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Vatican says royal commission findings deserve to 'be studied seriously’

Vatican says royal commission findings deserve to 'be studied seriously’

Holy see says it will support Australian church as it listens to and accompanies victims and survivors ‘in an effort to bring about healing and justice’The Vatican and Australia’s Catholic leaders say
Apotex pharmaceuticals billionaire and wife found dead in 'suspicious' case

Apotex pharmaceuticals billionaire and wife found dead in 'suspicious' case

Bodies of Barry Sherman, the founder of Canadian firm, and his wife Honey were found in their Toronto mansionCanadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of the billionaire founder of
Trump-Russia: Republicans trying to kill off investigation, says Adam Schiff

Trump-Russia: Republicans trying to kill off investigation, says Adam Schiff

Top Democrat says move against House inquiry is a ploy to damage Mueller-FBI investigation, while Trump declines to rule out pardoning Michael FlynnThe senior Democrat in a congressional Trump-Russia
Lindt cafe siege memorial unveiled in Sydney's Martin Place

Lindt cafe siege memorial unveiled in Sydney's Martin Place

More than 200 hand-crafted flowers inlaid into pavement, metres from where deadly standoff unfolded three years agoA memorial to honour the victims of the Lindt cafe siege has been unveiled at
Peruvian officials begin impeachment process against president Kuczynski

Peruvian officials begin impeachment process against president Kuczynski

Representatives of most political parties agree to initiate proceedings to force out the president, who is caught up in a wide-ranging corruption scandalLegislators in Peru have begun impeachment
If Alexander loses Bennelong, Turnbull will slide into survival mode | Katharine Murphy

If Alexander loses Bennelong, Turnbull will slide into survival mode | Katharine Murphy

The consensus going into the byelection is for a Liberal win – and for the PM the alternative doesn’t bear thinking aboutIt’s fair to say that the voters of Bennelong, having been bombarded solidly
Republican tax bill moves closer to passage as key holdouts come on board

Republican tax bill moves closer to passage as key holdouts come on board

Bob Corker and Marco Rubio say they will vote in favor of $1.5tn billDonald Trump wants sign controversial legislation before ChristmasThe GOP’s $1.5tn tax reform bill is heading toward a final vote
Calls for regulation of universities partnering with military-linked foreign companies

Calls for regulation of universities partnering with military-linked foreign companies

Concerns raised about $20m partnership between University of Technology and Chinese state-owned company that develops bombsAustralian academics have called for tougher rules around university
Keneally has uphill battle to win against Alexander in Bennelong

Keneally has uphill battle to win against Alexander in Bennelong

Voters are determining the fate of Turnbull government as well as their local representative in a traditionally Liberal seatKristina Keneally will be fighting an uphill battle to win Saturday’s
Austria shifts to the right as new coalition deal is struck

Austria shifts to the right as new coalition deal is struck

Agreement between conservative and nationalist parties makes Sebastian Kurz, 31, Europe’s youngest leader Austrian conservative party leader Sebastian Kurz reached a coalition deal with the
Mother 'poisoned son to avoid trip to Syria with jihadi husband'

Mother 'poisoned son to avoid trip to Syria with jihadi husband'

Woman, 27, jailed for four years and six months for administering anti-psychotic drug and unknown noxious substanceA mother repeatedly gave her son anti-psychotic drugs and poison in a desperate
Rex Tillerson scales back offer of opening dialogue with North Korea

Rex Tillerson scales back offer of opening dialogue with North Korea

The secretary of state omitted his line from earlier in the week on US openness to talks ‘without pre-conditions’ following a rebuke from the White HouseRex Tillerson has said that the US was keeping
London Overground goes 24-hour, joining night tube

London Overground goes 24-hour, joining night tube

Passengers will be able to travel between Dalston in east and New Cross Gate in the south through night at weekends Passengers in east London will from now on be able to travel on the “night
Theresa May to back Brexit compromise to quell rebellion over date

Theresa May to back Brexit compromise to quell rebellion over date

To avoid second Commons defeat, PM will throw weight behind amendment giving MPs power to amend deadline if EU27 agreeTheresa May is ready to throw her weight behind a Brexit compromise from
Trump judicial nominee stumped on basic law questions at Senate hearing

Trump judicial nominee stumped on basic law questions at Senate hearing

Matthew Petersen, whom Trump nominated for the circuit court of the District of Columbia, struggled with a line of questioning on some key legal principles It will go down one as of the most
Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Java

Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Java

Reports of casualties and collapsed buildings after quake hits Jakarta and other cities on country’s most populous islandA strong earthquake has struck the Indonesian capital and other cities on the
Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd under pressure from Weinstein

Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd under pressure from Weinstein

Jackson said Miramax told him not to cast duo in Lord of the Rings seriesBoth actors refused Weinstein’s pressure to have physical relationshipsFilm director Peter Jackson has admitted to blacklisting
Trump turning US into 'world champion of extreme inequality', UN envoy warns

Trump turning US into 'world champion of extreme inequality', UN envoy warns

Special rapporteur Philip Alston, fresh from fact-finding tour, issues devastating critique of US society and condemns ‘private wealth and public squalor’The United Nations monitor on poverty and
EU to force firms to reveal true owners in wake of Panama Papers

EU to force firms to reveal true owners in wake of Panama Papers

Anti-corruption campaigners welcome move but criticise failure to include trusts in corporate ownership requirementsCompanies across the EU will be forced to disclose their true owners under new
What evil plots is the snow hatching? | Brief letters

What evil plots is the snow hatching? | Brief letters

Special light in St Ives | Antoinette Sandbach | Fidei defensor | Weather | Roger PlentyThe special light in St Ives is not a media illusion (Letters, 15 December). The town is situated on a