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Australia's biggest bank to enter mediation over laundering claims

SYDNEY (AFP) -<p>Australia's Commonwealth Bank plans to enter mediation with the country's financial intelligence agency over a major anti-money laundering civil case that could be hugely costly for the lender.<p>The nation's biggest bank was taken to the Federal Court in August for "serious and systemic …

Ian Narev

Syria accuses Israel of removing Jewish artifacts from Damascus temple

“This is yet another attempt by the Syrian regime to distract attention from the atrocities it is inflicting on its own people,” said Israel's UN …

Middle East

Trump Doesn’t Get His ‘Great Beautiful Wall’ But Does Get 33 Miles Of Fence

WASHINGTON ― Having failed to get Mexico and then Congress to pay for his promised “great wall” along the southern border, President Donald Trump’s …

Donald Trump


<i>Marieke Hardy, the new artistic director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, promises to use her festival's taxpayer funding to create an echo-chamber</i> …


Bogus Russian doctor found guilty in Queensland

A Russian refugee who used bogus credentials to pose as a psychologist in Queensland hospitals has been found guilty of fraud.


Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young

In many previous blogs, I have bemoaned the shameful state of psychiatric care and housing for people with severe mental illness.<p>My conclusion was …

Mental Health

Conservatism as a Mental Illness

Republican pols have recently exhibited 10 telltale signs of mental illness.<p>Posted Jun 12, 2012<p>This post is in response to <b>Creationism as a mental</b> …

Mental Health

California storm forces flood rescues but spares Montecito

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful storm dropped more rain across California on Thursday, swelling rivers, flooding streets and causing some mudslides but so far sparing communities a repeat of the disastrous debris flows that followed a deluge earlier this year.<p>Authorities lifted evacuation orders for …


What Is FOTSA? Reddit Bans Sex Work Subreddits Hours After Bill is Passed

The move has received a wave of backlash.<p>Following the move by the House and Senate on Wednesday to pass the States and Victims to Fight Online Sex …


'A hugely significant moment': Queensland appoints first Indigenous judge

Mr Jarro has been appointed to Brisbane's District Court, starting Monday, after previously working in family and criminal law, and serving as Deputy …


Whales wash up on Western Australia beach

A shark warning has been issued after more than 150 short-finned pilot whales became stranded in WA's south.<p>1:08<p>150 whales stranded on Australian …

Sri Lanka

Quokkas to get more protection after Instagram 'cruelty' slam

Quokka selfies are putting WA on the map - but Instagram warns they could be cruel. Now there are plans afoot to increase their protection.

Western Australia

A mother's warning: cheap make-up causes little girl to have a SERIOUS allergic reaction

Absolutely heartbreaking!<p>Kylie Cravens was left devastated when her little daughter, Lydia, suffered from a SERIOUS allergic reaction to a cheap …


Westpac 'only tell us about issues when they think we are likely to find out'

The corporate watchdog once described Westpac Banking Corp as the “most resistant” to Australia’s banking laws and accused it of covering up …


Record number of U.S. Marines to train in Australia in symbolic challenge to China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defense minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.<p>Payne said 1,587 U.S. Marines will spend six months training in …


Not getting a social licence to operate can be a costly mistake, as coal seam gas firms have found

In a wide-ranging recent speech, Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques said there was:<p>…an opportunity for all of us to turn our social …

New South Wales

Terrorised mother jailed for daughter's torture death at hands of stepfather in Newcastle

The mother of a Hunter Valley girl who was tortured and murdered by her stepfather will spend at least 18 months in jail, after a judge noted she too …


Opinion: John Bolton's rise could be death knell for Iran deal

Even by US President Trump standards, replacing H.R. McMaster with hardliner John Bolton is risky, writes DW's Michael Knigge. And it doesn't bode …

Donald Trump

Security tight as Barack Obama arrives in Sydney

FORMER US president Barack Obama has touched down in Australia for a private speaking engagement.


Budget deficit almost halved in just two months as tax revenue surges

The Federal budget has improved by almost $10 billion in just two months, creating a war chest for the Turnbull government's pre-election income tax …


Video shows kookaburra feasting on snake in backyard, bashing its head against the wall

There's never a shortage of snake-related stories coming out of Queensland.<p>In the past year we've seen snake vs possum, snake vs wallaby, and even …


Take a First Look at the Atari VCS

At GDC this week, Atari was giving a first look at what was previously being called the 'Atari box', now officially called the Atari VCS.<p>Well, <i>sort …


NSW police investigate links to Italian mafia after four charged over drug supply near Bathurst

Police are investigating whether four people arrested over a drug bust in the state's central west have links to the Italian mafia.<p>An operation saw …


Consumer watchdog takes legal action against art dealer over 'fake' Indigenous art

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has launched legal action against Aboriginal art products and Australiana souvenirs wholesaler …


Turnbull government could pass company tax cuts with support of new senators from citizenship senate shuffle

Yet another new Senate crossbencher was sworn in this week. But like several other recent arrivals, Tim Storer is not in the clothes he wore when he …


Massive Oil Fields in Texas Are Heaving, Sinking, And Opening Up Like Mouths

4,000 square miles of geohazard.<p>It began with sinkholes. Two of them, gaping mouths to nowhere opening up as if to swallow the town of Wink, Texas. …


Bitcoin Could Become Illegal Almost Everywhere, After Shocking Discovery in The Blockchain

There's something hidden inside it.<p>The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence …


Aussie teacher outed as porn star

<i>The Sun</i> reports that Australian body builder Scott Sherwood’s double life was revealed when classmates at Peacehaven Community School (PCS) in East …

East Sussex

NBN box damaged for second time in a fortnight by motorist

RESIDENTS living down Redden Drive, Kellyville, are without internet connections for the second time in two weeks after another car destroyed the …


Traffic delays on Mona Vale Rd after car bursts into flames

A car has burst into flames on Sydney’s Mona Vale Rd this afternoon, with traffic delays expected.