Dutch police train eagles to snatch enemy drones

Dutch police puzzling over how to remove drones that pose a public safety threat are testing a way to get the job done in one fell swoop - with trained eagles. [Read entire story]

Queensland scientists hopeful dengue program could halt spread of Zika virus

A program designed to tackle dengue fever could be modified to help prevent the spread of Zika virus, Queensland scientists say. [Read entire story]

Academy President ‘heartbroken and frustrated’ over lack of diversity in Oscars

Following days of backlash after the Academy unveiled an all-white roster of acting nominees for the 2016 Oscars, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement Monday night addressing the controversy. [Read entire story]

'Shots fired' at Sydney police station

A person has reportedly been shot at Quakers Hill police station in Sydney's west, with police confirming an operation is underway. [Read entire story]

Home lost following out-of-control grassfire in central Victoria

One home is lost and a watch and act alert is in place after a fast-moving grassfire sweeps through Edgecombe in central Victoria. [Read entire story]

Nadal crashes out of Aussie Open in first round

Former world number one Rafael Nadal has exited the Australian Open in the first round after losing to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in five sets on Rod Laver Arena. [Read entire story]

Cyclone Ula: Tonga declares state of emergency, Fiji braces for impact

A category-three cyclone is battering Tonga after wreaking havoc on the low-lying island of Tuvalu. [Read entire story]

Syrian, Iraqi militants said to have planned New Year attack in Munich

Germany received a tip hours before midnight that militants from Iraq and Syria were planning New Year attacks in Munich but police could not find the suspects and are not even sure if they exist or are in the country, [Read entire story]

Melbourne couple killed in New Zealand mountain fall

The bodies of experienced climbers Stuart Jason Hollaway and Dale Amanda Thistlethwaite are recovered from the slopes of Mt Silberhorn days after the couple fell to their deaths. [Read entire story]

Argument between young girls ‘boiled over’, police say

An argument between "two young girls" sparked an outbreak of violence at an NT community, with up to 60 people armed with machetes, large knives, axes, rocks and sharpened sticks confronting police on New Years' Day. [Read entire story]

Fall of Ramadi ‘inevitable’ as Iraqi forces gain ground

Iraqi security forces led by elite counter-terror troops move closer to the centre of Ramadi as they battle Islamic State militants who took control of the key city in May. [Read entire story]

‘Incredible and shameful’: Champion skier reflects on near collision with falling drone

Austria's Marcel Hirscher jokes he received an early Christmas present after narrowly avoiding a collision with a drone which crashed at the World Cup slalom in Italy, saying he is lucky to have escaped injury. [Read entire story]

NSW councils bracing for forced mergers

Local government amalgamations in Sydney will reportedly go from 43 councils to 25, with Mike Baird expected to announce forced mergers on Friday. [Read entire story]

'Donald Trump is unhinged', Republicans react to Muslim comments

Some Republican hopefuls criticize Trump's Muslim 'shutdown' call more strongly than others. By Sean Sullivan and David Weigel. [Read entire story]

Generation of Syrian children face 'catastrophic' phsychological damage

Save the Children says one is four Syrian children are at risk of developing mental health disorders as a result of the trauma they have experienced. [Read entire story]

Innovation package gets nod of approval

Scientists, universities and business have been quick to give the Turnbull government's innovation package the nod of approval, praising it as a "turning point" for Australia's economy. [Read entire story]

Baden-Clay murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter

Former Brisbane real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay's murder conviction for killing his wife Allison is downgraded to manslaughter in the Court of Appeal. [Read entire story]

Bishop's emoji use under the microscope

The diplomatic impact of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's use of emoji icons has been examined in a Senate Estimates hearing. [Read entire story]

Man charged with murder of his mother, Gold Coast woman Linda Sindon

Homicide detectives charge a 28-year-old man over the murder of his mother in Queensland more than six years ago. [Read entire story]

MSF calls for independent inquiry into hospital bombing

Medecins Sans Frontieres has called for an independent international fact-finding commission to be set up following the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. [Read entire story]

Abbott case is closed: Morrison

New federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has refused to discuss the spill that deposed former PM Tony Abbott, saying the case is history. [Read entire story]

Thai police hunt ‘foreign’ man, two others for Bangkok blast

Thai police say that a suspect captured by CCTV cameras minutes before a bomb exploded at Bangkok's Erawan shrine is a foreigner and that his appearance suggests he might be from Europe or the Middle East. [Read entire story]

Singer's fury over Waltzing Matilda stoush

Australian singer John Williamson says he would rather go to jail than pay to use the words Waltzing Matilda on merchanise. [Read entire story]

Jonassen rescues Australia in Women’s Ashes Test

An unbeaten 95 from Test debutant Jess Jonassen rescues Australia on a difficult day one of the Women's Ashes Test in Canterbury. [Read entire story]

Five million jobs could disappear by 2030: CEDA

New research warns that more than five million jobs could disappear by 2030 due to technological advances. [Read entire story]

Further tests of frozen berries negative for Hepatitis A: Patties Foods

Patties Foods, whose frozen berries have been linked to the outbreak of 31 cases of Hepatitis A, says its own commissioned testing of the berries have come back negative. [Read entire story]

No combat for new Iraq training force: Andrews

Australian troops are embarking on a two-year mission in Iraq to be spent entirely "behind the wire" with no involvement in combat, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews says. [Read entire story]

Three children die in Vic lake tragedy

Three young children have died after a car crashed into a Melbourne lake, a fourth is fighting for life and the driver is under police guard. [Read entire story]

Autistic boy Luke Shambrook found alive in bush

Missing boy Luke Shambrook has been found after five days of searching. [Read entire story]

Hundreds begin search for Germanwings crash victims

Investigators scour the pulverised debris of a German airliner for bodies and clues to its mysterious eight-minute descent and crash in the French Alps that killed all 150 aboard. [Read entire story]

Indonesia 'unlikely to execute drug convicts for weeks or months': VP

Indonesia's Vice President says the execution of a group of foreigners, including two Australians - might not happen for weeks or months. [Read entire story]

Female protesters dressed as men try to crash LNP event

A group of women protesters dressed as men have tried to talk and trick their way into the Liberal National Party's International Women's Day event at the exclusive men-only Tattersall's Club in Brisbane. [Read entire story]

Funeral held for Mackay girl 42 years after disappearance

A funeral is held in Queensland's north for 14-year-old Marilyn Wallman, the victim of the state's longest-running child abduction case. [Read entire story]

Abbott backs down on ADF pay deal

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced ADF personnel will be offered a new and more generous pay rise of 2 per cent per annum. [Read entire story]