Last Updated: October 31, 2014

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11:24PM (AEST)

Full moons linked to animal abuse

THE UK RSPCA has found an average increase in calls about animal abuse so far this year of around 12 per cent, or 169 reports, during a full moon. Read more

10:15PM (AEST)

Man slashes three schoolchildren in China

CHINA has seen a string of attacks on children in recent years, with the latest being a man who has slashed three young students, killing one. Read more

10:15PM (AEST)

Aussie teachers a potential terror target

DFAT has updated its terror threat advice in light of an online forum post, which urged attacks against teachers at international schools. Read more

8:26PM (AEST)

UK urges grog firms to list drink calories

IRRESPONSIBLE drinking is causing an obesity epidemic as most people have no idea how many calories are in alcoholic drinks, a UK health group says. Read more

8:16PM (AEST)

First strike: Charges recommended

WHAT the unions royal commissioner has been urged to do. Read more

8:04PM (AEST)

Newcrest faces first strike on pay

AUSTRALIA'S biggest gold miner faces a "first strike" voter backlash on its executives' salaries. Read more

7:51PM (AEST)

BHP looks at options to expand Olympic Dam

MINING giant BHP Billiton is researching all options to expand its Olympic Dam mine in South Australia, two years after shelving a $US30 billion expansion. Read more

7:49PM (AEST)

Crowds, cuteness at first Hello Kitty Con

HELLO Kitty Con is expected to draw some 25,000 fans over four days in downtown Los Angeles. Read more

7:35PM (AEST)

Gillard conduct "questionable" over fund

LAWYERS for the unions royal commission have reported former PM Julia Gillard did not know about an alleged corrupt slush fund run by her boyfriend. Read more

7:27PM (AEST)

War medals nicked as owner sleeps

A THIEF has broken into a home in Sydney's south and stolen three World War II medals and a Royal Australian Air Force coin. Read more

7:27PM (AEST)

Indian trio nabbed for tunnel bank robbery

INDIAN police have arrested three men who allegedly dug a 25-metre tunnel from an abandoned building to a bank vault, stealing 39 kilograms of gold. Read more

7:23PM (AEST)

Green bank makes money, cuts emissions

THE Clean Energy Finance Corporation says it's helped create $3.2 billion worth of projects in its first year of operation. Read more

7:07PM (AEST)

Spend money to make money: Mint's $4m loss

THE Royal Australian Mint is reporting a $4 million annual loss after tax due to a lack of "anniversaries and highly engaging themes". Read more

6:44PM (AEST)

Gold falls below $US1,200 per ounce

AUSTRALIAN gold miners are bracing for more pain as the gold price fell below $US1,200 per ounce, putting pressure on miners such as Newcrest Read more

6:31PM (AEST)

Rush of sorries for legal abuse

ABUSE victims who were put through a legal hell by the State of NSW have been told sorry by the solicitor who handled the case. Read more

6:20PM (AEST)

Armed robbers at large after crime spree

A WITNESS to a brazen robbery at a Sydney golf club said he thought about taking one of the bandits down before a gun was pointed in his face. Read more

6:06PM (AEST)

Austal expects to deliver dividend in 2015

SHIP builder Austal expects to reward shareholders as it completes large orders for the US Navy and Australian Customs. Read more

6:05PM (AEST)

Deadline looms for Vic ambos pay dispute

A LOOMING deadline appears unlikely to be met, meaning it would fall to the next Victorian government to resolve the paramedics pay dispute. Read more

6:01PM (AEST)

Woman stabs man for changing TV channel

A WOMAN will face a Queensland court accused of stabbing a man three times after he changed the TV channel. Read more

5:58PM (AEST)

$3.5m study into violence against women

A TWO-YEAR, $3.5 million study will explore the ongoing impact of violence against women and children. Read more

5:51PM (AEST)

Harvey Norman's profit still on the rise

HARVEY Norman's sales have continued to rise in the first quarter of the financial year. Read more

5:37PM (AEST)

G20 businesses urged to check insurance

QUEENSLAND businesses in G20 restricted zones should check their insurance policies for protest exemptions, the National Retail Association says. Read more

5:28PM (AEST)

Struggles at forefront of Tas speech

BATTLING a stinging public sector wage bill and lagging productivity, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has told business leaders there is light ahead. Read more

5:27PM (AEST)

