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- Denmark stakes its claim in the war for the North Pole
- Parents outraged after Kansas City school replaces blind boy's cane with pool noodle
- Woolies' Christmas threat to suppliers
- Umesh Yadav tears into Australian batsmen
- 'Impossible' for Saudi to reduce oil output: minister
- Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic top International Tennis Federation awards
- Gary Ablett remains a 'top-three' earner
- Kings of the jungle or bling that will bungle? Sydney must face their crisis of character
- Liverpool and Spurs into League Cup semis
- Hamstring injury forces Nichols out of Socceroos' cup campaign
In time for Christmas, Denmark has claimed†Santa Claus's home - the North Pole. Although it†might seem like†a joke,†Denmark's wish to expand its influence in the Arctic†is part of a serious geopolitical struggle: Canada and Russia†also claim the spot.
Kansas City, Missouri: A Missouri school district has apologised to the family of a blind student whose cane was replaced with a swimming pool noodle after he allegedly misbehaved on the bus.
Woolworths has told some suppliers it could decide to pull their products from shelves just days before Christmas if they refuse to cut prices and fund the supermarket giant's new Cheap Cheap advertising campaign.
Anyone who saw Umesh Yadav tearing into the Australian batsmen here three summers ago would have thought a new age of Indian pace bowling had dawned.
Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel, cannot reduce its output because of competitive pressure despite plunging prices, the kingdom's oil minister said on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named as men's and women's World Champions for 2014 on Thursday by the International Tennis Federation.
Gary Ablett has been offered a new contract by Gold Coast that will ensure he stays one of the game?s very highest-paid players from 2016.
Vitas Gerulaitis famously said nobody beats him 17 times in a row when he finally got the better of fellow 1970s tennis playboy Bjorn Borg.
Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool defeated Championship leaders Bournemouth 3-1 to book a League Cup semi-final with Chelsea.
The Asian Cup dream of Mitch Nichols is over, with the Perth Glory midfielder set to miss up to eight weeks with a torn hamstring.
Brisbane Times National Headlines
- Dallas-bound Qantas flight returns to Sydney
- Duty calls John Fraser back to head Australia's treasury
- Climate change proving a persistent biter of prime ministerial bottoms
- 'Isolated, insular, inflexible': ABS told it is too strict in public service review
- Parkinson's disease sufferers win payout from Pfizer for drug linked to gambling, sex addiction
- Father gives right arm for his two sons
- The federal Health Department: 80-hour weeks, bullying, command and control
- Boss faces insolvent trading probe after transport company collapse
- Release of ministerial travel costs could damage our international standing, government claims
- Obesity can shave eight years off life
- How to save lives in Cambodia
- Don't ignore stay-at-home mums, MPs warn Prime Minister
- High Court overturns $250k damages decision over death of Stephen Rose at the hands of Phillip Pettigrove
- Court of Appeal overturns $200,000 malicious prosecution claim by Sydney woman Hayam Abed
- Inquiry will lay out blueprint for financial system; ASIC in prime spot for overhaul
- Sunday Explainer: The unprecedented immigration powers awarded to Scott Morrison
- Everyday sadists: Inside the mind of an online troll
- Twitter announces changes to protect users from offensive tweeting
- Historic indigenous collection in "severe and catastrophic state"
- Police suspect Australians caught up in international drug networks
- Can you work out which politician is sending which Xmas card? Try our quiz
- MH17: All 38 Australian victims identified
- Abbott's Coalition 'not a happy family', say backbenchers
- Manus Island detainees on hunger strike, refugee advocates say
- United Nations debates new goals for making world a better place
- Case over huge drug raid collapses over police errors
- Tough questions on a country road on election day
- Frozen is running hot this Christmas as frustrated parents battle over hot toys
- Climate change: NSW to become hotter, more fire danger days
- Miranda Kerr backs campaign to ban some skin scrub ingredients polluting the harbour
- Iron ore downturn puts WA in the doldrums
- Editorial cartoon
- Climate change report: Victorian springs to dry, temperatures to rise
- Schoolies in Bali: rite of passage or reckless booze-fest?
- Hundreds still homeless weeks after Docklands apartment fire
- St Kilda foreshore drinking bans this summer
- Ricky Muir's anguish on asylum vote
- Better ambulance service early focus for new Health Minister Jill Hennessy
- Sydney weather: The picture that captures story of city's early-season tempests
- Farm aid in dispute as 'serious and severe' rain shortfalls hit farmers
- Employee study finds many Australian workplaces lack effective leadership
- Bishop wants Australia to commit to strong targets by Paris meeting
- Former Bega Cheese CEO likely to remain on bail over child sex offences
- Walkley Awards: Fairfax business reporter Adele Ferguson strikes gold
- Court of Appeal judge Geoffrey Nettle appointed to the High Court
- Government unlikely to loosen purse strings to stimulate growth, say economists
- Unemployment is a $15 billion drag on wellbeing
- Barrister Louise McBride wins case against Christie's auction house over fake Albert Tucker painting
- Hottest year on record as climate talks heat up
- Planning Assessment Commission under fire from miners, ombudsman
- St John Ambulance launches free online water safety program
- Audit reveals fresh 457 visa concerns
- Letters: Budgetary measures deeply unfair
- Video: Christopher Pyne texts Glenn Lazarus
- Visas denied for controversial Islamic speakers heading to Perth
- Bureau reveals extent of record hot spring as dam levels plunge
- Vittoria coffee seller wins trademark battle over 'oro' and 'cinque stelle'
- Sydney student Taha ElBaf and three brothers in Syria 'fighting for Islamic State'
- Almost a decade to standardise Preventative Detention Orders
- Religious leaders unite to plead to ABC board
- Alleged gunman Alex Semaan's sister links fatal shooting of Michael Bekhazi with drugs paranoia
- Peru climate talks set to put heat on Abbott government's stance
- 'Cloak of silence' surrounds hostage incident at home of businessman Anthony Ghalloub, inquest hears
- Cricket helmet sales rise dramatically after Hughes' death
- Rate rigging shows need for tougher penalties says ASIC boss
- Bikies roll up to Parliament House for Last Stand Protest Ride
- Paul Grigson appointed ambassador to Indonesia
- Nobel prize contender San Thang cut from CSIRO
- Car thefts surge with a 19 per cent increase in Victoria
- Impact of economy and policy on budget
- Impact of economy on budget
- A snapshot of young Australians: high aspirations but low expectations
- Report on dangerous goods report flawed, say Botany City Council and residents
- Australia's STEM performance mediocre: economy will suffer
- Daniel Andrews: from Party Man to Family Guy to Premier
- Australian science and innovation in six charts
- ABC axe to religion will starve national discussion, broadcaster John Cleary tells listeners
- Christmas shopping boosts economy by $7.1 billion
- Vote counting to start Monday
- Bali Schoolies: Christian volunteers all loved up as they care for school leavers
- Eight involved in kidney swap across two states
- Shoppers in a twist over inconsistent clothing sizes
- School students show hairspray keeps Christmas trees alive longest
- Ebola paperwork: It looks important, but no one collects it
- Police make second largest drug bust in Australian history
- Schoolies eat illegal magic mushrooms in Bali
- Phillip Hughes death: Michael Clarke breaks down while addressing media
- Australia's detention of refugees is forbidden by international law: UN Committee Against Torture
- Low-ball Calliden takeover in trouble as opposition mounts
- Naked City - Looking the other way on family violence has to stop
- Paradise lost: Satyananda Yoga Ashram is the subject of royal commission hearing
- Daughter of immigrants taking community leadership role
- Denis Napthine in new grants row
- State election result likely to be close
- The conscription contradiction
- Lewis report on ABC canvasses role for minister in directing how cuts be made
- Two Australians dead, seven injured after New Zealand highway collision
- Tasmania big net beneficiary from RET, Australia Institute report finds
- Schoolies seek out tattoo parlours in Bali
- Phillip Hughes: Hometown Macksville mourns hero's loss
A Qantas flight from Sydney to Dallas has been forced to return due to systems on board.
John Fraser says he felt he had little choice when approached a few months ago in London about running Australia's treasury.
For climate-change doomsayers and "warmists" alike, this has become the force majeure in Australian politics.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics must "ease off on the independence" to safeguard its future.
Almost 200 Australians who developed gambling and sexual addictions after taking prescription drugs used to treat Parkinson's Disease will be awarded compensation over alleged failures to warn them about side-effects.
