- IS video showing 17yo Australian boy 'chilling'
Federal MPs have described an Islamic State (IS) video featuring an Australian teenager as "chilling" and "horrible".
In the propaganda video, which emerged yesterday, 17-year-old Australian Abdullah Elmir tells Prime Minister Tony Abbott the terrorist group will never stop fighting.
Muslim groups in Australia have condemned the video and are worried it will increase community tensions in Australia.
Coalition frontbencher Josh Frydenberg, who is Mr Abbott's parliamentary secretary, said the video warning showed why the Government must act.
"That video is chilling and it's a reminder of the threat we face by radicalised young people," he said.
- Special forces soldier pulled gun on female spy as threat
The Australian special forces soldier who pulled a handgun on a female spy last year in Afghanistan apparently intended it as a threat.
The ABC reported this week that the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Dr Vivienne Thom, had reopened an inquiry into the use of weapons by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) in the wake of an "incident overseas".
Several versions of the incident are circulating in the defence and intelligence communities, but it appears the trooper was brandishing the weapon as a threat, not a prank.
The trooper was part of a defence support team, assigned to protect ASIS agents when they were working in high-threat environments.
- Man with completely severed spinal cord walks again
A man with a completely severed spinal cord has walked again with the help of some cells from his nose.
- Pistorius now one of 7,000 inmates at Pretoria prison
Oscar Pistorius's fall from grace as an international star athlete was complete as he was driven through the gates of a drab Pretoria prison to begin serving a five-year jail sentence.
- Islam convert who killed soldier plagued by personal woes
A Canadian convert to Islam shot dead by police in Quebec after running over and killing a soldier with his car was in the midst of a child custody case and business woes.
- Indonesian woman accused of arranging husband's murder
Bali police are accusing an Indonesian woman of arranging the murder of her husband, who held Australian and British passports.
- Cheika announced as new Wallabies head coach
Michael Cheika has been appointed as the new Wallabies head coach in the wake of Ewen McKenzie's resignation.
- Ebola: Deployment to Asia-Pacific could take two weeks
The nation's Chief Medical Officer says it would be two weeks before an Australian emergency medical team could respond to an Ebola outbreak in the Asia-Pacific.
- Carbon tax repeal eases consumer price rises
Official figures show consumer prices increased by 0.5 per cent in the September quarter, with a carbon tax repeal related fall in energy costs offsetting other rises.
It is the first quarter since 1999 that electricity prices have fallen in the ABS index.
However, that fall in energy costs was more than offset by a surge in fruit prices, a rise in the cost of buying new dwellings, and a seasonal jump in property rates and charges.
Overall, consumer prices rose 0.5 per cent in the quarter and 2.3 per cent for the year to the end of September, down from the annual inflation rate of 3 per cent recorded in June.
- Labor accuses Greens of 'grave robbing' Whitlam
Opposition MPs have accused the Greens of "grave robbing" after the minor party placed its logo on top of images of former Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam.
- Wilkie wants probe of Govt's asylum seeker 'crimes'
Federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate whether the Abbott Government has committed crimes against asylum seekers.
- Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies aged 93
Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the newspaper's coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 93.