IT WAS supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travellers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake.
JACQUI Lambie’s crusade against the burqa continued on Sunrise this morning, when she told a respected Muslim leader the controversial garments concealed their “beautiful faces”.
IN PROTEST at what she called “biased judgment” for her semi-finals loss in the women’s 60kg class at the Asian Games, Indian boxer Sarita Devi went to the podium but refused to bend down to let the bronze medal be placed over her neck.
SEARCH vessels towing sonar equipment and video cameras are now just days away from reaching the site in the Indian Ocean where MH370 is thought to have crashed seven months ago.
THERE are times in everyone’s life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that’s always ready to give a comforting cuddle.
TWENTY-TWO countries. 81 days. 75 blind dates. 294 meals.
TEENAGE girls who escaped the brutal clutches of Islamic State group (IS) terrorists have recounted a harrowing nightmare of beatings, torture, rape and degradation that included being forced to watch videos of men being beheaded.
HE’S the world’s largest internet sensation — literally.
SYNTHETIC designer drugs that give a legal high are being made in Russia and are available online.
A GIRL abducted by her mother 12 years ago has been found safe and well in Mexico after a joint US-Mexican rescue operation.
AUSTRALIA’S competition watchdog has given the green light for global travel booking giant Expedia’s $700 million takeover of Wotif.com.
THE Reserve Bank of Australia is reluctant to say what tools might be used to curb a surge in activity by property investors.
TONY Abbott’s admission that he doesn’t like the “confronting” burqa and wishes it wasn’t worn was dumb and divisive, Labor says.
TWO British academics have opened the world’s first space detective agency, using drones and satellites to uncover insurance fraud, search for freshly dug graves or to monitor how foreign aid money is spent.
CRISTIANO Ronaldo helped Champions League holders Real Madrid survive an early scare in Bulgaria and come away with all three points from a 2-1 win over Ludogorets Razgrad in Sofia.