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Today's top news stories - January 17

5 people have been killed in a shooting at a Cancun nightclub, miracle result for 15-year-old on cannabis-based drug trial, a taiwanese tourist has died in Perth, a suspicious fire in a Kmart store …

Eastern Australia set to bake in rising heat

The eastern and southern states are in for a hot day on Tuesday with Adelaide to reach 39 degrees, Melbourne 38, and Sydney 40. Brisbane is also set to warm up, with a relatively cool 32 degrees …


Japan criticised over dead whale photo

Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd publishes images of a dead whale onboard a Japanese vessel in the Southern Ocean, just days after Australian and Japanese leaders were discussing the issue. …

More protection in NSW courts

The heightened threat of terror and a recent brazen escape attempt has triggered action to protect sheriffs guarding NSW courts. Bryan Seymour reports.