Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal McCarrick following sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation as a cardinal of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, DC and one of the US Catholic Church's most prominent figures, who has been at the centre of allegations of sex abuse with minors and young seminarians

Super Saturday delivers wins for Labor in Queensland, Tasmania and WA, Centre Alliance holds Mayo against Downer challenge

Bill Shorten declared it a "Super Saturday night" for the Labor party, calling the by-election results a signpost to Labor winning government at the next federal poll

Teen who stabbed pregnant woman in Sydney robbery charged with attempted murder

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder and other offences after stabbing pregnant woman Pei-Jiun Cheah during a home invasion in Sydney

?What's at stake for Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten in the by-elections

Five separate by-elections across Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia have been called for the same day, most of which were triggered by a constitutional conundrum

Paul Keating slams Nine's Fairfax takeover as Malcolm Turnbull welcomes deal

Former prime minister and treasurer Paul Keating has slammed the planned takeover of Fairfax by Nine, saying the "pus" from the "carbuncle" that is Nine's news culture will infect Fairfax and undermine quality journalism

'Zombie blocks' to pull Sydney apartment prices even lower

Sydney's falling apartment prices look set to continue into the next decade, with leading economists and real estate analysts predicting ongoing construction and the rise of so-called zombie blocks will pull prices lower

Former One Nation adviser Sean Black sentenced to five years' jail for raping his former wife

Former One Nation adviser Sean Black has been sentenced to five years' jail for raping and assaulting his former wife, but his sentence will be suspended after two years and three months

Fairfax to lose its name in $4 billion takeover by Nine

Fairfax and Nine have announced a $4 billion merger that will create an integrated media giant across television, online video streaming, print, digital and real estate advertising — and erase the Fairfax name

NBN write-down 'inevitable', warns ratings agency S&P

Credit ratings agency S&P Global Ratings has issued a damning report on the NBN that warns a write-down is "inevitable" and taxpayers, customers and telcos are bearing the costs

Sydney woman Qi Yu's body found by major highway, police believe

Police believe they have found the body of missing Sydney woman Qi Yu near a major highway in Sydney's Upper North Shore

Police reveal identity of man they want to speak to in relation to Warwick Farm shooting

New South Wales Police have revealed the identity of a man they are pursuing after a "brutal" murder at Sydney's west on Sunday.

Charges laid as Riverland school stabbing victim is flown to Adelaide in a serious condition

A 17-year-old girl is in a serious but stable condition and has been transferred by helicopter to Adelaide for further treatment, after being stabbed at Renmark High School in South Australia's Riverland region

Severe weather warning for Victoria, South Australia as strong winds leave crane in danger of collapse

A second crane has been delivered to a worksite in inner Melbourne to help with the dismantling of another crane that was left in danger of collapse by strong overnight winds

School uniform policy change gives NSW girls option of shorts or trousers

Girls attending public primary and secondary schools in NSW will be given the option of wearing shorts or trousers under new policy changes

Teen charged over death of woman at Melbourne CBD apartment

A 17-year-old from Sunshine North in Melbourne has been charged by Victoria Police over the death of a woman at a short-stay apartment complex in the CBD early on Saturday morning

Whale-watching tourist was taking selfies before fatal slip off cliff at Cape Solander

An overseas tourist was taking selfies moments before he slipped off the edge of a cliff at a popular whale watching spot in Sydney's south

NSW Police officer who hit 16yo boy 'as hard as he could' during Byron Bay arrest may face criminal charges

A police officer involved in a violent arrest in Byron Bay, in which a teenager was hit about 20 times with batons after being capsicum sprayed and tasered, could face criminal charges

Construction set for its biggest fall since the global financial crisis

Australia's building commencements, fuelled by investor apartment construction, look like heading from boom to bust, according to forecaster BIS Oxford Economics

Overloaded reusable bags causing shoppers injuries, leaving physios to shoulder the burden

Shoppers have been warned not to overload their bags at the checkout after reports of an increase in injuries from people trying to carry heavy reusable bags

Melbourne teen remembered as 'bright, positive' after death during CBD apartment dispute

Friends have paid tribute to a soccer-loving teenager who was killed during a party at a short-stay apartment in Melbourne's CBD after a dispute broke out between two groups of young people