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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
US Supreme Court

Crowd boos as Trump pays his respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

People chanted "vote him out" as the President and first lady Melania Trump stood near the late Supreme Court Justice's coffin.

  • by Kevin Freking
Mary Trump, right, has sued Donald Trump in a Manhattan court.
Trump's White House

Donald Trump's niece Mary sues him for 'rampant fraud'

Mary Trump has accused the US President and other family members of cheating her out of tens of millions of dollars from an inheritance.

Brett Lee tried to save Dean Jones' life in Mumbai.
Australian cricket

'It's a real tough day': Brett Lee returns to TV hours after trying to save Dean Jones

The former Australia fast bowler performed CPR on Jones in a desperate attempt to revive him at their Mumbai hotel.

  • by Chris Barrett

Muck-up fiasco just a symptom a sick society

People bewail the Shore muck-up day fiasco, yet the suggestions in the offensive handbook merely reflect the attacks on human dignity already carried out by Grand Poobahs of this nation.

The AMA and nurses' unions are urging Scott Morrison to protect Australia's aged care sector from COVID-19.
Coronavirus pandemic

PM warned 'reactive' approach leaving aged care vulnerable

Doctors and nurses have joined forces to voice their concern about the risk of COVID-19 spreading through Australia's aged care sector as new outbreaks in Victorian facilities put the state's recovery at risk.

  • by Dana McCauley
Next month, Midnight Oil will release a collaborative mini album titled The Makarrata Project.
Australian music

Midnight Oil taps into Australia's 'unfinished business' for upcoming album

The Makarrata Project, a collaborative mini-album, has the stated intention to keep the Uluru Statement from the Heart at the forefront of our national conversation.

  • by Michael Dwyer
Performing arts companies will be able to significantly boost capacity as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
Coronavirus pandemic

Theatres to increase audience numbers as restrictions ease in NSW

Live performances will be able to return to NSW from next month as the cap on audience numbers doubles. 

  • by Alexandra Smith and Kate Aubusson
In the Herald

In the Herald: September 25, 1929

Novel strike, a pocketful of snakes, and Tivoli theatre to close

  • by Stephanie Bull
Cardinal George Pell.
City life

Pell breaks (garlic) bread at Circular Quay Italian diner

It wasn't quite the last supper but Cardinal George Pell celebrated his freedom with about a dozen guests in Sydney this week.

  • by Samantha Hutchinson and Stephen Brook
Shore is trying to work out who wrote the document.
High school

Shore challenges won't earn you entry to adult world

Is it bad that I am not surprised when I read the Triwizard Shornament challenge book? Is it even worse that I understand it?

  • by Brandon Jack
The Australian women's team wore an Indigenous jersey for a match against England earlier this year.
Australian Women's cricket team

'Easy thing to do is nothing': Players to take stand against racism

Meg Lanning's team will form a Barefoot Circle before their game against New Zealand in recognition of the inequality between black and white Australia.

  • by Andrew Wu
Best view in the house: Tatiana Grigorieva flies towards silver in the pole vault at the 2000 Games.
Best Games ever

'Temptation was too great': Grigorieva had the best seat in the house for Freeman's gold

At the 2000 Games, Tatiana Grigorieva was pole vaulting for silver at the exact time Cathy Freeman was racing for gold in the 400m. Grigorieva couldn't help but pause to watch history play out.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Minister Paul Fletcher says his department kept him in the dark over the $30 million price tag for a piece of land taxpayers bought near the Western Sydney Airport.
Federal budget

Sydney airport land deal makes ministers look like dunderheads and officials look like fools

The transfer of taxpayer funds to a wealthy political donor at a hugely inflated price stinks.

  • by David Crowe

Australian cricketer Dean Jones dead after suspected heart attack

Former Australian batting legend's sudden death has shocked the cricketing world.

  • by Jon Pierik, Andrew Wu and Chris Barrett
Darius Boyd's (left) final NRL game, against the Cowboys, ends in defeat.
Broncos 16 Cowboys 32
NRL 2020

Brisbane clinch wooden spoon as dire season ends with another loss

Darius Boyd tried his best in his farewell game but it wasn't enough to prevent Brisbane finishing with their first wooden spoon.

  • by Phil Lutton
Former Liberal Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.

Pockets full of cash that bankrolled the visa scam linked to former Liberal MP: ICAC

A Wagga Wagga based-businessman has told a corruption inquiry he accepted $30,000 cash to employ a Chinese national who never actually worked for him under a scheme linked to former Liberal MP Daryl Maguire.

  • by Lucy Cormack
All-Australian captain Patrick Dangerfield.
AFL 2020

Dangerfield leads All-Australian team, but Tigers snubbed

Patrick Dangerfield claimed an an eighth All-Australian honour, and the captaincy, while there were some surprising omissions.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Brisbane Lions' midfielder Lachie Neale
AFL 2020

Neale doubles up, Serong the AFL's Rising Star

Lachie Neale is on track to scoop the pool of this year's top individual AFL awards after being voted the game's top player by both his peers and the league's coaches.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Column 8

Many points, most blunt

To bemuse, bother and bedevil ad infinitum.

The smaller display will focus on the Harbour Bridge at midnight, with the earlier fireworks scrapped.
New Year

Sydney to go ahead with smaller NYE fireworks, 9pm celebration scrapped

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the event could be a symbol of hope and a signal that 2021 was a new year.

  • by Megan Gorrey
SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos, Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan, NSW Minister Stuart Ayres and former Wallaby Morgan Turinui at a Rugby Championship fixtures announcement.
Rugby Championship

NSW government and SANZAAR satisfied with Pumas protocols for Rugby Championship

With fixtures confirmed, the governing body maintains it is up to the the logistical challenge of organising an international tournament during the pandemic.

  • by Tom Decent
Jack Watts has announced his retirement.
AFL 2020

Jack Watts retires and reaches financial settlement with Port

Jack Watts has given up a significant sum of money by retiring when he was contracted for 2021 at Port Adelaide on a substantial deal.

  • by Jake Niall and Anthony Colangelo
A member of the Australian Defence Force administers a COVID-19 test at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Coronavirus pandemic

As it happened: Victoria records 12 COVID-19 cases as Daniel Andrews flags further easing of restrictions; SA border opens to NSW as Australian death toll jumps to 861

More restrictions may be eased in Melbourne this weekend, beyond those previously flagged, while NSW residents can now travel to South Australia without having to quarantine.

  • by Marissa Calligeros and Paul Sakkal
Gavin Badger says his proudest moment in rugby league has been sharing his story.
NRL 2020

'Rugby league saved my life': Badger bows out with message of hope

As he prepares to officiate his final match this weekend, veteran referee Gavin Badger has opened up about how rugby league saved him from a dark place.

  • by Adrian Proszenko
Darius Boyd and Valentine Holmes.
NRL 2020

NRL 2020 LIVE: Broncos v Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium

The Broncos get one last chance to avoid the wooden spoon with a game against fellow Queensland strugglers the Cowboys. Live coverage from 7.30pm.

  • by Adrian Proszenko
University of Sydney has provided the documents to the Attorney-General's department under the foreign influence scheme.

Kiara had the best month of her life. Then everything was cancelled: How COVID-19 killed the uni experience

Student politics, newspapers, debating clubs, Quiddich societies and comedy revues have all been affected by the pandemic. By the time life returns to normal, will anyone at university remember what they have lost.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
Two crew aboard a bulk carrier anchored of Port Hedland have tested positive to COVID-19.
Coronavirus pandemic

Two crew from bulk carrier anchored off WA port test positive to COVID-19

Two crew members on board a manganese ore carrier anchored off Port Hedland have tested positive to COVID-19.

  • by Nathan Hondros
A man has died after he was found with stab wounds at a reserve in Emu Plains on Thursday morning.

Crashed car focus of investigation into 'targeted' fatal stabbing

Police believe the events leading up to a black car crashing into a creek in western Sydney could help them understand why a man was fatally stabbed nearby.

  • by Mary Ward and Laura Chung
Pascal Soriot, AstraZeneca’s chief executive officer.
Coronavirus pandemic

'Trust someone': AstraZeneca boss says transparency key for vaccine

The boss of global biotech firm AstraZeneca has confirmed the company is still waiting for its US trial to restart.

  • by Emma Koehn
Sydney's warm temperatures will give way to a cool change on Friday afternoon.

Chilly start to school holiday as first total fire ban issued for the season

Sydney will reach temperatures of 25 degrees on Friday before a cold front moves across the city about 4pm, bringing a possible shower and thunderstorm.

  • by Laura Chung
Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
World politics

Maduro calls on UN members to rally against sanctions on his allies

In a speech he could only have delivered remotely as a trip to New York could have meant arrest, the Venezuelan President called on countries to "defend peace".

  • by Luc Cohen
Murdered: 15-year-old Brayden Dillon.

Abdul Abu-Mahmoud guilty of ordering Brayden Dillon revenge execution

Brayden, 15, was shot dead in his bed in Sydney's south-west in April 2017. He was targeted in revenge for the perceived actions of his brother.

  • by Georgina Mitchell
Willow Grove in Parramatta.
State Parliament

Willow Grove heritage protections removed prior to Powerhouse site purchase

Restrictions protecting a historic building were removed when the NSW government purchased the site for the new museum project in Parramatta.

  • by Linda Morris
Hilary Mantel was a favourite to win the Booker Prize but was missing from the shortlist announced last week.

Hilary Mantel 'naturally disappointed' by Booker Prize miss

The British novelist said she thought The Mirror and the Light was the best novel in her historical trilogy.

  • by Melanie Kembrey
Channel Seven Cricket Australia composite image
Australian cricket

Cricket Australia offers Seven discount but deal a long way off

Cricket Australia has indicated a willingness to give ground in the game's broadcast war with Seven West Media but a peace deal remains a distant prospect.

  • by Chris Barrett and Jon Pierik
A courtroom sketch of accused man Bradley Robert Edwards.
Claremont killer trial

As it happened: Bradley Edwards guilty of Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer's murders, not guilty over death of Sarah Spiers

More than two decades after Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon vanished off the streets of Claremont, the fate of their accused killer, Bradley Edwards, will finally be decided today.

  • by Heather McNeill
A car landed on Bar Beach in Newcastle on Thursday after driving over the edge of a cliff.

Three people injured after car drives off cliff onto Newcastle beach

Emergency services were called to Bar Beach about 10.25am following reports that a car had gone off a cliff.

  • by Laura Chung
Joshua Wong.
Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested by Hong Kong police.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
NSW Nationals member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and party leader John Barilaro.
Political infighting

Nationals MP at centre of fresh koala policy controversy

Stephen Bromhead relayed concerns to the Planning Minister on behalf of property developers and Coalition donors connected to a major venture in Taree.

  • by Tom Rabe and Alexandra Smith
A Malaysia flag flies in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
World politics

Malaysian leadership on the brink of a new crisis

Anwar Ibrahim could be on the brink of achieving his long-held ambition to be prime minister, but the king could also order a fresh election.

  • by James Massola
Setting the pace: Scott McLaughlin leads the field through turn one after the start of race 18.

Supercars inks $200m five year deal with Seven, Fox Sports, Kayo

Supercars are going back to the future by inking a five-year deal with original broadcaster Seven, Fox and Kayo in a deal said to be worth $200 million.

  • by Michael Lynch
Traffic in Los Angeles: California will ban all petrol-driven cars and light trucks by 2035 joining a growing list of markets to set a date for phasing out internal combustion engine passenger vehicles.
Paris Agreement

Exit from fossil fuels quickens after California, China signal shift

California's plan to ban new sales of fossil-fuel cars and China's first net zero target show that climate action is beginning to accelerate, analysts say.

  • by Peter Hannam
Peter Beattie.
Horse racing

'I was concerned': Peter Beattie questioned V'landys as ARLC chair after ABC program, court hears

The former ARL Commission chair told the court there was "opposition" within the NRL and "within the commission themselves" to V'landys' appointment.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Storm's Paul Momirovski, who is at the club on a loan this season.
NRL 2020

'Not pawns on a chessboard': Momirovski backs loans if players call shots

Paul Momirovski has no hesitation in recommending the NRL add a loan system for future seasons after spending this year with the Melbourne Storm.

  • by Roy Ward
Rescue teams prepare to head out on the water at Macquarie Harbour on Thursday.

Hope for 20 more whales at Tasmanian stranding as focus turns to hundreds of dead

After Thursday, the operation will pivot to determining how to dispose of nearly 400 carcasses..

  • by Mary Ward and Laura Chung
Deanne Vowles and her family are stuck in Britain.
Coronavirus pandemic

Family faces $70,000 bill to get home as 26,000 Aussies stuck overseas

More than 26,000 Australians stranded overseas have registered as wanting to come home, including 4000 classed as vulnerable.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Nine Lacy and her eight-month-old son, Luca, have flown to meet her husband's family in Adelaide.
Coronavirus pandemic

'It was a relief': Families reunite as borders - and the skies - open again

Thursday was not only eight-month-old Luca's first time in a plane, but also the first time he met his grandparents.

  • by Laura Chung
A migrant family walks along the coast  in Deal, England, on September 15. More than 6100 migrants have made the Channel crossing by boat this year according to an analysis by the Press Association.

Cash offer to convince reluctant EU members to take refugees

The new plan offers incentives to the countries that have ignored previous minimum quotas, leaving the bulk of the problem to France and Germany.

  • by Matina Stevis-Gridneff
Glen McNamara (left) and Roger Rogerson are appealing their murder convictions.

McNamara claims Rogerson admitted prior murders before Jamie Gao killing

Both former detectives are appealing against their 2016 convictions and life sentences for the murder of the drug dealing student in a Padstow storage unit.

  • by Jenny Noyes
Canadian Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listen to Governor General Julie Payette deliver the throne speech in the Senate chamber in Ottawa.
Coronavirus pandemic

Trudeau says Canada is in second wave of pandemic

Justin Trudeau's government has committed to spending big to help the country recover from the pandemic.

  • by David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer
Several sources on the hook-up said Mark Dreyfus was "dismayed" at Mr Fitzgibbon's constant pro-coal rhetoric.

'The idiot for Hunter': Labor colleagues trade insults in energy split

Sources say Labor frontbencher Mark Dreyfus is "dismayed" at colleague Joel Fitzgibbon's constant pro-coal rhetoric.

  • by Rob Harris
Woolworths' solar panels on a supermarket roof in Orange, NSW.

Woolworths pledges to cut emissions as investor pressure mounts

Supermarket giant Woolworths has had its emission reduction goals endorsed by an independent, UN-backed body amid rising pressure for companies to take climate action seriously.

  • by Dominic Powell
Veronica Hester, Imogen Kuah and Natasha Abhayawickrama are leading student climate actions on Friday.
School strike for climate

Last year 80,000 students marched for the climate. In COVID-19, they're trying something different

More than 500 individual events are planned, ranging from a live-streamed Q&A and Instagram concert to socially distanced protests.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Crown's Melbourne casino remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crown gave Packer secret profit forecast before $1.7b share sale

Crown Resorts boss Ken Barton says the $1.7b share sale to Lawrence Ho's Melco Resorts could have stopped the briefs to James Packer.

  • by Patrick Hatch
Sydney rings in 2020.
Coronavirus pandemic

Don't turn NYE fireworks into a private event, Premier

Getting there early and claiming your spot on the harbour is not an option this New Year's Eve. But that doesn't mean access should be limited to those with big wallets.

  • by Linda Scott
Service Stream shares are up on today's NBN upgrade announcement.

The NBN upgrade isn't a backflip, it's a forward roll

NBN Co has announced a massive new investment in upgrading the speeds of the network but it's not an embarrassing backflip to Labor's original all-fibre plan.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Australian researchers Alex Joske, left, and Clive Hamilton.
China relations

Beijing bans Australian researchers in tit-for-tat

Clive Hamilton and Alex Joske have been banned from entering China after it was revealed Australia had revoked the visas of two Chinese academics. 

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Six former eBay employees, including senior execs mounted an astonishing harassment campaign against the editors of an online newsletter, who had published critical articles.

eBay workers who sent live spiders to critics to plead guilty

Four former eBay employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in a campaign of intimidation that included sending live spiders and cockroaches to a Massachusetts couple who ran an online newsletter critical of the auction site.

Former Seven Network presenter Simon Reeve.
Media & marketing

Ex-Seven star seeks 'at least $500k' from network, court told

Presenter Simon Reeve has accused his former employer of contravening the Fair Work Act by not paying him annual leave or redundancy pay.

  • by Georgina Mitchell
John Edwards, Jennifer Edwards and Jack Edwards. 
Domestic violence

'If he wants to hurt you, he hurts you through children': adult daughter's fear of John Edwards

The woman described her father - who had a history of abducting children - as “a narcissistic psychopath who I knew was physically capable of hurting people”.

  • by Jacqueline Maley
Jenny Mikakos hotel inquiry homepage image
Coronavirus pandemic

As it happened: Victorian MP Jenny Mikakos disputes Health Department's responsibility for guard quarantine procedures

Embattled Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos is being grilled at the COVID-19 hotel quarantine inquiry.

  • by Hanna Mills Turbet
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump hold the signed documents at the White House.
World politics

Officials say Netanyahu brings his dirty laundry to White House - literally

The clothes are cleaned for the Prime Minister free of charge by the US staff, a perk that is available to all foreign leaders but sparingly taken up.

  • by John Hudson
TikTok is arguing Trump's executive order is unlawful.
Trade wars

'Unlawful': TikTok asks US judge to block Trump's ban as deadline looms

Chinese-owned TikTok asked a judge to block the Trump Administration's attempt to ban its app, suggesting the video-sharing app's forced deal with Oracle and Walmart remains unsettled.

  • by Tali Arbel
Ellyse Perry has been named in Australia's squad but is in doubt for the games against New Zealand due to injury.
Australian Women's cricket team

Perry in doubt for start of home summer

The star all-rounder's hopes of playing in the first match of Australia's international summer were dealt a further blow on Thursday.

  • by Andrew Wu
New Years Eve midnight fireworks over Sydney Harbour on January 1, 2020.
City life

'A symbol of hope': Premier pushes for New Year's fireworks

The Premier confirmed she is in talks with local councils to put on the city's traditional fireworks display, with a "strong intent" that the event occurs in some form.

  • by Mary Ward and Tom Decent
Former Liberal Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.

A 'pretty good deal:' ICAC hears details of cash for rural visa scheme

A Wagga Wagga based-businessman has told a corruption inquiry he accepted $30,000 cash to employ a Chinese national who never actually worked for him under a scheme linked to former Liberal MP Daryl Maguire.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.
Coronavirus pandemic

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos wanted army in, private security out of hotels

Health Minister sharply criticises quality of private security companies as they worked in hotel quarantine, saying it was too risky to have them guarding travellers.

  • by Michael Fowler and Tammy Mills
Hero to many: a vigil in Washington for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died Friday night.
Please Explain podcast

Please Explain podcast: What does the death of RBG mean for the US Supreme Court?

In this episode, climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley is joined by US correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss the aftermath of RBG's death and the implications for not only the Supreme Court but the upcoming election. 

  • by Nick O'Malley
The evidence of new detention centres, and the expansion of existing facilities, undermines government claims that all re-education camp detainees graduated by late 2019 and were now free.
Human rights

New images reveal China's growing detention centre network

Beijing claims all detainees have “graduated” from re-education camps. The images tell a different story.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw and Anthony Galloway
Police move after a Louisville Police officer was shot.

Gunfire erupts in protests after Louisville policemen cleared in Breonna Taylor death

A grand jury has indicted a former Louisville police officer for wanton endangerment during a botched drug raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor.

  • by Bryan Woolston and Jonathan Allen
Senator Kimberley Kitching said the deterioration of relations with Beijing is the fault of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China relations

China, UN blasted by Labor senator over coronavirus response, view on Israel

Kimberley Kitching has accused China of "neo-Stalinist domestic policies" and displaying "belligerent and hegemonic behaviour in the international arena".

  • by Anthony Galloway
Dr Robert Redfield, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies on the US federal government response to COVID-19 in Washington.
Coronavirus pandemic

Nine in 10 Americans still susceptible to COVID, CDC boss warns

The early findings are significant and raise further doubt about the ability of the US to achieve so-called herd immunity.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Michael Hooper's Wallabies could depart for a Bledisloe Cup series as soon as next week.
Rugby Championship

Christmas in quarantine: RA urges fuming All Blacks to call for relaxing of COVID-19 rules

A six-week Rugby Championship schedule in Australia, finishing on December 12, was announced on Thursday. Minutes later, New Zealand Rugby said it had not agreed to it.

  • by Tom Decent
Passengers check-in for their flight to Adelaide on Thursday.
Coronavirus pandemic

NSW reports two COVID-19 cases as restrictions on weddings to be eased

NSW has reported one new COVID-19 case in the community and one case in a traveller in hotel quarantine. 

  • by Kate Aubusson
Benoit Paire in action in Hamburg.
Coronavirus pandemic

Paire says he played in Hamburg despite testing positive for COVID-19

Frenchman Benoit Paire said on Wednesday that he was allowed to play in the Hamburg Open despite testing positive for COVID-19 because the "rules are different" in Germany.

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Her standalone film, from Australian director Cate Shortland, has been bumped to next May.

Disney bumps Marvel movies down the line as COVID keeps audiences away

The persistence of the pandemic and uncertainty over streaming has prompted Disney to bump many of its major releases to next year.

  • by Steven Zeitchik and Karl Quinn
Al Hilal are out of the Asian Champions League.

Al Hilal kicked out of Champions League after naming 11-man squad due to COVID-19

Defending champions Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia have been kicked out of the AFC Champions League after naming only 11 players for their final group match due to a raft of COVID-19 positives.

Coronavirus pandemic

Slow death spiral: Europe's economy is in fundamental crisis

The recovery of Europe's economy was already fading before the second wave of COVID-19 struck, now the road ahead is looking treacherous.

  • by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
"We are committed to fixing the issues to ensure that these mistakes do not happen again. This has been my number one priority.": Westpac CEO Peter King .
AUSTRAC crackdown

How Westpac's record-breaking fine compares to others

Westpac's $1.3 billion fine will dwarf all previous civil penalties for misconduct ever handed down in Australia.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.
US votes 2020

'We’re going to have to see what happens': Trump opens door to violence if he loses

Trump on Wednesday appeared to suggest that if states got “rid of” the unsolicited mailing of ballots there would be no concern about alleged fraud.

  • by Aamer Madhani and Kevin Freking
Elon Musk had been hyping 'Battery Day' for months, but investors were underwhelmed.
World markets

Tesla's 'Battery Day' letdown puts $452 billion stock gain at risk

Elon Musk had been hyping the event for months, helping to send its share price soaring. But the end result was grandiose plans that have underwhelmed the market.

  • by Dana Hull, Akshat Rathi and Gabrielle Coppola
Japan's Naoko Takahashi holds up her gold medal at the Sydney Olympics on September 24.
Best Games ever

As it happened: Freeman into the final, Takahashi's marathon effort

Day nine: The whole of Australia will remain on the edge of its seat for the next 24 hours after Cathy Freeman's qualification for the 400m final.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Representative Adam Schiff Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, discussing post-Trump reforms.
US votes 2020

Democratic leaders unveil sweeping 'post-Trump' reforms

The release of The Protecting Our Democracy Act signals the changes congressional Democrats envision pursuing under a possible Joe Biden presidency.

  • by Karoun Demirjian
Westpac has announced it will pay a $1.3 billion fine, the largest in Australian corporate history.
AUSTRAC crackdown

Westpac announces record-breaking $1.3b fine

Westpac has announced it will pay a $1.3 billion fine, the largest in Australian corporate history, for breaching anti-money laundering laws and for failing to stop child exploitation payments.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
"The risk factor is the US election in November, which is expected to provide a lull in the float frenzy as the market awaits the outcome and whether it yields a surprise result for President Donald Trump."
Mergers & acquisitions

Trump wants to show China the art of making a deal

The Oracle-TikTok deal appeared close to being finalised. But as the US and China continue to butt heads in their bid to claim victory, it appears much is up in the air.

  • by Hannah Boland
Prince Harry: reject hate, Americans.
US votes 2020

Prince Harry urges Americans to reject hate speech ahead of US election

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have urged US citizens to vote, with Harry warning they must reject "hate speech" ahead of the November 3 election.

  • by Hannah Furness and Camilla Tominey
Riot police detain a protester during an opposition rally to protest the presidential inauguration in Minsk, Belarus.

Belarus' Lukashenko inaugurated in unannounced ceremony, protests swell

Ignoring calls for an end to his 26-year grip on power, Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term after an election seen by many as rigged.

  • by Andrei Makhovsky
Wall Street tumbled on Wednesday.
World markets

ASX set to drop as Wall Street dives on fresh economic fears; $A falls again

Wall Street fell across the board as new data heightened fears of a choppy economic recovery from the pandemic-driven recession.

  • by Herbert Lash
Power giant EnergyAustralia says battery subsidies should be considered in the government's energy package.

Power giant EnergyAustralia urges battery focus in federal plan

One of the nation's largest power suppliers says supporting battery installations will be key to Australia's energy plan.

  • by Nick Toscano
Julian Assange is taken from court in London in May.
Assange saga

Assange could crochet and play bingo in supermax prison, US prosecutor claims

Seena Fazel, a professor in forensic psychiatry at Oxford University, said that Assange is only "moderately depressed".

  • by Latika Bourke
Senator Bernie Sanders is sounding the alarm of Donald Trump's attempt to deligitimise the election.
US votes 2020

Bernie Sanders sounds alarm on a Trump ‘nightmare scenario’

Trump, who has consistently trailed Biden in national and swing-state polls, has spent months trying to sow doubt about voting and the election.

  • by Sydney Ember