Barnett v McGowan flagged for 2017

WA Labor leader Mark McGowan says he's happy to have another crack at Premier Colin Barnett at the state's next election in 2017. Read more

5:27PM (AEST)

Monster Cup party about to begin

MELBOURNE is getting ready for four big days of dressing up, partying, drinking and dancing - with some horse races somewhere in the mix as well. Read more

5:11PM (AEST)

Fix 'systemic' child neglect, SA Libs say

THE opposition's child protection spokeswoman, Rachel Sanderson, says she'll ask a South Australian committee to investigate children living in squalor. Read more

5:09PM (AEST)

Melbourne Cup day rate move a non starter

THE RBA is keeping the cash rate unchanged as it waits to see if the housing market will cool and if economic growth picks up. Read more

5:03PM (AEST)

Obama is coming, but US press may skip G20

IT will cost US media members $US60,000 per seat to fly to Australia for the G20 and, no, that's not for a ride on Air Force One. Read more

5:00PM (AEST)

Newcrest under fire over executive pay

GOLD miner Newcrest has taken a 'first strike' on its executive pay, with shareholders angry with bonuses and salaries during tough years for the company. Read more

4:58PM (AEST)

Vic taskforce is transparent stunt: unions

VICTORIAN union officials say the just-announced police taskforce to uncover criminal activity in the building sector is a well-timed political stunt. Read more

4:51PM (AEST)

G-G Cosgrove sets up cyber fortress

GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Peter Cosgrove is no stranger to cyber-warfare having been Defence chief, but now he is building his own cyber-fortress. Read more

4:50PM (AEST)

Bushfire in SA's mid-north under control

A BUSHFIRE in South Australia's mid-north is no longer threatening lives and homes, the Country Fire Service says. Read more

4:50PM (AEST)

Abbott keen to help Victorian premier win

THE prime minister says he'll be disappointed if the Victorian coalition isn't re-elected in November and wants to help the premier secure a win. Read more

4:44PM (AEST)

Hills profit to be at low end of guidance

ELECTRONIC equipment supplier Hills Ltd says trading in the first four months of the financial year has been soft. Read more

4:43PM (AEST)

Govt moves on Direct Action projects

THE first Direct Action carbon abatement projects will be known in early 2015, as debate continued over whether Australia's emission target can be reached. Read more

4:30PM (AEST)

Tas govt uses top law firm to fight unions

A TOP international law firm will fight in the Tasmanian government's corner at an upcoming industrial commission hearing with unions over job cuts. Read more

4:30PM (AEST)

NZ stocks enjoy seventh day rising

THE NZ stock market has enjoyed its seventh day in a row of rising to a record high, this time led by healthcare and pet product company Ebos. Read more

4:30PM (AEST)

MP has no conflict of interest: Newman

A QUEENSLAND MP claims to have been given the nod by the Intergrity Commisser to take part in an $100 million project, but he won't release the advice. Read more

4:30PM (AEST)

Stocks to watch at close on Friday

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

4:27PM (AEST)

Macquarie tipping better full-year result

DEMAND for fixed-income annuities and a weaker Australian dollar helped Macquarie Group post a 35 per cent profit rise, with its CEO upbeat. Read more

4:27PM (AEST)

ANZ warns new rules could lift rates

ANY recommendation from the federal government's financial system inquiry that big banks hold more capital will hit all loan holders, ANZ warns. Read more

4:08PM (AEST)

More Vic asbestos tests despite clearance

VICTORIAN health officials have identified 20 more sites to be tested for asbestos contamination in Melbourne's west. Read more

4:06PM (AEST)

Woman charged after NZ baby taken

AN 18-year-old woman has been charged with kidnapping after an eight-month-old baby was taken from a house in New Zealand. Read more

3:53PM (AEST)

SA man wins threat conviction appeal

A SOUTH Australian man, convicted of threatening a barrister at a court hearing when he was enraged and purple-faced, has had one finding overturned. Read more

3:53PM (AEST)

Day for Daniel more vibrant in 10th year

MORE than 1000 people joined an annual event to honour murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe and the child protection work his parents now do in his name. Read more

3:46PM (AEST)

Scrap 'horrific' trading laws: retailers

CONSUMERS in Queensland's southeast will be able to shop up until 9pm from Monday to Saturday if the National Retail Association gets its way. Read more

3:43PM (AEST)

Aust diplomat finally gets Fiji posting

JULIE Bishop will be the first foreign minister to visit Fiji since last month's democratic election, which ended nine years of military rule. Read more

3:37PM (AEST)

Ebola in Australia: the facts.

