A video of Aussie tourist Erin Langworthy's miraculous survival following a fall into crocodile-infested waters after the cord snapped while she was bungee jumping in Zambia has been posted on YouTube.
Child safety campaigners have branded as "shocking" the news that hundreds of "prospective spouse visas" have been granted to 17-year-old girls under the sponsorship of much older men in Australia over the past five years.
They come out of the setting sun, flying low over suburban Australia in vast black squadrons armed with fruit-seeking sensors, razor sharp teeth and, on very rare occasions, a little-known virus that is potentially fatal to humans.
A large part of the Sydney downtown area was closed off Friday, so high profile was the lineup of Australian political figures attending a memorial service for Margaret Whitlam, wife of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
Kevin Rudd, Australia's Foreign Minister, left for the G-20 summit meeting in Mexico on Sunday amid mounting speculation that he will challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard for country's the top office.