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22 February 2018 8:48 AM Racing Minister Martin Pakula questions past integrity standards in Victoria

"Things have changed quite dramatically, in the way things are done, over that eight-year period." Victorian stewards finally broke down the doping ring when Aquanita staff were caught giving Lovani a pre-race treatment on Turnbull Stakes day in October. The four-year-old mare will return to the track in Saturday's Millie Fox Stakes for Hawkesbury trainer 20

16 February 2018 3:18 AM Battle lines drawn as FIFA get set to mediate between Australian soccer's warring parties

The two can no longer be separated, as FFA chairman Steven Lowy has now become the biggest factor linking the two issues. Sure, Simon Pearce of Melbourne City and Greg Griffin of Adelaide United, the two main frontmen for the A-League clubs opposed to Lowy, are key members of the dramatis personae in what has veered between a comedy of errors - without 22

10 February 2018 1:30 PM Giving the game away: Why Frank Lowy's World Cup story doesn't add up

Those appearing included Lowy, his sons David and Steven, Ben Buckley, Brian Schwartz, Jill Margo, Mark Ryan, Andreas Abold, Sunil Gulati, former prime minister John Howard, former FFA chief John O'Neill and Jonathan Calvert. Lowy and his closest advisers said they did not know how the big bad world of FIFA operated. They didn't know anyone. They didn't 6

10 February 2018 9:39 AM Israeli jet shot down in Syria after Iranian drone intercepted

Jerusalem: Syrian anti-aircraft fire shot down an Israeli jet on Saturday, the military said, after Israel intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria and struck an Iranian target there. Footage from northern Israel showed what appeared to be white aircraft debris scattered on the ground. It was one of the most serious incidents involving Israel 36

10 February 2018 3:33 AM Gold Coast liquor trading hours extended during Games

Trading hours for Gold Coast restaurants and clubs will be extended during the Commonwealth Games to allow licensed venues to serve alcohol an hour longer. Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said trading hours for licensed Gold Coast venues would be extended until 1am or 2am during the Games, while those in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise could serve 29

8 February 2018 12:04 PM Former Bangladeshi prime minister gets jail for misappropriating funds

Dhaka: Two-time former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail for misappropriating funds meant for orphans, court officials say. The special court in Dhaka issued the sentence on Thursday against the 72-year- old politician, who heads the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, after convicting her for transferring 31

8 February 2018 12:01 PM Cheaper public transport for Queensland veterans

About 19,000 Queensland veterans can now access cheaper public transport in Queensland, with the introduction of a white card concession scheme. From Friday, Department of Veteran Affairs white card holders will receive a 50 per cent discount on public transport fares across the state, bringing them into line with concessions for current gold card holders 17 1

8 February 2018 3:19 AM Politics Live: Backdown on secrecy laws, citizenship saga gets personal

With your indulgence, I'd just like to draw your attention to a piece we have published today by Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt. Wyatt, the first Aboriginal member of the House of Representatives and first Aboriginal minister, has paid tribute to our friend and colleague Michael Gordon, former political editor of The Age, who died suddenly 65

7 February 2018 8:14 PM Israelis have secret pact with Egypt to take on ISIS

Washington: Unmarked Israeli warplanes and helicopters have carried out dozens of covert attacks against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups inside the Egyptian Sinai in recent years, said two former senior US officials. The airstrikes by Israeli planes are conducted with the support of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led an often brutal 36

6 February 2018 1:59 AM Huge shelter shed will keep the Metro Tunnel noise down as 24/7 work begins

Around-the-clock construction work will soon begin on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project, with the first of four enormous sheds completed to minimise noise and dust. The first of the acoustic sheds has been built on Franklin Street at the location of the State Library Station. Built using 290 tonnes of steel, the shed is 20 metres high and 70 metres 18