NSW remains in a state of emergency as a change in wind direction pushes blazes in a different direction, but no lives were lost amid a catastrophic fire day.
Disgraced cardinal George Pell is due to learn whether he'll be granted special leave to appeal his child sexual abuse conviction to the High Court.
Firefighters in Queensland are waiting to see how a dramatic wind change will affect more than 60 blazes that continue to burn across the state.
Timothy Weekes and American Kevin King were kidnapped from the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul in 2016.
Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has sought to clarify remarks about the supposed voting intentions of two people who perished in northern NSW bushfires.
Three people are dead, scores of homes have been destroyed and a state of emergency has been declared as more than 100 bushfires burn across NSW and Queensland.
A mum and her half-brother, who had fathered the children, killed two boys and conspired to kill their four other children.
Governors-general accused of serious misconduct - like failing to act on criminal behaviour - could be stripped of their allowances under a proposed bill.
The NSW minister for emergency services says anyone who breached statewide total fire bans amid major bushfire danger must have "arrived from Mars in a bubble".
Australian drinkers could be saving thousands of dollars by reducing their booze intake, according to a study of users of alcohol support app Daybreak.