News National Top Stories: Thursday, December 17

Top Stories: Thursday, December 17

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Royal Australian Air Force F-18 Hornets perform during the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield near Lara southwest of Melbourne on February 24, 2015. Some 180,000 patrons were expected through the gates over the duration of the event. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Sharp increase in Australian bombings in Iraq and Syria

New data reveals ramping up of Australia’s air war in the Middle East. Experts are worried we might be doing exactly what IS wants Read more

SYDNEY WILD WEATHERIncredible footage of ‘supercell thunderstorm’ trail of destruction

EPA investigates fallout after one of the ‘most dangerous’ types of thunderstorms strikes suburb full of chemical refineries Read more

462647927DK001_HEAT_WAVE_HI‘Unusual’ heat wave set to strike. Plus, your Christmas forecast

After wild storms in the Sydney region yesterday, the country’s bout of extreme and unpredictable weather is set to continue Read more

sunburntmanThese sunscreen brands claim they’re SPF 50+ – they’re not

Some popular brands have failed a CHOICE test of the sun protection claims made by major brands. They could be in your cupboard Read more

apartmentWinning at property: how to take advantage of the apartment glut

In every crisis, there’s opportunity. Whether you’re a first homebuyer, investor, or retiree – you can still make a profit. Here’s how Read more

fampicParents are struggling to get rid of their adult children

Academics call it the ‘boomerang’ and ‘failure to launch’ phenomenon. And in Australia, it is fast becoming the new normal Read more

xmas-food-edm7Use these five tricks to limit your overeating over the holidays

The tiny fat gains of Christmas accumulate year after year, building a bulge that exercise cannot hope to fix. Eating less is the key Read more

bigbashcrowdThe slow summer is over: bring on the Big Bash League

It has barely turned five but Cricket Australia’s cash cow is suddenly a crown jewel in our sporting landscape Read more

scomoMYEFO and you: How the mid-year budget cuts could hit your hip pocket

Childcare, health and welfare ‘double dipping’ in the government’s latest cutback targets. Find out if you should be concerned Read more