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Iran rules out talks with US

Iran's supreme leader has ruled out talks with Washington after President Donald Trump blamed Tehran for an attack on Saudi oil facilities that knocked out half the kingdom's output.

Trump says he does not want Mideast war

US President Donald Trump says it looks like Iran is behind attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but he's stressed he doesn't want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised fears of a new Middle East conflict.

Gagai feared NRL finals dream was over

South Sydney star Dane Gagai admits fearing his NRL premiership dream was over when he injured his hamstring for the first time in his career two weeks ago.

Taiwan loses as Solomons turns to China

Taiwan has lost its largest ally in the Pacific after the Solomon Islands confirmed it is switching diplomatic allegiance to China, with observers saying other Pacific nations may soon follow.

Freeze on future reef runoff regulations

Farmers, miners and sewer operators will be spared further changes to how much fertiliser and sediment they can dump in the Great Barrier Reef for five years.

Disability support pay too low: experts

Australians living with disabilities face "incredibly onerous" obstacles just to stay on the support pension, as research shows they're paying extra for basic living costs.