Siege gunman's creepy letters

Siege gunman's creepy letters

HE WROTE to the Pope and the UN Secretary-General, but the Sydney siege gunman’s birthday message to the Queen was the most shocking.



Blues have to cut rogue Mick loose

Blues have to cut rogue Mick loose

ANALYSIS: CARLTON Football Club has been left with no option but to sack coach Mick Malthouse after his appearance on SEN this morning.

WATCH: Pennsylvanian teen told to tear down tree house after complaint

WATCH: Pennsylvanian teen told to tear down tree house after complaint

After she spent two months building a treehouse for a school project, Elise Truchan is being told to tear it all down after a neighbour filed a complaint.

Memorial Day is first in 14 years when US is not in major ground war

Memorial Day is first in 14 years when US is not in major ground war

US President Barack Obama said the Memorial Day observed Monday is especially meaningful because it is the first in 14 years that the US is not engaged fighting a major ground war.Obama marked the day, which is set aside as a holiday to remember members...

Guelph barrel discovery: Cleanup costs estimated at $300,000

Guelph barrel discovery: Cleanup costs estimated at $300,000

As work to remove chemical drums from a water main construction site in Guelph and clean up the contaminated soil left behind continues, people living in the area say they're just ready for it to be over.

'I wanted to cry': N.S. tenants concerned about inaction over racist graffiti

'I wanted to cry': N.S. tenants concerned about inaction over racist graffiti

A racist slur spray-painted on the side of a Sydney apartment building has some residents upset it stayed there so long.

Russia's bizarre World Cup prison plot

Russia's bizarre World Cup prison plot

A POLITICIAN from Vladimir Putin’s party has come up with a controversial plan that would help keep World Cup construction costs down.

Tornado, floods as storms wreck havoc from Mexico to the US Great Lakes

Tornado, floods as storms wreck havoc from Mexico to the US Great Lakes

A tornado ripped through a city on the Mexico-US border on Monday, killing at least 10 people as first responders in Central Texas searched for a dozen people believed to be missing after the vacation home they were staying in was swept away in torrential flooding.

Under fire from opposition, Modi tries to shed anti-poor image

Under fire from opposition, Modi tries to shed anti-poor image

NEW DELHI — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi told thousands of supporters his government was devoted to the poor on Monday, directly tackling criticism he has governed for the rich and failed farmers in his first year in office. On the eve of the government&rsqu

Spilling the truth on the fight for a $15 minimum wage

Spilling the truth on the fight for a $15 minimum wage

Did The New York Times just inadvertently tell us what the real goal of the raise-the-minimum-wage campaign is? A Times editorial last week cheered Los Angeles' enactment of a $15-an-hour...

Monis claimed connection to Iranian rulers

Monis claimed connection to Iranian rulers

A SHOPPING centre manager and a former lawyer for Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis are among witnesses who will give evidence about him at an inquest.

A vanishing country as climate changes

A vanishing country as climate changes

You're probably heard climate change will cause stronger storms, drier droughts and possibly mass extinctions. But one of the clearest -- and far-less-talked-about -- injustices of climate change is that it threatens to disappear entire countries.

Sunset Review (PC)

Sunset Review (PC)

Sunset is a video game created by Tale of Tales that tries to do something new with the idea of narrative in the video game space, using just one character that gamers control and actually interact with while also making an apartment a sort of medium that allows others to express themselves.

Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate is calling the claims ridiculous. Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared-f

Why the BlackBerry Storm was the single biggest disaster in smartphone history

Why the BlackBerry Storm was the single biggest disaster in smartphone history

We’ve seen a couple of high-profile smartphone flops in recent years, including the Amazon Fire Phone and the Facebook-centric HTC First. However, neither of those phones bombed quite so spectacularly as the 2008 BlackBerry Storm, which was RIM’s first attempt at launching a genuine iPh

Inmate sentenced to two more years for intimidating witness

Inmate sentenced to two more years for intimidating witness

An inmate convicted of threatening and intimidating a witness who was supposed to testify at his preliminary inquiry has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Cold case: Police again hoping to ID body found 40 years ago in Fraser River

Cold case: Police again hoping to ID body found 40 years ago in Fraser River

Richmond RCMP are once again hoping to identify a body found floating in the Fraser River nearly 40 years ago. On June 23, 1976, crew members aboard the Samson V found a man’s body floating in the south arm of the Fraser near the No. 4 Road dyke.

Chief Palmer officially takes over reins of Vancouver Police Department

Chief Palmer officially takes over reins of Vancouver Police Department

Vancouverites probably won’t notice much change as the baton was officially passed to new police chief Adam Palmer on Monday. Palmer and Mayor Gregor Robertson, who also is head of the police board, indicated it will be stay-the-course on policies initiated by outgoing chief Jim Chu.

Women who donate blood too often at risk, study shows

Women who donate blood too often at risk, study shows

In her health care job, Jackie Hannaford is well aware of the need for blood donations and willingly rolls up her sleeve to donate 500 millilitres four or five times a year. But last fall she had to take a break when she discovered her altruistic act was making her sick.

