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No Rioli, Hawks drop Sewell for Port clash

Hawthorn has dropped Brad Sewell and left out Cyril Rioli for Saturday's AFL preliminary final against Port Adelaide.

Two British men stopped in Bangkok over tourist deaths

Authorities in Thailand have reportedly stopped two British men at Bangkok airport for questioning over the deaths of two tourists found on a beach on Monday.

Three BBC journalists 'badly beaten' in Russia

A team of BBC journalists has been assaulted in Russia while researching a story about soldiers "being killed at the Ukraine border."

Bikies carry out assaults for CFMEU, police say

Outlaw motorcycle gangs have been carrying out threats and assaults for the construction, forestry, mining and energy union (CFMEU), Victoria's Assistant Police Commissioner has told an inquiry.

Indian sisters face execution for child murders

Two Indian sisters described as "evil monsters" are launching a last-ditch effort to stop them becoming the first women to be executed in the country since it became independent in 1947.

Woman admits accessing Frances Abbott's college data

A Sydney woman who leaked the student records of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's daughter Frances has pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally accessing restricted data.

Surfer solves crime while reporting theft to police

A Melbourne surfer who tracked down the name of the man who sold his stolen surfboards ran into him at a police station while reporting the crime.

Abbott, Shorten farewell troops headed to Middle East

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have farewelled Australian troops and support staff headed to the Middle East.

Polls open for Scotland's independence referendum

People in Scotland have begun voting in a referendum that will determine whether the country becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

Counter-terrorism raids thwart 'beheading' plot

The emerging reality of terrorism in Australia struck home just before dawn on Thursday when more than 800 police launched synchronised raids on houses across Sydney's west and north-west, and Brisbane's south.

The raids foiled a plot involving a man believed to be Australia's most senior Islamic State member, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who called contacts in Australia and directed them to carry out a campaign of random public beheadings in Sydney and Brisbane, the ABC understands.

Omarjan Azari, 22, from the western Sydney suburb of Guildford, was one of 15 people detained during the operation and is accused of conspiring with Baryalei and others to act in preparation or plan a terrorist act or acts.