PM Gillard blames global warming for extreme heat which is plunging nation into danger
Hong Kong's chief is under pressure over his home renovations and close ties to China's rulers
Civil servant wins five-year legal battle after being hit in the face by a light-fitting during sex
Abe is back as prime minister and some fear what his hard-line patriotism will mean for Asia
Long-range missile puts satellite into orbit, but tests could be part of nuclear programme
Drivers looking for the town of Mildura are being sent to a desert where temperatures can be deadly
Tearful presenters apologise to Saldanha family – but why did 2Day FM broadcast without permission?
The Mayan prophecy is right, says Aussie PM - it's all going to end on 21 December 2012
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Australian matriarch of the Murdoch clan, has died at the age of 103
A street vendor in Kabul sells balloons to a group of Afghan children. Although the economy in Afghanistan has shown some signs of improvement since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, low wages and unemployment remain challenges for the government.
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