Murdoch junior outbids Sydney A-listers on £12.7m house

Former French consulate with ocean views sets new price record for the city

Big breakfast, Sydney style

There was only one place to be seen for breakfast in Sydney yesterday: 100 metres above the sparkling blue water on the Harbour Bridge. Gone were the eight lanes of traffic; in their place, a carpet of newly laid lush grass was dotted with tartan picnic rugs, food hampers and the odd cow.

100-year-old breaks shot put record

The fact that she was the only competitor in her category (shot put, women aged 100-104) did not diminish Ruth Frith's achievement. The centenarian great-grandmother was jubilant after setting a new world record with a gold medal-winning throw of 4.07m at the World Masters Games in Sydney.

The Australian town that kicked the bottle

Drinking fountains replace shop-bought mineral water in environmental initiative

Q.What's black as night and red all over? A. Sydney

Sydney awoke yesterday to an eerie sight: a blood-orange dawn and a city bathed in red light. A thick dust cloud hung over the urban sprawl, with the red dirt of the outback – transported nearly 1,000 miles by winds so strong they blew birds out of the trees – blanketing pavements, buildings and beaches.

Huge red dust cloud clogs the Sydney skies

A pall of red dust blown in from the Outback clogged the skies over Sydney today, diverting international flights, disrupting public transport and prompting a spike in emergency calls from people suffering breathing difficulties.

Wane would jump at Wigan chance

Shaun Wane says that nothing would stand in the way of him accepting the job as Wigan coach if, as expected, he is offered the role. The former Wigan and Great Britain prop has emerged as the favourite for one of the biggest jobs in the game for when Brian Noble departs for the Celtic Crusaders.

Cate Blanchett hit by prop on stage

Actress Cate Blanchett has suffered a head wound after being hit by a prop on stage during a Sydney performance.

Shock jocks suspended after radio stunt

The future of Sydney radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O is in doubt with the pair suspended indefinitely and Sandilands reportedly unable to work after last week's polygraph stunt.

Shock jock 'horrified' by teen's radio rape admission

Few things sound more hollow than a shock jock professing to be shocked.

Sydney police investigate brutal killing of family

An Australian family of five, including two children, were bludgeoned to death in their home in a Sydney suburb in what police said Sunday was a targeted killing.

H2-WHOA! Australian town votes to ban sales of bottled water

A rural Australian town hoping to protect the earth and residents' wallets has voted to ban the sale of bottled water, the first community in the country – and possibly the world – to take such a drastic step in the growing backlash against the industry.

Australia's Miss Havisham: the jilted lover who spent her dying days in a cave

An Australian woman who disappeared 40 years ago and whose remains were found in a remote cave 12 years later has been identified this week as a tragic Miss Havisham figure who had been jilted by her lover.

Daily sex keeps sperm healthy and improves chance of pregnancy

Daily sex keeps a man's sperm spry and is recommended for couples wanting a baby, according to new research.

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