Saudi Recalls Ambassador to Egypt in Lawyer Row

Saudi Arabia has decided to recall its ambassador to Cairo and close diplomatic missions in Egypt after protests outside its embassy over an arrested Egyptian, state news agency SPA said on Saturday

Scrapping rent grant 'may hurt the poor'

SOME of the state's poorest renters could be put under further financial strain by an O'Farrell government decision to cut a key rental assistance grant next week, housing advocates warn

Families don't half need big rate cut

Mortgage holders will save hundreds of dollars a year on their repayments when the Reserve Bank cuts interest rates by at least 0.25 percentage points on Tuesday

Family may lose home in body search

THE Merrylands house at the centre of a dig for bones will be demolished if remains found prove to be human

Tony Abbott to reintroduce protection visas for asylum seekers

TONY Abbott has pledged that if elected prime minister he would call a double dissolution election if the parliament blocks a move to reintroduce temporary protection visas for asylum seekers

Mysterious message about missing girl Rahma El-Dennaoui

A RELIGIOUS teacher in a small Lebanese village might have predicted the abduction of toddler Rahma El-Dennaoui a day before she vanished from her bedroom, a coroner was told yesterday

Inquest told of cafe talk that father killed toddler Rahma El-Dennaoui

AFTER seven years and numerous theories, the most explosive claim about the disappearance of Rahma El-Dennaoui was detailed in court yesterday - her father killed her in a fit of rage

Ignorant city drivers putting kids in peril in school zones

MORE than one in 10 NSW drivers admits to ignoring speed limits in school zones and other urban areas despite police crackdowns and the threat of hefty fines

Nine kids in car: drunk mum to plead guilty

Prosecutor Hew Roberts told Melbourne Magistrates Court the woman, would admit to being over the limit and unlicensed when she crashed her car, injuring several of the children

House searched for missing mum clues

Detectives searching for a missing Brisbane woman have confiscated a computer from a house thought to belong to her husband's parents

Teen jumps from car to flee abductor

A TEENAGE girl has jumped out of a moving car then hid in bushland to escape an abductor, who forced her into his vehicle, in northern NSW

Accidents hospitalise two children

TWO young children are in hospital after being hit by cars in two separate incidents across Sydney within two hours

Visa reforms to make studying easier for international students

INTERNATIONAL students will find it easier to study at TAFE and similar institutions under streamlined visa reforms to be introduced in NSW

Palatial Palm Beach property sells for $25m

A SYDNEY residential price record for this year has been set with the sale of Kalua, the largest and most prestigious property at Palm Beach

Anger grows over police shooting of joyriding juveniles

THE Police Minister, Mike Gallacher, has thrown his support behind two constables who shot joyriding juveniles at 4am on Saturday in Kings Cross, as debate raged about police procedure and the plight of the youths

Youth no stranger to police or courts - teen joyrider's long criminal history

THE teenage boy in a coma after being shot by officers in Kings Cross has been in trouble with police since he was eight

Bikie war between Nomads and Hells Angels headed for bloody showdown

A police paddy wagon carrying out surveillance on a Newtown tattoo parlour was reduced to a smoking ruin after being firebombed - allegedly by bikies - early yesterday

Julia Gillard denies pressure on RBA over rates

RIME Minister Julia Gillard yesterday toned down her rhetoric against the Reserve Bank after coming under fire for a speech which appeared to put pressure on the board to deliver a rate cut next month

Queensland Police Minister vows crackdown on illegal guns after shootings

NEW Police Minister Jack Dempsey has announced tougher penalties for people found in possession of illegal firearms as part of an overall crackdown in the wake of two recent fatal shootings in Brisbane

power joke that has a poorer punchline

POWER retailers will slug struggling customers $65 million through a secret charge to fund door-to-door sales, cold-calling, junk mail