The Martin Place hostage taker has requested that police locate an Islamic State flag for him, according to a senior figure in the Sydney Muslim community.
It was a day that Sydney was being tested, but the Martin Place hostage situation would not change life in Sydney, NSW Premier Mike Baird has vowed.
In its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the government has slashed to 6.75 per cent its forecast for China's economic growth for 2015.
August 12: ASIO boss David Irvine says Australian jihadists have carried out some of the "worst of the worst" extremist atrocities in Syria and Iraq and warns this could inspire young followers at home
Former federal MP Craig Thomson could yet face a jail term, despite being found not guilty on appeal of three quarters of the charges against him.
It is almost impossible to guard against malevolent intent and evil imagination.
A Sydney mother of four facing the death penalty in Malaysia was stopped with a bag allegedly containing methamphetamines.
Australian shares had another poor day, with the free-falling oil price weighing heavily on investor sentiment, but staged a comeback in the afternoon.
The NSW government has been ordered to pay the legal costs of a Sydney hospital cleaner who was accused of the brutal murder of his wife only for the charges to be withdrawn, due to a lack of evidence, days before his trial.
An all-cast press conference is symbolic of the approach Malcolm Turnbull has taken to ensure the $41 billion NBN gets built faster, cheaper and with minimal fuss.
TWO people were arrested over the weekend for alcohol-related offences.