Many parents talk about giving their right arm for their children but Craig Tobin has done exactly that. The father of two had his arm removed in drastic cancer surgery he hopes will save, or at least prolong, his life.
Capability Review reveals "command-and-control" culture at Health, with middle managers fearing promotion.
Former St Kilda football club president Greg Westaway is under investigation for insolvent trading.
Being obese has the potential to reduce a person's life expectancy by up to 8 years and diminishes their number of healthy years by up to 19, international researchers have found.
Michael Short: Bronwyn Stephens, hello.
Coalition MPs have welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's move to water down his unpopular paid parental leave scheme, but have warned that he should not ignore support for stay-at-home mothers in the process.
A NSW health service has successfully appealed an order that it pay more than $250,000 to the family of a man killed by a mental health patient who had just been released from a mental health unit.
The decision to award a Sydney woman more than $200,000 in damages after she was falsely accused of intending to kill her husband and held on remand for six months has been overturned by the state's highest court.
Tougher penalties for white collar criminals have been sought in the lead-up to the financial system inquiry.
Asylum seekers will no longer have access to a legal challenge.
Peter Munro met a few trolls in real-life and found them surprisingly pleasant and persistent – but deeply in denial about their chaotic behaviour.
Twitter takes steps to speed up its responses to requests to remove offensive tweets.
Priceless footage of the world's longest continuing civilisation is in danger of being lost forever.
Kalynda Davis could have become embroiled in what police suspect is the work of sophisticated international drug trafficking syndicates.
Can you match the Australian politician in Ye Olde Fairfax Christmas Card quiz?
The remains of all 38 Australian victims of doomed flight MH17 have been formally identified and the final remains are expected to be brought back to Australia in the coming weeks, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announced.
The Coalition is "not a happy family" and there is a "shitload of room for improvement" say government MPs.
More than 250 asylum seekers are on a hunger strike on Manus Island over their frustration at being held in detention for the past 17 months and without being given any guarantee about their futures, refugee advocates say.
What should be on the world's priority list? The United Nations is grappling with that very question right now. An array of expert panels, working groups and researchers has been busy coming up with suggestions. A special "My World" survey asked five million people their views and an "Open Working Group", involving 70 nations, was set up last year to collate aims for the next 15 years. It has come up with 17 "sustainable development goals" and 169 targets covering everything from malnutrition, tobacco control, sustainable tourism and renewable energy.
The trial of a Sydney man charged with importing 400 kilograms of cocaine on a yacht in 2010 has been aborted after Australian Federal Police denied on oath the existence of certain video footage – only for it to be found on their own web site.
A young couple stood on the side of the road at Port Fairy, backpacks at their feet and a sign imploring a ride to the Twelve Apostles.
The scuffle broke out among parents in the chill morning air, after some had queued overnight outside the toy store.
Sydney and the rest of NSW can expect shifting rainfall patterns and more extreme fire danger weather as a result of global warming, according to a model of the future climate.
Miranda Kerr has backed the campaign calling on cosmetic manufacturers to stop using tiny plastic beads in their products which are polluting Sydney Harbour.
Further job cuts are expected from Western Australia’s resources sector as the depressed iron ore price forces miners big and small to slash spending.
The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of The Herald's editorial cartoonist.
Victoria’s crucial spring rains will diminish, temperatures will rise and fire danger days will increase, according to climate projections.
Bleary eyes, sunburnt shoulders and sleazy selfies will be the lingering evidence of schoolies for the thousands of weary Australian teenagers dragging themselves home this weekend.
Hundreds of Docklands residents have been unable to return to their homes nearly two weeks after fire ripped through their apartment building, paving the way for a massive class action that could be worth millions.
Melburnians and tourists hoping to enjoy a beer or glass of wine as the sun sets over St Kilda foreshore could be banned this summer under a contentious proposal by the local council.
Senator Ricky Muir says he was placed in a position he would not wish on his "worst enemies" in having to decide the fate of Scott Morrison's controversial asylum seekers laws.
Victoria's new Health Minister Jill Hennessy has warned that federal budget cuts to hospitals will be "severe" in coming years and that working with the Abbott government on health funding will be "challenging".
Sydney’s spectacular early-season storms may just crack open a photographic career for one young New Zealander.
