Polls narrowing in Scotland ahead of independence vote07/29/14
Glasgow is basking in the glory of a Commonwealth Games that so far has gone off almost without a hitch. But the real game in Scotland is yet to come, with its citizens to vote in a referendum that has the potential to end the United Kingdom in two...
UN and US again push for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza
While the violence rages on in Gaza and Israel, the war of words is escalating between the US, Israel and Hamas. The United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon and the US secretary of state John Kerry continue to call for an immediate humanitarian...
Gaza ceasefire shattered in night of violence
A night of violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian border has broken a fragile ceasefire. In one incident, Israel has been accused of killing eight children in an airstrike on a playground - a claim it denies. Palestinian attacks took the...
Doubts over future of giant Carmichael coal mine
As the debate rages over the environmental impacts of Queensland's huge Carmichael coal project, there's doubts the mine will ever be operational. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says the Galilee Basin is too remote, the coal...
Unions claim offshore foreign workers are taking Australian jobs
Unions and industry are locked in an increasingly bitter brawl over legislation which restricts visa conditions for offshore maritime workers. Both sides say that thousands of jobs are at stake with the Australian Mines and Metals Association saying...
More than 200,000 older Australians on the dole
New figures from the Federal Government show more than 200,000 older Australians are now on the dole, and that figure increased by 24,000 in the year to March. The Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says it represents a 45 per cent increase since 2010, and...
Julie Bishop in Kiev to push for unfettered access to MH17 site
The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is in Kiev with her Dutch counterpart as they continue to try to clear political hurdles for the team of international investigators. The team has been forced to abandon their investigation for the second day in a row...
Fighting continues to hamper MH17 investigation
Dutch and Australian investigators have been forced to abandon attempts to reach the MH17 crash site for the second day in a row due to fierce fighting. The civilian death toll in the conflict is rising with the United Nations saying nearly 800 people...
United States shuts down embassy in Libya
The United States has shut down its embassy in Tripoli and evacuated its diplomats. As violence spirals out of control in Libya, questions are being raised about whether America failed to manage the transition to a stable government after the ouster...
Palestinian leader says civilians not being used as shields in Gaza
Dr Hanan Ashrawi, who is on the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, says Israel's campaign in Gaza is totally unacceptable and denies that Hamas is using civilians as shields for military operations.
Fighting resumes in Gaza after ceasefires on the weekend
Israel resumed its attacks on Gaza after two humanitarian ceasefires over the weekend. The brief reprieves allowed Palestinians in the area to pick through the rubble of their homes while authorities recovered scores of dead bodies. Israel's Prime...
Five billion dollar employment services scheme to be unveiled today
The Federal Government will release details today of the employment services model it wants in place from July next year. The $5 billion package over three years will include new wage subsidies for young and long-term unemployed, and an expanded work...
Julie Bishop to meet with Ukrainian govt to ensure recovery of MH17...
A volatile security situation has forced the abandonment of a joint Australian and Dutch police effort to assist in recovering bodies from the wreckage of MH17 in eastern Ukraine. Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has arrived in Kiev with...
Asylum seekers just arrived in WA to be returned to India where...
In the midst of a High Court challenge to on-sea detention, the first group of asylum seekers to make the Australian mainland since December has arrived at the Curtin detention centre. They were detained on a customs ship after their boat was...
Long C'wealth Games lines regaled with left-field entertainment
At Commonwealth Games venues across Glasgow, airport-like security screening has been installed, which means ticket holders are waiting in long lines in the untypically warm weather. Entertainers are helping the sports fans pass the time, among them a...
Push to stamp out poker machines
Welfare organisations and addicts have called on the South Australian Government to address the gambling epidemic in the state. They say $12 billion has been lost on pokies since they were introduced to pubs and clubs in SA two decades ago.
Sydney and Melbourne forge ahead with carbon reduction targets
The review panel looking into the nation's renewable energy target is expected to make its recommendations next week.The signals coming out of Canberra indicate that the Abbott Government is preparing to wind it back. But in Sydney and Melbourne, the...
Israel and Hamas agree to 12 hour ceasefire: reports
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12 hour pause in hostilities in Gaza, reports say. The truce is due to begin at 8am local time. Efforts to negotiate a longer term ceasefire are still ongoing.
Central American leaders blame US for child migration crisis
Central American leaders have laid the blame for a child immigration crisis at the feet of the US. This year, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children caught on the US border since October - twice as many as the year before. The presidents of...
RAAF 'proud' of continued work in MH17 investigation
The third mission, transporting remains from Ukraine to the Dutch city of Eindhoven has been completed overnight. In the latest flights, 75 bodies were carried in two military aircraft, one of them a Royal Australian Air Force C-17. AM spoke to the...
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