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Four teenagers appeared in court today over an attack which left a British tourist in Australia needing brain surgery.

Soliola out for year has Saints stretched

St Helens have suffered a major blow to their Super League prospects with the loss for the season of Sia Soliola. The Kiwi centre/second row ruptured the patella ligament in his knee in training and has been told he will not play again this year.

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Carola Long: Could we please keep our clothes on?

I'm baffled as to why anyone would think stripping off was empowering

5,200 Australians bare all in Sydney photo shoot

About 5,200 naked people embraced each other on the steps of Sydney's iconic Opera House on Monday for a photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.

Australian sets new sword swallowing world record

An Australian performance artist set a new Guinness World Record on Monday by simultaneously swallowing 18 swords, each nearly as long as two and a half rulers.

Killer funnel-web spiders invade Sydney

Several residents already bitten by the plague of poisonous arachnids

NRL clubs agree on independent commission

The Australian Rugby League says it won't be rushed into a March 12 deadline to establish an independent commission for the game.

Strife on the ocean waves as surf rage grips Australia

Sydney beach forced to display etiquette of the sea as novice board-riders anger locals

Album: The Necks, Silverwater (ReR)

Everyone's favourite Australian improvising trance-jazz trio return with a piece supposedly named after an industrial suburb of Sydney best known for its prison.

Crichton catches breeze to leave rivals standing

A four-leaf clover was working its magic for Kiwi Neville Crichton’s 100-foot Alfa Romeo yesterday as his main rivals saw him steal away on a zephyr of breeze as they sat wallowing and becalmed half way across the Bass Strait .

Son charged over fatal stabbing of art curator and his daughter

Chief suspect arrested in Sydney following three-week manhunt

Man charged with murder of Britons

Detectives investigating the deaths of British art curator Nick Waterlow and his daughter Chloe today charged his 42-year-old son with their murders.

Raising the steaks: The Bulgari of butchers

Celebrity packed opening parties, sausage-shaped door handles and a lovingly restored £14,000 flywheel slicer... Australia's Victor Churchill is the Bulgari of butchers. Terry Durack talks to the father and son team putting heart and soul into nose-to-tail dining

You can put a price on happiness, and new study says it's a bargain

Money can't buy me love, The Beatles sang, and the best things in life are free – but according to new research, they couldn't have been more wrong. Not only is the happiness of falling in love indistinguishable from that of winning the pools but, says a leading Australian economist, it's worth a lot less.

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