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Gay couples throw ring into the hat

Beau Donelly 3:07 PM   A luxury jeweller is the latest company to throw its support behind marriage equality by becoming the first Australian business to use real gay couples in a mainstream advertising campaign.

Sailor considers appeal after losing compensation case over unwanted pregnancy


Mark Russell 2:46 PM   Lawyers representing a sailor who sued the Department of Defence over an unwanted pregnancy are considering appealing a judge's decision to throw the case out.

Heat is in the air: spring to burst onto the scene

If it doesn't feel like spring yet - it should do soon.

Peter Hannam 2:33 PM   After the coolest winter in years, the mercury is ready to rise, forecasters say.

MH370 flaperon finding called into question

The debris found on Reunion Island in July was covered in barnacles.

Michael Koziol 11:36 AM   "Goose barnacles" suggest key evidence could not have travelled as speculated, says science writer.

Yongah Hill detainee in hospital after reports of self-harm

Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition.

Neelima Choahan 10:58 AM   An Afghan man detained at a West Australian detention centre required hospital care amid reports that he tried to take his own life.

7-Eleven: Allan Fels says model dooms franchisees and workers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25:  A general view of an employee working behind the counter serving customers at the 7-Eleven store in South Yarra on August 25, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Arsineh Houspian/Fairfax Media)

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert, Klaus Toft 8:56 AM   7-Eleven Australia has come in for heavy criticism from former consumer watchdog Allan Fels and the Fair Work Ombudsman office after revelations of systemic exploitation of workers at the company's stores.

Property developer goes from the penthouse to the jailhouse

Nati Stoliar celebrated his birthday in greatly reduced circumstances.

Kate McClymont 5:28 AM   Although Sydney property developer Nati Stoliar once resided in the most palatial homes in the nation, on August 19 he celebrated his birthday in greatly reduced circumstances – a jail cell in Nevada.

7-Eleven stores in strife

Many 7-11 stores would either lose money or barely break even if the correct wages were paid.

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert, Klaus Toft 12:21 AM   Internal documents shows the financial plight of hundreds of 7-Eleven stores around Australia

The loss of a legend

Bart Cummings and Darren Beadman.

Chris Roots 11:08 PM   Joe Agresta might not be most famous or influential figure to pay tribute to Bart Cummings following his death at 87, but he probably knew him the best.

7-Eleven: wage fraud cover-up from head office

Evidence of wage fraud is being stored at 7-Eleven's corporate headquarters.

Adele Ferguson and Sarah Danckert 12:15 AM   A massive cover-up of employee exploitation is being run out of 7-Eleven corporate headquarters, a joint investigation by Fairfax media and Four Corners can reveal.

Cummings family accept offer of state funeral from NSW

Legendary trainer Bart Cummings.

Patrick Bartley 9:15 PM   The family of champion trainer Bart Cummings have accepted the offer of a state funeral from the NSW government.

ATO cracking down on rental claims

Weakened: The ATO has cut 17.5 per cent of its workforce, claims the Community and Public Sector Union.

8:42 PM   The Australian Tax Office is cracking down on people claiming excessive deductions on their rental properties.

Outback fashion rules on Cup day

Fashions on the Field winners strut their stuff on raceday at Kununurra, in East Kimberley, Western Australia.

Daisy Dumas 5:38 PM   Cup Day marks the end of the race season - and the dry season - in Kununurra, north east WA.

Public servants go thirsty as depts' budgets dry up

black coffee

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Public servants in Canberra have been told to buy their own office tea and coffee as the Abbott Government's cutbacks start to bite.

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Peter Greste and al-Jazeera colleagues sentenced to three years' jail by Egyptian court

Journalist Peter Greste in Canberra
The Canberra Times  
Date:  25 March 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Esther Han   Peter Greste "shocked, outraged, angry" at the three-year jail sentence handed down by an Egyptian court on him and his two Al Jazeera colleagues.

Greste found guilty by Cairo court

Australian journalist Peter Greste.

Tim Elliott   Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been sentenced to three years in prison by an Cairo court.

Amal Clooney says Al Jazeera, Peter Greste guilty verdict 'sends a dangerous message'

Al Jazeera television journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo.

Esther Han   Amal Clooney has slammed the three-year prison sentences handed down by an Egyptian court to three Al Jazeera journalists, including Australia's Peter Greste.

Australians are shunning beer at a greater rate

Growing trend: Craft beer isn't going away any time soon.

Esther Han   As summer rolls around, Australians naturally drink more beer. But each yearly peak in consumption is dropping at a greater rate.

Women being 'upsold' into labiaplasty cosmetic labia surgery

Doctors are now advised to give women seeking genital surgery a mirror, and a lesson on just how much variation there is among women.

Amy Corderoy   Women are being 'upsold' invasive genital surgeries by unscrupulous cosmetic clinics that do not properly inform them about the risks, or whether the surgery might be unnecessary, experts say.

Cancer risks for age and gender revealed

Neuberger Berman's Jeff Majit says Australian healthcare comapnies are the hottest sector for M&A activity.

Alana Schetzer   People will be able to find out for the first time what their risk of developing cancer is based on their age and gender, after a ground-breaking study.

Childcare centre ban takes the cake

Birthday cupcake

Cosima Marriner   A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

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Scams, blackmail, rorts: Shocking exploitation of 7-Eleven workers

Sam Pendem was robbed twice in 18 hours

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft   The nation's biggest convenience store chain is ruthlessly rorting wages of its workers.

Teenagers and sex: where parents go wrong

Many teenagers feel school sex education focuses too much on risk prevention and not enough on communication.

Cosima Marriner   Teens want more than the standard sex talk, according to a new study.

7-Eleven: A sweatshop on every corner

A BusinessDay - Four Courners joint investigation has found allegations that 7-Eleven store owners defrauded and blackmailed staff.

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft   Ghost workers, blackmail and a massive cover-up, inside the 7-Eleven sweatshop.

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You name the protest, this former Austrian refugee would more than likely be there

Gerry Harant.

Joseph Toscano   Gerry Harant was an engineer, a refugee and a humanitarian.

Step aside, Steve McQueen. The Great Escaper was a young Australian

WWII Australian air ace John Williams. Photos from <i>A True Story of the Great Escape</i> by Louise Williams.

Tony Wright   Truth is, no American took part in the great escape from Stalag Luft III in World War II.

Contemporary photographer uses Google image to spoof the selfie

From series of assemblage photographs, 'Melfies 2'.

Ella Rubeli   Melbourne artist Jackson Eaton uses Google image search to make ironic photo collages that spoof the selfie as a symbol of 'the failure to express individuality in social media'.

In photographs: the vanishing world of the geisha

From 'The Flower and Willow World' series.

Ella Rubeli   Emerging fine art photographer Kellie Leczinska, who was the 2012 winner of Clique's annual competition Shoot the Chef, has gone on to produce a body of work documenting geishas of Kyoto, on exhibition now at Contact Sheet, Sydney.

The new storytellers: Matthew Abbott

Yolngu kids take an afternoon dip at Dhayiri Homeland, Elcho Island, NT, 2010.

Ella Rubeli   In his early 20s, documentary photographer Matthew Abbott decided to leave his hometown of Sydney and hitchhike to Arnhem land. He took with him a camera and little else.

Twitter tracked to downfall of Operation Fortitude one Simpsons meme at a time

Protesters stop traffic outside Flinders Street during action against Operation Border Force.

Kate Aubusson   Twitter tracked the downfall of Operation Fortitude one Simpsons meme at a time.