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'America's Dad' Bill Cosby convicted over drugging and molesting of a woman

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Bill Cosby is convicted on retrial of molesting Andrea Constand, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad.

Australian spy chief wants to keep ASIS records on Balibo under lock and key

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Australian intelligence operations that took place during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor should stay secret, the head of the country's overseas spy agency will argue today.

Analysis: Kim Jong-un is in it for the money at today's Korean peace talks

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Kim Jong-un's main motivation in the Peace House in the DMZ this morning will be to secure economic concessions and the easing of sanctions, writes Matthew Carney.

Bill Cosby's conviction is one of the greatest show business downfalls of all time

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From America's Dad to convictions on all three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting a young woman — Bill Cosby's downfall is complete, writes Conor Duffy.

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Pacific islands caught 'in crossfire between major powers' hope for peace at North Korea talks


As the world watches to see the outcome of today's talks between North and South Korea, tiny islands in the middle of the Pacific are hoping it will mean a stop to the constant threat of a nuclear attack. Guam, Hawaii and Palau will keep a…


How to kill a river system three times as salty as the sea


The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is six years in and Australian taxpayers have spent $8 billion on it so far — yet the internationally significant ecosystem at the end of the basin, the Coorong, is dying.

Analysis: Royal commission shows us why financial planning, in its current form, isn't worth the risk

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The scandalous revelations coming out of the royal commission have reinforced that financial planning, in its current form, isn't worth the risk, writes Andrew Robertson.


Are you working in one of the 80 jobs where women earn more than men?

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Female surfers earn more than men — making them one of just 80 occupations where that happens, Australia's latest tax statistics show.


Trump calls Fox and Friends, admits lawyer represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'

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US President Donald Trump offers a whirlwind of commentary about world events, admits to knowing about a payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels and praises rapper Kanye West in a wide-ranging phone interview on the Fox and Friends program.


Liquid paper and broken dreams: Homeowners brought to their knees over lending practices

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Jason Hannagan had to sell his family home and an investment property after a financial lender gave his family a loan they could not afford to repay.


SA cop's job was to catch drug dealers, but she was one herself


A former South Australian police officer is jailed for drug trafficking while she was a member of the force. The court heard she told an official it was a "victimless crime" because she was off-duty and only sold to fellow users.

Financial boss collapses at royal commission after being accused of lying

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Dover Financial Services sole owner Terry McMaster had been giving evidence to the commission for more than two hours when he began to experience problems.

'You will be sued': Melbourne cafe owner warns staff who claimed underpayment

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A Northcote cafe owner accused of underpaying staff by at least $4 an hour threatens legal action against those who complained "if the harassment continues", as the Fair Work Ombudsman confirms it is now investigating the claims.


'Why wouldn't you get the passengers off?': Judge questions police response to bomb threat


A judge asks police to explain why passengers on a flight from Melbourne were kept on the plane for more than an hour after it landed back on the tarmac when a passenger, who claimed he had a bomb, had already been subdued.

Opinion: Can the Trump-Macron bromance last?


Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron feigned plenty of mutual adoration during the French leader's state visit. But how long "le bromance" lasts is entirely up to the US President, writes Micki Maynard.


Clive Palmer seeks approval for 'monster mine' next door to Adani

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Clive Palmer applies for federal environmental approval for a new mine in the Galilee Basin, which documents suggest could produce 33 per cent more coal than Adani's controversial Carmichael mine.

Budget on track for surplus but vulnerable to tax cuts, economist says


The Turnbull Government's "remarkable discipline" in spending has it on track to achieve a budget surplus on schedule, but a leading analyst warns it could quickly evaporate in tax cuts.

'Unconscionable conduct': Ford tried to blame customers over faulty gearboxes

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The auto giant agrees to pay a record $10 million fine for unconscionable conduct after it failed to fix faulty gearboxes in more than 10,000 Australian cars and told some customers the problem was caused by their "driving style".


Hank Azaria 'willing to step aside' as voice of Apu on The Simpsons


The actor addressed accusations of racial stereotyping, and distanced himself from the show's controversial response to complaints, in an appearance on Stephen Colbert's Late Show.


Morrison tumbles from political high wire in tossing Medicare levy hike

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Dumping the argument for a Medicare levy increase a year after making it exposes the riskiness of using a family member to make the original case.

Thursday, Apr 26

Police officer set to plead not guilty to murder of Justine Damond Ruszczyk

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The US police officer accused of murdering Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk outside her Minneapolis home is likely to plead not guilty, according to court documents.

Wednesday, Apr 25

Medicare levy turnaround 'a win' for everyone, Morrison claims

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Australians will not face an increase in the Medicare levy, to help pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but both major parties insist the scheme will be fully funded.

These two common cancers are often detected in later stages

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For many people the shock of a cancer diagnosis can only be tempered by the phrase: "at least we caught it early". But new data shows this can't be said for many patients diagnosed with two of Australia's most common cancers — lung and…

Medicare levy increase ditched, creating $8 billion NDIS shortfall

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The Government blows an $8 billion hole in the NDIS by ditching its planned Medicare levy increase, in a move that could make it easier for the Coalition to explain the expected income tax cuts in this year's federal budget.

French PM pays emotional tribute to diggers sacrificed on the Western Front

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivered words so beautiful and evocative they forced a collective intake of breath as he opened the Sir John Monash Centre, writes Lisa Millar.

Tuesday, Apr 24

Messages of pride, love and sacrifice as Australia pauses to mark Anzac Day

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Hundreds of thousands of people gather around the nation as Australia pauses to mark the 103rd anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli and remember those who have been lost in war.

Both bereaved, both grieving — but these war widows got different support

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Bree Till and Gwen Cherne say they received different levels of support because of how their soldier husbands died. One was killed by an IED in Afghanistan, the other took his own life on home soil.

Financial advice firm impersonated client, royal commission hears

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High-profile financial planner Sam Henderson says he was not aware an employee from his firm had impersonated a client during calls to the client's superannuation fund, the banking royal commission hears.

Fair Work commissioner would have lost $500,000 due to poor advice

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Fair Work commissioner Donna McKenna says the advice she received from financial planner Sam Henderson would have cost her about $500,000 in lost super if she had followed it.

Monday, Apr 23

'He hit every single person on the sidewalk': Ten dead after Toronto van attack

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Witnesses say the driver of a rental van that slammed into people on a busy Toronto footpath appeared to make no effort to stop but officials say it is too soon to determine if the incident was an act of terrorism.

William and Kate welcome Royal baby boy, fifth in line to the throne

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Mother and baby are doing well, says Kensington Palace, as the birth of a son for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is announced. The boy is the third child for Prince William and Kate, and fifth in line to the throne.

Ron Medich guilty of ordering execution-style murder of former associate

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Millionaire property developer Ron Medich is likely to die in jail after being found guilty of ordering a hit on former business associate Michael McGurk, who was shot in his car while his son sat next to him.

'It's not acceptable': AMP apologises for compensation delays

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The banking royal commission hears further evidence about inappropriate financial advice, with embattled wealth management company AMP again under the spotlight for not always acting in its customers' best interests.

Sunday, Apr 22

Fact check: Corporate tax cuts and wage rises

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Labor senator Murray Watt says that five of 10 companies that signed a letter supporting corporate tax cuts didn't pay any tax in 2015-16, and therefore wouldn't be in a position to use the tax cuts to help boost wages. RMIT ABC Fact Check…

'We didn't question it': Why a school headmistress allegedly preyed on girls

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Three sisters, one headmistress and allegations of molestation. Former Melbourne principal Malka Leifer is wanted on 74 counts of child sexual abuse. Here's what happened behind closed doors at the all-girls school.

'Canberra is a weird place': Joyce calls for overhaul of employment rules

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Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce calls for an overhaul to the hiring regulations at Parliament House to allow politicians to work alongside their partners.

O'Dwyer dodges questions on delay of banking royal commission

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After a week of shocking revelations at the banking royal commission, Financial Services Minister Kelly O'Dwyer repeatedly avoids questions about the Government's delay in establishing the probe.