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Australian PM Abbott’s leadership to be tested in party room vote
The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, is going up against a vote at a party meeting next week, which will challenge his leadership position. Liberal Party members have called for a spill motion against Abbott after weeks of backdoor discussion.

06.02.2015 05:02

Al Jazeera journalist freed in Egypt, heads to Australia
Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been released from an Egyptian prison after serving 400 days in jail on charges of aiding a terrorist group. He is now on his way home to Australian, Egyptian security officials said as cited by Reuters.

01.02.2015 14:33

​Limit live terror attack TV coverage, Scotland Yard urges broadcasters
​Scotland Yard has asked news broadcasters to refrain from showing live footage of special forces or police officials preparing to intercept any future terror siege in London to safeguard the lives of captives and armed officers.

30.01.2015 11:12

Djokovich plays toughest tennis match ever against... ‘WWII M1 Abrams tank’ (VIDEO)
An M1 Abrams tank had an unusual mission, taking on top tennis player Novak Djokovic. In a computer generated video, the machine was given a good workout and needed all its firepower to contend with the 27-year-old's blistering shots.

29.01.2015 14:24

Fake church set up in Australia to evade vaccination for children
New “no jab, no play” childcare laws introduced in two Australian states have prompted a controversial anti-vaccination group to create a “church” of its own that rejects vaccination, but is actually merely a business, according to local media reports.

28.01.2015 10:03

5 sub-Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting ancient sun-like star
An international team of astronomers has discovered an “unusual” star system that is comprised of the oldest known star hosting planets, 11.2 billion years old. To compare, the Big Bang is considered to have happened 13.8 billion years ago.

28.01.2015 06:22

Breakthrough in cancer research? Scientists quickly un-boil an egg
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It turns out scientists care less about that age-old question than about getting a cooked egg back to the form that a mother hen would recognize. That ability could have dramatic implications for cancer research.

27.01.2015 22:35

Twitter may map hot spots for… coronary heart disease
An international team of researchers has found out that words used on social media may provide medics with a basis for predicting the rate of heart disease, as well as potentially indicating a community’s overall psychological well-being.

22.01.2015 12:45

Former Gitmo Australian inmate proclaimed innocent – lawyer
US authorities have told would-be jihadist David Hicks’ lawyer that the Australian is innocent of the crimes he allegedly committed in Afghanistan in the early 2000s, which cost him six years in Guantanamo prison.

23.01.2015 05:50

Mystery radio waves from deep space captured LIVE, sender unknown
An unknown radio signal, which may have come from a black hole, colliding neutron stars (or – for those who ‘believe’ – alien life), has been picked up by astronomers live for the first time ever. Its origins remain mysterious.

22.01.2015 20:26

Aussie police terror alert raised, officers told to be tight-lipped on social media
Australia has upped its national terrorism threat level for potential attacks on police, citing new intelligence reports. Police said recent attacks in France and Canada were a "sobering reminder of the risks" associated with policing.

20.01.2015 08:37

Mass extinction for Earth’s oceans probable, comprehensive study says
The first comprehensive study of its kind has determined that ocean life is facing mass extinction from human activity. But the record damage is still reversible – unlike our impact on land. American scientists say the effects can be mitigated.

17.01.2015 08:28