AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing over Java Sea

A search and rescue operation for an Air Asia flight that went missing en route to Singapore from Indonesia with 162 people on board has been halted due to bad light, Indonesian authorities say. [Read entire story]

Mixed response from states to GST distribution review

The Federal Government's review of GST revenue distribution is not universally popular, with mining state Queensland welcoming the move while South Australia and Tasmania criticising the push for change. [Read entire story]

Australian freed from Chinese jail after more than five years

Australian businesswoman Charlotte Chou walks free from a Chinese jail after more than five years behind bars. [Read entire story]

Broken Hill’s water to run out by late 2015 amid major drought

Drilling work is starting in Broken Hill in far west NSW to find an emergency water supply for the drought-stricken town. The city is due to run out of good quality water by August 2015. [Read entire story]

Lego Farmer documents life on Riverina farm

A NSW Riverina farmer is using a camera and a well-loved children's toy to help promote Australian agriculture across the world. [Read entire story]

Australian captain Steve Smith fined for slow over rate

Captain Steve Smith is fined 60 per cent of his match fee for a slow over rate in his first match as skipper in Australia's four-wicket victory in the second Test against India in Brisbane. [Read entire story]

New York City mourns two police officers shot dead

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio orders flags be flown at half-mast around the city after a gunman shoots dead two police officers in what officials are calling an "assassination". [Read entire story]

N Korea hack was vandalism not act of war: Obama

North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures was "cyber vandalism" and not an act of war, US president Barack Obama says, adding that his government was considering putting North Korea back on a US list of countries that sponsor [Read entire story]

18yo has legs severed by train

An 18-year-old man has both his legs severed after being hit by a train on the New South Wales mid-north coast. [Read entire story]

Pakistanis flock to Peshawar school to mourn dead

Thousands of Pakistanis flock to a school in Peshawar to mourn the 149 people - mainly children - massacred by the Taliban, and demand action against militants. [Read entire story]

Brisbane man, two sons found safe in outback Queensland

A Brisbane father and two boys have been found safe and well after spending days bogged and hungry in a national park in outback Queensland. [Read entire story]

Major Cabinet reshuffle to ‘reset and refocus’

In a major Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison takes on an expanded Social Services portfolio, putting him at the centre of the Government's agenda next year. After months of [Read entire story]

Cairns woman charged with murder of eight children

A 37-year-old mother is charged with the murder of seven of her children and her niece after their bodies were found at a home in Cairns on Friday. [Read entire story]

Hollywood slams Sony over shelving of The Interview

Hollywood filmmakers and actors voice outrage after Sony Pictures pulls the release of North Korea parody The Interview, following threats from hackers. [Read entire story]

No sign of Brisbane man, sons missing on road trip to Cairns

Police are increasingly concerned about a Brisbane man and his two sons who have been missing for several days. [Read entire story]

Bandidos ‘boss’ in court on motorbike theft, fraud charges

The alleged head of the Bandidos bikie gang appears in court in Victoria charged with stealing a motorbike and fraud. [Read entire story]

Former partner of missing Darwin mother Carlie Sinclair arrested on suspicion of murder

The former partner of Darwin mother Carlie Sinclair is arrested on suspicion of her murder. Danny Deacon is being held in police custody, sources have told the ABC. [Read entire story]

Pregnant Sydney siege hostage Julie Taylor honours ‘confidant’ Katrina Dawson

Martin Place siege hostage Julie Taylor pays tribute to her "closest friend, role model and confidant" Katrina Dawson and the "courageous" Tori Johnson, who both died in the gunfire that ended the siege. [Read entire story]

Cairns stunned after eight children from one family found dead

Residents of far north Queensland are in shock after the bodies of eight children from the same family were found in a suburban Cairns home. It is believed some of the victims, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were [Read entire story]