- Australian among four killed in PNG plane crash
An Australian pilot is among four people killed in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea, an aviation source has told the ABC.
The Hevilift twin otter aircraft came down near Port Moresby with eight people on board, killing two pilots and two passengers.
The source in PNG told the ABC that one pilot was Australian.
The flight had been travelling to Port Moresby from Goilala district.
DFAT said officials from the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby are urgently seeking information from local authorities regarding the crash.
- Australia won't shut G20 door on Putin: Hockey
As the G20 finance ministers meeting gets underway in Cairns, Treasurer Joe Hockey has told the world's most powerful financial leaders and central bankers he will not be closing the door on Russia.
The Cairns finance summit is seen as an important test run before leaders gather for the G20 in Brisbane in November.
The Government had been considering banning Russian leader Vladimir Putin from the meeting in the wake of the deadly downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
But Mr Hockey said it was not Australia's decision to ban anyone, adding: "They are member of the G20, we expect they will attend the G20 meetings."
- Afghan policewoman's image 'desecrated' by Jacqui Lambie
The photographer who took the picture of an Afghan policewoman, which has been used in an online campaign to ban the burka, says Senator Jacqui Lambie has desecrated her image.
Malalai Kakar was Afghanistan's first female policewoman who the Taliban gunned down in 2008. She was well known for her stance on women's rights.
Lana Slezic says she is shocked and appalled the photo she took of Lt Col Kakar in Afghanistan has been used out of context and without permission.
PUP senator Jacqui Lambie shared the image on her Facebook page of Lt Col Kakar in a blue burka pointing a pistol overlaid with the words: "For security reasons it's now time to ban the burqa".
- Photos spark new outback search for teen's body
Police now have aerial photographs of remote Coober Pedy in the South Australian outback, which have prompted them to plan another search for the body of a teenager who was last seen alive in 1990.
- Bishop stresses need to defeat IS as militants seize Syrian villages
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has used a United Nations meeting to reaffirm Australia's support for an international campaign against Islamic State militants.
Ms Bishop is in New York, where she will hold bilateral meetings with representatives of regional and Middle Eastern nations.
"ISIL's actions leave in no doubt, the severity of the threat to the region and the wider world," Ms Bishop told the UN Security Council in New York.
Her comments came as IS militants reportedly seized more than 60 Syrian villages near the Turkish border, forcing thousands of civilians to flee into Turkey.
- Goose hunter wrestles croc, recovers with beer
A Northern Territory goose hunter has survived a crocodile attack after wrestling the animal and poking it in the eyes.
Stephen Moreen, 20, waded into the water to recover a goose he had shot when the crocodile - estimated to be about two metres long - launched out of the water and latched onto his right arm.
The attack happened yesterday evening near the remote community of Peppimenarti, about 320 kilometres south-west of Darwin.
He said he was not in pain because he had been "a little bit tipsy" when the crocodile attacked.
"[The croc did] the death roll," he said. "Lucky for me when went underwater I saw him and poked his eye. He let go."
- New Zealand voters head to the polls
Voting is underway in the New Zealand general election with incumbent National Party prime minister John Key expected to be returned for a third term.
- Salmond to step down as Scottish first minister
Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish independence campaign Alex Salmond has announced he will resign as the leader of his party, after Scots rejected breaking away from the UK in the country's independence referendum.
He will also quit as the country's first minister, after the poll which saw 55 per cent of voters decide against independence.
In an official message following the referendum result, Queen Elizabeth II said she would do everything to build a strong future for Scotland.
The Queen said she had no doubt Scots, as well as others throughout the United Kingdom, would come together in a "spirit of mutual respect and support.
- Man seriously injured in fall at Mt Buller ski resort
A man has suffered serious head and chest injuries after falling down a mountain face at the Mt Buller ski resort in Victoria's alpine region.
- Police officer set on fire in molotov cocktail attack
A police officer is recovering after being attacked with a molotov cocktail and set on fire near Canberra Airport on Friday.