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Peter Capaldi, the new star of Doctor Who, talks wedding rings, unemployment and sex appeal

Lenny Ann Low The new Doctor draws every day and credits his wife with a career that has reached new heights (and time dimensions).

Australian Federal Police seize millions from the bank accounts of nine Russian business people

Nine Russian nationals used a Gold Coast ANZ bank to wire large sums of money from companies in Asia.

Rory Callinan and Anne Tarasov The Gold Coast branch of the ANZ Bank sees its fair share of wealthy new customers, but few could match the depositing power of the smartly-dressed tourists with Russian accents who opened accounts...

Asia-born residents out-live native Australians, data shows

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Dan Harrison Overseas-born Australian residents can expect to live longer than those born in Australia, data to be released on Thursday shows.

Proposal backs short-term sublet of childcare places

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Judith Ireland, Rachel Browne Parents would be able to sublet their precious childcare places while they are on holiday or on maternity leave under a Productivity Commission idea that has been backed by the federal government.

Selective high schools: record number compete for places

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Alexandra Smith, Rachel Browne A record number of NSW children sat for the selective schools placement test on Thursday: 13,930 children are in contention for 4188 spots.

Fear of flying haunts air travellers after MH17 crash

Lawrence Money Recent events have made those people afraid of plane travel more afraid than ever.

Peeling back the wall of sound at Ballarat’s Festival of Slow Music

Michael Dwyer Ballarat’s Festival of Slow Music unplugs and demystifies some surprising collaborators, writes Michael Dwyer.

The Shortlist top five gigs: August 22-28

Bronwyn Thompson From rock icon Courtney Love to the talented Megan Washington, we have the week covered.

French dung beetle release in WA

A bug's life: Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia entomologist Rob Emery, CSIRO honorary fellow Dr Jane Wright, and DAWFA technical officer with a spring active beetle, Onthophagus vacca.

David Ellery The nifty insect is much-loved by farmers here and throughout the world. By David Ellery.

Gang-gang 100 years ago, the phoney war

The Lord Kitchener recruitment poster.

David Ellery World War I, like World War II 25 years later, began more with a whimper than a bang if you take the contemporary news reports at face value.

Top five: critics' picks

From the classic rock of Queen to Nick Cave's imagined 20,000th day on earth, we have the week covered.

Sticky Carpet: Dan Sultan dominates NIMA awards

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Mary Mihelakos Indigenous music is in good heart, as seen at this year's National Indigenous Music Awards.

Childcare surge but city places hard to find

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Rachel Browne Families in parts of Sydney and Melbourne are still struggling to find childcare vacancies despite a surge in new providers and a record number of children in centres.

Government to boost in-home childcare places

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Rachel Wells The Gillard government has announced it will increase the number of subsidised in-home childcare places by 17 per cent, but says providing rebates for nannies is a long way off.

'This is supposed to be one of the safest places for children'

Claudia (pink) Reid play in Whites Creek valley park, Annandale on the artificial turf surface on Saturday 21st January 2012.

Natalie O'Brien Sultan Aytacli is suddenly worried. ''My girls have been playing on artificial turf all their lives,'' says the mother of Suki, 9, and Claudia, 5. ''But we will be avoiding them now.''

Ng's defiance places China on defensive

Chief defence lawyer Chen Youxi with Mr Ng's wife, Niki.

John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.

Up to $2.6m demanded for nursing home places

Mark Metherell AGED-CARE residents are paying bonds of more than $2 million to ensure places in sought-after nursing homes - relinquishing tens of thousands of dollars a year more than the amount needed to cover...

She worked in high places, but video kills cleaner's compo claim

Kate McClymont Maria Goritsas's employers were horrified when she told them her tale of woe - that she had been falsely accused of shoplifting, held against her will and brutally manhandled by a Best & Less shop...