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    Catalan crisis rekindled as Parliament proposes Carles Puigdemont as leader


    The Catalan parliament on Monday proposed Carles Puigdemont as candidate for president, dealing a blow to central government efforts to derail an independence movement that has plunged Spain into political...

    The Catalan parliament on Monday proposed Carles Puigdemont as candidate for president, dealing a blow to central government efforts to derail an independence movement that has plunged Spain into political crisis.

    'Defiance disorder': Another book describes chaos in Trump's White House


    The White House - and the politerati diaspora - has just barely stopped reeling from author Michael Wolff's account of life in Trump's West Wing and now another life-in-the-White-House book is about to drop, this one from Fox News' Howard...

    The White House - and the politerati diaspora - has just barely stopped reeling from author Michael Wolff's account of life in Trump's West Wing and now another life-in-the-White-House book is about to drop, this one from Fox News' Howard Kurtz.

    Today's cartoons: The illustrated news


    The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning...

    The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning cartoonists.

    Australian Open 2018: Novak Djokovic might need another break


    Novak Djokovic might need to take more time out of the game after the elbow injury that sidelined him for six months last year flared again and saw him dumped out of the Australian Open and uncertain of his immediate...

    Novak Djokovic might need to take more time out of the game after the elbow injury that sidelined him for six months last year flared again and saw him dumped out of the Australian Open and uncertain of his immediate future.

    Rohingya leader shot dead as repatriation tensions flare


    A Rohingya leader has been shot dead as tensions rise over a plan to send refugees living in refugee camps in Bangladesh back to their homelands in...

    A Rohingya leader has been shot dead as tensions rise over a plan to send refugees living in refugee camps in Bangladesh back to their homelands in Myanmar.

    Australian Open 2018: Hyeon Chung defeats Novak Djokovic


    Novak Djokovic is out. The six-time Australian Open winner, former world number one was betrayed by his body and brought down in straight sets by the relentlessness of Hyeon Chung. Novak Djokovic lost and won. Novak Djokovic lost but the man playing...

    Novak Djokovic is out. The six-time Australian Open winner, former world number one was betrayed by his body and brought down in straight sets by the relentlessness of Hyeon Chung. Novak Djokovic lost and won. Novak Djokovic lost but the man playing his game better than him won.

    McGrath real estate under ASX scrutiny


    After a day of tumult, John McGrath's property business is under scrutiny from the...

    After a day of tumult, John McGrath's property business is under scrutiny from the ASX.

    Margot Robbie and Lee Smith set for Academy Award nominations


    The star and producer of I, Tonya and the editor of Dunkirk are predicted to lead the Australian contenders at the...

    The star and producer of I, Tonya and the editor of Dunkirk are predicted to lead the Australian contenders at the Oscars.

    Australia v England ODI series: Australia to review failures after dismal performances


    ​Australian management have confirmed they will conduct a full-scale review into the one-day set up after the team's worst start to a home limited-overs summer in 16...

    ​Australian management have confirmed they will conduct a full-scale review into the one-day set up after the team's worst start to a home limited-overs summer in 16 years.

    One Nation frustrated as government backs Tasmanian mayor to replace Jacqui Lambie


    The Turnbull government has officially backed a Tasmanian mayor to replace Jacqui Lambie in the Senate, potentially frustrating Pauline Hanson's plan to seize a fourth seat for One...

    The Turnbull government has officially backed a Tasmanian mayor to replace Jacqui Lambie in the Senate, potentially frustrating Pauline Hanson's plan to seize a fourth seat for One Nation.

    Jam's popularity spreads thin as IXL set for sale


    Health-conscious Australians ditching sugary spreads for healthier options may be behind the decision to put an iconic jam brand up for...

    Health-conscious Australians ditching sugary spreads for healthier options may be behind the decision to put an iconic jam brand up for sale.

    Sydney start-up Perx gamifies medication-taking by offering patients rewards


    Do you keep forgetting to take your medication? Sydney start-up Perx has developed a solution, and it involves free movie tickets, fuel vouchers and even charitable...

    Do you keep forgetting to take your medication? Sydney start-up Perx has developed a solution, and it involves free movie tickets, fuel vouchers and even charitable donations.

    Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg defies Coalition naysayers on electric cars


    Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has defied Coalition critics on electric cars, vowing the Turnbull government will support the fledgling technology and insisting it is better for the environment than traditional...

    Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has defied Coalition critics on electric cars, vowing the Turnbull government will support the fledgling technology and insisting it is better for the environment than traditional cars.

    Who needs Snowy 2.0? Australia to hit RET early after record investment


    Australia is set to reach its Renewable Energy Target earlier than predicted due to record levels of renewables investment last year, says the Clean Energy...

    Australia is set to reach its Renewable Energy Target earlier than predicted due to record levels of renewables investment last year, says the Clean Energy Regulator.

    'Backroom buffoonery': ALP president Mark Butler lashes Labor's factional warlords


    ALP president Mark Butler has lashed out at the "backroom buffoonery" of the party's factional warlords, accusing them of blocking internal reforms and leaving Labor's members with fewer rights than in any comparable movement in the...

    ALP president Mark Butler has lashed out at the "backroom buffoonery" of the party's factional warlords, accusing them of blocking internal reforms and leaving Labor's members with fewer rights than in any comparable movement in the world.

    Simona Halep breezes past Naomi Osaka to reach Australian Open quarter-finals


    No.1 seed Simona Halep has returned to the Australian Open quarter-finals after comfortably winning her fourth-round encounter against Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2 at Margaret Court Arena on Monday...

    No.1 seed Simona Halep has returned to the Australian Open quarter-finals after comfortably winning her fourth-round encounter against Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2 at Margaret Court Arena on Monday evening.

    Woman charged over fatal NSW crash


    A woman involved in a fatal head-on collision on the NSW mid north coast has been...

    A woman involved in a fatal head-on collision on the NSW mid north coast has been charged.

    Winx cruises in first barrier trial of campaign as world awaits


    Winx - racing's pin-up girl - doesn't seem to care that the world is watching, at least not judging by an effortless barrier trial on...

    Winx - racing's pin-up girl - doesn't seem to care that the world is watching, at least not judging by an effortless barrier trial on Monday.

    Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold rules himself out of coaching Socceroos at World Cup


    Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold has ruled himself out of contention to lead the Socceroos at this year's World Cup, but has left the door ajar to coach Australia in the...

    Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold has ruled himself out of contention to lead the Socceroos at this year's World Cup, but has left the door ajar to coach Australia in the future.

    50,000 children abused or at risk of abuse each year, Productivity Commission finds


    The figure, which is equivalent to nine in every 1000 children in the population or nine in every average sized school, is one of a series of findings in the commissions report on child...

    The figure, which is equivalent to nine in every 1000 children in the population or nine in every average sized school, is one of a series of findings in the commissions report on child protection.

    Cold nose? You may be working too hard


    The next time you suspect you are overdoing things mentally, a quick check of your nose temperature could prove...

    The next time you suspect you are overdoing things mentally, a quick check of your nose temperature could prove illuminating.

    Why nobody is more judgemental than middle class mothers


    Mothers have always been subjected to the unwelcome judgement of others, but at least it retains some civility in the offline world. Occasionally you might be accosted by a stranger in the street, someone who's chased you down to let you know they think...

    Mothers have always been subjected to the unwelcome judgement of others, but at least it retains some civility in the offline world. Occasionally you might be accosted by a stranger in the street, someone who's chased you down to let you know they think your baby, whose rhythms and routines they have no idea of, is probably hungry and almost certainly thirsty. That they should really be wearing shoes because their feet are cold, or not wearing shoes because it's better for their development.That they shouldn't be wearing pink because they're a boy, or that you should put a bow on their head so everyone can tell they're a girl.

    Sugar hit from Trump tax cuts to boost world economy


    The Trump tax cuts are expected to propel global growth to 3.9 per cent in 2018, the most since...

    The Trump tax cuts are expected to propel global growth to 3.9 per cent in 2018, the most since 2010.

    American lobbyists, universities hit back at foreign influence bill


    A peak American business group has complained Australia's new "foreign influence" laws will deprive its members of freedom of speech, while universities warn US Defence funding will be put at...

