Last Updated: October 21, 2014

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Today

11:08AM (AEST)

ASX-listed Empired buys Intergen

ASX-LISTED Empired has taken over Wellington-based Intergen to create the biggest Microsoft services provider in Australia and New Zealand. Read more

11:08AM (AEST)

NSW Drayton South mine plan refused

PLANNING authorities have banned the proposed Drayton South coal mine in the NSW Hunter Valley, saying it would have threatened horse breeding and tourism. Read more

10:47AM (AEST)

IKEA makes online push

THE world's largest furniture chain, IKEA, is pushing for sales growth by expanding its online business around the globe. Read more

10:37AM (AEST)

Fletcher Building expects profit lift

FLETCHER Building expects earnings to be flat in the first half of this financial year but recover in the second half. Read more

10:37AM (AEST)

Fannie, Freddie in deal with US banks

FANNIE Mae and Freddie Mac have reached a deal that clarifies conditions in which banks could be required to buy back mortgages they sell. Read more

10:30AM (AEST)

Bus crash kills 30 in Bangladesh

A BUS crash in Bangladesh has killed 30 people, many of whom were students on their way to take a university entrance exam. Read more

10:28AM (AEST)

Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

FACEBOOK sues law firms, including one of the world's largest business law firms, that represented a man who claimed he owned half of the social network. Read more

10:10AM (AEST)

FIRB approves Goodman Fielder takeover

THE Foreign Investment Review Board has approved the $1.4 billion takeover of Goodman Fielder, but the deal still needs approval from Chinese authorities. Read more

9:54AM (AEST)

The dismissal: what Gough said

GOUGH Whitlam's most memorable quotes were about the dismissal. Read more

9:47AM (AEST)

Pyne must be accountable for Spurr: Labor

LABOR says accountability for the appointment of disgraced academic Barry Spurr to a curriculum review rests with Education Minister Christopher Pyne. Read more

9:47AM (AEST)

Gold rises 0.5 per cent on Comex

GOLD futures prices have risen 0.5 per cent as US dollar and Treasury yield falls make the precious metal more attractive to investors. Read more

9:47AM (AEST)

Whitlam's highs and lows

THE long political career of Gough Whitlam, who died on Tuesday, was marked by extraordinary triumphs and a shattering decline. Read more

9:01AM (AEST)

Communication with Australia vital: Joko

INDONESIA'S new president Joko Widodo says he expects the country's relationship with Australia to go from "from strength to strength". Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Lorillard CEO to get $US44m after merger

LORILLARD CEO Murray Kessler will receive a $US44.7 million compensation package following the cigarette maker's planned merger wth Reynolds American. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

NZ dollar gains on greenback weakness

THE NZ dollar rises against the US dollar on investor concerns following a poor result by IBM puts pressure on the moves to cuts the Fed stimulus programme Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Electrolux buoyed by US growth

HOME-APPLIANCE maker Electrolux's third quarter profit is up 42 per cent to 933 million kronor and revenue is up six per cent to 28.8 billion kronor. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Copper falls on the LME

LME three-month copper falls 1.2 per cent, while zinc, lead and nickel all also declined but aluminium was unchanged and tin rose. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Moggill branch rejects Flegg replacement

QLD MP Bruce Flegg will have another go at winning LNP pre-selection in Moggill, after branch members refused to back the only other contender. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Orion Health confirms float details

GLOBAL healthcare software solutions provider Orion Health Group is looking to raise between $NZ120m and $NZ150m in a share offer. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Teens invade home with machete, fake gun

TWO men have been charged with invading a southwest Sydney home armed with a machete and an imitation gun. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

SA teens charged with starting bushfire

A TEENAGE girl and boy have been charged with lighting fires in greater Adelaide. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Vic pollies not well known: straw poll

A STRAW poll of Victorian voters has found poor recognition of the state's political leaders, with just over a month to go until the election. Read more

5:51AM (AEST)

US serial killer suspect tells of bodies

US police holding a suspected serial killer say his alleged murders could date back twenty years. Read more

5:11AM (AEST)

Boston bomb case to summon 1000

A US federal judge will summon at least 1000 people to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect. Read more

4:14AM (AEST)

Victims await UK revenge porn vote

THE British government is set to vote on a bill which will make it illegal for people to publish sexually explicit pictures of former partners. Read more

4:14AM (AEST)

GM ignition switch death count rises to 29

TWO more people have been added to the list of people killed in crashes involving a defective engine switch in General Motors cars. Read more

