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Teen arrested for stealing tax data with Heartbleed


A 19-year-old Canadian man has been charged with exploiting the Heartbleed security bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website.

South Korean ferry disaster: search resumes for 280 still missing

Relatives weep as they wait for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo.

Narae Kim South Korean coastguards and navy divers have resumed their search for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the country's worst maritime disaster in more than 20 years.

Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls: rescue effort launched

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents said, as security forces pressed on with a search to find the hostages.

Pistorius trial takes a lengthy break

Oscar Pistorius (centre) leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. The court has adjourned until May 5.

Alan Cowell PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, the disabled track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, said Wednesday that proceedings would be postponed after hearings end Thursday, until May 5, two days before South Africa's national election.

Feline fashion

Grumpy Cat in Pharell style hat is officially best dressed at MTV Movie Awards

Grumpy Cat on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards.

Grumpy Cat's Twitter account warned us she'd be mingling with the stars...

DNA tests for all male teachers and students in French school rape case

The DNA kit that will be used in the La Rochelle rape investigation. More than 500 male students and staff at a French high school will undergo testing.

Florence Maitre Male students and staff at a French school have begun providing police with DNA samples in an unprecedented operation to discover who raped a 16-year-old pupil.

Dutch teen arrested after tweeting 'joke' terror threat to Airline

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"I always wanted to be famous, but I meant like Demi Lovato famous, not Osama bin laden famous."

'Spiritual healer' charged with sexual assault of client

NICK RALSTON A self-styled sheikh who sent offensive letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman during ''spiritual healing'' sessions in western Sydney.

Youth unemployment: Generation Jobless at risk of becoming reality


Amelia Moseley The latest youth unemployment  figures show more than 257,000 young Australians have been unemployed for over a year.

Gay clergyman defies same-sex marriage ban to wed partner

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A gay clergyman has become the first ordained priest to break the Church of England's ban on same-sex marriages to wed his partner.

Embryo mix up: IVF patient pregnant with wrong embryo

An IVF patient has become pregnant with the wrong embryos.

A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up.

Drug tests for workers will become more common


AMY CORDEROY Workplace drug testing is likely to become increasingly common as employers attempt to cut ''presenteeism'' and ensure safety, one of Australia's leading workplace drug experts says.

Chile: 500 homes destroyed by fire

The horizon was ablaze in Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday.

An uncontrollable wildfire in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso destroyed 500 homes and forced the evacuation of 3000 people.

Pension age could rise to 70

Facing the future: Treasurer Joe Hockey during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra.

Gareth Hutchens and James Massola Joe Hockey says Australia has no choice but to take tough decisions in the federal budget, giving his clearest signal yet the pension age will rise to 70 in the May budget and holding out the prospect of future governments not being able to afford medicine for sick children.

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How a Tasmanian gay rights battle influenced the world

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DAN HARRISON Friday is 20 years to the day since the UN human rights committee ruled against Tasmanian laws which made consenting sex between adult men in private a criminal offence  punishable by up to 21 years in prison.

Penny Wong says feminism is not just for the left wing


JUDITH IRELAND Acting Labor leader Penny Wong has called on women across the political spectrum to call themselves "feminists". 


What is Heartbleed and how do we avoid it?

Heartbleed is a serious flaw causing a lot of heartache for IT admins this week.

BEN GRUBB What is the Heartbleed security flaw, how does it affect you and what can you do to avoid it?

Hillary Clinton finally admits she's 'thinking' about running for president in 2016

Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to members of the World Affairs Council in Portland, Oregon April 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Steve Dipaola  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

She finally cracked (a little) while be interviewed at a marketing conference in San Francisco. The crowd cheered. Of course.


The women who 'fake' virginity

Woman walking in a southern Tunisian landscape, Tunisia. (Photo by: Godong/UIG via Getty Images)

Kaouther Larbi It happens every April ahead of the summer marriage season...

Sexist advertising

Veet's 'Don't risk dudeness' campaign causes outrage


Sarah Mackenzie A new ad campaign suggests a woman with hairy legs becomes less of a woman.


Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof, has been found dead at 25

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Michael Idato and Melanie Mahoney Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, and mother of two has died.

Europe's first lesbian-only cemetery opens in Berlin

Activists listen to the recital of a poem as they attend the opening ceremony of a lesbian-only cemetery in Berlin.

What may be Europe's first lesbian-only burial place has opened in a forested Christian Lutheran graveyard in the German capital.

Can an app make you a more considerate lover?


JEN VUK Lick This app promises to make you a better lover, takes human computer interaction to whole new level.

