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Challenge dismissed

Hollywood’s latest attempt to stem the flow of illegal downloads has been thwarted, with the High Court ruling that iiNet is not liable for its users’ downloads.

Murdochs to front Leveson inquiry

By Lisa Millar in London, wires

Rupert and James Murdoch will appear before the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking in the UK next week.


Syria, UN sign deal on observer mission

By foreign affairs editor Peter Cave, Washington correspondent Stephanie Kennedy, wires

Syria and the United Nations have signed an agreement on the ground rules for observers monitoring a shaky ceasefire negotiated by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.


Assange lawyer arrives after Heathrow hold-up

An Australian human rights lawyer acting on behalf of Julian Assange has arrived in Sydney after claiming she was initially barred from boarding her flight in London.


Spain bailout fears rattle global markets

Stocks have closed lower on Wall Street for the second day in a row, with confidence dampened by disappointing economic data and worries that Spain could require a bailout.


Spitfire pilot buried with full honours in France

Europe correspondent Philip Williams, staff

An Australian Spitfire pilot who was shot down 70 years ago has finally been honoured with a full military funeral in northern France.


IMF hits funding roadblock as BRICS hold out

The International Monetary Fund has hit a roadblock as it seeks to double its resources, with Brazil demanding more power for emerging economies as a condition for lending extra cash.

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