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All stops pulled out to spare 'dino trees'

Waiting for thick smoke to settle around the Gospers Mountain bushfire, firefighters and conservation specialists were delighted to learn their efforts had spared the prehistoric Wollemi pine from going up in flames.

Putin engineers shake-up to keep power

President Vladimir Putin has engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.

Pearce's leadership tested at Knights

Newcastle captain Mitchell Pearce admits his leadership will be tested this season as the club aims to right the wrongs of an anticlimactic 2019.

Art could help heal NSW town after fires

The indiscriminate wildfire that tore through the NSW south coast town of Mogo bears its scars on the blackened ruins of a brick building on the main drag.

Last year was second-hottest on record

Last year was the earth's second-hottest since records began, and the world should brace itself for more extreme weather events such as the bushfires that ravaged parts of Australia, the World Meteorological Organisation said.

Leader says Aurukun violence must stop

A community leader has urged a stop to violence and retaliation in the Cape York town of Aurukun after residents rioted in the wake of a fatal stabbing on New Year's Day.

Meghan could face father in London court

A British newspaper which is being sued by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will use evidence from her father Thomas Markle, in a court battle over its publication of a private letter from the royal to him, legal documents show.

Qualifier calls out 'selfish' Fed, Nadal

Canadian tennis player Brayden Schnur has labelled all-time greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal "selfish" and more concerned about their legacies, saying it's time the pair stepped up and protested against playing conditions during Australian Open qualifying.