• A picture taken on December 15, 2008 at a court in Tehran shows Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari speaking to defend herself during the first hearing of her trial for the murder of a former intelligence official. Jabbari who is awaiting an impending death sentence for slaying of former intelligence official Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, could be forgiven if 'she tells the truth', the victim's son said on April 19, 2014 as a UN human rights monitor claims the crime was done in self-defence against a potential rapist. (image vi Getty).

    Sunday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    Police in Sydney search for missing 11yo girl. Police in Sydney are searching for a young girl who has been missing since 6:30pm on Saturday night. Michelle Levy left her home in North Bondi at about 6:30pm after a family argument. While she has been known to leave home before, it has only been for [read more]

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    ‘I do not agree with you on same sex marriage’ Bill Shorten tells Australian Christian Lobby

                This morning, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten gave a speech to the national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra. He told the ACL what he thought about same sex marriage. He also gave a smooth side-eye to anyone who was thinking about being critical of his [read more]

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    8 reasons why we need to send Australians to help stop Ebola.

        By AMY STOCKWELL Over the past week a political debate has broken out about whether Australia is doing its fair share to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola has now infected 9000 people and  killed more than 4500 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The United States Centres for Disease [read more]

  • Jordan Rice QLD floods

    This hero’s family has been devastated all over again. Can you help?

            By MEGAN WRIGHT. It’s been almost four years since John Tyson lost his partner Donna and eldest son, Jordan Rice, in the 2011 Queensland floods. The father of two describes Jordan as a courageous boy who “will always be a hero to me, and one of the bravest people I know [read more]

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    Saturday’s news in less than five minutes.

    1. Two killed and four injured as 15-year-old student opens fire in Washington school. A teacher has heroically prevented a massacre from occurring at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington. First-year social studies teacher, Megan Silberberger, reportedly walked up to the armed student, 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, and grabbed his arm as he reloaded his gun after [read more]

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    What if your teenage daughter plotted to kill you?

              By JOANNA ROBIN. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, but a Michigan couple are standing by their adopted daughter even though she was planning to kill them. Roksana Sikorski, 15, stabbed her brother in the neck and revealed to police that she and her 23-year-old boyfriend had been plotting to kill her mum [read more]

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    She saw a lavish wedding on Facebook. Then she realised her husband was the groom.

      Yvonne Gibney and her husband Maurice Gibney had been married for 17 years. So when the 55-year-old mother-of-two logged onto Facebook and saw photos of a lavish wedding ceremony on an overseas beach, the last person she expected to see suited up as a groom was her husband. But that’s exactly what she found: photos [read more]

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    Friday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Canada shooting       Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said his country will “never be intimidated” after a soldier and a gunman were shot dead in Ottawa. Yesterday a masked gunman killed a soldier at Canada’s war memorial and stormed parliament before being shot dead by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Prime Minister Harper [read more]

  • She's got one hell of a mouth.

    Video of racist tour guide on a drunken tirade goes viral.

    By SHAUNA ANDERSON     Maybe she had had a bad day. A bad year? Or maybe she is just xenophobic.  This tour guide in San Francisco has let out all of her (nasty) views in a drunken racist rant on an open-air bus. The woman was captured on video by a German tourist as [read more]

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    The mother-of-two who was “bullied” out of a job – for wearing this one thing.

      A mother-of-two claims she was ordered her to remove her crucifix by her former employee, Qantas – and now she’s suing. Georgina Sarikoudis, a former customer service worker for the airline, claims she was told to “cut off” her prayer bead bracelets and remove her crucifix necklace while working for the airline last year and earlier this year, the [read more]

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    Minutes after this journalist was murdered, the people who killed her sent this message.

        “Felina” was a citizen journalist dedicated to speaking out about violent crime in her hometown. According to The Daily Beast, Felina hailed from Reynosa, Mexico – where drug cartels have considerable influence over the mainstream media, where corruption is rife and where kidnapping and arson are common. Felina was one of many reporters dedicated to truth-telling about [read more]

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    The Canadian capital is in lockdown after a fatal shooting.

        The Canadian capital, Ottawa, is in lockdown after a gunman shot and killed a soldier before shooting at least 30 times inside Canada’s parliament building. MPs were close by at the time of the shooting. “One shooting victim succumbed to injuries … one male suspect has also been confirmed deceased,” the Ottawa Police Service said. [read more]

  • Jacqueline Sparks holding her daughter Mia.

    Thursday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Canadian shooting.     A gunman has shot and killed a soldier standing guard at Canada’s National War Memorial before shooting at least 30 times inside Canada’s parliament building. CBS NEWS reports that the gunman was later killed during a shootout. It is not known if there is more than one shooter and the [read more]

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    Cafe sparks a social media storm after saying “No, we are not child friendly.”

      By SHAUNA ANDERSON     It started with a pretty snarky Facebook inquiry “Are you child friendly? Because it doesn’t seem like it?” Like many Facebook conversations it escalated. But this one ended up in a frenzy of media right around the world. The controversy was a post by a café in Newcastle, NSW [read more]

  • (Photo: Kimmy's Legacy)

    Little Kyden entered the world on Thursday. On the same day, his mother left it.

            Kyden Thomas Bede Kelly entered the world last Thursday, 16 October. On that same day, his mother — Kymberlie Shepherd, 26 — tragically left it. Now, Kyden’s heartbroken father Wayde Kelly, 26, has spoken out about the rare complication that killed his “soulmate” and fiancé — and has shared photos of the beautiful little son [read more]

  • Rosie Batty. (Screenshot: via Channel 9)

    Rosie Batty: “I made the best decisions I could at the time.”

