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Should you buy or rent?

Jacob Saulwick, Toby Johnstone, Michael Koziol 1:07am Will prices continue to climb? Will interest rates start to rise? Would you be better to hold off buying, rent instead, and try to invest elsewhere?

NSW news

Domestic violence refuges close

domestic violence

RACHEL BROWNE 12:00am Domestic violence specialists at some of the state's oldest women's refuges are losing their jobs under state government reforms

Pole case with Moses Obeid settled

Moses Obeid

The City of Sydney has settled a long and costly legal battle with Moses Obeid over street poles, admitting it would be more expensive to fight on than to walk away.

The granny nannies: it's a labour of love

Harriet Alexander 1:46am The army that powers the nation's workforce by taking care of its young is not so much devoted to duty, for the most part, as it is devoted to grandchildren.

Fiance finds comfort in love for Gabriele

Grieving: Gabriele Lauschet’s fiance Andreas Schaaf, sister Monika Burmester, and son Tim Lauschet at the  school where Gabriele taught.

EMMA PARTRIDGE 5:30pm The fiance of MH17 victim German school teacher Gabriele Lauschet took a deep breath after a service in her memory and whispered “she was a rock”.

Sister Philomene Tiernan won't be forgotten

Philomene Tiernan's niece, Josephine Wright, and sister, Madeline Wright, at the mass to celebrate her life.

EMMA PARTRIDGE 5:43pm Sister Philomene Tiernan touched so many people – students, family, friends and her sisters.

End of off-peak return rail tickets in Sydney

Opal card

Jacob Saulwick and Lisa Visentin 7:16pm The Baird government will soon get rid of one of the most popular discount rail tickets in Sydney.

Cassidy accused of 'implausible' evidence

Evidence was ''implausible'': John Cassidy, right.

MICHAELA WHITBOURN 4:07pm A former University of New England chancellor has been accused of giving evidence that is ''not plausible'' during a corruption inquiry into a deal to buy the university-owned Tattersalls Hotel.

Obeid associate Stoliar pleads guilty

Nati Stoliar, pictured a decade ago in Sydney.

KATE MCCLYMONT Property developer Nati Stoliar, a long-time friend of corrupt former NSW MP Eddie Obeid, is facing a 20-year jail term in the United States.

Ibrahim likely to get new parole hearing

Michael Ibrahim (centre) with brothers Sam (left) and John (right)

LOUISE HALL 1:55pm Convicted killer Michael Ibrahim is likely to have a new parole hearing after a "slip up" by authorities meant he was denied access to adverse intelligence allegedly obtained by prison bosses.

Liberals launch new fund-raising body

On indefinite leave: Paul Nicolaou.

SEAN NICHOLLS 12:00am Less than a fortnight before resumption of a corruption inquiry examining its election funding activities, the NSW Liberals have launched a new forum to raise political donations.

Sydney psychiatrist at bedside of injured son

Robert Hampshire and his son in 2011.

RICK FENELEY 4:15pm Sydney psychiatrist Robert Hampshire was at the hospital bedside of his critically injured son on Friday after the teenager fell about 10 metres from a hotel balcony in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Of sound mind and pixels: digital wills

Digital wills are gaining acceptance as legal documents.

RACHEL OLDING 12:00am Wills composed on computers, iphones and even webcams are being accepted by courts as valid documents as the digital age throws up tricky dilemmas about making one's final wishes.

Guess who didn't come to dinner

Empty tables at the iftar dinner.

NICOLE HASHAM 5:28pm It was meant to be a special meal, but a bitter row meant many of the seats were empty.

Same-sex couple overturn deb ball ban

Karlina Macartney and Sami Burgess admire Sami’s dress ahead of the school debutante ball.

Blair Thomson 3:55pm A same-sex couple are overjoyed after James Fallon High School overturned a ban on their attendance at the school’s debutante ball.

'It was then that the nightmares began'

Patricia and Donald Logan on their 60th wedding anniversary.

PAUL BIBBY 2:26pm Just a handful of personal items were retrieved from the mess of twisted metal that was once Calvin Logan's red Ford Mondeo.

Fake ANZ media release: jail term avoided

Jonathan Moylan outside the NSW Supreme Court.

LOUISE HALL 12:25am Campaigner who sent out a fake ANZ media release has been sentenced to one year and eight months jail but will be immediately released.

Obeid family members hit with $9m tax bill

Eddie and Judith Obeid leave an ICAC hearing.

MICHAELA WHITBOURN The Tax Office has hit the family of corrupt former Labor kingpin Eddie Obeid with a $9 million bill after it audited his tax affairs and family trusts spanning half a decade.

Expert says painting looked 'odd'

Lauraine Diggins.

Anne Davies Lauraine Diggins said she '"did not like" Faun and Parrot, an allegedly fake painting, when she saw it before an auction by Christie's in May 2000.

Preachers must 're-teach' Islam: detainee

RACHEL OLDING Sending controversial sheikhs into prisons to deliver speeches and "re-teach" Islam is the only way to address the risk of radicalisation behind bars, Australia's first terrorism detainee says.

Prison dairy lifts inmates out of the herd

Inmates at the Emu Plains Correctional Centre look after the milking, packaging and clerical side of a dairy, rising at 4am when there's frost on the paddocks and fog over the Nepean River.

Ramadan puts family at centre of the table

The nightly Ramadan meal at Musher Saleh's Lakemba home is a thoroughly modern, family affair; toys litter the floor, the television is glowing but muted, there are tantrums and spillages to manage.


Gosford man killed in suspected drive-by shooting

Police are looking for a dark-coloured car seen leaving the scene where central coast car businessman Laurie Sterling was shot dead last night.

Off-peak train tickets to be phased out

Commuters at Redfern Station react to the news that some train tickets will be phased out as part of the NSW Government's push towards the Opal card system.

A 'flythrough' of Harold Park

Developers of the former Harold Park Raceway site release a fly through of an artists impression of the finished development. NO SOUND.

Racehorse unlatches stall gate

One of trainer David Pfieffer's charges, Atmospherical seems to need the extra space from time to time in Sydney.

Milking the prison system

A look behind the scenes at the Emu Plains Correctional Centre dairy. The prisoners work the dairy and milk processing facility and they supply prisoners across the state with milk.

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