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Greg Hunt to investigate 'exorbitant' out-of-pocket medical expenses

Greg Hunt to investigate 'exorbitant' out-of-pocket medical expenses

Health minister appoints expert committee to investigate unexpected fees patients face from some specialistsThe health minister, Greg Hunt, has described large out-of-pocket medical expenses as a
Peter Dutton says Victorians scared to go out because of 'African gang violence'

Peter Dutton says Victorians scared to go out because of 'African gang violence'

Home affairs minister calls for Daniel Andrews to pass stricter bail laws and stop appointing ‘civil libertarians’ as magistratesVictorians are “scared to go out to restaurants” because of “African
World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings

World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings

With no appetite for humanitarian intervention and no support for a powerful ICC, there is unlikely to be justice in Myanmar or elsewhereA stark warning from the UN in mid-December that genocide may
Deaths and detentions as Cameroon cracks down on anglophone activists

Deaths and detentions as Cameroon cracks down on anglophone activists

Dozens die and hundreds jailed in unrest after calls for English to be used in regions’ schools and courtroomsFelix Agbor Nkongho looked over his shoulder at a secluded Yaoundé cafe. As a leader of
Filipino adventurers use ancient technology to recreate historic voyage

Filipino adventurers use ancient technology to recreate historic voyage

Seafarers to retrace sultan’s 600-mile journey across South China Sea in boats constructed using techniques from AD320Fierce monsoons and razor-edged reefs have proved deadly for Filipino seafarers
Abbott's stance on international carbon credits makes 'no sense', business says

Abbott's stance on international carbon credits makes 'no sense', business says

Australian Industry Group says ruling out use of the credits would push up the cost of meeting emissions targetsThe Australian Industry Group has warned that Tony Abbott’s call to rule out the use of
Donald Trump boasts that his nuclear button is bigger than Kim Jong-un's

Donald Trump boasts that his nuclear button is bigger than Kim Jong-un's

President intervenes with provocative tweet after North Korea leader said his own launch button was always ‘on my desk’North Korea reopens communications hotline with SeoulDonald Trump has taunted
Nowra prisoners teargassed and dozens placed in lockdown after fires

Nowra prisoners teargassed and dozens placed in lockdown after fires

Corrective Services NSW says one inmate treated for smoke inhalation but incident at south coast prison did not constitute a riotNew South Wales prison staff have used teargas to contain dozens of
Labor says Nick Xenophon Team's welfare deal targets Australia's 'poorest people'

Labor says Nick Xenophon Team's welfare deal targets Australia's 'poorest people'

NXT says deal with Coalition, which doesn’t include controversial drug testing plan, ‘strikes a good balance’Labor and welfare groups have expressed concern about a reported deal to push through the
Bushwalker found after going missing for five days in Grampians national park

Bushwalker found after going missing for five days in Grampians national park

Julio Ascui’s family had not heard from him from 29 December until he was found by searchers on WednesdayA bushwalker lost in Victoria’s rugged Grampians mountain range for five days says he was
Nine backpackers in hospital after suspected mass drug overdose in Perth

Nine backpackers in hospital after suspected mass drug overdose in Perth

Four people in intensive care after emergency workers called to Victoria Park house Four people are in intensive care and five more are in hospital after a suspected mass drug overdose at a house
South Australian bakery salmonella outbreak climbs to 35 as nine hospitalised

South Australian bakery salmonella outbreak climbs to 35 as nine hospitalised

Toddler among Gawler South bakery customers infected after eating products containing chicken and other fillingsConfirmed cases of salmonella, linked to a South Australian bakery, have climbed to 35
Joshua Boyle, former Taliban hostage, in court on sexual assault charges

Joshua Boyle, former Taliban hostage, in court on sexual assault charges

Canadian, 34, who was rescued with wife and children after nearly five years, also faced charges in Ottawa of forcible confinement and making death threatsJoshua Boyle, the Canadian man held hostage
South Korea offers to hold talks with North – video

South Korea offers to hold talks with North – video

South Korea’s unification minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, has reaffirmed the country's offer to hold talks with North Korea. The United States has distanced itself from the proposal while North Korea
Australian charged in Cambodia with locking up three women and demanding sex

Australian charged in Cambodia with locking up three women and demanding sex

Cambodian police allege James Bernard King refused to let the women and two children leave the house, resulting in two-hour stand-off with policeAn Australian man in Cambodia has been arrested and
Trump roars back from holiday break with typically divisive tweets

Trump roars back from holiday break with typically divisive tweets

Trump’s first day in Washington of 2018 made it clear his resolutions don’t include Twitter abstention, leaving Sarah Sanders to mop up the spillsIn another break from protocol under Barack Obama, the
David Attenborough: I'll retire if my work becomes substandard

David Attenborough: I'll retire if my work becomes substandard

In rare comments on subject of retirement, Blue Planet II narrator says physical problems could also force him to quitSir David Attenborough has said he will retire from broadcasting if he feels his
Trump threatens to cut US aid to Palestinians

Trump threatens to cut US aid to Palestinians

President says US gets ‘no appreciation or respect’ from Palestinian Authority after it recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capitalAnalysis: funding threat is even more dangerous than Jerusalem
Crohn's disease patient in fact had Heinz sauce sachet perforating intestine

Crohn's disease patient in fact had Heinz sauce sachet perforating intestine

After six years of failing to respond to standard treatment, woman underwent surgery which found cause of symptomsA woman thought she was suffering from a serious bowel disease for six years before
French woman accused of recruiting for Isis 'captured by Kurdish forces'

French woman accused of recruiting for Isis 'captured by Kurdish forces'

Emilie König, who appeared on UN and US blacklists, has been interrogated and tortured, according to her mother Emilie König, a Frenchwoman suspected of recruiting fighters for Islamic State who