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Short reviews of non-fiction titles from Australia and overseas.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:00 GMT)

Islamic State terrorists trade on heightened fears
Radicalism and Islamophobia are reinforcing each other, despite the fact the threat of terrorism is small.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:00 GMT)

Poetry professor Barry Spurr: master of parody or bigotry?
What's the problem with a racist joke between a professor and his mates? Are we losing our sense of humour, or are Australians too tolerant of bigotry?
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:25 GMT)

All aboard luxury liners for the Melbourne Cup
What started out as a simple solution to Melbourne's shortage of hotel rooms has turned into a boom for the city, with more than 6000 intestate guests set to descend on the city for this year's Melbourne Cup aboard cruise ships.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:25 GMT)

Medibank Private sale could unleash cutthroat competition, critics warn
Opponents fear the Medibank Private sale will put profits before patients.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:00 GMT)

Trouble in paradise: Greg Medcraft's white collar crime comments get people hot under the collar
It was the sort of startling and "courageous" comment rarely heard from a senior public servant. 
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:27 GMT)

Australia baulks at China bank sign-up
Australia has baulked on signing up to a powerful new Chinese development bank amid concerns within the Abbott government that Beijing could use it to expand its strategic influence in the region.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:28 GMT)

Town and country: of mice and men
A tree change sounds idyllic, but its isolated reality gives Fenella Souter pause for thought.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT)

Odd Spot: Just add super water
Attention celebrities and all those who follow them: Put down the coconut water! There is a new fad super-water in town, and it hails from far less tropical climes. Maple water, sourced from tapping maple trees, is nothing like the syrup, we are assured. Instead it is apparently full of vitamins, anti-oxidants, pre-biotics and some things called polyphenols. It is also lower in calories than coconut water, although not, one imagines, as low in calories as actual water. As is par for the course with new superfoods, it has an ancient and noble past. Native Americans and Koreans have been drinking it for centuries, as a general cure for all that ails. Details magazine described its "taste profile" as being like a sip of whisky mixed with the last of the melted ice cubes. At present, Australians can only buy maple water online, where you can also purchase maple t-shirts and caps.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT)

Art forgery case pits Louise McBride versus the art establishment
A forgery case that has reached the Supreme Court reveals corruption in the art market at the highest levels.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT)

Jackie French on the good old, faithful Iceberg rose
Roses are the focus of many spring gardens and Jackie French shares her enjoyment of the simple faithful Iceberg.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT)

Spring bloom
Real estate market sheds its winter lethargy as buyers compete for fewer ACT properties.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:01 GMT)

Happy retiree thrilled with home sale heads for Gold Coast future
Looking to her future Narrabundah retiree happy with spring sale.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT)

House prices down in Canberra though market still volatile
Prospects for the Canberra housing market remain mixed with much depending on a sustained improvement in the local economy
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT)

End of year demand expected for commercial property as planning begins
More activity and loose ends to be tied up before Christmas in the commercial property market, Rachel Packham predicts.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT)

IS jihadists: One-way trip for West's wasters
Is there a more ludicrous clown in the world today than the young jihadist recruited in The West?
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:00 GMT)

Your Weekend
Rock, jazz, theatre, circus and much more ... Melbourne to buzz with many and varied activities.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:01 GMT)

Bicycle built for two carries ballet dancers Dimity Azoury and Rudy Hawkes from wedding into the future
Ballet dancers' wedding pressie to each other sets them on a path leading around the world.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:00 GMT)

Bestelling books from independent bookshops
The top titles from sales at independent bookshops around the country.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:00 GMT)

Canberra dance: Liz Lea takes on Ahmed Kathrada at QL2 Theatre
Dancer Liz Lea explains her fascination with Ahmed Kathrada - the South African activist who was one of Nelson Mandela's closest confidantes - and who is the subject of her new dance piece.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:00 GMT)

Canberra art review: The World is Not a Foreign Land, Drill Hall Gallery
The work of five indigenous artists is brought together in an unusual juxtaposition of fine work at the ANU Drill Hall, says Sasha Grishin.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:00 GMT)

Disney's Fantasia's new life as a video game
Nearly 75 years after Fantasia premiered, Disney's dream of creating an immersive musical experience has been realised and updated in a way he could never have imagined. Fantasia: Music Evolved is a new video game that aims to channel the spirit of the source material, using the latest in gaming technology.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:14 GMT)

In the galleries: Performance art at Melbourne Festival and Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier
Performance art and photography are highlights this week.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:15 GMT)

