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Larissa Dubecki, who once served up a cockroach in a capricciosa pizza

'World's worst waitress' Larissa Dubecki dishes dirt on rude Aussie diners in memoir

Ms Dubecki spills the beans on the hothouse, madcap restaurant world – the rat-infested kitchens, the chefs on speed, the illicit couplings in the cool room between services

Tony Abbott has been criticised for saying Islamic State worse than Nazis

Australian PM Tony Abbott criticised for saying Isis are 'worse than the Nazis'

Robert Goot, the president of Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said Abbott's comments were 'injudicious'

Chris the sheep was a little bit too woolly

Lost sheep with overgrown coat found and shaved, yields enough wool to make 30 sweaters

World champion shearer said he had 'never seen anything like it' in 35 years

Two women a week are murdered by men they know in Australia

The Western country where domestic violence is of ‘epidemic proportions’

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick makes claim as she prepares to step down

New Zealand announces final four designs for proposed new flag

The proposed flags include three designs which feature the silver fern and a fourth design featuring a koru

Medical cannabis company sells its first marijuana pills

Research has shown that ingredients can help with chronic pain, cancer, anxiety, diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, sleep disorders and more, company claims

The small crocodile was concealed in a boot for the duration of the flight

Man smuggles crocodile on to flight by hiding it in his shoe

The man hid the reptile in his workboot to fly from Darwin to Brisbane, Australia

The Warragamba Dam is spilling over for the first time since 2013

Giant Sydney dam spills over after heavy rainfall

The Warragamba Dam is the largest urban water storage supply in Australia

Semi-naked women used as 'fruit trays' in Australian bar sparks social media outrage

People have taken to social media to condemn the bar's actions

Australian man finds unexploded bomb, parades it around town on his truck for 'show and tell'

Damien Lumsden was disappointed when police confiscated his bomb, saying 'it would have been good to keep on the mantlepiece'

Man who died after being hit by car while 'mooning' traffic at night 'paid the ultimate price for his foolishness,' coroner says

Coroner David Crerar called Travis Lane's actions 'foolish in the extreme'

Anne Summers (left) in conversation with Julia Gillard (right)

Facebook blocks promotion of feminist classic 'Damned Whores and God's Police' because of 'profane' book title

Author Anne Summers attempted to pay to boost the post

Paedophiles could be chemically castrated under Australian plan

A New South Wales taskforce has been set up to review whether a voluntary prison scheme can be rolled out across the state

ABC apologises to Tony Abbott for offensive tweet broadcast during live 'Q&A' TV debate

Incident coincides with a slip in Abbott's popularity ratings

Mr Keys carved the SOS message 'HELP 2807' with an arrow pointing downstream

British tourist saved from the Australian outback after carving SOS message in sand

Geoff Keys was found in the Jardine National Park after being lost for two days

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Britain's 24-hour culture

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The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea