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Cairns tragedy: Mother arrested

Cairns tragedy: Mother arrested

The mother of seven of the eight children stabbed to death in Cairns has been arrested.

Taxpayers could pay for Monis funeral

Taxpayers could pay for Monis funeral

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.

Children stabbed to death

 Children stabbed to death

Eight children are dead and a woman is in hospital after a multiple stabbing in far north Queensland.

Queensland battered again by storms

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.

Siege victims' families to plan funerals

Siege victims' families to plan funerals

As flowers pile up in tribute to the Sydney siege victims, their families now face the heart-breaking task of organising funerals before Christmas.

Fire crews aided by milder conditions

Firefighters will take advantage of milder conditions on Friday as they fight two blazes raging in Victoria's northeast.

Sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage siege

Sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage siege

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered a sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage siege after tough new security laws and the courts failed to stop a convicted felon from walking into a Sydney cafe with a concealed shotgun.

Thousands of floral tributes at siege site

Thousands of floral tributes at siege site

Members of the public observe the thousands of floral tributes left near the site of the Sydney cafe siege in Martin Place. 

One person unaccounted for in Vic bushfire

One person unaccounted for in Vic bushfire

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.

Victims mourned in wake of siege

Victims mourned in wake of siege

A victim of the Sydney Siege who reportedly grappled with the gunman before being killed has been described by his parents as the best son they could have wished for.

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