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The tombstone of Ben Zygier at the Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne, Australia

Israel finally recognises the life and death of 'Prisoner X'

Israel has partially lifted a gagging order in the mysterious case of ‘Prisoner X’ and formally recognised that an Israeli with dual citizenship had committed suicide in one of the country’s most secure prisons in 2010.

Is Australia's gaffe-prone 'First Bloke' the new Duke of Edinburgh? Julia Gillard's partner Tim Mathieson apologises for joke about female Asian doctors and prostate exams

Tim Mathieson urged men to seek out 'a small, female, Asian doctor' to examine them for prostate cancer

Carmelita Jeter celebrates winning Olympic relay gold

Carmelita 'The Jet' Jeter can't fly away from the doping question

Sprint queen returns to action in Glasgow after shattering tainted record in London

The Saturday Quiz

1. Which philosopher (1889-1951) said: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent"?

Cooler weather brings respite in Australia - for now

Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled today, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer's extreme heat and fire risk.

Wildfires rage in Australia amid searing heat

Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across south-east Australia today as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to “catastrophic” conditions in some areas.

Jeter brings it home to smash 27-year-old 'tainted' world record

As the American sprinter Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line at the end of the women's 4 x 100m relay last night, she pointed towards the trackside clock in wide-eyed astonishment. This figures on the in-field display were: 40.82. It was a seismic moment not just for London 2012 but for track and field.

Winning feeling: Brumbies wing Henry Speight is congratulated

Speight's try ends Brumbies hoodoo

The ACT Brumbies snapped a 10-year losing streak in Sydney yesterday when they beat the New South Wales Waratahs 19-15, boosting their hopes of a place in Super Rugby's post-season play-offs.

Two-thirds of Australians oppose the carbon tax, a poll says

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard seeks to calm anxieties over a controversial new carbon tax

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, today sought to calm anxieties over a controversial new carbon tax stoked by what she called a “hysterical fear campaign”.

Gillard calls up retired ally

The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday named a retired politician as her Foreign Minister in place of Kevin Rudd, who tried to oust her during a chaotic, short-lived rebellion in the ruling Labor Party.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, were once a 'dream team'

Gillard versus Rudd sees dream team wake up to harsh political realities

Australia's Prime Minister is fighting a vicious battle with her former boss. By Kathy Marks

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, were once a 'dream team'

The rivals: Canberra's political hate story

Two years ago, Kevin Rudd was ousted as Australian Prime Minister by former ally Julia Gillard. Is he about to get his revenge? Kathy Marks reports on a poisonous feud

Dingo baby attack case drawing to close

Thirty-two years ago, Lindy Chamberlain ran from a tent screaming “The dingo’s got my baby”. On Friday, Australia’s longest and most notorious legal saga will come full circle when a coroner is asked to rule that a dingo really was responsible for the baby’s death.

Julia Gillard is bundled out of a restaurant by her bodyguard after it was surrounded by furious Aboriginal rights protesters in Canberra

PM Gillard jostled on Australia Day

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard stumbled and was caught by a security guard as riot police helped her force a path through a crowd of rowdy protesters during a ceremony to mark Australia's national day.

Gone in 60 seconds: The last moments of Glencairn Tower in Motherwell, Scotland

They all fall down

Demolition isn't just a science – it's an art. Two masters of destruction tell Josh Sims why

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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