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Australian teacher shot dead in Kenya had 'feared for her life'

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The lawyer of Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina, who was shot dead in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, says his client feared for her life after alleged stalking by her estranged husband.

Australia split into digital haves and have-nots by NBN rollout lottery

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The troubled rollout of the National Broadband Network is creating a digital divide across Australia, with some households saddled with older technology such as copper phone wire and pay TV cables, and unable to access the high speeds they…

Here's the new monster from Stranger Things that'll haunt your dreams


Stranger Things season two drops on Friday. Get caught up before we all head back to the Upside Down.

Indigenous Wallabies jumper a nice touch, but match it with real action

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A Wallabies win over the All Blacks and an Indigenous-themed jersey are a top combination. But sport has to go beyond feel-good gestures when it comes to helping Indigenous communities, writes Richard Hinds.

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'It's hit home': Search for bodies of missing fishermen continues


Queensland police shift the focus of the search for four men missing after their fishing trawler sank off the central Queensland coast, moving further along the coastline and using sonar equipment.


The case for an east coast gas reservation policy

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When it comes to gas policy, regulation is needed to save us from ourselves. Think about that the next time you check that outrageous gas bill stuck to the fridge, writes Ian Verrender.

Three reasons you should be worried about North Korea — and one reason you shouldn't

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With the current climate of military threats emanating from the Trump administration, should we be worried? The answer is complicated.

'Will you stay with the Socceroos?' Postecoglou shrugs off Australian football's big question

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Will he stay or will he go? Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has shown he has no intention of clearing the air on the biggest question in Australian football right now, simply shrugging when asked if he will stick around in a one-on-one…


How unintended design biases make our tech toxic


Whether it is photo recognition software taking on a racist bent or wise-cracking AI phone assistants being hopeless on the topics of suicide or domestic abuse, the tech industry has a few bias issues that keep cropping up.


NBN trials cheaper technology to reduce digital divide

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The National Broadband Network Company is trialling cheaper and less intrusive technology to take fibre to the driveway of homes, in a bid to divert criticism the mixed rollout is creating a digital divide in Australia.


Australia's strategic concerns over Beijing's trillion-dollar 'new Silk Road'

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China's controversial push to dominate global trade is being resisted by senior national security figures, who warned the Government of "negative strategic consequences" if Australia signed up.


Sport is in transition whether you like it or not

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Sport is in a bind — professing inclusivity, often practicing the opposite. The challenge is to replace the outdated model of deciding "who can play" with one that enables "sport for all", writes Tracey Holmes.

Tiger shark stalks stranded diver during 7.5km swim to safety

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When experienced diver John Craig found himself alone in deep water more than seven kilometres off the WA coast — and with a four-metre tiger shark circling him — he thought those moments might be his last.


'Tsunami' of homeless older women something 'we should have seen coming'

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A homelessness expert says real solutions, like converting old office blocks into temporary accommodation, could reduce the number of older women facing housing stress.

Will the JFK files put the conspiracy theories to bed?


The assassination of President John F Kennedy has stirred conspiracy theories for decades, and all eyes will be on whether new files shed any light on them.


Brazilian design meets Aboriginal art for National Gallery of Victoria's first international Triennial


A huge embroidered dome sculpture is the result of a collaboration between Brazilian designers and Aboriginal artists from Central Australia, and will welcome visitors to the NGV's first international Triennial of contemporary art and…


Will Madrid's tactics drive Catalans to the pro-independence movement?


Does invoking a previously unused article of a constitution truly derail the push for Catalonian independence, or does it play into the hands of a movement that may have needed some momentum, asks Europe correspondent James Glenday.

Wife tells of bushwalk trip the day before husband goes missing

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The wife of missing bushwalker Bruce Fairfax posts a heartfelt goodbye and memories of their trek the day before he disappeared, as friends and colleagues of the former teacher share their memories of him.