    A peak American business group has complained Australia's new "foreign influence" laws will deprive its members of freedom of speech, while universities warn US Defence funding will be put at risk.

    'My face was broken into pieces': US doctor on being bashed outside Australian Open


    American physician Edmund Pribitkin described Melbourne as a ‘magical city’, despite having titanium plates inserted into his face after he was allegedly severely bashed and robbed by a group of teenagers as he left the Australia...

    American physician Edmund Pribitkin described Melbourne as a ‘magical city’, despite having titanium plates inserted into his face after he was allegedly severely bashed and robbed by a group of teenagers as he left the Australia Open.

    SAG awards 2018 send red carpet full colour as Nicole Kidman brings home gold


    But Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal dominated conversation, and speeches, as the Screen Actors Guild announced a new code of conduct to protect its...

    But Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal dominated conversation, and speeches, as the Screen Actors Guild announced a new code of conduct to protect its members.

    Victoria won't follow NSW on building defects reform


    The Victorian government has no plans to follow NSW in forcing developers to put aside money to repair any building defects, including unsafe...

    The Victorian government has no plans to follow NSW in forcing developers to put aside money to repair any building defects, including unsafe cladding.

    Mark Philippoussis says Nick Kyrgios must choose coach 'on his terms and when he's ready'


    Australia's Davis Cup hero Mark Philippoussis believes Nick Kyrgios must eventually turn to a coach in the pursuit of grand slam success, but only "on his terms and when he's...

    Australia's Davis Cup hero Mark Philippoussis believes Nick Kyrgios must eventually turn to a coach in the pursuit of grand slam success, but only "on his terms and when he's ready".

    To turn 50 means to party like you're 49


    So it's 2018, and I'm staring down the barrel of my 50th year. Yes, in November 2018, I officially step into the "third age". Dear astute reader, you've no doubt gathered that I'm not exactly thrilled about the prospect, but perhaps not for the reasons...

    So it's 2018, and I'm staring down the barrel of my 50th year. Yes, in November 2018, I officially step into the "third age". Dear astute reader, you've no doubt gathered that I'm not exactly thrilled about the prospect, but perhaps not for the reasons you may think.

    Australian Open 2018: Roger Federer sets up quarter-final against Tomas Berdych


    The man who reaches the meaningful end of grand slams with monotonous regularity, has done it once again. Roger Federer has cast opponents to the wayside in reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals or better for a 14th...

    The man who reaches the meaningful end of grand slams with monotonous regularity, has done it once again. Roger Federer has cast opponents to the wayside in reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals or better for a 14th time.

    Test bolter Jon Holland thought 'maybe my time was starting to get past me'


    After fearing the Australian selectors had put a line through his name, the Victorian spinner has been included in the Test squad to tour South...

    After fearing the Australian selectors had put a line through his name, the Victorian spinner has been included in the Test squad to tour South Africa.

    Premier criticises CPSU union over strike action


    WA Premier Mark McGowan insists the government's planned 3000 public sector job cuts will involve voluntary redundancies and has criticised unions for plans to take strike action on the first day of the school...

    WA Premier Mark McGowan insists the government's planned 3000 public sector job cuts will involve voluntary redundancies and has criticised unions for plans to take strike action on the first day of the school year.

    Rafael Nadal to step up in 2018 Australian Open quarter-final


    Rafael Nadal's charmed grand slam run has come to an end as the world No.1 prepares to face his sternest big-stage test since his historic 10th French Open final...

    Rafael Nadal's charmed grand slam run has come to an end as the world No.1 prepares to face his sternest big-stage test since his historic 10th French Open final triumph.

    End the selective school obsession


    Selective schools are inequitable and unethical. So why is NSW obsessed with them? A Liberal minister arguing for equity and access, as opposed to choice? Surely this is a...

    Selective schools are inequitable and unethical. So why is NSW obsessed with them? A Liberal minister arguing for equity and access, as opposed to choice? Surely this is a mistake.

    Australia Day: the case for May 9


    Agreeing on a date of celebration that does not gloss over violent dispossession is a reasonable...

    Agreeing on a date of celebration that does not gloss over violent dispossession is a reasonable proposition.

    Column 8


    Plum puddings...

