Grant set to become Baird’s deputy – NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.auGrant set to become Baird's deputyNEWS.com.auTROY Grant is set to become NSW Premier Mike Baird's deputy as part of a fresh-faced coalition leadership team for the March election. MR Baird's [Read entire story]

Facebook and Apple’s latest job perk

Technology giants take efforts to attract best employees to a whole new level. [Read entire story]

Iraq deal on special forces imminent: PM – The Australian

NEWS.com.auIraq deal on special forces imminent: PMThe AustralianAUSTRALIAN special forces could be working with Iraqi troops within days as the two governments finalise legal protections. WHILE RAAF Super Hornets have [Read entire story]

Pastor ‘blind’ to son-in-law’s abuse – Sky News Australia

Sky News AustraliaPastor 'blind' to son-in-law's abuseSky News AustraliaA senior Pentecostal pastor whose son-in-law ran his church's youth program had no idea he was sexually abusing a 13-year old boy, [Read entire story]

Racist singlet debate reignites old feud

Debate over a range of 'racist' singlets has reignited one of Sydney's longest running feuds. [Read entire story]

Pilots pull off incredible landing

It circled for more than hour. When it came time to land, passengers knew they were in for a hell of a ride. [Read entire story]

Walkable cities work better for everyone

Sydney’s future as a globally competitive and liveable city relies on its walkability, according to one of the world’s leading experts on city planning. Brent Toderian, former chief planner of Vancouver, will share his [Read entire story]

Performance revival at Paddington Town Hall

Paddington Town Hall could become a hub for live music performances, theatre productions, comedy shows and cabaret nights under a City of Sydney plan to boost the area’s cultural mix. The City is calling on venue [Read entire story]

New pool to power community facilities

Sydney’s newest major swimming pool will be heated and powered all year round by its own locally produced energy system that will help the City of Sydney slash its carbon emissions. The City has agreed to include a [Read entire story]

Cool new park for play and workers’ lunch breaks

A new shaded playground for kids and a meeting point with a tree house feel will soon be opened at Beaconsfield’s Janet Beirne Reserve following a sun-smart makeover by the City of Sydney. The improved public space on [Read entire story]

BMX wonders celebrate Sydney’s bike revolution

A team of daredevil BMX riders will entertain the crowds with backflips and other stunts at the Sydney Rides Festival in Pyrmont this month. 19-year-old Jack Zammit has been performing daring BMX stunts for four years [Read entire story]

New technology enables communities to give back

A free City of Sydney event next week will explore how technology is being used by Sydney businesses and communities as a positive force for social change. “Gigabytes and Giving Back” – part of the City Conversations [Read entire story]

Human sculptures like no other

A group of 20 highly-skilled artists will help give Sydneysiders a whole new perspective on their city, as the sensational Bodies in Urban Spaces takes to the streets on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October. Created by [Read entire story]

LIVE UPDATES: Cabinet convenes; over 140 rockets and mortars fired at Israel … – Haaretz

NDTVLIVE UPDATES: Cabinet convenes; over 140 rockets and mortars fired at Israel ...HaaretzIsraeli strike reportedly targets Hamas military chief; 100 projectiles fired at Israel since truce collapsed, IDF attacks 50 [Read entire story]

Islamic State makes true on ‘blood’ threat, killing US journalist James Foley – Sydney Morning Herald

ReutersIslamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James FoleySydney Morning HeraldJust hours after the United States announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, [Read entire story]

Bomb robot used as police swoop on alleged bombmaker Daniel Fing’s parents … – NEWS.com.au

Brisbane TimesBomb robot used as police swoop on alleged bombmaker Daniel Fing's parents ...NEWS.com.auPOLICE used a bomb robot to raid the family home of Daniel Fing as detectives yesterday continued investigating a [Read entire story]

Qadri protesters guard access to Pakistan parliament – BBC News

BBC NewsQadri protesters guard access to Pakistan parliamentBBC NewsPakistan's anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri has called on protesters to continue guarding state buildings amid a massive sit-in in Islamabad. He [Read entire story]

Ferguson Demonstrators Defy Police – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalFerguson Demonstrators Defy PoliceWall Street JournalA demonstrator holds her hands in the air as she walks past police officers in riot gear, in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 19, 2014. Reuters. FERGUSON, [Read entire story]

