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Mexican stand-off over phrase 'Taco Tuesday' ignites debate over trademark rules

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A restaurant chain enforcing its claims to a common phrase prompts questions over whether companies should be able to trademark sayings that include days of the week.

'Bureaucratic bastardry': DVA secretly changed rules to deny veteran's claim

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The Department of Veterans' Affairs secretly deleted an incapacity policy to prevent an injured veteran claiming assistance — without telling the veteran or his lawyer.

The biggest cryptocurrencies are having a really bad year

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If you invested at the start of the year in one of these cryptocurrencies, chances are you would be poorer today.

Dreamworld operator didn't know emergency button was within reach

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Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids had already broken down twice the day a raft flipped, killing four people, and a young ride operator did not know about the emergency stop button, a coronial inquest on the Gold Coast is told.

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Family and community grieve after 6yo killed by reversing car on Queensland's Sunshine Coast


Indie Armstrong, the six-year-old girl killed when a car driven by an 86-year-old woman reversed into her family at a Sunshine Coast shopping centre, is remembered as a "precious little sweetheart", as the close-knit Nambour community…


'Sexist' tampon tax to stay despite Senate saying GST should not apply to sanitary products

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Removing the GST on tampons is a step closer but still unlikely after a Senate vote to scrap the tax on sanitary products.

'That's not a lot of money': Lucy Gichuhi slammed over comments about her $200,000 salary

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South Australian Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi is filmed saying her $200,000 salary is "not a lot money" in Australia. It follows questions over travel claims she made to fly two of her family members to Adelaide for a birthday party.


Safari tourist gets shock of his life after stroking wild lion through car window

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A reckless tourist is being heavily criticised online for petting the head of a lion through the window of a safari jeep in South Africa.

Burston joins new Palmer party minutes after saying he'd sit as an independent

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Clive Palmer is considering a return to federal politics and has announced One Nation defector Brian Burston will become his new party's Senate leader — and only sitting member.


Opinion: The threat to the ABC is not sale but more bullying


It has been described as virtue-signalling to the base. I think it is rather more serious. It will reinforce the anti-ABC sentiment of some in government ranks — which has reached absurd levels, writes Michelle Grattan.

World Cup fans in Mexico celebrating a goal set off earthquake sensors


Thousands of exuberant soccer fans celebrating a World Cup goal set off seismic detectors in Mexico City but this isn't the first time revellers have felt the earth move under their feet.


World Cup safe space shut down in 'political attack by authorities'


A prominent group that campaigns against racism and anti-gay abuse in sports is accusing Russian authorities of having it evicted from its premises on the eve of the World Cup, calling it a "political attack on human rights".

Opinion: Less product, more profit — why retail giants are shrinking our supermarkets


Australia's growing population may mean more customers, but it is also putting pressure on available real estate for retailers. As population density increases, mostly in urbanised areas, many retailers are shrinking to grow, write Louise…


Koepka wins the US Open golf title

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Defending champion Brooks Koepka wins the US Open golf championship at the Shinnecock Hills course in New York, carding a final round 68 to finish at 1-over-par, one shot ahead of Tommy Fleetwood.


Cocktail counterfeits: What you need to know about fake spirits on sale across Australia


An ABC investigation reveals an alcohol black market has infiltrated the shelves of liquor stores, where unsuspecting consumers pick up a bargain and drink the evidence.

'Lower than low': Eurydice Dixon memorial vandalised ahead of vigils


A public memorial for 22-year-old comedian Eurydice Dixon, who was killed in inner-city Melbourne last week, is vandalised as thousands prepare to hold park vigils across Australia.

Analysis: Has Telstra hit peak pessimism or has it got further to fall?


This week's strategy meeting gives Telstra a chance to arrest its tumbling fortunes and plug its $3bn revenue black hole caused by NBN's roll out, writes Stephen Letts.

'Gallant' performances from the Socceroos and Wallabies? Fetch me a bucket

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If you heard it once during Australia's weekend of "nice efforts" and "against the odds bravery", you heard it three times. But the "gallant" performances leave open the door to anguished second-guessing and imagining about what might have…

Putin's 'trail of breadcrumbs from Trump Tower': Spies issue warning to West


Vladimir Putin is playing a game of chess with the West and he's always thinking a few moves ahead, according to senior intelligence officials.


At least 22 injured in shooting at New Jersey arts festival, one suspect killed


Shooting breaks out at an all-night art festival in New Jersey, sending people stampeding from the scene and leaving one suspect dead and 20 people injured, authorities say.

Sunday, Jun 17

'Brave little girl' praised by police after 'horrific' alleged assault

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Police praise an 11-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted at a park in Newcastle last week, describing her as a "hero" who displayed "remarkable strength" and "bravery".

Enough with the glorious defeats, let's win some games now

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The Socceroos have become masters of the brave defeat at World Cups, but if they want to advance from the group stage for the first time in 12 years, they have used up their one and only brave-defeat card for this tournament, writes Dan…

This week, Trump showed us the potential for hope and disaster


In a week when he has insulted allies and praised a dictator, Donald Trump has revealed how he not only grasps this new world but how he intends to navigate it, writes Stan Grant.

Saturday, Jun 16

Wrong side of World Cup history: Australia feels wrath of VAR again

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Having endured a torrid run with the introduction of the video assistant referee in the A-League, it was almost inevitable that the first team to come on the wrong side of VAR at a World Cup would be Australia, writes James Maasdorp.

How the Aussies rated: The Socceroos' player ratings against France

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There were huge performances all over the pitch as Australia ran France close in their opening World Cup fixture. Here's how the Socceroos rated in their agonising 2-1 loss in Kazan.

Liberal members vote to privatise ABC and move embassy to Jerusalem


Julie Bishop and Mitch Fifield have been forced to pour cold water on motions passed at the Liberal Party's federal council, which insiders claim signify the "ascendancy of the conservatives" in the party.

Bartlett to make way for Waters' return to Senate

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Having resigned last year over her dual Canadian-Australian citizenship issues, former Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters is set to return to Federal Parliament when Andrew Bartlett steps aside in August.

Friday, Jun 15

Tom Rogic is Australia's World Cup wildcard — here's why

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He plays like someone from another era, another country. But Tom Rogic is the here and the now as the Socceroos shoot for a World Cup longshot.

‘Abused trust’: Manafort jailed over alleged witness tampering

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A federal judge sends Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after he was charged with witness tampering in the latest episode in a slow fall from grace for a man who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016.

The impossible double bind women face to stay safe


In the wake of yet another tragic loss of a woman's life, police predictably advised people to "stay safe" by engaging in a range of "protective" strategies. Women are sick of hearing it, writes Bianca Fileborn.

'We should not feel afraid': Women slam safety warnings after Dixon killing

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Warnings urging women to take responsibility for their safety after the killing of Eurydice Dixon spark criticism, as the Victorian Premier says the community must call out the "appalling attitudes" held by "many men".

Thursday, Jun 14

Tributes flow for 'remarkable' young comedian killed in Melbourne park

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Friends gather to remember aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon, whose body was found on a soccer field in Melbourne's inner north, as a "talented, remarkable" woman with a bright future in comedy.

Analysis: Whatever your sport of choice, the World Cup is above the code wars

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The World Cup is one of the rare occasions that transcends sporting taste. The Socceroos' opener against France clashes with the Wallabies, AFL, NRL and one-day international cricket tomorrow but if you aren't watching the action from…

New York files suit against Trump and his charity over alleged 'illegal conduct'

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New York's Attorney-General is suing US President Donald Trump, three of his children and his namesake foundation, alleging "persistently illegal conduct" at the nonprofit including support for Mr Trump's 2016 campaign.

Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout dramatically slashed on appeal

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Actress Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media is reduced from $4.5 million to just $600,000 by Victoria's Court of Appeal.

Wednesday, Jun 13

Man charged with rape and murder of comedian in Melbourne park

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A 19-year-old man from Broadmeadows appears in court charged with the rape and murder of aspiring Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon, whose body was found on a soccer field in the city's inner north.

Turnbull says actions of diggers who flew Nazi flag over Army vehicle 'completely unacceptable'

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The ABC has obtained a photo of Australian soldiers flying a Nazi flag from an Army vehicle while on operations in Afghanistan. The ADF has called the incident "abhorrent" and the PM says it is "absolutely wrong".

Analysis: Trump's America is tired of leadership


We never expected to see a North Korean leader sit down one-on-one as an equal with an American president. But Donald Trump is not a President who speaks of the global order. His mantra is America first, and it is a smaller America, writes…

Set your alarms: this is when the Socceroos are playing in Russia

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Everything you need to know about how to tune in and watch Australia play.