The Abbott government has diverted $100 million in drought loan assistance to farmers in NSW and Queensland as a widening drought threatens to stoke demand for further aid.
Ineffectual leaders who fail to clarify their company's direction are the leading cause of worker disengagement.
Australia should commit to "strong" greenhouse gas emission cuts says the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who on Thursday denied she went "bananas" at the Prime Minister after learning she'd be chaperoned at global climate talks by Trade Minister Andrew Robb.
Support from his mother and wife mean a child sex offender is likely to get bail with electronic monitoring next week.
Fairfax Media business reporter Adele Ferguson has won Australia's highest journalism accolade, the Gold Walkley award.
The Victorian Court of Appeal's Justice Geoffrey Nettle has been appointed to the High Court of Australia.
Australians are feeling the effects of a sluggish national economy with new figures revealing a sharp rise in the social and economic cost of unemployment.
In a landmark decision that will rock Australian art market, Sydney barrister Louise McBride has won $118,718 in damages from the international auction house Christie's and others over the sale of a fake Albert Tucker in 2000.
The world remains on course for a record hot year in 2014 with the potential for more heat extremes to come as greenhouse gases continue to climb, the World Meteorological Organisation told UN climate talks in Peru.
The independent expert body set up to make the NSW planning system more transparent failed to properly disclose potential conflicts of interest, casting doubt on the integrity of its decisions.
Statistics clearly show drownings are on the increase in Victoria.
More than one in five foreign workers in Australia on a 457 visa are not being paid properly or doing the job they were hired to do, according to the latest audit by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
When will the federal government acknowledge that the ideology behind their proposed budgetary measures are deeply unfair and unpopular? ("Uni reforms in turmoil", December 3)? It's just as well we have a Senate to bring some commonsense and humanity to the table.
Is this what happened when Christopher Pyne texted Glenn Lazarus to try and win his support for the higher education bill?
Two controversial speakers who were scheduled to speak at an event titled the Islamic Motivations Conference in Perth next month have had their applications for visas denied.
Reservoir levels are plunging in the northern regions of the Murray Darling Basin following a string of record-breaking heatwaves and poor spring rains, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Can a coffee seller trademark the Italian words for "gold" and "five stars"? That was the question at the centre of a long-brewing legal battle between the vendor of Vittoria coffee and the importer of rival brand Molinari.
A Sydney high school student who liked bodybuilding, rugby league and doing his homework has become the latest Australian believed to be fighting for Islamic State.
It has taken almost a decade for authorities to agree open standard operating procedures for the highly secretive Preventative Detention Orders.
Almost 30 religious leaders have united to plead with the ABC board to avoid planned cuts to the national broadcaster's coverage of religion, which they say is "crucial in the life of our nation".
An alleged gunman arrested after a fatal shooting in Brunswick that lead to a five-hour stand-off with police may have been in the grip of drug-induced paranoia.
The Abbott government’s stance on global warming is likely come under renewed scrutiny.
A Sydney couple who were held at gunpoint in their suburban home after the husband's investment scheme collapsed have been urged to cast off their "cloak of secrecy" about the events surrounding the incident.
Cricket helmet sales have risen dramatically since the shock death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, and concerned mothers, girlfriends and wives are being credited for pressuring their loved ones to do the "right thing" and invest in appropriate protection.
The corporate watchdog has used the Australian interest rate-rigging scandal to repeat calls for tougher penalties for white-collar crime.
Hundreds of bikies gathered at Parliament House on Monday.
Career diplomat Paul Grigson has been appointed the new ambassador to Indonesia.
A world-leading CSIRO chemist who was tipped to win a Nobel prize has been made redundant.
Vehicle theft has spiked in the past year, with 66,216 cars broken into or stolen, 8500 more than over the previous period.
An outline of the impact of the economy and of policy decisions on the budget.
In brief, the first decade of the rise of emerging Asia was marvellous for Australia's miners, and wonderful for Western Australia, but the biggest beneficiary was the budget. China's surge led to a matching surge in commodity prices and an even bigger boom in tax revenues. That peaked ahead of the GFC. These are Canberra numbers, so they are four-year figures, but even allowing for that, the pre-GFC budget boost was $80 billion in 2007-08.
