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'It will only make them sicker': the people health groups can't ignore

Churches have offered them sanctuary. Now healthcare groups offer medical support.

Islamic State's foreign fighter numbers fall

Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash.

IS is suffering a moral defeat which is as important as a military defeat and it is affecting its ability to attract fighters.

Why is Tasmania's world heritage area burning?

A cushion plant after the fire.

A rising frequency of fires in Tasmania's wilderness threatens to destroy irreplaceable ancient ecosystems.

Wife crashes her own funeral, surprising husband who had paid to have her killed

Noela Rukundo surprised her husband at her own funeral after he ordered hit men kill her.

Sarah Kaplan 10:44 PM   ​Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral - her funeral.

Marginal seat voters back Gonski 2-1: Poll

School funding will continue to be a hot political issue.

Twice as many voters in Liberal-held marginals seats would support the Turnbull Government fully funding the Gonski schools package as those who oppose spending the extra $4.5 billion.

'It's blatant discrimination based on religious grounds'

Ben Gray, Xavier Bustos, Alex Gray and Charlie Tsaltas of Wilkins Public School would like to enrol in ethics classes.

Eryk Bagshaw 12:15 AM   First they took it off the enrolment form, now it is a five step process before parents are even told about ethics as an option

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Child returning from Samoa becomes Queensland's second Zika victim

Queensland's chief health officer, Dr Jeanette Young, has urged pregnant Queensland women not to travel to places where ...

Stephanie Wood 5:42 PM   Queensland has confirmed two cases of Zika as the globe deals with the threat posed by the virus.

Australian woman Jocelyn Elliott to be released by al-Qaeda in Burkina Faso

Ken and Jocelyn Elliott.

4:58 PM   A militant group says it will release an Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso in January.

Child returning from Samoa becomes Queensland's second Zika victim

The Aedes aegypti mosquito that can carry dengue and Zika virus. Queensland's chief health officer, Dr Jeanette Young, ...

Stephanie Wood 4:15 PM   Queensland has confirmed two cases of Zika as the globe deals with the threat posed by the virus.

Salmonella outbreak spreads as numbers of infected increase

One of the Coles salads included in the recall.

Up to a 100 people nationwide may be affected by the salmonella outbreak linked to pre-packaged salad sold at Coles and Woolworths and supplied by Tripod Farmers in Bacchus March.

What Mariah's engagement ring did to a Sydney jewellery business

A diamond ring on display at Fairfax & Roberts Jewellers in Sydney.

Esther Han   Gus Hashem thought he had enough emerald-cut diamonds to last him several months. Then James Packer proposed to Mariah Carey.

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AFL's Dustin Martin said sorry, so why does the victim feel betrayed?

John Silvester Naked City

An investigation into an incident involving the Richmond ace went awry, with media magnifying the pain.

CityLink users to be slugged billions under plan

Vehicles travel along Transurban Group's CityLink toll highway outside of Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, Nov. 5, ...

Road giant Transurban is set to reap tens of billions of dollars tolling CityLink users for up to 12 additional years under its proposal to build a second crossing linking western and central Melbourne

Woolworths ordered to pay $3 million penalty for selling unsafe products

Woolworths will have to pay the price for selling faulty, hazardous home-brand products to consumers.

Esther Han   Woolworths has been hit with a $3 million penalty for selling faulty home-brand goods that injured consumers and for failing to meet recall requirements.

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CSIRO cuts under fire

Senior CSIRO scientist John Church: cuts will make it difficult for Australia to uphold its part of the Paris deal.

​Australia will break a commitment made at the Paris climate summit less than two months ago if CSIRO goes ahead with its plan to axe its research programs, one of the agency's leading scientists has warned.

Defence white paper will reboot relationship with industry Minister Payne says

CEA's Ground Based Multi-Mission Radar.jpg

David Ellery   Defence white paper will reset relationship with industry

Public service needs 'Hollywood model' of work

Former Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Peter Shergold.

Former PM&C boss says hiring public servants should follow the mantra - 'Bring them in, let them work, let them go'.

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Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets by The Star

<I>The Sydney Morning Herald's</i> Lunar Markets in Pyrmont are celebrating Lunar New Year every night until February 14th.

A lush bamboo garden has sprung up on the footsteps of the city, brimming with the smells of Sydney's favourite eateries.

Using GST hike to cut company tax unpopular in blue-ribbon coalition seats

Support for Mike Baird's proposed increase in GST is low.

 There is little support in blue-ribbon Coalition electorates for using any extra revenue raised from a 15 per cent GST to cut company taxes, new polling shows.

Lite n' Easy warns customers not to eat salad in its meals over salmonella scare

One of the Coles salads included in the recall.

Esther Han   Lite n' Easy has warned its customers to not eat the salad component of meals delivered this week because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

Defence white paper will reboot relationship with industry, Minister Payne says

CEA's Ground-Based Multi-Mission Radar.

David Ellery   Defence white paper will reset relationship with industry.

Emerging food tribes test Melbourne's kitchens

Maha chef Shane Delia has embraced the challenge of cooking for diners with dietary restrictions.

Increasing dietary restrictions among Australians mean increasing complexity in the kitchen to meet their requirements.

Clifford Possum's children see his masterpiece at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarra's children Gabriella, from Melbourne, and Lionel Possum, from Alice Springs, see ...

Gabriella Possum thought she might cry as she came face to face with her father's most famous painting, decades after she helped him complete the majestic piece.

The damage pornography did to a six-year-old child

Liz Walker has written a book to help educate parents and children.

One woman reveals the damage porn did to her when she was just six years old.

MS sufferer will start process to end his life

Anthony Virgona shortly after his marriage in late 1981.

On Monday, a nurse will wake Anthony Virgona at 5.30am to travel to the Royal Melbourne hospital for the kidney dialysis that has kept him alive for the past three years. This time he will not be going.

CSIRO jobs in ACT 'will be hit'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a visit to the CSIRO in December.

Phillip Thomson   'People are still in a state of shock' as Canberra staff enter fourth year of unrest.

Armed police remove ship's Australian crew, escort replacements aboard

A large contingent of police raided the CSL Melbourne  in Newcastle on Friday, removing five Australian crew members.

For the second time in a month local seamen have been forcibly taken off ships operated by aluminium companies, and replaced by low-paid, foreign seafarers.

Dads hire paternity coaches to help negotiate flexibility at work

Dave and Kristy Macfarlane with Ted and Sonny.

Dave Macfarlane wanted to go part-time so his wife could resume her career but he wasn't sure it would work.

Royal commission: George Pell's health at risk if he travels to give evidence, inquiry hears

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell said he wished to give video evidence from Rome.

The  Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told Cardinal George Pell's health could be at risk if he travelled to Australia to give evidence.