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Bombing in Afghanistan kills at least 20

A powerful suicide truck bombing outside a hospital in the capital of southern Zabul province has killed at least 20 and injured as many as 90 others, an Afghan official says.

Recessions hurt most vulnerable: Treasury

Australia has enjoyed 28 years of continuous economic expansion, but it is often said the country needs the wake-up call of a recession to get much needed reforms done.

US police test Spider-Man device

With 49 people killed last year after being shocked by Tasers, police departments across the United States are trying out a "Spider-Man"-like device that fires a tether that entangles and restrains the suspect.

Bennett defends outspoken Burgess

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has thrown his unequivocal support behind skipper Sam Burgess after his outspoken criticism of the NRL judiciary system.

Robinson tight-lipped about Friend's role

Refusing to reveal what specific role Jake Friend will play, Trent Robinson will keep fans and the opposition guessing right up until kick-off in the Sydney Roosters' NRL preliminary final on Saturday week.

Support grows for Broncos' pokies players

Support is growing for the Brisbane players seen playing pokies the night before the NRL club's embarrassing finals exit, with Wests Tigers' Josh Reynolds claiming they did nothing wrong.