Suleiman Holds Talks in Turkey with Gul

President Michel Suleiman held talks with Turkish leaders on Tuesday about the fate of the 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria two months ago

Alarm bells as Ford sacks 440 workers

THAILAND is offering Australian car parts suppliers tax breaks over eight years to tempt them to set up shop there, as the local car industry struggles

Failing school wins reprieve

A SCHOOL offering "poor quality" education to fee-paying international students can continue to offer classes until the end of the year, a tribunal has ruled


Sixteen months after an election promise to review speed cameras to see if they were just revenue raisers and could be ripped out

Rebels battle tanks in Damascus Neighbourhoods

The heavy clashes between the regime forces and armed resistance groups continued in the capital as military tanks and troops

NSW councils sitting on treasure chest of $800m in levies

NSW councils sitting on a treasure chest of $800 million worth of infrastructure levies from new homes will be banned from hoarding them to beef up their budgets

Schools use kids to calm parents during parent-teacher nights

SCHOOLS have found the perfect solution to maintain the calm during parent-teacher interview nights - bring along the student

Arrest Warrants Issued Against 3 Officers in Abdul Wahed Case

The military examining magistrate issued on Saturday arrest warrants against three army officers, who were released last week, in the case of the killing of Sunni Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahed and his companion

Libs would back carbon tax 'if GST rose

Federal Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury says the conservative premiers across Australia would back a carbon tax, rather than oppose it, if it led to a boost in revenue from the GST

Robertson makes election promises

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has promised to reopen a historic jail, ban shooting in national parks, and overturn workers' compensation changes if he becomes premier

Syria Opposition Urges U.N. for a Binding Resolution after Massacre

Syria's main opposition alliance Friday urged the U.N. Security Council to pass a binding resolution against Damascus following reports by activists that regime forces massacred

Family Accuses Israel of Poisoning Arafat with Polonium

Israel poisoned the late Yasser Arafat with the lethal radioactive substance polonium, a nephew of the veteran Palestinian leader alleged on Thursday

Iraq Says Defected Syrian Ambassador is in Qatar

Syrian ambassador to Iraq Nawaf Fares, who announced his defection to the opposition, is now in Qatar, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Thursday

Gardasil vaccine free for schoolboys

Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek's announcement yesterday comes five years after it was first funded for girls

Lord Mayor Clover Moore's plan to clean up streets of Kings Cross

PRE-PAID taxis, new sprint trains, private buses, greater police presence and the power to veto new nightclubs

Tax on a tax with GST inflating carbon costs

FAMILIES and businesses are facing a surprise "tax on a tax" as the GST is applied on top of the carbon tax to power bills

Regime Forces Continue Pounding Cities Amid Mass Defections

A Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid worker died a day after he was shot by regime forces in a clearly marked ambulance vehicle in the town of Deir Azzour

U.S. 'Strongly Condemns' Syrian Shelling of Northern Lebanon

The United States on Tuesday deplored Syrian shelling of northern Lebanon, urging the regime of President Bashar Assad to respect the sovereignty of its neighbors

Regime Forces Commit Massacres in Idlib, Homs and Deir Azzour

Regime forces committed new massacres as they heavily pounded the towns of Ariha in the province of Idlib and Rastan in the province of Homs leaving scores of civilians dead and wounded

Russia Sends Naval Fleet to Syrian Port

Russia has sent a naval flotilla of six warships led by an anti-submarine destroyer to its naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus