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Chelsea Clinton is pregnant

8:25am The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.

Celebrity

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton

8:11am Chelsea Clinton, the only child of former US President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, announced that she is pregnant.

Soccer

Football fan arrested for anchovy attack

8:11am THESSALONIKI, Greece, April 17 AP - Police in Thessaloniki have arrested a PAOK fan accused of dumping a crate of fish on the visiting Olympiakos bench, in a stunt that delayed a tense Greek Cup...

Fashion

Celebrity red carpet watch

7:52am Festivals, parties and premieres. Where the stars have been spotted this week.

Video World News

Colombian novelist Garcia Marquez dies age 87

7:50am Colombian author and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez passes away at his home in Mexico City.

World

Ukraine crisis: Despite deal, pro-Russian separatists won't end sit-ins

7:36am Pro-Russian separatists occupying public buildings in eastern Ukraine reacted to an international accord to defuse the crisis by saying they would not agree to leave the sites before other major...

Video World News

South Korean ferry captain questioned

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7:19am The captain of a ferry that sunk of South Korea's coast is being questioned by authorities as hopes fade for any remaining survivors.

Markets

European stocks close higher before Easter

7:16am Europe's main stock markets have closed higher ahead of the Easter weekend, shaking off early losses as investors kept a wary eye on diplomatic talks over the Ukraine crisis.

Books

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead

Marquez

7:15am Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, has died at the age of 87.

Markets

US stocks end mostly higher

Wall Street

7:15am US stocks finished a holiday-shortened week mostly higher following a plethora of earnings reports that generally met or exceeded expectations.

NSW

Family's plea to find missing Gary who vanished from Sydney's east

MEGAN LEVY 7:00am Gary Moana Payne had been staying with his aunt in Sydney's eastern suburbs when he walked out of the front door one day with a mystery man.

World

Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin on live TV: Does Russia spy on millions?

Edward Snowden called in to ask Vladimir Putin a question.

SERGEI L. LOIKO Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who was granted asylum in Russia, made a surprise appearance at President Vladimir Putin's annual televised call-in session to ask...

Video World News

Edward Snowden calls Vladimir Putin

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden calls Russian Vladimir Putin during the leader's televised question and answer session with the nation to ask about mass surveillance.

Video World News

Crew criticised over ferry disaster

One of the survivors of the South Korean ferry disaster shot video during the tragedy where an announcement can be heard telling passengers "it is safer in the passenger quarters."

Video World News

Agreement reached to calm Ukraine tensions

Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

World

South Korean ferry sinking: Text messages from trapped students tell tales of love, fear

Grief ... A relative of a passenger aboard a sunken ferry weeps at a port in Jindo, South Korea.

JOHN BACON Text messages from passengers of the Korean ferry sent immediately after it capsized tell tales of love, fear and quiet courage for those being engulfed in catastrophe.

Ask An Expert

Pensions and the family home

NOEL WHITTAKER Does Centrelink have its eye on retirees' main asset?

World

William Shatner enjoys live-tweeting TV shows - here is why

Loves to start a conversation ... William Shatner enjoys live tweeting about sci-fi television shows, and the actors love him doing it too.

EMILY YAHR The internet has always loved Star Trek legend William Shatner because he’s game for anything, whether it’s poking fun of himself in random videos or turning Sarah Palin’s tweets...

TV & Radio

William Shatner enjoys live-tweeting TV shows - here is why

Loves to start a conversation ... William Shatner enjoys live tweeting about sci-fi television shows, and the actors love him doing it too.

EMILY YAHR The internet has always loved Star Trek legend William Shatner because he's game for anything, whether it's poking fun of himself in random videos or turning Sarah Palin's tweets into poetry on The...

World

Ukraine crisis: Breakthrough deal reached to stop violence

Done deal: US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

KAREN DEYOUNG Diplomatic pact commits all parties to stop violent acts and 'de-escalate' in the next few days.

Tips & Advice

Q&A: Stop start teechnology

Barry is wondering if stop start technology hurts the engine.

Motor News

Best buys

The price of the Audi A6 has been cut by almost $10,000.

DAVID MCCOWEN New car deals from Audi, Mazda and Toyota

Motor News

Toyota Corolla Sedan car pool

DAVID MCCOWEN Sedan variant of Australia's best selling car is a solid all-rounder.

World

Colorado unveils pot vending machines despite marijuana safety concerns

The Zazzz vending machine lets legally aged consumers buy marijuana products, including edibles and pre-rolled joints, using cash, Bitcoin or a special Zazzz card.

JENNY DEAM In the posh resorts of Vail Valley, where celebrities are as common as the paparazzi who stalk them, a machine has suddenly stolen the limelight.

NSW

Barry O'Farrell all jokes on day one after his shock resignation

The new premier and his party deputy Gladys Berejiklian walked in late for the party vote at NSW parliament and Barry O'Farrell couldn't help himself.

Music

Songwriter Rodney Crowell releases new album Tarpaper Sky

BERNARD ZUEL Don't worry, you aren't the only one seeing the name of Rodney Crowell's new album, Tarpaper Sky, and wondering what a tarpaper sky looks like.

Entertainment

Faulty Towers review: Dining out on classic comedy

REVIEW BY KARL QUINN The hard-working cast of three makes this melange of meal-show-audience participation work well enough.

Entertainment

Critics' picks

It's a bit of a Bluesfest special this week, although we must admit we're leaning towards some of the sideshows by elder statesmen of genres largely other than the blues.

Business

Smith learns to love social media

COLIN KRUGER ANZ's new journalism venture, Blue Notes, is only a couple of days old, but the bank's chief executive, Mike Smith, has already gone rogue.

Business

Qantas, four other airlines to pay $38m in air-freight rigging case

GEORGIA WILKINS Qantas and four other airlines, including Singapore Airlines, are preparing to settle a seven-year, $38 million class action relating to claims of rigging the cost of air-freight services.

Business

Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital appointed for Medibank Private float

ANTHONY MACDONALD AND SARAH THOMPSON The government has appointed Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital as it pushes ahead with the $4 billion sharemarket listing of private health insurer Medibank Private next financial...

Business

Bad debts force Australian Pharmaceutical Industries write-down

GLENDA KWEK The company behind the Priceline and Soul Pattinson brands has issued a savage write-down - equivalent to half the size of its market capitalisation - after its struggling pharmacy customers failed...

Music

Lorde's law: 'I'm a control freak'

BERNARD ZUEL The pop phenomenon has a hands-on approach to her career.

NSW

Debt collectors chasing schools for payments

ALEXANDRA SMITH Debt collectors are threatening schools that have failed to pay suppliers because the state government's $397 million IT program that was supposed to revolutionise school management is in disarray.

Comedy

Review: Funny girls at Melbourne International Comedy Festival challenge patriarchy

REVIEWED BY REBECCA HARKINS-CROSS Coincidentally, the best moments came from take downs of patriarchal culture.

Business

Australia Post's 'win-win' in the mail

Malcolm Maiden dinkus

MALCOLM MAIDEN Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour is on tenterhooks as the May 13 budget looms and the Abbott government prepares to release the Commission of Audit's report on how to make the government...

Music

Review: Erykah Badu's soul-funk triumph with a single finger

REVIEWED BY MICHAEL DWYER The sense of conceptual intent was palpable as always with this most cerebral of divas.

NSW

In the meantime, Eddie Obeid still enjoys the high life

Eddie Obeid.

KATE MCCLYMONT The fact that Eddie Obeid is still tooling around town behind the wheel of his top-of-the-range Mercedes and enjoying the comforts of his $10 million palatial abode in Hunters Hill, is galling to...

Theatre

Malthouse Theatre's Helium festival gives out-there acts a lift

KYLIE NORTHOVER Malthouse Theatre's annual Helium festival has sought the most experimental new indie theatre-makers.

Comedy

Home is where the humour is

Kevin Bridges

SARAH THOMAS In 10 short years, Kevin Bridges has elevated his sharp observations about the rough edges of Glasgow life to a place among the ranks of British stand-up royalty.

Music

10 platters that matter

GEORGE PALATHINGAL With most independent record stores being tucked away in basements, on higher levels of old buildings or other random locations, the thrill of finding that long-sought album might have to follow the...

League News

Melbourne Storm stuck to NRL concussion guidelines, says star forward

Ryan Hoffman.

Storm's Ryan Hoffman says the club followed the new concussion guidelines by the book in win over St George Illawarra.

Comedy

Review: Sammy J & Randy's Difficult First Album proves a triumph

Sammy J and Randy

REVIEWED BY CAMERON WOODHEAD Sammy J & Randy are the most lively human/puppet duo to come out of Australia since Daryl Somers and Ozzie Ostrich.

Entertainment

Give boredom a chance

DAVE O'NEIL Go to any restaurant where there's a family eating and I guarantee you most children will be sitting at the table with a tablet.

Opera

Eugene Onegin review: star power delivers all round

REVIEWED BY MICHAEL SHMITH This Opera Australia production deserves to be seen and, more especially, heard.

Fashion

Copycat consumers buy Kate Middleton's Australian-tour dresses

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JENNA CLARKE Prince William may not be a fan of Catherine's technicolour wardrobe, but the duchess' style continues to strike a chord with the common consumer.

TV & Radio

Mythbusters: duo has entertainment down to a science

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BEN POBJIE They really like blowing stuff up, and that's why we love them - they're just like us.

National

High hopes for Blue Mountains tourism as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take in the view

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DAISY DUMAS As the Duke of Cambridge peered over a cliff edge at Narrow Neck lookout near Katoomba on Thursday afternoon, there was a reason for his wife's apparent nerves.

Music

Review: Melbourne Winds at the Recital Centre

REVIEWED BY CLIVE O'CONNELL The most gripping moments came in passages of tight ensemble, very exposed in the close quarters of the Recital Centre's Salon.

Obituaries

Independent used his votes to champion Tasmania's cause

Senator Brian Harradine makes his final speech in the Senate chamber.  Harradine will retire as a Senator at the end of this sitting session.   Photograph taken by Andrew Taylor jat on the 21Jun2005 SPECIALX HARRADIN

JEREMY STUPARICH Brian Harradine was Australia's longest-serving independent senator, representing Tasmania for 30 years.

Art & Design

Tight-knit group meets for a yarn in This Belongs To Us, But We Did It For You at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi

REVIEWED BY PENNY WEBB The artists in this small showing, all women, use recycled woollen blankets dyed with plant stuffs and whatever else comes to hand, such as rusted metal junk or car parts.

Obituaries

Life-saving researcher fought nuclear power

Picture supplied for publicity purposes.   Green Guide, The Age.   Picture shows: Professor Michael Denborough in the ABC documentary Sudden Death
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DAVID DENBOROUGH On the day of his death, Michael Denborough, Australian medical researcher, activist and founder of the Nuclear Disarmament Party, declared quietly to his loved ones: ''I've lived the luckiest life.

NSW

Winning hearts and moving Mountains

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DAMIEN MURPHY Exactly six months ago on Thursday, fire swept through the Blue Mountains towns of Winmalee and Springwood and destroyed 196 homes.

Political News

'Stop the suffering of children in detention', says Archbishop Philip Freier

Melbourne's Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier.

KATE HAGAN, STORMY GLEED Melbourne's Anglican Archbishop has criticised asylum seeker policy which he said was causing great suffering, particularly to nearly 1000 children in mainland detention ''and another 177 in grim...

NSW

NSW Police out in force after alarm at rising road toll

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NICK RALSTON The number of people killed on NSW roads so far this year is 20 per cent higher than at the same time last year, as police urge motorists to slow down during the Easter holiday period.

Business

Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital appointed for Medibank Private float

ANTHONY MACDONALD, SARAH THOMPSON The government has appointed Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital as it pushes ahead with the $4 billion sharemarket listing of private health insurer Medibank Private next financial...

National

Shocking facts about everyday domestic appliances

EMMA PARTRIDGE They are lurking in your bedroom, kitchen and lounge room and have the ability to break your bones and even kill.

Victoria

Labor could tear up East West Link contract if it wins election

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ADAM CAREY Should Labor win the November state election, there is no legal impediment stopping it from tearing up the contract for the East West Link if it is sincere in its opposition to the road project,...

NSW

Public land at threat from bridge too many

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JACOB SAULWICK State government plans to build a bridge across Anzac Parade near the Sydney Cricket Ground and one through Moore Park have been described as ''monument building'' at the expense of public land.

Political News

Abbott urged to ensure Japan abides by whaling decision

ANDREW DARBY The Abbott government has been warned it must ensure that Japan abides by an International Court of Justice ban on Antarctic whaling after lawmakers in Tokyo passed a resolution effectively rejecting...

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Agreement reached to calm Ukraine tensions

Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.