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Euthanasia becomes legal in Victoria

Australia's only euthanasia laws are in place but it could take weeks, if not months, for the first person to die under the Victorian scheme and maybe much longer for the public to know.

Quake hits off Japan, sparks small tsunami

A strong and shallow earthquake has struck Japan's northwest coast around Niigata prefecture, triggering a small tsunami, shaking buildings and cutting power to around 9000 buildings.

Families to learn names of MH17 suspects

Bereaved families will soon learn the names of those believed responsible for the downing of MH17 and the deaths of all 298 people aboard, including 38 Australians.

Four shot, two arrested at Raptors parade

Four people were injured in a shooting at a rally celebrating the Toronto Raptors' first NBA championship on Monday, resulting in a stampede as fans fled the scene less than a block from where the...

Gender groups back birth certificate bid

Victorians will no longer need surgery to change gender on their birth certificate, under a proposed new law described by supporters as a step forward for transgender rights.

World population to be 9.7 billion by 2050

The world's population is getting older and growing at a slower pace but is still expected to increase from 7.7 billion now to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to the United NationsThe UN Department of...