Three-hour sex sessions with multiple partners make dumpling squid easy prey

Squid-style sex leaves cephalopods suffering from temporary muscle fatigue

Gina Rinehart already owns a stake in a television network

The rich climate change sceptic who wants a slice of the media

Addressing a libertarian think tank in Perth last July, the British climate change sceptic Christopher Monckton urged Australians to create a home-grown version of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News. Lord Monckton's visit was part-funded by one of his biggest Australian fans, Gina Rinehart, the multi-billionaire iron ore magnate. A year on, Ms Rinehart – the country's wealthiest individual – is on the verge of becoming its newest media mogul, a prospect sending a chill through newsrooms, boardrooms and the corridors of government.

Gina Rinehart already owns a stake in a television network

World's richest woman Gina Rinehart 'tried to co-opt Australian media'

Mining magnate accused by government of trying to use newspapers to promote her interests

Activists claim the GM wheat at Rothamsted uses dangerous technology

Amol Rajan: The Daily Mail, GM food,
and the dangers of precaution

Faith in the precautionary principle is inhumane,

counter-productive and extremely risky

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

Julia Gillard challenges Kevin Rudd to fight Labor Party leadership contest

The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has thrown down the gauntlet to Kevin Rudd, challenging him to fight her for the Labor Party leadership and top political office in a ballot next Monday.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Foreign Minister and rival, Kevin Rudd, ‘can’t stand the sight of each other’

Gillard shuffles the deckchairs to ward off Rudd rebellion

Australian Premier reshuffles cabinet to ward off leadership challenge

Kiwi caddie was stunned by the reaction to his comments at an award ceremony

Williams claims race row 'blown out of proportion'

Steve Williams still doesn't know what all the fuss is about. Yesterday the caddie who last week called his former employer, Tiger Woods, "that black arsehole", told a reporter he believes the race row has been blown out of all proportion.

Emerton celebrates chance of homecoming to Sydney

Sydney FC yesterday confirmed the signing of Brett Emerton from Blackburn Rovers on a three-year deal. The Australia international returns to his homeland after an 11-year spell in Europe which took in stints at Feyenoord and Blackburn.

Brett Emerton leaves Blackburn for Sydney FC

Sydney FC today confirmed the signing of Brett Emerton from Blackburn on a three-year deal.

Sex scandal threatens Gillard's fragile government

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

Sydney collar-bomb suspect is arrested by Kentucky Swat team

Police are investigating business links between Mr Peters and the firm where Ms Pulver's father is chief executive

Bomb strapped to Sydney girl's neck was elaborate hoax

Sydney police were searching for clues yesterday to the identity of a man who strapped a fake bomb to a student's neck, subjecting her to a terrifying 10-hour ordeal that the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, likened to a "Hollywood script".

Teenager survives 10-hour ordeal with suspected bomb around neck

Two explosives experts had to remove a 'very elaborate, very sophisticated device' from her neck while negotiators kept her calm

Flanagan returns home for spell at Saints

Mark Flanagan is coming home to resume his Super League career with St Helens. The former Wigan back-row has spent the last two seasons with Wests Tigers in Sydney, but he has now agreed a contract with Saints for 2012 and 2013.

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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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform