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Modern Aussies have little interest in traditional funerals - they're more for being farewelled at a beach or bowlo before being pressed into a jewel, rocketed into space in a firework or tattooed into someone's skin.Increasingly, conventional services are being boycotted in favour of informal gathering as families look for alternative ways to celebrate loved ones who might not otherwise have opted to have a funeral at all, research shows.
Giulio Ciccone went solo in the finale to win the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 177-km mountain trek between Rivarolo Canavese and Cogne.Behind him Richard Carapaz survived an early scare when he was involved in a pile-up to retain the overall lead from Australian Jai Hindley.
Shanghai has cautiously pushed ahead with plans to restore part of its transport network in a major step towards exiting a weeks-long COVID-19 lockdown, while Beijing kept up its defences in an outbreak that has persisted for a month.Shanghai's lockdown since the beginning of April has dealt a heavy economic blow to China's most populous city, stirred debate over the sustainability of the nation's zero-COVID policy and stoked fears of future lockdowns and disruptions.
Southeast Queensland residents are on flood watch after intense rainfall hit soaked catchments with some dams releasing water ahead of another forecast drenching.The Sunshine Coast suburb of Maroochydore copped more than 60mm in five hours on Saturday, and other areas recorded 100mm in 24 hours, as a low-pressure trough moved south along the coast from St Lawrence, north of Gladstone.
Australian cycling commentator Robbie McEwen has apologised for his on-air homophobic slur during the Giro d'Italia.The retired sprint ace and his employer Global Cycling network have issued statements two days after the incident earlier this week during stage 10 of the Giro.
A second person has died in a rare tornado that hit a small community in northern Michigan, US state police say.The person was in their 70s and lived in a mobile home park, Derrick Carroll said.
The listing for the fire-damaged, 12-room boarding house in Newtown has raised some eyebrows over the wording in the ad. See what it said.
Chinese state media doesn't hold much hope for the future of Sino-Australian relations regardless of who wins the election. Find out more.
Nine in 10 Australian infants aren't consuming enough iron.The finding, based on nationwide interviews with 1100 parents who documented their children's diets, has experts worried the pattern of deficiency could affect growth and lead to learning and behavioural problems.
High-profile independent candidate for the key South Australian electorate of Boothby, Jo Dyer, has conceded she is unlikely to win the marginal Liberal-held seat in Adelaide's south.Few seats are expected to change hands in South Australia at Saturday's election and much focus has been on Boothby, which is held by retiring Liberal MP Nicolle Flint on a 1.
The major parties look set to lose three inner Brisbane seats to the Greens, who are celebrating their best-ever federal election result in "Greensland".Greens candidate Elizabeth Watson-Brown has likely defeated LNP MP Julian Simmonds in Ryan, in western Brisbane, with more than half the ballots counted on Saturday night.
Anthony Albanese is set for victory in Australia's 2022 Federal Election.
In a stoush that stunned the Nine election panel Liberal frontbencher Jane Hume told Simon Holmes a Court to stick his request 'up his jumper'. See what happened.
The Greens are declaring a "Greens-slide" in the lower house as the party remains on track for a historic electoral win.The minor party is set to gain two seats in Queensland, including Liberal-held Ryan and Labor-held Griffith, based on ABC projections on Saturday night.
Scott Morrison has been dramatically turfed from office with voters flocking to independents and the Greens in a stunning election result that will see Labor form government.
Sydney's record year of rainfall is far from over, with heavy showers set to fall on the city until Thursday. Find out more here.
The future of Australia will likely come down to just a handful of battleground seats. See how important your vote could be.
People took to Twitter to complain about the disruption to the ABC's live election coverage. Read more.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has been mocked for a controversial election day decision. Find out more.