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Transfield returns to black, flags more growth

JENNY WIGGINS 9:41am Transfield Services has forecast higher earnings in 2015 as it swung to a net profit of $53 million from a hefty $254.


Famous giant panda 'fakes pregnancy, gets nice things'

Fake? Giant panda Ai Hin.

ELAHE IZADI 9:35am bc-panda 08-28 498 ATTN: Feature editors //Famous giant panda fakes pregnancy, gets nice things// By Elahe Izadi (c) 2014, The Washington Post.


Rolling Stones' Australian tour: Preatures, British India to support

The Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger will be back on Australian shores soon.

9:33am Sydney band The Preatures and Melbourne band British India have been announced as support acts for two of The Rolling Stones' gigs, during their tour of Australia.


Michael Matthews loses Vuelta a Espana lead to Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde

9:30am Alejandro Valverde has taken the lead in the Tour of Spain from Australia's Michael Matthews after producing a supreme final climb to win a star-laden finish to the 167.

Travel News

Czech hotel threatens peeing tourists with YouTube post

Don't pee here

OLIVER SMITH 9:25am A Czech hotel is hoping to deter public urination by threatening to post videos of offenders on YouTube.

Video QLD News

Google drone delivers hope

A Google drone delivers a package of chocolates to a farm near Warwick

9:12am A Google drone makes a world first delivery to a Queensland farmer, with the potential for package deliveries "endless".

Motor News

Volvo boss wants hybrid 'V8 Supercars'

Volvo's global boss wants V8 SUpercars to consider hybrid powertrains in the future.

SAM HALL 9:12am Volvo’s global boss declares brand committed to racing but not V8 engines.

AFL News

Leigh Matthews slams AFL for 'ill-advised' poaching of Karmichael Hunt and Israel Folau

Cross-code converts: Rugby league stars Israel Folau (left) and Karmichael Hunt made the switch to the AFL.

DANIEL CHERNY 9:08am AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan's send-off message to outgoing Gold Coast player Karmichael Hunt may have carried an inadvertently humorous touch, but the Rugby League convert's four-year stint in the AFL...


Woolworths posts $2.45b profit despite Masters, Big W weakness

The Australian designer responsible for the design of Woolworth’s green apple logo, Hans Hulsbosch, said trademarks were getting “out of control”

SUE MITCHELL 9:07am Woolworths’ net profit rose 8.5 per cent to $2.45 billion in 2014 as higher food and liquor margins offset wider-than-expected losses from home improvement and weaker earnings at BIG W.

ACT News

Running for fun

9:07am Flashback Friday: The people in costume who put the fun into the annual Canberra Times Fun Run.

Markets Live

Markets Live: Final rush of earnings

The 2011-12 market turned from bull to bear then part of the way back again.

PATRICK COMMINS, JENS MEYER 9:06am Shares are set for a weak start after Wall St falls and the iron ore price plumbs five-year lows ahead of Woolworths' profits.

Union News

Boks replace Willem Alberts ahead of Wallabies

Out: Willem Alberts.

9:02am Warren Whiteley has replaced fellow back-rower Willem Alberts in the South Africa squad for Rugby Championship Tests in Australia and New Zealand next month.

Video World News

Car crashes into Seattle hair salon

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8:59am RAW: emergency crews attend the scene where a car crashed into a hair salon in Seattle, US, reportedly injuring six people.


Sally Pearson grabs second in Diamond League meet

Sally Pearson.

8:58am Sally Pearson has finished second in the women's 100m hurdles at the Diamond League meet in Zurich, again beaten by American Dawn Harper-Nelson.

Travel Incidents

Drunk, smoking passengers force plane to turn back under military escort

8:56am Two women drunk on duty-free alcohol, triggered the fire alarm with a cigarette and got into a fight each other, forcing a flight to return under a military escort.


'Yes we tan': Barack Obama's suit puts serious talk in the shade

Barack Obama

PATRICK BEGLEY 8:55am Social media and the press were blinded by the President's slightly baggy tan suit.


Serena, Djokovic sail through US Open winds

Serena Williams

LARRY FINE 8:42am World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams sailed through brisk winds to dismiss overmatched opponents on Thursday and land comfortably in the third round of the US Open.

Banking & Finance

ANZ rebuffs Murray inquiry's calls for bigger capital buffers for banks

JAMES THOMSON 8:41am ANZ Bank has hit back at suggestions from David Murray's Financial System Inquiry that the big banks should hold more capital, arguing that after the recent strengthening of the system it can...


Virgin Australia reports $211.7m loss, sells stake in frequent flyer program


JAMIE FREED 8:38am Virgin Australia Holdings has reported a full-year underlying loss of $211.7 million in line with market expectations.

