Australia

Mum's 'boot-camp punishments'

During months of abuse the child was starved, beaten, and forced to eat his own faeces

Boy, 7, was forced by Kiwi mum to wear soiled underwear on his head, court told.

Two dead, including four-year-old, in stabbing

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A grandmother and her four-year-old grandson have been found stabbed to death at a Melbourne home.

Mum pleads guilty to son's death

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New Zealand-born Sydney mother pleads guilty to manslaughter of 7-year-old son after admitting he did not fall off a pogo stick as first claimed.

Obama details email mistake

US President Barack Obama was among the world leaders whose details were inadvertently emailed to Asian Cup organisers.

World leaders' private information accidentally emailed to organisers of football tournament.

Wife of millionaire charged with his murder

Phillip Vasyli, who was stabbed to death.

The wife of millionaire Sydney podiatrist Phillip Vasyli has been charged with murdering her husband at their luxury home in the Bahamas, police have confirmed.

Abuse tolerated in remote indigenous communities

A report has found abuse of children in remote indigenous communities is under-reported.

In some remote Australian communities every person has reportedly been affected by child sexual abuse as a victim, a perpetrator, or a relative.

Tourists, close your windows

Two lions photographed by Mr Smith before the attack.

"A lion jumped through the car window and decided to go to town on my legs."

Man with replica gun metres from Lindt cafe

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Man charged with string of robberies across Sydney after being arrested while allegedly holding a fake gun just metres from the the Lindt cafe, the site of last year's Sydney siege.

Murder victim 'should have been at home'

VICTIM: Jill Meagher vanished after a night out with workmates. She was later found in a shallow grave.

Catholic Church forced to apologise for saying rape and murder victim Jill Meagher should have been more "faith-filled".

Nightclubber's son jailed for rape video

Twenty-three-year-old Luke Lazarus will serve at least three years for the sexual assault of a young woman in an alley behind a nightclub.

Luke Lazarus will serve at least three years for the sexual assault of a young woman in an alley behind a nightclub.

Jill Meagher's killer was serial rapist video

KILLER AND A RAPIST: Adrian Baley's criminal history can now be revealed.

In three trials held over eight months, Adrian Bayley has been found guilty of raping three other women. Now, his full shocking criminal history can be revealed.

Catholic crusader blesses gay marriage

Peter Westmore is president of the National Civic Council in Australia.

Head of Australian Catholic-based lobby group campaigning against same-sex marriage blessed his daughter's gay wedding in NZ.

Melbourne pair among Germanwings dead

Tributes at the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium secondary school in Haltern am See, Germany on March 24, 2015.

The family of a Melbourne mother and son killed in the Germanwings plane crash has spoken of its shock and sadness at their loss.

Aussie teen stopped on Middle East trip

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A 17-year-old boy has been caught trying to fly out of Australia to join conflicts in the Middle East.

Man found asleep in car in middle of motorway video

The man found sleeping in the middle of a highway was released without charge.

Drivers were gobsmacked when they came across a car parked in the the middle of an Australian motorway in a 110kmh zone.

Teenage dad jailed for killing his baby

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A Perth who killed his one-month-old son by fracturing the infant's skull was jealous, court hears.

Australia and the Islamic State

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney.

Experts disagree about why the Islamic State group has been so effective recruiting in Australia.

'Termites of the sea' threaten dive spot

UNDER THREAT: The Busselton jetty is under threat from "termites of the sea".

One of Western Australia's most popular dive spots is under threat from a pest known as the "termites of the sea".

Aussie teen jihadist disturbed child

The father of Jake Bilardi, centre, says his boy was a soft target for Islamic State. 'They murdered him'.

The father of teen jihadist Jake Bilardi has revealed his son was an aggressive and psychologically disturbed child.

Malcolm Fraser saved my career video

"He'd saved my career, gently."

He may have been born to rule, but he empathised with outsiders.

Malcolm Fraser dead at 84

"It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March 2015."

Fraser was prime minister of Australia and leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1983.

Hutt man up for murder

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Former Upper Hutt man accused of murdering his partner in Australia after sons find body.

How police caught Kiwi killer

KILLER: Daniel Jack Kelsall avoids making eye contact with his mother as he is found guilty of the murder of Morgan Huxley.

Sydney police initially thought Kiwi Daniel Jack Kelsall wasn't the murderer of Morgan Huxley.

Guilty Kelsall 'worthless psychopath' video

Daniel Kelsall, accused of the murder of Morgan Huxley, gave evidence at the Supreme Court in Sydney.

New Zealander Daniel Jack Kelsall has been described as a "worthless psychopath" by the family of the man he murdered.

Sydney's Lindt cafe to reopen

Flowers left in Martin Place after the end of the Lindt cafe siege.

Sydney's Lindt cafe will reopen on Friday three months after the siege that ended with two hostages and the gunman killed.

Kiwi murder accused's mystery attacker defence

Daniel Kelsall, accused of the murder of Morgan Huxley, gave evidence at the Supreme Court in Sydney.

A Kiwi facing a murder trial in Sydney has told court another man attacked him and the victim as they had sex.

Great Barrier plan outlined

The Great Barrier Reef.

Australia has revealed how it plans to avoid having the Great Barrier Reef listed by UNESCO as "in danger".

Rescued from Movie World ride

The Green Lantern ride in action at Movie World.

Witness says back row of Green Lantern ride carriage tipped and "my wife and I thought these people were dead".

Teenager set on fire at party

Calls to protect NSW ambulance officers

18-year-old injured after agreeing to be set on fire by his friends at a party on Sydney's northern beaches.

Australian paramedics lured away

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St John has denied it has been aggressively recruiting from Australia's understaffed ambo service.

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