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Australia's northeast escaped the worst of a tropical cyclone that was expected to wreak havoc and bring dangerous storm tides after it weakened and was downgraded on Saturday.

Chloe Campbell was found missing from her home in Childers, Queensland, on Thursday morning

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Chloe Campbell missing: Australian police in desperate search for 3-year-old amid fears of potential kidnapping

The father of missing three-year-old Chloe Campbell believes someone who knows the family took her

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Julia Gillard compares Game of Thrones to her time as Australia's prime minister

Ms Gillard said power was 'pursued relentlessly' in both Westeros and the world of politics

Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, center, speaks as Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin, left, and Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi listen during a press conference for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Search teams racing against time to find the flight recorders from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet crisscrossed another patch of the Indian Ocean on Saturday, four weeks to the day after the airliner vanished.
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Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 four weeks on: The key questions answered in search for missing plane

It is four weeks since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew on board. Very little evidence has emerged in that time, creating a mystery that has no modern parallel. Simon Calder, our travel correspondent, has been following events closely since the first report of the disappearance of the Boeing 777, and tackles some of the key questions.

Australian woman taken by 'very big' 4-metre-long shark off popular beach in New South Wales

Police said the partial remains of a woman had been found before bad weather stopped the search

Norrie May-Welby poses for a picture after the High Court of Australia ruling on their sex diversity case in Sydney, Australia, 2 April 2014.

Norrie given non-specific gender status in unanimous Australian High Court verdict

“Maybe people will now understand there are more options than the binary," Norrie said after the ruling

A photo taken on 5 Jan2014 shows three dead minke whales on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru, in the Southern Ocean.

Japanese whaling not for science, rules UN International Court of Justice

Japan hunts around a thousand whales in the Southern Ocean each year

A Chinese relative of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is comforted by a monk as she breaks into tears following prayers at a Buddhist temple in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Monday March 31, 2014. Relatives from China are in the country to seek answers of what happened to their loved one on board flight MH370.

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: China tells families that protests could harm 'national interests'

The Australian Prime Minister said on Monday that crews are committed to doing 'whatever [they] reasonably can'

Experts have warned the search for the missing plane will not be easy

Malaysian Flight MH370: Black holes, aliens and trips to the Moon - online theories

In the absence of evidence, explanation or understanding, a vacuum has been created.

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