AS the Ebola health catastrophe worsens, here's what you need to know about the disease that has plagued west Africa. Read more

3:37PM (AEST)

Australia to be largest LNG exporter

AUSTRALIA is expected to overtake Qatar to become the world's largest LNG exporter by 2018, making gas the nation's second biggest export Read more

3:37PM (AEST)

Kiwi eyes half cent gain over month

THE NZ dollar is set to have gained half a US over the month of October, ending Friday well above US78 cents. Read more

3:37PM (AEST)

Qld uni researcher charged with fraud

A FORMER Queensland university researcher, who completed a now-discredited paper, has been charged with fraud. Read more

3:37PM (AEST)

Pumpkin surprise at Perth meerkat manor

PERTH Zoo alpha meerkat Tilly has spoiled a Halloween treat for her family by blocking the entrance to a goody-filled pumpkin off with her bottom. Read more

3:29PM (AEST)

US nurse's dog officially Ebola-free

BENTLEY, the dog belonging to US nurse Nina Pham who contracted Ebola from a Liberian man she nursed, is officially free of the disease. Read more

3:10PM (AEST)

Large man found dead in car boot in Vic

A MAN found dead in the boot of a car set ablaze near Melbourne weighed more than 100kg, homicide police say. Read more

3:06PM (AEST)

Govt sets $150 as bonus for Iraq soldiers

THE government has set $150 a day as the tax-free allowance for defence personnel deployed into Iraq on operations against Islamic State terrorists Read more

2:50PM (AEST)

Family 'so proud' of slain son Joshua

DARWIN'S largest church was filled to capacity as more than 700 mourners bade farewell to Joshua Hardy. Read more

2:50PM (AEST)

Vic teen in custody after knife assault

A TEENAGER is in custody and is expected to be charged after a Melbourne sexual assault at knifepoint. Read more

2:50PM (AEST)

Reports of armed man at Boeing plant in US

WASHINGTON state police say they are investigating reports of an armed man at a Boeing plant. Read more

2:50PM (AEST)

Service for US high school shooter

SEVERAL tribes have come together to hold a memorial service for the popular US student who shot five other high school kids, killing two of them. Read more

2:24PM (AEST)

Air NZ wins air cargo case

AIR New Zealand's decision to defend allegations of fixing of air cargo charges in Australia has been vindicated with a judgment in its favour. Read more

2:19PM (AEST)

Qld highway reopens after truck rollover

A CENTRAL Queensland highway has temporarily reopened after a truck carrying dangerous chemicals rolled over. Read more

2:19PM (AEST)

Echo has mystery "plan B"

ECHO Entertainment says it has a back-up plan if its bid for a casino at Brisbane's Queen's Wharf fails, but is giving away no details. Read more

2:13PM (AEST)

Armed robbers shut down streets

BREAKING: A Sydney suburb is in lockdown as police hunt at least two members of an armed gang fleeing police after a botched bank robbery. Read more

2:09PM (AEST)

Third person accused of Qld bikie murder

A THIRD person has been charged with the 2001 murder of a Gold Coast bikie associate whose remains were unearthed by heavy rain years later. Read more

2:09PM (AEST)

China, world's largest robotics producer

CHINA has become the world's largest robotics producer, says China Robot Industrial Alliance president Qu Daokui. Read more

2:09PM (AEST)

The week in numbers to October 31

A SUMMARY of the big, really big and not so big numbers of the past week. Read more

2:00PM (AEST)

Fairness top of Labor agenda: Shorten

LABOR has set up a new body to draft the ALP's policy platform ahead of its national conference next year. Read more

1:58PM (AEST)

Milestone for Christchurch quake houses

HOUSING NZ has repaired 2500 state houses in Christchurch at a cost of $NZ55 million, about half the 5000 that were damaged by the quakes. Read more

1:54PM (AEST)

Defence abuse inquiry needed: senator

INDEPENDENT senator Nick Xenophon says a royal commission is the only way to address sexual and physical abuse in the defence force. Read more

1:54PM (AEST)

