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India heatwave kills more than 200 people

2:50am About 230 people have died since mid-April in a heatwave sweeping two southeast Indian states.


Basic instinct gallery

2:29am Combine slouchy pants, comfy knits, long-line cardigans and trench coats and your weekend wardrobe is sorted.


Modern family gallery

2:29am A mother and daughter creative team bring new life to a Victorian worker's cottage.


German grandmother, 65, gives birth to quadruplets

Annegret Raunigk, 65, and a mother to 13, has given birth to quadruplets.

YANNICK PASQUET 2:27am A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine.


Retirees stung by high-fee retirement products

JOHN COLLETT 2:00am Retirees are being stung with high costs for their allocated pensions, leaving them with less income in retirement.


NSW Waratahs face search for hooker after Tolu Latu, Will Skelton cited over lifting tackle

Tolu Latu is sent to the bin by referee Marius van der Westhuizen.

GEORGINA ROBINSON 2:00am The Waratahs will spend two crucial rest days desperately hunting for a hooker after Tolu Latu and Will Skelton were cited for a lifting tackle on Crusaders second rower Sam Whitelock on Saturday.

ACT News

Capital Metro light rail agency to receive $50 million over four years in 2015-16 ACT Budget

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell at the official launch of the consultation on the government's light rail urban designs.

KIMBERLEY LE LIEVRE 1:30am Canberra's light rail agency to get more than $50 million in 2015-16 ACT Budget.


UK resident to face Victorian court on historical rape charges

1:07am A British-Australian dual citizen will face court today in Melbourne after being arrested and charged over historical sexual assault allegations.


Kane Williamson century gives New Zealand the edge over England in first Test at Lord's

Happy hunting: Kane Williamson is congratulated by Ross Taylor after the milestone came up.

Kane Williamson's century and a typically dashing innings from skipper Brendon McCullum has helped give New Zealand a first-innings lead on the third day of the first Test against England at Lord's.

ACT News

Pat Campbell

A selection of published work from The Canberra Times artist.


North Sydney Council launches legal action against brothel that charges one fee for Asian workers and another for the rest

North Sydney Council has launched legal action to close an underground brothel.

EAMONN DUFF A Sydney council has launched legal action to close an underground brothel. To win, it not only has to prove that sex is being sold on the premises - but lots of it.


Sydney siege inquest opening to be live-streamed

LOUISE HALL AND EAMONN DUFF The first two week-block begins on Monday and will focus on gunman Man Haron Monis and his background.

Video Rugby Union

Waratahs secure bonus point win over Crusaders

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23:  Bernard Foley (L) of the Waratahs celebrates with his team mate Kurtley Beale of the Waratahs after scoring a try during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on May 23, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Waratahs have grabbed the honours against the Crusaders, with a 32-22 bonus point win at ANZ Stadium.


Future beef: CSIRO technologies transform cattle production and meat

The Brahman cattle of northern Australia have been the subject of work in genetics and methane gas reduction.

ESTHER HAN From imported dung beetles to friendship-detecting collars, Australia's beef industry is in an innovation frenzy to boost cattle welfare and the quality of what we eat.


Algorithmic systems raising questions of human bias

CAITLIN DEWEY When Flickr rolled out image recognition two weeks ago, it flaunted the tool as a major breakthrough in the world of online photos.

Political News

Senator David Leyonhjelm wants government to monitor wind turbine noise

ADAM GARTRELL Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm claims he has "credible evidence" that wind farms are damaging people's health and he wants government to take action.


Cannes 2015: Craziness not what it was

Cate Blanchett attends the screening of <i>Sicario</i> in Cannes.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Underneath the Swarovski, Cannes - or the big players who pay to be seen at Cannes - seems to be feeling the pinch.


Short Cuts

three sided dream - film

CRAIG MATHIESON Suitably programmed as accompaniment for this year's Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Adam Kahan's The Case of the Three Sided Dream (3 stars, 18+, 88 minutes) is an enjoyably wide-ranging...


How Sweden hit its 50:50 gender target for film production in record time

Ingrid Bergman was the face of the Cannes Film Festival.

