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Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic upsets ballgirl in Wimbledon win over Kevin Anderson

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in his Gentlemens Singles Fourth Round match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

DARREN WALTON 6:38am Novak Djokovic left the young ballgirl visibly shaken after he roared at her during a tense fourth-round win over Kevin Anderson.

Video World News

Will mild-mannered minister help Greece?

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6:38am Euclid Tsakalotos, the mild-tempered professor who was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Monday, is a clear change in style from his combative predecessor Yanis Varoufakis.

Canberra Life

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra July 10-12

JIL HOGAN 6:32am Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Video World News

Thousands greet Pope Francis in Ecuador

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6:32am RAW VIDEO: Pilgrims in the thousands greet Pope Francis as he makes his way to a Mass in Ecuador's highland capital, Quito.

Tour de France

Tour de France 2015: Michael Matthews overcomes pain to survive and fight again in race

Battling on ... Michael Matthews did not suffer any broken bones in the massive pile-up during stage three of the Tour but he was badly bruised as cyclists ran over him.

RUPERT GUINNESS 6:24am So great was Michael Matthews' pain from the belting his body got in the mass pile-up in stage three of the Tour de France, he thought his "ribs jumped in and out of place a few times" as he...

World

Is the Obama administration softening on Edward Snowden?

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who lives in Russia,  wants to return home to the United States. He faces serving a lengthy term in jail there unless a deal can be negotiated.

ANDREA PETERSON 6:20am US Justice Department may agree to a plea bargain for fugitive ex-government contractor, former attorney-general Eric Holder says.

Currencies

Australian dollar dips below US74c to hit six-year low

There was not much more the Reserve's board could say this month because there are two big unknowns.

NETTY ISMAIL 6:10am Australia's dollar slumped below 74 US cents for the first time in six years overnight, as the US dollar continued to go from strength to strength.

World

To understand Greek austerity, you should see George Vichas' clinic

Dr George Vichas on the phone in his clinic in Athens.

NICK MILLER 6:07am When cardiologist Dr George Vichas, set up the clinic in an Athens suburb in late 2011, he thought it would only be needed for a short while: a year, two at the outside. It now serves 1000 a month.

Victoria

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Express sunrise

LIAM MANNIX 5:53am Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running – news, weather and transport updates, plus compelling content from The Age and beyond.

World

Pope Francis leads Mass attended by nearly 1 million Catholics in Quito, Ecuador

Pope Francis waves while arriving at the Bicentenario Park to celebrate Mass in Quito, Ecuador.

GIRISH GUPTA AND PHILIP PULLELLA 5:50am Pope Francis called on people across Latin America to turn to their common Christian roots as an inspiration to resolve differences when he said Mass for nearly one million Catholics in the...

World

China's algae-covered beaches

A man carries floats as he walks on an algae covered beach.

5:32am Massive and unsightly blooms of green algae periodically appear off the beaches of Qingdao, China.

World

Canadian Daniel Boria arrested after chair balloon flight similar to Up

Arrested ... 'Balloon Boy' Daniel Boria tied more than 100 helium balloons to a chair and took flight over Calgary

5:15am A man has been arrested for flying over the Canadian city of Calgary on a chair, strapped to more than a 100 helium-filled balloons, in a scene straight out of the computer-animated film Up.

Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2015: Maria Sharapova accused of unsportsmanlike behaviour on her way to the semi-finals

Maria Sharapova refused to comment on Coco Vandeweghe's accusations.

MICHAEL CHAMMAS 5:04am Maria Sharapova has been accused of unsportsmanlike behaviour on her way to booking a Wimbledon semi final berth against world No.1 Serena Williams.

World

US Air Force F-16 collides midair with Cessna over South Carolina

A US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon similar to the one that collided with a Cessna over South Carolina.

MARK BERMAN Federal authorities are investigating a midair collision over South Carolina involving an Air Force fighter jet and a small civilian plane.

Business

Shale drilling leads US to revise still higher 2015 oil production forecast

MARK SHENK The Energy Information Administration increased its 2015 US crude production outlook, demonstrating the resilience of the shale boom after prices dropped.

Mining & Resources

Iron ore drops below $US50 mark in renewed bear market retreat

Even as prices drop, Australia's biggest producers will generate more than $615 billion in revenue in the 10 years to 2024.

JASMINE NG AND DAVID STRINGER Iron ore's bear market has deepened on concern that low-cost supplies from Australia and Brazil will expand further.

World

Oskar Groening trial: Prosecutors seek jail for Bookkeeper of Auschwitz

Defendant and former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz', sits in the courtroom prior to the continuation of his trial in Lueneburg, Germany.

German prosecutors are seeking three and a half years' jail for a former SS officer known as the 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz'.

World

Greece fails to offer a new bailout plan at emergency meeting in Brussels

A despairing Greek citizen leans against the closed door of a bank in Athens.

MICHAEL BIRNBAUM After an emergency meeting in Brussels, European leaders express disappointment at the lack of progress.

