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Malcolm Turnbull did not request Scott McIntyre sacking

Michael Koziol 9:34 PM   Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull alerted SBS managing director Michael Ebeid to "offensive" Anzac Day tweets by former journalist Scott McIntyre, but did not appeal for McIntyre to be sacked, Fairfax Media has confirmed.

Trapped climbers evacuated from Mt Everest









A small avalanche on Pumori mountain as seen from Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Sunday, April 26, 2015. On Saturday, a large avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp, killing a number of people and left others unaccounted for. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)

Lucy Battersby and Beau Donelly 9:25 PM   Helicopters have rescued hundreds of climbers stuck on Mount Everest

Fight for compo is 'beginning to border on the vexatious'

Comcare compo decision

Michael Inman 8:27 PM   A Canberra public servant's marathon fight for compensation has been without substance and is beginning to border on vexatious, a judge has said.

Company directors 'must face fines' for deaths

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Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter 8:19 PM   Negligent company directors would be held personally liable and face heavy penalties including jail when an employee is killed in the workplace, under major reforms being urged by trade unions.

Gay Liberal senator Dean Smith slams Tanya Plibersek over gay marriage move

Liberal senator Dean Smith.

Matthew Knott 6:52 PM   Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has "wrecked" progress within the Liberal Party towards a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, the Liberal Party's first openly gay federal parliamentarian says.

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Australian Islamic State doctor Tareq Kamleh's sudden change after mystery trip in 2013

Tareq Kamleh, the Australian doctor who featured in an Islamic State propaganda video over the weekend.

Tammy Mills, Patrick Hatch and Rachel Olding 6:36 PM   Australian Jihadist doctor Tareq Kamleh morphed suddenly from a partying "playboy" doctor to a strict Muslim after a mysterious camping trip, former colleagues say.

'I once was lost but now am found': digger's grave finally named

Tony Abbott and the official party, including members of the Kirkland family, before the new headstone of Corporal Athol Kirkland.

Nick Miller 6:36 PM   Athol Kirkland, a labourer from the Mudgee region in NSW, died in action in early April 1918.

Treasury's controversial Dr Karl advertising campaign escaped independent vetting

Dr Karl spruiks the <i>Intergenerational Report</i> in a YouTube video.

Markus Mannheim 2:58 PM   Marketing blitz, worth at least $1.75 million, apparently breached government policy.

IPART to assess whether Sydney councils must merge

Local Government Minister Paul Toole.

Leesha McKenny 2:45 PM   ​The fate of the state's 152 councils will be in the hands of the independent pricing watchdog, which will assess whether they have the "scale and capacity" to avoid mergers.

Immigration probes Irish language visa fraud

The department has confirmed inquiries are underway into claims that Irish citizens are using passports issued in their Gaelic names to double-dip on working visas in Australia.

Noel Towell 1:15 PM   Australian border officials bamboozled by Gaelic language fraudsters.

DFAT apologises for cruel prank on its public servants

The hoax ''announcement'' at the Canberra DFAT office on April 1, 2015 telling public servants their jobs were to be sent interstate.

Noel Towell 12:40 PM   Department apologises to public servants, manager "counselled" after prank suggested staff had been sacked.

Sonia Sharp to leave after public sector commissioner review

Premier Daniel Andrews promised before last year's state election that Dr Sonia Sharp, then a deputy secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood, would be sacked by a Labor government

Jane Lee 10:47 AM   A senior state government bureaucrat will resign following criticism of her handling of an English child sex abuse crisis by an inquiry.

How to donate to help quake victims

Rescuers at the site of a Kathmandu building that collapsed after Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.

10:39 AM   Charities have urged Australians to donate to earthquake relief efforts after thousands were killed and many more were injured when a 7.9 magnitude quake struck Nepal.

Senior Canberra doctors to protest by refusing to bill private patients

St Vincent's Private Hospital

Markus Mannheim 10:13 AM   The specialists are concerned about what they say is a lack of pay security.

Nepal earthquake: Growing number of Australians missing

Zachary Sheridan, left, with brother Hugh, is unaccounted for at Mt Everest.

Georgina Mitchell, Rachel Browne 9:10 AM   Dozens of Australians have been listed as missing in Nepal following the earthquake which has claimed more than 1800 lives.

