise funds for diseases. Read more

9:17PM (AEST)

Four missing after fighter crash in Italy

FOUR crew members are missing after two Italian Tornado fighter jets crashed into each other, defence officials say. Read more

9:15PM (AEST)

Home Depot profit climbs 14 per cent

THE US home improvement retailer Home Depot has reported a surge of 14 per cent in fiscal second quarter net income. Read more

8:58PM (AEST)

Physically-fit children brainier: study

A NEW study has linked physical fitness in children to larger brain volumes, confirming previous research. Read more

7:43PM (AEST)

Work needed to avoid 'catastrophe': RBA

AUSTRALIA needs to have a conversation about fiscal accounts now to avoid catastrophe later, says Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens. Read more

7:33PM (AEST)

SEEK says job market is challenging

JOB advertiser and education services company SEEK says there has been a slight recovery in ad volumes in recent months, as unemployment rises. Read more

6:56PM (AEST)

Vic petrol retailers colluded: ACCC

THE competition watchdog has launched legal action against petrol retailers it says used a third-party statistics service to collude on bowser prices. Read more

6:43PM (AEST)

Seventy-year-old Aussie swimming channel

CYRIL Baldock from Bondi is attempting to become the oldest person to swim across the English Channel from Dover to Cap Gris Nez. Read more

6:38PM (AEST)

Qld premier's chief spends $2900 on limos

QUEENSLAND'S most powerful public servant has spent more than $2900 on limos but his office says his expenses are cheaper than Labor's. Read more

6:33PM (AEST)

Constitution must protect against racism

ALL citizens should be protected from racial discrimination, a federal committee on constitutional recognition for indigenous people has heard. Read more

6:18PM (AEST)

Radio fortunes follow the stars

SOUTHERN Cross Austereo is in rebuild mode after losing stars Kyle and Jackie O while rival APN says its radio business has beaten the market. Read more

6:14PM (AEST)

Students march against higher uni fees

HUNDREDS of students have staged protests against the federal government's university reforms in the nation's capital cities. Read more

6:08PM (AEST)

Wednesday's key earnings reports

WESFARMERS, Fortescue Metals and Woodside all posted billion dollar profits on Wednesday, while Coca-Cola Amatil and SEEK disappointed investors. Read more

5:58PM (AEST)

WA baby appeared unharmed before death

A BABY did not appear to have any serious injuries before he disappeared with a man accused of murdering him, the WA Superme Court has heard. Read more

5:58PM (AEST)

Controversial NSW mine now underway

OPEN-CUT mining has officially commenced at Whitehaven's flagship Maules Creek site in northern NSW, following months of protests. Read more

5:58PM (AEST)

Coles owner says retail on the improve

COLES owner Wesfarmers has lifted profit to $2.69 billion and will give $1.1 billion back to its shareholders after recent business sales. Read more

5:58PM (AEST)

Palmer defiant as rant fallout continues

MINING magnate and federal MP Clive Palmer maintains his televised anti-China tirade was directed at the "communist government", not its people. Read more

5:58PM (AEST)

Muslim groups reject new terror laws

MUSLIMS groups say new terror laws unjustly target Muslims based on a trumped-up threat for which there is no solid evidence. Read more

5:26PM (AEST)

Meares loses licence for a year

FASHION designer Jodhi Meares has been banned from driving for a year after pleading guilty to a high-range drink-driving charge. Read more

5:26PM (AEST)

Cashed up Woodside looks to North America

WOODSIDE Petroleum is looking to North America for opportunities to buy LNG assets after failing to win over shareholders for the Shell buyback Read more

5:26PM (AEST)

Lies need to carry fear of jail: NSW court

POLITICIANS and police should fear a jail term if they lie to watchdog bodies such as the ICAC and the PIC, a magistrate says. Read more

5:04PM (AEST)

NZ stocks rise as Fletcher beats forecast

FLETCHER Challenge and Trade Me annual results have helped buoy the NZ sharemarket, but energy sotcks have suffered amid political controversy. Read more

4:52PM (AEST)

Biggest fall for BHP shares in five months

BHP Billiton shares have fallen four per cent as investors did not get the capital return they were expecting amid its demerger announcement. Read more

4:44PM (AEST)

Fortescue profits hits record high

IRON ore miner Fortescue Metals has lifted net profit by 56 per cent to a record $US2.7 billion but is balancing repaying debt with dividends. Read more

