- Former members lift lid on Christian cult of horrors
A four-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).
Tonight's Four Corners reveals that self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams was using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a clandestine homosexual sex ring while allegedly misusing vast amounts of member donations for personal use.
Courageous former members have broken their silence and tell of their torment living inside the NSW-based group, which they say is a horrendous cult run by one man.
The revelations have prompted Australia's charity regulator to promise an immediate investigation into the assembly, which enjoys tax-free status.
- Security fears force AFP officers to delay mission to MH17 crash site
A team of unarmed federal police officers have been forced to delay their planned visit to the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine after the area was declared unsafe.
The Australian Federal Police officers are among a team of international experts in the region as part of the mission to secure the site and recover crash victims' remains.
Observers say fighting has intensified in the area where much of the wreckage from flight MH17 landed after it was shot down on July 17, killing 298 people including 38 Australian citizens and residents.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the AFP officers will work as part of a Dutch-led humanitarian mission, adding: "Our objective is to get in, to get cracking, and to get out."
- Tamil asylum seekers are 'economic migrants': Morrison
The Immigration Minister has dismissed any claims of persecution in India, saying the 157 Tamil asylum seekers who were held on a Customs ship for almost a month are certainly economic migrants.
- Vic Labor admits staff destroyed reporter's dictaphone
Victoria's Opposition has admitted that ALP staff listened to and then destroyed a journalist's dictaphone that had been lost earlier this year.
The Age newspaper reported the journalist dropped the dictaphone at the Labor state conference in May and alleged that senior ALP staff members stole it from a lost property box.
Mr Samaras issued a statement apologising for not returning the dictaphone, which belonged to journalist Farrah Tomazin.
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has described the matter "a dirty mess" in which he had "no involvement".
- AFP officers in hot water for Lily Allen fake arrest photo
Australian Federal Police officers who handcuffed Lily Allen as part of an Instagram prank gone wrong are now the subject of an internal investigation.
- Carmichael coal mine project gets federal approval
Australia's biggest coal mine, the $16.5 billion Carmichael Coal and Rail Project in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has been given federal approval.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the project proposed by Indian company Adani could go ahead, subject to 36 "strict" conditions focused on conserving groundwater.
But Greens Senator Larissa Waters said the mine's approval was an environmental and climate disaster.
- Government unveils $5.1b job services overhaul
The Federal Government has released details of a new $5.1 billion package for a new employment services model that will provide wage subsidies to young and long-term unemployed people.
- Ricciardo cruises to victory in Hungarian F1 Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo pipped Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to win a thrilling Hungarian F1 Grand Prix.
- Ceasefire stalls as fighting continues in Gaza
A 24-hour ceasefire announced by Hamas in Gaza appears to be stalling, with both Palestinian militants and Israel continuing their offensives.
- Magnussen leads golden trio in 100m
James Magnussen took gold in the 100m freestyle ahead of countrymen Cameron McEvoy and Tommaso D'Orsogna.
- Japanese schoolgirl admits to dismembering classmate
A 15-year-old Japanese schoolgirl was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murdering a classmate and dismembering her body, local media reported.