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Tony Abbott approves first air missions over Iraq

Mark Kenny and David Wroe 10:00pm Tony Abbott has given the green light to the first aerial missions over Iraq, in an "assistance" capacity initially, in a move seen as a precursor to the authorisation of full combat sorties by Australian war planes within days.

Science meets art

Science meets art in Stephanie Valentin's Closer exhibition

Stephanie Valentin adds breathing pores to an ant in 'Adaptation 9' [detail].

LUCY CORMACK 1:56pm Bugs and insects are given a new image such as they might adopt for climate change or such an event in Stephanie Valentin's exhibition Closer.

Teen killed in car crash 'after swerving to miss a duck'

Nicki Allwright

3:50pm A teenager who died in a car crash after apparently swerving to miss a duck on a South Australian road has been remembered as a "beautiful, smiley" woman who would be deeply missed.

Asylum seekers say they were raped and tortured after Australia sent them back to Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan asylum seekers sent back by Australia in Galle in July.

JANE LEE 12:43am One asylum seeker alleges she was gang-raped by Sri Lankan military officials after her refugee claim was rejected. When she tried to escape to Australia again, she says Customs officials interviewed her by satellite phone and sent her back again.

Girls curb their ambitions in a sexist climate

Deakin student Natalie Petrellis, 19.

MIKI PERKINS 9:46am Young women are turning their backs on leadership or politics because of an overwhelming perception of growing sexism in Australia, according to a survey by child rights organisation Plan International Australia.

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Doctors warn chemists' coeliac disease test could put patients at risk of false diagnosis

Doctors are concerned about a new test for coeliac disease being offered at chemists.

AMY CORDEROY 1:31pm Doctors fear people could be put at risk by a new test for coeliac disease being offered at chemists around the country.

Cancer causes pain in hip pocket

Out-of-pocket: Sharon Driessen, 48, has spent about $15,000 on treatment since being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in November 2012.

Kate Hagan, Health Reporter 12:15am Almost two-thirds of women with advanced breast cancer experience financial difficulty as a result of their diagnosis, with average out-of-pocket costs of $687 each month.

Wanted Croatian war crimes suspect lived openly under Australian government's nose

Former Bosnian Serb general Radislav Krstic was found guilty of genocide on August 2, 2001, the first conviction by the Hague war crimes tribunal for the gravest crime on its statute.  Krstic, 53, was convicted for his role in the murder of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys after the fall of the U.N.-designated

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 7:17am A war crimes suspect accused of brutalising Muslim civilians during the bloody Bosnian conflict has been living freely under the noses of federal authorities in Canberra for a decade.

Yerrabi Pond cod population under threat amid more mystery deaths

Val Starr with one of the dead cod found  in Yerrabi Pond.

JOHN THISTLETON 11:30pm An ecologist has warned Yerrabi Pond is in danger of losing its population of large cod because either a pathogen or a parasite is targeting older fish.

New Canberra parking inspectors in parliamentary zone work weekends too


PHILLIP THOMSON 11:30pm Here come the men (and women) in black for paid parking D-Day and it's not just weekday law breakers who should be careful.

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Khaled Sharrouf-linked business to be permanently shut

Hassan El Sabsabi, 23, is led away after the raid in Seabrook, Melbourne.

RACHEL OLDING A Lakemba money transfer business owned by the sister and brother-in-law of Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf will be shut down after it failed to convince authorities that millions of dollars sent to the Middle East concerns were not being used to fund terrorism.

Unionist Kathy Jackson's alleged credit card misuse takes total to $1.4m

Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson arrives at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

NICK TOSCANO Controversial unionist Kathy Jackson allegedly used multiple union credit cards to misappropriate more than $660,000 for her own expenses, including airline tickets, rooms in boutique hotels and upmarket dinners while on a series of lavish overseas holidays.

Short Cuts: around Australian film this week

Poster for The Water Diviner.

GARRY MADDOX The battle over the Jimi Hendrix bio-pic continues, producer hopes Little Death is still alive and first glimpse of The Water Diviner looks promising.

