'Cyclonic' winds battering NSW

RAW: Homes washed away by floodwaters

Incredible video shows the chilling moment four homes were washed away after a harrowing storm hit Dungog.

  • Malaysia urged to punish Muslims over 'cross' protest

    Malaysia's government faced calls on Tuesday to take action against Muslim protesters who pressured a church to remove its cross, the latest example of rising Islamic intolerance that is fuelling religious tensions in the multi-faith country. A group of about 50 protesters demonstrated Sunday outside the small church in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, saying the Christian symbol above it was an affront to local Muslims, according to Malaysian media.

  • Three dead as wild weather lashes Australian state

    Three people died as the Australian state of New South Wales was lashed by a "once-in-a-decade" storm on Tuesday with homes washed away, thousands hit by power cuts and sand drifts sweeping inland off Sydney's iconic Bondi beach. Sea swells also hampered shipping as the region around Australia's biggest city suffered its second day of gale-force winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour (83 mph) and torrential rain. The Bureau of Meteorology said 119 millimetres (five inches) of rain had fallen in Sydney in 24 hours -- the city's wettest period since 2002.

  • IVF breakthrough offers new hope for women over 40

    A breakthrough in IVF technology is expected to cause pregnancy rates to double among women over 40-years-old. The latest technique, which is being used by the Monash IVF Group, has already produced several bundles of joy. Sonya Jenkins endured eight embryo transfers and one miscarriage, during the 18 months she spent having IVF treatment.

  • Dragon's skull to hit the market

    At 2.8m long and 1.6m high, the fossilised skull of Lung Wong (The Dragon King) is the biggest and most complete skull of any animal that has walked the Earth. The male Triceratops dinosaur lived in the late Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago, and his skull is 95 per cent complete bone and 1.4m wide. The dinosaur fossil is considered a masterpiece of natural history.

    The West Australian
  • Bobbi Kristina Brown off life support

    Bobbi Kristina Brown has been taken off life support. The 22-year-old aspiring actress was placed in a medically-induced coma in January after she was found unresponsive in her bathtub - but her aunt Tina Brown says she is finally getting better. Tina's social media comments come after Bobbi's father Bobby Brown appeared to suggest she was out of her coma when he came on stage as a special guest at a Maze featuring Frankie Beverly concert at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas on Saturday (

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  • Father killed in crash on the way to birth of 8th child

    A father driving his pregnant wife and children to the hospital for the birth of the couple's eighth child was killed when a deer struck their van in central Wisconsin, according to sheriff's officials and relatives. Michael Rogan, 42, was killed when the deer crashed through his van's windshield on a rural highway Friday in Marathon County. Michael Rogan was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

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  • Student's insides 'explode' after taking diet pills

    A mother in the United Kingdom has issued a desperate warning after her daughter took a fatal dose of 'diet pills' bought online. Eloise Parry "burned up from the inside" after taking eight tablets, which contained a highly toxic substance called DNP. Eloise's mother, Fiona Parry, issued an emotional statement following her daughter's death on April 12.

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  • WA govt won't axe future fund: Barnett

    Western Australia has two years of financial pain to ride out but there's no way the state government will raid its future fund, Premier Colin Barnett says. After Cabinet finalised the state budget on Monday, Mr Barnett said "large" deficits over the next two years could not be avoided. Established with more than $1 billion in seed capital over four years using money from the Royalties for Regions fund, it aims to set aside cash from the state's mineral resources for future generations.

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  • China's Central Bank to cut bank reserve requirement

    China's Central Bank said Sunday that it will cut its bank reserve requirement ratio by 1 percentage point to stimulate more lending into a slowing economy. The new reserve requirement will take effect Monday, the bank said in a statement. The Communist Party-run People's Daily said the cut will release 1.2 trillion yuan ($194 billion) into the world's second-biggest economy.

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  • Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record

    Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- hit a top speed of 603 kilometres per hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds at over 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway said. The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590 kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581 kph.

    AFP 54 mins ago
  • Girl has terrible reaction to romantic prom proposal

    SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEOThis has got to be the most cringe-worthy prom proposal you will ever see!In the US, asking your partner to the prom is a pretty big deal and a lot of people go all out.This guy thought he had it all figured out when he decided to

  • Microsoft to launch first flagship store outside US in Sydney

    Microsoft on Tuesday said it will open its first flagship store outside the United States in Sydney, as the technology giant expands its physical footprint to take on global rivals Apple and Samsung. Microsoft Australia's managing director Pip Marlow said the shop, to be located in Sydney's main Pitt Street shopping district, was a "significant development" for the American firm.

  • Bali Nine executions 'must be civilised'

    Indonesia's president has warned it "is only a matter of time" until Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are executed. Jakarta has postponed the executions of the two Australians and eight other drug offenders for this week, while it hosts foreign dignitaries for the Asian African Conference. Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay is expected to raise the issue in Jakarta meetings this week as concern grows over the fate of condemned domestic worker Mary Jane Veloso.

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  • AFL tribunal hands Yarran three games

    Carlton defender Chris Yarran collected Paul Chapman with a left jab seconds after thinking the Essendon veteran had tried to headbutt him. The AFL tribunal handed Yarran a three-match ban for the solid punch, thrown in the early minutes of Saturday's match at the MCG. Yarran will miss Saturday's game in Wellington against St Kilda, followed by matches against Collingwood and Brisbane.

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  • Russell Crowe: 'Buying The Rabbitohs Ruined My Marriage'

    The 51-year-old purchased the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2006, and the team took home the NRL Premiership last year. During an appearance on an American television show, Russell Crowe admitted his co-ownership of the team was a contributing factor to his split from his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer. Crowe celebrates the Rabbitohs win at the 2014 NRL Grand Final.

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  • Mother locks daughters in bedroom so pedophile partner can stay over

    A convicted pedophile is reportedly allowed to live in the same house as two young girls so long as their mother locks them in their bedroom at night. The girls grandmother claims social services approved the plan before the girl's step-dad moved in, despite knowledge of his history. “The alarm and the other so-called precautions stop my granddaughters being abused are a load of rubbish,” she told the Sunday Mirror.

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  • Airport annoyance of DIY check in

    Richard Asher is fuming in the queue for a flight.“Just for your future reference,” says the airport lady with the blood-red lipstick, “you put your passport in the scanner face down, like this.”I nod and grunt. And make a mental note to deliberately

    The West Australian
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson: I don't notice age gap with wife Sam

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson doesn't notice the age gap between him and his wife. The 'Nowhere Boy' star refuses to "engage" in any talk about the difference in age between him and his wife Sam Taylor-Johnson, who is 23 years his senior.

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  • Mysterious 'worm rain' stumps scientists in Norway

    Scientists in Norway have been left baffled after thousands of earthworms ‘rained down’ in parts of the country. Biology teacher Karstein Erstad came across the slimy invertebrates while skiing outside the city of Bergen. Erstad took one of the earthworms to an environmental expert at the Bioforsk research institute.

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  • Branson opens first Virgin hotel

    Hotel rooms which boast free wifi, water and yoga mats, minibars stocked with shop-priced items and bathrooms with the right lighting for putting on make-up are just some of the amenities being promised by Sir Richard Branson as he throws open the doors of his first Virgin hotel. The entrepreneur said he was inspired by his airline when he looked at the hotel industry and what he could add to it. "Thirty years ago people asked what we could bring to the airline business that didn't already exist and we created Virgin Atlantic.