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Travel

Rome, Italy travel guide video: 36 hours in Rome

10:56pm You cannot walk 100 metres in Rome without experiencing some of its astounding history.

Video Rugby League

Manly crushed as Roosters soar

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28:  Brett Stewart of the Eagles and his team look dejected after a Roosters try during the round 25 NRL match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters at Brookvale Oval on August 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

10:50pm The Sydney Roosters have cemented their position as NRL premiership favourites and ruined Geoff Toovey's final appearance at Brookvale Oval with a ruthless 46-10 romp against Manly.

North Queensland Cowboys

Video preview: North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

10:43pm Two teams will big plans for September square off on Saturday night. Who'll give their title hopes a nudge in the right direction?

Victoria

Border Force fiasco: Operation Fortitude cancelled as protest shuts down Melbourne streets

Protests at
Flinders Street
Station.

TAMMY MILLS, NICOLE HASHAM, RICHARD WILLINGHAM 10:26pm Widespread community backlash leads to the cancelling of Operation Fortitude, which would have seen people questioned about their visa credentials on Melbourne's streets.

ACT News

Christine Anu at the Street Theatre

(L-R) Danielle Lavender and Moya Evans of Casey.

10:05pm Crowds gathered at the Street Theatre to celebrate 20 years since Christine Anu's debut album Stylin' Up made its mark on Australian Music.

Video Sports HQ

Hayne remains humble

Hayne remains humble (Thumbnail)

10:05pm Jarryd Hayne maintains he still has a lot to learn in American football as the San Francisco 49ers hopeful prepares for his third pre-season game against the Denver Broncos.

Canberra Raiders

Hard work helps David Shillington depart Canberra Raiders on his terms

JON TUXWORTH 10:00pm David Shillington had two options - finish his Canberra Raiders career languishing in reserve grade or "fight like hell".

Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers chairwoman Marina Go opens up on why Robbie Farah had to go

ADRIAN PROSZENKO 10:00pm Wests Tigers chair Marina Go has opened up about the decision to offer captain Robbie Farah a release, saying it was time to put the club first to ensure it built a winning culture.

Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2015: Will Genia vows to deliver under pressure

PHIL LUTTON 10:00pm Will Genia believes he can be the best halfback in the world once again.

ACT Sport

Tom Staniforth wins MacDougall Medal as the John I Dent Cup's best player

10:00pm Tom Staniforth won the MacDougall Medal on Friday night as the most outstanding player in the John I Dent Cup.

World

Cross-border firing kills nine on India-Pakistan war anniversary

REUTERS 9:54pm Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two south Asian nations.

Athletics

World Championships 2015: Michelle Jenneke misses hurdles final

MICHAEL GLEESON 9:50pm Dancing hurdler Michelle Jenneke ran well but was unable to get through to the final of the 100m hurdles.

Clique

Australian Farmers - Dry land of hope and beauty

9:46pm Australian Farmers and the dry land of hope and beauty. Photographer Dean Koopman, of Portland, Victoria, captured the resilience of drought-struck outback dwellers during a 6500km road trip on his...

Video AFL Real Footy

Clarkson welcomes Ratten back

Hawks head coach Alastair Clarkson.

9:40pm Hawthorn coach has welcomed back assistant coach Brett Ratten, who returned after the death of his teenage son in a car accident last week.

Video AFL Real Footy

Barker has no regrets

Blues interim coach John Barker.

9:31pm Carlton interim coach John Barker speaks for the first time since missing out on the Blues' coaching job.

World

Archbishop put on trial for child sex abuse by Vatican found dead

REUTERS 9:28pm A Catholic former archbishop accused of child sex offences was found dead on Friday, the Vatican said, a month after he was hospitalised on the eve of his trial.

Video Rugby League

Raiders v Panthers preview

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26:  Josh Hodgson of the Raiders in action during the round 20 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canberra Raiders at Pepper Stadium on July 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

9:24pm Michael Carayannis previews the round 25 clash between the Canberra Raiders and the Penrith Panthers.

Video Rugby League

Tigers v Warriors preview

9:22pm Michael Carayannis previews the round 25 clash between the Wests Tigers and the Auckland Warriors.

Queensland

Gunman sparks siege in Woodridge

Police are trying to diffuse a siege situation in Woodridge.

JORGE BRANCO 9:13pm A man is holed up with a gun in a house south of Brisbane and police have locked down nearby streets.

Video NSW News

Violent train brawl captured on video

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9:08pm A passenger captures a violent brawl between young women on a Sydney train last Friday night. Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Video Rugby League

Storm v Cowboys preview

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30:  William Chambers of the Storm is tackled by Kane Linnett and Lachlan Coote of the Cowboys  during the round four NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium on March 30, 2015 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

9:08pm Michael Carayannis previews the round 25 clash between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys.