Landslides hit Japan’s Hiroshima, killing at least 36 – Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & AnalysisLandslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 36Daily News & AnalysisAt least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by [Read entire story]

premier’s chief spends $2900 on limos – Brisbane Times

Brisbane Timespremier's chief spends $2900 on limosBrisbane TimesThe Queensland premier's director-general has spent more than $2900 on limos and $14,000 on external catering since the Liberal National Party came [Read entire story]

Kim Williams says poor News Corp figures are not his fault – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldKim Williams says poor News Corp figures are not his faultSydney Morning HeraldThe poor financial health of News Corp Australia's newspapers has been exposed by the release of confidential [Read entire story]

Students burn Pyne in effigy – WA today

Sky News AustraliaStudents burn Pyne in effigyWA todayStudent activists burnt an effigy of Education Minister Christopher Pyne while chanting "Chris Pyne, f--- you, we deserve a future too" during a rally in the city on [Read entire story]

Muslim groups reject new terror laws – NEWS.com.au

Muslim groups reject new terror lawsNEWS.com.auLEADING members of the Muslim community have dismissed planned new terror laws, saying they are a response to a trumped-up threat. A STATEMENT signed by a large number of [Read entire story]

‘We are here!’ Spacecraft Rosetta meets 67P comet 10 years after leaving Earth – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk'We are here!' Spacecraft Rosetta meets 67P comet 10 years after leaving EarthTelegraph.co.ukIt has taken more than a decade, but today the European Agency's craft Rosetta finally rendezvoused [Read entire story]

Cease-Fire Between Israel and Hamas Holds for Second Day – Wall Street Journal

Telegraph.co.ukCease-Fire Between Israel and Hamas Holds for Second DayWall Street JournalA cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was holding for a second day Wednesday in advance of talks in Egypt on a long-term truce and [Read entire story]

Russia imposes new import bans in sanctions stand-off – Reuters India

The HinduRussia imposes new import bans in sanctions stand-offReuters IndiaMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has extended food import bans to Romania, stepping up its response to more biting Western sanctions for its support for [Read entire story]

New Afghan Attack Kills 7 After US General Slain – ABC News

New Afghan Attack Kills 7 After US General SlainABC NewsU.S. officials prepared Wednesday to fly the body of a two-star general slain in an Afghan "insider attack" back home, as a similar attack saw an Afghan police [Read entire story]

ICAC hears Liberal party boss Brian Loughnane knew developer donations went … – Sydney Morning Herald

Sky News AustraliaICAC hears Liberal party boss Brian Loughnane knew developer donations went ...Sydney Morning HeraldThe federal Liberal Party is embroiled in a widening corruption inquiry after evidence was tendered [Read entire story]

Government wants telcos to keep two years of metadata – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldGovernment wants telcos to keep two years of metadataSydney Morning HeraldWhat is 'metadata'? Attorney-General George Brandis has cited police use of metadata in a nationally high profile [Read entire story]

Accused murderer Robert Xie was motivated by sex, money and pride, court hears – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldAccused murderer Robert Xie was motivated by sex, money and pride, court hearsSydney Morning HeraldAccused murderer Lian Bin "Robert" Xie's motivation to kill five members of the Lin family [Read entire story]

Police brave croc-infested creeks to save stranded group – Brisbane Times

Brisbane TimesPolice brave croc-infested creeks to save stranded groupBrisbane TimesThe heroic police officers pose with the group they saved in far north Queensland. Photo: Queensland Police Service. An eight-hour round [Read entire story]

Student charged over Frances Abbott leak – 9news.com.au

Sky News AustraliaStudent charged over Frances Abbott leak9news.com.auA Sydney student will face court accused of hacking into a Sydney fashion school's computer records and leaking a student file on the prime [Read entire story]

cold case investigation could ‘rewrite Queensland history’ – ABC Online

cold case investigation could 'rewrite Queensland history'ABC OnlineA police breakthrough on a 40-year-old triple murder cold case has been described as "astonishing", with the potential to rewrite Queensland [Read entire story]

Liberal frontbenchers sour on Joe Hockey after threat to order spending cuts – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldLiberal frontbenchers sour on Joe Hockey after threat to order spending cutsSydney Morning HeraldJoe Hockey's threat to bypass the Senate by ordering spending cuts outside of parliamentary [Read entire story]