Four clans handed Cape York land title

NATIVE title rights over parts of Cape York have been officially handed to four traditional owner groups in the federal court in Cairns. Read more

1:51PM (AEST)

Police focus on terrorism dwarfs downloads

THE introduction to parliament of new metadata laws has sparked a battle over whether they could be used to target internet pirates. Read more

1:51PM (AEST)

Simon Crean takes up live exports job

SIMON Crean says he will be focused on restoring public confidence in live exports by improving animal welfare as part of his new job. Read more

1:46PM (AEST)

Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit

BURKINA Faso's president has refused to quit despite a day of violence that has seen parliament and other public buildings go up in flames. Read more

1:45PM (AEST)

China bank exposes cabinet rift: Labor

LABOR has seized on reports of a cabinet rift over Australia's role in the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Read more

1:42PM (AEST)

Costa Rica volcano spews ash

A COSTA Rican volcano is spewing ash while an overnight blast has caused the side of the crater to collapse, causing concern. Read more

1:42PM (AEST)

LinkedIn reports Q3 loss but sales climb

ONLINE professional networking service LinkedIn has reported a third-quarter loss but a 45 per cent increase in revenue. Read more

1:42PM (AEST)

Ebos chews into Australian pet market

HEALTH- and animal-care product maker Ebos says it is now making more money than in 2013 thanks to expansion in Australia. Read more

1:40PM (AEST)

Ebola hospital to accept Aust workers

LABOR'S Tanya Plibersek has met with officials in the US to confirm that Australian health workers who contract Ebola will have access to a field hospital. Read more

1:40PM (AEST)

Australian aid workers join Ebola fight

AUSTRALIAN aid workers heading West Africa to help fight Ebola want the federal government to send more help. Read more

1:12PM (AEST)

Lying NSW cop given home detention

A FORMER NSW constable busted for lying to the police watchdog about taking drugs during a two-day Gold Coast house party has avoided jail. Read more

1:12PM (AEST)

Thieves steal Anzac plaque from Gallipoli

THE government will move to quickly replace metal Anzac letters stolen from North Beach on the Gallipoli Peninsular. Read more

1:12PM (AEST)

Nickel price to remain buoyant; producers

THE head of nickel producer Western Areas believes the price of the commodity will remain firm amid conerns about higher cost producers entering the market Read more

12:52PM (AEST)

ACCC still checking electricity price data

THE ACCC is closely checking that power companies have passed on all the cuts to electricity prices since the end of the carbon tax. Read more

12:39PM (AEST)

Turnbull queries interest in Peris emails

MINISTER Malcolm Turnbull has suggested News Corp could have been more discriminating when deciding which portions of the Nova Peris emails to publish. Read more

12:39PM (AEST)

Flemington gears up for Melbourne Cup

THE four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival is expected to attract more than 330,000 racegoers. Read more

12:39PM (AEST)

WA boy charged over sex assault on woman

A TEENAGE boy has been charged with sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman after she got off a train in Perth. Read more

12:28PM (AEST)

ANZ boosts NZ profit by $NZ25m

ANZ'S New Zealand arm has lifted its annual profit by 17 per cent to $NZ1.63 billion on the back of cost savings and more lending. Read more

12:17PM (AEST)

Hijack scare accused waits to learn fate

A MAN who sparked a hijacking scare on a flight to Bali will learn in December if a judge has accepted his excuse that he confused the cockpit for the loo. Read more

11:57AM (AEST)

Big Brother resurfaces in Top 10

BOOSTED by its intruders, Big Brother has made a rare appearance in the top 10 of Thursday's TV ratings. Read more

11:47AM (AEST)

US approves first meningitis B vaccine

THE US has approved the first vaccine against meningitis B; the drug is approved for people between the ages of 10 and 25 years of age. Read more

11:47AM (AEST)

Ebola case highlights NY's disease sleuths

TRACKING all the people a New York doctor with Ebola came into contact with has highlighted the work of the city's disease detectives. Read more

11:47AM (AEST)

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges he's gay

APPLE CEO Tim Cook's public announcement that he is gay could help others in the business world come out, experts say. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

US security upped over Aust beheading plot

A US congressman says Islamic State jihadists want a high-profile propaganda event, such as a beheading, in Australia or another western country. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

AOFM sells $600m of Oct 2019 bonds

THE AOFM has sold $600 million of October 21, 2019 Treasury bonds . Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

