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9 February 2018 9:25 AM AFL risks weakening strong clubs if they ban them from having poker machines, says Kennett

The AFL risks making strong clubs financially dependent on the league if the AFL decides to ban poker machines from the clubs, according to Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett. Kennett, whose Hawks earn more money ($23.29 million) from poker machines than any other club, said that unless the AFL found replacement income for clubs that gave up pokies, they would 8

9 February 2018 3:52 AM Fire breaks out on Thailand tourist hotspot Phi Phi Island

A huge fire broke out on Phi Phi Island in Thailand, a popular tourist destination on Tuesday night. One witness told Fairfax Media she saw five hotels and hostels up in flames, with the blaze "spreading like wildfire". A huge fire, possibly started by a gas canister explosion, has been ‘spreading like wildfire’ through the tourist island of Phi Phi in Thailand 27

8 February 2018 2:37 PM Geopolitics the other race at PyeongChang Olympics

Beijing: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has gone ahead with a military parade the day before the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony in South Korea in an act that some will see as provocative. However, the regime did not broadcast live images of the event, South Korean media reported. The Yonhap News Agency said about 13,000 troops participated while 32

8 February 2018 8:40 AM Big four banks won't enforce gag orders in royal commission

The major banks have promised not to enforce confidentiality agreements that were threatening to stop victims or whistleblowers from giving evidence to the royal commission into industry misconduct. Investigative journalist Adele Ferguson reflects on the long journey to the announcement of a royal commission, and whether it will make a difference 14

8 February 2018 8:40 AM Perth FIFO dad murdered by his ‘white supremacist’ girlfriend and her lover in life insurance plot

A white supremacist "death squad" bludgeoned a Perth father to death in a twisted plot forged by his girlfriend and her lover to claim his life insurance, a court was told. Alan Taylor, a fly-in, fly-out worker, was murdered on the morning of April 22, 2016 as he lay on his bed in his Girrawheen home. His partner of nine years and mother of his child 13

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

7 February 2018 6:44 AM Perth gang president to face court over Midland meth bust

The president of a little-known gang based in Perth will face court next week on a string of drug charges. Two men were arrested on Tuesday following a raid on the Naala Moort clubhouse on Rodgers Street in Midland. During the search police allegedly found 112 grams of methamphetamine. The raid was part of an operation into suspected criminal gang dealing 47

7 February 2018 6:44 AM Several buildings collapse after magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Taiwan

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan just before midnight Tuesday, damaging buildings in the city of Hualien, killing four people and leaving another 145 missing, according to the authorities. The 6.4-magnitude quake was recorded at 11:50 pm and was centred about 23 kilometres north-east of Hualien, a city of 110,000 on Taiwan's east coast, the US Geological 28

6 February 2018 7:11 AM Social media war erupts after shoe crackdown at inner-Brisbane high school

A fierce online battle has erupted between staff, students and parents of The Gap State High School after a crackdown on students' shoes. More than 100 students queued at the school office to collect uniform passes and about 10 students were sent to detention on Monday after breaching the uniform policy, according to the Queensland Teachers Union 22

6 February 2018 1:59 AM Brisbane school gives more than 100 students detention over shoes

More than 100 Brisbane high school students have been given a detention for wearing the wrong shoes. The Gap State High's new uniform policy has angered parents who say they cannot afford to discard shoes that were acceptable in previous years. "It's kind of uniform policy gone mad," parent Karen Bishop told ABC Radio Brisbane on Tuesday. Ms Bishop said she doesn't 19