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UNE head denies hotel deal calls

Peter Trute 2:41pm The former head of the University of New England says he had no idea about documents drawn up committing him to ownership of a near-$3 million country hotel.

Morrison to explain boat transfer reports

2:28pm A group of 157 Tamil asylum seekers, aboard an Australian Customs ship in the Indian Ocean, could be transferred to the Australian mainland.

Qld minister says judges should help govt

2:33pm A senior Queensland minister and former solicitor says judges have a role in helping the government tackle gang-related crime.

Vic informer told to shut up before death

1:18pm A Melbourne inquest has been told that slain police informer Terence Hodson feared something would happen to him but felt safe in his own home.

Truss talks down further Russia sanctions

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 1:01pm Russia's more 'positive approach' to the MH17 disaster meant further sanctions may not be needed, says Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Greste's family launching legal appeal

11:51am Jailed Australian reporter Peter Greste's brother Mike says a legal appeal against a seven-year sentence in Egypt is their best hope for freedom.

Andrews denies Vic ALP role in tape theft

10:46am Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews denies Labor was behind the theft of a journalist's tape recorder and leaking an interview with a former premier.

Gillard offered to back Combet as PM

8:32pm Greg Combet says former prime minister Julia Gillard offered to back him in the 2013 Labor leadership tussle.

Chinese firm files lawsuit against Palmer

7:57pm Clive Palmer's estranged Chinese business partners are seeking in compensation over legal claims the now federal MP facilitated the misuse of funds.

Woman, child abducted at gunpoint

6:15pm An armed man entered a woman's car in Queensland and told her to drive down a highway, even though a three-year-old child was inside.

Aust police on standby to enter Ukraine

5:21pm Australian police are on standby in London to enter Ukraine to protect the crash zone where MH17 went down last week.

Engage with Africa to fight AIDS: Geldof

Genevieve Gannon 5:07pm Sir Bob Geldof has told a Melbourne conference that AIDS in Africa must be addressed by defeating poverty.

Company's bid for MH17 trademark

8:06am A Malaysian company has applied to Australian authorities to trademark the MH17 term for uses such as film, TV, musicals and texts.

Rumours about uni hotel deal, ICAC told

Peter Trute 3:28pm A university vice-chancellor called lawyers for advice after hearing concerns about his chancellor's involvement in the sale of a university hotel.

Vic mum cleared of baby's manslaughter

6:29pm A Victorian mother has been cleared of manslaughter after her child died in a hot car.

Abbott knows he made the budget difficult

Colin Brinsden and Ehssan Veiszadeh Treasurer Joe Hockey would have made the federal budget even tougher but he had to tiptoe around the prime minister's pre-election commitments.

Federal police on standby for MH17 site

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer As investigators start recovering data from the MH17 black boxes and identifying bodies, an Australian business has banned exports to Russia.

Ex-cop guilty of lying about bender

Lauren Farrow Former NSW policeman Robert John Reid has been found guilty of misleading the Police Integrity Commission.

Barangaroo workers ordered back on site

Gemma Khaicy Workers have been ordered to end their strike at Sydney's beleaguered Barangaroo development.

Ex-Vic cop said he'd shoot Hodson: inquest

Patrick Caruana An inquest has been told that former Victorian detective Paul Dale threatened to shoot police informer Terence Hodson if he ever betrayed him.

Melbourne man cleared of stepson murder

A Melbourne man who killed his stepson in a Melbourne was acting in self-defence and did not murder him, a jury has decided.

Shorten makes case for ETS on world stage

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has again urged the government to make climate change a priority at the G20 summit in November.

Kids suffering on Christmas Island: Triggs

The Human Rights Commission says all children and families held on Christmas Island should be moved to the mainland for refugee processing.

Philip Nitschke hits out at suspension

Margaret Scheikowski and Karlis Salna Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke says his suspension by the medical board was a "dirty little midnight assassination".

Maslin parents living 'hell beyond hell'

Rin and Anthony Maslin, whose three children were killed in the MH17 disaster, along with their grandfather Nick Norris, say they are living in hell.

Rio Tinto boss wants action from Senate

Kim Christian Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh and Woodside and NAB chairman Michael Chaney have added to calls from business leaders for action in the new Senate.

Telstra to send 671 Aust jobs to Asia

Telstra has announced plans to send hundreds of jobs to Asia as it expands its operations in the region.

Putin could refuse to attend G20

Vladimir Putin may refuse to attend the G20 leaders summit in November even if he is invited, a foreign policy expert says.

Abbott concerned over MH17 body recovery

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says more work needs to be done to recovery all the body and body parts of Australians killed the MH17 disaster.

Australian team to identify MH17 bodies

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer A team of four high-profile Australian forensic experts is heading to the Netherlands to start identifying bodies from the MH17 crash.