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Obama announces immigration reform protecting millions from deportation

President Barack Obama imposes the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

Liberals accused of 'bus envy' over dashcam footage

The Liberal Party is accused of "bus envy" after it distributed a video that appears to show Labor's big red election bus running a red light.

Marine wildlife deaths prompt call to remove shark nets

Incidents of marine wildlife, including whales, becoming entangled in shark nets along Queensland's most popular beaches lead to calls for the shark control program to be scrapped.

Bishop writes to White House over Obama reef comments

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she wrote to Barack Obama outlining the efforts being taken to protect the Great Barrier Reef after the US president's climate change speech last weekend.

PUP's Lazarus called 'one-eyed brick' at probe into Queensland Government

An inquiry into the Queensland Government descends into a partisan shouting match, with its chairman, Senator Glenn Lazarus, labelled a "one-eyed brick".

Israel rejects EU appeal to not demolish militant homes

Israel rejects an appeal by the five biggest members of the European Union not to demolish the homes of Palestinians who carry out lethal attacks in Jerusalem.

Philippines marks fifth anniversary of massacre

Commemorations are being held in the Philippines this weekend to mark the fifth anniversary of the worst mass killing of journalists.

Ex-News of the World editor Coulson freed from prison

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is freed from prison after serving five months of his 18-month prison sentence for conspiracy to intercept voicemails.

Crews extinguish massive Sydney factory fire

Fire crews extinguish a massive blaze at Lansvale in Sydney's south-west which threatened nearby businesses in yesterday's scorching heat.

Smith brilliance steers Australia to series win over South Africa

Steve Smith's outstanding century has steered Australia to a remarkable three-wicket win against South Africa.

Ukraine president heckled by relatives of 100 killed in pro-Europe protests

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is shouted down by angry relatives of 100 protesters killed in Kiev's "Euromaidan" revolution, which began one year ago. They are frustrated by Mr Poroshenko's failure to bring officials of the previous government to justice.