SMH Editorial

Jarryd Hayne's secret formula for success. (Hint: it's a drink)

SMH editorial dinkus

What IS a "Parramatta"? What do they put in the water there? And do eels really live in it?

Political News

Are we really closing the gap? Seven brutal realities facing Indigenous Australians

Tony Abbott joins students from Tagai State College on Mer Island.

SARAH WHYTE Progress has been made in smoking and Indigenous birthweights, but not in reading rates and employment.

SMH Editorial

Tony Abbott deserves credit for commitment to Indigenous Australia

SMH editorial dinkus

Indigenous politics and policy in Australia is as fraught and difficult as it is important to a strong and confident future for our nation.

US Sports

It's like State of Origin every week: 49ers rookie Jarryd Hayne opens up about life in the NFL

MICHAEL CHAMMAS On the eve of his third NFL trial against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, Jarryd Hayne has opened up about life as a San Francisco 49er - describing it as State of Origin every week.

Obituaries

'Prince' Alan Clarkson's pen reigned in heyday of sports journalism

The young Alan Clarkson cut an urbane figure in the muddy, bloody world of Sydney rugby league in the season of 1954.

Music

Digital world helps young musos get off to a singing start

Portrait of Australian musician Meg Mac, photographed at The Grounds in Sydney. Wednesday 15th July 2015. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH SPECTRUM 150715

MICHAEL KOZIOL Jimmy Barnes never really made it there, despite his best efforts. Delta Goodrem tried and failed. For Australian artists, making it in the US has oft been an elusive dream, requiring time, money and...

Column 8

Column 8

"I'm not sure if this is actually what Steve Quessy is referring to," writes Jane Cateris, of Ashfield, "but his query on Thursday about palindromic reversible sentences reminded me of the mnemonic...

Comment

Bill Shorten is not the ALP's messiah

Alan Ramsey

ALAN RAMSEY The fortunes of the Labor leader and the Prime Minister are inextricably linked to the lousy state of Australian political life.

SMH Letters

Alarmists overstate risk of deluge in West from refugee 'flood'

Letters.

Whatever is the world coming to when dozens of refugees are found dead and decomposing in a truck headed for Austria.

Queensland

Life sentence for hammer killer Hamish Stewart Murray

The brutal murder of Nicholas Collins with a hammer has robbed his father of the joy of growing old with his son by his side.

AFL

Travis Cloke a last minute withdrawal

Travis Cloke

LARISSA NICHOLSON Travis Cloke was a very last minute withdrawal from the Collingwood team for the Friday night game against Geelong at the MCG..

Queensland

#Freemojgan rally: Husband begs Dutton for wife's release

NATHAN PAULL Milad Jafari clutched the microphone to address a crowd of 200 supporters calling on the government to free his wife from detention.

ACT News

David Pope's view August 29 2015

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The day's news through the eyes of The Canberra Times' editorial cartoonist David Pope.

ACT News

David Pope

The day's news through the eyes of The Canberra Times editorial cartoonist David Pope.

Clique

Best of the world

A Hindu woman from Rajasthan participates in a religious procession during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar, India, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.

The best pictures from the international wire services as chosen by the Picture Editors at the Sydney Morning Herald. Follow us at http://twitter.com/photosSMH

NSW

Violent brawl between teenage girls on a Sydney train caught on video

Grab from footage of the brawl on Seven News.

KATE AUBUSSON A violent brawl between teenage girls broke out on a Sydney train last Friday night following the NRL clash between the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs.

League Match Report

Sydney Roosters thump Manly Sea Eagles in Geoff Toovey's Brookvale farewell

Hat-trick hero: Brendan Elliot of the Roosters celebrates a try.

CHRIS BARRETT Hugh Jackman, star of the X-Men series, knows a winning franchise when he sees one. The actor saw another one in action as he turned up at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.

CT Letters

Time to extract ourselves from that futile war on IS

Canberra Times Letters thumbnail

The idea that Australia should decide to participate in dropping bombs on Syria is truly appalling.

Books

Book Week costumes show creativity and a love for literature

White Lion costume

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Sewing machines and glue guns have been out in force to ensure the children of the nation are in fighting form for National Book Week.

The Ashes

Ashes 2015: Luck really is a fortune

Malcolm Knox dinkus Dinkus

MALCOLM KNOX The biggest taboo subject in sports is luck. For players, to admit that luck dictates results is to surrender control of their destiny.

Comment

The Gayby Baby ban is a school-time lesson in discrimination and exclusion

JUDITH IRELAND Rather than an "example of tolerance", the school-time ban on the documentary Gayby Baby only serves to further marginalise school kids already struggling to come to terms with their identity

Latest News

Melbourne property market forays into bumper spring

CHRISTINA ZHOU Melbourne is set to face its biggest test for the first day of the spring selling season.

