- AFP abandon bid to reach MH17 crash site after driving into 'battle zone'
A convoy of unarmed police officers has again abandoned attempts to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines MH17 amid fierce fighting in the area in eastern Ukraine.
ABC correspondent Stephen McDonell says the Australian and Dutch inspectors drove right into an "active battle zone" as they headed for "chaotic and extremely dangerous" site.
"Then soon after the inspection team could be seen returning at high speed. Artillery and rocket fire could be heard 15 kilometres from the crash site," he said.
A Ukrainian military statement said troops "had entered into" two towns near the crash site, and "battles were continuing for the complete liberation" of two other towns.
- Black boxes 'show rocket shrapnel caused MH17 crash'
Black boxes recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in rebel-held east Ukraine show shrapnel from a rocket explosion caused the passenger jet to crash.
- Abetz admits risk of jobseekers 'box-ticking' under welfare changes
Employment Minister Eric Abetz has admitted there is a risk of "box-ticking" if jobseekers are forced to apply for 40 jobs a month to claim welfare.
- Peter Slipper guilty of misusing Cabcharge allowances
Former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has been found guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court on three counts of dishonesty over the misuse of his parliamentary Cabcharge allowance.
A hearing began last week into charges that Slipper misused his Cabcharge allowance on three occasions in 2010 before he was appointed speaker.
Slipper had earlier in the trial applied three times to get the charges thrown out of court.
- Former members lift lid on Christian cult of horrors
A four-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).
Tonight's Four Corners reveals that self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams was using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a clandestine homosexual sex ring while allegedly misusing vast amounts of member donations for personal use.
Courageous former members have broken their silence and tell of their torment living inside the NSW-based group, which they say is a horrendous cult run by one man.
The revelations have prompted Australia's charity regulator to promise an immediate investigation into the assembly, which enjoys tax-free status.
- 6yo boy dies after being hit by car in Sydney
A six-year-old boy has died in hospital after being hit by a car in Sydney's south on Monday.
- ISIS targets Indonesian Muslims in recruitment video
A group of Indonesian men have appeared in a recruitment video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) urging Indonesian Muslims to join the group's fight.
- Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares
The United Nations Security Council is calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza to allow for urgent aid to reach civilians.
- Mob in Pakistan kills three over 'blasphemy' row
A mob in Pakistan has torched an Ahmadi Muslim minority neighbourhood, killing a woman and her two granddaughters after a sect member was accused of a blasphemous posting on Facebook.
- Darwin inmates repeatedly break out, return drunk
At least four prisoners in Darwin are suspected of repeatedly escaping the prison, getting drunk, then voluntarily returning to the facility in the hope no one would notice.
The ABC understands authorities were checking whether low-security prisoners have repeatedly escaped from a work release centre at Berrimah jail for a few hours after a 7pm headcount.
"It would appear that a couple of prisoners have jumped the fence but returned," a spokesman for NT Department of Correctional Services said.
- Ricciardo an F1 contender, says former champion Jones
Put Daniel Ricciardo in a better car and he would take the F1 title race to the wire, says former world champion Alan Jones.