            Trigger warning: This post deals with child abuse and domestic violence and could be triggering for some readers. Rosie Batty, whose 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his estranged father after cricket practice in February, has hit out at child protection authorities and police. Luke’s father Greg Anderson attacked the boy with a [read more]

  • Jetta before the chop.

    10-year-old Jetta was bullied relentlessly over her hair cut.

          By SHAUNA ANDERSON   For 10-year-old Jetta it was just about helping others. She had read about charities that make wigs for cancer and she wanted to donate her own hair. Her mother was “super proud”. Jetta just wanted to make a difference. What she never expected was the bullying and hatred [read more]

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    The little girl who trapped 1,000 paedophiles in 10 weeks.

      Trigger warning: This post deals with child abuse and may be triggering for some readers. An Australian man has been convicted following an online sting that identified 1,000 paedophiles. Charity workers from European organisation Terre Des Hommes went undercover, posing as a 10-year-old Filipina girl called “Sweetie” — in reality, a realistic-looking computer model — to catch out child sex [read more]

  • Taylor Almond (NSW Police)

    16-year-old Taylor has been missing for 11 days.

          Police have renewed pleas for information to find missing NSW teen Taylor Almond, 16, who has been missing for 11 days. Taylor disappeared from her home in Dudley, southern Newcastle, at about 1:00pm on Sunday 12 October 2014. Taylor was recently spotted in the Kotara, Adamstown and Newcastle Beach area, 9News reports, and police now [read more]

  • Reaction to the sentence for Oscar Pistorius.

    Wednesday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Oscar Pistorius       Social media has reacted furiously to the sentence given to Oscar Pistorius with the hashtag #nojustice trending last night after the Paralympian was given five years jail but it was revealed he will probably only serve 10 months behind bars. The parents of Reeva Steenkamp have said that the [read more]

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    We all know Reeva’s name. But these 2361 other women must not be forgotten.

    By NINA FUNNELL It’s now 20 months since Oscar Pistorius picked up a gun and shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead. In those 20 months, literally thousands of articles have been written about the crime, with journalists and audiences ghoulishly devouring every new detail, twist or turn that has emerged. Oscar Pistorius. And now as reporters [read more]

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    Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

            Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to a maximum of 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. This sentencing comes a month after the paralympian, 27, was convicted of culpable homicide after a six-month trial in the High Court of South Africa, in the city of Pretoria. Handing down the sentence, Justice Thokozile Masipa [read more]

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    10 ways Australia would be completely different if it weren’t for Gough Whitlam.

      Today Australia is mourning the loss of Gough Whitlam. Whitlam was the 21st Prime Minister of our nation between the years of 1972 and 1975, but in those three years the changes he made in this time have changed our nation forever — and for the better. Whitlam was someone against discrimination, and a champion for equality. [read more]

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    She was 22, backpacking around the world… and 38 weeks pregnant without knowing it.

                Kate Hudson was like any other 22-year-old backpacking around Europe. The Melbourne journalism student was hopping between countries, living it up with limited funds and even fewer cares. That is, until she found out she was pregnant — and just weeks away from her due date. As blogger Sophie Shaw — [read more]

  • Ethan became addicted as a teenager and became violent and aggressive towards his mother when high. (Screenshot via Four Corners)

    This is the TV show that should be screened in every school in Australia.

      “Jake” started dealing drugs at 11 and by 15, was an ice cook and addict. Bradley pulled most of his teeth out of his head with a pair of pliers when he was high. Ethan became addicted to the drug after just one hit — and before long, was trying to bust down the door of [read more]

  • Monica Lewinsky says she loved Bill Clinton.

    Monica Lewinsky just gave her first-ever public speech to a room full of powerful people.

                When your entire adult life has been defined by an ill-advised affair you had when you were 22, you are in a unique position to talk about what it’s like to have a reputation trashed by strangers. Monica Lewinsky, only best known for her affair with former US President Bill Clinton, yesterday stood to address 1000 [read more]

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    Breaking: Oscar de la Renta has reportedly died.

        Oscar de la Renta had died aged 82 years old, according to reports from ABC News in the US and other media. The iconic fashion designer — who has dressed everyone from First Ladies Clinton and Reagan to songstress Taylor Swift and, most recently, international barrister Amal Clooney — was diagnosed with cancer [read more]

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    Gough Whitlam has died aged 98.

      Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam has died aged 98. “Our father, Gough Whitlam, has died this morning at the age of 98,” Mr Whitlam’s children Antony, Nicholas and Stephen Whitlam and Catherine Dovey said in a statement this morning. “A loving and generous father, he was a source of inspiration to us and our families and [read more]

  • The Royal baby is due in April.

    Tuesday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Royal Baby due date         The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed their baby is due in April next year, Kensington Palace said in an official announcement. They also squashed rumors that it could royal twins. The official statement read “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are [read more]

  • Michelle Knight speaking at the interview.

    “It wasn’t his fault.” Michelle Knight says she forgives the man who held her captive for 11 years.

    By SHAUNA ANDERSON         In a spectacular revelation the victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro has said she forgives the man who held her captive in a basement for 11 years raping and torturing her. “At first I hated him,” said Michelle Knight. Speaking to a radio host at a High School in [read more]