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Parents who force their children to wear a burqa should be jailed, says Australian senator

Jacqui Lambie has submitted a draft 'burqa ban' bill to Parliament

Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison laid out the measures in parliament on Monday

Ebola crisis: Australia imposes visa ban on affected countries as returning US soldiers returning from West Africa are isolated

The latest measures have been condemned by health authorities and the United Nations as extreme

Sergio Redegalli, Nick Folkes and Victor Waterson wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit, a burqa and a motorcycle helmet

Anti-burqa protesters try to enter Australian parliament wearing Ku Klux Klan outfit, a motorcycle helmet and niqab

Three men have attempted to enter the Australian parliament while covering their faces, in protest at the burqa

A screen shot from the footage capturing the storm over Melbourne

Huge lightning storm illuminates sky over Melbourne as tens of thousands lose power

Video: Footage shows the awe-inspiring power of the storm

A teenager in Queensland, Australia, is being tested for Ebola after developing a fever

Ebola outbreak: Teenager in Australia being tested for disease after developing fever

An 18-year-old, who is understood to have moved to Queensland 11 days ago from Guinea, West Africa, is being tested for the virulent disease

Get ready for G20 with this Australian rap - with a cameo from an actual politician

Video: Australian politician Scott Ludlam uses the power of music to attack anti-terrorism laws

The M/V Fugro Discovery, which along with the Malaysian-contracted GO Phoenix, is searching for MH370

MH370 search: Wreckage from missing Malaysia Airlines jet 'most likely to wash up on Indonesian coast'

Officials say they continue to receive reports of debris in Australia – but that a drift west is much more likely

Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises

Owner Jodie Morris claims business is the busiest it’s ever been since her controversial comments

The ban was introduced after rumours started of a lobby group intending to send someone in full burqa to the parliament building in Canberra

Tony Abbott lifts ‘accidental’ ban on burkas in Australian parliament

Ban was introduced on the basis of a rumour that someone was intending to enter parliament dressed in a full burka

Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin were all killed when flight MH17 was shot down

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17: Parents of three Australian children killed in crash call for an end to 'this pointless war'

Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin all died when the passenger jet was downed in July

Australian teenager gets bitten by shark; remains utterly unfazed

Video: 13-year-old Kirra-Belle Olsson thought it was just one of her mates messing around

University professor suspended over sending 'vile' and racist emails

Professor Spurr is a leading poetry expert at University of Sydney

Dylan Thomas after spider had been removed from his torso

Spider burrowed through tourist's stomach and up into his chest

Dylan Thomas found the spider had burrowed its way through a scar

Australia could send 100 babies to detention centres

Landmark ruling over 11-month-old baby born to asylum seekers sets new precedent for Australia’s migration laws

TV Host Grant Denyer asks a question on the show - viewers were offended when he asked 'what is a woman's job and what is a man's job? ' on Wednesday's show

Family Feud sexism row: Australian gameshow under fire asks contestants 'What is a woman's job?' Answers: 'cooking and cleaning'

An Australian gameshow, Family Feud, implied that a woman’s job was cooking and cleaning

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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain