Syrian Troops, Rebels in 1st Clashes Since Truce

Clashes between the Syrian army and rebel fighters broke out Friday for the first time since a hard-won U.N.-backed ceasefire came into force a day earlier, a monitoring group said

Clash of ambitions: 25,000 homes or a new Sydney airport

MORE than 25,000 housing blocks are being considered for the Wilton area, potentially torpedoing it as the location for a second Sydney airport and ratcheting up tension between the state and federal governments

Simple steps will cut your electricity bill by $715

AUSTRALIA has a very complicated set of electricity rules -- and they're rigged against you.
There is a move to bring some fairness to the system and with it, smaller price increases in the future

Bob Brown resigns as Greens leader

The 67-year-old, who has served in the Senate for 16 years, said he would resign from parliament when his Tasmanian replacement is available in June

Qantas passenger jet flying high on cooking oil

A PASSENGER jet powered by cooking oil will take off from Sydney today in an Australian first

Geagea Warns March 14 in Eye of the Storm

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea told March 14 opposition officials that Christians in Lebanon would have suffered from the consequences of his assassination if snipers succeeded in killing him

Regime Starts Shifting To Iranian Business Funding

Regime forces threatened businesses who refuse to finance the regime’s operations with murder and destruction of their commercial establishments

Calls rising for Reserve to cut rates

BUSINESS groups have urged the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates in a bid to lift the mood of consumers, who are as pessimistic about their personal finances as they were during the recession of the 1990s

Rahma El-Dennaoui's sister saw a long-haired 'monster' the night she disappeared, inquest hears

A MYSTERIOUS phone call from Lebanon the day before Rahma El-Dennaoui disappeared may provide vital clues to her likely abduction

Police hunt after man shot dead at Rochedale

THE 19-year-old daughter of a man killed in a gruesome shooting murder at Rochedale South overnight was at home when her father was shot

Jobs must go: auto parts firm told

TAXPAYERS could ultimately bail out workers at a Coburg car parts supplier that has been put into receivership

Longer lives put paid to pension

LIFE expectancy of 60-year-olds in Australia is increasing at the rate of nine years every half-century, threatening to overwhelm the sustainability of pension schemes and retirement funds, the International Monetary Fund has warned

The criminals' code and vigilante violence

NEIGHBOURHOOD disputes that were once sorted out with fist fights have escalated into almost nightly gun battles on Sydney's streets

Two Soldiers Flee Lebanese Military Service, Join Free Syrian Army

Two Lebanese army recruits have escaped the military service and joined the ranks of the rebel Free Syrian Army to fight President Bashar Assad’s regime, As Safir newspaper reported on Wednesday

Regime Forces Kill 101 on Annan’s Ceasefire Day

Dozens of civilians were killed today which was supposed to witness a ceasefire according to Kofi Annan’s peace plan. Regime forces intensified their operations in a desperate attempt to end all signs of opposition before the final ceasefire deadline

Man shot in abdomen outside Guildford Rd units

Police were called to Guildford Rd, Guildford, this afternoon following reports of a shooting outside a unit block

Syrian Crisis to Spill Over to Lebanon as Cabinet’s Fate Remains Unknown

The Syrian crisis will likely have serious repercussions on Lebanon as the international community failed to intervene to stop the bloodshed in Damascus and establish “safe zones”

Gillard: 'Our aged care system 'has problems''

 JULIA Gillard admits Australia's aged care system "has problems'' but won't be drawn on speculation the industry will be given a funding boost in next month's federal budget

Opposition Warns Cabinet against Handing Over Refugees to Syrian Regime

The March 14 forces warned the cabinet on Monday against handing over any Syrian refugees who entered the country to escape the Syrian regime’s crackdown against protests, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Seyassah reported

Cameraman Killed as Al-Jadeed Crew Comes Under Gunfire from Syria

Al-Jadeed TV cameraman Ali Shaaban was killed on Monday in the northern border area of Wadi Khaled when he and two of his colleagues came under gunfire from the Syrian side of the border