PAUL BYRNES Cannes Film Festival featured only two films by women in competition this year. It could never happen in Sweden, which has revolutionised its industry in just four years.

Political News

George Brandis rejects crossbench push on extra super for women

Attorney-General George Brandis in the Senate.

ADAM GARTRELL George Brandis' opposition to a bill aimed at bridging the super gender gap has put him at odds with the industry.


God is dynamic like the breeze

The Temple of the Winds at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

DAVID ENTICOTT Jesus believed that the clearest way to discover God was not through rules, but a living relationship.


Top 10 food markets: Fresh food Meccas

Sausages and ham for sale at La Boqueria Market, Barcelona.

UTE JUNKER For a gastronomic adventure into the unknown, you can't beat a local food market.

The Age Editorial

Nope, Mr Abbott, not good enough

Editorial The Age

Nope, nope, nope. The language of leadership demanded more than this, Prime Minister.


Big spending Jeep boss a king of Melbourne's party set


MARK HAWTHORNE There is little doubt Clyde Campbell and wife Simone loved the high life. 


Sunday explainer: who are the Rohingya, and why are they being persecuted?

Migrants sit on the deck of their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia.

LINDSAY MURDOCH Thousands of Rohingya have been abandoned by human traffickers and pushed back out to sea by Indonesia,Thailand and Malaysia in a humanitarian disaster that outraged the world.


About last night: What to do when TV takes priority over you

MAUREEN MATTHEWS Reproaching a partner is a poor way to win attention.


Bookshop: New releases include a novel set during the LA riots and a guide to surviving life's crises

THUY ON A new novel explores life in LA during the six-day riots, and a contemporary thriller delves into a young woman's untimely death through her online entries.


Tomorrowland review: George Clooney eyes the future in antidote to dystopia

George Clooney as Frank in Tomorrowland.

SANDRA HALL Nerds unite in a convoluted attempt to reshape the world's future prospects into a more promising form in this confusing folly of a film.


The Tripologist: What to do in Northern Italy in October

Rifugio Lagazuoi in the Dolomites in Italy.



Gatecrasher: Christian Louboutin's flagship store opens in Collins Street

MIK GRIGG What is found underneath – underfoot – was top of mind in Collins Street on Wednesday night.


Softly softly no more, Melody Gardot turns up the volume and the groove

Melody Gardot.

BERNARD ZUEL The musical accents not the only thing to change for a singer who once only sang softly.


Are encrypted phones allowing criminals to get away with murder?

The execution of Hells Angels member Tyrone Slemnik involved an encrypted phone.

NICK RALSTON Sydney crime and bikie gangs are using uncrackable mobile phones to arrange murders, shootings and drug deals – hampering the ability of investigators to solve the crimes.


A guide to what cruise lines offer

Ponant's Antarctica program includes a new 22-day itinerary between Tierra del Fuego and South Africa.

SALLY MACMILLAN Free drinks? Free Wifi? It may pay to compare what the different lines are offering before choosing a cruise.


Out of the closet – meet the woman stripping mums of their clothes

JOHN ELDER It's been a month now and Ruby Hoppen, 25, mother of one, has suffered through withdrawal and come out the other side.

TV Guide

What's on TV: May 27

MELINDA HOUSTON Some of the best on your small screen tonight (May 27).

TV Guide

What's on TV this week

MELINDA HOUSTON The new series of Redesign My Brain ups the ante as Todd Sampson tackles a new, scarier challenge.


A guide to traditional street food in Dubai: A handy Middle East feast

Even watching the chef prepare Syrian ice-cream, or booza, at Damascus Sweets is an experience.

BEN GROUNDWATER Dubai's old quarter is where you'll find the real Middle Eastern cuisine.


Great travel deals - in Australia and around the world

Head to Europe for the fantastic Christmas markets.

JULIETTA JAMESON Deals: Go now, go soon, go later


Overcrowded jails: People held in temporary facilities for days, says NSW Law Society

Overcrowded jails are stretching temporary cell facilities beyond their limits.

