Last Updated: October 02, 2014

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Today

8:14PM (AEST)

Germany's Rocket Internet has lukewarm IPO

ROCKET Internet AG has had a bumpy market debut in Germany. Read more

8:14PM (AEST)

Sierra Leone makes personal plea to PM

THE president of Sierra Leone has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, making a desperate plea for military aid to combat the Ebola virus outbreak. Read more

8:14PM (AEST)

IS massacre 'would end Turkey-Kurds peace'

THE jailed leader of Turkey's PKK has warned that the peace process could collapse if Islamic State militants seize a key Syrian border town. Read more

7:05PM (AEST)

Burqa ban is 'religious apartheid': Wilkie

CRITICS of a move to segregate visitors to parliament who wear facial coverings say it sends the wrong message about how to treat Muslim women. Read more

7:05PM (AEST)

Monday looms as D-Day for Hird in AFL

JAMES Hird remains Essendon coach, but it appears only a matter of a few days before the AFL club sacks him. Read more

6:54PM (AEST)

Shot fired in Sydney kidnapping

POLICE have arrested and charged a woman over an alleged kidnapping after raiding her home in Sydney's west. Read more

6:47PM (AEST)

PM, millions swept up in 'Clean India' bid

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a five-year drive to clean public spaces in the country. Read more

6:02PM (AEST)

NSW woman charged over pen guns

NSW police have charged a young woman who is allegedly part of a syndicate manufacturing and selling pen guns. Read more

5:46PM (AEST)

Woman arrested over MP attack claim

A WOMAN taken in by police for allegedly attacking former premier Nathan Rees at a western Sydney shopping centre says she only yelled at him. Read more

5:41PM (AEST)

NZ man accused of trying to fight in Syria

A NEW Zealand man obtained a new passport and bought a phone in a false name as part of efforts to join the armed conflict in Syria, a court has heard. Read more

5:29PM (AEST)

Single women not as happy; survey shows

YOUNG single women rate their wellbeing as poorly as low income earners, NAB's latest quarterly survey shows. Read more

4:56PM (AEST)

Moree accused 'cracked', court hears

ELDERLY farmer Ian Turnbull who's has been charged with murder went Read more

4:53PM (AEST)

Lower $A likely to shrink trade deficit

A FALLING Australian dollar will help narrow Australia's trade deficit, but also means consumers will be paying more for petrol, clothing and travel. Read more

4:51PM (AEST)

CBA boss bonus goes to shareholder vote

CBA'S upcoming AGM will feature votes on a potential $4.7m payday for its CEO and Stephen Mayne's attempt to join its board. Read more

4:38PM (AEST)

GrainCorp gets port exemption

THE competition regulator has granted GrainCorp exemption from some regulations at its Newcastle grains terminal. Read more

4:33PM (AEST)

Government awaits Iraq sign-off for combat

DOUBT has been raised as to how quickly Iraq will approve Australia's role in air combat missions. Read more

4:29PM (AEST)

MOD: Shark attacks in numbers

SHARK attacks are more likely to occur in NSW but Western Australia still ranks number three in a list of recorded incidents over the past century. Read more

4:28PM (AEST)

Housing will be 'backbone' of Aust economy

HOUSING is set to become the backbone of the economy as building approvals hit a record high in August. Read more

4:17PM (AEST)

Wotif takeover could increase hotel costs

HOTELS fear the $700 million takeover of Wotif.com could see them charged more to advertise online, meaning higher prices for customers. Read more

4:00PM (AEST)

NZ shares fall as money goes offshore

HIGH-YIELDING stocks on the New Zealand sharemarket have fallen, with the NZX 50 Index down 0.6 per cent. Read more

3:57PM (AEST)

Kiwi has brief flurry above 79 US cents

TRADERS have taken advantage of an over-sold kiwi dollar to squeeze it briefly above 79 US cents. Read more

3:52PM (AEST)

Glastonbury tickets sell in 14 minutes

A TOTAL of 15,000 coach and admission packages for next year's Glastonbury festival were snapped up in 14 minutes. Read more

3:19PM (AEST)

Low rates help ease mortgage stress: RBA

RBA assistant governor Malcolm Edey says a rise in home loan interest rates won't put extra stress on household finances. Read more

2:43PM (AEST)

Cairns gas leak fixed, cordon lifted

AN emergency declaration put in place around a Cairns service station following reports of a gas leak has been revoked. Read more

2:42PM (AEST)

Mum wants more jail for one-punch deaths

THE mother of a Victorian man who was killed by a punch to head says sentences for such crimes should be a mandatory minimum of 10 years. Read more

2:40PM (AEST)

Weaknesses in Vic parole system: coroner

A VICTORIAN coroner investigating the death of a woman at the hands of a parolee has found a number of weaknesses in the parole system. Read more

2:38PM (AEST)

Sixth arrest in Adelaide kidnapping

A SIXTH person has been arrested over the alleged kidnapping and assault in August of an Adelaide man. Read more

2:38PM (AEST)

Market correction possible, analysts warn

WITH the stock market down around six per cent from its highs, analysts warn that a correction could be on the cards. Read more

2:38PM (AEST)

NSW man charged over fatal WA car crash

A NSW man has been charged over a crash that killed a 57-year-old male passenger in a remote part of Western Australia. Read more

2:38PM (AEST)

Prima Biomed to acquire Immutep

AUSTRALIAN cancer treatment developer Prima Biomed is set to acquire France's Immutep SA for up to $US28 million. Read more

2:22PM (AEST)

RBA urges increased housing supply

THE RBA says that an emphasis on increasing the supply of housing is needed to slow price increases. Read more

2:00PM (AEST)

General Hurley sworn in as NSW Governor

GENERAL David Hurley has officially succeeded Dame Marie Bashir as the 38th Governor of NSW. Read more

1:58PM (AEST)

Finzsoft shares soar after profit forecast

SHARES in financial software developer Finzsoft Solutions jump to a record $NZ2.54 after saying its earnings are forecast to rise fourfold. Read more

1:55PM (AEST)

Onthehouse founder blasts board

ONTHEHOUSE founder Michael Fredericks is disappointed that the online property company's board did not back him in a legal battle. Read more

1:55PM (AEST)

WA too pessimistic about economy: CCI

THE WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry says WA's economy is maturing from its boom-bust cycles, so consumer and business pessimism is hard to understand. Read more

1:34PM (AEST)

US oil growth brings with it debt growth

THE US' shale oil boom has spawned growth for pipeline companies. But it's also grown debt - and scepticim over the industry's long-term sustainability. Read more

1:34PM (AEST)

Long lost British explorer's ship found

CANADA says a shipwreck found off its coast is that of British explorer Sir John Franklin, who set out in 1845 to look for the Northwest Passage. Read more

1:23PM (AEST)

Govt making welfare cuts 'attractive'

THE government is dismissing claims it has been forced into a shameful backdown on contentious welfare budget changes. Read more

1:15PM (AEST)

Daylight saving begins on Sunday

CLOCKS will go forward one hour when daylight saving begins in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT on Sunday. Read more

1:12PM (AEST)

Victorian bushfire $50m class action

A VICTORIAN couple who lost everything to a bushfire in February have spoken of their devastation, as a class action is launched over the blaze. Read more

1:02PM (AEST)

Link money gone if contracts torn up: PM

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says the Commonwealth funding for East West Link was for that project only and will go back to Canberra if Labor dumps the road. Read more

12:59PM (AEST)

NZ commodity prices fall for seventh month

THE ANZ Commodity Price Index has fallen to an 18-month low, although it has risen when taking the weaker kiwi dollar into account. Read more

12:49PM (AEST)

Fijian fraudsters married for NZ rights

TWO Fijian nationals were in a relationship, but they each married Kiwis in an attempt to trick their way into living and working in New Zealand. Read more

12:49PM (AEST)

'Kick in the guts' for NZ dairy farmers

FEDERATED Farmers advises New Zealand dairy farmers to watch their costs, with no recovery in sight for global prices. Read more

12:41PM (AEST)

Nine announce date for The Block auction

THE Block Glasshouse grand finale will be screened on Sunday October 12 with all contestants hoping to better the record profits set last season. Read more

12:39PM (AEST)

Jackman grabs crotch for testicular cancer

HUGH Jackman has joined other celebrities in the latest viral challenge for a good cause, grabbing his crown jewels to promote testicular cancer awareness. Read more

12:24PM (AEST)

Charge dropped against Irish backpacker

LEGAL action against an Irish backpacker who allegedly concealed the birth of her baby that died in WA has been dropped. Read more

12:24PM (AEST)

Stocks to watch at noon on Thursday

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

12:24PM (AEST)

App could prevent repeat heart attacks

AN Australian smartphone app is helping heart attack survivors stay healthy by bringing vital rehabilitation to the home. Read more

12:24PM (AEST)

No obstacles for Iraq mission: ambassador

MOUAYED Saleh, Iraq's ambassador to Australia, says he's not aware of any obstacles to Australian military aircraft starting bombing raids. Read more

12:24PM (AEST)

NZ property portfolio to be listed on ASX

QUATTRO RE proposes to list a $431 million trust holding six New Zealand properties on the ASX. Read more

12:24PM (AEST)

MPs' travel perks being cut by government

FORMER MPs' travel gold passes are being scrapped under a long-delayed government crackdown on travel entitlements. Read more

12:18PM (AEST)

ACTTAB takeover wins ACCC approval

THE competition watchdog has given the all clear for Tabcorp to buy the ACT government's gaming business ACTTAB for $105.5m. Read more

12:14PM (AEST)

RBA seeks ways to limit housing investment

AUSTRALIA'S financial regulators look set to introduce new measures to take some of the heat out of the housing investment market. Read more

12:03PM (AEST)

Goodyear looks to rice waste

GOODYEAR is looking to use rice waste in its tyre production, saying it will enhance road traction and reduce landfill waste. Read more

12:03PM (AEST)

Australian leaders' thoughts on the burqa

AUSTRALIAN leaders' thoughts on the burqa Read more

11:57AM (AEST)

Qld retail growth slumps in Aug: ABS

RETAIL sales in Queensland fell by 0.1 per cent in trend terms and by 0.6 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms in August. Read more

11:39AM (AEST)

Whooping cough explained

DESPITE a long-standing immunisation program, whooping cough remains highly prevalent in Australia. Read more

11:39AM (AEST)

Double fatality in NSW south coast crash

A MAN and a woman travelling in the same car have died in a crash on the Princes Highway near Moruya on the NSW far south coast. Read more

11:30AM (AEST)

Aust commits further $10m to Ebola fight

AUSTRALIA has committed a further $10 million to aid the response to the Ebola outbreak after the UN made an urgent call for funds. Read more

11:29AM (AEST)

NZ home prices plateau: Trade Me

A NEW property price index reveals the asking price for NZ homes has only inched up slightly in September - the fifth slow growth month in a row. Read more

11:06AM (AEST)

AOFM sells $500m of Treasury notes

THE AOFM has sold $500 million of Treasury notes, that mature on February 27, 2015 . Read more

11:04AM (AEST)

Experts to offer index of Cuba's economy

A GROUP of Cuba-born experts will publish a monthly index of the nation's economic performance to fill the information gap for potential investors. Read more

11:01AM (AEST)

Labor warns of new NBN tax on home buyers

FEDERAL Labor says making new-home buyers pay for the cost of high-speed broadband fibre would amount to a new tax. Read more

11:01AM (AEST)

Facebook apologises to drag queens

FACEBOOK apologises to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names. Read more

10:44AM (AEST)

Why the bond market is more fragile

MANY experts fear the bonds market is in line for a bust - one that could be worse than even 1994's - as a bottleneck builds. Read more

10:38AM (AEST)

Virgin cleared to sell Velocity stake

THE Foreign Investment Review Board has cleared the sale of a 35 per cent stake in Virgin Australia's Velocity loyalty program. Read more

10:30AM (AEST)

ASIO's extra power under new law: watchdog

A SECURITY watchdog has raised a number of concerns over a bill to crack down on Australians fighting overseas. Read more

10:12AM (AEST)

The Bachelor makes its mark in ratings

THE Block Glasshouse may have some serious competition on Thursday night after The Bachelor rocketed in to the top 10 most watched shows. Read more

9:58AM (AEST)

Birth methods 'affect disease risk'

A DOCUMENTARY examines the link between diseases linked to the immune system, such as Type 1 diabetes and asthma, and modern birth methods. Read more

9:37AM (AEST)

App teaches kids computer coding

US researchers have created a basic computer coding App for children as young as five, allowing them to craft their own interactive stories and games. Read more

9:29AM (AEST)

Long-acting insulin safer, more effective

RESEARCHERS say long-acting insulin significantly improves haemoglobin A1C levels, a measure of effective blood sugar control. Read more

9:29AM (AEST)

NSW man stabbed with pitchfork

A VIOLENT argument near Wollongong between two men, one armed with a knife and a garden pitchfork, has left both men in hospital. Read more

9:10AM (AEST)

Woman held over memorial flag burning

A 36-YEAR-OLD woman has been arrested in connection with the burning of an Australian flag at the Anzac War Memorial in Sydney. Read more

8:57AM (AEST)

Combined cancer treatment hailed

COMBINING immunotherapy and radiotherapy helps the immune system hunt down and destroy cancer cells not killed by the initial radiotherapy, a study says. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Former US president Jimmy Carter turns 90

FORMER US president Jimmy Carter has turned 90 and celebrated his birthday with his wife Rosalynn at a function in Atlanta. Read more

8:00AM (AEST)

Gold's up but platinum falls to 5-year low

GOLD prices rise 0.3 per cent and silver gains 1.2 per cent, but platinum falls 0.8 per cent to its lowest level in five years. Read more

8:00AM (AEST)

Gluten timing won't stop coeliac disease

BREAST-FEEDING and timing the introduction of gluten do little to prevent coeliac disease developing in young children, two studies say. Read more

7:51AM (AEST)

Copper bucks falling trend

COPPER gains 0.2 per cent as most base metals on the LME fall, with aluminium falling two per cent and nickel losing 1.3 per cent. Read more

7:27AM (AEST)

Concerns for missing central Qld man

A CENTRAL Queensland man has disappeared after he was last seen driving a ute in Mackay on September 11. Read more

7:22AM (AEST)

Man stabbed with kitchen knives in Sydney

AFTER being asked to leave a party in Sydney's inner east, a woman has allegedly picked up two kitchen knives and stabbed a man. Read more

7:16AM (AEST)

Sailors host cricket side to cocktails

THE crew of the Australian warship HMAS Toowoomba has hosted members of the Australian cricket side during their visit to Dubai. Read more

6:45AM (AEST)

Australian unis improve in world rankings

AUSTRALIAN universities have performed well in the latest Times Higher Education world rankings but experts say planned reform could weaken depth. Read more

5:11AM (AEST)

US Navy crewman missing in Persian Gulf

A SEARCH is underway for a crewman who bailed out of a US Marine Corps aircraft when it lost power over the Persian Gulf. Read more

3:42AM (AEST)

Bali guards for terror as bombs remembered

BALI'S governor, who was chief investigator of the Bali bombings, has called for compassion in the face of a new radical movement, the Islamic State group. Read more

2:15AM (AEST)

First female pilot to circle globe dies

GERALDINE "Jerrie" Mock, who became the first woman to fly solo around the world in 1964, has died at age 88. Read more

Yesterday

11:48PM (AEST)

50th anniversary of Japan's bullet train

JAPAN'S bullet train, which led the world in super-fast rail transport technology, has celebrated its 50th birthday. Read more

11:48PM (AEST)

Ex-Gitmo man's terror case dropped in UK

FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has had terrorism-related charges against him dropped in the UK. Read more

9:58PM (AEST)

HK protesters threaten to occupy buildings

STUDENT leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. Read more

8:41PM (AEST)

At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in Sept: UN

AT least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September, the UN mission in Baghdad says. Read more

8:03PM (AEST)

CSG risks can be managed: chief scientist

THE NSW chief scientist says there is a future for the controversial coal seam gas industry so long as the proper safeguards are established. Read more

7:40PM (AEST)

Charlie's Country looks for Oscars nod

AUSTRALIA'S entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards tells the story of an Aboriginal man who takes a stand in his community. Read more

6:57PM (AEST)

Police believe murder was targeted attack

QUEENSLAND police say Mark Emmanuel Spencer, 37, was killed in a targeted attack at his Gold Coast home. Read more

6:48PM (AEST)

Final memories haunt Quakers Hill families

A NSW coroner will consider whether a nursing home should adopt better training for dealing with drug theft after a fatal nursing home blaze. Read more

