Last Updated: September 20, 2014

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Today

2:58AM (AEST)

Bishop blames Russia at UN over MH17

RUSSIA says it is the victim of an information war following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine. Read more

Yesterday

11:52PM (AEST)

Murder rate on the rise in South Africa

THE murder rate in South Africa increased by 5 per cent to 17,068 murders in the 2013-14 financial year, the latest data shows. Read more

11:03PM (AEST)

Iranian 'Happy' video youth sentenced

SIX Iranian men and women taped dancing to Pharrell Williams' Happy and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes. Read more

9:25PM (AEST)

SA police woman injured in pursuit crash

A SOUTH Australian police woman has been injured after a car pursuit ended in a crash. Read more

7:48PM (AEST)

Brisbane locals want to understand Islam

THE difference between Islam and Muslims was one of many questions asked at an open day at a Brisbane mosque. Read more

7:38PM (AEST)

More terror raids as security tightens

SECURITY has been stepped up at Parliament House, sports grounds and defence facilities are more anti-terror raids were carried out. Read more

6:32PM (AEST)

Domestic violence in the spotlight in NT

THE NT government has committed $18 million to fight domestic violence and break down its culture of silence. Read more

6:22PM (AEST)

Asian visitors boost traveller numbers

SYDNEY and Melbourne airports have reported solid rises in international visitors during August. Read more

5:51PM (AEST)

Hockey looking for G20 breakthroughs

TREASURER Joe Hockey is optimistic that the G20 finance ministers meeting in Cairns will make headway this weekend. Read more

5:26PM (AEST)

National security to dominate parliament

MEMBERS of parliament returning for a fortnight of sittings in Canberra will be focused on national security. Read more

5:17PM (AEST)

No changes for NAB after Scotland vote

NAB says it is business as usual for its UK operations after Scotland rejected independence. Read more

5:06PM (AEST)

Disguised teens intimidate school: police

TWO teenagers disguised in full-length black costumes have allegedly made cutting gestures at students outside a Sydney school. Read more

5:03PM (AEST)

Alacer rebuffs OceanaGold approach

OCEANAGOLD says its takeover bids for Canadian-listed gold miner Alacer have been rejected. Read more

4:07PM (AEST)

Gold price low and heading lower

GOLD prices are trading around their lowest level since January but analysts say a further slide is likely. Read more

3:39PM (AEST)

MH370 search to resume by month's end

MALAYSIA'S GO Phoenix vessel will resume the search for MH370 off the West Australian coast on September 30. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

Alleged Rockhampton gunman in court

AN accused gunman who led police on an extended chase after firing at officers has faced court after being arrested in central Queensland. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

Men left injured dog to die in box: court

A PERTH court has banned two men from owning any animal for 10 years after they left a badly injured dog to die in a box. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

Union boss denies taking slush fund cash

A UNION boss has denied taking money from a union slush fund to pay for her election campaign. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

Little faith in new archbishop: victims

SURVIVORS of abuse at the hands of Catholic priests say there is little hope the Church will change under the newly-appointed archbishop of Sydney. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

New privacy laws for Victoria

THE Victorian government has introduced new privacy laws to strengthen the way public agencies protect personal information. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

More cops at footy finals, gathering spots

HUNDREDS of high-visibility NSW police will bolster security at football finals, gathering spots, transport hubs, as part of a larger, continuing operation. Read more

3:00PM (AEST)

ASADA trumps Essendon in court battle

ASADA'S doping investigation into AFL club Essendon was legal, a judge has ruled. Read more

2:27PM (AEST)

Vic ready for fire season: commissioner

VICTORIAN authorities say the state is in a reasonable position for this summer's fire season even though they did not do all their planned burn-offs. Read more

2:12PM (AEST)

WA Murdoch professor investigated by CCC

MURDOCH University's Professor Richard Higgott is being investigated by the Corruption and Crime Commission and has been suspended from duties on full pay. Read more

2:12PM (AEST)

Man allegedly sexually blackmailed teen

A 22-YEAR-OLD Canberra man will appear in court on blackmail charges after he allegedly threatened to disseminate explicit images of a woman. Read more

2:09PM (AEST)

'Evil' painted on Qld mosque

A FAR north Queensland mayor says he's deeply saddened that vandals have spray-painted a mosque with the word "evil". Read more

2:09PM (AEST)

Thai general `sorry for bikini comments'

THAILAND'S military leader has apologised for making insulting comments soon after two young British tourists were found murdered. Read more

2:09PM (AEST)

WA cop to face court on assault charge

A POLICEMAN will appear in a Perth court next month, accused of assaulting a man while he was off duty. Read more

2:09PM (AEST)

Adelaide pandas got 'so close' to mating

ADELAIDE Zoo's giant pandas Wang Wang and Funi were close but "didn't quite get right" their mating attempt. Read more

2:08PM (AEST)

Union faces airport blockade legal action

FAIR Work Building and Construction has filed proceedings against the CFMEU and six officials over events at an airport building site in October last year. Read more

2:08PM (AEST)

Sydney push killer gets three more years

A SYDNEY cyclist who fatally shoved an elderly woman before saying "the bitch got in my way", has had his minimum jail sentence increased by three years. Read more

2:08PM (AEST)

Green groups trashing Qld: Powell

QUEENSLAND'S environment minister, in France for talks on the health of the Great Barrier Reef, says green groups are trashing the state's reputation. Read more

2:08PM (AEST)

Stocks to watch at noon on Friday

STOCKS of interest on the Australian stock exchange on Friday. Read more

12:16PM (AEST)

US united against Islamic State: Obama

THE US Senate has approved Barack Obama's plan for training and equipping Syrian rebels, in a show of support he says shows unity. Read more

11:34AM (AEST)

Work together, Hockey tells states

TREASURER Joe Hockey is meeting with his state and territory counterparts in Cairns ahead of this weekend's G20 finance ministers meeting. Read more

10:52AM (AEST)

Big Brother rebounds in the ratings

BIG Brother has regained its spot in the top 10 most watched TV shows while The Block Glasshouse won the evening and Nine News was second. Read more

10:19AM (AEST)

Long queue as Apple phones go on sale

HUGE demand for Apple's two new iPhones was reflected on Friday as a queue of about 1200 people snaked several city blocks. Read more

8:53AM (AEST)

Woman who stalked Spacey jailed

A WOMAN who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been sentenced to four years in prison. Read more

8:53AM (AEST)

PM will not return to Arnhem Land

THE prime minister had hoped to return to Arnhem Land on Friday but has now decided against it. Read more

8:52AM (AEST)

Alibaba prices IPO at $US68 per share

CHINESE giant Alibaba, which is set to begin trading on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, has priced its stock at $US68. Read more

8:02AM (AEST)

Australian forces in Middle East prepare

THE commander of Australian troops in the Middle East says they are preparing to deploy "in the next couple of weeks". Read more

7:55AM (AEST)

Don't fear your Muslim neighbours: leaders

MUSLIM leaders have told Australians not to fear their Muslim neighbours in the wake of recent counter-terrorism raids. Read more

7:53AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

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

7:53AM (AEST)

Abbott confirms threat to Parliament House

AUSTRALIAN Federal Police will be put back in charge of the internal and external security of Parliament House in Canberra. Read more

7:53AM (AEST)

Dangerous sex offender missing in Qld

THE public has been urged to report any sightings of a dangerous sexual offender missing in Brisbane. Read more

12:39AM (AEST)

Plot to attack nation's leaders

AFP officers will take back control of Parliament House in Canberra after fresh revelations suspected terrorists were planning a potential attack. Read more

12:25AM (AEST)

Yellen says US families must boost savings

US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says American families must boost their savings, noting that the GFC exposed the vulnerability of many households. Read more

Bega in Chinese UHT deal

21/07/2006 NA: Jersey cows on the Hicks family dairy farm just out of Mooroopna. Dairy Awards. Pic. Zoe Phillips

BEGA Cheese is expected to generate $100 million through a deal with a leading Chinese retail group.

New blood fights for first flag

GFL PRELIMINARY FINAL

THE Geelong Football League will crown a first-time premier regardless of this weekend’s grand final result.

Emerald Grain buys up Ardlink

 AWB Grain Handling. Harvest. Sea Lake.

EMERALD Grain is buying the Ardlink grain storage and receival site at Ardlethan in NSW.

Axion 800 in a Claas of its own

 Axion 800 Claas tractor, built in France, former Renault factory, just won tractor of year and machine of year, 2013, at Agr...

VICTORIAN and southern NSW producers at Henty will be the first to see the all-new Claas Axion 800.

Easy life, easy rider

Grasshopper Advntures

JASON Williams turned a few thousand dollars on his credit card into a successful business.

Editor’s Letter: September 2014

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

I’M not one to be sucked in by outlandish statements or broad generalisations but I just love this one: “Deep down, everyone wants to be a farmer.”