Political News

Dick Warburton says climate sceptic views did not influence report recommending slashing of renewable energy target

Dick Warburton

DAN HARRISON 8:36am The climate sceptic and businessman chosen by the Abbott government to lead its review of the renewable energy target has denied his personal views have had any influence on the panel's report, which...

Digital Life News

Social media users shy from controversy

People are less willing to be vocal about their opinions on social media if they aren't sure others already agree with them, the study found.

ANNE FLAHERTY 8:30am A surprising study finds that people who use social media are less likely than others to share their views on controversial issues, even while offline.


Apple invites are out, new iPhones coming September 9

New iPhones look to be just a week and a half away.

SAMANTHA MURPHY KELLY 8:25am Just as expected, Apple sent out invitations on Thursday for what's presumed to be its big iPhone event of the year.

Video World News

Obama: beating IS requires Sunni cooperation

US President Barack Obama speaks in the White House Briefing Room on August 28, 2014, in Washington, DC. Obama said it is plain for world to see that Russian forces are in Ukraine  AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN

8:22am US President Obama says a regional strategy involving Sunnis in Syria and Iraq is required to defeat Islamic State in the long-term.


Australian John van Wisse breaks world record in Arch to Arc triathlon from London to Paris

John Van Wisse.

PATRICK HATCH 8:12am Australian athlete John van Wisse has smashed the world record in the gruelling 483-kilometre Arch to Arc ultra-triathlon from London to Paris. 


Further downgrades loom unless Qantas keeps promises

Analysts say the outlook for Qantas remains challenging.

JAMIE FREED 8:00am Qantas Airways could risk a further credit rating downgrade if it fails to meet its promise of improved earnings and lower debt over the next six months, Moody’s says.

Digital Life News

Google drones tested in Queensland

A tailsitter craft operated as part of Project Wing.

CAMERON ATFIELD 8:00am A Queensland farm on the Darling Downs has become the unlikely testing ground of one of the most technologically advanced Google projects that could see autonomous drones deliver anything from...

Banking & Finance

Big banks' brand games under the spotlight

Consumers looking for financial services outside the big four banks could be confused by the alternate brands those banks own.

JAMES EYERS AND CLANCY YEATES 8:00am The big banks' ownership of alternate brands has been put in the spotlight by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.


Samantha Stosur eliminated from US Open

Samantha Stosure

DARREN WALTON 7:57am Samantha Stosur has suffered a shattering second-round loss at the US Open in New York.

Video Entertainment News

Friends stars reunite for Jimmy Kimmel

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7:52am Friends characters Rachel, Monica and Phoebe made a comeback on Jimmy Kimmel Live's $80,000 recreated set from the famous sitcom which celebrates its 20th anniversary in September.

Video World News

Islamic State executes 250 Syrian soldiers

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7:49am WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: Sunni militants appear to execute 250 Syrian soldiers after capturing the Taqba air base in northeast Syria.

Video World News

WHO seeks to regulate e-cigarettes

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27:  E-Cigarettes are sold at the V-Revolution E-Cigarette shop in Covent Garden on August 27, 2014 in London, England. The Department of Health have ruled out the outlawing of 'e-cigs' in enclosed spaces in England, despite calls by WHO, The World Health Organisation to do so. WHO have recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigs as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World Health Organisation has called for the regulation of the $3b electronic cigarette industry, including bans on indoor us, advertising and sales to minors.

Banking & Finance

National Australia Bank plans US IPO of Great Western Bank


National Australia Bank has confirmed it will file for an initial public offering of its US subsidiary, Great Western Bank.

Video World News

Ebola could eventually infect 20,000

World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward speaks during a press briefing on WHO's strategy to combat Ebola, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva August 28, 2014. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,552 people out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, the World Health Organisation's Dr Bruce Aylward says.


Ukraine tensions pull US stocks down

Trading volumes were thin, with just 479 million shares changing hands at the NYSE floor, the lowest tally of the year, according to

US stocks have fallen modestly as rising fears about renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia outweighed a batch of encouraging US economic data.

ACT News

Canberra Mornings Live: Friday August 29

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Barack Obama: no strategy yet for defeating Islamic State

US President Barack Obama answers questions in the White House Press Briefing Room ahead of a meeting with his national security council in Washington.

NICK O'MALLEY President Barack Obama has told reporters he has no strategy yet to launch a broader attack against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Video World News

Ice sales soar on bucket challenge

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a global internet phenomenon, raising millions for charity while boosting sales of ice by up to 20%.


Bird keeper convicted of mistreatment

STEVE BUTCHER An elderly pensioner known as the "Birdman" who once supplied a cockatoo for super model Megan Gale's fashion shoot has been convicted and fined $10,000 on multiple RSPCA mistreatment charges.


Feminist game critic driven from home by murder threat

Anita Sarkeesian produces the popular critical video series 'Tropes vs women in games'.

