Taxpayers, including the hostages held at gunpoint by Man
Haron Monis, may have to foot the bill for his funeral
arrangements if no one comes forward to claim his body.
Rafael Nadal has declared his Australian Open preparations on
track after recovering from appendix surgery.
Southeast Queensland is mopping up after being battered by a
line of intense thunderstorms that cut power to more than
27,000 homes and businesses.
As flowers pile up in tribute to the Sydney siege victims,
their families now face the heart-breaking task of organising
funerals before Christmas.
Firefighters will take advantage of milder conditions on
Friday as they fight two blazes raging in Victoria's
Wellington Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss has rebuffed
approaches from other suitors to sign a two-year extension
with the A-League club.
One person is missing in central Victoria and people living
in the north east have been warned they are in danger as
bushfires continue to burn out of control in the state.
A man wanted for questioning over a fatal stabbing has been
arrested after an eight-hour stand-off with police in
A mother-of-three and the manager of the Sydney cafe have
been named as the two hostages killed in a 16-hour standoff
which ended in gunfire early this morning.
A terror act similar to the deadly Sydney Lindt cafe siege
will soon take place in the US, a former high-ranking CIA
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