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Dalai Lama says role should cease after his death

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, says he thinks his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than a "stupid" successor replace him and disgrace himself.

Thief caught on camera stealing taps from Melbourne gardens

Police are hunting a thief who has been stealing garden taps from houses across Melbourne's north.

Probe uncovers suspected childcare payments rorts worth $300m

A crackdown on childcare payments rorts finds "phantom claims" and "child swapping" contribute to suspected fraud worth $300 million, the Federal Government says.

Lehmann concerned by over rate in second Test at Gabba

Australia coach Darren Lehmann identifies a poor over rate as a key concern following a disastrous first day of the second Test against India in Brisbane.

Man sacked for emailing explicit images wins compensation

A former Australia Post employee fired for emailing sexually explicit images at work is awarded six months' salary in compensation by the Fair Work Commission.

Victoria on high alert as firefighting conditions expected to worsen

Victorians are being urged to remain on high alert as deteriorating weather conditions threaten to hinder firefighting efforts in the state's north-east.

North Queensland MP criticises 'pathetic' #illridewithyou campaign

North Queensland MP George Christensen stands by his comments on social media that the "pathetic" #illridewithyou campaign portrays Australians as racists who will attack Muslims.

Teenage pair who disappeared from Bendigo 'met with foul play'

Teenagers Maureen Braddy, 16, and Allan Whyte, 17, who vanished in the 1960s met with foul play the night of a YMCA dance in Bendigo, a Victorian coroner finds.

Pakistan vows to tackle terrorism as nation mourns children's deaths

Pakistan's prime minister vows to extinguish terrorism in his country after Taliban militants kill 132 children at a school in Peshawar.

Cuba releases American Alan Gross as Obama overhauls policy

Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in jail in a prisoner exchange with Havana that heralds a thawing of a five-decade freeze in relations between the countries.

Leyonhjelm's pro-gun push rejected by Opposition, Greens

Pro-gun crossbench Senator David Leyonhjelm's call for more Australians to carry guns is rejected by the Opposition and Greens.

Tori Johnson's aunt says father 'couldn't speak' of son's death

The aunt of Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, who was killed in the Sydney siege, says her family is mourning the loss of a beautiful soul.