National News

Businesses mourns 'death' of energy policy

Australia's business community is furious the National Energy Guarantee has been effectively dumped, along with a pledge to legislate a cut to emissions in the electricity sector.

Ten hikers dead in flooded Italian gorge

At least 10 people have been killed in southern Italy when the level of a raging white-water creek in a deep mountain gorge swelled suddenly after heavy rainfall upstream, officials said.

Pope vows no more cover ups on sex abuse

Pope Francis has vowed that "no effort must be spared" to root out priestly sex abuse and cover-up from the Catholic Church, but gave no indication that he would take action to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican culture of secrecy that has allowed the crisis to fester.