True story grabs actor's attention and promises the same for viewers
A film about a little-known chapter in Britain's Thatcher era has audiences crying and cheering in equal measure.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:19 GMT)

Arthur Boyd: Agony and Ecstasy: Rose Cahill's favourite
Rose Cahill, of the National Gallery of Australia, selects her favourite from the Arthur Boyd exhibition.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:00 GMT)

Canberra public servants go to war (on the squash court)
Organisers say professional bureaucratic niceties will not apply on the squash court.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:30:00 GMT)

Kurtley Beale fined $45,000 by ARU
Kurtley Beale has avoided suspension and having his contract terminated but has been fined $45,000 by the Australian Rugby Union.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:28:15 GMT)

Young Aust amateur golfers in Masters hunt
Young Australian amateur golfers Anthony Murdaca and Todd Sinnott are well placed for a coveted place in the field for the US Masters.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:05:16 GMT)

Sydney FC sink Roar with wonder goals
Sydney FC have jumped to the top of the A-League table by upsetting defending champions Brisbane Roar 2-0 at Suncorp Stadium.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:02:16 GMT)

ACT public service tops mental health requests: Comcare
Figures provided to a Senate Estimates hearing by workplace insurer Comcare show ACT government employees lodged claims at rates far above the private sector.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:39:52 GMT)

No haka drama: NZ league captain
New Zealand captain Simon Mannering does not believe there will be any repeat of the Junior trans-Tasman haka controversy at the Four Nations.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:28:15 GMT)

Kangaroos rookies to get Test shot: Sheens
Australian rugby league coach Tim Sheens says the current crop of rookies will get a shot at a long-term representative career in the Four Nations.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:35:16 GMT)

Logan among Port's delisted AFL trio
Port Adelaide have delisted three players, including stalwart Tom Logan, who they plan to sign again in the AFL's rookie draft.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:28:17 GMT)

Athletics Australia chief quits
Dallas O'Brien has quit as Athletics Australia's chief executive, a month after the announcement of an independent review into the sport.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:25:16 GMT)

Samoa gives Maitua another chance
Samoa coach Matt Parish has given Reni Maitua another chance after a Brisbane brawl but it is yet to be seen if the troubled star's NRL club does the same.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:09:16 GMT)

Union boss denies 'concocting' plan
Construction union boss Brian Parker has told an inquiry he did not plot to get confidential documents from the construction industry superannuation fund.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:07:16 GMT)

Sam Burgess inspires England league squad
Departing code hopper Sam Burgess is still an inspiration for England's Four Nations team according to coach Steve McNamara.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:01:19 GMT)

Shorten to speak at Christian conference
Labor leader Bill Shorten will address the Australian Christian Lobby conference, telling delegates he supports gay marriage.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:40:17 GMT)

Cheika one of the great coaches: Folau
John Eales Medallist Israel Folau has declared new Wallabies coach Michael Cheika as good as master rugby league mentor Wayne Bennett.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:14:16 GMT)

Mickle wins athletics honour again
Kim Mickle has beaten Sally Pearson by just one vote to win the women's category at the Athletics Australia awards.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:07:17 GMT)

Flintoff relishing KP Big Bash clash
Brisbane Heat recruit Andrew Flintoff says he's looking forward to welcoming former England teammate Kevin Pietersen to the Gabba this summer.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:46:18 GMT)

'Dons confirm more AFL for Winderlich
After retiring and then seeking a trade, Jason Winderlich has confirmed he will play another AFL season for Essendon.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:36:19 GMT)

Egypt flags release for jailed journalist Peter Greste: report
Egypt's President has said he plans to pardon jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste and his colleagues after their appeal early next year, according to an Arabic news report.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:56:24 GMT)

McLean blasts Blues over AFL delisting
Delisted Carlton AFL midfielder Brock McLean says meetings around the end of the season left him confident he'd be with the Blues for one more year.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:11:16 GMT)

Robert Ellis murder: autopsy results released as sons arrive in Bali
The victim didn't show much sign of a struggle, and there were no signs that he was protecting himself, a forensic expert reports.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:00:03 GMT)

Wanderers say it's ACL victory or else
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says his team risk being branded as chokers if the fail to fire in the ACL final.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:06:17 GMT)

Bjork traps the light fantastic in concert movie of nature, technology and music
Directors Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton discuss the experience of a lifetime, working on the concert film, Bjork: Biophilia Live.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:01:03 GMT)

Souths fight to keep NRL premiership stars
South Sydney have a battle on their hands to keep the remainder of their NRL premiership winning side together.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:49:16 GMT)

Scott Ludlam raps about 'fascist' data retention laws
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has taken a novel approach to attacking the Government's proposed data retention laws, appearing in an online satirical rap video
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:13:44 GMT)

Wallabies eye clean sweep in Europe
The Wallabies have set the bar high under new coach Michael Cheika, declaring their hopes of completing an undefeated tour of Europe.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:44:17 GMT)

Vic 'thrill killer' jailed for 32 years
A 21-year-old man who murdered a Melbourne couple in their own home to carry out a fantasy has been jailed for 32 years.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:48:15 GMT)

Saints to host Blues in Anzac Day AFL
St Kilda will host Carlton in New Zealand next season as part of five AFL games scheduled on Anzac Day.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:23:15 GMT)

Abbott seeks bipartisan state reform deal
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will meet the premiers in mid-2015 for progress talks on better co-operation and service delivery.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:16 GMT)

Newbold to stay at Hawks' AFL helm
Andrew Newbold will stay as president of AFL club Hawthorn until the end of 2017.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:18:17 GMT)

Pope Francis dispatches envoy to investigate Italy's 'playboy priests'
The diocese of Albenga-Imperia, in the Liguria region of northern Italy, has allegedly hosted a string of "playboy priests" moonlighting as barmen, stealing parish funds and getting tattooed
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:07:03 GMT)

November 5 Whitlam memorial service
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a state memorial service will be held on November 5 to commemorate Gough Whitlam's service to the nation.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:04:22 GMT)

Gallen apologises for offensive tweet
Sharks skipper Paul Gallen has publicly apologised for an offensive social media post aimed at NRL management.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:37:17 GMT)

French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat receive two-month sentence
A reporters' umbrella group says the sentence is a "big relief" and that "any other outcome would have set a terrible precedent for media freedom in Indonesia".
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:22:21 GMT)

No urgency to arrest Luke's father: police
A detective says police felt it important not to arrest Greg Anderson in a "rushed manner" in the days before he killed his son.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:42:15 GMT)

Maclean dumps chair for Sydney triathlon
John Maclean, wheelchair-bound for the last 26 years, will take on the Nepean Triathlon as an able-bodied competitor this weekend.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:32:17 GMT)

NSW beat Qld to make one-day cricket final
NSW have beaten titleholders Queensland by two wickets, but with only two balls to spare, to reach the final of the domestic one-day cricket cup
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:23:15 GMT)

NSW gets $3.7 million abuse lesson
A major shake-up of the NSW government handling of sex abuse claims has been promised after an inquiry said victims were re-traumatised.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:05:17 GMT)

Vic boy, 7, bites stranger to escape
A Melbourne boy bit a stranger who pushed him off a playground swing.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:14:15 GMT)

New signing could be on way for City
Melbourne City boss John van 't Schip could be set to bring in a reinforcement with clouds around key men David Villa and Robert Koren.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:00:17 GMT)

Pye makes fast start at Gold Coast V8s
Ford's Scott Pye has made a fast start to this weekend's Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars event, pipping Craig Lowndes in the opening practice session.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:54:18 GMT)

Arthur's back. Wait, no he's not.
A mistake that suggested Arthur Sinodinos had been restored to the ministry marred the announcement of an improved register for financial advisers.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:08:15 GMT)

Melbourne A-League derby fever grows
A-League fans can't wait for the first derby between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City - an occasion both coaches called special.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:43:15 GMT)

Beams talks up Lions' AFL prospects
New Brisbane midfielder Dayne Beams is confident that the improving Lions can make the AFL finals next season.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:43:16 GMT)

Vic police face hearing over death
Victoria Police officers who released a man from custody hours before his death will face a disciplinary hearing.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:32:18 GMT)

Takeaway giant buys Gloria Jean's
The coffee industry veteran who brought Gloria Jeans to Australia in 1996 is selling to the company behind Michel's Patisserie and Donut King.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:24:19 GMT)

Eagles axe Wilson, Carter from AFL list
West Coast duo Blayne Wilson and Adam Carter have joined Ashley Smith and Jacob Brennan on the chopping block at the AFL club.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:13:13 GMT)

Gilmore set for toughest surfing battle
Australian surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore says the battle for her sixth world title will be her toughest yet.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:07:16 GMT)

ABC planning secret news-chat show to replace state-based 7.30
A national news-chat show - based partly on The Project - looks likely to replace state editions of 7.30, Fairfax Media can reveal.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:36:49 GMT)

Cops make record drug bust in Canberra
Nearly 30 kilograms of ice along with MDMA, cocaine and steroids have been discovered in a massive drug operation in the nation's capital.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:23:22 GMT)

Resmed sleep machine has dream run
A bedroom air humidifier helped sleep disorder equipment group Resmed achieve a six per cent revenue increase.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:28:16 GMT)

Dead heart transplant 'huge breakthrough'
Australian surgeons have successfully transplanted hearts that had stopped beating for 20 minutes into heart failure patients.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:57:16 GMT)

India logs on to check if public servants are at work
The system allows the public to see not only what percentage of public servants were at work on any given day, but also check whether an individual public servant was actually sitting at his or her desk.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:51:33 GMT)

Ebola epidemic: New York doctor tests positive for virus
The first case of Ebola in New York highlights the challenges surrounding containment of the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:09:35 GMT)

Alleged killer in Melbourne court
The family of a man killed in a bashing outside a Melbourne McDonald's say they are still to understand what happened and why.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:47:15 GMT)

Treasury apologies for Sindinos slip
Treasury has been forced to correct a media release that was mistakenly issued in the name of embattled MP Arthur Sinodinos.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:45:17 GMT)

Man pleads guilty after 'marrying' 12yo
A man charged with having sex with a 12-year-old girl after 'marrying' her in NSW will face sentencing early next year.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:39:16 GMT)

Islamic State supporters target journalists, FBI warns
An online posting by an Islamic State supporter says "media personnel, including anchormen, field reporters and talk show hosts" are among "prioritised targets."
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:41:57 GMT)

I don't deserve Socceroos spot: Djite
Adelaide United's in-form striker Bruce Djite says he doesn't yet deserve a call-up to the Socceroos.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:14:22 GMT)

AMP shares surge as performance improves
AMP says it is enjoying strong growth across its businesses, with cash flows in its wealth management operations more than doubling.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:23:15 GMT)

China open to Australian role in Asia bank
China welcomes Australia taking part in the formation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, even if it's not a founding member.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:51:17 GMT)

Geoff Ogilvy misses cut at Perth golf
One-time major winner Charl Schwartzel feels he is well placed for a weekend assault at the Perth International but Geoff Ogilvy has missed the cut.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:55:15 GMT)

No Royal Commission into CBA: Cormann
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has rejected a Senate committee recommendation to hold a Royal Commission into the Commonwealth Bank.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:09:16 GMT)

Secret trade business heads to Sydney
Trade ministers from 11 countries will converge on Sydney to discuss a trade deal critics say will threaten access to cheap medicines.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:20:17 GMT)

Medibank worth buying: analysts
Analysts say the upcoming float of Medibank Private may be worth buying into for long-term investors.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:44:21 GMT)

Australian Youth Climate Coalition removes anti-coal poster after backlash
Young climate activists have been accused of comparing coal miners to paedophiles in a poster that has since been taken down from the internet after a social media backlash.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:23:48 GMT)

Security hike heads off 'copycat': Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says extra security measures are vital to ensure Australia does not have an attack similar to what happened in Canada.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:33:21 GMT)

Bond futures weaker on better sentiment
Australian bond futures prices are slightly weaker as investors take on more risk.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:31:11 GMT)

Qantas back to making a profit
Qantas boss Alan Joyce says the embattled airline is back on track but unions and employees remain unhappy about cost cuts and job losses.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:13:15 GMT)

Aussie medics close to Ebola deployment
Australia is reportedly set to send up to 16 health workers to west Africa to fight Ebola, amid pressure from the US and UK for on-ground assistance.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:29:16 GMT)

International markets roundup
News from the world’s major stock markets
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:55:11 GMT)

Commodities markets summary
Commodities news from around the world.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:39:11 GMT)

Education retreat completely false: Pyne
A reported government retreat on education reforms to get deregulated university fees through the Senate is "completely false", says Christopher Pyne.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:32:18 GMT)

Stocks to watch on xxxday
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at noon on Friday
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:13:14 GMT)

Share market has best week since February
The big banks and health care stocks are the beneficiaries of the share market's best week since February but the miners missed out.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:14:11 GMT)

Sport News Update, what you need to know
Sport News Update, what you need to know.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:59:15 GMT)