At least 40 people have died, mainly women and children, when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris river near Mosul in northern Iraq, authorities say.
A Labor government would spend $15 million a year on programs to provide affordable loans to low-income Australians, Bill Shorten says.
Hobart woman Susan Neill-Fraser, in jail for killing her partner, has been granted the right to launch a new appeal against her murder conviction.
The NSW state election will take place on Saturday, March 23 following a month of election promises from both the coalition and Labor party.
Undermanned Victoria have edged to a slim Sheffield Shield lead over South Australia on day two in Adelaide despite having just four specialist batsmen.
New Zealand's prime minister has announced a ban on semi-automatic rifles as police say they've identified all 50 victims of the Christchurch terror attack.
Michael Daley has attempted to get Labor's campaign back on track after a horror few days while the premier's outspoken sister joined her on the hustings.
A further application by trainer Ben Currie to get a stay of an order standing him down has again been deferred this time until next month.
People in Western Australia's north have been warned to prepare for Tropical Cyclone Veronica as the system moves towards the Pilbara region.
Authorities remain concerned about the health and welfare of a mother who abandoned her newborn son outside a medical centre in Perth.
A Queensland man who defrauded $1.2 million from the ATO by filing false business statements for his wife's deli business has been sentenced to prison.