6:48PM (AEST)

HK expats show solidarity in Sydney

A SMALL pro-democracy protest has taken place outside the Chinese consulate in Camperdown in support for demonstrations back home. Read more

6:31PM (AEST)

Maze Runner beats Equalizer at Box Office

THE might of Denzel Washington wasn't enough to take The Equalizer to the top of the Australian box office, with The Maze Runner No.1 for a second week. Read more

6:26PM (AEST)

Ian Thorpe swaps togs for uni robes

UPON receiving an honorary doctorate of letters, swimming great Ian Thorpe tells graduands not to be afraid to ask for help. Read more

6:24PM (AEST)

Unions not drawing out disputes: Vic Labor

UNIONS are not drawing out pay disputes with the Victorian government in a bet on a Labor state election win, the opposition says. Read more

6:14PM (AEST)

SA cops gain new Taser powers

SOUTH Australia's deputy police commissioner says he's confident officers won't misuse Tasers after they were granted extended powers. Read more

6:10PM (AEST)

World's oldest clown dies at 98 in US

THE world's oldest clown, American Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore, has died aged 98. Read more

5:57PM (AEST)

Woman found dead in NSW yard, man charged

A MAN, 55, has been charged with murder after the body of a woman was found in a backyard on the NSW Central Coast. Read more

5:21PM (AEST)

Palmer inquiry a distraction for Qld govt

CLIVE Palmer's inquiry into Queensland's government can't compel state politicians or public servants to give evidence, but it will distract voters. Read more

5:06PM (AEST)

ANZ get banking licence for Myanmar

BANKING giant ANZ is spreading its wings further in Asia, winning preliminary approval to operate a banking licence in Myanmar. Read more

5:06PM (AEST)

Onthehouse says court matter won't hurt it

THE board of online property business Onthehouse says a court matter involving its ex-CEO won't affect the company's operations or finances. Read more

4:51PM (AEST)

PM's adviser wants weather bureau review

A SENIOR adviser to the prime minister says a review of the Bureau of Meteorology is needed to combat global warming bias. Read more

4:44PM (AEST)

Budget cuts and burqas widen terror debate

AS the first tranche of anti-terrorism laws passed parliament with bipartisan support, Labor and the coalition were at odds over burqas and the budget. Read more

4:41PM (AEST)

PM wishes the burqa was not worn

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott finds the burqa confronting, but says it's not up to the government to decide what people can and can't wear. Read more

4:39PM (AEST)

Senator's smoking comments misguided: AMA

CROSSBENCH Senator David Leyonhjelm's views on smoking are disappointing and misguided, the AMA says. Read more

4:37PM (AEST)

Jobs on the line as Westpac centres close

WESTPAC is making 231 jobs in Queensland and WA redundant with the closure of two customer contact centres, but redeployment will be offered. Read more

4:34PM (AEST)

Consumers scrimping and saving

DISAPPOINTING retail sales figures for August show consumers are cautious, choosing to save rather than spend at the shops. Read more

4:26PM (AEST)

Tough new ASIO laws clear parliament

THE powers of the domestic spy agency will be substantially ramped up after legislation cleared parliament. Read more

4:20PM (AEST)

Bishop defends Aust response to Ebola

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has defended the federal government's response to the Ebola outbreak. Read more

4:16PM (AEST)

Lawyers warn of sabotage threat at sea

GOVERNMENT lawyers argue it would have been too dangerous for authorities to have told 157 asylum seekers they were being returned to India. Read more

4:07PM (AEST)

ACCC backs more road tolls

THE ACCC is backing calls for more tolls to help fund new roads as the federal government considers major competition reforms. Read more

3:52PM (AEST)

Australia's expanded anti-terror laws

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3:43PM (AEST)

Abbott still wants 2017/18 balanced budget

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is still aiming to get the budget back into balance by 2017/18 despite additional national security costs. Read more

3:30PM (AEST)

Senior WA Muslim fined over firearm charge

WA'S Islamic Council president has been fined for failing to bolt a cabinet containing a licensed firearm to the floor. Read more

3:16PM (AEST)

Australian aircraft in Iraq support roles

AUSTRALIAN aircraft are operating over Iraq in non-combat roles in support of the US-led mission to defeat Islamic State. Read more