Obsessed With 'Wolverine' — Deranged Man Slaughters Family — Mom, Stepdad and Little Girl

Obsessed With 'Wolverine' — Deranged Man Slaughters Family — Mom, Stepdad and Little Girl

A British man who was obsessed with knives and comic books allegedly slaughtered his family Saturday, and was found dead today in a wooded area near Oxford University Parks. The… READ ON

Trial Of Washington Post's Jason Rezaian In Iran To Be Closed To Public

Trial Of Washington Post's Jason Rezaian In Iran To Be Closed To Public

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be closed to the public when it starts on Tuesday, his brother said on Monday. Rezaian, who is Iranian-American and faces unspecified charges, will be in Revolutionary Court

Three Children Injured When Bounce House Flies Into The Air

Three Children Injured When Bounce House Flies Into The Air

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three children have been injured after a waterspout made landfall on a Fort Lauderdale beach and sent an inflatable bounce house flying into the air. Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree says when the waterspout came ashore Monday afternoon,

Vatican Bank Reports A Jump In Profits

Vatican Bank Reports A Jump In Profits

According to a recently released financial report for 2014, the Vatican’s official bank, the Institute for Religious Works, disclosed net profits of approximately $76.1 million which is about 25 times the $3.1 million from the previous year.

The Vatican's bank has reported a significan

B.B. King's daughters claim their father was poisoned

B.B. King's daughters claim their father was poisoned

Karen Williams (top right) and Patty King (bottom right) claim their father B.B. King (left) was poisoned by his business manager and personal assistant.

Cameron's Charm Offensive To Woo EU Leaders

Cameron's Charm Offensive To Woo EU Leaders

David Cameron's opening gambit in an EU charm offensive will be to plead with world leaders not to dismiss his renegotiation demands as "too difficult", arguing that the British public will no long

Twister Kills 13 As Flooding Leaves 12 Missing

A twister has killed at least 13 people in northern Mexico, while a dozen people are missing in flash floods just over the border in Texas.

Blues Legend BB King Was Poisoned, Say Family

Two daughters of blues legend BB King, who died this month, are claiming in a lawsuit that he was poisoned by two aides.

12 reported missing in Texas and Oklahoma as new storms strike

At least 12 people were reported missing on Monday after floodwaters swept homes, cars and people away in parts of Oklahoma and Texas over the weekend. Making the situation worse, a large area of damaging thunderstorms gathered strength in Central Texas on Monday afternoon, sweeping eastward with ti

Reports: Charter to buy Time Warner Cable for $55 billion

Time Warner Cable didn't take long to recover from the breakup of its deal with Comcast. The second-largest cable TV provider in the U.S. is close to a deal to be acquired by Charter Communications for $55 billion in cash and stock, according to reports from Bloomberg and CNN Money. The deal also r

Americans celebrate Memorial Day with touching Instagram posts

While the weekend brought backyard barbecues, outdoor picnics and beach adventures to our Instagram feeds, Monday was reserved for touching tributes to those fallen in battle The hashtag #MemorialDay saw several posts from cemeteries and memorials from those honoring relatives and friends who serve

Apple's Jony Ive gets promoted to chief design officer

Welcome, Jony, to the C-suite Jony Ive, the enigmatic design guru that has worked on a variety of Apple's most notable products including the iMac, MacBook Air and Pro, iPod, iPhone, and Apple Watch, has been promoted to chief design officer See also: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Apple Design C

13 dead, hundreds left homeless after tornado ravages Mexican border city

At least 13 people died and hundreds more were left homeless after a category 4 tornado whipped through Ciudad Acuña, a Mexican border city. The twister flipped cars, leveled homes and sent a baby flying in a seven-block area early Monday morning following heavy rain in the city of approxima

Iraq Deputy PM: Ramadi 'surprised all of us'

The Iraqi army's willingness to let Ramadi fall to ISIS "surprised all of us," Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq told CNN on Monday. "It's not clear for us why such a unit, which was supposed to be trained by the Americans for years, and supposed ...

Oxford triple murder suspect found dead

A 21-year-old British man suspected of killing his six-year-old sister, his mother and her partner was found dead on Monday after a huge manhunt, police said.Jed Allen was found dead in a wooded area in the university town of Oxford,...

SkyCity Convention Centre design unveiled: smaller but it will still cost at least $430m

It will be smaller, more expensive and have a reduced capacity - but those behind the International Convention Centre say it will return much the same economic benefits and provide even more jobs.They also confirmed no new economic...

Katy Perry: 'Russell Brand hasn't spoken to me since he texted for divorce'

Since the dissolution of their 14-month marriage, Katy Perry hasn't spoken to her ex-husband Russell Brand.The 30-year-old pop star - who is now dating John Mayer - revealed to the Daily Telegraph that she and the 39-year-old...

Team Sky pull Richie Porte out of Giro d'Italia

After enduring an uncomfortable weekend of racing as he looked to continue the Grand Tour, the team's medical staff have taken the decision to withdraw Porte at the second rest day