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Stakes are high for Apple going into 'critical event'

Apple's annual September event is always its most anticipated gathering of the year. The stakes are especially high this time around.<p>Heading into Wednesday's invitation-only event in San Francisco, Apple is contending with volatile stock markets worldwide, economic turmoil in China — arguably its …

Top 10 books about spies

Betrayal, seduction and subterfuge: these devilish arts are central to the ancient craft of spying. And, whether in fact or fiction, the literature of espionage continues to fascinate us with the enduring question of whether some kinds of dark, loathsome conduct may be ultimately justified.<p>The New …

Books

The 20 photographs of the week

The austerity crisis in Greece, the Iran nuclear deal, the San Fermín festival in Pamplona – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Europe

What's the secret to happiness in life? The answer lies in the statistics

According to the figures, Australians are pretty satisfied with our lives. So why do we whinge? Who’s doing well? And which groups suffer or are left wanting more?<p>Australians are a pretty contented bunch. We do grumble a bit, and perhaps are less content with our lot than we should be. Despite …

Mental Health