- Beheading of journalist has shocked the entire world: Obama
US president Barack Obama has responded to the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, saying it "shocked the conscience of the entire world".
He vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as American warplanes continued to strike IS targets in Iraq.
The video, which the White House says is authentic, shows the killing of 40-year-old Foley, a freelance journalist who had been kidnapped in Syria in 2012.
Foley's parents say they cannot understand why their son was killed in such a brutal manner and have asked IS to spare the life of another journalist they hold.
- Doctors to reveal alternative GP co-payment plan
Australian doctors say they will not accept the Federal Government's current co-payment plan, which would see them lose $5 for each patient visit.
- Obeid book pulled from sale over defamation allegations
The best-selling book He Who Must Be Obeid is pulled from bookshelves and online sale because of defamation allegations.
- Bondi local sets record for oldest swimmer of English Channel
Bondi man Cyril Baldock has set the record for the oldest person to swim the English Channel.
- Family reunited with daughter after 2004 tsunami also finds son
An Indonesian couple who were reunited with their 14-year-old daughter last month, after she was swept away in the 2004 tsunami, have also found their missing son, the father said.
- Witness 'turned up TV' during alleged double murder
A key witness in the double murder trial of Queensland mechanic Brandon Peter MacGowan ordered a pizza and turned up the volume on his video game to drown out screams coming from next door, the Supreme Court has heard.
- Australian politicians take up 'ice bucket challenge'
Bill Gates has done it, so has Oprah Winfrey and a host of footballers, and now South Australia's Premier and Treasurer have joined them, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott may be next.
- Rubbish collections stop after truck fleet grounded
Rubbish collection services have been halted in many parts of the country after Australia's largest waste management firm grounded its entire fleet.
- Russia shuts McDonald's outlets amid Ukraine fighting
Russia has ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but comes against a backdrop of worsening US-Russian ties over Ukraine.
- WA inquiry to examine FIFO worker suicides
A parliamentary committee will examine a spate of suicides among fly-in, fly-out workers in Western Australia after the idea received unanimous support.
The Legislative Assembly backed Labor's motion for a committee to examine the reasons behind the deaths in the state's north of workers on resources projects.
In the past 12 months, nine workers in the Pilbara have taken their own lives while living away from home.
Education and Health Parliamentary Standing Committees chairman and Liberal MP Graham Jacobs said the inquiry will focus on "systemic issues".
"It's important we look at the current initiatives employed by Government and by industry... what responsibility employees have and what responsibility employers have," he said.
- Hamas says military commander survived Israeli strike
The military wing of Hamas says its commander is still alive despite an Israeli attempt to assassinate him.
- Lippi storms field as Guangzhou players see red
Western Sydney beat Guangzhou Evergrande 1-0 in a controversial first leg of their Asian Champions League quarter-final.