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Socceroos own up to horror defeat
Australia captain Lucas Neill lamented "silly mistakes" and poor execution after the Socceroos suffered a disastrous 4-0 loss to Germany in their World Cup Group D opener this morning.

Ashmore Reef blast medic gets honours award
An RAAF medical officer who treated 44 people after a fatal boat explosion is among the Northern Territorians honoured today as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Queen's Birthday top honours announced
A former politician, a public administrator and a scientist are among five people awarded Companions of the Order of Australia today.

NZ coroner investigates glacier death
A coronial investigation is under way in New Zealand after an Australian man slipped and died on the Franz Josef glacier.

Japanese space probe crashes to Earth
Japanese scientists say they have located the space capsule Hayabusa after a helicopter search over Woomera in north-west South Australia.