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Stars return for NRL title contenders

The race for the minor premiership is well and truly on after title shots Sydney Roosters and South Sydney welcomed back some big names for the penultimate clash of the NRL season.

I was tempted to go to rugby: Thurston

It was a "sliding doors" moment that could have changed everything.But future Immortal Johnathan Thurston has no regrets after revealing he considered big money overseas rugby union offers before remaining loyal to NRL club North Queensland in 2010.

Eels chairman insists salary cap is clean

Parramatta chairman Max Donnelly has hit out at fresh claims the club is again cheating the NRL salary cap by providing free or discounted rental properties to its players.

At least 11 dead in Italian gorge flood

At least 11 people have been killed in southern Italy when they were washed away over rocks by a raging white-water creek in a deep mountain gorge that swelled suddenly after heavy rain upstream, officials said.

Aussie petrol prices at a four-year high

Fear of war in the Middle East, a political crisis in Venezuela and a crude oil cartel agreement means Australians are paying more for petrol at the bowser, a consumer watchdog report says.

PM Turnbull seeks unity after challenge

Malcolm Turnbull has claimed victory in a leadership challenge and now wants his party unified and focused on Australians instead of internal battles.

Turnbull surveys options after challenge

Wounded prime ministers tend not to survive.Having narrowly won a Liberal leadership ballot against Peter Dutton on Tuesday, Malcolm Turnbull appears to have three options he can take himself, and one taken for him.

Businesses mourns 'death' of energy policy

Australia's business community is furious the National Energy Guarantee has been effectively dumped, along with a pledge to legislate a cut to emissions in the electricity sector.