Last Updated: April 18, 2014

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FTA bar too low — US

AMERICA has labelled the Australia-Japan free-trade agreement a “dud deal”.

French organic winegrower fined

 Grape pickers work in the French wine Appellation d'Origine Controlee Cote-Rotie vineyard in Ampuis near the French southeas...
A FRENCH organic winegrower who refused to spray his Burgundy vineyard with pesticide was fined €500 for flouting official regulations.

Syria faces record low wheat crop

SYRIA faces a record low wheat crop this year after a winter drought compounded the impact of country's war on agricultural production, the UN's World Food Programme said last week.

Lightning kills more than 60 cows in Chile

Lightning kills more than 60 cows in Chile
RANCHERS in southern Chile say a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars.

South Korea ‘Almost zero’ chance of survivors

BESTPIX - Family Members Gather At South Korean Ferry Disaster Rescue Site
HOPE of finding any of the 300 missing schoolchildren of the South Korea ferry disaster still alive is “close to zero”, search officials say.

Iran Mum saves son’s killer with a slap

Mum saves son’s killer with a slap
AN Iranian mother has spared the life of her son’s murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he stood at the gallows with the noose around his neck.

Prey ‘almost eats way out of snake’

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A SNAKE has been found with a centipede’s head sticking out of its body in what seems to be a last-ditch attempt for survival by the little critter.

UKRAINE Talks begin after Pro-Russians killed

Talks begin after Pro-Russians killed
HIGH-level talks between Russia, Ukraine, the US and European Union have begun hours after three pro-Moscow separatists were killed in Ukraine.

Teen yob’s whizz taints town

Teen yob’s whizz taints town
A MAJOR reservoir is being drained of 143 million litres of water after a teenager was caught on film while urinating in it.

Dad’s proud of mum, aged 12

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“SHE’S brought something beautiful into the world and we’re all going to stand by her and support this,” said father, of girl, 12, who had baby.

MH370 underwater hunt intensified

MH370 underwater hunt intensified
MALAYSIA said families will be kept informed as the search is intensified for MH370, amid PM Tony Abbott’s claims they may need to rethink the search area.

Jews pray in Old City after clashes

Jews pray in Old City after clashes
THOUSANDS of Jews prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City after clashes at the adjacent flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Eight-limbed baby born in China

Baby born with 4 hands and 4 feets in south China
A BABY born in China with four legs and four arms has had surgery to remove the extra limbs.

Race against time Last chance to say ‘I love you’

*** BESTPIX *** Two Dead And Many Missing After Passenger Ferry Sinks Off South Korea
STUDENTS trapped aboard a capsized Korean ferry sent desperate and emotion-charged texts to their loved ones as it sank.

‘Ghost car’ video spooks the world

‘Ghost car’ video spooks the world
IF you don’t believe in ghosts, you will after you see a video of what many are calling the “ghost car”. WATCH IT NOW.

A wee idea to power spacecraft

A wee idea to power spacecraft
DOC Brown from the Back to the Future movies would be proud. A new invention creates spaceship fuel from a simple and plentiful source.

Heir hair 15 things you didn’t know about the Royals

 23/07/2013 WIRE: -- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2013 -- Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born ...
ONE’s related to Beyonce, one could have ruled France and two have Indian blood. Bet you didn’t know these things about Wills, Kate and George.

SOUTH KOREA Hundreds missing after ferry sinks

Hundreds missing after ferry sinks
GRAVE fears are held for almost 300 passengers after a ferry carrying mostly high school students sank en route to a holiday island in South Korea.

Passenger in epic flight meltdown

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BREKKIE WRAP: A woman’s in-flight meltdown has been captured on camera — with flight attendants telling passengers to block her if she went for the exit.

Missing tot found in vending machine

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A CURIOUS toddler who went missing on Monday was found in a bowling alley — trapped inside a toy vending claw machine.

FRANCE Family and friends farewell Sophie Collombet

Family and friends farewell Sophie Collombet
FRIENDS, family and more than 1200 villagers have honoured murdered French tourist Sophie Collombet with a funeral procession in her home town.

Woman loses her mind on flight

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A WOMAN’S epic meltdown has been captured on camera - with flight attendants telling passengers to try to stop her if she opened the emergency exit.

THAILAND Aussie journo faces jail time

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AN AUSTRALIAN journalist who faces years in jail for reporting on human trafficking says the Thai navy is out to get him.

ITALY Violence at mass squatter eviction

Violence at mass squatter eviction
RIOT police have dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid “brutal” clashes.

Expert witness not such an expert

This picture taken on November 4, 2012 during the Feather Awards held at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg shows South Africa's Ol...
A FORENSIC expert hired by Oscar Pistorius was accused of being unqualified to testify and his account of how Reeva Steenkamp died rubbished.

CONGO Gorilla conservationist shot in ambush

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A CONSERVATIONIST who has fought to protect Africa’s mountain gorillas from civil war and oil companies has been shot in an ambush.

UNITED STATES Ex-NY mayor takes on gun lobby

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIANO ANDRADE (FILES) Photo dated January 18, 2013 shows outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloom...
FORMER New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending $53 million to take on the powerful NRA gun lobby, in a bid to reform America’s laws.

This undated US Air Force photo shows an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft as it prepares for takeoff in support of operations ...
A TOWNSVILLE local is one of two men killed in Yemen – the first known case of Australian extremists dying in a US Predator drone attack.

Girl makes history as mum at 12

Girl makes history as mum at 12
A SCHOOLGIRL aged 12 and her 13-year-old boyfriend have become the youngest parents in the UK, after they had a baby girl.


Man behind Boston Marathon hoax named
UPDATE: A 25-year-old Kevin Edson is facing charges after police detonated two suspicious bags left near the Boston Marathon finish line.

Leaping lamb exports continue

LAMB export values in February jumped 40 per cent compared to last year.

Gaining control of sprays to cut costs


VICTORIAN farmers are trialling new nozzle control technology retrofitted to self-propelled boom sprayers.

Flocking to see those sheep dogs

Easter Show

SOME dogs bark, others chase but the best sheep dogs tame a flock by staring them down. It is what stockman call the “eye”.

Going for gold

 Cut Daffodils in the cool room. David and Robin Jackson of Jacksons Daffodils in Surges Bay on their farm.

FEW growers have won the top daffodil award in the UK or the US. Yet one Australian has taken out both. Meet David Jackson.