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VIDEO: 'Pineapple express' storm hits California

December 12, 2014 - 1:43am
A powerful storm with heavy rain and high winds has been making its way south along the west coast of the United States.

Boys' self-harm AE visits 'rising'

December 12, 2014 - 1:01am
The number of young boys admitted into accident and emergency units in England for self-harm is at a five-year high, new figures show.

Australian PM wants indigenous vote

December 12, 2014 - 12:59am
Australian PM Tony Abbott vows to "sweat blood" to secure constitutional recognition for indigenous people, saying he wants a referendum in 2017.

Biggest native title claim filed

December 12, 2014 - 12:45am
Australia's biggest native title claim - covering 14.6m ha (36m acres) of land and waters - is filed in a court in Brisbane, Queensland.

Christie's India sales net $12m

December 12, 2014 - 12:38am
London-based auction house Christie's raises more than $12m at its second art sale in India, exceeding its pre-sale expectations.

CIA boss defends post-9/11 tactics

December 12, 2014 - 12:08am
CIA Director John Brennan defends his agency's past interrogation programme but admits some techniques used against detainees were "abhorrent".

VIDEO: The lucrative business of hostages

December 11, 2014 - 11:55pm
A key source of income for groups such as Islamic State or Boko Haram is ransom money for hostages, Paul Adam investigates the process of hostage taking.

VIDEO: The Acropolis made out of Lego

December 11, 2014 - 11:51pm
The University of Sydney has created the Acropolis from 120,000 Lego blocks and given it, of course, to the Acropolis museum in Athens.