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Issue China travel warning: Labor MP

Australian travellers should be warned about the dangers of going to China after an Australian writer was detained in Beijing and charged with spying, a Labor MP says.

Cyclone expected in far north Qld

Australia Day festivities have been called off or moved in far north Queensland amid heavy rain as people brace for a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Smith supports NRL crackdown on behaviour

Melbourne stalwart Cameron Smith has come out strongly in support of calls for harsher penalties for NRL players whose off-field indiscretions tarnish the game's reputation.

'Execution-style' killings inside US bank

A gunman who overtook a bank branch in Florida apparently made five women inside lie down on the lobby floor before shooting them in the backs of their heads, police say.