Australian teacher 'must have been kneeling' when shot dead

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The lawyer of Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina, who was shot dead in Kenya last week, claims the angle of the bullet wound and marks on her skin suggests the killing may have been targeted.

Kindy shut down over mouldy mattresses, smacking of special needs child

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Authorities temporarily shut down a north Queensland kindergarten following a string of breaches including mouldy mattresses, dangerous play areas and a failure to properly report the smacking of a special needs child.

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Hit-and-run suspect shot dead by police 'had gun and was threatening woman'

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A man who was wanted over a hit-and-run involving a police officer had a gun and was threatening a woman in an Adelaide motel room when he was shot dead by police.

Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies break two-year hoodoo with win over All Blacks

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The Wallabies get it done, beating the All Blacks 23-18 for their first win over their rivals since August 2015.

'It changed us all': $6 million reward offered to catch serial killer

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The loved ones of six women speak of their anguish, as Victoria Police offer an unprecedented $6 million worth of rewards to help find a 1980s Melbourne serial killer.

What would the Queen do? The very British problem of politeness


A British thinktank says the country renowned for its tradition of good manners might in fact be losing them. It wants a new 'civility code' — but is it just old-fashioned thinking?

Friday, Oct 20

'Heartbreaking' surrogacy laws leave 6mo twins in legal limbo

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Six-month-old twins Adeline and Savannah were born through commercial surrogacy in the United States, meaning they are legally parentless in Australia.

Sunken fishing trawler found by searchers off Queensland coast

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Police say they have found the commercial fishing trawler Dianne in which six men are believed to have drowned when it sank in heavy seas on Monday night.

'Screaming and chaos': Man charged with murder over shooting at Melbourne tyre business

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Police charge a 40-year-old Hillside man with murder and attempted murder over a shooting outside a Melbourne tyre business that left one man dead and another in hospital.

Victoria's euthanasia bill passes in Lower House after marathon sitting

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Victoria's controversial voluntary euthanasia legislation wins approval in the state's Lower House after a 26-hour debate, meaning lethal drugs will be available to terminally ill patients if the Upper House also passes the bill.

Thursday, Oct 19

'Much-loved' Australian teacher shot dead in Nairobi

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Witnesses say Gabrielle Maina was attacked by armed men while she walked along a road in a suburb of the Kenyan capital. Ms Maina, from NSW, had been living in the country for two years.

Last vehicle rolls off production line as Holden closure marks the end of an era

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The Holden production line in northern Adelaide shuts down for the last time, falling silent after 69 years amid calls to "celebrate, not commiserate" over the end of Australia's car-making industry.

Incoming NZ PM owes a debt to her kingmaker, and he won't let her forget it

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In just three months, Jacinda Ardern has taken NZ Labour from an unwinnable election position to the throne of government, in the process, becoming the country's youngest prime minister since the 1800s. But for that, she owes a great debt…

Jacinda Ardern is kingmaker's choice to become New Zealand PM

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Jacinda Ardern will become the country's third female prime minister, after New Zealand First leader Winston Peters throws his support behind Labour to form a coalition government, ending nearly a decade of National rule.

Wednesday, Oct 18

Anatomy of a market crash: A brief history of irrational behaviour


A stock market can crash in a single day, but the lead-up is gradual. There is no trigger point for a market crash, but debt is the root cause. It is also the solution, writes Ian Verrender.

You decide: Would you remove these children from their families?

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Can you make the impossible choice that Australian social workers make every day — whether a child should be taken away from her parents for safety reasons.

Trump says congresswoman 'totally fabricated' comments to soldier's widow

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US President Donald Trump says he has proof he didn't tell a war widow on her way to meet her husband's casket that the soldier "knew what he signed up for".

Crown Casino 'tampered with poker machines', former staff allege

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Gaming authorities vow to investigate explosive claims tabled in Parliament that Melbourne's casino altered pokies to get around regulations and reduce returns to players, which Crown denies.