3:08PM (AEST)

White woman sues over black sperm donor

A WHITE woman is suing a sperm bank in the US after it sent her vials from a black donor, resulting in the birth of a mixed-race baby. Read more

3:08PM (AEST)

Plea bargain flagged for SA murder accused

LAWYERS for a man charged with murder over a stabbing in Adelaide's north have requested another adjournment, four months after his plea was initially due. Read more

3:08PM (AEST)

NZ shares rise as investors chase yield

THE NZX 50 Index has gained 0.4 per cent, amid yield chasing and post-election euphoria. Read more

3:00PM (AEST)

WA killer sent to psychiatric hospital

A WOMAN who mowed down a WA caravan park manager has sworn at a judge who ordered that she spend one week in a psychiatric hospital before sentencing. Read more

2:54PM (AEST)

Aussie dollar drags kiwi lower

THE kiwi has been dragged down against the greenback following worse-than-expected Australian retail data, but has gained against other major currencies. Read more

2:47PM (AEST)

Harvard-educated Colvin named new AFP boss

THE government has named Andrew Colvin as the new Australian Federal Police commissioner. Read more

2:46PM (AEST)

Australian aircraft in Iraq support roles

AUSTRALIAN aircraft are to start flying support operations over Iraq, the prime minister says. Read more

2:46PM (AEST)

Inmate appeals term for blinding officer

A NSW appeal court will reconsider the jail sentence imposed against Aboriginal man William Bugmy after his High Court win last year. Read more

2:29PM (AEST)

Retail trend stays weak

THE trend in retail spending remained weak in August, in line with so-so confidence levels and slow growth in household incomes. Read more

2:28PM (AEST)

Vic MP should explain spending: premier

VICTORIAN Premier Denis Napthine says a Labor MP should cut short a trip to Bali to address allegations he misused $40,000 in union funds. Read more

2:03PM (AEST)

NSW bikie brawl injures innocent man

AN innocent man is in hospital with head injuries after separate gangs of bikies had a vicious fight in a western Sydney street. Read more

2:01PM (AEST)

Race hate charge over Vic house fire

A MAN accused of burning down a Melbourne home and leaving a threatening note has faced court on charges of arson and inciting racial hatred. Read more

1:48PM (AEST)

PUP inquiry warranted: CSG lobbyists

ANTI-COAL seam gas lobbyists hope a Senate inquiry into the Newman government will expose its close relationship with the industry. Read more

1:47PM (AEST)

Sex abuse survivors march on cop shop

Survivors of sexual abuse at a home for indigenous children have marched on a Darwin police station to demand charges be laid against a principal abuser. Read more

1:41PM (AEST)

Smoking during pregnancy affects fertility

RESEARCHERS say women who smoke during pregnancy may be jeopardising the future fertility of their sons. Read more

1:37PM (AEST)

ASIO gets tough new powers

THE domestic spy agency now has greater powers to combat terrorism - but not everyone is happy with the changes. Read more

1:30PM (AEST)

Impotence drugs linked to eye problems

ERECTILE dysfunction drugs could affect the vision of genetically susceptible users, a University of NSW study has found. Read more

1:30PM (AEST)

Uber targets business customers

UBER has Cabcharge in its sights as it targets business customers with its latest service. Read more

1:27PM (AEST)

Bleached coral seen in northwest Hawaii

HIGHER water temperatures have bleached coral in northwest Hawaii, scientists say, with 90 per cent of the reef at one atoll affected. Read more

1:15PM (AEST)

Farmer suicides focus of new study

UNIVERSITY researchers have launched a new study into the reasons behind the high rates of suicide among farmers in Qld and NSW. Read more

1:13PM (AEST)

Qld bikie gunman sentence adjourned

A MONGOLS bikie who opened fire in a busy Gold Coast shopping centre has had his sentencing adjourned after revealing he is bipolar. Read more

1:13PM (AEST)

No ABC decisions to be made just yet

THE ABC's board will not pursue service cutbacks for now but the cuts are coming, a former ABC presenter says. Read more

1:13PM (AEST)

Tough new ASIO laws clear parliament

THE powers of the domestic spy agency will be substantially ramped up after legislation cleared parliament. Read more

1:13PM (AEST)

