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15 dead, 200 injured as UN school bombed in Gaza

Israeli forces have shelled a UN-run school sheltering Palestinian families in the northern Gaza strip killing 15 and wounding 200 - mostly children and UN staff.

ANZ hoaxer avoids jail over fake press release

An environmental campaigner who distributed a fake press release that caused a coal company's share price to crash has avoided jail.

Turnbull denies he double-crossed Hockey in spill

Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected assertions he told Joe Hockey he would not contest a ballot for the party's leadership in 2009.

Teens held after pedestrians pepper sprayed in tunnel

Four teenagers who allegedly sprayed gas through a busy Sydney pedestrian tunnels have been arrested after dozens of people were affected by fumes.

Splendour in the Grass: Warning over NSW police operation targeting drugs at Byron Bay festival

Patrons of the popular Byron Bay music festival Splendour in the Grass say a NSW police operation targeting drugs may promote irresponsible behaviour.

Officials find black box of crashed Air Algerie plane

The black box of Air Algerie flight AH5017 has been located as officials indicate poor weather was the probable cause of the crash that claimed 116 lives.

Shooter in high-speed SA road rage attack found guilty

A Perth man accused of shooting at another driver during a high-speed road rage incident on an interstate highway in South Australia has been found guilty of attempted murder. TAFE lecturer Michael Craig Anderson fired shots at another car on the Eyre Highway, linking South Australia and Western Australia, while pursuing it at speeds around 180 kilometres an hour. Anderson, 53, said he had no intention to kill the other driver but wanted scare him away, and that his gun was not loaded until the other man drove ahead at speed. A jury deliberated for nearly four hours before handing down the majority verdict.

Exit International forum coached young man to his death, mother claims

An online forum run by euthanasia group Exit International coached a young Melbourne man to his death, his mother has claimed.

Former LNP member in talks to run for Labor

Former LNP member for Stafford Chris Davis says he is discussing the option of running for Labor at the next state election, possibly against Premier Campbell Newman in the seat of Ashgrove. Dr Davis told 7.30 Queensland he wanted to work as part of a team for the people of the state and that he had informally discussed his options with ALP state secretary Anthony Chisholm. "All we've done is open the investigation of the potential, nothing else," he said. He said he understood that former Labor member for Ashgrove, Kate Jones, remained the party's first choice to run against Mr Newman, but that if she chose not to run he would be happy to do so.

More bodies found as MH17 wreckage 'appears out of nowhere'

Investigators have found a previously undiscovered part of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 along with more bodies more than a week after the Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

A spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe says the piece of fuselage "appeared out of nowhere".

The discovery has highlighted an urgent need for the area to be thoroughly searched, but continued fighting in the region has hampered the efforts of investigators.

It comes as Australian specialists joined teams in the Netherlands working on the identification of remains from the MH17 crash.

Asylum seekers held on Customs ship to be moved onshore

The Government says a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers being transferred from a Customs ship to the mainland will not be resettled in Australia.

The 157 men, women and children left in a boat from India and have spent nearly a month in legal limbo on the ship.

The ABC understands the group is being taken to the Cocos Islands, and from there will be flown to the Curtin detention centre in WA.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, who has just returned from India, has suggested the nation could accept the asylum seekers and insists "they won't remain inĀ Australia".