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Graffiti artist Banksy's spy mural defaced

A mural by British street artist Banksy which mocks government surveillance has been defaced with spray paint, prompting a "race against time" to save the valuable artwork.

Ebola-hit African states seal off outbreak epicentre

An isolation zone will be created in West Africa to seal off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people.

Alleged rapist transported children in SA state care

South Australian police have begun an operation to identify other potential victims of an alleged rapist who provided transport for children in the care of Families SA.

Obama admits US officials 'tortured folks' after 9/11

US president Barack Obama has acknowledged that American officials "tortured some folks" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, but urged they not be judged too harshly.

Victoria to buy world's 'most effective' speed cameras

The Victorian Government plans to make the state's roads the world's safest by replacing current speed cameras with the most effective and hi-tech available.

Zoo breeding program 'like Tinder for bandicoots'

Victorian biologists are testing some unusual methods to improve the success of their bandicoot breeding program.

Aboriginal leader chides PM for no-show at Garma

One of Australia's most prominent land rights activists says Prime Minister Tony Abbott has broken a promise to meet with him and discuss the issue.

Former Australian of the Year Galarrwuy Yunupingu was speaking during the main forum at the Garma Festival near the mining town of Nhulunbuy.

Hollingsworth was 'negative to everyone': Pearson

Sally Pearson says head coach Eric Hollingsworth was 'negative to every single person on the Australian team' in Glasgow.

Experts recover MH17 remains despite fresh clashes

Fourteen people have been killed, including at least 10 government soldiers, in fighting close to the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Ukrainian military spokesman says.

The escalating violence comes as the full Australian and Dutch reconnaissance team reached the crash site after four days of failed attempts to make it across a battlefront to the wreckage.

157 asylum seekers sent from WA to Nauru

The 157 asylum seekers who have been at the centre of a legal battle have been removed from Western Australia and sent to Nauru.

Gaza ceasefire ends as Israel, Hamas resume fighting

Israel has declared the latest attempted ceasefire in Gaza over, saying Hamas militants breached the fragile truce soon after it took effect.

Fears of surrogacy ban as WA couple rejects baby with Down syndrome

Surrogacy Australia says it is shocked and outraged that an Australian couple abandoned a baby in Thailand with his surrogate mother after he was found to have Down syndrome and a life-threatening heart condition.

Impoverished mother Pattaramon Chanbua has told the ABC she gave birth to twins after agreeing to be a surrogate with a promised payment of about $16,000.

The Western Australian couple rejected six-month-old Gammy and only took his healthy sister home with them, and Ms Chanbua says she cannot afford Gammy's medical treatment.

Surrogacy Australia hopes the case will be a step toward better regulation, but is worried about a knee-jerk reaction which would lead to an outright ban.