'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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Japan's maglev train notches up new world speed record

    Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train set a world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking more than 600 kilometres (373 miles) an hour. The seven-car maglev -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- train, hit a top speed of 603 kilometres an hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds over 600kph Central Japan Railway said. JR Central wants to have a train in service in 2027 plying the route between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya, a distance of 286 kilometres.

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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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  • 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

  • Manny Pacquiao teleconference call terminated early

    Manny Pacquiao's teleconference call on Monday was abruptly halted just minutes after it began with promoter Bob Arum delivering an obscenity before telling organizers to shut it down. "Oh (expletive)," Arum said after the moderator said the first question would come from Michael Marley of Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach commented briefly before the call was taken over by Arum who had said earlier he wasn't happy with the idea of it.

  • 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

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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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  • New mum 'who died for 11 minutes had no recollection of pregnancy or baby'

    A British woman who 'died' for 11 minutes while giving birth to her son woke up four days later with no memory of ever being pregnant or having a baby. Hilary Wilson, from Shropshire in England, suffered a complication during labour and went into cardiac arrest as she gave birth to son, Felix.

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  • Kylie Jenner Parties At Coachella In Lingerie

    Kylie Jenner sported a racy black lace number for the second weekend of Coachella. The Kardashian-Jenner takeover of Coachella continues! Kylie Jenner – who's been spotted at this year's Indio, California, music festival with sister Kendall Jenner and friend Haley Baldwin – was joined this weekend by big sister Khloe Kardashian and boyfriend Tyga.

  • Philippines voices China alarm as US war games begin

    The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing. Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang released what he said were satellite photos of intense recent Chinese construction over seven reefs and shoals in the Spratly archipelago of the flashpoint South China Sea. "We have compelling reasons to raise our voice to tell the whole world the adverse effects of China's aggressiveness," Catapang told reporters, describing the reclamation and construction activities as "massive".

  • 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.

  • Mercedes no longer alone for luxury

    For a long time, Mercedes-Benz largely had the segment to itself after it launched the CLS in Australia in 2004. Based on the E-Class, the swoopy-roofed stunner has long been popular with those looking to stand out from the rest of the executive crowd.

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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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  • Deaths spark world-wide ice cream recall

    Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has issued a voluntary worldwide recall for all of its products after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. The company "cannot say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities, Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. Blue Bell issued the recall that includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations because other products "have the potential to be contaminated," according to the statement.

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  • 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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  • Last Gallipoli warship unravels myths of WWI disaster

    Britain's last surviving warship from Gallipoli is being restored to mark the bloody campaign's centenary, as a new exhibition tries to counter myths surrounding the disastrous World War I offensive. HMS M33, one of only three British ships remaining from the whole 1914-1918 war, is being painstakingly renovated in a dry dock in Portsmouth, the Royal Navy's home on the English south coast. The rudimentary ship is being conserved to help bring the story of Gallipoli to life -- and attempt to paint a more rounded picture of the costly Allied attempt to seize the Turkish peninsula.

  • Dealer's body dumped in cemetery lake

    A prolific drug dealer was strangled by one of her clients and then dumped still alive in a cemetery lake because he wanted to rob her of a large amount of cash and meth, a court has been told. The body of Diana Matthews, 46, was found in the shallow reservoir of Rockingham Memorial Park cemetery in 2011. Allan Bradley McIntosh today went on trial for Ms Matthews' murder, accused of using a length of wire to choke her as they travelled in a car driven by another woman.

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