Canberra resident Ashley Kent Johnston.
An Australian killed fighting for the Kurds against Islamic State in northern Syria - and thought to be the first Westerner to die in battle against IS – has been identified as 28 year-old Canberran Ashley Kent Johnston.
Mr Johnston was born in Queensland and is believed to have been a resident of the ACT before joining the fight against IS in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Australian Kurdish Association president Gulfer Olan confirmed Mr Johnston had died in the fighting and said she was trying to contact Mr Johnston's family to pass on the Kurdish community's condolences.
- 'Jihadi John', the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State, has been named as Mohammed Emwazi from London.
- The Bali nine duo will be shot simultaneously in a field with eight other drug felons, it has been revealed, while isolation cells will be ready on Saturday on Nusakambangan, the penal island where the executions will take place.
- David Hicks, who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for five and a half years,has opened up about clearing his name after the Guantanamo Military Commissions vacated his conviction last week.
- The ACT government's decision to dump federal workplace insurer Comcarecomes as more than 200 public servants remain off work with claims dating back at least a decade.
- The Abbott government's rescue plan for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, including a takeover by the bureau of the nation's health statistics agency, is set to be in place by July.
- Treasurer Joe Hockey is under fire for launching a taxpayer-funded public relations push to sell the need for tax reform.
- The Islamic Taqwa School has opened in Spence after a long battle for registration, taking on a former Canberra Grammar school teacher as the new principal.
- Concerns have been raised about the world's biggest weapons companies hiring the Australian War Memorial's Anzac Hall for their parties.
- A man under investigation for a recent shooting in Gowrie is behind bars after being denied bail on charges relating to a stolen car.
World champion cyclist Rebecca Wiasak. Photo: Graham Tidy
New individual pursuit world champion Rebecca Wiasak will devote the next 18 months to her Olympic Games dream despite knowing "there's a very real chance I won't achieve it", admitting she thought a decade of training would amount to nothing.
But after a career of setbacks and knock downs in long-distance running, triathlon and road cycling which almost forced her to quit her elite ambitions, Canberra's newest world champion is refusing to give up on her track cycling niche.
- Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from Australia's Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic, conceding his back isn't ready to handle the workload.
- With his own drugs scandal still fresh in his mind, Cronulla's Wade Graham has urged the NRLto rally around the Titans players amid fears for players' welfare, while code-hopper Joseph Tomane says former Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright did his best to protect the players from the "glitter strip".
- Australia have moved to downplay the importance of Brendon McCullum to the outcome of Saturday's bumper World Cup clash at Eden Park, with fast bowling coach Craig McDermott saying they had four players as good as him, leaving New Zealand with "four times the headaches".
9.57am: The Hume Highway has reportedly been reopened after the motorcycle crash.
9.07am: There has been yet another crash on Canberra Avenue in Forrest. Two cars are partially blocking one lane heading towards Parliament House just before the National Circuit intersection.
8.33am: A motorbike accident on the Hume Highway south of Goulburn is slowing traffic. Northbound lanes will close to allow a helicopter to land.
8.24am: Cotter Road is now blocked everyone:
8.12am: Avoid the Flemington road exit onto the Federal Highway outside EPIC, traffic is very slow, according to police.
8.05am: There has been a six car pile up on the Cotter Road between the Tuggeranong Parkway and the McCulloch Street intersection.
8am: There has been a two car crash near the Flemington road exit onto the Federal Highway outside EPIC.
Tonight, construction of the Majura Parkway will close Fairbairn Avenue between the Northcott Drive roundabout and Majura Road, and Morshead Drive from Pialligo Avenue intersection (northbound traffic only). That's from 6.30pm to 5am on Saturday.
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Enlighten and the first Enlighten Night Noodle Markets illuminate the parliamentary triangle from tonight. Check out vivid projections on the capital's most recognisable buildings, enjoy roving entertainment and late-night openings and fill up on noodles. Most of the action is around Commonwealth Place.
The Royal Canberra Show also brings colour to the capital at Exhibition Park in Canberra from this morning.
It's your last chance to enter our summer photo comp! You can win a share of $1000 if you get your pics in to us by tomorrow. More info here.
Rowan Bates, owner of Lets Do Yum Cha, and Kimberley Chiam and Jes Lau, both from N2 extreme gelato, prepare for the Night Noodles Markets. Photo: Melissa Adams
A canopy of glowing lanterns have been strung up, Lucky Cat presides over the gate, and 15 stalls are preparing to dish out Asian street food. The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets are ready to open in Canberra for the first time.
The gates will be thrown open at 5pm on Friday at Reconciliation Place and the markets will run for two weeks alongside the Enlighten festival in the parliamentary triangle, until March 8.
The noodle markets feature half a dozen different types of noodles alongside gyoza, yum cha dumplings and desserts.
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Indigenous Advisory Committee chair, Peter Yu, with the Yumari canvas. Photo: Jamila Toderas
We are also looking for entries to our summer photo comp! You can win a share of $1000 if you get your pics in to us by tomorrow. More info here.
Today: A partly cloudy day in Canberra with a possible shower this morning, a forecast minimum 13 degrees and a top of 29 degrees.
The rest of the week: Saturday, partly cloudy - min 14, max 32; Sunday, shower or two - min 17, max 30; Monday, partly cloudy - min 10, max 25; Tuesday, shower or two - min 12, max 26.