Qld woman fights off attacker with mop

A WOMAN has used a mop to defend herself during an armed home invasion in Brisbane. Read more

1:13PM (AEST)

Crew on burning fishing boat off WA saved

FIFTEEN crew members on board a burning Taiwanese fishing vessel spotted about 670km off WA's mid-west coast have been rescued. Read more

1:13PM (AEST)

Bishop rebuked over Ebola comments

AN aid organisation on the frontline of efforts to counter the spread of Ebola in West Africa says Australia's response has been "utterly inadequate". Read more

1:12PM (AEST)

Japan sub deal 'all but done': Xenophon

INDEPENDENT senator Nick Xenophon says Australia will be an international laughing stock if it goes ahead and purchases submarines from Japan. Read more

1:12PM (AEST)

ASIO to get $200m more to fight terrorism

AUSTRALIA'S domestic spy agency will receive an additional $200 million to fund the hire of more analysts and better exchange information overseas. Read more

1:12PM (AEST)

BreastScreen participation rates flat

ONLY half of women in the target age group for the free breast screening program are having a two yearly mammogram. Read more

1:11PM (AEST)

Novogen closer to ovarian cancer trial

THE US drug regulator has so far flagged no issues with Novogen's experimental drug to treat late-stage ovarian cancer. Read more

1:11PM (AEST)

Alaska sees 35,000 walrus come ashore

UP to 35,000 walrus have come ashore in northwest Alaska because of the loss of summer sea ice as the climate has warmed. Read more

1:11PM (AEST)

NSW baby's death a vaccination reminder

HEALTH experts are reminding parents to vaccinate infants after the death of a baby from whooping cough in NSW. Read more

12:37PM (AEST)

Vic artist's child porn charges dismissed

A MELBOURNE artist has had child porn charges against him dismissed. Read more

12:06PM (AEST)

Strip search inmates could sue Qld govt

INMATES at a Townsville jail could sue the Qld government after the ombudsman found staff had conducted unlawful strip searches for 10 months. Read more

12:05PM (AEST)

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12:05PM (AEST)

Cisco ramps up cloud computing efforts

CISCO'S global cloud computing network will be expanded to unlock its full potential for billions of devices and applications around the world. Read more

12:05PM (AEST)

Rare baby gibbon delights Perth Zoo carers

OWA, a 103-day-old Javan Gibbon at Perth Zoo, will be reunited with his family next month after receiving vital human care for nourishment. Read more

11:59AM (AEST)

Insider trader to fight dealing charge

A COURT has heard that a former NAB employee who admits running an insider trading scheme will fight a charge of dealing with the proceeds of crime. Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

AOFM sells $700m of April 2023 bonds

THE AOFM has sold $700 million of April 21, 2023, Treasury bonds. Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

Retailers told to drop caffeinated drawers

TWO US companies have agreed to pay compensation to customers who bought caffeine-infused underwear that purportedly would help them lose weight. Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

Home price rises look to be cooling

THE housing market looks to be cooling, with home prices recording a flat result in September - a result likely to be welcomed by the RBA. Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

$A falls on retail data

THE Australian dollar has fallen after the release of weak local retail spending data. Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

Dancing With The Stars a ratings waltz

MORE than one million viewers tuned in to watch the launch of Dancing With the Stars, which is now in its 14th season. Read more

11:06AM (AEST)

Aust accused of ignoring war criminals

A FORMER Bosnian Croat soldier accused of war crimes has been living in Australia for years, despite being wanted by Bosnian police. Read more

11:06AM (AEST)

Installer's family welcomes compo promise

THE family of Mitchell Sweeney, who was electrocuted while installing insulation under a Rudd government scheme, has welcomed a promise of compensation. Read more

11:06AM (AEST)

Dame Marie retires as NSW governor

DAME Marie Bashir, NSW's longest-serving governor, will be farewelled in a parade through Sydney's CBD in her final day in office. Read more

11:03AM (AEST)

PanAust worker injured amid security scare

PANAUST has evacuated a worker from one of its mines in Laos after they were injured during a security scare. Read more

10:49AM (AEST)

Man bashed after song tiff with Fiji PM

A DISPUTE over music used during the Fiji election campaign has resulted in a 60-year-old teacher being bashed, Amnesty International claims. Read more

10:49AM (AEST)

SA Libs' hospital death claim faces probe

SA Health will be asked to refer false claims by the state opposition about a hospital patient's death to the Crown Solicitor. Read more

10:36AM (AEST)

Dog dragged behind car in WA at 70kmh

WA police have charged a 35-year-old man after he allegedly dragged a dog behind a vehicle for about five kilometres at speeds of up to 70 km/h. Read more

10:23AM (AEST)

IMF backs Australia's infrastructure push

THE International Monetary Fund believes advanced countries must pursue an infrastructure agenda and take advantage of low interest rates. Read more

10:12AM (AEST)

NSW girl stabbed multiple times in fight

A 17-YEAR-GIRL has been stabbed multiple times by another teenager after a fight broke out between friends in Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney. Read more

10:12AM (AEST)

Russia won't limit money withdrawal

RUSSIA'S central bank says it will not limit the amount of money investors can take out of the country. Read more

10:05AM (AEST)

California's landmark plastic ban

A LOOK at some of the key things about California's landmark ban on single use plastic shopping bags. The state is the first in the US to ban the bags. Read more

10:05AM (AEST)

Who is the man replacing the 'Bond King'?

DANIEL Ivascyn, who's taking over from Bond King Bill Gross at Pimco, has a reputation for an even-handed management style. Read more

10:05AM (AEST)

Surviving the jobs revolution

THE workplace is going through phenomenal change, with workers more than ever needing updated qualifications to keep pace. Read more

10:05AM (AEST)

Recessions can postpone motherhood: study

A MASSIVE US study shows that recession has a significant impact of young women's decision to have a baby and subsequent birth rates. Read more

9:50AM (AEST)

Infratil drops guidance after assets sale

THE sale of its Australian energy assets, Lumo Energy and Direct Connect, prompts infrastructure investor Infratil to lower its forecast earnings. Read more

9:50AM (AEST)

NZX offers milk forecasting services

NEW Zealand stock exchange and dairy futures market operator NZX will offer milk production estimates and a milk price calculator from this month. Read more

9:50AM (AEST)

Weight factor behind diabetes in pregnancy

RESEARCHERS say the strongest individual risk factor in women who develop gestational diabetes is being overweight or obese before pregnancy. Read more

9:50AM (AEST)

EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits

IF the EU Commission's finding that Apple has benefited from illegal tax deals in Ireland is confirmed, the company faces a tax bill for billions of dollar Read more

9:50AM (AEST)

Manufacturing weakens despite $A fall

MANUFACTURING is still weaker despite a falling Australian dollar, as car industry related manufacturing winds down. Read more

9:50AM (AEST)

Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations

ELK in the Grand Canyon have been helping themselves at water stations meant for hikers, forcing management to change the taps. Read more

9:07AM (AEST)

Emirates to manage Angola airline

EMIRATES has signed a deal to manage Angola's national airline, as the Middle East carrier looks to get a foothold in Africa. Read more

7:55AM (AEST)

British DJ quizzed on sex claims

A BRITISH DJ is being questioned by police over claims of sex offences against two women. Read more

7:55AM (AEST)

California bans plastic bags

PLASTIC bags will be phased out in California starting next year after a bill banning one-time use bags was signed into law. Read more

7:54AM (AEST)

Brothers charged after NSW train bashing

TWO brothers whose images went viral after being posted on the NSW Police Facebook page have been charged over a violent assault, police say. Read more

7:37AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know Read more

Every raindrop will count

Every raindrop will count

MOST of southeast Australia requires well above-average rain this year to be an average year.

Swans savour a rare flag

Goulburn Valley FL, Grand Final, Benalla Saints v Shepparton Swans

AN undermanned Shepparton Swans team withstood a last quarter assault to win the premiership at the weekend.

Wheat drops to four-year low

 Landscape near Colbinabbin. Wheat crop.

WHEAT ­futures hit four-year lows on the Chicago Board of Trade last week.

ATV keeps up with the Holsteins

CanAm ATV

JURGEN and Corry Haselau have no problem keeping up with the cows with their Can-Am Outlander ATV.

Mittagundi committed to kids

Liz Leyshan - Mittagundi

THERE’S no power, no technology, no mirrors and no watches allowed, yet teenagers willingly apply to stay.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.