PAUL BIBBY People are being kept in temporary jail facilities with no natural light and with limited shower access for up to four days while others are kept in even more rudimentary police cells without seeing...


The Farm Byron Bay: Three Blue Ducks

The Farm at Byron Bay.

CRAIG TANSLEY A unique Byron Bay farming initiative combines culinary flair with country fare.


What to do in Northern Italy in October

Rifugio Lagazuoi in the Dolomites in Italy.

MICHAEL GEBICKI Where would you recommend two seasoned travellers in their early 60s stay?


Review launched into supervision of sex offenders

CHRIS VEDELAGO An independent review is being launched into Victoria's system for managing serious sexual offenders amid growing concerns it is failing to protect the public.


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strike military deal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

DAVID WROE Australia hopes to ink a deal with Japan this year that would smooth the passage of military personnel into one another's country for joint exercises in a further tightening of strategic bonds amid...


Courting Warnie and Liz: Clyde Campbell's big-spending celeb fest

Accused of misappropriating funds: Clyde Campbell.

MARK HAWTHORNE, CHRIS VEDELAGO The former Australian boss of automotive giant Fiat Chrysler, Clyde Campbell, has been accused of misappropriating and misusing more than $30 million in company money to fund an extravagant lifestyle...


Review: The Port Fairy Murders by Robert Gott

THUY ON Robert Gott has released his second crime novel with fascist villain George Starling.

TV Guide

Melinda Houston's pay TV picks



Justin Kurzel's Cannes return with Macbeth, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in Justin Kurzel's Macbeth.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Four years after his film Snowtown came apparently from nowhere to win the Critics' Week prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Australian director Justin Kurzel is back on the Riviera with...

TV & Radio

Redesign My Brain 2: Todd Sampson explores an adrenaline junkie's mind

Todd Sampson picks a safe in <i>Redesign My Brain</i> in a bid to improve his senses.

DAVID DALE Todd Sampson says his new show is more about learning to deal with fears on a day-to-day level than taking extreme risks.


Disclaimer by Renee Knight, another thriller in the domestic noir genre

Renee Knight's debut novel feels emotionally true.

ANNE SUSSKIND In Renee Knight's clever psychological thriller, a nasty old man who wears his late wife Nancy's cardigan has produced a book which has itself become an instrument of revenge.


George Clooney on married life, Tomorrowland and taking fashion cues from Amal

 Amal Clooney  often gives husband George  satorial advice.

JENNY COONEY CARRILLO George Clooney talks about married life, Tomorrowland and taking fashion cues from Amal.


The problem with following your dreams

Unrealistic dreams are the enemy of contentment.

JOHN ELDER "Follow your dreams" may be a hackneyed cliche but a realistic outlook will keep your life interesting.


Food Is Free gives food for thought on green anarchy

For Redan resident Lou Ridsdale, green anarchy is all about sharing.

ANDREW MASTERSON Guerilla Gardening is sowing the seeds of sharing.


Quicksand by Steve Toltz: Heroic missteps amid all the talk

THUY ON Quicksand, a tale of misfortune and self-flagellation, is Steve Toltz's follow-up to his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted debut.

Wests Tigers

Tragedy drove NSW State of Origin skipper Robbie Farah's mental health mission

DANIEL LANE Footballer urges troubled men to speak up and seek help.


Victorian parliamentary inquiry into end-of-life choices a sign of progress

A bottle of Nembutal can end a life, and many people would like to have one on the table.

FARRAH TOMAZIN Broad support will let community have a say on care and laws for people to make informed decisions about life and death.

Workplace Relations

Tweeting your way to unemployment

Scott McIntyre

JASON DOWLING It's easy to say "I've just lost my job" in 140 characters - so many people are doing it.


Sound quality wherever you are: upgrade your earbuds to quality headphones

ADAM TURNER Two good options for upgrading from cheap earbuds to headphones.

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Life on the Dole: The new Struggle Street?

Hot on the heels of SBS's success with Struggle Street, Channel Nine rushes British poverty series Life on the Dole to air - but does the show lack the humanity of the SBS hit?