4:41PM (AEST)

NSW jails to be cigarette-free: Hazzard

NSW prisons will be cigarette-free by August 2015 in a bid to reduce staff and inmates' exposure to second-hand smoke. Read more

4:41PM (AEST)

Desk lamp may have sparked fire tragedy

AN overheated desk lamp may have caused the fire which killed 11 members of the Taufa and Lale families in Queensland three years ago this week. Read more

4:38PM (AEST)

Malaysia probes hacking of MH370 data

A MALAYSIAN official says hackers siphoned off classified information on missing plane MH370 and transferred the data to a location in China. Read more

4:38PM (AEST)

Palmer stays away from RBA hearing

CLIVE Palmer was in Perth as a parliamentary committee, of which he is a member, quizzed Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens in Brisbane. Read more

4:38PM (AEST)

SA crash disrupts national garbo runs

WASTE collection has been disrupted across much of the nation after Transpacific grounded its fleet of trucks following a fatal crash in Adelaide. Read more

4:38PM (AEST)

Stocks to watch at close on Wednesday

STOCKS of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Wednesday. Read more

4:17PM (AEST)

Economy won't remain in doldrums: Stevens

RESERVE Bank governor Glenn Stevens is confident that the economy won't remain in the doldrums forever. Read more

4:13PM (AEST)

Police appeal for missing Sydney man

THERE are fears for the welfare of an intellectually disabled man who went missing in Sydney's southwest on Saturday. Read more

4:07PM (AEST)

Residents raised fears about landslip site

UNIT block residents on Sydney's northern beaches are likely to spend further nights in temporary accommodation following a nearby landslip. Read more

4:07PM (AEST)

Vic teachers need schooling on homework

NEW and established teachers have little training or guidance on setting homework that will benefit students, a Victoria parliamentary inquiry has found. Read more

3:56PM (AEST)

US safety agency offers online recall test

THE US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a free online service for drivers in the wake of the GM recalls. Read more

3:53PM (AEST)

Organic training offers jobs hope

INDIGENOUS people are being trained as organic inspectors in a bid to support the fledgling organic industry in remote communities. Read more

3:53PM (AEST)

Vic cruelty laws target puppy factories

DODGY pet shops and rogue breeders will have nowhere to hide under new Victorian laws aimed at stamping out cruelty and illegal puppy farms. Read more

3:42PM (AEST)

ADFA cadet faces sex assault charges

AN officer cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy has been granted bail on two charges of sexually assaulting female colleagues. Read more

3:41PM (AEST)

SA wines make a splash at China show

MCLAREN Vale wine is just fine, according to judges at China's Changli international wine show. Read more

3:38PM (AEST)

Can Coke be cool again?

DRINKS giant Coca-Cola Amatil admits it has been slow in responding to consumer demands and needs to come up with better products. Read more

3:17PM (AEST)

AGL profit rises 52%

AGL has lifted its full year profit 52 per cent to $570 million and announced a $1.2 billion capital raising to cover the cost of Macquarie Generation Read more

3:11PM (AEST)

Cots fail to meet safety standards

SEVERAL cot suppliers have announced recalls this year, with the latest model being a sleigh-style bed sold by an online retailer. Read more

3:11PM (AEST)

Joel Edgerton talks new film Felony

WHILE Joel Edgerton was writing Felony, he was also very aware that the whole thing would take place in his hometown of Sydney. Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

Call for minimum Vic rental home standard

VICTORIAN rental properties may have to meet basic standards under a Greens bill to go before parliament. Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

NZ man pulls meat hook out of face

A MAN impaled on a hook at a Bay of Plenty meat works pulled the hook out of his face after spending over an hour impaled on it. Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

Anti-terror laws planned and in existence

THE anti-terrorism laws the federal government wants parliament to approve. Read more

2:19PM (AEST)

ADFA cadet charged with sexual assault

AN Australian Defence Force cadet has been charged after allegations of sexual assault were referred to ACT police. Read more

1:50PM (AEST)

Marchioness victims remembered 25 years on

A SPECIAL ceremony will remember 51 people, including five Australians, who lost their lives 25 years ago when a party boat sank on the Thames. Read more

1:38PM (AEST)

Defence ends search of Qld chemical house

DEFENCE personnel have finished searching a Brisbane home where a huge stockpile of explosive chemicals was found last week. Read more

