Less than a week after assuming the throne, Saudi Arabia's new king has given all state employees a bonus two months salary and reshuffled top government jobs while firing two sons of the late Addullah in the process.
Jessica Sier New research has found first-borns consider themselves more successful and organised, while youngest siblings think they're funnier and more relaxed.
Jason Koutsoukis Nine Sri Lankans repatriated by Australian authorities last year after their boat was intercepted off Christmas Island have been recognised as refugees by the United Nations in Nepal.
Jewel Topsfield Lawyers are battling to try to save the lives of the condemned Bali Nine ringleaders despite Indonesian president Joko Widodo vowing to show no mercy and uncertainty over whether a second review of their case will be allowed by the courts.
Lindsay Murdoch A police commando at the centre of a sensational case involving allegations of high-level corruption in Kuala Lumpur has declared he will not voluntarily return to Malaysia to be hanged, creating a diplomatic dilemma for the Abbott government.
Lindsay Murdoch Family members of the 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have vented their anger after Malaysia declared the disappearance an “accident” despite that the world’s greatest aviation mystery remains unsolved after 328 days.
Nick Miller In response to a list of questions submitted by Fairfax Media on Thursday, the palace refused to confirm whether the Queen would personally hand Prince Philip the insignia of the Knight of the Order of Australia.
Lindsay Murdoch Australian Federal Police have the authority provide information to foreign police agencies even in cases where a guilty verdict could result in the death penalty.
Ruth Pollard In the most significant escalation of tensions since the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, cross-border missile attacks have left a United Nations peacekeeper dead in Lebanon and killed two Israeli soldiers in the country’s north.
Jewel Topsfield The Bali Nine pair on death row have been given a glimmer of hope with the Denpasar District Court to allow an application for a judicial review to be registered despite the Indonesian Attorney-General saying there could not be a second review into their case.