9:29pm Attackers hurled a grenade Thursday at British tourists in Kenya but it failed to explode, police said, a rare attack specifically targeting the foreign visitors who are key to the economy.
DAN HARRISON 9:13pm Abbott government puts stop to $1.2 billion scheme set up by former Labor government to deliver pay rises to aged care workers.
DAN HARRISON 9:12pm Abbott government appoints former Howard government minister and the daughter of Liberal Party founder Robert Menzies to the advisory council of Old Parliament House.
MALCOLM KNOX 8:50pm Tosses are overrated, Steve Waugh used to say. Which team bats first doesn't have as much influence on a five-day Test match as many think.
CHRIS BARRETT 8:24pm There is something about Perth, and not just the searing heat nor time difference. A year ago it was the site of Ricky Ponting's retirement bombshell, and subsequently his final Test.
8:08pm Fairfax cartoonists unique view of the world.
ANGE POSTECOGLOU The trip to Brazil was memorable for a couple of fairly significant personal moments. The draw introduced me to a new feeling and emotion in which horror and excitement were delivered in equal parts.
CLEMENTINE BASTOW Perhaps what young people need is the emotional, or even philosophical, agility to discuss issues of privacy, agency and spectacle in the social media age.
ANNE DAVIES, AMANDA HOH Schools need to introduce education programs on sexual behaviour earlier, and parents need to take more responsibility to protect their teens, experts have warned.
PAUL BIBBY A Carlingford fish-and-chip shop owner is seeking more than $330,000 in damages from radio broadcaster Ray Hadley over two on-air tirades in which he described her as "vile" and a "grub", claiming...
MICHAEL CHAMMAS AND ADRIAN PROSZENKO Cronulla five-eighth Todd Carney insists the club is not preparing to lose any players because of the ongoing ASADA investigations he described as "a nightmare for everyone".
ANGELA HABASHY A win this weekend will prove we're fair dinkum. That's as simple as it gets for Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond, who is looking to guide his side to victory over reigning premiers Western Sydney on...
The AFL today said it wrote to the Essendon Football Club last Friday December 6 and again earlier this week on Monday December 9 in regards to the terms of the 12-month suspension of senior coach...
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral has said a schizophrenic episode was to blame for him gesticulating nonsense during the entire service.
ALEXANDRA BACK Qantas customers left stranded when the fleet was grounded two years ago have only one day left to get on a flight if they want to use the vouchers the airline gave them in compensation.
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TOBY HAGON Drive picks some of the hits and misses over Holden's history.
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Indian fugitive hit-run driver who killed an Australian student in Melbourne five years ago says it was an accident that "could have happened to anyone". Seven News
SAM HALL Holden is going but the performance arm it spawned has vowed to carry on.
GARETH HUTCHENS Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has asked for a ''substantial'' assistance package from the federal government to help workers affected by Holden's decision to close its Australian operations.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO Darren Hibbert goes by the monikers ‘‘The Gazelle’’ and ‘‘The Professor’’, but ‘‘Nostradamus’’ could be just as apt.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Robbie Farah and Todd Carney believe the appeal of a $2.25 million prize pool will entice most clubs to send their strongest team to the NRL Auckland Nines in February.
On December 12, we'll be bringing you live coverage of the APSAs from Brisbane's City Hall. Bookmark this page, and on the night get up-to-the-minute updates, pictures and video of the red carpet and...
SEBASTIAN HASSETT Despite growing rumours that Alessandro Del Piero is ready to leave Sydney FC, club chief executive Tony Pignata claims his marquee star is committed to seeing out the season.
CHRIS ROOTS The stand-off between veterinarians and Racing NSW over licensing is set for a showdown in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
James Hird's public relations team maintains that the only agreement the parties could be bound by is the deed signed by both the Hird camp and the AFL when the coach agreed to a 12-suspension in...
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Indian student Puneet Puneet is to be extradited to Australia after the death of a student in Melbourne five years ago.
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Corey Anderson underlined his value to New Zealand with a double breakthrough to leave the West Indies teetering after two days of the second Test in Wellington.
SAM HALL A Federal Court ruling has delayed a proposed worker vote seen as crucial to the car maker's local manufacturing future.
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating pays a visit to Labor colleagues at a special caucus meeting where he speaks to the ministers and reminisces on floating the Australian dollar.
The Christmas lights entertain and delight Sydneysiders with the magnificent display on the facade of St Mary's Cathedral. Follow us at http://twitter.com/photosSMH
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SAM DE BRITO Like Alec Meikle, I was a bullied. Then I joined the mob and became what I feared.
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ARNE SJOSTEDT More used to singing on other people’s releases, Nat Dunn’s debut EP is a soulful adventure for traditional enthusiasts of good, well-made music, sung by a woman with chops.
STEPHANIE ANDERSON There are enough hand-clapping, hip-jutting tunes to keep most listeners pleased, and the Melbourne band capture the energy of their live shows
SEAN PALMER Free Your Mind is a psychedelic dance experiment, almost a marrying of ’70s psychedelica with the dance-style of the early ’90s.
US prosecutors have stacked up evidence against one of the world’s top wine collectors, on trial in New York accused of selling fake vintage wine that could see him jailed 40 years.
JARED LYNCH Kellogg’s is axing 100 Australian jobs as part of a plan to move a factory from the NSW Central Coast to Thailand.
BEN GRUBB A draft analysis of the Coalition's national broadband network plan produced for the incoming Abbott government by the company then charged with building Labor's (NBN Co) has been released by the...
Page Hamilton started as a jazz scholar, but then he formed Helmet.
PETER JEAN The ACT legislative Assembly is likely to reintroduce civil unions for same-sex couples in the wake of the High Court’s decision to quash the territory’s marriage equality law.
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Noel Fletcher remembers talking to fellow sacked workers while gazing at the Brisbane Holden factory after the assembly plant was closed in 1984.
JANE E FRASER Architects and developers and trying to outdo each other with crazy hotel designs and concepts.
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CHRIS BARRETT, JESSE HOGAN, ANDREW WU Viewers eager for the return of Channel Nine commentary doyen Richie Benaud for the tail end of the Ashes series may have to brace themselves for disappointment.
JOHN HOLLOWAY Australia has another big spender on the international circuit with the Sun International Group purchasing eight well-credentialed broodmares at the Arqana Broodmare Sale in France last Saturday.
DAN HARRISON The Abbott government has put a stop to a $1.2 billion scheme set up by the former Labor government to deliver pay rises to aged care workers.
ELI GREENBLAT The competition regulator has launched a cartel action against two of the world’s leading consumer goods companies and supermarket giant Woolworths, claiming an alleged cartel was forged to deny...
MATTHEW RAGGATT Canberra service stations have begun running out of gas as multiple Cootes Transport trucks remain off-road, disrupting deliveries throughout the ACT and New South Wales.
Defiant supporters of same-sex marriage are shifting their focus to the federal government after the High Court struck out the ACT's laws.
MATT BUCHANAN Australia may have the pre-Test swagger, but the smart punter will find England irresistible.
PETER HANNAM Environmental groups say the main authority overseeing the Great Barrier Reef must abide by its charter and block the Abbott government's approval for the creation of potentially the world's biggest...
NICKY PHILLIPS Outdoorsy types have a saying – “there's no bad weather, just bad clothing”. This seems to be the philosophy of the Australian Antarctic Division's kitting unit – and why we left their warehouse in...
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Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull announces "the truth" of the broadband rollout according to the new strategic review of the NBN.