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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Hair-thin condoms made with native spinifex grass

Australia's native spinifex grass can make latex strong enough to make the "thinnest, most satisfying prophylactic possible" without sacrificing any durability, Queensland researchers say.

French Foreign Minister leaves office, wider reshuffle due

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says he is going to leave office, in a move set to trigger a wider reshuffle of the unpopular government.

Anger over NT Aboriginal living conditions sparks legal action

Unrest over the state of accommodation in Northern Territory Aboriginal town camps is spreading, with legal action underway and a call for a parliamentary inquiry from angry residents.

Afghan insurgents gaining control around former Australian base

The chief of Defence says Afghan insurgents are getting the upper hand in many districts around the former Australian military base in Tarin Kowt.

South Korea shuts joint factory over North's missile launch

South Korea says it will suspend operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea to punish Pyongyang for its latest rocket launch and nuclear test.

North Korea's army chief of staff executed: report

North Korea's army chief of staff has reportedly been executed, in what would amount to the latest in a series of purges and executions of top officials by leader Kim Jong-Un.

Labor wants to repair ties with East Timor over maritime border, Plibersek says

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek says Labor wants to repair Australia's relationship with East Timor by renegotiating the maritime border between the two countries.

Concerns Fremantle Port sale set to be rushed through

A pledge to sell off the port of Fremantle this year by West Australian Treasurer Mike Nahan is labelled "desperate" by the State Opposition.

Fears fire management lacking in revamp of World Heritage Area plan

Conservationists say the draft management plan proposed for Tasmania's world-heritage listed areas does not address the threat of fires posed by climate change.

Man jailed for sexually abusing underage girls in Kimberley community

A man who sexually assaulted young girls at an Aboriginal community in the Kimberley is sentenced to 11 years in prison.