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Rudd to address New Zealand Parliament
June 15, 2010 at 2:17 PM


PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will address the New Zealand Parliament after his turn at the G20 in Toronto.
 

Dad jailed over sex with daughter, 11
June 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM


A 33-year-old single father of four has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years imprisonment for having sex with his 11-year-old daughter.
 

Audio signals plane was losing height
June 15, 2010 at 2:05 PM


THE light plane that crashed in a Sydney street was losing height as the pilot searched for a safe place to land.
 

Low rates increase household debt - RBA
June 15, 2010 at 1:56 PM


FINANCIAL deregulation and structural declines in the cash rate have lead to increased household indebtedness, the Reserve Bank says.
 

Dad jailed over sex with daughter, 11
June 15, 2010 at 1:50 PM


A 33-year-old single father of four has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years imprisonment for having sex with his 11-year-old daughter.
 

Cops get new power to fine
June 15, 2010 at 1:46 PM


POLICE statewide will be given the power to issue on the spot fines for public nuisance offences.
 

Small leak at nuclear plant - report
June 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM


A NUCLEAR plant in China's southern Guangdong province has recorded a small leak.
 

Two held with weapons at US Defence base
June 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM


THE US military says two heavily-armed people are in custody after trying to enter MacDill Air Force Base in the US.
 

Man charged with Sydney stabbing murder
June 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM


THREE weeks after the death of a man who was stabbed repeatedly, police have charged a man with his murder.
 

Girl, 2, chokes to death at dental clinic
June 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM


POLICE are investigating after a two-year-old girl choked to death on dental cotton as she was treated by a dentist.
 

Air Tahiti postpones Australian flights
June 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM


A STRIKE by government workers at Tahiti's international airport has grounded flights to and from Australia.
 

Mining tax should be lower - economist
June 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM


A MINING tax with a lower rate will allow Australia to compete on a level playing field against other mining countries, an economist says.
 

Woman stabbed by bag-snatcher
June 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM


A WOMAN was stabbed several times while fending off a would-be bag snatcher in Melbourne's west this morning.
 

TV producers 'were relying on Abby dying'
June 15, 2010 at 11:19 AM


ABBY Sunderland's dad says he cut ties with TV show producers after he felt they assumed she was going to die.
 

White rice linked to higher diabetes risk
June 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM


A US-based study today linked eating white rice to higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, while brown rice was healthier.
 

Ted Kennedy was 'death threat magnet'
June 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM


FOR decades after gunmen shot down his brothers, Senator Edward Kennedy lived under constant assassination threats.
 

Steady start for share market at open
June 15, 2010 at 10:39 AM


THE share market opened slightly higher today as investors considered a mixed lead from overseas markets.
 

Cheap drug may save 100,000 lives a year
June 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM


A CHEAP, easy-to-use blood-clotting drug could save up to 100,000 lives each year from road accidents and violence.
 

Jerusalem gets its first 'beach'
June 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM


DESPITE being 60km from the coast, Jerusalem is about to get its first beach.
 

Woman, 74, 'poured mayo in library chute'
June 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM


POLICE think they might have solved a year-long condiment crime spree involving mayo, corn syrup and ketchup.
 

BP shares plunge more than 9pc
June 15, 2010 at 8:36 AM


BP shares plunged more than 9 per cent overnight as investors fretted over the spiralling cost of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis and the future of the group's shareholder dividend.
 

Two dead as small plane crashes in Sydney
June 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM


TWO people died when a light plane crashed into a property at Canley Vale in south-western Sydney this morning.
 

Third LNP member quits 'divided' party
June 15, 2010 at 8:27 AM


A THIRD member of Queensland's opposition Liberal National Party has quit, saying she has no faith in its vision.
 

'Don't pull the plug on me' - Gary Coleman
June 15, 2010 at 8:24 AM


LEGAL documents uncovered today show the late actor, Gary Coleman, specifically requested he not be taken off life support.
 

Amputees' anger as hospital destroys limbs
June 15, 2010 at 8:19 AM


TWO men who had their legs surgically removed said they should have had the right to keep their amputated limbs at home.
 

Woman killed 'for casting wrong vote'
June 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM


AN Indian woman was allegedly murdered by her husband after she refused to cast a vote for his preferred election candidate.
 

Girl, 5, dead in rubbish bag, uncle held
June 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM


A GIRL, 5, was found dead in a garbage bag inside a bedroom closet at her home as her uncle was arrested.
 

