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New Zealand's 'inevitable' republic: Part two

Sir Geoffrey Palmer says "western democracy is in considerable peril" and that a New Zealand republic is essential.


YouTube shooter's family 'in absolute shock' over attack

Nasim Aghdam's relatives also tried to warn police she was a threat, they revealed.


The White House's revolving door keeps spinning

The current complete list of White House firings and resignations. Subject to change.

Milo Yiannopoulos

Authors unite against 'hate-monger' book deal

Simon & Schuster's own workers are rejecting what they call the legitimising of white supremacy.

Lorde performing at Coachella in 2014 (Reuters)

Lorde scores another massive festival slot

She's playing Bonnaroo with U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Weeknd.

Star Wars creator George Lucas with President Barack Obama

George Lucas' epic museum to open in LA

George Lucas will open a US$1 billion Museum of Narrative Art in LA.


Bald eagle chick hatching caught on camera

Millions viewed the eaglets hatching via a livestream.

US President-elect Donald Trump (AAP)

Trump keeps door open for Taiwan president

Donald Trump isn't ruling out a meeting with Tsai Ing-wen in the US.

Rescue underway at the Knott's Berry Farm Sky Cabin ride (KABC)

Riders stuck 40m high at LA fun park

A rescue operation is underway to help the stranded riders down.


E-cig explosion caught on camera

The shocking moment a man's e-cigarette exploded was captured on CCTV.

The Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachussetts (Getty)

Researchers find America's first pilgrim settlement

Researchers in the US say they've found the exact spot where the first pilgrims arrived and settled almost 400 years ago.


Boeing engineer builds rollercoaster park for grandkids

If there was a 'Grandpa of the Year' award, it would have to go to Paul Gregg - who built a rollercoaster park in his backyard for his grandkids.

Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani (Reuters)

Giuliani forgets about 9/11 attacks at Trump rally

Rudolph Giuliani stated that in the "eight years, before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States".

The Cucino a Modo Mio pizzeria, owned by the Gigliottis (Reuters)

NYC pizza shop owners guilty of drug smuggling

A New York pizzeria owner and his son have been found guilty of importing more than 50kg of cocaine into the US from Costa Rica, in a case born out of a probe into an Italian organised crime group's drug trafficking activities.

Baton Rouge gunman Gavin Eugene Long

Videos offer insight into Baton Rouge shooter's motives

The former US Marine who shot dead three police officers released a series of videos in recent weeks that offer insight into his motives.


Major decline in North American birds

Scientists urge conservation efforts to save bird species across North America that are in danger of declining to the point of extinction.


Most Americans believe terror torture justified

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a new poll.

Aerosol use and sulphate emissions in Europe and North America has dropped significantly (file)

Aerosols may have helped global warming fight

Good news: cutting down use of aerosols saved the ozone layer. Bad news: it might have made global warming worse.

Massive craters have been found at the bottom of the ocean in the Barents Sea (file)

Bermuda Triangle: Methane burps to blame?

There is new evidence ships and planes lost at sea in mysterious circumstances were caught in massive methane burps rising from the bottom of the ocean.


Amazon to restore encryption to tablets

Amazon says it plans to restore an encryption feature on its Fire tablets after customers and privacy advocates criticised the company for quietly removing the security option when it released its latest operating system.