No way to block student sex visa scam, Scott Morrison says


EAMONN DUFF Immigration officials are powerless to prevent sex traffickers exploiting a student visa loophole because closing it would eliminate a basic human right to appeal negative rulings.

Father is given right to vaccinate his children

Professor Irving said people could be vaccinated against the flu.

LOUISE HALL A western Sydney father has won the right to vaccinate his children after a drawn-out legal battle with their mother, who is strongly opposed to immunisation.

Are Australians more racist than ever?

Photograph shows Rebecca Kay at home in Bankstown today.Photograph by Dean Sewell.S.M.H.News.Taken Friday 4th April 2014.


COSIMA MARRINER Dealing with racism is a way of life for many Australians. Cosima Marriner and Natalie O'Brien spoke to a range of people about how they have risen above discrimination.

How Lisa Wilkinson helped Marina McDonald become a picture of hope and courage

Lisa Wilkinson and Marina McDonald together going over the results of their photo shoot for Canon Shine. Photo Supplied

STEPHANIE WOOD ''What I've been struck by is the beauty and strength of women who have gone through breast cancer and are coming out the other side,'' Wilkinson said.

Israel cancels prisoner release

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, with chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, signs an application to UN agencies.

Jonathan Ferziger Israel has cancelled the already postponed release of 26 Palestinian prisoners in the latest blow to faltering peace talks, saying the move was a response to renewed efforts by Palestinians to gain recognition at the United Nations.


Turkey lifts block on Twitter

Back online: Turkey has lifted its government imposed ban on Twitter.

Turkey has lifted a much-criticised block on Twitter, 24 hours after its highest court overturned the ban as a breach of the right to free speech.

Gigi Chao: “I’ve been thrust into the limelight, into a position where all eyes are on me."


Tiffany Ap In this exclusive extract from Porter Magazine, Gigi Chao, the lesbian woman whose father offered a bounty of HK$500 million for a man to marry her speaks up about her life, and love, afterward.

Indigenous leader: racism leads to bad health

DAN HARRISON An indigenous health leader has urged Tony Abbott to reconsider proposed changes to race hate laws, warning racism contributes to poor health outcomes.

Putin officially divorces his wife Lyudmila after 30 years

Happier times ... The Kremlin announced today that the divorce of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila Putina was finalised today. This photo is from 2007.

Alexei Anishchuk Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally divorced his wife Lyudmila after more than 30 years of marriage, Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday, following a surprise breakup announcement last year.

Six dead in Chile quake

A car stops by a crack on a road damaged by a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that hit off Chile's Pacific coast.

Anthony Esposito Thousands of people who evacuated Chile's low-lying coastal areas returned home on Wednesday morning after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive overnight earthquake seemed mostly limited.

Bombs kill two outside Cairo University

Egyptians inspect the damage after bombs struck police posts near Cairo University.

Stephen Kalin A series of explosions in Egypt's capital killed two people, including a police brigadier-general, security officials said, in what appeared to be the latest militant attack in a fast-growing insurgency.

Sophie Hasty

A Q&A with a 13-year-old leggings activist


Amanda Hess Sophie Hasty refuses to accept the school's accusation that leggings are "distracting to boys".

Executive pay

Mark Zuckerberg's base salary falls to $1

Sitting pretty: Mark Zuckerberg's total wealth totals about $US27 billion.

Sarah Frier Mark Zuckerberg has decided he's a $1-a-year man, joining other Silicon Valley tech moguls by earning a base salary of $US1.

Sydney taxi driver charged over alleged rape of 10-year old girl


A 10-year-old girl with profound hearing difficulties was allegedly raped several times by a cab driver hired to take her to school.

South Korean sex change surgeon says he's correcting 'God's mistakes'

Harisu, South Korea'?s most famous transsexual entertainer, is one of Dr Kim Seok-Kwun's best known patients.

Hyung-Jin Kim As Dr Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar feelings.


Major football codes unite against homophobia

SYDNEY, April 1 - Anti-homophobia campaigners will achieve the rare feat of getting the heads of all major football codes to publicly unite behind a cause and have assembled a dazzling cast of sports stars as supporters.

One-size-fits-all childcare subsidy best option for Australian families


MATT WADE Australia's complicated childcare rebate system should be simplified into one subsidy to provide fairer outcomes and greater value for money, according to a submission to the Productivity Commission.

Parents urged not to post photos of their children online


RACHEL BROWNE Proud parents could be unwittingly putting their children at risk by posting images and information online which give away personal details such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.


H&M pulls vest over anti-Semitic complaint


The retail giant has has pulled a vest which featured a menacing skull in the centre of a Star of David.

Study: daylight saving time linked to heart attacks

Losing one hour of sleep raises the risk of having a heart attack, according to a new study.

Ransdell Pierson Switching over to daylight saving time, and losing one hour of sleep, raised the risk of having a heart attack the following Monday by 25 per cent, compared to other Mondays during the year, according to a new US study released on Saturday.

Women lured into Sydney sex slavery

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EAMONN DUFF Asian women are being snared in a student visa scam that funnels them into Sydney brothels where they are forced to sell sex and drugs for up to 20 hours a day.

Suffocations trigger baby sling warning


COSIMA MARRINER One in 20 babies carried in a baby sling has been injured or narrowly escaped, with parents confused about how to position their children safely in the popular carrier, a survey reveals.

Obama calls on Russia to withdraw its troops

US President Barack Obama has decided not to send arms to Ukraine to help protect its borders yet.

Ernesto Londoño President Obama called on Russia on Friday to pull back tens of thousands of troops massed along its border with Ukraine, as US officials said they have grown increasingly concerned that the size and makeup of the forces could portend a new Russian attempt to annex swaths of its neighbour.

LAX baggage handlers arrested for property heist

A passenger enters the terminal Los Angeles International Airport, where police allege six baggage handlers were involved in property theft on a massive scale.

Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Dan Weikel Six people have been arrested, and the LAX police chief says as many as 25 are thought to be involved. "They'd just open up the suitcases and rifle through," he says.

Australians suspect in Manus Islands killing


Michael Gordon, David Wroe Police investigating the brutal killing of Reza Barati on Manus Island have for the first time been given graphic statements from the asylum seekers who witnessed the slaying, as two Australians emerged as suspects in the death.

Legal loopholes drag out trauma for domestic violence victims

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RACHEL OLDING ''You make a second statement, I will rip your throat out''.

Australian same-sex couples can marry in UK from June


DAN HARRISON Same-sex couples will be able to use British laws to marry in Australian cities from June.

US mudslide: four-year-old plucked from wreckage

Air Force personnel join civilian workers in efforts to find missing persons following a deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington.

Marisol Bello and Linda Byron As more bodies were found in the remains of the deadly Oso mudslide in rural Washington state, there was a glimmer of bright news with a video of the dramatic helicopter rescue Saturday of a 4-year-old boy trapped in a mountain of clay.

Aboriginal history ''crucial'' for national curriculum


ALEXANDRA SMITH NSW schools want Aboriginal history to remain a ''crucial feature'' of a national curriculum, putting them at odds with the federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne's push for a greater focus on Western civilisations.

President Obama meets Pope Francis

Warm meeting ... US President Barack Obama shares a joke with Pope Francis during their first meeting at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY - Greeting a man he calls an "inspiration," President Barack Obama paid his first visit to Pope Francis on Thursday, opening a meeting the White House hopes will highlight the leaders' shared views on economic inequality and poverty and perhaps drown out the president's conflicts with the Catholic Church hierarchy at home.

Eight-year-old student in trouble for not being 'feminine enough'

Sunnie Kahle, 8, was asked to leave a US Christian school based on her appearance.

A US girl's family has removed her from her school after administrators in West Virginia said she did not appear feminine enough.

Victoria's most vulnerable women and children at increased risk because of budget cuts

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Rachel Kleinman As reported incidents of family violence grow, some of Victoria's most vulnerable women and children could be at increased risk.

Catholic bishop resigns after after spending $47 million on his residence

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst resigns after spending $47 million on his residence - including $22,791 for his bathtub - using revenue from a religious tax in Germany.

All About Women

Human rights a family tradition for Sister Somalia founder Ilwad Elman

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RUBY HAMAD At just 19, Ilwad Elman left Canada for her parents' homeland of Somalia. The now-24-year-old had only intended to visit her mother, the well-known humanitarian activist Fartun Adan. But, inspired by Fartun's work with the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre (EPHRC), Ilwad decided to stay.

Elizabeth Broderick warns of backlash in Defence over boosting women in the ranks

Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick

Deborah Snow Driving cultural change inside the Australian Defence Force to make it a better place for women to work was never going to be simple.

Not again

Copenhagen Zoo that killed Marius the giraffe puts down four lions

The carcass of Marius, a male giraffe, is eaten by lions at Copenhagen Zoo on February 9, 2014, after he was put down to prevent inbreeding. The zoo has put down four lions, including two cubs, to make room for a new male lion. It is not known if the lions photographed are the ones who were put down by the zoo.

A Copenhagen zoo that prompted international outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe and dissecting it in public has killed two lions and their two cubs to make way for a new male, it says.

Water buffalo spotted walking down King St in Newtown


There are reports of two bulls on the loose in Newtown, in Sydney's inner west.