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Australia has been on terror alert since a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe in December resulted in three people, including the gunman, losing their lives

Australian police foil potential terror attack after two men are arrested in Sydney

Officers found a machete, a hunting knife and a home-made Isis flag at a premises in the suburb of Fairfield

The man allegedly shot a number of shots at passing traffic

New South Wales Police video shows dramatic 'Grand Theft Auto' car chase and shootout

The armed man was eventually disarmed and arrested when a driver hit him on the busy motorway in New South Wales

Tony Abbott says he is chastened by the experience

Australia's Tony Abbott survives leadership challenge - but remains 'one dumb knighthood away from oblivion'

The leader’s grip on power has slipped since last month when he drew widespread criticism for making 93-year-old Prince Philip an Australian knight

Australia shark attack: Surfer killed after both of his legs were ripped off on Shelly beach

It is the second attack in as many days in the coastal area, though the previous attack was not fatal

Waitangi Day: New Zealanders celebrate with a London pub crawl

London Kiwis to perform the Haka just off of Parliament Square

Gaffe-prone Australian PM Tony Abbott may have see off a threat from his own backbenchers amid rumblings of discontent

Will Tony Abbott have to fall on his sword for knighting Prince Philip?

Mr Abbott’s job is under threat thanks to a revolt by his own backbenchers

Uber delivers kittens to offices in Australia but animal charities raise welfare concerns

The Blue Cross said kittens driven around in taxis would be 'traumatised'

The moment Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott winked during a serious radio phone-in last year

Tony Abbott sunglasses selfie an amusing distraction from leadership crisis

The Australian PM was photographed wearing the reflective sunglasses on a visit to a timberyard

The electoral turnaround in Queensland could now threaten the future of Tony Abbott (Getty)

Tony Abbott vows to fight against the impending leadership challenge from within his own ranks

His supporters describe the political chaos as a 'circus' and 'horror movie'

Tony Abbott addresses the national press following the Queensland election

Australian PM Tony Abbott in leadership crisis following Queensland election disaster

Australia's PM is being criticised within the party for gaffes and poor polling

A Cadbury Dairy Milk bar

Cadbury's Dairy Milk Family bar shrinks by one row in Australia but keeps price the same

Parent company Mondelez International have blamed rising production costs

Glenn Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia

Australian currency falls as it cuts interest rate to record low

Economists suprised by move to jolt economy

The family of Australian journalist Peter Greste (L-R) mother Lois, brother Andrew and father Juris, pose in celebration with a picture of Peter Greste during a press conference in Brisbane, Australia, 02 February 2015.

Peter Greste released: Australian reporter 'won't rest' until colleagues are free, family say

The Australian left on an EgyptAir flight to Larnaca, Cyprus, after the president approved his deportation

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste
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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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