World

Three Saudi Arabian brothers arrested over Kuwait mosque bombing

NOAH BROWNING The attack during Friday prayers, which killed 27 people, appeared aimed at stoking sectarian hatred in the energy-rich Gulf.

World

Bomb blasts kill dozens in north Nigeria, gunmen open fire on crowd

Women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Boko Haram jihadists in the Sambisa Forest arrive at a camp in Yola, Nigeria in May.

IBRAHIM AGAJU MADUGBA, YINKA IBUKUN AND MUSTAPHA MUHAMMAD Bombings killed at least 26 people across northern Nigerian cities since late Monday, the latest attacks in the worst spate of violence since President Muhammadu Buhari took office.

ACT News

Pat Campbell

A selection of published work from The Canberra Times artist.

State Of Origin

State of Origin: Stand aside you Maroons, the Blues are about to take over

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

PETER FITZSIMONS Queensland are losing their grip on Origin – great, isn't it?

Business

Market Wrap: Fierce bidding for city buildings

A multi-tenanted three-level corner building close to Victoria Gardens shopping centre has sold privately for $4.

Comment & Analysis

Con the Fruiterer is the answer to our Greek woes, according to PM Tony Abbott

Colin Kruger - CBD dinkus

COLIN KRUGER Prime Minister Tony Abbott is leaving no stone unturned in an attempt to fend off Europe's Greek indigestion.

Business

Hare Krishna building sells for record price

The home of Melbourne's Hare Krishnas has sold for a record-setting $15.8 million.

SIMON JOHANSON The home of Melbourne's Hare Krishnas and their popular Crossways and Gopal vegetarian restaurants - a skinny, eight-level building on Swanston Street - has set a new city land price record, selling...

Property

Woolworths breaks ground on new store at Glenrose

An artist's impression of the new Woolworths at the Glenrose Village Shopping Centre, 54-56 Glen Street, Belrose.

CAROLYN CUMMINS Woolworths has started the next phase of its development at its $60 million Glenrose Village project with the official ground breaking on Wednesday, July 8, of the planned new supermarket.

ACT News

Blue Sky purchases La Trobe Street site targeted by heritage activists

Targeted for preservation: The two buildings purchased by Blue Sky may prove controversial.

SIMON JOHANSON Listed private equity firm Blue Sky has gained a toehold in Melbourne's development market after purchasing a large La Trobe Street site.

Property

Investors to pump $4b into real estate sales

CAROLYN CUMMINS A record $4 billion-plus of cash is to be flushed through the office and industrial property markets in the coming weeks as the bidders get to the finish line for the major portfolios of Investa and...

Property

GPT sells Sydney Olympic Park development sites for $30m

CAROLYN CUMMINS GPT Group has raised $30.5 million through the sale of two land sites with residential development potential at 1 and 2 Murray Rose Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park.

Investigations

Ten questions for Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten.

ROYCE MILLAR AND ANNA PATTY On Wednesday, Bill Shorten faces one of the toughest tests of his political life as Tony Abbott's royal commission on trade unions turns its spotlight on the Opposition Leader's union and Labor...

State Of Origin

State of Origin: Justin Hodges' best and worst Origin moments

BETH NEWMAN Queensland's State of Origin veteran inspires passionate support from many, and hatred from many others.

Queensland

Meet Queensland's Other State of Origin team

The iconic sound of the 70s: the Bee Gees.

BILL O'CHEE Here's the Other State of Origin, made up entirely of Queenslanders whose achievements outside sport, at a national or international level, should make us proud.

Property

St Kilda road office in due diligence as vacancies stack up

NICOLE LINDSAY An office tower at 616 St Kilda Road is understood to have entered due diligence with a price tag of between $50 million and $55 million.

Environment

Abbott government's 'blue tape' costs consumers billions, report finds

PETER HANNAM A drop in energy use by Australians has slashed billions of dollars from energy bills since 2010, but those savings are threatened by policies by the Abbott government and some conservative state...

Queensland

Teacher who pushed a student into a wheelie bin escapes suspension

JORGE BRANCO A Queensland teacher who called one student a "mummy's boy" and pushed another student into a wheelie bin has escaped suspension.

Comment

Obama’s found his mojo and changed the US for good

TOM SWITZER The US president will be remembered for moving the political centre into the left.

Comment

Give death its due in a system focused on life

A patient nearing death often feels alone and distressed in hospital.

NEIL ORFORD I had to identify myself as a clinician before the end-of-life care team rolled into action to help my dying father. Why is it so hard to be heard?

Music

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra celebrates partnership of Alfred Hitchcock and Psycho composer Bernard Herrmann

SONIA HARFORD Film composer Bernard Herrmann was the master of music for the don't-go-down-those-dark-stairs moments.

Comment

In the Herald: July 8, 1970

STEPHANIE BULL Qantas air hostesses won a hefty wage rise after going on strike in 1970.

Property

Leasing deals at Bourke Place

Building owners AMP Capital and Brookfield have spent $35 million refurbishing the building in the past 18 months.

NICOLE LINDSAY Four new tenants have signed up at the 51-level Bourke Place tower soaking up some of the space soon to be vacated by legal firm, Corrs.

Queensland

Asia Pacific Cities Summit 2015: Infrastructure certainty needed for investment

TONY MOORE Australian infrastructure funding must become more reliable to lock in private investment, one of the world's leading infrastructure companies says.

Health & Fitness

How to find your brain's off switch

INDIA STURGIS Is your mind buzzing 24/7? You can retrain our brains to relax after work, on the commute and at bedtime.

Comment

A golden rule for Australia’s fiscal spending

Ditching the cap has left the nation at the mercy of the European Central Bank's unprecedented stimulus program.

PATRICK CARVALHO Australians seeking an answer on how to reign in the fiscal deterioration of the last decade should turn their eyes to Europe. More precisely, to Switzerland.

Sci-Tech

Jellyfish have become nature's ultimate guerrilla protesters against power plants

ELAHE IZADI The jellyfish are coming and energy plants may be powerless to stop them.

CT Editorial

Community and business need to ask hard questions about organised crime

DAVID CONNERY AND CLARE MURPHY Some Australians will be shocked by recent revelations about the penetration of organised crime into Australian society.

Canberra Life

Gang-gang. Ellen Heath, 105, a semi-super centenarian

Gang-gang/News. 7th July 2015. Ellen Heath had her 105th birthday on Tuesday. She is possibly the oldest person living in Canberra.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

IAN WARDEN As if it wasn't reward enough on Tuesday to just be visiting and paying respects to Mrs Ellen Heath on her 105th birthday there was an unexpected bonus.

Comment

A very Greek tragedy

QUENTIN GRAFTON One lesson from Greece is the same for all countries with large debts: put your house in order while you can or lose your independence.

Tennis

Defending champion Novak Djokovic comes back from two sets down to beat Kevin Anderson

Novak Djokovic shows his relief after defeating Kevin Anderson on Tuesday.

Defending Wimbledon champion comes back from two sets down to enter quarter-finals.

ACT News

University of Canberra planning change angers retailers and property sector

8 March 2011 - Pic Elesa Lee - The Chronicle - Belconnen Mall roof collapse between the 2nd and 3rd floor during upgrades in the north wing SPECIAL 1

JOHN THISTLETON Retailers warn of ''bleeding out'' Belconnen Town Centre to help University of Canberra.

ACT News

Early Morning Centre celebrates a decade of helping the homeless

Celebrating 10 years of the Early Morning Centre. Jody Macdonald who once was homeless and was provided with assistance from Early Morning Centre.

HENRY BELOT AND JAMILA TODERAS Ten years ago, Jody Macdonald was the first person to walk into the Early Morning Centre on Northbourne Avenue for a healthy breakfast after living rough on the streets

ACT News

Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector: survey

An online poll of members of the Master Builders ACT reported verbal and/or physical intimidation by the ACT branch of the CFMEU on Canberra building sites.

MICHAEL INMAN Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector, a survey of stakeholders says.

Canberra Life

Aboriginal art exhibition goes on display in New Acton

Artist Loretta Egan with her work Two Bungarras in the Balargardi Barnagardi exhibition at Hotel Hotel. The exhibition is a selection of works by Wajarri People from WA.

REBECCA COLQUHOUN A pop-up exhibition has been launched in Canberra showcasing artwork from Western Australia's Wajarii people inspired by the stories that best connect them to their remote land.

Public Service

Public service sickies: the world gets tough

Methods used by Ireland to get on top of unscheduled absences, slashing entitlements in half, might find few fans in the Australian Public Service.

NOEL TOWELL Getting tough gets results in Ireland while Canada muscles up to PS unions, and business as usual in Australia.

Public Service

Public service strike could kill, warns boss

NOEL TOWELL Senior agency warns of "dire consequences" if staff walk off the job.

Parramatta Eels

Parramatta Eels' fine for exceding NRL salary cap reduced by $60,000

Reduced: The Eels' fine was reduced by $60,000 following an appeal.

STEVE ZEMEK The NRL has reduced Parramatta's fine for salary cap breaches by $60,000 after considering the club's appeal.

Golf

Jordan Spieth hopes Rory McIlroy can recover for British Open showdown

Double major winner Jordan Spieth believes defending champion Rory McIlroy's potential absence from the British Open through injury would "dampen" the occasion.

Health

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is very common in Australia, study shows

Women who smoke are 17 to 50 per cent more likely to drink while pregnant.

Animals

The mystery of the lizards that know their way home

How can the Anolis gundlachi,  if it had never left home, find its way back through 25 metres of dense rain forest?

JAMES GORMAN This question has prompted plenty of scientific research: how do animals find their way home?

State Of Origin

State of Origin 2015: Let Origin football do the talking - Griffin

ANTHONY GRIFFIN State of Origin football is the best form of Rugby League in the World.

Small business

What's wrong with tourism?

Tony Featherstone dinkus

TONY FEATHERSTONE Plenty, say the legion of school holiday makers preparing to return home.

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Q&A 'gate' has gone on this long

Host Tony Jones thanks Buzzfeed for listing things which didn't last as long as the row over Zaky Mallah appearing on the programme.