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Abandoned baby Gammy rushed to hospital in Thailand

Gammy, who was abandoned in Thailand by his Australian parents, has Down syndrome.

Lindsay Murdoch, Saffron Howden 4:27pm The health of a critically unwell baby who was abandoned by his Australian parents in Thailand has deteriorated, even as Australians donated more than $50,000 for his medical treatment.

The gene linked to suicide

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

Caelainn Hogan and Megan Levy 3:54pm If you were at an increased risk of becoming suicidal, would you want to know?

Australia well equipped to cope with 'unlikely' ebola outbreak

Medecins Sans Frontiers members put on protective gear in Conakry, Guinea.

ALEISHA ORR 2:24pm An infectious diseases expert says the threat of an ebola outbreak in Western Australia is “very, very small”.

Can you be relied on in a crisis?

Age Quiz dinkus

Deborah Gough 12:32pm Can you be relied on in a crisis?

Miss Marple ain't as quaint as she once was, sadly for ABC1

BEN POBJIE Miss Marple is quite an insistent little biddy. Not content with pottering about in the seemingly insoluble conundrums to which her maker assigned her, she has of late taken to sticking her nose into Agatha Christie stories the author never even put her in.

Divorce more costly for Australian women

Costly split: The biggest cost tends to be for women who are not working.

12:59am New research shows divorces are more costly for Australian women than for men, and for longer periods, too.

Focus

Athol Shmith: My father in the frame

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Michael Shmith 12:15am PRECEDE: The 100th birthday of the late great Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith falls in August. Michael Shmith revisits his father’s memorable body of work.

Australian couple leaves Down syndrome baby with Thai surrogate

Gammy has Down syndrome.

LINDSAY MURDOCH 10:37am Gammy, a six-month-old baby abandoned by his Australian parents, could die because his impoverished Thai surrogate mother cannot pay for medical treatment for his congenital heart condition.

Shortlist top five gigs: August 1-7

Acoustic: Suze DeMarchi's Baby Animals unplug for a one-off gig at the Newtown Social Club.

Bronwyn Thompson 11:45pm From the retro appeal of Baby Animals to the divine Clare Bowditch, we have your night out covered.

The Infinite Man - touching on time

Infinite Man

CRAIG MATHIESON 11:45pm  A time-travel movie shot on a straightened budget shot here in Australia is well worth seeing, reports Craig Mathieson.

MJ Halloran gets emotional

Patrick Emery 11:45pm The artist hits the ''life can be so hard'' button with his songs. By Patrick Emery.

CD review: Clipping by Clppng

Kate Hennessy 11:45pm LA hip hop gets down and dirty in the lyrics, though it is the beats that shine.

Stay away from ebola region in west Africa, DFAT tells Australian travellers

The ebola virus, which has killed nearly 700 people in west Africa.

8:31pm CANBERRA, July 31 AAP - Australians travelling to West African nations reeling from an Ebola virus outbreak are being warned there's little the federal government can do if they run into trouble.

Accused killer Colin Michael Newey to face court 40 years after crime

Cold case: Bronwynne Richardson, crowned Miss Corowa in 1973 and murdered in Albury that year.

EMMA PARTRIDGE 1:42pm An alleged killer made a chilling phone call from a quiet country town nestled on the banks of the Murray River in 1989.

Australians warned not to travel to Ebola-hit nations

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

11:29am Australians are being warned not to travel to African countries experiencing the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, as the federal government steps up its efforts to prevent the disease arriving here.

Lowndes hopes Ipswich reboots V8 title bid

Craig Lowndes.

Ed Jackson Craig Lowndes needs points to re-ignite his V8 Supercars championship tilt so it's just as well this weekend's event is at a track he's won at 11 times.

Australian airports scanned for signs of Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly.

JULIA MEDEW Customs officers are looking out for sick people in Australian airports who could be carrying Ebola as fear mounts about the world’s largest outbreak of the deadly disease. 

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest call to manage welfare payments

Andrew Forrest wants all welfare recipients to be included under new income management plan.

Millions of welfare recipients could be told what they can and can't buy if the federal government accepts a new plan.

Banking

Cheap money fires home loan competition

Big Four Banks ANZ Westpac NAB Commonwealth  Illustration Karl Hilzinger
For SI 12th January 2010

Clancy Yeates and Jonathan Shapiro Australia's big banks are fuelling their hot competition in the home loan market by ramping up their use of cheap global financing, raising $125 billion on wholesale funding markets in the last financial year.

MH17: Russia wants new UN resolution before investigators are allowed to access crash site

Nikolay Stanislavovich Nozdrev, chargé d'affaires at the Russian Embassy in Canberra, on Wednesday 30 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola, Latika Bourke Russia has called for a second United Nations Security Council resolution before Australian and international armed forces are allowed on the ground to support efforts to retrieve the dead and investigate how Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down.

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Sydney jihadist photographed with decapitated heads taunts police and threatens ‘surprise’ after warrant issued

TOM ALLARD The Sydney man photographed apparently holding the heads of decapitated rivals in Syria has scoffed that he will be arrested if he returns to Australia, saying he was not coming back even as he suggested that a terrorist plot was afoot here.

Tragic end to disputes over illegal land clearing

Glendon Turner was shot dead on a property near Moree.

RACHEL OLDING It was a storm that had been brewing for years, and many feared it would one day end in violence.

Kathy Jackson admits paying ex-husband $50,000 from union slush fund

Kathy Jackson.

ANNA PATTY Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson has admitted to using funds from a union slush fund to write her former husband a cheque for $50,000.

Voluntary Euthanasia Party's Max Bromson dies in motel room: Philip Nitschke

Max Bromson

A terminally ill South Australian man who ran for the senate for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party has taken his life in a Glenelg motel room, says campaigner Philip Nitschke.

Social media users could be charged for sharing Wikileaks story

Julian Assange

MEX COOPER Social media users could land themselves in legal hot water if they decide to share Wikileaks' reporting of a secret supression order made by the Victorian Supreme Court.

Brett Lee says he 'supports human rights' over bats signing furore

Barrage: Brett Lee.

LUCY CORMACK Australian cricketing great Brett Lee has said any suggestion that he does not support human rights is "totally wrong".

WikiLeaks publishes 'unprecedented' secret Australian court suppression order

Julian Assange: 'The Australian government is not just gagging the press, it is blindfolding the public.'

Philip Dorling WikiLeaks has struck again, releasing the text of a secret court order that cannot be published in Australia.

Job seekers could be forced to turn to crime, expert warns

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Dan Harrison, Anna Patty Young job seekers denied unemployment benefits could be forced to turn to crime or sex work to survive, employment services providers have warned.

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Morrison accused of 'state sanctioned child abuse'

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SARAH WHYTE A group of Catholic and Anglican church leaders have accused the Abbott government of ''state-sanctioned child abuse'' in the immigration detention system, and called for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to step down from his position as guardian for all unaccompanied minors.

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Unemployed will 'give something back'

Paint brush dipped in green paint.

GARETH HUTCHENS The federal government has revealed details of what will constitute work-for-the-dole activities, saying the jobs will be designed to help job seekers ''give something back to the community''.

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