Police have disrupted a major fake passport syndicate supplying travel documents to people wanting to reach Australia.
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is literally marked on the forehead of observant Christians.
Jewel Topsfield A group of young Indonesians are jailed for their involvement with Islamic State, while an old face of radicalism pleads for leniency.
Philip Wen Hong Kong police fired "warning shots" in a bid to contain hundreds of surging rioters as Lunar New Year celebrations descended into a night of chaos.
Peter Hannam CSIRO scientists say deep staffing cuts facing key divisions constitute "a real crisis for all environmental science" in the organisation, amid mounting international criticism.
Philip Wen Four trapped survivors - including an eight-year-old girl and a woman found under the dead body of her husband - have been rescued alive, but officials warn the prospect of finding further survivors is diminishing.
In the Christian calendar, Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter which is characterised by prayer, fasting and abstinence.
Shrove Tuesday is a day of feasting before Christians traditionally move into a period of fasting in the lead up to Easter.
Chris Zappone Do Australians worry too much about the threat of Islamic State? One political scientist thinks so.
Kate Aubusson A leopard on the loose in a school in India has mauled six people who attempted to capture the wild animal.