- Russell Street bombing witness blames himself for step-granddaughter's murder
The key witness in the Russell Street bombing trial, Paul Hetzel, has broken his silence on the murder of his step-granddaughter.
The career criminal has been in hiding ever since he gave evidence against those responsible for the 1986 bombing attack on the Victoria Police headquarters.
It is alleged one of the bombers threatened his family, in particular his step granddaughter Prue Bird (pictured right), if he were to turn against them.
The 13-year-old vanished in 1992 and Hetzel has told the ABC's Australian Story that he blames himself for her murder.
- Measures to segregate burka wearers in Parliament reversed
A move to force Muslim women who cover their faces to sit in a separate enclosed public gallery at Parliament House has been reversed.
Earlier this month, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry (pictured) approved new rules applying to anyone wearing "facial coverings".
But the move caused outcry and an intervention from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is believed to have told Mrs Bishop that "common sense should prevail".
Labor and Greens senators grilled Senator Parry about the decision this morning, while PUP senator Jacqui Lambie said the reversal would give a "morale boost" to Islamic extremists.
- Former crystal meth cook speaks about ice scourge facing rural towns
Outlaw motorcycle gangs are recruiting children to cook crystal meth and targeting young people in country towns, a Four Corners investigation has found.
- Live blog: Joko Widodo's inauguration as Indonesian president
Indonesia is swearing in Joko Widodo as its next president at a major ceremony in Jakarta today.
Mr Widodo was elected on the back of a grassroots campaign run largely by volunteers, beating former Suharto-era general Prabowo Subianto with a margin of about 6 per cent.
The former furniture salesman is being sworn in as the nation's seventh president at the national parliament.
After the inauguration is over, thousands of supporters of the man who has been painted as the answer to some of Indonesia's major problems plan to march to the national monument for a street-style party.
Follow our live coverage of the inauguration in our blog.
- Sydney father and daughter missing after Nepal blizzard
A father and daughter from Sydney are still missing in Nepal after major snowstorms and avalanches hit a popular trekking area last week.
- Man accused of murdering Whyalla woman goes on trial
A man has gone on trial in South Australia accused of murdering a woman who lived next door to his parents after she allegedly turned him down for sex.
- Australia reaches deal for troops to deploy in Iraq
Australia has reached a deal with Baghdad for the deployment of about 200 of its special forces to assist Iraqi troops in their fight against Islamic State (IS) militants.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters in Baghdad she had met top officials to hammer out a deal allowing Australian commandos who have been waiting in the United Arab Emirates to deploy to Iraq.
"I have finalised an agreement for a legal framework to enable our special forces to be deployed here," Ms Bishop said as she wrapped up a two-day visit.
Ms Bishop said the special forces mission would be to "advise and assist the Iraqi government in building up the capacity of the Iraqi security forces".
- ARU has made a mess of Ewen McKenzie and Kurtley Beale debacles: Nick Farr-Jones
Nick Farr-Jones says ARU boss Bill Pulver has botched the handling of the Kurtley Beale incident which led to Ewen McKenzie's resignation.
- Government hopes to raise $5.5b from Medibank sale
The Federal Government has put a $1.55 to $2 per share price range on its Medibank Private float.
While the shares may end up being priced below or above the indicative range depending on demand, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann also announced a $2 price cap for retail investors buying up to $250,000 worth of shares.
At the top end of the indicative price range, the Government would raise a total of $5.5 billion from the sale, while the bottom end would value Medibank Private around $4.3 billion.
- Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars in rare encounter
A comet the size of a small mountain has whizzed past Mars, wowing space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.