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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

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.

Flood crisis is back, isolating 11,000

Military helicopters evacuated stranded residents from flooded towns in eastern Australia yesterday as authorities warned of further flash flooding.

Rusty Indians made to suffer by familiar names

England fans could be forgiven for rubbing their eyes in disbelief when they noticed that Robinson and Broad were opening the batting for a Cricket Australia XI against the touring Indians in Canberra yesterday.

Assange finds his voice: The Wikileaks saga is to become an opera

Sex scandal threatens Gillard's fragile government

Labor MP accused of using trade union credit card to pay thousands to brothel

Lesbian minister's pregnancy fails to sway Australia PM on gay marriage

Australia's finance minister announced yesterday that she is expecting a child with her female partner, but although Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered her warmest congratulations, she refused to budge in her opposition to gay marriage.

I'm all right, 'collar bomb' victim tells waiting crowd

The tale of the teenager who had a fake bomb strapped to her by a masked intruder in Sydney's leafy suburbs gets curiouser and curiouser. A note left at the scene demanded no money, it emerged yesterday, and was reportedly signed in the name of Dirk Struan, a ruthless businessman in James Clavell's 1966 novel, Tai-Pan.

Australia collar device an 'elaborate hoax'

A masked man broke into the home of a wealthy family, chained a fake bomb to a teenage girl's neck and left a note of demands behind as part of an elaborate extortion attempt, Australian police said today.

'Bomb' strapped to Australian teen's neck

A young Australian woman was freed from a suspected bomb collared around her neck today after 10 hours of drama that lasted past midnight and captivated the nation with police saying they were still investigating the incident.

Australia: US detainee's book profits to be seized

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee was told by the Australian government yesterday that it may seize any profits from his autobiography.

Matt Parish eager to impress at Salford City Reds

New Salford City Reds head coach Matt Parish guest stars in the latest edition of the ever popular PROBIZ Tryline.

Thurston set to miss Four Nations with injury

Johnathon Thurston looks certain to miss this autumn's Four Nations in England and Wales after badly injuring his knee in Queensland's series-winning State of Origin victory over New South Wales yesterday.

King quits Wolves to return to Australia

Matt King is to return to Australia to play for South Sydney, whose trawl of Super League has now netted them three Burgess brothers.

Police puzzled by injured backpacker

A British backpacker was in a critical condition in an Australian hospital last night after he was found mysteriously lying in the middle of a street with a fractured skull, broken ribs and internal bleeding.

Briton found badly injured on Sydney street

A British tourist is in critical condition in hospital in Australia after he was found lying in the middle of a city street with massive injuries.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?