Australia has enjoyed 28 years of continuous economic expansion, but it is often said the country needs the wake-up call of a recession to get much needed reforms done.
With 49 people killed last year after being shocked by Tasers, police departments across the United States are trying out a "Spider-Man"-like device that fires a tether that entangles and restrains the suspect.
Sydney's new fish market will get a $750 million state government injection under plans to relocate one of the city's major tourist drawcards.
A recent string of overseas blockbusters and local productions has made the Gold Coast one of Australia's most film-friendly locations.
A Queensland truck driver who killed two boys when he drove off a NSW highway, through scrubland and into an oncoming car has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Queensland's tourism minister says Prime Minister Scott Morrison could have "blood on his hands" if he doesn't intervene on a ban preventing shark culling on the Great Barrier Reef.
Pauline Hanson will help lead a parliamentary inquiry into family law even after launching an extraordinary attack against women who she claims are lying about domestic violence in the family courts.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed an offer of big bounties for hundreds of convicted murderers and rapists set free in a corrections bureau blunder, and said he would be happier if they were caught dead rather than alive.