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Christmas crime hits Canberra with taxi-driver robbed at knifepoint

Crime: Police have urged anyone who may have witnessed either incident to come forward.

Henry Belot 5:44 PM   Christmas Day was not without crime in Canberra with men accused of robbing a taxi driver at knife-point, and others allegedly knocking a Condor man unconscious before stealing his possessions.

What did we buy at the Boxing Day sales

Gabrielle Wilkie bought Jo Mercer shoes and a Zara trench while Kris Collins bought Hype shoes and a Rodd and Gunn shirt.

Primrose Riordan 2:58 PM   Boxing Day shoppers revealed their haul to The Canberra Times, but it was not that sexy, with work clothes and household linen a big theme.

Heavy traffic on Kings Highway slows retreat to south coast

About 3 kilometres of stop-start traffic banked up at the Batemans Bay roundabout at the south coast on Saturday.

Henry Belot 2:37 PM   Canberrans headed to the south coast were frustrated by bumper-to-bumper traffic up to five kilometres from Batemans Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Pakistani forces kill an alleged organiser of school massacre

Deaths: A makeshift memorial for the victims of the school attack.

Tim Craig 1:36 PM   Security forces have killed an alleged organiser of the Peshawar school massacre, the latest sign that the government and military are stepping up their assault on the Pakistani Taliban and other Islamist militant groups.

Taxi driver robbed at knifepoint in Garran

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9:53 AM   Two men robbed a taxi driver at night point in the early hours of Saturday morning, police say.

Knocked unconscious in Christmas Day home invasion

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9:47 AM   Three men forced their way into a Canberra man's home on Christmas Day, knocked him unconscious and robbed him.

Drivers are the most common fatality in crashes, say police

Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson, left, and Road Safety Operations Team Sergeant Stuart Howes.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Drivers were the most likely victims of deadly smashes on ACT roads in the past five years, police crash data showed.

Bringing sexy back to ACT politics

Fiona Patten and Jorian Gardner.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Australian Sex Party scores in Melbourne, looking to pick up seats in Canberra.

Retailers' tills are alive to to the sound of ringing

spending.

Primrose Riordan 7:58 PM   Despite the cuts and redundancies, and warnings that we've squandered the biggest boom this country has seen, Canberrans opened their wallets and joined the annual Boxing Day retail pilgrimage.

Art that questions the nature of existence

Realistic: A work from "In the flesh"

Sasha Grishin 11:45 PM   Highlights in the visual arts in Canberra in 2014. 

Woman acquitted of hit and run on love rival

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Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A Canberra woman sentenced for a hit and run on her former friend during a fight over a love interest has had her conviction overturned on appeal.

Death knock a tough task for ACT police

Sgt. Dick Dauth has had to break the tragic news to many families that one of their members has died.

Megan Gorrey 11:45 PM   It's difficult to know what to expect as you knock on a stranger's front door with news their loved one will never come home.

No-cyanide mining message comes to Canberra

Jeff Wolford from Araluen is protesting about the gold mine using cyanide.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A Majors Creek man has travelled to Canberra towing a handmade sign protesting the potential use of cyanide at a goldmine south of Braidwood.

Wheelchair user Lud Kerec slams airline's 'archaic' plane access for people with disabilities at Canberra Airport

Quadraplegic Lud Kerec says Canberra airport's open-air  scissor-lift style device makes him feel unsafe.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Boarding planes and disembarking onto the tarmac via stairs in all weather is common at Canberra Airport, but wheelchair users are in an even worse position.

Libby's second chance at life from a stranger

Libby Mutimer received a life-saving liver transplant when she was two-years-old. She is pictured here with husband Scott.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Libby Mutimer is alive thanks to the generous donation from a person she'll never meet.

Coastal drownings down by a third as boaters reminded of safety

Roba and Hwaida Alameddine of Sydney on their Jetski at Batemans Bay.

Matthew Raggatt 3:00 PM   Boaters heading to the NSW south coast during the summer break have been reminded to check conditions and wear their lifejackets, after those using boats and other watercraft made up a quarter of coastal drowning deaths last year. 

ACT awaits details on NSW-led medical marijuana trial

Health Minister Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   The ACT government is yet to finalise plans for its involvement in a New South Wales-led medicinal marijuana trial, which could see patients or researchers given access to the drug in Canberra. 

Generations celebrate Christmas

Three generations of the Shannon family enjoy Christmas breakfast. From left to right, Gordon of O’Malley, Selena of Sydney, Gillian of O’Malley, and Andre, Peter and Julia, all of Griffith.

Primrose Riordan   The Shannon family observed a Christmas first this year - bringing the sixth Generation Canberra family together on the spot where it all started, in the 1800s on a farm near Springbank Island.

Gang-gang: Ding dong puzzlingly on high

Angel of the North (life-size maquette) 1996, by Antony Gormley at the National Gallery of Australia.

Ian Warden   When you weary of the feeble intellectual challenge of Scrabble why not play N+7?

Gang-gang: 100 years ago. Oh valiant soul!

Saintly: A WWI Red Cross Nurse.

Ian Warden   One hundred years ago this week the jingoism-resistant Brisbane Worker ran Arthur Guiterman's new verse about the saintliness of the Great War's nurses.

Drunk and dangerous: Canberra's worst drink drivers

Police breath testing, breathalyster, drink driving, Canterbury, road check.

Megan Gorrey   They've smashed their cars into light poles, mounted curbs in the city's centre, uprooted trees and been spied as they staggered back behind the wheel.

Man jailed for almost four years for two knifepoint robberies

Scales of Justice: Balance favoured prison.

Michael Inman   A Canberra man who stole $360 during two knifepoint robberies has been jailed for almost four years.

Double the Christmas joy for Tuggeranong couple

Christmas Day twin girls, born at the Centenary Hospital in Woden around 8am, to Tuggeranong couple Melissa Harrison and Dane Muench.

Natasha Boddy   Yet-to-be-named babies can be Christmas twins for now, says proud father.

Boxing Day madness: Retailers ready

David Jones Civic store manager Alisha Guy and visual merchandise manager Peita Lee are gearing up for their annual Boxing Day sale.

Henry Belot   Retailers are hoping for Boxing Day bonanzas to counter miserable sales figures throughout the ACT.

Canberra Weekender: What's on Dec 26-28

The Canberra Cavalry clash with the Adelaide Bite at Narrabundah Park.

Jil Hogan   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Cloudy with a chance of raindeer

Christmas Day in Canberra will get off to a sunny start but thunderstorms and showers are forecast for the afternoon.

Natasha Boddy   Short, sharp and festive showers were already hitting Canberra at 10.30am on Christmas Day as forecasts predicted a high chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Canberrans refuse to let rain get in the way of an active Christmas

Canberra's Santa (aka Andrew Blair) rides with a group of cyclists past the Lodge on Christmas Day.

Primrose Riordan   Despite the downer weather, Canberrans cycled, gardened, walked their pups and picniced through Christmas Day.

ACT retailers' outlook dire despite Boxing Day hopes

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Henry Belot   Retailers across the ACT are hoping Canberrans spend big at Boxing Day sales to counter the worst retail growth prediction in Australia thanks to low consumer confidence.

Fire in Kambah house on Christmas Eve

ACT Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban and issued a severe fire danger rating for Tuesday.

A Kambah house has been damaged by a fire in its living room on Christmas Eve.