China’s underground Catholic churches resist mounting Beijing pressure to control religion

China’s underground Catholic churches resist mounting Beijing pressure to control religion

Updated April 01, 2018 08:35:54 Photo: Mindong’s underground churches are being pushed to join the “Patriotic Association”. (ABC News: Ziyuan Wang) Related Story: ‘We have restored it’: The rise of Daoism in China Related Story: Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity On a windy evening in the hills of …

Search underway after 3yo boy wanders off from campsite at Razorback, near Mudgee

Search underway after 3yo boy wanders off from campsite at Razorback, near Mudgee

Posted April 01, 2018 08:46:15 Photo: James Skillen was last seen wearing dark blue shorts and a t-shirt, and carrying a yellow backpack. (Source: NSW Police) A search is underway for a toddler near Mudgee who police say has wandered off from a campsite in central western New South Wales. …

Existing between the lines: getting to know my daughter’s dyslexia | Angie Fox | Society

The wipers groan across the windscreen. We are stuck in heavy rain at the train tracks. One train goes by and then another. It’s Saturday morning in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and we are all late for basketball, or soccer, or footy, or ballet. Frustration pierces the sanctity of our car. …

Commonwealth Games: What you need to know before you go

Commonwealth Games: What you need to know before you go

Posted April 01, 2018 08:27:28 Photo: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi says get excited and plan ahead. (Supplied) After years of build-up, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are finally upon us. But don’t make the mistake of thinking getting there will a regular trip by road or rail. With …

Minor parties in WA have high hopes of winning office as voters drift from mainstream

Minor parties in WA have high hopes of winning office as voters drift from mainstream

Posted April 01, 2018 08:11:57 Photo: Minor parties are gaining more WA votes than ever. (Andrew O’Connor) When Nick Xenophon departed the Senate to try to force his way back into South Australian politics, some predicted he would upend that State’s entrenched two-party system and maybe even become Premier. In …

Sydney bio-hacker who implanted Opal Card into hand fined for not using valid ticket

Sydney bio-hacker who implanted Opal Card into hand fined for not using valid ticket

Updated March 16, 2018 16:13:53 Photo: Meow-Ludo holding an Opal Card in its original form. (ABC News: Nick Dole) A bio-hacker who implanted an Opal Card chip into his hand has been fined for not using a valid train ticket, in an unprecedented court action. Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, 33, …

‘Beautiful buildings, but missing the people’: Why multi-million-dollar health facilities are empty

‘Beautiful buildings, but missing the people’: Why multi-million-dollar health facilities are empty

Posted April 01, 2018 06:04:35 Photo: Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel remains empty and unused a year after completion. (Supplied: Peter Bennetts) Map: Fitzroy Crossing 6765 Dialysis facilities worth $17 million are sitting padlocked, empty and unused in WA’s north, due to what the Health Department says are issues with contracting …

Central Australia to offer world-class mountain bike tracks, for a price

Central Australia to offer world-class mountain bike tracks, for a price

Posted April 01, 2018 07:43:18 Photo: A plan is underway to develop a world-class mountain bike track in Central Australia. (Supplied: Alice Springs Mountain Bike Club) World-class mountain bike trails planned for Central Australia will cost riders $50 a day to use — a figure that left locals “gobsmacked”. Key …

Malala Yousafzai visits hometown in Pakistan for first time since shooting

Malala Yousafzai visits hometown in Pakistan for first time since shooting

Updated April 01, 2018 06:43:37 Photo: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai sits with her family and politician Marriyum Aurangzeb. (Reuters: Stringer) Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has visited her birthplace in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, bursting into tears as she entered her childhood home for the first time since …