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Valuable foal stolen from racing stable
A valuable foal has been stolen from a racing stable in outer Melbourne.

Sad end for missing elderly man in WA
The body of an 86-year-old man who's been missing for a week has been found in WA's Goldfields region.

No US surprise in China projects: minister
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham insists the United States should not be surprised Australia is willing to co-fund infrastructure projects with China.

Slow progress on 16-nation trade deal
Australia remains locked in negotiations to create the largest trading bloc in the world, but does not expect to finalise a deal until at least late next year.

Cash denies knowledge of AWU subpoena
Cabinet minister Michaelia Cash says she was unaware her former chief of staff had been served with legal documents over raids on union offices.

Qld to tighten rules for working with kids
A wider range of crimes - including murder and rape - will disqualify people from ever working with children in Queensland under changes before state parliament.

Changes to boost employee share schemes
Small businesses will be more easily able to offer employee share schemes under changes proposed by the federal government.

Climate, economy on govt agenda: Cormann
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has dismissed a colleague's concern that the Liberal Party needs to do more about climate change to gain support from younger Australians.

Gender pay gap drops, more to do: Minister
The federal government says Australia's gender pay gap is trending in the right direction, as new data shows the gap has narrowed to 21.3 per cent.

Qld murder leaves boys ‘crying for mother’
The sister of a woman bashed to death by her jealous husband has tearfully told a court about the sleepless nights she has spent comforting the four sons left behind.