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The Australian parents of a baby boy born deaf have shared the touching moment their son heard their voices for the first time on YouTube

Deaf baby's 'truly amazing' reaction after hearing his mother's voice for the first time

Lachlan Lever's parents have released the touching moment on YouTube

Newly-discovered mushroom-shaped animals 'unclassifiable' in current tree of life

The two species have been named Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides

Sydney Morning Herald newspaper shocks with Comic Sans on front page

Sydney Morning Herald newspaper shocks readers with Comic Sans on front page

The comic book-style speech bubbles were deliberate, but that didn't stop a raft of mockery at the decision

Melbourne Demons player Dean Terlich

Melbourne Demons to take disciplinary action against Dean Terlich and Alex Giorgiou after they dress up as Rolf Harris and little girl

The 'Mad Monday' celebrations have once again caused controversy Down Under after the two appeared to joke at the disgraced children's entertainer

Kim Dotcom speaking in Auckland earlier this year

Kim Dotcom’s latest trick: shaking up New Zealand politics with his Internet Party

Exiled web tycoon’s Internet Party promises a digital revolution – but opponents claim he is buying influence to avoid extradition to the US

An armed officer stands in front of the crime scene in New Zealand

Homeless man ‘kills two New Zealand welfare workers’ after describing his benefit struggles in local paper

A homeless man has been arrested after two welfare workers were killed and a third critically injured in shooting

Papua New Guinea Mount Tavurvur volcano eruption sees international flights diverted

Authorities have evacuated communities close to Mount Tavurvur

A still from ITV's 'Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts' animation based on Quentin Blake's original illustrations

Aldi removes Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes from its Australian stores over the word ‘slut’

The late writer's fans are up in arms about the decision based on the occurrence of the word in the retelling of Cinderella

Missing Malaysian Airlines MH370: Plane search area changed as new details of satellite phone call revealed

Officials say Malaysian Boeing 777 may have turned south earlier than previously thought

Clive Palmer has apologised for calling Chinese people 'mongrels'

Australian politician Clive Palmer apologises over comments referring to Chinese 'mongrels'

His apology comes a week after his appearance on Australia's ABC network

A light aircraft, similar to the one safely landed, sitting on a runway in Australia

Australian pilot praised for emergency landing after fighting off 82-year-old missionary

The OAP attempted to seize control, turning off engine mid-flight and forcing the 23-year-old pilot to make emergency landing

Tasmanian farmers Peter and Netty Hazell believe Shaun could be the world's woolliest sheep

'World's woolliest' sheep Shaun found in Australia after six years on the run from shearers

The Merino ram has 20kg of fleece and can barely see for wool over his eyes

Thousands of Rohingya are suffering in Southeast Asia's refugee crisis

20,000 people have risked lives crossing the Indian Ocean this year, says UN report

Tens of thousands of people are braving the Southeast Asian seas, many of whom are fleeing the inter-communal violence in Burma

Cardinal Pell has provoked the ire of Australian truckers after placing them within an analogy about child abuse within the Catholic Church

Australian Cardinal George Pell offends truckers with sex abuse analogy

Cardinal Pell, who is now the Vatican's financial controller, was speaking to an Australian commission examining institutional responses to abuse allegations

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said an Imam called him the captain of team Australia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Imam called him 'captain of Team Australia'

His comments came after senior members of the Muslim community boycotted meetings with the Prime Minister

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

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Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London