CFMEU say task force is a political stunt

THE CFMEU says it's got no tolerance or time for people acting corruptly in the industry and will co-operate with a task force into corruption. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

Pot-infused Halloween sweets worry US cops

POLICE in Colorado are worried children may accidentally pick up sweets laced with marijuana during Halloween, after the drug was legalised in the state. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

US growth reflects help from Fed

THE Fedral Reserve's actions have gone a long way to helping the US economy recover from the GFC, experts say. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

Vic industrial task force is a stunt: ACTU

POLITICIANS shouldn't be telling police what to do, the peak union body says after Victoria joined a federal task force into industrial corruption. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

LNP MP takes aim at Abbott over tax hike

A QLD MP who sits on the same side of politics as the Abbott government has accused Canberra of irresponsible economic management over its fuel tax hike. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

DeGeneres denies new marriage rumour

ELLEN DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi address fundraiser absence rumours. Read more

Yesterday

11:57PM (AEST)

US economy grew at 3.5% rate in Q3

GAINS in business investment, export sales and a jump in military spening have helped the US economy grow at a rate of 3.5 per cent in the last quarter. Read more

11:57PM (AEST)

Sweden recognises Palestinian state

SWEDEN has become the third Western European nation to recognise a Palestinian state. Read more

9:37PM (AEST)

ICAC finds former uni chancellor corrupt

A FORMER university chancellor has been found corrupt by ICAC for misusing confidential information to advise a business partner to invest in a NSW hotel. Read more

9:28PM (AEST)

Kidman embraces Halloween

NICOLE Kidman and her husband Keith Urban have rung in Halloween early by throwing a party at their home in the US. Read more

9:26PM (AEST)

Swift donating song profits to NY schools

TAYLOR Swift has announced she is handing all proceeds from her new song Welcome to New York to the city's public schools. Read more

9:08PM (AEST)

NAB says UK business has to go

NATIONAL Australia Bank has flagged a public float of its troubled UK business, which contributed to a near 10% fall in full year cash profit. Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

Teen charged with indecent assault in NSW

A TEENAGE boy has been arrested and charged over the daylight indecent assault of a young girl. Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

Schookids unite for nationwide choir

THOUSANDS of schoolchildren across the nation have simultaneously sung the same song to celebrate music education. Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

NZX 50 and Freightways rise to records

NEW Zealand's benchmark share index has closed at a record high for the sixth consecutive session. Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

Tas govt to look at drug problems

THE Tasmanian government has launched a review of illegal drug use in the state's northwest following reports of a growing ice problem. Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

Woman arrested over SA house fire

A 32-YEAR-OLD woman has been arrested over a fire at her SA home which resulted in her and her young daughter being treated for smoke inhalation. Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

AMP buys into Chinese pension company

AMP has paid $240 million to take a stake in a major player in the Chinese pension market. Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

Defence Housing reports big profit

DEFENCE Housing Australia has reported a fat profit as the Department of Finance considers whether it should be privatised Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

Qld dredge plan not fast-tracked: Hunt

THE federal environment minister insists plans to dump millions of cubic metres of dredge spoil onshore near Abbot Point are not being fast-tracked. Read more

8:54PM (AEST)

Spain posts fifth quarter of growth

SPAIN'S economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the third quarter from output in the previous three months. Read more

6:43PM (AEST)

Multimillion dollar WA school fire bill

A FIRE that gutted eight maths and science classrooms at a Pilbara high school has caused millions of dollars worth of damage, authorities say. Read more

5:01PM (AEST)

Flight Centre profits under pressure

TRAVEL group Flight Centre says achieving its profit growth targets will not be a "formality" amid volatility in Australia and strength overseas Read more

4:26PM (AEST)

Broker bids near $12b for Medibank

BROKERS face a massive scaling back of their allocation of Medibank Private shares, bidding nearly $12 billion for just a $1.5 billion allocation. Read more

4:12PM (AEST)

Wesfarmers tight lipped about AMP

WESFARMERS boss Richard Goyder is tight lipped about speculation the conglomerate is eyeing off wealth management giant AMP. Read more

3:27PM (AEST)

SA govt votes down journo laws

LAWS to protect South Australian journalists from being forced to name their sources by a court or royal commission have been defeated in parliament. Read more

3:16PM (AEST)

Qld MP won't be a lobbyist: Newman

A QUEENSLAND MP's plan to advise and invest in a multimillion dollar project doesn't mean he's moonlighting as a lobbyist, the premier says. Read more

3:02PM (AEST)

Forestry Tasmania posts $43m loss

THE government department charged with managing Tasmania's forestry lands has posted a $43 million loss. Read more

2:44PM (AEST)

Vic govt hopeful of paramedic resolution

THE Victorian government is hopeful the end of a pay dispute with paramedics is near as the union seeks a meeting to resolve final issues. Read more

2:33PM (AEST)

German tourist found dead at Kakadu

THE body of a 31-year-old German man has been found in the back of a campervan at Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park. Read more

2:33PM (AEST)

Metadata: what it means for you

THE federal government has introduced controversial draft laws that require telcos to store metadata for two years. Read more

2:27PM (AEST)

Train station toilet assault: man charged

A 78-YEAR-OLD man has been given strict bail after being charged with indecent assault of a teenage boy in Sydney's Central train station toilets. Read more

1:41PM (AEST)

Coca-Cola gets help for Indo expansion

US drinks giant Coca-Cola is investing $US500m in Australia's Coca-Cola Amatil to help it expand in the growing Indonesian market. Read more

1:27PM (AEST)

Foreign fighter laws get parliament's nod

AUSTRALIANS heading overseas to fight with terrorist organisations will be arrested under tough new counter-terrorism laws that have passed parliament. Read more

1:26PM (AEST)

Tasmania protest laws set to be debated

TASMANIAN parliament has advanced the process to introduce controversial new laws meaning tough penalties for repeat radical protesters. Read more

1:22PM (AEST)

Speedster wanted after NSW police chase

POLICE over three states are hunting the driver of a stolen car, which has covered almost 1500km, after a series of chases in NSW. Read more

1:22PM (AEST)

Delays in Doha mall fire appeal 'inhumane'

THERE have been more delays in the Doha mall fire appeal case as a new judge is appointed and nursery owners argue they are the victims. Read more

1:02PM (AEST)

Govt projects to help construction sector

THE Australian Industry Group is confident that new government infrastructure projects will help offset the fall in engineering construction. Read more

1:02PM (AEST)

NZ patient had chemo after wrong diagnosis

A PATIENT in New Zealand was given several unnecessary doses of chemotherapy after doctors misdiagnosed her with breast cancer. Read more

1:02PM (AEST)

Qld Labor not buying local cars: premier

QUEENSLAND'S premier has used question time to take pot shots at the opposition for not buying locally-made cars. Read more

1:02PM (AEST)

Vic political leaders reject poll swing

VICTORIA'S opposition leader says he won't be distracted by a poll showing he'll win government, while the premier says pollsters were wrong last election. Read more

1:02PM (AEST)

Metadata bill crosses privacy line: Greens

GREENS Senator Scott Ludlam believes the proposed data retention bill is not only costly and invasive, but ultimately ineffective. Read more

1:02PM (AEST)

Terms of trade slip further

FIGURES from the ABS show Australia's terms of trade slipped further in the September quarter, with import prices down but export prices down even more. Read more

1:02PM (AEST)

Qld man charged over Sunshine Coast fire

A SUNSHINE Coast man who allegedly lit a grassfire during a hot spell has been arrested as Queensland fire crews battle blazes across the state. Read more

12:43PM (AEST)

Terror net plan to come at a cost

THE government has brought forward new laws forcing telcos to keep customer metadata to help police and spies fight crime, but it will come at a cost. Read more

12:35PM (AEST)

Short supply drives house prices: Mirvac

A HOUSING supply shortage rather than investor activity is driving the housing market, property developer Mirvac says. Read more

12:00PM (AEST)

News dominates television ratings

NEWS and public affairs programs dominated the ratings on Wednesday night. Read more

10:51AM (AEST)

Two charged over body found in SA gutter

TWO young men face separate murder charges after the body of a man believed to be aged in his 40s was found lying in a gutter in Adelaide. Read more

10:44AM (AEST)

Wheeler criticised for interest rate hikes

THE Greens say interest rate rises weren't necessary and the Council of Trade Unions wants them cut. Read more

10:43AM (AEST)

ID theft victims lose more than money

THE theft of personal data by cyber criminals doesn't just open the victim to identity theft, but also to emotional upheaval. Read more

10:39AM (AEST)

Vic man treated for infection, not Ebola

MELBOURNE paramedics wore full protective equipment to take a man to hospital, but say he is suffering an infection other than Ebola. Read more

10:37AM (AEST)

Jihadists execute more than 40 tribesmen

ISLAMIC State militants in Iraq have killed more than 50 members of the Albu Nimr tribe, which fought against the group in the country's Anbar province. Read more

10:26AM (AEST)

VC soldier's parents meet Queen

THE parents of Australian special forces soldier Cameron Baird have met the Queen after their son was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. Read more

9:31AM (AEST)

NZ dollar drops 2% in two hours

THE kiwi has tumbled twice, firstly after the Federal Reserve's upbeat assessment of the US economy and then after a "dovish" Reserve Bank statement. Read more

9:31AM (AEST)

Vic police find crash debris, but no cars

VICTORIAN police are baffled after finding debris from what they have described as a major crash between two vehicles, but no vehicles at the scene. Read more

9:31AM (AEST)

Missing NSW bushwalker's mum urges help

A SYDNEY mother has pleaded for help to find her missing son, who was last seen 10 days ago as he headed to central west NSW to bushwalk. Read more

9:13AM (AEST)

Fiat Chrysler unleash luxury brand Ferrari

SPORTS car maker Ferrari will be set up as a separate company following a decision by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Read more

8:35AM (AEST)

Britain's Tesco criminally probed

BRITAIN'S Serious Fraud Office will investigate Tesco, the country's biggest retailer, following the discovery of a huge hole in profit expectations. Read more

8:10AM (AEST)

'Number spoofing' scam hits UK consumers

FRAUDSTERS are cloning the telephone number of a trusted organisation such as a bank and then making that number appear on the victim's caller ID display. Read more

7:54AM (AEST)

Mining port capacity getting tight

A DELOITTE report said the surge in export volumes is putting a strain on current port and railway facilities. Read more

7:54AM (AEST)

Gold falls further after Fed statement

GOLD futures fell further after the Federal Reserve confirmed it will end its asset-buying program at the end of October. Read more

7:54AM (AEST)

World News Update, what you need to know

WORLD News Update, what you need to know Read more

7:54AM (AEST)

Base metals close higher on the LME

LME base metals rise, with copper closing up 0.3 per cent, while both aluminium and zinc both lift 1.7 per cent and tin gains 1.3 per cent. Read more

7:35AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know Read more

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Man charged for 1986 rape of NSW girl

A 71-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the 1986 rape of a Sydney girl, as well as the attempted sexual assault of a woman in 1991. Read more

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Poll shows Baird popularity at high

THE latest Newspoll has given NSW Premier Mike Baird his biggest lead as preferred premier since February 2012. Read more

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RAF jets scrambled to escort plane in UK

A LATVIAN cargo plane that was "causing concern" to air traffic control in the UK has been intercepted by RAF jets and escorted to an airport. Read more

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Startup tries to 'Poynt' to new direction

STARTUP Poynt is looking to take advantage of the increasing use of computer chip bank cards to sell US shops new payment terminals. Read more

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Goodyear's 3Q profit falls

FALLING tyre sales around the world has led to Goodyear Tyre's third-quarter net income dropping 3 per cent. Read more

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Fiat Chrysler returns to Q3 profit

A GOOD performance by its luxury brands and gains in North America and Asia helped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles return to a profit in the third quarter. Read more

Ouyen’s grim death toll

 West Wimmera Harvest. Unloading wheat at the Laharum Grain Storage site. The wheat is travelling up into silo

UPDATE: The Mallee community has been shattered by the accidental death of another young farmer.

Review into country cricket

Supplied Editorial FW: picture

UPDATE: COUNTRY cricket in Victoria is about to go under the microscope.

Auctions take direct hit

Corowa sheep sale

LAMB pricing appears to have shifted in favour of direct selling this spring.

John Deere 1025R a little ripper

Elmore Field Days 2014 Wednesday

SIMPLICITY and versatility are the main selling points for John Deere’s 1 Series sub-compact utility tractors.

Humour is a blowtorch

Country Living: Sculptor and jeweller Russell Petherbridge

RUSSELL Petherbridge successfully crosses the gulf between sport and art.

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.