Tracking the terrorist money trail

Tracking the terrorist money trail

DANIEL FLITTON It might seem small beer, what money can be raised from a suburban backyard in Melbourne. But when small amounts of cash for nefarious purposes can be collected from hundreds, if not thousands, of separate sources across the world, tracking the money and potential dangers becomes exceptionally difficult.

MH370 search to resume this week

A map of the latest MH370 search area shows the areas already scanned in yellow and the total search area in grey shade. The dark blue areas of the map indicate a depth of up to 7000 metres, while the lighter blue is up to 3500 metres deep and the green and yellow are more shallow waters.

The sonar search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is about to resume, with a Malaysian ship the first to begin scouring the Indian Ocean for MH370.

Chinese government's 'veiled threats' over ABC Foreign Correspondent program on Uighurs


KATE MCCLYMONT The Chinese government has issued veiled threats to the national broadcaster that diplomatic relations with Australia could be damaged if the ABC broadcasts a report from its Beijing-based correspondent Stephen McDonell, according to ABC sources.

The price Aboriginal children paid at Retta Dixon

The then minister for territories Paul Hasluck opens new buildings at Retta Dixon Homes, Darwin, in 1961 to move its wards away from Bagot reserve.

Greg Pemberton A grandmother tells of terrible thrashings, recalling leather belts and canes.

Menopausal women fear discrimination in workplace

Women at work.

Miki Perkins, Social Affairs Reporter Gillian Fletcher always thought menopause was something that happened to really old women.

Public service compo culture in government's sights

We could cut the number of deaths in the workplace, currently standing at 125 for this year.

NOEL TOWELL The Abbott government is planning a fresh assault on its public service's compo culture with more sweeping reforms planned for the Commonwealth workers' compensation schemes.

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Son of Afghan-Australian killed by Taliban denied refugee status

Sayed Najibullah Musawi, known as Najib, says his father was visiting Najib's wife and children when he was killed.

MICHAEL BACHELARD Cisarua, West Java: A man whose Afghan-Australian father was murdered by the Taliban last week has been denied refugee status by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

RAAF starts dry runs before Iraq mission

Super Hornet aircrew head to their aircraft in preparation for their departure.

DAVID WROE The RAAF's commander in the Middle East has declared his forces "ready for combat" as Australian planes began flying practice missions over Iraq ahead of an anticipated green light for military action.

Nurse Roger Dean might have lit three fires at Quakers Hill nursing home, not two

Former aged-care nurse Roger Dean interrogated by police.

PAUL BIBBY The Sydney nurse who set fire to the Quakers Hill nursing home, killing 11 elderly residents, might have ignited three separate blazes inside the facility rather than two as he previously claimed, an inquest has heard.

Pimp who preyed on Australian women faces life


Peter Mitchell Violent pimp Damion Baston should spend the rest of his life in jail for forcing Australian, New Zealand and US women into prostitution with beatings, threats and torture, prosecutors have told a judge in Florida.

'No-kidding ready to go': RAAF starts practice runs in Middle East

A RAAF Super Hornet aircrew.

DAVID WROE RAAF planes have begun practice runs in the Middle East with the head of the air task group declaring his team "ready" for an order expected within days to start combat missions in Iraq.

Care needed to help people die how they want: report


Miki Perkins Social Affairs Reporter Doctors should be required to talk to elderly or very sick patients about their end-of-life care, with few Australians taking steps to ensure they do not get unwanted medical treatment when they are dying.

Australian man 'executed' in Afghanistan

Angelo Risso The Department of Foreign Affairs is seeking to confirm reports an Australian-Afghan dual citizen has been executed in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan.

Australian man tortured, killed by Taliban, says family

Australian officials are trying to confirm reports a dual citizen has been tortured and killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Day offers compromise on wait for the dole

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Family First senator Bob Day is urging crossbenchers not to deal themselves out of negotiations over changes to welfare.

Forced marriages an 'assault on values': Scott Morrison


Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says forced marriages are an "assault on Australian values" after authorities intercepted a 14-year-old girl destined for an arranged wedding in Lebanon.