Australia’s young people have bold dreams for the future but many fear goals such as career success and financial independence might be out of reach, the country’s biggest youth study shows.Almost 14,000 youngsters aged 15-19 were asked about their hopes, aspirations and concerns as part of Mission Australia’s 2014 Youth Survey.
A dangerous goods report which is supposed to outline the potential risk to residents and businesses from hazardous chemicals being trucked through the middle of their suburb has been criticised as "flawed" and unrealistic.
Australia's economy will suffer and job opportunities will be lost if the country doesn't lift its mediocre performance in science and innovation to compete with other developed nations.
It was the second week of the official Victorian election campaign when Labor's "big red bus" pulled in to the driveway of a hospital in Melbourne's outer south-east. As the door swung open, Daniel Andrews emerged in the open-neck shirt, jeans and boots that became his pre-election trademark. His wife Cath was by his side, a permanent fixture in Labor's attempts to portray the Opposition Leader as something more than a just a politician: a family guy, a knockabout bloke, a man of the people.
Australians take pride in being a competitive nation. We relish our world-leading position in many fields of endeavour, but we are far from the podium in one important area.
A veteran ABC broadcaster, backed by a religious leader, has used his Sunday night program to denounce the effect of budget cuts to the national broadcaster’s coverage of religion.
Christmas retail sales will boost the Australian economy by an expected $7.1 billion this week, according to projections released by the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA).
Three thousand VEC personnel will be busly sorting through mountains of early votes and provisional and absentee ballots for counting on Monday morning.
Most newly engaged couples would loathe having their summer holiday crashed by schoolies.
When he was 9 years old, Josh McDonald was the first child to receive a kidney through the exchange program. Until the age of 7 he never ate food. He was fed at night from a tube because he only had one kidney working at 5 per cent function.
Mez Gallifuoco has hips that measure 102cm, like the average Australian woman according to the Bureau of Statistics. But depending on where she shops, the "perfect fit" can span three sizes.
Scientist sets challenge for year 7 girls.
Hundreds of thousands of passengers arriving on international flights are filling out new Ebola screening forms that no one is collecting, despite the Coalition's pledge to cut red tape if elected.
Six people have been charged with serious drug importation offences following a major police operation which has resulted in Australia's second largest drug seizure.
Australian teenagers are munching on magic mushrooms while celebrating Schoolies in Bali, despite warnings about the health effects and efforts by local police to criminalise and eradicate the hallucinogen drugs.
A distraught Michael Clarke delivered a touching tribute to Phillip Hughes, saying the Australian dressing room will never be the same without him.
Committee says Australia did not provide evidence of its compliance to the Convention Against Torture.
Institutional investor opposition to the sale of insurer Calliden is hardening, with mounting indications the bid by Steadfast may be in trouble less than two weeks before the shareholder vote on the proposal is to be held.
We are one of the safest countries in the world and yet one woman is killed every week due to family violence. It is a national disgrace and we should all be deeply ashamed.
The oldest ashram in Australia is the subject of a public hearing at the sex abuse royal commission starting on December 2. A former member tells of how he was seduced by its serenity, only to discover it was rotten at its core.
Margaret Tran, who saw early the less-savoury side of multiculturalism, has used that as a catalyst to become a student and community leader at a precociously young age.
Denis Napthine is embroiled in a new regional grants row after his government took just one day to approve a $300,000 grant upgrade a Warrnambool street where his former horse race partner is proposing the city's largest apartment complex.
For weeks Coalition strategists have been predicting a tightening of the polls. At times, it seemed like waiting for a drought to break.
When National Service was reintroduced 50 years ago, it proved to be a surprisingly popular but strangely contradictory political decision, writes Chris Sheedy.
The federal government would gain new powers to set out what it expects from the ABC, raising fears of political interference in the national broadcaster, under a recommendation of the confidential Lewis review.
Two Australians are dead and seven are injured after a crash between a van and a Fonterra tanker on State Highway 5 at Reporoa between Rotorua and Taupo.
Tasmania is a big net beneficiary of the Renewable Energy Target given the dominance of hydro and wind power in the state, according to a report by The Australia Institute.
Blind drunk at schoolies celebrations in Bali surely ranks among the worst times to get a tattoo.
Australia has but two mythical heroes; Victoria Cross winners and opening batsmen.
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