    Plum puddings westward!

    A fading US empire shuts down again


    The United States government has shut down, at least in part, again. Many onlookers are eagerly blaming President Donald...

    The United States government has shut down, at least in part, again. Many onlookers are eagerly blaming President Donald Trump.

    Jono Lance signs with Queensland Reds after Melbourne Rebels release


    Two-time Super Rugby champion Jono Lance has signed with the Queensland Reds for the 2018 season, after being released by the Melbourne...

    Two-time Super Rugby champion Jono Lance has signed with the Queensland Reds for the 2018 season, after being released by the Melbourne Rebels.

    Docklands diner tells of water rescue


    Two men have been taken to hospital after one unsuccessfully attempted to save the other from the water at...

    Two men have been taken to hospital after one unsuccessfully attempted to save the other from the water at Docklands.

    Seven of the best: the world's top sevens players


    We single out seven of the best men's and women's sevens players who are in Sydney to light up Allianz Stadium this Australia Day...

    We single out seven of the best men's and women's sevens players who are in Sydney to light up Allianz Stadium this Australia Day weekend.

    'Wasteful stunt': Turnbull government accused of doing too little to save reef


    The Turnbull government's pledge of an additional $60 million to help improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef has been dismissed by environmental groups and scientists as insufficient and a "wasteful publicity...

    The Turnbull government's pledge of an additional $60 million to help improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef has been dismissed by environmental groups and scientists as insufficient and a "wasteful publicity stunt".

    On a snowy hilltop in Switzerland, seven women - including an Australian - are shaking up a male world


    For four days in January, the seven chairwomen of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, leaders who hail from France, Australia, the United States, India, Italy and Norway, will be the faces of successful women around the...

    For four days in January, the seven chairwomen of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, leaders who hail from France, Australia, the United States, India, Italy and Norway, will be the faces of successful women around the world.

    Supermarket jobs are safe as 'Shopbot' is given the boot


    Fears that robots could take the jobs of humans may be premature after Britain's first "Shopbot" was sacked after a week of confusing...

    Fears that robots could take the jobs of humans may be premature after Britain's first "Shopbot" was sacked after a week of confusing customers.

    Banksia Hill detainees an 'urgent priority' as government launches inquiry


    "Getting these young people out of this damaging environment is an urgent priority. The unit must be shut down until the inquiry releases its...

    "Getting these young people out of this damaging environment is an urgent priority. The unit must be shut down until the inquiry releases its findings."

    Losing Paul: Paul Fennessy's mother battles against the system


    With the United States in the grip of a full-blown opioid epidemic, some experts are warning the death of Canberra man Paul Fennessy is a preview of what is to...

    With the United States in the grip of a full-blown opioid epidemic, some experts are warning the death of Canberra man Paul Fennessy is a preview of what is to come.

    'Its been a long time coming': former Hayley Dodd detective on guilty verdict


    A former detective who headed up the original inquiry into Hayley Dodd's murder says he hopes proposed 'no body no parole' laws are passed in WA soon, so as to encourage Francis Wark to give up Hayley's...

    A former detective who headed up the original inquiry into Hayley Dodd's murder says he hopes proposed 'no body no parole' laws are passed in WA soon, so as to encourage Francis Wark to give up Hayley's remains.

    Postecoglou expects Socceroos to progress without him at the helm


    Ange Postecoglou may not have known what his future was going to be when he sensationally quit as Socceroos coach after securing Australia's qualification for the World Cup, following the play-offs against Honduras last...

    Ange Postecoglou may not have known what his future was going to be when he sensationally quit as Socceroos coach after securing Australia's qualification for the World Cup, following the play-offs against Honduras last November.

    The world economy is surging, but complacency could be costly


    Almost a decade after the financial crisis, economies in just about every corner of the world are growing - but can it...

    Almost a decade after the financial crisis, economies in just about every corner of the world are growing - but can it last?

    Punch victim fighting for his life after violent Perth train brawl


    Between the Cannington and Beckenham stations the man and his friends became involved in a fight with another group on the...

    Between the Cannington and Beckenham stations the man and his friends became involved in a fight with another group on the train.

    Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, January 23


    Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and...

    Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.