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Italy grieves at earthquake victims' funeral

Relatives and friends mourn during the state funeral service of some of the earthquake victims in Ascoli Piceno, Italy.

Weeping relatives hugged each other and reached out to touch the simple wooden coffins at a state funeral held on Saturday for some of the 290 people killed in an earthquake this week.

Giants can win the flag: Cameron

"I knew we'd improve that with a little bit of luck with our injuries": Giants head coach Leon Cameron.

Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says the Giants have surprised him by making the top four, but now they are there he believes they can go all the way.

Bangladesh police kill 'mastermind' of Dhaka cafe attack

Bangladesh policemen cordon off the area near a two-story house, behind in blue, that they raided in Narayanganj ...

Bangladesh security forces killed three Islamist militants on Saturday, including a Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen accused of masterminding an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, police said.

Giants climb into the top four

Jonathon Patton celebrates a goal.

North Melbourne courted the prospect of losing to Greater Western Sydney during the week when it announced the end of four much-loved veterans' careers. It might have been seen as defeatist. But in retrospect, it was simply being realistic.

Suns cooked after last week: Eade

Jay Shultz of the Power celebrates a goal with team mates.

Gold Coast Suns coach Rodney Eade said his side was mentally and physically cooked after last week's 71-point loss to Collingwood. They didn't look exhausted as they opened brightly against Port Adelaide at Metricon; the simpler problem was that they couldn't finish off their work.

'Book famine' as government prepares to miss deadline

Advocates say a shake-up of copyright law in Australia is long overdue.

The Turnbull government has been accused of extending Australia's "book drought" by sitting on draft legislation designed to give blind, partially sighted and dyslexic Australians the same sort of access to audio and braille books that's available overseas.

Cooper didn't get a chance to shine: Hansen

No fireworks: Quade Cooper.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says Quade Cooper didn't get a chance to shine because of limited set piece ball, while hooker Dane Coles admitted things might have gone a little too far in the heat of a Bledisloe battle.

Battered Tigers can bounce back next year, says Hardwick

Alex Rance does battle with Lance Franklin of the Swans in the Tigers' final match for the year.

Richmond's train-wreck of a season officially ended in a 113-point thrashing by Sydney on Saturday night, heaping the pressure on Tigers coach Damien Hardwick to convince disgruntled fans he's the man to rebuild their broken club.

Stand-alone clubs set for big VFL series

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AFL stand alone clubs Collingwood, Footscray, Geelong and Essendon are set to play a major part in this year's VFL finals series, in what is expected to be a somewhat changing of the guard.

Worsfold not fixated on battle for the wooden spoon

John Worsfold, coach of the Bombers, thanks supporters.

Essendon coach John Worsfold, fresh from victory over Carlton on Saturday, insists his mind is not fixed on the battle for the wooden spoon as the prospect of claiming it for the first time since 1933 hovers over the Bombers.

Roos careful about departing message

Paul Roos did not want to leave with any regrets.

Departing Melbourne coach Paul Roos says he was careful not to tell his team something he would later regret after Saturday's record loss to Geelong.

Pearce drama cost Roosters $1 million

Mea culpa: Mitchell Pearce fronts the media in January.

With their season done, Roosters management now quietly admit Mitchell Pearce's Australia Day incident cost the club near enough to a million dollars. And a season.

The 'messy' interview that divided the Greens

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young: unhappy about losing immigration portfolio.

Recriminations over a Greens re-shuffle that stripped Sarah Hanson-Young of the immigration portfolio continue to flare in public after the South Australian Senator declared she did not accept Richard Di Natale's explanation of why she was moved.