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Hillary Clinton announces Tim Kaine vice-president running mate

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Florida on Friday.

10:33 AM   US Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia will be Number 2 on her ticket when she gets confirmed as the party's nominee next week.

Miami police shoot black man with hands up trying to help autistic patient

Charles Kinsey explains in an interview from his hospital bed in Miami what happened when he was shot by police.

Michael Miller   'Sir, why did you shoot me?' the caretaker recalled asking the officer. 'He said, 'I don't know'."

Wicked ban

Wicked campers to be forced off the road

wicked, camnper van

Amy Remeikis   The Palaszczuk Government has found a way to get Wicked camper vans' offensive slogans off Queensland roads- unless the company cleans up its act.

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UN asked to investigate 'abuses' of disabled students in Australian schools

United Nations flag

Henrietta Cook   The United Nations has been asked to investigate dozens of incidents where children with a disability were assaulted, locked in dark rooms and restrained in Australian schools.

Trump advisor said Hillary Clinton should be executed for treason

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

David A. Fahrenthold   The US Secret Service is investigating one of Donald Trump's most outspoken supporters.

School shame

Brighton Grammar expels students

Boys from Melbourne boys' school Brighton Grammar created a 'young sluts' Instagram account.

Henrietta Cook   Brighton Grammar has expelled two students who set up an Instagram account that featured photos of young girls and invited people to vote for the "slut of the year".

Q&A: Pauline Hanson's 'dangerous views' on Muslims get a dignified rebuke

Monday night's panel: Sam Dastyari, Pauline Hanson, Larissa Waters, Simon Birmingham and Nick Xenophon.

Neil McMahon   Pauline Hanson picked up right where Sonia Kruger left off on Monday - calling for a halt to Muslim immigration.


Australian rape survivor marks anniversary of her attack with awareness-raising project

To mark the anniversary of her rape, Claire McFarlane is setting out on her next project aimed at bringing justice to ...

Jenny Noyes   17 years to the day since she was viciously raped in Paris, Claire McFarlane is running on the beach to raise awareness.

Schoolboy shame

Police investigate vile Instagram account set up by Brighton Grammar students

Brighton Grammar School has been rocked by allegations of gambling.

Henrietta Cook and Steve Lillebuen   Police are investigating a 'young sluts' Instagram account which was set up by students at an elite bayside private school to share photos of girls without their knowledge. 

Mike Pence makes Donald Trump ticket even worse for women, minorities

Mr Pence touts himself as a "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order".

Katie Zezima   "A Trump-Pence ticket should send a shiver down the spine of women in this country."

Rape survivor is allegedly raped again by the same five men

Women activists protest over rape case.

Max Bearak   They allegedly raped her again because she had been so steadfast in her case against them.

'Honour killing'

Qandeel Baloch's brother admits to 'honour killing' of Pakistani social media star sister

Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was allegedly murdered by her brother in an honour killing.

Syed Raza Hassan, Mehreen Zahra-Malik   The brother of Qandeel Baloch, whose risqué social media posts both titillated and appalled conservative Pakistan, on Sunday admitted to strangling her in a crime that reignited debate about so-called "honour killings" in the South Asian nation.

Pakistani social media star strangled in apparent 'honour killing'

Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother.

Mubasher Bukhari   Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch has been strangled in what appears to have been an "honour killing".

Workplace equality

Workplace sexism is an issue for all women, so why focus on the ones with office jobs?

Kirsten Owens.

Kirsten Owens   Kirsten Owens is tired of her industry - hospitality - being ignored in discussions of gender equity and workplace sexism.

Violence against women

Aboriginal mothers are 17.5 times more likely to be victims of homicide in WA than other mums

Yvette Rigney-Wilson and her two children were allegedly murdered by her partner in Hillier, SA last month.

Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia are 17.5 times more likely to die from homicide than other mothers in the state, researchers at Perth's Telethon Kids Institute have found.

Violence against women

Police in UK to register incidents against women motivated by misogyny as 'hate crimes'

A misogyny hate crime is defined by the police force as: "Incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a ...

Jenny Noyes   The classification means incidents of harassment and intimidation not previously considered criminal can be investigated by police.

Online abuse

'I pray for your death': Badham calls out backlash

Van Badham says she has endured a week of abuse after her appearance on Q&A.

Melbourne writer Van Badham says a public clash with shock jock Steve Price has inspired follow-on online abuse in which commenters have prayed for her death or made violent remarks.

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DV attitudes

'I think I am young enough to see change': Tarang Chawla is positive despite Steve Price comments on Q&A

Tarang Chawla with his sister Nikita before her she was murdered in January last year.

Jenna Price   Chawla says the fact that comments like Eddie McGuire's are even registering shows attitudes are shifting. But there's so much more to be done.

Sanders endorses Clinton's White House bid

Bernie Sanders and Democratic presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on July 12.

"I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States," said Mr Sanders on Tuesday.

Labor candidate claims seat of Cowan

Labor candidate, Anne Aly.

Heather McNeill   Anne Aly has claimed victory in the marginal WA seat of Cowan, as the two-party preferred counting revealed the Labor candidate was ahead of Liberal incumbent, Luke Simpkins, by 787 votes.


The 'remarkable' photo that may define Black Lives Matter protests

This photograph, by Max Becherer, shows a different angle of the woman moments before she is arrested.

Megan Levy   As the lone woman stood in front of a row of riot police in the US, her flowing dress and bare arms in sharp contrast to the officers' armour, she gave off an air of peaceful determination and defiance.

Second lady

It's official: A woman will lead Britain for the first time since Thatcher

Theresa May, U.K. home secretary, gestures to members of the media after it was announced she won the second-round ...

With Michael Gow out of the race, the contest is down to two candidates: Theresa Mar and Andrea Leadsom.

Britain's next prime minister will be a woman

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May won the highest number of MP votes in the latest ballot.

Latika Bourke   Your personally curated news with six things you need to know before you get going.

Germany passes 'No Means No' law after Cologne attacks

A flash mob demonstrate against racism and sexism in Cologne, Germany.

Melissa Eddy   "This understanding of women and how you treat them, and how you value them, seems to be an issue in Germany. We are sort of waiting for them to catch up."

The incredible calm of Diamond 'Lavish' Reynolds

Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, talks about his shooting death with protesters and media outside ...

Danielle Paquette   As Lavish Reynolds watched blood drench her boyfriend's shirt, she didn't scream of cry. She remained polite. This is why.


The son of America's latest #BlackLivesMatter victim broke down on TV and it is heartbreaking

The son of latest police shooting victim Alton Sterling and his mother address reporters.

Jenny Noyes   The victim's 15-year-old son has appeared at a press conference sobbing uncontrollably as outrage over yet another senseless police shooting rises.

Solo Antarctic woman crowdfunds epic journey

Lisa Blair plans to circumnavigate Antarctica solo and unassisted.

Fran Molloy   A Sydney sailor aims to be the first woman to solo circumnavigate Antarctica non-stop and unassisted.

The most inspirational player at Wimbledon

Making no excuses: Francesca Jones of Great Britain.

Despite her defeat in the second round of the girls' singles championship on Tuesday, Jones, who has just a thumb and three fingers on each hand as well as seven toes, has her sights set on emulating her role model Serena Williams in becoming world No 1.

Girls as young as 12 sexually assaulted at Swedish music festival

SCHEESSEL, GERMANY - JUNE 24: Visitors walk the Hurricane Festival compound on June 24, 2016 in Scheessel, Germany. The ...

Swedish police say they have received reports of 27 cases of sexual assault against girls or young women.

Biden and Obama rewrite the rulebook on college sexual assaults

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama.

Juliet Eilperin   "He always thought it was an awful abuse of power. But as his daughters grew, he became more explicitly focused on it."

Domestic violence

NSW proposes rental law changes to protect domestic violence victims

New laws aim to allow DV victims to break a lease quickly without being penalised financially or in future leases.

NSW domestic violence victims looking to flee an abusive partner will be given the power to end their rental contracts faster under proposed new laws.

Burney makes history for Labor

Linda Burney will be contesting the federal seat of Barton in the next federal election and if successful will be the ...

Kirsty Needham   Labor's Linda Burney has claimed the seat of Barton, becoming the first indigenous woman to enter the house of representatives.

Liberals bite back: Police investigate alleged biting of Greens volunteer

Kelly O'Dwyer has been axed as Small Business Minister.

Benjamin Millar   The battle for Higgins has spilled into violence with police investigating the alleged biting of a Greens volunteer by a backer of assistant treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer.

Q&A star returns with fresh questions

Duncan Storrar, who became embroiled in a media storm after asking a question on Q&A.

Neil McMahon   Duncan Storrar, the man whose Q&A question defined the election campaign at its outset in May, has emerged to challenge the nation's leaders once more.

Shorten: Same-sex marriage my first bill

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addressed the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Tuesday.

James Massola   Bill Shorten has promised legalising same-sex marriage would be his government's first priority in parliament, while stepping up warnings over Coalition cuts to Medicare.

Islam and LGBT rights

Pakistani clerics declare transgender marriages legal under Islamic law

A candle-lighting ceremony in memory of  transphobia vicitims on the eve of  International Transgender Day of ...

Mubasher Bukhari   Pakistan's marriage law remains murky, however, with homosexual couples denied permission to marry and men being charged with sodomy in the past.

Abortion rights

Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic restrictions in huge win for US women

Abortion rights activists rejoice in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, as the justices ...

Jenny Noyes   Three years after Texas Senator Wendy Davis made global headlines with her 11-hour filibuster against the state's restrictive abortion laws, she has finally won.

Pope Francis

Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gays and women for past treatment

Pope Francis speaks during his visit to the Moria refugee detention centre on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Philip Pullella   He also said the Church should ask forgiveness for turning a blind eye to child labour and for "blessing so many weapons" in the past.

Worrying signs

People in the UK are sharing racist hate speech they've witnessed in the wake of Brexit

Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party.

Jenny Noyes   For many of those who voted to leave the EU, the referendum result appears to be a mandate for taking racism to the streets.

MP rejects 'ditch the witch' poster comparison

Election signs in the Queensland seat of Leichhardt

Tom McIlroy   Queensland Liberal MP dismisses links between a controversial election poster and attacks on Julia Gillard as "absolute bullshit".

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It's on: The debate NSW has been avoiding for 100 years

Anna Groth waited for five days in a hospital after a botched abortion.

Kate Aubusson   It took Anna Groth five days to get the emergency procedure she needed.

Two men charged over death of Lynette Daley on NSW beach

Lynette Daley died on Ten Mile Beach in January 2011.

Megan Levy   Two men have been charged over the death of a woman whose bruised and bloodied body was discovered lying on a beach on the NSW north coast four years ago.

Wong's deeply personal plebiscite anguish

Senator Penny Wong speaks on Amendment 317A on same-sex marriage during the ALP National Conference at the Melbourne ...

Michael Koziol   Penny Wong says Malcolm Turnbull's assurances a plebiscite will be civil are the "hollowest of hollow words".

Free tampons

US politicians are pushing to mandate free access to tampons

Tampons are "as necessary as toilet paper."

New York City is on track to become the first city in the United States to require free tampons and sanitary pads in public schools, homeless shelters and jails.

I have faced 'bigotry and hatred' too: Morrison

Treasurer Scott Morrison says people with strong religious view on same-sex marriage have been subjected to hatred too.

Fergus Hunter   Treasurer Scott Morrison has said that people like him battle hatred and bigotry similar to that experienced by LGBTI Australians.

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Chiropractor admits racist posts on Nova Peris' Facebook page

Former Labor senator Nova Peris shared the racist and offensive posts.

Rachel Olding   A Central Coast chiropractor and former Liberal Party member has pleaded guilty to posting racist and offensive messages on the Facebook page of Senator Nova Peris.

Each body's ready

London Mayor Sadiq Khan bans body-shaming ads on public transport

Protein World's offending ads and the response from commuters.

Jenny Noyes   Women in the UK capital will no longer be subjected to questions like "are you beach body ready?" on their daily commute.

Trans rights

An Oregon court has allowed a person to legally choose 'nonbinary' gender classification

A judge in Oregon has granted a petition allowing a person to legally choose neither sex and be classified as nonbinary.

Christopher Mele   Although the petition was granted with little fanfare, experts said that, to their knowledge, the ruling was the first of its kind in the country.

Rape culture

Qatar convicts Dutch woman who reported being drugged and raped and will deport her

FILE- In this May 14, 2010 file photo, a Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. A Dutch woman ...

Dan Bilefsky   The 22-year-old already detained for three months on suspicion of 'adultery' after reporting her assault has been handed a one-year suspended sentence.

Orlando shooting

Obama calls Orlando nightclub shooting an attack on all Americans

President Barack Obama said the Orlando shooting was an attack on all Americans.

President Barack Obama on Sunday described the worst mass shooting in US history as "an act of terror" and "an act of hate," saying the massacre of 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida was an attack on all Americans.

No more 'budgets for blokes', says Bill Shorten

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addresses the media during a joint doorstop with shadow treasurer Chris Bowen after the ...

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has vowed future Labor budgets will include statements outlining the impact on women to ensure there are no more "budgets for blokes."

Stanford rape

Stanford sex offender Brock Turner banned for life by USA Swimming

Brock Turner in his January 2015 booking photo, released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy Gottlieb   "USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct."


Teen released from Texas 'gay cure' ministry after #SaveSarah GoFundMe campaign

The GoFundMe campaign to 'save Sarah' from gay conversion therapy.

Elizabeth Findell   Extended family members claimed Sarah had been sent to a camp for gay conversion therapy as punishment for taking her girlfriend to prom.


Elizabeth Warren endorses Clinton, saying she'll 'get into this fight'

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, listens to Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, ...

Joshua Green, Laura Litvan and Jennifer Epstein   "I am ready to get into this fight and to work my heart out for Hillary Clinton and to make sure that Donald Trump doesn't get anywhere near the White House," Warren said.

Taboo on domestic violence tackled

Caption: Impact Journalism Day: The Maya app provides a safe space for people to talk about issues that are considered ...

Osama Rahman, The Daily Star   Taboo on domestic violence tackled.

Abortion laws

UN says Ireland's anti-abortion laws are a cruel violation of human rights

A pro Choice rally in Belfast earlier this year.

Max Bearak   The report said the laws subjected one woman to discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

'That's the girl you sold me': Colliers in sexual harassment suit

Colliers CFO Sean Unwin: also does a mean Richard Gere impression.

Patrick Hatch   A top executive at real estate giant Colliers International is being sued by his former assistant over allegations he tried to force her face into his crotch, attempted to look up her skirt and undressed in front of her.

Clinton makes history, wins outright in three states

Long a critic of Saudi funding for extremist organisations: Hilary Clinton.

Paul McGeough   Hillary Clinton has claimed the Democratic nomination, making her the first female candidate in US history to win the backing of a major political party in a run for president.

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Clinton needs a big win in California

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage before giving an address on national security.

Paul McGeough   The Associated Press has called Hillary Clinton as the winner in the Democratic nomination race. So what now?