The death toll is rising in eastern Ghouta in the most intense bombardments of the war by Syria's pro-government forces on the besieged rebel-held enclave.
With its a wafer-thin margin of 1 per cent, Labor will concentrate on its traditional strengths of jobs, education and health, to hold on to the Melbourne seat of Batman, while the Greens are honing their message on affordable housing.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and his pregnant former media adviser Vikki Campion give their first media interview as the Nationals leader discusses attacks on their relationship, concerns for his new son and moving out of their rent-free apartment.
Now that the Islamic State caliphate across Syria and Iraq has been largely dismantled, the question remains as to what shape and form the group will take in 2018 and how it will manifest itself throughout the region.
Australia climbs to the top of the Twenty20 international rankings after beating New Zealand in a rain-hit tri-series final, but another Chris Lynn injury sours the win.
The mother of a Hobart woman killed by a speeding and unlicensed driver says she feels sorry for him after he was handed a five-year jail sentence.