- Bill Shorten says name cleared over 1980s rape allegation
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has identified himself as the senior Labor Party figure who had been the subject of rape allegations dating back to the 1980s and says the matter is now "over".
Victorian Police had been investigating the matter but confirmed earlier today that they will not be proceeding with criminal charges over the claims, which were published on his female accuser's Facebook page several months ago.
"I will not go into the details, except to say that the allegation was untrue and abhorrent," Mr Shorten said, adding that his name had been cleared.
- Murdered Foley 'never gave in' to brutal militants
Freed hostages who were held captive with murdered journalist James Foley say the American "never gave in" despite being singled out for brutal treatment by his Islamic State (IS) captors.
Their comments came a day after IS released a video showing one of its members beheading Foley, and as the Pentagon revealed US commandoes failed in a secret bid to rescue the freelancer.
Released Frenchman Nicolas Henin says Foley was treated "extra bad" by the militants because his brother was in the US Air Force, but "remained implacable".
- Pell 'never anticipated' number of church abuse complaints
Cardinal George Pell says he was surprised by the number of complaints made in the lead up to the introduction of the Melbourne Response to abuse within the Catholic Church.
- Family wins review of VW Golf crash death inquest
The family of a Melbourne woman killed when her car appeared to suddenly lose power on a freeway has won the right to an independent review of the coronial inquest into her death.
- Reza Barati murder suspect 'tried to fake own death'
Police in Papua New Guinea say a former Salvation Army worker arrested over the murder of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island tried to evade capture by faking his own death.
- Muslim leaders 'foolishly boycotted' anti-terror meeting: Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Muslim leaders who boycotted a meeting with him over counter-terrorism laws have acted "foolishly".
- NT Deputy keeps job despite gay slurs
The NT Chief Minister has refused to sack his deputy who abused a colleague's son, calling him a "pillow biter" and "shirt lifter".
Adam Giles said the issue was "an internal matter" and had been dealt with.
- Fresh claims of unlawful Stradbroke Island sand sales
As one of Queensland’s longest running environmental prosecutions draws to a close, the ABC has been given fresh evidence that unlawful sales of Stradbroke Island sand have continued even as the court case has been underway.
- Stepfather admits sex abuse and secret bathroom filming
A man with a surveillance equipment business sexually abused his stepdaughter, gave her drugs and secretly filmed her in a bathroom the Adelaide District Court has been told.
- Doctors reveal alternative GP co-payment plan
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has unveiled its own plans for a GP co-payment and urged the Federal Government to adopt it, and ditch its own policy for a $7 co-payment.
- US teens charged over alleged school shooting plot
Two teenagers who allegedly conspired to kill three members of staff and many students at a high school in a Los Angeles suburb have been charged with making criminal threats.