Dozens of cattle die on Tas-Vic ship

VICTORIAN and Tasmanian authorities are investigating how 59 out of a herd of 200 cattle were killed in a Bass Strait ship crossing. [Read entire story]

China ‘concerned’ at N Korea launch plan

CHINA'S Foreign Ministry has expressed concern about North Korea's reported plans to launch a satellite, and called for restraint. [Read entire story]

Sydney abuse victim speaks of shame, guilt

A YOUNG man abused by a Sydney pedophile has told a court of the lasting pain and destruction it has caused. [Read entire story]

Juror discharged in Jamie Gao trial

THE 15-member panel hearing the NSW Supreme Court murder trial of Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara has been reduced to 14. [Read entire story]

Text Messages May Prompt People to Take Their Meds

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Australian driver deliberately killed 17 kangaroos: Group

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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]

Revenant takes top spot at Aust box office

STAR Wars: The Force Awakens has had to settle for second place after The Revenant took more than $3 million at the Australian box office. [Read entire story]

Teen charged over Sydney Opera House security scare

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House lost but crews on top of Vic blaze

ALTHOUGH a house has been lost in a bushfire in central Victoria, a senior CFA manager has praised crews for their brave battle to contain the blaze. [Read entire story]

Dozens of government agencies request access to citizen metadata without warrants

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Businessman rides a razor scooter while grinning through busy tunnel

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Comm Games tender call unlikely to change

COMMONWEALTH Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has indicated a US-based company which won a tender for the Gold Coast event will likely keep its contract. [Read entire story]

Media reforms coming soon: Fed govt

THE Turnbull government will introduce new media reforms to parliament in the first part of the year, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has confirmed. [Read entire story]

Five-year-old boy drowns by sea wall

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Bring it on: Lazarus, on election threat

CROSSBENCH senator Glenn Lazarus says he won't be "blackmailed" about the threat of a double-dissolution over union changes. [Read entire story]

Oatley family thank Australia for tributes

BOB Oatley's family have released a statement thanking everyone for their kind words and tributes following the death of the 87-year-old on Sunday. [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]

Woman stable after suspected drug overdose

A YOUNG woman is in a stable condition after a suspected drug overdose at Sydney's Field Day festival on New Year's Day. [Read entire story]

Vic govt grants to help wildlife rehab

VICTORIAN wildlife shelters and carers will be able to apply for a $500 grant from the Victorian government to treat animals hurt in the bushfires. [Read entire story]

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5 things to know about New Year’s Eve

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'Brexit', refugee crisis dominate EU talks

The ongoing crisis over migrants and refugees, and Britain's future in the European Union have dominated the EU's final summit for 2015. [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]

‘Mother Teresa to be made saint’ in Sept

POPE Francis has approved a decree recognising a miracle attributed to Mother Teresa's intercession with God, paving the way for her canonisation. [Read entire story]

Largest ever ovarian cancer trial suggests that screening reduces…

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New South Wales becomes the second state to legalise Uber… but…

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Pressure to reverse foreign aid cuts

CHARITY groups are calling on the federal government to reverse foreign aid cuts when it releases the budget review next week. [Read entire story]

US budget deficit widened in November

THE US budget deficit widened in November to $US64.6 billion, a 13.6 per cent year-on rise, as spending increases on healthcare and defence. [Read entire story]

Media muddle: Was Scalia being racist?

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Plan for terrorists: reform or stay locked up

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Istanbul’s US Consulate cancels services

THE US Consulate in Istanbul has cancelled its services for the day after receiving information about a possible security threat. [Read entire story]