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Rupert Murdoch turns on golden boy Tony Abbott over Australian PM's failure to show 'courage and leadership'

Talk of climate change and a series of gaffes has left the premier vulnerable
Meat is one of the most prominent Halal products because animals must be killed in a certain way.

Australian politician criticised after claiming Halal meat could be funding Islamic extremism

Right-winger says popular food brands could unwittingly be funding Hamas

Asyulum-seekers on the island of Java were turned back to Indonesia by the Australian Navy while trying to reach Christmas Island

Outcry after Australia takes ‘sugar off the table’ in an effort to deter would-be refugees

PM Tony Abbott is refusing to resettle asylum-seekers travelling through Indonesia

The shark has now been taken away to be examined for research purposes

Great white shark discovered close to Sydney’s Bondi beach

The animal was already dead in the shark net when it was recovered

Nicole Bicknell was celebrating her 18th birthday.

Australian teenager dies on 18th birthday after drinking high-strength spirit

Nicole Bicknell's family now want the high-strength drink banned

A member of the Ku Klux Klan salutes during an American Nazi Party rally at Valley Forge National Park September 25, 2004, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Ku Klux Klan Twitter accounts hacked by Anonymous over Ferguson threats

Members of the KKK have been threatening to use 'lethal force' against demonstrators protesting about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown

David Cameron speaking at the Australian parliament

Cameron wants Jihadi John alive to 'face justice' as reports claim Isis militant is injured

The British Isis militant is believed to be in hospital after being wounded in airstrikes

Australians bury their heads in the sands of Bondi Beach to send a message to Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the dangers of climate change

G20: Australians bury their heads in the sand – literally – over Tony Abbott's refusal to put climate change on the agenda

Around 400 protesters took to Bondi Beach to express their outrage

Russian guided missle cruiser Varyag, the flagship of Russia's Pacific fleet,

Russia sends warships towards Australia as Putin prepares to attend Brisbane G20 summit

The ships are being tracked by the Australian Defence Force as they approach

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

MH370 search: Missing jet 'to be declared lost' at the end of 2014 – angering families of passengers

Malaysia Airlines executive reported as saying families would have to be ‘patient’ for their compensation

Giant pink condom put on 157-year-old statue in Sydney for HIV awareness

The giant sheathed obelisk in Hyde Park is part of a campaign to promote safe sex among gay men

Phil Rudd: Charge against AC/DC drummer dropped after 'intended hitman' claims charges were 'hot air'

World famous drummer Phil Rudd was arrested after his home in New Zealand was raided by police

Thunderstruck: AC/DC fans in shock as drummer faces murder plot charge

Phil Rudd, the band’s drummer, has been charged with trying to arrange two murders

The 45-year-old had said he wanted to turn himself into the police before stealing the Channel 7 car

Video: Cameraman carjacked at gunpoint moments after filming criminal's confession

Cameraman Peter Steer had been flagged down by the biker as he was on the way to the crime he had committed

File: The sunset years for men in Australia are to last that little bit longer, after male life expectancy passed the 80-year mark for the first time ever

Life expectancy for Australian men goes over 80 years-old for first time ever – but why do they live so much longer than Britons?

Australia joins a small band of nations where both men and women can expect to live for at least eight decades

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick