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Demons' coach apologises over Rolf Harris photo

Demons coach Paul Roos has apologised on behalf of the club after two players dressed up as disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris and a young girl for post-season celebrations.

Convicted rapist Robert Fardon arrested in Brisbane

Convicted rapist Robert John Fardon has been arrested in Brisbane over an alleged breach of the conditions of a supervision order.

Concerns over 'trolley blocking' at emergency wards

The NSW Health Minister has ordered an investigation after the parents of a child who had stopped breathing were told there was no ambulance free to help them. 

Tiger rescued from Indonesian 'death zoo' dies

An emaciated Sumatran tiger, whose plight highlighted horrific conditions at an Indonesian zoo, has died a year after being rescued from the centre where hundreds of animals have perished.

Tas repeals forestry peace deal, allowing future logging

Tasmania's Parliament has passed the State Government's signature bill to repeal the forestry peace deal.

The bill passed a vote in the Lower House, after being passed with amendments by the independent-dominated Upper House last week.

After four years of negotiations and countless hours of debate in Parliament to form the peace deal under the former Labor-Green government, it is now a thing of the past.

The deal added an extra half a million hectares of native forest to the state's existing reserves of 1 million hectares.

Celebrity nude photo leak to be probed by the FBI

Explicit photos of dozens of female celebrities have surfaced on the internet triggering many to question the security of online storage facilities.

Abbott expected to sign uranium deal during India visit

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will travel to India later today, where he is expected to sign a deal on uranium exports.

WA man 'speeding' before fatal Indonesian crash: court

A West Australian man has appeared in an Indonesian court to face charges of causing a motorbike crash that killed a local woman.

Kenyan politician charged over son's death near Brisbane

A former Kenyan presidential candidate charged with murdering his three-year-old son in his home north of Brisbane has been remanded in custody.

Former detective investigated over alleged fraud, links to bikies

A former Queensland detective is at the centre of a major investigation into alleged money laundering and bikie links.

Crime and Corruption Commission investigators are probing Michael Featherstone's links to senior serving and former police officers on the Gold Coast and elsewhere, and his possible links to bikie gangs.

The CCC is also looking into his role in cold-calling companies alleged to have defrauded hundreds of people across Australia in scams worth millions of dollars.

Hockey hails 'damn good deal' as mining tax repeal costs Government $6.5b

Joe Hockey has hailed the agreement to axe the mining tax  - which will cost the budget $6.5 billion - as a "damn good deal" for the Australian people.

The Senate voted to repeal the mining tax yesterday after the Federal Government and the Palmer United Party (PUP) struck a deal to keep the schoolkids bonus until after the next election.

But the agreement also further delays superannuation increases for Australian workers, putting them on hold until 2021.

Australia delivers ammunition to forces battling IS fighters

Australian air force planes have delivered ammunition to outgunned Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Iraq.

In statement on Tuesday night, the Defence Department confirmed a RAAF C-17A Globemaster carried military stores of ammunition to the Kurdish capital of Erbil from Dubai.

It comes as rights group Amnesty International says it has proof IS militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.