JAMES 'DEXX' DOMINGUEZ Anita Sarkeesian, a prevalent feminist video game critic, was forced to flee her home this week after explicit death threats.


need2know: Iron ore falls again

No signs of crisis despite sharp market falls: AFR (Thumbnail)

Local shares are set to open lower on the back of a soft lead from overseas markets, while iron ore continued its downward slide, falling for the ninth-straight day.


Islamic State boasts of mass execution of Syrian troops

Smoke rises from the Syrian village of Quneitra.

Islamic State jihadists have boasted they have executed scores of Syrian troops after capturing a key air base, the latest in a string of abuses that have shocked the world.


Woman beaten over head with shovel in attempted carjacking

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MEGAN LEVY A woman was allegedly beaten over the head repeatedly with a shovel during a terrifying attempted carjacking in Sydney's north-west, police say.


The way we work is insane


JAMES ADONIS We work mega hours in jobs we hate, spend half our life in traffic and turn up each day wearing a noose. Is there a better way?


Grump v grinner: who’s the winner?


ALEXANDRA CAIN They say we should believe in the power of positive thinking. But are cheery souls actually effective at work?

Video National News

Meet the die hard fans at the Sydney Darts Masters

In all their glory, the devotees of the Sydney Darts Masters bring more than a war cry to the start of the three-day tournament at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion.

Real Estate News

NSW opposition calls on Fair Trading to investigate sales of state-owned Millers Point homes

This house at 29 Lower Fort Street, Millers Point, had a price guide of $1.5 million-$1.6 million. It sold on Tuesday for $2.56 million.

TOBY JOHNSTONE Shadow Minister for Housing Sophie Cotsis says the auction campaigns must be halted.


Two women allegedly assault police officers, security guard outside Brisbane CBD nightclub

Qld police

Two women allegedly launched a violent attack on police and a security guard outside a Brisbane nightclub overnight.


Rugby star Ian Gough fined for beating up beauty queen ex Sophia Cahill

Welsh international rugby star Ian Gough has been ordered to pay £2130 ($3890) in fines and costs after attacking his beauty queen ex-girlfriend just days after she got engaged to pop star Dane...

Union News

Rugby star Ian Gough fined for beating up beauty queen ex Sophia Cahill

Fined: Ian Gough.

Welsh international rugby star Ian Gough has been ordered to pay £2130 ($3890) in fines and costs after attacking his beauty queen ex-girlfriend just days after she got engaged to pop star Dane...

Video World News

Russia 'operating in Ukraine'

This Aug. 23, 2014 satellite image made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are Russian self-propelled artillery units near Krasnodon, Ukraine, inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded southeastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

The military alliance claims Russian artillery units are positioned near Krasnodon, Ukraine, inside territory controlled by Russian separatists.


Animal dies in Queensland vet clinic fire

Qld police

A fire at Andergrove near Mackay has caused serious damage at a shopping complex including a veterinary clinic where at least one animal died, police say.


Satellite call adds fresh clues to MH370 search area

Audio from MH370 to the cockpit (Thumbnail)

ROD MCGUIRK Satellite phone calls to the crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after it disappeared might have left clues to the jet's flight path.

TV & Radio

Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow participate in Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live


MICHAEL IDATO If it was an episode of Friends, they would have called it 'The One With The Friends Reunion'.


Ebola outbreak could afflict more than 20,000, World Health Organisation says

The Ebola virus is still spreading at a rapid rate and could affect 20,000 people.

NICK CUMMING-BRUCE AND ALAN COWELL The World Health Organisation says the Ebola virus epidemic is still accelerating and could afflict more than 20,000 people.


Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

GULSEN SOLAKER AND TULAY KARADENIZ Ankara: Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and...

Video Entertainment News

Joan Rivers rushed to hospital

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary

Comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers has been rushed to a New York hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery,

Video BusinessDay

What next for Malaysia Airlines?

Malaysia Airlines staff brace themselves for potential job losses, as the national carrier is set to announce restructuring after two disasters this year.

TV & Radio

Joan Rivers in hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery

Rushed to hospital: Joan Rivers.

MICHAEL IDATO Joan Rivers, the brilliant but acerbic US stand-up comic who blazed a trail for female comedians, suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing during a surgical procedure on her throat at a clinic...


Joan Rivers in hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery

Rushed to hospital: Joan Rivers.

MICHAEL IDATO Joan Rivers, the brilliant but acerbic US stand-up comic who blazed a trail for female comedians, suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing during a surgical procedure on her throat at a clinic...

Video Entertainment News

Brad and Angelina get married

Actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie arrive for a special Maleficent Costume Display at Kensington Palace in London in this May 8, 2014 file photo. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the glamorous Hollywood couple dubbed

With their six children taking roles in the wedding, it's reported Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married in a small ceremony in France.

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Joan Rivers rushed to hospital

Comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers has been rushed to a New York hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery,