Gillard's $820 gift for every schoolchild

PARENTS will receive up to $820 for every child they have at school - paid directly into their bank account next month - as part of a federal government overhaul to combat rising education costs

Experts tip more rate cuts to come

HOMEOWNERS are in line for a wave of interest rate cuts this year after the Reserve Bank dramatically downgraded its growth forecast

Regime Raids Aleppo UniversityEvacuates Campus and Kills 6 Students

The management announced the decision before regime forces raided the dorms and arrested over a hundred and killed at least six

CBA's partial rate cut fires call for more competition

THE Commonwealth Bank has become the latest lender to deny its customers this week's interest rate cut in full, sparking calls for more government effort to boost banking competition

Military faces cuts to defend surplus

AUSTRALIA would be able to defend itself and its regional interests despite planning to slash defence spending by almost $5 billion in next week's budget, Julia Gillard said last night

ACCC investigators put petrol prices back under the microscope

THE competition authority will open a formal investigation of price-signalling among petrol stations, amid fears the practice could be ripping off motorists

Children were at risk in stolen car

POLICE say three young children without seat belts were in a stolen car which crashed after an aborted high-speed police chase in northern NSW

Egypt Military Pledges '100%' Fair Presidential Poll

Egypt's military rulers vowed Thursday that this month's presidential election will be fair and moved to assure the public it would hand over power, a day after a deadly attack on an anti-military protest

CBA cuts standard rate but not in full

MAJOR lender Commonwealth Bank has cut its standard variable rate by 0.4per cent today, becoming the second lender to fail to pass on the Reserve Bank's interest rate cut in full

20 Dead after Attackers Storm Cairo Protest

Thugs attacked an anti-military protest near the Defense Ministry in Cairo on Wednesday and 20 people were killed, officials said, in the politically tense run-up to the first post-uprising presidential election

Shock as family of four found dead

A YOUNG family of four has died in a suspected murder-suicide just months after being rescued from a fiery car crash

Fifty reasons banks must pass on cut

 THE nation's business leaders called on the Big Four banks to 'do the right thing" and pass on the full rate cut. We give 50 reasons as to why

26 Dead in Syria Hours after New U.N. Ceasefire Call

Ten civilians killed by regime mortar fire and 12 troops died in clashes with rebels were among 26 dead in Syria on Tuesday just hours after a new U.N. call for all sides to respect a troubled truce

Jumblat: Adopting Proportional Representation in Electoral Law Will Reproduce Period of Hegemony

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat questioned on Monday the insistence to adopt proportional representation in the parliamentary electoral law

More than 20 Killed in Blasts in Syria's Idlib

More than 20 people were killed on Monday in blasts targeting security buildings in the city of Idlib, northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said

Teenager had gun at food outlet in Merrylands

Police said the 17-year-old was allegedly spotted with the gun in his hand as he was being served at the outlet in Woodville Road, Merrylands, in Sydney's

Truckie trapped after smash with street sweeper on James Ruse Dr, North Parramatta

A PROVISIONAL truck driver was trapped for about two hours and is feared to have spinal injuries following a crash in western Sydney

U.N. Urges Respect for Syria Truce as Observers Visit Homs Neighborhood

U.N. observers said on Sunday that it was "extremely important" that all sides respect a promised ceasefire in Syria as a veteran peacekeeper flew in to take command

Just another girls' fright out

Four women were hurt in separate incidents in another violent weekend in Sydney, with hospital workers saying they are seeing a marked rise in female assault victims

Suleiman Hails Army as Questions Rise over UNIFIL’s Failure to Intercept Ship Smuggling Arms to Syria

President Michel Suleiman hailed on Saturday the interception of a ship suspected of delivering weapons to Syria as the Lebanese army issued a statement confirming the incident