2:50AM (AEST)

Illness hits late-life hearing, study says

COMMON childhood illnesses such as tonsillitis and ear infections can cause hearing loss later in life, according to results from a UK study. Read more

2:50AM (AEST)

Expelled Nazis got millions in US benefits

AN investigation has found dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals collected Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States. Read more

1:57AM (AEST)

Abbott, Kerry hold talks in Jakarta

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jakarta following the inauguration of Indonesia's new president. Read more

1:57AM (AEST)

Nepal halts search for trekkers

TREKKING routes on a popular Himalayan circuit where at least 40 hikers and porters died in a snowstorm will remain open, an industry group says. Read more

1:29AM (AEST)

India fireworks factory blaze kills 12

AT least 12 people are dead after a blaze broke out at an Indian factory storing vast numbers of fireworks for Diwali celebrations. Read more

1:29AM (AEST)

Pope decries 'unimaginable' Middle East

POPE Francis has called for international action help the number of Christians who he says are being driven out of the Middle East. Read more

12:01AM (AEST)

US woman says she now forgives kidnapper

A WOMAN who suffered years of torture while being held captive in a US home says she has forgiven her kidnapper. Read more

Yesterday

11:59PM (AEST)

Mosque attack kills at least 17 in Iraq

A SUICIDE bomber has targeted a Shi'ite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 worshippers. Read more

11:59PM (AEST)

Bangladesh bus collision kills 20

TWO passenger buses have collided head-on in northwestern Bangladesh, killing at least 20 people and injuring 25 others. Read more

11:02PM (AEST)

Gas bills tipped to surge

AUSTRALIANS living in major cities will pay hundreds of dollars a year more for gas as prices rise, a report from the Grattan Institute says. Read more

10:33PM (AEST)

Will and Kate's baby due in April: palace

PALACE officials say Prince George's new baby brother or sister is due in April and the Duchess of Cambridge's morning sickness is improving. Read more

10:24PM (AEST)

Kerry in Asia seeking support against IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Indonesia to press Southeast Asian nations to step up efforts in the fight against the Islamic State. Read more

7:41PM (AEST)

Bishop denies PM nixed face-veil ban

SPEAKER Bronwyn Bishop says she wasn't told by the prime minister to reverse a decision on face-veil-wearing visitors to Parliament House. Read more

7:16PM (AEST)

Killer dad showed Luke Batty a knife

ROSIE Batty did not want her son Luke to have a relationship with his father after he showed him a knife and spoke of ending it all, an inquest has heard. Read more

6:53PM (AEST)

Indonesia's Widodo sees confident new era

INDONESIA'S new president Joko Widodo is predicting a new era of confidence, a point acknowledged by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Read more

6:49PM (AEST)

Antarctica talks amid global tension

A MEETING of global Antarctic stakeholders in Hobart is trying to avoid political tension for the sake of wildlife on the frozen continent. Read more

5:42PM (AEST)

Medibank to rake in up to $5.5bn: Cormann

AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended Mathias Cormann bringing some colourful language into the budget debate. Read more

5:40PM (AEST)

Medibank says float price is fair

RETAIL investors will pay between $1.55 and $2 a share in the Medibank float, boosting federal government coffers by up to $5.5 billion. Read more

5:20PM (AEST)

Revenue, spending risks to budget: PBO

THE Parliamentary Budget Office says there are "significant risks" to the budget as the global economy falters and spending cuts are delayed. Read more

4:30PM (AEST)

Transfield shares surge after takeover bid

TRANSFIELD Services has rejected a $1 billion takeover bid from Spanish building giant Ferrovial but plans to hold further talks. Read more

4:26PM (AEST)

Man missing in Brisbane River for 24 hours

A MAN who disappeared after venturing into the Brisbane River on Sunday afternoon is still missing. Read more

4:24PM (AEST)

Ausdrill takes hit from mining downturn

SHARES in mining services firm Ausdrill have slumped after the company flagged a 13 per cent slide in earnings. Read more

2:43PM (AEST)

Cage fighting ban must stick: Vic police

VICTORIA'S top cop wants to keep a ban on caged MMA bouts, citing violence as the reason. Labor say the sport needs the cage for competitor safety. Read more

1:45PM (AEST)

Auckland house prices could fall: Key

HOUSE prices aren't a one-way bet and the situation could change in Auckland as thousands more are built, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says. Read more

1:07PM (AEST)

