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The single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the town of Forbes yesterday afternoon when the pilot lost consciousness

Yooranah with his mother Alinga at Edinburgh Zoo

A new plan to save Australian wildlife prioritises saving species which add the most to the economy. But is this a mercenary approach, or just good sense?

If you have nearly 100 critically endangered animals, how do you target limited conservation resources? Australian scientists have come up with one solution, using a mathematical equation to determine which species should be saved and which let go.

Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding

Hardly any were capable of intelligible speech and many were deaf and blind

Lisa Harnum's death is being investigated

Australians all want to know: How did Lisa Harnum die?

'Insanely jealous' boyfriend denies throwing his girlfriend from 15th-floor apartment balcony

Michael Clarke

The Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke heralds Australian transformation as 'flying' squad close gap on England

There is a growing belief ahead of the impending series

'Platypus-zilla': Scientists discover platypus tooth that belonged to giant mammal

The one metre long mammal was up to twice the size of a platypus today

David Warner

Australia batsman David Warner sanctioned yet again after he skips grade match to go to the races

All New South Wales players are required to play for their grade clubs when fit, with Warner being handed a one-match suspended sentence

James O'Connor in action in the Wallabies narrow win over Argentina

Australia utility back James O'Connor suspended for alleged drunken airport incident ahead of South Africa and Argentina matches

23-year-old was reportedly refused from boarding a flight in Perth for being 'intoxicated' last weekend

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates the Lions series victory with the rest of the squad

Brian O'Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip speak out over Warren Gatland's decision to drop them for the third British and Irish Lions Test

Lions went on to record their biggest ever victory over Australia but former Tour captain admits he remains 'resentful' towards Gatland

Opposite: the Blue Mountains National Park

Body found in Australia bushland is 'missing British man Gary Tweddle'

Gary Tweddle has not been seen since he disappeared after a work dinner seven weeks ago

More than two dozen passengers became ill with a stomach bug during a 14-hour Qantas flight

26 passengers taken ill during 14-hour Qantas flight from Chile to Australia

16 required hospital treatment following a stomach bug that hit a plane full of passengers

Cut but no dash: Australian keeper Matthew Wade watches as James Taylor moves towards a turgid 64 not out

James Taylor upstaged by Kevin Pietersen clone

Australians 366-5dec Sussex 228-5 (Day two of three: Sussex trail by 138 runs): England star-in-waiting plods to 64 but Hamilton-Brown hits swashbuckling 73 in the style of KP

The Liberator - a 3D-printed handgun designed by Defense Distributed

German police test the threat posed by 3D-printed guns by printing their own

Tests by Australian police previously showed that 'being on either end of this weapon can be lethal'

Robin van Persie of Manchester United signs autographs after a first team training session at Kogarah

Manchester United excite fans in Australia - with 17,000 buying tickets to watch a training session

The Premier League champions are to play an A-League All Star XI on Saturday

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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