Sammy Salma victim of a civil war that his family is certain he was not fighting in.
Julia Gillard is standing firm on her signature school reforms despite not one state committing to the multibillion-dollar joint funding agreement before Friday's Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra.
The federal government has forcibly returned 38 asylum seekers who made an epic 44-day boat voyage to Geraldton last week.
A sharp slump in revenue has left the federal budget looking at a potential shortfall of $17.5 billion, raising fears in business circles that the Gillard government will shut down a range of business tax breaks in the May budget to help fill the hole.
Experts agree huge changes are coming, but the future energy mix is hotly contested. Ben Cubby reports
A Melbourne man has died in Syria, near Aleppo, a bloody front line in the civil war between rebels and government soldiers.
UNITED STATES: At least two people dead after a fertiliser plant explosion near Waco, Texas.
Fainting may be in our genes, which may explain why keeling over at the sight of blood tends to run in families, according to researchers in Australia.
New invention could get life-saving vaccines to children around the world immeasurably cheaper, faster and without using needles.
Sales of gold bullion and gold chains are boiling over as Sydney buyers rush to buy at bargain prices of around $1332 an ounce, about $200 cheaper than four days ago and $400 cheaper than when the price peaked two years ago.