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The 30-year fight for chimps' rights

Steve Jacobs 9:40 PM   Steven Wise has spent much of his life trying to convince a sceptical world that chimpanzees should have legal rights, such as the right to be free.

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CFA holds memorial in Ballarat, but small group gathers at Fiskville

Memorial service for fallen firefighters at the CFA training facilities in Fiskville.

Allison Worrall 8:26 PM   For the first time since the Memorial Wall was built in Fiskville in 1986, the annual service that pays tribute to fallen firefighters was not held on the site.

Medical journal editor sacked and editorial committee resigns

MJA's editorial board have written to Australian Medical Journal president Brian Owler to review the decision to appoint Elsevier.

Anna Patty 7:47 PM   All but one member of the editorial advisory committee for Australia's top medical journal have resigned following the sacking of its eminent editor who raised concerns about a decision to outsource its production to controversial global publisher, Elsevier.

Preschoolers get $840m budget boost

Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

7:15 PM   Australian four-year-olds will be guaranteed 15 hours at preschool thanks to a $840 million program.

More children going to rehab for ice addictions

Crystal methamphetamine or Ice

Jane Lee 6:56 PM   The number of children going to rehab and seeking other treatments for their ice addictions is increasing and has trebled in the last 18 months at Victoria's largest youth drug and alcohol network.

Abbott pays tribute to Jewish diggers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott paid tribute to Jewish soldiers in World War I at the Great Synagogue in Sydney.

6:55 PM   Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended a Jewish Anzac commemoration in Sydney.

Elderly drivers as dangerous as young hoons

Elderly drivers cause as many accidents as young drivers, says geriatrician David Lussier.

Julia Medew Health Editor 6:19 PM   Poor judgment and the use of prescription drugs have been pinpointed as risk factors for elderly drivers who are having as many car accidents as young reckless road users.

Army of Star Wars fans to raise funds for charity

Dressed as a Star Wars "sandtrooper", Scott Loxley has walked around Australia to raise money for Monash Children's Hospital.

Nicky Phillips 5:06 PM   On May 4, International Star Wars Day, you can expect to see legions of people dressed as stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters participating in "May the fourth be with you"-themed events.

Dumped boss of Parliament Carol Mills to face another Senate hearing

Carol Mills, Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary, during an earlier estimates hearing.

Heath Aston 11:07 AM   The sacked boss of Parliament House, Carol Mills, will make a surprise return to the political stage in Canberra to face a Senate committee that helped end her career.

Meet the citizen detectives and professionals helping police solve crimes

Gable Tostee was jailed in February over a chase that occurred when he left Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass festival in July.

Mark White 10:39 AM   Dozens of experts, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, teachers and prison officers are going online to help law enforcement piece together vital information to solve crimes.

'There is no hope for those animals': call for puppy factory ban

Breeding: Conditions inside puppy farms can be squalid and confined.

Eamonn Duff 7:39 AM   Cute puppies for sale in online classifieds and pet shop windows are being bred in confined and cruel conditions.

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Third of NSW primary school students taught in multi-age classes

New-age learning: St Monica's Primary School students Nazanin Abdolllahihagh, Lachlan Roberts, Jackson Basha, and Salama Kunambi working together in a composite class and open study area.

Alexandra Smith 12:15 AM   A NSW Department of Education audit reveals it's the teacher, not the type of class, that makes a difference to students.

Female entrepreneurs create rival to the boys club

Natasha Rawlings.

Kirsty Needham 12:00 AM   Group was formed by women in venture capital who wanted to know why no women were asking for their money.

Australian woman raped in Cambodian beach party town

Otres Beach, south of Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

Chloe Booker   Two Cambodian men charged with the multiple rape of an Australian woman after allegedly finding her asleep on a beach.

'They can't go forward and they can't go back'

Dr Rhys Gray, wife Janice, middle, and their friend Jenny Khalfan (front) on a trek in Europe two years ago. They are all stranded in Nepal.

Jim Gainsford 12:15 AM    Australian orthopedic surgeon Rhys Gray and his wife Janice are trapped in a village in the north of Nepal awaiting evacuation by helicopter one week after the 7.8 earthquake hit the mountain country. 

Burch denies learning assistants let go as nurses return

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch said there had been no job losses following the ACT Health's nurses decision.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   ACT Education Minister Joy Burch has denied union claims three learning assistants were told not to return to work after nurses were reinstated at a Canberra special school. 

When nap time becomes a problem

Long naps during the day might not be good for some children, according to new research.

Amy Corderoy 12:15 AM   Children who are forced to have long naps at preschool could develop sleeping problems later on, new research indicates.

The other Australians on death row

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, 51, arrives at the Magistrate Court in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 19, 2014.

Nick Ralston   While the plight of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has received national and international attention, a lot less is known about the three other Australians languishing on death row in Asian prisons.

'I know she didn't want to die'

Happier times: Imogen with her dogs in 2009.

Amy Corderoy 12:15 AM   Imogen Cunningham did not realise she was slowly poisoning herself with her addiction to over-the-counter pain pills.

Bali nine executions: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's bodies arrive in Australia

Andrew Chan's wife Febyanti Herewila arrives in Sydney.

Tim Barlass, Patrick Begley   The bodies of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have arrived home in Australia, more than 10 years after the pair left for Bali.

School of the Air sends art into space

Bailey Brooks with her winning picture that will be painted across the rocket that delivers the satellite into outer space

Eryk Bagshaw   Access to fast internet is set to transform the learning experience of isolated children.

Once were warriors

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Michael Bachelard, Mark Forbes    Early on, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran​ did everything wrong.

New money to counter budding jihadists

Future in doubt: The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was reportedly paralysed by a US air strike in Iraq on March 18.

Mark Kenny   Mosques and multicultural youth services will get their share of an extra $1.6 million in funding to help them redirect young people away from radical groups such as Islamic State.

The death of the barcode

A new generation of chipless RFID tags developed by Monash University researchers could transform retailing.

Esther Han    Imagine filling up your trolley with groceries and simply rolling out the door. Monash researchers have created a superior RFID tags, potentially turning this dream into a reality.

Shoppies union pay Coles and Woolworths millions to boost membership

National SDA president Joe de Bruyn insists that they agreed "absolutely" with the union leadership on same sex marriage.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar   Australia’s biggest private-sector union pays major employers including Coles and Woolworths up to $5 million a year in commissions that help maintain its large membership, and influence in the ALP.

APS union pledges "fight of our lives"

Public servants demonstrating in Canberra in November last year.

Noel Towell   The Australian Public Service is facing its worst industrial strife in 30 years.

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Delays likely for Australian parents of babies carried by Nepali surrogates

Mother touching newborn baby boy's face with finger

Julia Medew   Dozens of Indian surrogates in Nepal are believed to be carrying babies belonging to infertile Australians who have been frantically trying to ensure their well being after last week's catastrophic earthquake.

Assange says more leaks to come

Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2014.

Philip Dorling   WikiLeaks is planning new releases of secret documents on controversial negotiations and intelligence agency operations, according to the organisation’s founder.

Nanny may pop in after subsidy kicks in

Mary Poppins and her magic umbrella

Kelsey Munro   A nanny has long seemed a luxury only the very wealthy could afford. Until now.

The cyclone that broke the warm spell

A student takes shelter in Sydney on Friday.

Peter Hannam   An east coast low brought unusually cool conditions to eastern Australia and was one factor contributing to an unusually cool April.