Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen won’t accept pardon, lawyer says

US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen would not accept a presidential pardon, his lawyer says, a day after Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges and said he acted at the direction of Mr [Read entire story]

Thai police seize $61 million haul of methamphetamines

In one of its biggest ever drug busts, Thai police seize more than 14 million methamphetamine pills that they say were headed for countries including Australia. [Read entire story]

Farmers head to Canberra effort to get their banking stories heard

Aggrieved regional bank customers are descending on Parliament House to "speed-date" crossbench senators, making short pitches on their plight to win support for a bill to extend the time the banking royal commission has [Read entire story]

‘A jackpot for hackers’: My Health Record still isn’t safe enough to proceed

The fundamental flaws in My Health Record haven't been fixed. This ill-conceived platform is neither useful nor safe enough to proceed, write Katharine Kemp, Bruce Baer Arnold and David Vaile. [Read entire story]

Uber accused of ‘wage theft’ by drivers, and hiding ‘surge’ notifications

Uber told its drivers they would get 'more trips' under its new policy, but nearly 90 per cent of the drivers we spoke to disagreed — strongly. [Read entire story]

Signs of a 20km-wide lake found under the surface of Mars

In a massive shot in the arm for the search for life on Mars, a giant "lake" of liquid water seems to be buried beneath the ice near the red planet's south pole. [Read entire story]

‘Lonely’ former Labor Senator Joe Bullock switches from red to blue

Former Labor Senator — and right-wing union powerbroker — Joe Bullock switches from red to blue, joining the Liberal Party after 39 years in the ALP, saying he felt "isolated and lonely" inside the Labor Party. [Read entire story]

Malaysia tries crowdfunding to help reduce the country’s staggering debt

Malaysia sets up a fund for members of the public to donate cash to help the new Government repay its hefty national debt, the finance ministry says, providing a bank account number for deposits. [Read entire story]

Elusive black holes finally found snuggled against the centre of our galaxy

The Milky Way's central supermassive black hole is surrounded by an entourage of smaller black holes. For the first time, this cosmic posse has been detected. [Read entire story]

Towel ‘change rooms’ to a PM mobile mystery: Opening ceremony highlights

From an Indigenous smoking ceremony, a dance demonstrating the makeshift beach towel "change room", to speculation over what Malcolm Turnbull showed Prince Charles on his phone, there was no shortage of memorable moments [Read entire story]

The future of work is under threat, but it’s not robots we need to fear

Business and jobs seem to be weathering the new economy extremely well. It is equality that is really being disrupted, and the way we are going it will get worse and worse, writes Carl Rhodes. [Read entire story]

Nationals MP fears food shortages in South Africa if white farmers migrate

Federal MP Andrew Broad warns there could be a humanitarian crisis like a food shortage in South Africa if white farmers are allowed to migrate en-masse to Australia following reports of increased violence towards them. [Read entire story]

Detectives investigate suspected mass overdose at private school

Mobile phones are seized and crime scenes established as detectives investigate whether school students who suffered suspected drug overdoses on the Gold Coast bought the drugs online. [Read entire story]

Analysis: Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull need to talk about one thing this week: China

Whether it's defence, trade, cyber or regional security, China will be at the centre of Malcolm Turnbull's discussions in Washington, writes political editor Andrew Probyn. [Read entire story]

Massive bushfire in Hunter Valley could burn for a month

Fire crews are working on strategies to contain a bushfire that has already burnt 7,000 hectares in Putty State Forest and Wollemi National Park in the Hunter Valley. [Read entire story]

Fact check: Was 2017 a record calendar year for jobs growth?

Treasurer Scott Morrison says that 2017 was "the strongest calendar growth in jobs we have seen on record". Is he correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check gets to work on the numbers. [Read entire story]

Analysis: Instagram is changing the way we experience art — and that’s a good thing

While it may have a reputation for narcissism, Instagram is being embraced by the art world, with Insta-friendly works and exhibitions. [Read entire story]

Analysis: The genes you don’t inherit shape learning and health, too

A new paper describes the idea of "genetic nurture", where parents' genes, even those not passed on to their child, have major effects on kids' health and educational attainment. [Read entire story]

‘Talking is not the answer!’: Trump renews tough talk on North Korea

Donald Trump dismisses diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, declaring that "talking is not the answer" a day after Pyongyang fires a ballistic missile over Japan. [Read entire story]

Tobacco giants testing evidence for Border Force cases

Australian Border Force and Commonwealth prosecutors are relying on evidence provided by Australia's biggest tobacco company to charge black market traders. [Read entire story]

Australia needs more climate scientists ‘to avoid expensive mistakes’

Top scientists recommend an overhaul of the nation's climate research system after a review finds a critical lack of staff in key areas like climate modelling. [Read entire story]

Duterte slams ‘chubby, fool’ Kim Jong-un for endangering Asia with nuclear plans

Rodrigo Duterte slams North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "fool" and a "son of a bitch" days ahead of an international meeting to address Pyongyang's long-range missile tests. [Read entire story]

NASA’s ‘mission of extremes’ will touch the Sun

It's been on NASA's bucket list for 60 years, and now the ambitious mission to touch the Sun is in its final phase before launch. So just how do you send a spacecraft into the Sun without it burning up? [Read entire story]

Plane forced to return to Melbourne after passenger tried to enter cockpit

Heavily armed police have been called to a plane at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport after a man who reportedly claimed to have a bomb tried to enter the cockpit of a Malaysia Airlines flight. [Read entire story]

Commonwealth, states battle over school funding

The fight over the way the country's schools are funded will go another round when state and territory education ministers meet their Commonwealth counterpart today. [Read entire story]

Housing shortage not always to blame for soaring property prices, report suggests

In certain capital cities housing supply is actually outpacing population growth, a Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute report says. [Read entire story]

EU seeking to affect result of British election: PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May accuses European politicians and officials of seeking to affect the outcome of the country's upcoming national election by issuing threats over Brexit. [Read entire story]

FBI’s Comey defends Clinton email decision, but feels ‘nauseous’

FBI director James Comey says it makes him feel "mildly nauseous" to think he had an impact on the 2016 US presidential election, but that he had no choice but to announce the agency's probe into Hillary Clinton's emails [Read entire story]

A-League finals decided with Roar, City to host

The first week of the A-League finals has been decided, with Brisbane Roar hosting the Wanderers and Melbourne City playing Perth Glory. [Read entire story]

Seven injured in head-on collision north of Perth

A head-on car crash about 100 kilometres north of Perth, which caused one vehicle to roll over, leaves one man in a critical condition and six others hospitalised. [Read entire story]

Politicians’ entitlement, penalty rate cuts in the spotlight on Q&A

Penalty rates and politicians' entitlements were hot topics on Monday's Q&A as the panel show hits the road and broadcasts from Melbourne this week. [Read entire story]

Onshore detention mobile phone ban stamps out criminal behaviour: ABF

The Border Force Commissioner defends his agency's decision to ban all mobile phone use in the nation's onshore detention centres, arguing it is a way of cracking down on crime within the facilities. [Read entire story]

Joint Strike Fighter lands in Australia for first time

After years of delays and cost blow-outs, the controversial Joint Strike Fighter arrives on Australian soil for the first time. [Read entire story]

Camera ‘could transform coral reef monitoring on a global scale’

Underwater 360-imagery is providing an insight into life on the ocean floor while offering a new way for scientists to monitor the health of the world's reefs. [Read entire story]