Last Updated: December 21, 2014

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China investment backed

CHINESE investment in Australia’s food supply chain will help the nation’s export market boom, a new report says.

Macadamia sales up after nut rage

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SOUTH Korean online retailers say demand for macadamia nuts has skyrocketed after a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a plane over an incident now dubbed “nut rage”.

Food insecurity on rise

 Maize crop.
WORLD cereal output is expected to hit record highs in 2014 but food insecurity is worsening across the globe.

Investors seeking joint ventures

Foreign Owned Farm
ONLY one-third of international investors want majority-ownership of any farm or agribusiness investment made in Australia.

Gunman dead NYPD ‘cop killer’s’ chilling post

NYPD ‘cop killer’s’ chilling post
POLICE probe Instagram message posted hours before NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu “were simply, assassinated”.

BREKKIE WRAP The photo banned from school yearbook

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BREKKIE WRAP: WHEN this teen submitted a portrait for the high school yearbook, she wasn’t prepared for the backlash.

‘Allahu Akbar’ ‘Islamist’ killed after knife rampage

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A SUSPECTED Islamist fanatic is shot dead after stabbing three police officers in a knife rampage at a police station as he shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’.

Police custody Aussie brothers accused of Bali glassing

Aussie brothers accused of Bali glassing
TWO Australian brothers could face four years jail in Bali for being accused of glassing a local restaurater after urinating in front of him while on a drunken night out.

Hostilities return Israel launches airstrike on Gaza

Israel launches airstrike on Gaza
ISRAEL’S military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip today in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since the August truce.

Clampdown IS ‘slaughters 100 foreign deserters’

IS ‘slaughters 100 foreign deserters’
THE Islamic State extremist group has reportedly executed scores of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in Syria.

Shootout Saudi police kill four ‘terrorists’

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SAUDI police have killed four ‘terrorists’ in a Shi’ite village in an operation to arrest the people who shot dead a soldier there last weekend.

Breakthrough Tiny sensors monitor dodgy hearts

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SCIENTISTS have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints and beating hearts — almost unnoticeably.

Gun battle Student gets her gun into yearbook

Student gets her gun into yearbook
A TEENAGER has won an appeal to include a picture of her holding a rifle in her high school yearbook because it represents her ‘true love’.

US warning Sydney siege prompts travel alert

Sydney siege prompts travel alert
THE lone wolf attack at the Lindt cafe in Sydney has prompted the US State Department to issue a rare worldwide travel alert for its citizens.

Retribution ‘We have killed all the children. What now?’

‘We have killed all the children. What now?’
THE chilling final words of one of Taliban militants who killed more than 140 people — mostly children — have been revealed.

Looking ahead Is the Pope ready to leave Vatican?

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DAYS after celebrating his 78th birthday, Pope Francis has surprised followers with news he won’t be in the Vatican in 10 years.

Tragic accident ‘I just wanted to save the ducks’

Emma Czornobaj
THIS woman caused a fatal accident after stopping to help ducks on a busy highway. Today she was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a 10-year driving ban.

Too far? Theme park lets kids open fire

Theme park lets kids open fire
AMERICA’S newest theme park is set to open to thrillseekers and kids as young as 13, allowing them to fire real guns with live ammunition.

Marathon attack Bombing victim confronts protesters

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
A BOSTON Marathon bombing survivor who lost leg his right leg confronted protesters outside court as the accused bomber made his first appearance in 17 months.

School massacre The young faces of Pakistan massacre

The young faces of Pakistan massacre
HEARTBREAKING images have revealed the faces of the 148 children slaughtered in the bloody Taliban massacre, as grief-stricken families bury their sons and daughters.

Mr Nice Pope Pope’s birthday treat for homeless

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POPE Francis has marked his 78th birthday by buying hundreds of presents for the homeless.

Unearthed Ancient sands reveal million mummies

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered an ancient cemetery with more than a million mummies buried around 1500 years ago - but where did they come from?

Multiple charges ‘Years of horrific child abuse’

‘Years of horrific child abuse’
A FATHER, his wife and his former wife — a substitute teacher — have been charged with multiple counts of sickening child sex abuse over 12 years.

Death penalty ‘It hasn’t hit her, what’s going on’

‘It hasn’t hit her, what’s going on’
THE lawyer representing a Sydney woman stopped at a Malaysian airport with an alleged 1.5kgs of drugs in her bag says the suburban mum doesn’t realise the gravity of her situation.

Lauren Greene Sacked for giving politician ‘wet dreams’

Sacked for giving politician ‘wet dreams’
A US Congressman allegedly had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about a female staffer, who says she was fired for complaining of sexual harassment.

Rumours Will the Queen quit at Christmas?

Will the Queen quit at Christmas?
BUCKINGHAM Palace sources are not amused by reports that the Queen will abdicate at Christmas — and they’ve given a credible reason why it won’t happen.

Plane terror Severe turbulence caught on film

Severe turbulence caught on film
TERRIFYING mobile phone footage has captured the moment a storm caused a plane to violently drop— injuring 14 people.

Sadistic murders Horrific games of school massacre killers

Horrific games of school massacre killers
TALIBAN gunmen told students they would be safe before lining them up and executing them in front of classmates, a survivor has revealed. Warning: Graphic.

Bizarre will Does this healthy dog deserve to die?

Does this healthy dog deserve to die?
A WOMAN who died and left a request in her will that her dog be euthanased and buried with her has angered animal lovers, who are trying to save the dog.

New approach Prisoner swap as US and Cuba make up

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THE US and Cuba have agreed to a historic thaw in relations, after a surprise prisoner swap that freed jailed American Alan Gross.

More grain off road

 Grain Corp. Ouyen. Loading a grain train. Josh Landon from Ouyen.

AN extra one million tonnes of grain in GrainCorp storages has been transported by rail during the past year.

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

THE JCB GT backhoe was recently crowned the fastest digger after reaching speeds of more than 116km/h.

Jingles keeps trucking

JINGLES: Graeme Neal aka 'Jingles' Livestock carrier from Swan Reach.

OWNING 14 trucks in 73 years might seem like a lot to some but to Jingles Neal it’s not nearly enough.