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Nepal earthquake: Growing number of Australians missing

Georgina Mitchell, Rachel Browne 8:42 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 11:15 PM   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.

Treasury's controversial Dr Karl advertising campaign escaped independent vetting

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

Markus Mannheim 10:32 PM   Marketing blitz, worth at least $1.75 million, apparently breached government policy.

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 9:15 PM   Local Armenians remember the Armenian intellectuals arrested in Constantinople 100 years ago on 'Red Sunday'.

IPART to assess whether Sydney council's must merge

Local Government Minister Paul Toole.

Leesha McKenny 12:15 AM   ​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.

Senior Canberra doctors set to take strike action over pay deal

St Vincent's Private Hospital

Markus Mannheim 8:41 PM   The specialists are concerned about what they say is a lack of pay security.

Kathmandu now living "hell"

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

Peter Munro 7:51 PM   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 7:15 PM   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 6:16 PM   A controversial Islamic centre linked to extremism could have been closed years ago, as it did not have a council permit for religious gatherings.

Barr seeks savings in nearly $50 million of annual discounts

Chief Minister Andrew Barr is concerned about the increasing cost of concessions in ACT.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr has foreshadowed a crackdown on concessions and discounts, which are available to seniors and pensioners, people on low incomes, veterans, people with disabilities and students.

How to donate to help quake victims

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

5:46 PM   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.

'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 5:24 PM   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

The IBAC will investigate whether money destined for students has been siphoned off by a ring of crooked public servants and school leaders.

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 10:37 AM   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 9:27 AM   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.

Australians at Anzac Cove remember loved ones haunted by Gallipoli

Long cold wait till the dawn service, commemerative site.Anzac day.

Ruth Pollard   Thousands of visitors are streaming into Anzac Cove to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the allied invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula in which so many young men lost their lives.

Solemness echoes in the silence

It had been a long wait in the cold dark for the dawn service at the Anzac commemorative site.

Tony Wright   A crowd of 10,500 gathered at Gallipoli for a moving dawn service punctuated by silence.

Embracing autumn

Autumn pink sets the tone.

Ruth Welsby   Take your decorating cues from the changing seasons and fill your home with warming autumnal hues.

No more Mr Nice Guy

Geoff Morrell as Dave Cross in <i>8MMM</i>.

David Dale   ​Geoff Morrell says of his acting career that he's made a stock in trade of playing decent blokes and nice guys.

Anzac Day events across Australia run smoothly despite terror threat

The crowd at the eternal flame during the Anzac Day dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Lucy Cormack   Anzac day commemorations across Australia attracted record numbers with no security issues, despite concerns in the wake of last week's terror raids.

Childcare, education hitting parents' pockets

The ABS has revealed that consumer price index increases for childcare and schooling have outstripped price rises in other parts of the economy.

Deborah Snow   Figures show childcare and schooling have far outstripped price rises in many other parts of the economy.

The fallen were with us again at Anzac Cove

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

Peter FitzSimons   The Remembrance ceremony at Anzac Cove was a haunting, moving event that invited those present to truly reflect on what happened there 100 years ago.

Aussie IS doctor revealed

Australian doctor Tareq Kamleh in the IS propganda video.

Patrick Hatch   An Australian doctor who appears in an Islamic State propaganda video has been identified.

Sale of common pain killers may be restricted

Proposed changes could see a doctor's visit required for current over-the-counter painkillers.

Aisha Dow, Julia Medew   Access to Nurofen Plus, Panadeine and other common painkillers sold to millions of Australians each year could soon be curtailed by health authorities amid reports of harmful side effects, addiction and fatal overuse.