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Poor nations accused of whaling bribes
June 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM


IMPOVERISHED Pacific nations the Marshall Islands and Kiribati have denied taking bribes from Japan in return for supporting whaling.
 

Man 'wanted to kill victims in rampage'
June 17, 2010 at 3:37 PM


A MAN accused of carrying out a string of attacks across western Sydney allegedly told police he wanted to kill his victims, including two schoolgirls.
 

Broadband plan leads the world - expert
June 17, 2010 at 3:28 PM


THE Federal Government's $43 billion high-speed broadband plan has Australia leading the world in terms of strategies for the deployment of national infrastructure, a telecommunications expert says.
 

Town farewells brave Digger
June 17, 2010 at 3:02 PM


THE young fiancee of fallen soldier Jacob ``Snowy'' Moerland has broken down at his funeral as she read a love letter he penned to her from Afghanistan.
 

Fiancee mourns fallen Digger
June 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM


THE young fiancee of fallen soldier Jacob "Snowy" Moerland has broken down at his funeral as she read a love letter.
 

Patel jury told to ignore media storm
June 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM


THE jury in the manslaughter trial of surgeon Jayant Patel was today asked to ignore the frenzied media storm which had swirled around him for years.
 

'They'd rather watch paint dry'
June 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM


A WEB video channel the Government says is helping to deter asylum seekers isn't exactly blitzing YouTube, with just over 2000 hits in six weeks.
 

Father denies killing sons in dam
June 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM


A VICTORIAN father has denied in court that he deliberately drove his car into a dam to kill his three sons.
 

MP's inappropriate comments caught on tape
June 17, 2010 at 2:06 PM


A SCOTTISH politician quits after being heard saying a woman in the audience was "very attractive" with "that Filipino look".
 

Banksy artwork stolen from meter box
June 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM


THIEVES have made off with a work by Banksy that had been painted on the door of a meter box outside a home.
 

Sultan of Brunei divorces third wife
June 17, 2010 at 1:10 PM


THE sultan of Brunei has divorced his third wife and stripped her of all royal titles after five years of marriage.
 

'Female Viagra' falls short
June 17, 2010 at 1:00 PM


A PINK pill designed to boost sex drive in women fell short in two studies, US federal health regulators said today.
 

Paid parental leave scheme passes Senate
June 17, 2010 at 12:54 PM


THE Federal Government's paid parental leave scheme has passed the Senate.
 

Drunk men covered in mud found in woods
June 17, 2010 at 12:51 PM


POLICE say two men attended a church festival and wound up in the woods drunk, naked and covered in mud.
 

Shares down as miners fall
June 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM


SHARES were down slightly at noon, as the big miners fell, and the market consolidated gains that took it to a one month high.
 

Dollar down on profit taking
June 17, 2010 at 12:40 PM


THE dollar was lower at noon as investors continued to take profits while the euro lost more ground.
 

Bikies' airport brawl sentence backdated
June 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM


A WOULD-BE Comanchero will be immediately released on parole after receiving a minimum nine-month jail term for his role in a fatal bikie brawl at Sydney Airport.
 

Woman killed by falling tree
June 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM


A WOMAN has been killed by a falling tree northeast of Melbourne as a wild storm swept through parts of Victoria.
 

Storm brings down power lines
June 17, 2010 at 12:11 PM


GALE force winds reaching up to 140km/h have caused havoc with power lines in Victoria's central and southwest districts.
 

Aussie scientists make lung disease find
June 17, 2010 at 11:55 AM


AN Australian research team has discovered a type of cell in human placentas that could be used to treat lung diseases.
 

Domestic ducks 'raping' Australian natives
June 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM


BIG, sexually-aggressive domestic ducks are "raping" Australia's native ducks and putting them at risk of extinction.
 

Cops' deadline to act on Palm Island death
June 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM


SIX officers involved in two police investigations into the death in custody of a Palm Island man may be punished.
 

Thieves ram-raid hobby shop for toy car
June 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM


A SHOPLIFTER has rammed a hobby shop worker with a car as he made a getaway with a remote control toy.
 

Boy, 13, charged twice in one night
June 17, 2010 at 9:45 AM


A 13-year-old Adelaide boy has been charged twice in one night for breaching bail and later over a car theft.
 

BP chairman: I care about small people
June 17, 2010 at 9:26 AM


THE "small people" of the US Gulf coast have a message for oil giant BP: They're tired of the company's big-time executives making insensitive comments.
 

Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart say 'I do'
June 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM


US actors Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart were married yesterday in a New Mexico ceremony.
 

Iceland to exhume chess champ Fischer
June 17, 2010 at 9:10 AM


A COURT rules chess legend Bobby Fischer's remains can be exhumed for a paternity test to settle a dispute over his estate.
 

A bulldozer joyride never ends well
June 17, 2010 at 8:54 AM


TWO young men who allegedly took a joyride through a heritage-listed park on earth-moving equipment have been charged.
 

American Pie star 'driving drunk with dog'
June 17, 2010 at 8:47 AM


CHRIS Klein arrested on suspicion of DUI today, for driving intoxicated with an animal in his car.
 

