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A flight attendant has revealed the most irritating drinks order a passenger can make at 36,000 feet.
Judith Ireland The loss of two high profile Greens senators in the space of five days has been described by party insiders as "heartbreaking".
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Jessica Black Ballarat tradespeople have come to the rescue of a Haddon homeowner.
Ashley Porter Adelaide answered the critics with a superb victory over Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
Andrew Parkinson When Cronulla destroyed the Sydney Roosters three weeks ago it appeared as though the Sharks had finally turned the corner.
Chris Barrett Mitchell Pearce and Blake Ferguson have smiles back on their faces after a successful return to club football.
Glenn Thrush Sean Spicer has denounced the chaos in the West Wing and resigned from the White House.
Felicity Caldwell A Glock 22 handgun has been either stolen or lost from a south-east Queensland police station.