1:26PM (AEST)

RBA governor 'concerned' on jobless rate

THE Reserve Bank governor says he is "quite concerned" that unemployment is at a 12-year high and wants to see it lower. Read more

1:25PM (AEST)

RBA governor says low rates hurting savers

RBA governor Glenn Stevens said that low interest rates aren't necessarily good for everyone, especially savers. Read more

1:24PM (AEST)

AOFM sells $700m of April 2024 bonds

THE AOFM has sold $700 million of April 21, 2024, Treasury bonds. Read more

1:24PM (AEST)

New leads in Qld highway body case

QUEENSLAND police say they have fresh leads in the suspicious death of a Hong Kong national whose body was found beside a highway two years ago. Read more

12:07PM (AEST)

Chinese paper calls for Palmer sanctions

A CHINESE tabloid wants Beijing to sanction Clive Palmer for his anti-China outburst and has labelled him a "prancing provocateur". Read more

12:06PM (AEST)

Three measles cases at Melbourne school

THREE Melbourne students have been confirmed to have measles and two other cases are suspected. Read more

12:06PM (AEST)

Turning around a team's negativity

A TEAM'S negativity harms relationships with other teams in the company and needs changing - but how? Read more

12:06PM (AEST)

Webjet nearly triples full year profit

TRAVEL group Webjet has plans to become a major business travel provider. Read more

11:15AM (AEST)

Victorian legal aid cuts hurt services: AG

VICTORIA Legal Aid faces significant challenges in delivering its services, the auditor-general says. Read more

9:55AM (AEST)

Abbott sickened by journalist beheading

TONY Abbott says Islamic State jihadists are close to "pure evil" after they posted a video purporting to show a US journalist being beheaded. Read more

9:46AM (AEST)

Times Square characters upset at police

GIANT Elmos, Mickey Mouses and Statues of Liberty have protested in New York over their right to be tipped. Read more

9:02AM (AEST)

Perry reports to courthouse for booking

TEXAS Governor Rick Perry says he will fight two felony counts of abuse of power "with every fibre of my being". Read more

8:40AM (AEST)

Joyce slaps down Lambie's 'pub' comments

NATIONALS frontbencher Barnaby Joyce tells Senator Jacqui Lambie to stop talking like she's at the corner pub "after 15 beers". Read more

8:04AM (AEST)

Gold rices ease amid interest rate jitters

GOLD futures fell as improved US economic data and a better US economic outlook decreases safe-haven demand for gold. Read more

6:18AM (AEST)

Public servants live longer than average

IF you work in the public sector, you're likely to live longer and cost more in retirement, a study has found. Read more

5:54AM (AEST)

Pope's relatives killed in Argentina crash

THE Vatican says the Pope is "profoundly saddened" by the deaths of three relatives in a car crash in Argentina. Read more

4:02AM (AEST)

US home construction jumps 15.7 per cent

US home construction increased 15.7 per cent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes. Read more

12:11AM (AEST)

Famous UK doctor on voyeurism charges

WORLD-RENOWNED hearing specialist Dr Lam Hoe Yeoh allegedly secretly recorded intimate images of patients and colleagues using secret cameras. Read more

Alpine plea to Labor

 High country cattle grazier, Charlie Lovick herding cattle on his Merrijig property near Mansfield in Victoria. Charlie has ...

VICTORIA’S mountain cattlemen are pleading for Labor to rethink its tough love stance on alpine grazing.

Picola opens its books

Country footy merger

PICOLA and District president Shane Railton says the league will continue to look at options to expand its competitions.

Cambodia eyes Aussie cattle

The announcement by Federal Government to halt live cattle export to Indonesia is going to have a negative impact on the Nort...

CAMBODIA is expected to be opened as a new market for Australian cattle.

Massey Ferguson show and tell

Massey Ferguson show and tell

NEW Massey Ferguson tractor and farm machinery ranges will be revealed at the Vision of the Future Expo.

Extra special visit to Horsham

Extra special visit to Horsham

WHEN Jerilderie-born Rosalie Ham signed up to have her book The Dressmaker made into a movie, she had a couple of clauses.

Editor’s letter: August 2014

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

IN case you’ve ever wondered how important branding is, you only have to listen to Rita Bikins from Red Rock Olive oil at Pomonal to know the truth.