Chopper Read-signed meat cleavers for sale
June 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM


LARGE knives signed by notorious Australian criminal Mark "Chopper" Read were put up for sale on eBay.
 

Dollar opens lower on BP victims fund
June 17, 2010 at 7:36 AM


THE dollar opened lower as risk aversion returned after BP agreed to place $US20 billion ($23.09 billion) into an oil spill victims fund.
 

Apple posts record iPhone 4 orders
June 17, 2010 at 7:28 AM


Apple said overnight that it and its phone company partners took orders for more than 600,000 iPhone 4s in one day, the highest number it's ever seen, despite widespread problems getting orders through overwhelmed computer systems.
 

Victorians spared severe weather
June 17, 2010 at 7:27 AM


VICTORIANS have been spared the worst of damaging winds forecast to ravage the state overnight, with less than 100 calls for assistance relating to fallen trees.
 

Oprah gives staffers iPads, cash
June 17, 2010 at 7:04 AM


STAFFERS at Oprah Winfrey's O magazine got an extra $US10,000 in their pockets this week.
 

Plane slides off runway; two injured
June 17, 2010 at 7:00 AM


TWO people were injured after a United Airlines plane, with 33 passengers and three crew members on board, slid off the runway at the Ottawa International Airport today.
 

Woman accessed Obama loans record
June 17, 2010 at 6:39 AM


AN IOWA woman pleaded guilty today to accessing President Barack Obama's student loan records without permission.
 

Wall St closes flat
June 17, 2010 at 6:31 AM


US stocks ended a choppy day little changed after BP agreed to put $US20 billion ($23.09 billion) into a fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill.
 

'Boom box' bomb scare shuts highway
June 17, 2010 at 6:26 AM


A SUSPICIOUS box with the word "BOOM" on it forced police in Oklahoma today to shut down a busy highway.
 

Man charged over takeaway bashings
June 17, 2010 at 6:21 AM


THE assault and robbery of two Sydney takeaway drivers, including one elderly victim, has led to the arrest of a young man and the continued search for two others.
 

Man burned black church in Obama protest
June 17, 2010 at 6:14 AM


A MASSACHUSETTS man pleaded guilty today to burning down a black church in November 2008 to protest the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American US president.
 

Ex-judge charged with wife's murder
June 17, 2010 at 4:56 AM


A RETIRED Quebec judge has been arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, who was partially paralysed after suffering a stroke, officials said today.
 

Canadian troops 'operated drug ring'
June 17, 2010 at 4:54 AM


MILITARY police said today they arrested and charged a dozen Canadian soldiers with operating what appears to have been a narcotics distribution ring from a military base in western Canada.
 

US stocks drop on economic data worries
June 17, 2010 at 4:51 AM


US stocks opened lower overnight as economic data and renewed Europe debt worries rattled investor hopes for global recovery.
 

European stocks rise
June 17, 2010 at 4:49 AM


EUROPEAN stock exchanges gained ground overnight, with the London FTSE 100 index adding 0.39 per cent to close at 5237.92 points.
 

BP creates $23bn oil spill fund
June 17, 2010 at 4:47 AM


BP today agreed to pay $US20 billion ($23 billion) into an independently run fund to meet the spiralling costs of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, bowing to tough demands from President Barack Obama.
 

Live theatre bigger than football
June 17, 2010 at 4:40 AM


AUSTRALIA'S live performance industry generated revenues of almost $2 billion in 2008, making it bigger than the football codes, horse racing and film and video production.
 

Ex-judge Kirby wins US rights award
June 17, 2010 at 4:38 AM


FORMER High Court judge Michael Kirby has won a US award in recognition of his extended career championing the rights of the oppressed in Australia and overseas.
 

Elective surgery queues getting shorter
June 17, 2010 at 4:35 AM


MORE people are going to hospital but waiting queues for elective procedures are getting shorter, new figures reveal.
 

Man struck by car as thieves flee
June 17, 2010 at 4:29 AM


A MAN was struck by a car driven by one of two thieves who stole a remote control car from his Melbourne shop.
 

SES crew 'nabs car thieves'
June 17, 2010 at 4:22 AM


AN ill wind blew for two alleged teenage car thieves when State Emergency Service volunteers called out to clear a fallen tree stopped them in their tracks overnight.
 

Dutch outraged over beer babe arrests
June 17, 2010 at 1:55 AM


DUTCH Government blasts South Africa for charging organisers of "ambush marketing" stunt.
 

Man in hospital after being shot in leg
June 17, 2010 at 1:43 AM


POLICE are hunting for a man after another man was shot in the leg during an argument in Sydney's south west.
 

Man critically injured in ladder fall
June 17, 2010 at 1:37 AM


A MAN has been critically injured falling off a ladder while preparing for wild weather expected in Victoria.
 

BP must be told extent of liabilities - PM
June 17, 2010 at 12:45 AM


ENERGY giant BP must be given "certainty" about its liabilities from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
 

Man electrocutes niece and her lover
June 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM


AN Indian man suspected of electrocuting his niece and her boyfriend has no regrets over their honour killings.
 

Dutch outraged over beer babe arrests
June 17, 2010 at 12:07 AM


DUTCH Government blasts South Africa for charging organisers of "ambush marketing" stunt.
 

Flash floods leave 15 dead in France
June 16, 2010 at 10:25 PM


AT least 15 people died in southern France and several more were missing after torrential rains triggered flash floods.
 

Australian sailor feared drowned in Tonga
June 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM


A ROYAL Australian navy sailor has gone missing presumed drowned while swimming at a beach in Tonga.
 

Romeo driver hijacks bus to see mistress
June 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM


A BUS driver allegedly stole a brand new $700,000 coach in a desperate bid to visit his girlfriend.
 

Woman kills two in shooting rampage
June 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM


POLICE on Long Island arrested a Nassau County corrections officer who they claim went on a shooting rampage early today, shooting three people and killing two.
 

Family asks court to declare Mladic dead
June 16, 2010 at 9:24 PM


THE family of Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic asked a Serbian court today to declare him officially dead - a move authorities said was designed to undermine the efforts to catch him.
 

Australian sailor believed drowned
June 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM


AN Australian Navy sailor has gone missing while swimming at a beach in Tonga.
 

BP refinery worker killed in accident
June 16, 2010 at 8:58 PM


A CONSTRUCTION worker has died when a concrete construction pole struck him at a BP refinery.
 

Dame lets rip over 'bloody p---poor' BP
June 16, 2010 at 8:40 PM


AS US President Barack Obama prepares to confront BP executives over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, British icon Dame Helen Mirren already made clear her feelings on the subject.
 

Refugee buys surfing lesson with Abbott
June 16, 2010 at 7:59 PM


TONY Abbott might be hoping to ride the wave of public opinion on boat arrivals all the way to the election - but now he's set to ride a real wave with a refugee.
 

Chameleon 'smuggler' comes and goes
June 16, 2010 at 7:41 PM


SECURITY officers at Cairo's international airport have stopped an Egyptian man trying to smuggle eight live foxes and 50 chameleons out of the country.
 

Possible murder victim 'dead for days'
June 16, 2010 at 7:15 PM


AN elderly woman may have been killed in her New Farm home days before the body was discovered.
 

Blast kills 7 Chinese factory workers
June 16, 2010 at 6:38 PM


AN EXPLOSION at a northern Chinese factory dormitory blamed on illegal explosives killed seven workers and injured one, the state news agency reported today.
 

Origin fans surge to Suncorp
June 16, 2010 at 6:31 PM


FROM Milton Road to Roma Street, a tide of rugby league fans thirsty for Origin glory is flowing steadily towards Brisbane's Suncorp stadium.
 

Abbott's 'personal beliefs' affecting policy
June 16, 2010 at 6:20 PM


FEDERAL Health Minister Nicola Roxon has launched an attack on Tony Abbott and his religion, accusing the opposition leader of letting his "personal beliefs" in Catholicism affect policy formulation.
 

Obama 'badly' wants to visit Australia
June 16, 2010 at 6:09 PM


AUSTRALIANS should not take offence that US President Barack Obama has twice cancelled trips Down Under, the American ambassador says.
 

Hilton denies posting Cyrus picture
June 16, 2010 at 6:00 PM


PEREZ Hilton has posted a video on his website denying rumours that he has published an explicit picture of Miley Cyrus, saying he is "not that stupid".
 

Desal plant in trouble over toxic soil
June 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM


VICTORIA'S environmental watchdog has rebuked the company building the state's $3.5 billion desalination plant for not safely managing potentially toxic soils.
 

Police chase injures two schoolgirls
June 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM


TWO schoolgirls have been hit by a car during a police pursuit in western Sydney and one has suffered serious spinal and head injuries.
 

France raises retirement age
June 16, 2010 at 5:13 PM


The French government will raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, Labor Minister Eric Woerth announced today as he unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the pensions system.
 

Raze heritage houses - National Trust
June 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM


A PROMINENT National Trust member says inner-city heritage houses should be razed and replaced with Singapore-style high rises.
 

Buying fake Viagra online 'risky'
June 16, 2010 at 4:49 PM


AUSSIE men who bypass doctors and buy drugs online for erectile dysfunction risk poisoning themselves, a leading urologist has warned.
 

Small miners lift shares into black
June 16, 2010 at 4:42 PM


THE share market closed firmly in the black as investor concern about the proposed tax regime on miners took a back seat for the day.
 

Fake doctor sent to jail
June 16, 2010 at 4:37 PM


AN "overachieving" man who was not a qualified doctor but treated up to 400 patients at Alice Springs Hospital will spend at least 14 months in jail.
 

Racism warning ahead of Origin game
June 16, 2010 at 4:30 PM


RACIST or ignorant behaviour in sport must not be tolerated, Aboriginal leader Tom Calma says.
 

Australian soldier hurt in Afghanistan
June 16, 2010 at 4:24 PM


AN Australian soldier has been wounded in Afghanistan.
 

Flash floods kill 10 in France
June 16, 2010 at 4:18 PM


HEAVY rains triggered flash floods in the mountains above France's southern Cote d'Azur region, killing at least 10 people.