League News

Why Super League Mk II can never happen

Darren Kane dinkus Dinkus

DARREN KANE On the proviso you're reading this column in the fortress of solitude that is your own lounge room – not reclining in some mung bean-themed Eastern Suburbs cafe – then try this.

Comment

Border farce and hot air fills the leadership vacuum

Peter Hartcher dinkus

PETER HARTCHER If you were wondering why the Prime Minister, without consulting his cabinet, decided to launch Friday's ham-fisted assault on Australians' freedom of movement, his poor poll ratings are only part of...

US Election

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders: why outsiders are winning the US presidential race

Donald Trump, perennially controversial real estate baron and Republican presidential front-runner.

NICK O'MALLEY Political strategists have been blindsided by the surging grassroots support for outsider candidates, writes Nick O'Malley.

Political News

Indigenous recognition: Tony Abbott says pushing for big changes to constitution will fail

MICHAEL GORDON Tony Abbott has warned advocates of strong constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians that, if they go for everything they would like in the referendum question, they will...

AFL Match Report

Daniel Menzel stars, but Magpies end Cats' grand era

Daniel Menzel (right) of the Cats celebrates one of his four goals with Steven Motlop (left) and Tom Hawkins.

JON PIERIK The late withdrawal of Collingwood powerhouse Travis Cloke, and a fairytale four goals and a late mark-of-the-year entry from Geelong's comeback kid Daniel Menzel, would have suggested the football...

Queensland

Watermelons spill over Captain Cook Highway

JORGE BRANCO Watermelons can be a nuisance to eat but it's nothing compared to the chaos they cause scattered across a highway.

Queensland

Man found guilty of Queensland hammer murder

A man who claimed he had killed his friend with a hammer in self defense has been found guilty of murder.

A man who bludgeoned his friend to death with a hammer and dumped his body in far north Queensland mangroves has been found guilty of murder.

Obituaries

Civil rights hero had a rough welcome to legislature

ROY REED Julian Bond was a writer, poet, TV commentator, lecturer, and persistent opponent to the remnants of white supremacy.

Victoria

Batmania, the city that never was

Flinder Street station - the heart of Melbourne.

NEIL MCMAHON Happy birthday, Melbourne - 180 years old tomorrow! And perhaps, let's be honest, not entirely sure what anniversary it is you're celebrating.

World

China FTA: Andrew Robb slams unions for 'economic sabotage'

Andrew Robb

PHILIP WEN Andrew Robb has described the trade union movement's opposition to Australia's free trade agreement with China as "nothing short of economic sabotage".

Obituaries

You name the protest, this former Austrian refugee would more than likely be there

JOSEPH TOSCANO Gerry Harant was an engineer, a refugee and a humanitarian.

ACT News

Ultimate team obstacle challenge Night Attack run hits Canberra

NAOMI AVERY The ultimate team obstacle challenge, Night Attack, got off to a brilliant start at Exhibition Park on Thursday night.

AFL Match Centre

Live AFL: Geelong v Collingwood

Last time: Joel Selwood of the Cats is tackled by former teammate Travis Varcoe.

LEE CROSSLEY It's all on the line for Geelong. The Cats must beat Collingwood to stay in the hunt for the finals and avoid missing September action for the first time since 2006.

Art & Design

Guan Wei wins $50,000 Bendigo Art Gallery 2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize

Artist Guan Wei at work.

ANNABEL ROSS "Life's a beach," is a sentiment embodied better by Australians than most any other culture, but for Guan Wei, the expression takes on more meaning when compared to life in his native Beijing.

World

Transgendered Tongan 'leitis' finding their way in the conservative country

PETER MUNRO In Australia, transgenders are typically on the fringes of mainstream society. In Tonga, they sit close to the king – or wait on his table.

The Fitz Files

Rugby World Cup 2015: Michael Cheika needs to find Wallabies' inner mongrel

Peter FitzSimons dinkus.

PETERT FITZSIMONS Go you Wallabies. As if you didn't know, they leave on Saturday for America, to play a Test against the American Eagles on Chicago's famed Soldier Field, before heading to the mighty World Cup...

ACT Sport

Muad Zwed earning plenty of cred on the soccer field

Muad Zwed moved from Libya in 2008 - narrowly escaping the Gaddafi regime.

BRANDON PALMER It's been a long way from war-torn Libya to the soccer fields of Canberra for Canberra FC forward Muad Zwed.

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Sinkhole swallows up pedestrians

A sinkhole opens in China, sucking in five people and injuring at least four.