Confusion over number of dead after Adriatic ferry disaster

Italian officials say the death toll from a fire on a ferry in the Adriatic Sea could rise, amid confusion over the number of people who were on the stricken ship. [Read entire story]

Toddler shoots mother at Walmart

A two-year-old boy shot dead his mother when he pulled a handgun from her handbag and accidentally fired it in a Walmart store in the US, police say. [Read entire story]

Korean Air heiress arrested over ‘nut rage’ on flight

Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-Ah is arrested and charged over a "nut rage" tantrum which delayed a Seoul-bound flight and caused a national uproar. [Read entire story]

Search for light plane continues, police say chances of finding survivors ‘unlikely’

Tasmanian Police say it is unlikely two men aboard a plane which crashed into the sea off the Tasman Peninsula during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race survived as search efforts continue for a third day. [Read entire story]

Live: Third Test set for thrilling finale

Australia chases quick runs in search of a memorable series victory on the final day of the MCG Test against India. [Read entire story]

Islamic State claims killing of Iranian military adviser

Islamic State says it killed a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer during fighting in Iraq, as thousands turn out in the streets of Tehran for his funeral. [Read entire story]

Olive python makes meal of wallaby in NT

A jaw-dropping display of python power stuns a ranger on patrol in the Northern Territory. [Read entire story]

‘We have a plane in the water’: Racing yacht witnesses light plane crash

The crew of a yacht competing in the Sydney to Hobart race witnesses the moment a light plane carrying two people crashes into the sea off the Tasman Peninsula. [Read entire story]

Ten dead, up to 40 people unaccounted for after Norman Atlantic ferry fire

Ten people are confirmed dead and up to 40 others are still unaccounted for after authorities rescue more than 400 people from the burning wreck of a ferry off the coast of Greece. [Read entire story]

Scottish medical worker diagnosed with Ebola

A healthcare worker returning from West Africa is diagnosed with Ebola by doctors in Scotland. Almost 8,000 people have now died from the disease, according to the World Health Organisation. [Read entire story]

No evidence spotted object is from missing flight: Indonesia

An object sighted during a search for the missing AirAsia flight cannot be verified as being from the aircraft, Indonesia's vice president says, after reports an Australian surveillance aircraft found something. [Read entire story]

Hippopotamus dies in Taiwan after two accidents

The Taiwanese government is considering prosecuting the owner of a hippopotamus that died after being involved in two accidents. [Read entire story]

Rescuers begin airlifting passengers from burning ferry

Hundreds of passengers are trapped on a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea near Greece as air crews begin lifting people off the ferry two at a time, amid fierce storms. [Read entire story]

Kohli, Rahane lead excellent Indian revival on day three

Brilliant centuries from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane leads an Indian fight back against Australia on day three of the third Test at the MCG. [Read entire story]

Malaysian PM increases flood assistance as death toll rises

Malaysia announces it will provide an extra $175 million to help victims of the country's worst flooding in decades in which at least 10 people are reported to have been killed and an estimated 161,000 displaced. [Read entire story]

Meerkat mum shows who is boss at new Darwin home

Just around the corner from some of the world's toughest predators lurking inside a Darwin wildlife park, two tiny meerkats are taking up lodgings. [Read entire story]

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]