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Alex Renton, 19, had been in hospital since April due to a prolonged seizure

Teenager given permission to use medical cannabis by New Zealand government dies

The family sought a medicinal cannabidiol oil treatment for their son after conventional medicines had failed to help

Australia to introduce same-sex marriage bill this summer

But Tony Abbott reconfirms his opposition to it

300 inmates have staged a riot in protest to a smoking ban imposed on the prison

Inmates riot at a maximum security prison in Melbourne - video

300 inmates have staged a riot in protest to a smoking ban imposed on the prison

Moroccan boy Yahya El Jabaly born with no nose, eyes, or functioning mouth given 18-hour life-changing surgery

Yahya now has a nose where previously a hole had been and a full upper jaw after the marathon surgery

Scientists studying the vocal noises made by the chestnut-crowned babbler have shown that it uses combinations of different sounds that on their own are meaningless but when combined convey a certain message to other members of the species

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The chestnut-crowned babbler uses combinations of different sounds that, when combined, convey a certain message to other members of the species

Son of mafia boss did work experience at Australian embassy, investigation claims

Investigation claims mafia links to senior Australian politicians

Kevin Rudd embraces his then deputy, Julia Gillard, in 2007, before the party came to power

Australia's 'Killing Season': Documentary series opens up the poisonous political feud between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd

Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd were once Labor’s dream team – but as the party gained power, things turned sour. Now the gloves have come off for both former Prime Ministers in a documentary that has captivated Australia

The wave swelled on Saturday morning at Cow Bombie, an open-ocean reef break about 2km off the coast from Grace Town

Professional surfer breaks leg in wave 'probably the biggest ever ridden in Australia'

Justin Holland, a 35-year-old father of two, had surgery which involved putting a titanium rod in his leg following his run-in with the 18m wave

Sydney surfer captures his near miss with a great white shark on camera

The video will probably make your palms sweaty

A general view of Egerton Crescent in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on December 28, 2013 in London, England. Egerton Crescent has been named by Lloyds Bank as Britain's most expensive road to live in, with average property prices around £5M GBP.

Australian cattle farm on the market for $325 million – but how much would 11 million hectares cost in London prices?

Despite being 11m hectares there are only 150 people living on the land

Aurora Australis lights put on a spectacular display this week

Watch amazing time lapse of Aurora Australis over Sydney

Aurora Australis lights put on a spectacular display this week

Medical marijuana could soon be used in New South Wales

Cannabis in Australia: New South Wales commits $9m to medical marijuana trials

Children with epilepsy and people with terminal illnesses will take part

In a statement, ABC acknowledged 'an error in judgement in allowing Zaky Mallah to join the audience and ask a question'

Australian Broadcasting Corporation admits to 'an error in judgement' after terror suspect is allowed to ask question during TV debate

Zaky Mallah quizzed a junior minister about government plans to strip terrorism suspects with dual nationality of their citizenship

Saltwater crocodiles can weigh up to a ton

Australia could introduce trophy hunting of Saltwater crocodiles within the year

Plan intends to bring much needed wealth to impoverished communities

A 6.3 metre Basking Shark caught off the west coast of Victoria.

Huge 20ft basking shark caught accidentally by fishing trawler in Australia to go in museum

Museum Victoria said the fish had caused 'a great deal of excitement'

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