Legal action against Palmer continues

FEDERAL MP Clive Palmer has failed to have legal action against him and one of his companies struck out, and the matter will now go to trial. Read more

1:04PM (AEST)

'Roosters suck' sparks Sydney assault

A FRIEND of an NRL player punched a pubgoer in the face outside a Sydney hotel after he took a swipe at his mate's football team, court documents reveal. Read more

12:56PM (AEST)

Iraq deployment decision weeks away: NZ

JOHN Key has spoken to Tony Abbott about the situation in the Middle East but a decision on New Zealand's involvement is still weeks away. Read more

12:56PM (AEST)

Senate inquiry faces Qld stymie

QUEENSLAND state MPs are not obliged to talk to a new Senate inquiry into the Newman government, an estimates committee has heard. Read more

12:45PM (AEST)

Larry Flynt's daughter in car accident

LISA Flynt, the daughter of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, is in a critical condition in hospital after being thrown from her car in an Ohio road accident. Read more

12:33PM (AEST)

Longer lives might lead to risk taking

LONGER lives and working careers may encourage more people to be more adventurous with their life paths, says an RBA assistant governor. Read more

12:16PM (AEST)

Quattro puts NZ property float on hold

SHAREMARKET volatility has prompted Sydney's Quattro RE to put on hold plans to float a New Zealand property portfolio on the ASX. Read more

12:16PM (AEST)

Consumer confidence slips to year low

THE ANZ-Roy Morgan's NZ consumer confidence index has dropped to its lowest reading in 12 months, though still above its long-term average. Read more

12:16PM (AEST)

Victims advocate praises tough SA gun laws

SOUTH Australia's Victims of Crime Commissioner says new legislation will help stop guns falling into the wrong hands. Read more

12:16PM (AEST)

Stocks to watch at noon on Monday

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

12:16PM (AEST)

Measles outbreak on Jetstar flight

THREE people who travelled with Jetstar from Indonesia to Brisbane last week have contracted measles. Read more

12:04PM (AEST)

Qld boy airlifted after snake bite

A YOUNG snake bite victim has been flown from Queensland's Darling Downs to Toowoomba hospital for treatment. Read more

11:53AM (AEST)

San Fran radio stations ban Lorde's Royals

TWO San Francisco radio stations have pulled Royals from their lineups until after baseball's World Series between the Giants and Royals Read more

11:53AM (AEST)

Alex to plead to death threats: court

SYDNEY underworld figure George Alex should plead to charges that he made death threats at his next court appearance. Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

NSW topples WA as strongest economy

NSW has overtaken WA as the nation's strongest economy as the mining boom fades, according to CommSec research. Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

What's behind Wall St roller-coaster

EQUITY markets have again shown their highly volatile with violent plunges before recovering somewhat, but what is whiplashing the financial markets? Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

Kim Dotcom forced to disclose assets

KIM Dotcom has lost his bid to keep his worldwide financial assets a secret from five Hollywood film studios. Read more

11:50AM (AEST)

NSW pizza driver robbed at gunpoint

TWO robbers fired a warning shot into the air after they stole cash from a pizza delivery driver in the Lake Macquarie area. Read more

11:30AM (AEST)

UK nurse back in Sierra Leone after Ebola

A BRITISH nurse who has recovered after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone will head back to the west African country to work. Read more

11:11AM (AEST)

Privatisation to cut Qld jobless rate

QUEENSLAND'S treasurer says privatising assets will create jobs but the opposition disagrees, after a report showing the state's high jobless rate. Read more

11:08AM (AEST)

Gonzalo brushes past Newfoundland

GONAZALO has passed southeastern Newfoundland, dumping heavy rain but the fast-moving storm left little trace besides pounding surf. Read more

10:54AM (AEST)

Watchdog probing Vic education dept

VICTORIA'S anti-corruption watchdog, IBAC, is investigating serious corrupt conduct allegations within the state education department. Read more

10:44AM (AEST)

Two in court over Qld murder cold case

TWO men are due in court charged over one of Queensland's most baffling cold cases, the disappearance of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters. Read more

10:43AM (AEST)

Fears for Australians missing in Himalayas

THE death toll after a blizzard and avalanches hit a popular trekking route in the Himalayas has hit 40, with several Australians among the missing. Read more

10:10AM (AEST)

NZ services sector remains buoyant

INCRESEAS in the performance of New Zealand's services and manufacturing indices are "consistent with above-trend economic growth". Read more

10:10AM (AEST)

