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Man charged with terrorism offences talked on phone with 14yo British suspect, court hears

One of two men charged with terrorism-related offences had a phone conversation with a 14-year-old arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicion of planning an attack, a Melbourne court hears.

Muslim couple abused on Sydney train to press charges

A Brisbane Muslim couple who were racially abused on a Sydney train last week say they intend to press charges against the abuser.

Julie Bishop presents Australian cartoon to Charlie Hebdo staff

An Australian cartoon will hang on the walls of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in acknowledgement of the 12 staff murdered in a terrorist attack earlier this year.

Jake Drage returns home after release from Indonesian jail

West Australian man Jake Drage says he is thrilled to be back home after spending nine months in an Indonesian prison following a fatal motorbike crash.

'Supervoid', biggest structure known to humankind identified by astronomers

A gigantic hole in the universe that measures 1.8 billion light years across is discovered, with astronomers calling it a "supervoid".

Japan's maglev train sets new world record of 603kph

Japan's maglev train sets a new world speed record in a test run, smashing through the 600 kilometre per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad.

FBI admits decades of forensic hair analysis evidence was wrong

An investigation in the United States looking at hundreds of court cases reveals nearly every examiner in an FBI hair forensic unit gave flawed testimony over several decades and in majority of cases the evidence favoured the prosecution.

Chief inspector taken off Scott Johnson inquest after candid interview

A senior detective is taken off an investigation into the cliff fall death of American Scott Johnson after giving a frank interview to the ABC's Lateline program.

US man, girlfriend jailed over Bali suitcase murder

A US woman and her boyfriend are jailed for brutally murdering her mother and stuffing the body into a suitcase outside a hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.

Family of woman who died during Mexican cosmetic surgery wants tougher regulations

The family of Gold Coast woman Evita Sarmonikas, who died during cosmetic surgery in Mexico, says "irregularities" between the autopsy and a clinic report need to be investigated.

NSW faces 'largest storm operation in 10 years'

NSW authorities say they are dealing with the largest storm operation in a decade after three people were killed in "cyclonic" conditions that have battered parts of the state for hours. Residents in the Hunter and parts of Sydney continue to face a serious flood threat.