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At least 44 people killed in Mexican gunfight

At least 44 people are killed in western Mexico in a gunfight between suspected gang members and security forces.

US reality TV show pulled after reports star molested girls

US cable network TLC pulls all episodes of its top-rated television reality show 19 Kids and Counting, which features a large Christian family, after reports surface that the eldest son molested underage girls as a teen.

Beijing's improved air quality a result of good policy: officials

Chinese officials say a remarkable improvement in Beijing's air quality is due to good policy.

Pilot dies in Hunter Valley plane crash

A pilot dies after an ultralight plane crashes into a paddock in a wine-growing region in New South Wales' Hunter Valley.

Don't give drought aid to bad farmers: agribusiness leader

Drought assistance should not be used to prop up bad farmers, a leading agribusiness consultant warns.

'Savage' budget cuts to cost families, ACOSS says

The federal budget will strip more than $15 billion over four years from families and lower-income earners, Australia's peak social welfare group says.

Iraqi forces reclaim Islamic State territory: military officials

Iraqi forces retake territory from the Islamic State jihadist group east of Ramadi, in their first counterattack since Anbar's provincial capital fell a week ago, commanders say.

Navy's newest warship launched as part of 'Destroyer' program

SA Premier Jay Weatherill uses the launch of the first Air Warfare Destroyer, the HMAS Hobart, in Adelaide to push the state's credentials to build the next generation of submarines.

Officer struck by police car during pursuit

An officer is injured when a police car hits him during a pursuit in northern New South Wales which led to the arrest of two females.

Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues

A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, as the UN chief calls for more rescues.

Victorian Minister stood down over alleged bullying

Victorian Government Minister Adem Somyurek is stood down by Premier Daniel Andrews over allegations of bullying behaviour, which Mr Andrews says "might" be a police matter.

Ireland's 'Yes' voters celebrate after gay marriage referendum

Ireland appears to have voted in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum which would see the largely Catholic country become the world's first to make the change after a popular vote.