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'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.

17 killed as dragon boats capsize in southern China


Seventeen people drown when two dragon boats practicing for a race capsize on a river in southern China.

Andrew Bogut leaves NBA to head home to NBL's Kings

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Veteran Boomers centre Andrew Bogut ends his 13-season NBA career and will return to Australia to play in the NBL with the Sydney Kings.

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.

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'Nut rage' sisters step down from Korean Air, father apologises

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Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-ah, who made global headlines in 2014 when she ordered a plane to return to its gate because she was angry over the way she had been served nuts, is leaving the airline along with her sister, their father and…

'Largely preventable' knee reconstructions up 70 pc among young Aussies

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Knee reconstructions for young Australians are on the rise, posing an expensive and painful public health problem in the future, a new study finds.


Suns hold off Lions to win Q-Clash after Roos down the Hawks

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The Suns edge the Lions in a frantic finish to the Q-Clash, after the Kangaroos survive a big comeback from the Hawks to register another win.


Sharks hold off the Panthers after Eels stun Manly

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Cronulla keeps in touch with the top eight with a win over Penrith after the Eels break their duck for 2018 with a smashing win over Manly.

Teenage pair charged over fatal hit-and-run crash

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A 19-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl are charged with culpable driving and theft of a motor vehicle in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash involving an allegedly stolen vehicle in Melbourne's east early on Saturday.


Victorians offered cash incentive to cut power bills


The Victorian Opposition says a $50 cash bonus to encourage Victorians to visit an energy comparison website to get a better power deal is just a "bribe" for voters ahead of the state budget.


World's oldest person dies in Japan at the age of 117

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Having had more than 160 descendants, great-great-great grandmother Nabi Tajima dies in hospital, leaving another Japanese woman to become the world's oldest person.


Barbara Bush remembered as family's 'enforcer'


Barbara Bush is described as the "first lady of the greatest generation" at her funeral, which was attended by four former US presidents and hundreds of other people who filled the church with laughter as much as tears.


'Marry first, then fall in love': The evolution of love and marriage in China


Married at First Sight has captured the attention of Australians who are drawn to the drama between complete strangers matched and made to live together as a couple. But the concept was not far from how marriages worked in China just over…


Mini-Me actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

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Austin Powers co-star Mike Myers hails Verne Troyer as a "beacon of positivity" and the "consummate professional" after he dies aged 49.

Hamas blames Israeli spies for assassination in Malaysia

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Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group says a man who was gunned down in Malaysia by two men on a motorbike was an important member of the organisation. Malaysian police are investigating involvement of "foreign agents" in the killing.


Uber Eats imposes 'unfair contracts' and ruins deliveries, restaurateurs allege

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Restaurateurs are complaining that their contracts with Uber Eats are "unfair" and potentially breach Australian consumer law. The ABC reveals what's inside Uber's contracts.

Saturday, Apr 21

Analysis: Is our gut bacteria medicine's missing piece or just hype?

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It's been hailed as the next frontier for treating disease, but it has also spawned a multibillion-dollar supplement, food and health industry that is not supported by science, write Nicholas West, Amanda Cox and Allan Cripps.

'Morally reprehensible': US slams China, Russia, Iran, North Korea in rights report

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The United States uses the State Department's global human rights report to claim there are attacks on freedom on a daily basis in China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. However, Uzbekistan, Liberia and Mexico have improved rights, the…

Police arrest teens over deadly hit-and-run crash in Melbourne

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Two teenagers are arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run at in Melbourne's east that resulted in the deaths of a couple, who were driving home.

'Big progress': Trump hails North Korea's move to stop nuclear and missile tests

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North Korea will suspend nuclear and missile tests effective immediately and abolish a nuclear test site ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the US, with US President Donald Trump tweeting that the announcement is "very good news…

Friday, Apr 20

Dance music star Avicii found dead in Oman

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Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world, dies aged 28.

Democrats sue Trump campaign and Russia over 2016 election loss

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The Democratic Party sues President Donald Trump's campaign, his son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and WikiLeaks, saying they conspired to help Mr Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

Suspended ANZ adviser allowed to keep working, clients not refunded for years

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ANZ may have to dig deeper than the $756,000 provision it set aside to refund clients of an adviser who failed numerous audits and continued to sell high risk products after he was suspended, with the head of ANZ's RI Advice group …

AMP boss Meller quits after scandals revealed at royal commission

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AMP's chief executive officer Craig Meller quits his job with immediate effect, becoming the first senior executive to lose his job as a result of the banking royal commission.

Thursday, Apr 19

Australian warships challenged by Chinese military in South China Sea

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Three Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military as they travelled through the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the ABC can reveal.

Westpac 'money men' shattered nurse's retirement dream, commission hears

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Jacqueline McDowall and her husband sold their home on the advice of a Westpac financial planner, hoping to buy a bed and breakfast in their retirement. Instead, their dream was shattered, and they are unsure if they will ever be able to…

CBA customer dead for a decade but still charged fees, commission hears

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Advisers at a Commonwealth Bank financial planning business continued charging fees to customers they knew had died, including one instance where fees were charged for more than a decade after a customer had passed away, the banking royal…

Government spends $9,000 on bookmarks for Dutton's new super-department

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Australians are spending millions to create Peter Dutton's new Home Affairs Department, including $1.8 million for an "executive headquarters" a short drive from existing buildings, and $9,000 on new bookmarks.

Wednesday, Apr 18

Trump doesn't have time to 'screw up' US-Australia relationship: Comey

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Former FBI director James Comey tells 7.30 he believes Australia will continue to have a close relationship with the US due to the long-standing bonds between both nations.

Passenger partially sucked out of plane window was wearing seatbelt

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A medical examiner says a woman who was wearing a seatbelt suffered trauma to her head, neck and torso after a window she was sitting next to separated from the fuselage of a US airliner.

'Sham' Work for the Dole program slammed after teen's worksite death

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The Work for the Dole program is a "sham", putting young job seekers in unsafe and potentially deadly situations, say unions, lawyers and the family of a teenager who was killed on a Queensland worksite two years ago.

Wife to one president, mother to another: Barbara Bush dies at 92

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The 37th first lady of the United States is being remembered by her family as a unique woman who brought "levity, love and literacy to millions".

Tuesday, Apr 17

Alleged terrorists linked to Sydney plane bomb plot and IS cell captured in Iraq

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An Islamic State commander suspected of hatching a plan to blow up a flight from Sydney last year and an Australian IS fighter allegedly connected to the country's most notorious terror cell are captured in Iraq.

Bullied, beaten, trapped: Muslim women denied divorce from abusive men

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Women apply for most Islamic divorces in Australia, but imams often refuse to grant them. Muslim leaders have condemned domestic violence, though some still teach that husbands can control their wives.

Passengers grabbed woman sucked out of jet plane window in deadly explosion

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Passengers on board a Southwest Airlines jet described scenes of terror as an engine exploded mid-flight, blowing out a window and causing one passenger to be sucked out headfirst before being dragged back inside.

Allegations against Pell a 'product of fantasy' to punish him, court told

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The charges against Catholic Cardinal George Pell should be thrown out "without batting an eyelid" because the complainants are unreliable and the police investigation was flawed, his barrister tells the Melbourne Magistrates Court.