American statesman Henry Kissinger pocketed close to US$5 million for guiding mining giant Rio Tinto to wash its hands of its jailed China chief, Australian citizen Stern Hu, and build relations with Bejing.
eamonn duff On paper, it was just another bumper sale of prime coastal real estate, soon to make way for a block of luxury units boasting ocean views.
Patrick Sawer Airbus crash pilot Andreas Lubitz had been planning a spectacular gesture to make everyone "remember" who he was, it was claimed on Friday night.
Georgina Robinson The Waratahs put a week of controversy behind them with an emphatic 23-11 victory over Super Rugby cellar dwellers the Blues in Sydney on Saturday.
Cameron Atfield At least three Liberal National Party members are in contention to replace retiring Senator Brett Mason in the upper house ahead of next year's federal election.
Geoff Lawson On Thursday Michael Clarke had a significant early success by winning the toss and batting first on a pitch having its second outing inside a fortnight.
Jesse Hogan New Zealand players will go into Sunday's World Cup final inspired by two Black Caps greats: one, Daniel Vettori, probably playing the last match of his international career; the other, terminally ill Martin Crowe, possibly watching the last match of his life.
Jesse Hogan Michael Clarke says his announcement he will retire from one-day cricket after Sunday's World Cup final will not be an added source of motivation for him and his teammates to beat New Zealand.
Greg Baum The World Cup was a global affair with many weighty geopolitical overtones, but the final will be between kissing cousins.
Farrah Tomazin Faith-based adoption want to give agencies the right to refuse to place a child in the care of gay couples.