Australian among Everest avalanche dead, says tour company

Injured Sherpa guides being evacuated from Mount Everest Base Camp on Sunday.

2:43 AM   An Australian is reportedly among at least 19 people killed at Mount Everest's base camp in an earthquake-triggered avalanche.

Record Anzac Day crowds could return to Gallipoli next year

Australian and New Zealand service personnel at the Gallipoli Dawn Service on Saturday.

Peter Trute 2:25 AM   Organisers behind the Anzac Day dawn service at Gallipoli are expecting almost as many people to pack the battlefield site for next year's ceremony.

Frantic search for missing Aussies after Nepal quake

Following the earthquake on April 25 in Kathmandu, Nepal, family members of missing Australians should contact Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Consular Emergency Centre.

Georgina Mitchell, Rachel Browne, Angelo Risso 1:57 AM   More than 300 Australians in Nepal are still unaccounted for after Saturday's earthquake.

Ethiopians condemn ISIS

everand Teshome Getahun leads a pray service at the Ethiopian Orthodox community centre which opened today in Deer Park. The Ethiopian community light candles during a memorial for the 30 Ethiopians killed by ISIS earlier this week.

Nino Bucci 11:53 PM   The Ethiopian Orthodox community has prayed for victims of an Islamic State massacre during the opening of a centre in Melbourne's outer west.

Tony Abbott unveils plans for new Sir John Monash Centre in France

An artist's impression of the new Sir John Monash centre at Villers-Bretonneaux.

Nick Miller   A new war museum at the Australian memorial in northern France will take inspiration from old sacrifice and new technology to tell the story of the Anzacs on the Somme.

Australian Armenians commemorate genocide at Chatswood Anzac shrine

Sisters Leila, 3, and Natalie, 6, march through Chatswood under an Armenian flag to commemorate the 1915 genocide.

Angelo Risso   Local Armenians remember the Armenian intellectuals arrested in Constantinople 100 years ago on 'Red Sunday'.

Kathmandu now living "hell"

Volunteers work to remove debris at Dharahara Tower following the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25.

Peter Munro   Fragile buildings still pose a threat in Kathmandu as aftershocks continue.

SBS presenter Scott McIntyre sacked over Anzac Day tweets

Sacked over Twitter comments: Scott McIntyre.

Michaela Whitbourn   SBS presenter Scott McIntyre has been sacked from the broadcaster after posting a series of comments about Anzac Day on Twitter that were described as "inappropriate and disrespectful".

Al-Furqan had no permit for religious gatherings

Harun Mehicevic, leader of the closed Al-Furqan Islamic Centre.

Nino Bucci   A controversial Islamic centre linked to extremism could have been closed years ago, as it did not have a council permit for religious gatherings.

'Please pray for everyone' plead trapped climbers

This photo provided by Azim Afif shows the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)

Nicola Harley   For many, it was supposed to have been a trip of a lifetime. It was about to turn into a disaster.

IBAC turning spotlight on alleged fraudulent use of education funds

Victorian secondary colleges and primary schools are alleged to have taken part in a scheme to siphon off taxpayer money.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 12:15 AM   Victoria's anti-corruption agency will on Monday outline explosive details of how millions of dollars meant to benefit students has been stolen or fraudulently misused by a ring of allegedly crooked senior public servants and school leaders.

How do you solve a problem like radical Islam?

Harun Mehicevic, leader of the closed al-Furqan Islamic Centre.

Michael Bachelard, Nino Bucci   Another Islamic radical organisation crumpled under the pressure of serious scrutiny last week and shut the doors on its shrinking band of followers.

'McDonaldisation' of mental healthcare a ticking time bomb

A person's risk of suicide may one day be able to be determined by a blood test.

Jill Stark, Chris Vedelago   Leading mental health experts have called on the Prime Minister to urgently address what they say is an unfolding disaster within Australia's national youth mental health service, headspace, claiming it is failing vulnerable young people and has become the "McDonalds version of healthcare".

Camp Gallipoli goes ahead with sunshine at back-up venue

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Le Large (retired) with his daughter Tara at Camp Gallipoli.

Lucy Cormack   It was a sea of swags, beanies and soggy ugg boots, as attendees of Camp Gallipoli woke to a moving Dawn Service in Sydney's Moore Park on Saturday morning.