Stronger domestic traffic at Syd Airport

TOTAL passenger traffic through Sydney Aiport increased in September, driven by growth in domestic passenger numbers. Read more

10:10AM (AEST)

Darwin note, Apple computer up for auction

A LETTER by Charles Darwin and one of the first Apple computers made in Steve Jobs' garage are among the items up for auction. Read more

10:08AM (AEST)

Vic off-duty cop nabbed for drink driving

AN off-duty Victorian senior constable was caught drink driving during a routine intercept in the regional city of Bendigo. Read more

10:04AM (AEST)

India fuel reform puts diesel under market

INDIA has deregulated diesel prices, removing one of the government's costliest subsidies, as it seeks to boost the country's economy. Read more

9:51AM (AEST)

Downer EDI buys Tenix $300m

DOWNER EDI has bought contractor Tenix for $300 million, in a deal that will give it exposure to the electricity, gas and water sectors. Read more

9:51AM (AEST)

Suspected bombers killed in Kenya

KENYAN authorities say they've killed five suspected bombers and recovered 100kg of TNT from their vehicle as it tried to cross the border. Read more

9:23AM (AEST)

Ebola fears impact economy

ECONOMISTS say an Ebola fear-induced reduction in spending could have a greater adverse impact on the economy than the disease itself. Read more

8:51AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know Read more

8:51AM (AEST)

LME base metals rise

REPORTS the Chinese central bank plans to provide more economic stimulus prompt LME base metals to rise, most by one per cent or more. Read more

8:51AM (AEST)

Gold falls as equities improve

GOLD futures prices fall 0.2 per cent as equity markets turn around, but palladium and platinum both rise on upbeat European car sales data. Read more

8:51AM (AEST)

World News Update, what you need to know

WORLD News Update, what you need to know Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Sweden searches for suspected foreign sub

A SUSPECTED foreign submarine has been spotted off the coast of Stockholm, sparking one of the biggest Swedish intelligence operations since the Cold War. Read more

8:24AM (AEST)

Indian ruling BJP makes gains in polls

THE Bharatiya Janata Party has won the majority vote in two Indian states, according to official results. Read more

8:09AM (AEST)

Two tourists missing in Thai boat crash

TWO tourists are missing and eight others have been seriously injured after a speedboat crashed into a fishing vessel near Thailand's south, police say. Read more

8:08AM (AEST)

Killer in the honeymoon murder trial dies

A MAN convicted over the Cape Town murder of Swedish woman Anni Dewani, has died in the hospital unit of a South African prison. Read more

5:54AM (AEST)

Student rower left with serious injuries

A CRASH between a high school rowing boat and a powerboat driven by a veteran coach has left one boy with serious injuries. Read more

5:54AM (AEST)

Working intestine grown in lab

SCIENTISTS have created the first functioning human intestine from stem cells in the laboratory, paving the way for new gut disorder treatments. Read more

5:01AM (AEST)

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after brawl

A VISIT by Albania's prime minister to Serbia for the first time in nearly 70 years has been postponed following a soccer brawl. Read more

4:16AM (AEST)

Ukraine confirms Russia winter gas deal

UKRAINE has reached a deal with Russia to ensure supplies of natural gas this winter, president Petro Poroshenko says. Read more

12:23AM (AEST)

Woman on US ship takes Ebola blood test

A CRUISE ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who is being monitored for signs of Ebola has returned to port in Texas. Read more

12:23AM (AEST)

Lufthansa pilots to start 35-hour strike

LUFTHANSA'S pilots have announced a new 35-hour strike against the airline's short-haul fleet starting on Monday. Read more

12:23AM (AEST)

NZ couple in Nepal makes contact

A KIWI couple who were unaccounted following deadly snowstorms and avalanches in the Nepalese Himalayas has made contact with family back home. Read more

12:00AM (AEST)

Global IS threat to Aussies

AUSTRALIANS are now targets for terrorist attacks anywhere around the globe as well as at home, following a new call to arms by IS. Read more

Wild dog battle rages

 Brinkworth shooter Shaun Mills and one nights fox catch strung on the barbed wire fence. Although there is a build-up of fox...

THE Coalition will invest $4 million into aerial baiting of wild dogs throughout the next term of Government.

Last lawn bowl exclusion rolls away

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AFTER a long-held legal exemption expired, women can now play club pennant lawn bowls on Saturdays in South Australia.

Aussie help to lift China standards

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AUSTRALIA will export its agricultural expertise to help Chinese producers grow clean green food under a new alliance.

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.