Man held for throwing kitten off balcony
June 15, 2010 at 8:03 AM


POLICE say they arrested a man over the weekend after he reportedly threw a kitten off his second-story balcony.
 

Network deals out more Breaking Bad
June 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM


AMC said today it has ordered a fourth season of the Emmy-winning drama Breaking Bad.
 

Weekend euro rally gives dollar a boost
June 15, 2010 at 7:54 AM


THE dollar opened more than 1c higher after a weekend rally, although it dipped slightly after Greece's credit downgrade.
 

Boy, 5, calls 911 over murder-suicide
June 15, 2010 at 6:09 AM


A FIVE-year-old boy has called 911 in the US, saying his "mommy and daddy were dead".
 

Ready to propose? There's an app for that
June 15, 2010 at 5:40 AM


TIFFANY launches iPhone app to help would-be grooms find the perfect engagement ring.
 

US finds mineral riches in Afghanistan
June 15, 2010 at 4:55 AM


A US survey has uncovered at least one trillion dollars worth of mineral deposits in Afghanistan but there are doubts as to how the war-torn and graft-prone country can manage the windfall.
 

Arkansas flood toll rises to 20
June 15, 2010 at 4:49 AM


FLASH floods have swept through Oklahoma City, trapping people in cars and closing sections of major highways, as the death toll from last week's floods in neighbouring Arkansas rose to 20.
 

Toppled president's son arrested in UK
June 15, 2010 at 4:32 AM


THE son of toppled Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been arrested in Britain on an Interpol warrant, Kyrgyz officials said.
 

Sunday school teacher jailed over killing
June 15, 2010 at 4:05 AM


SUNDAY school teacher Melissa Huckaby was sentenced to life without parole toay for the kidnapping and murder of eight-year-old Sandra Cantu in Tracy, California.
 

Ten policemen killed in Mexico ambush
June 15, 2010 at 3:56 AM


A GROUP of gunmen ambushed police in Mexico's crime-infested western state of Michoacan, killing 10 officers and wounding several others, authorities said today.
 

House price growth to slow says expert
June 15, 2010 at 3:53 AM


A LEADING economic forecaster says rising interest rates and weaker first home buyer activity will lead to slower house price growth in 2010.
 

Kyrgyzstan clashes appear 'orchestrated'
June 15, 2010 at 3:13 AM


THE UN human rights chief has urged Kyrgyz authorities to act firmly to end clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan which appeared to be "orchestrated, targeted and well planned."
 

Singapore, Thailand on trafficking list
June 15, 2010 at 3:11 AM


THE United States today put allies Singapore and Thailand as well as Vietnam on a human trafficking watch list, accusing them of failing to prevent women from being forced into prostitution.
 

Barcelona plans ban on Islamic veil
June 15, 2010 at 2:31 AM


BARCELONA plans to be the first large city in Spain to ban the use of the full-face Islamic veil in public buildings, its mayor says.
 

Teenagers targeted in city CBD robbery
June 15, 2010 at 2:26 AM


TWO teenagers were robbed by five men at knifepoint in central Melbourne last night.
 

FIFA's Blatter rules out vuvuzela red card
June 15, 2010 at 2:23 AM


WORLD Cup organisers today ruled out a ban on the vuvuzela horns that have been driving some players and broadcasters mad, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter defending the instrument on Twitter.
 

Man jailed for killing pregnant sister
June 15, 2010 at 12:49 AM


A JORDANIAN man was condemned to death yesterday for killing his sister after he learned that she had become pregnant outside wedlock, but the sentence was later commuted to 10 years in jail.
 

New York couple stage own kidnapping
June 15, 2010 at 12:19 AM


A LONG Island couple was arrested for staging their own kidnapping in order to obtain money from a parent.
 

Darwin Australia's most sustainable city
June 15, 2010 at 12:16 AM


DARWIN has been ranked the country's most sustainable city in a new index created by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).
 

UK gunman's family mourn slain twin
June 15, 2010 at 12:13 AM


THE family of gunman Derrick Bird united in grief at the funeral of his twin brother, David, today - two weeks after the Cumbria, northern England gun rampage.
 

Mandela death crash driver to face court
June 14, 2010 at 11:44 PM


THE driver in the car crash that killed ex-South African president Nelson Mandela's great granddaughter will appear in court only after the World Cup finishes, prosecutors said today.
 

Mummified man found in Finnish chimney
June 14, 2010 at 10:57 PM


THE mummified body of a man thought to have died 20 years ago was found in the chimney of a Finnish industrial building while it was being demolished.
 

Endangered tiger found in man's freezer
June 14, 2010 at 10:55 PM


A TIGER, several turtles, a monkey and the remains of a chimpanzee have been discovered in a UK household freezer.
 

Israel ready to ease Gaza blockade - Blair
June 14, 2010 at 10:49 PM


ISRAEL agreed in principle to greatly ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip, allowing in everyday goods while ensuring arms and military material stay out, Middle East envoy Tony Blair said tonight.
 

Man Tasered in confrontation with police
June 14, 2010 at 10:24 PM


A MAN threatening self-harm with a knife has been Tasered by police in Melbourne's inner north.
 

Body found after walking tragedy
June 14, 2010 at 10:01 PM


THE body of a man has been pulled from the sea south of Wollongong after he was reported missing by friends.
 

Airport staff save 300 smuggled tortoises
June 14, 2010 at 9:38 PM


TORTOISES may move slowly, but even a little movement can be a lifesaver.
 

Cancer drug derived from rainforest
June 14, 2010 at 9:35 PM


A POTENTIAL cancer drug developed from an Australian rainforest plant is set to progress to human trials after fighting off inoperable tumors in pets, the company behind it said today.
 

Girl, 5, found dead in garbage bag
June 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM


A FIVE-year-old girl has been found dead in a garbage bag inside a wardrobe at her Los Angeles home.
 

Aussie may wait three more days in jail
June 14, 2010 at 8:39 PM


THAI judge has given police three more days to investigate an Australian man detained nearly a month for allegedly violating an emergency decree during bloody anti-government protests.
 

Johansson, Zeta-Jones win stage gongs
June 14, 2010 at 8:16 PM


HOLLYWOOD actors Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Denzel Washington have walked away with awards at the 2010 Tony Awards.
 

Four long weekend deaths on Qld roads
June 14, 2010 at 8:10 PM


A MOTORCYCLIST has died after his bike and a car crashed in Toowoomba, bringing the Queensland long weekend road toll to four.
 

'Help catch my son's killer,' dad pleads
June 14, 2010 at 8:08 PM


A DARWIN father has pleaded for the public's help to catch an arsonist he blames for "murdering" his eight-year-old son in a unit fire.
 
 

Ex-PM's wife writes tell-all memoir
June 14, 2010 at 8:02 PM


THE wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is writing a behind-the-scenes memoir about life in 10 Downing St.
 

Pilot OK after plane overshoots runway
June 14, 2010 at 7:14 PM


A LIGHT plane has crashed through fences and skidded to a halt in a paddock in sight of one of Melbourne's busiest tollways.
 

Caution urged over new cancer treatment
June 14, 2010 at 6:51 PM


THE Cancer Council has sounded a cautionary note after an Australian company said it has developed a treatment that may be able to shrink inoperable tumours.
 

Baby on board in P-plater's boozy prang
June 14, 2010 at 6:35 PM


A BOOZY, disqualified P-plater with her baby in the back seat smashed into a garbage bin and a traffic sign after losing control of her car on the NSW Central Coast.
 

Probe after 28 endangered rhinos killed
June 14, 2010 at 6:27 PM


NEPAL'S government is investigating the poaching of rhinos in the Himalayan nation after 28 of the endangered animals were killed over the past 11 months.
 

$60k prize for bisexual love triangle tale
June 14, 2010 at 6:15 PM


A 21-year-old French-Canadian filmmaker has taken out the major prize at the Sydney Film Festival for his bisexual love triangle tale of two friends competing for the attention of a shared crush.
 

BP executives could face 15 years' jail
June 14, 2010 at 6:06 PM


BP executives could face up to 15 years in jail for their role in the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, legal experts say.
 

Four in hospital after head-on
June 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM


A 12-year-old girl with internal injuries was one of four people trapped in the wreckage of a crash in Sydney's south.
 

Protesters rally to support Israel
June 14, 2010 at 5:52 PM


MORE than a thousand people have gathered at a park in Sydney to voice their support for Israel and the country's "fight against terrorism".
 

Abbott leading Rudd, on eBay
June 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM


TONY Abbott is neck and neck with Kevin Rudd in the opinion polls but he's opened up a clear lead in the popularity stakes on eBay.
 

Market to open higher after long weekend
June 14, 2010 at 5:43 PM


THE share market is expected to open firmly in the black tomorrow when the local bourse reopens after the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
 
 

Police search students' mobiles for porn
June 14, 2010 at 5:24 PM


INDONESIAN police have raided high schools and checked students' mobile phones for celebrity porn clips downloaded from the Internet.