News National Top Stories: Friday, 5 February 2016

Top Stories: Friday, 5 February 2016

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The unlikely procedure luring desperate Australians to Thailand

Local clinics are offering such a poor service that patients are being forced to make urgent trips to Asia’s party hotspot Read more

bunnings-edmBunnings may have gone too far with its latest grab for power

It’s the undisputed champion of the Australian hardware scene. Now Masters looks cooked, its biggest threat might be its own ambition Read more


Church vs state: the refugee showdown priests are trying to avoid

A secretive, defiant operation to stop the Immigration Department returning 267 asylum seekers to Nauru has clergy worried Read more

CENTURY CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Actress January Jones attends the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 7, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)

Could your face could be scaring people away from you?

‘Resting bitch face’ affects everyone from the Queen to Jon Snow. Here’s the scientific way to tell if you’re a victim of the affliction Read more

julian-assange-edmD-day for Assange: ‘I shall exit the embassy … to accept arrest’

Wikileaks founder vows to hand himself over to police today after being holed up for more than three years. First, he has one last chance Read more

underboob challenge edm-1The ridiculous contradiction of the ‘Underboob Challenge’

It’s the latest ridiculous body-shaming craze to hit the internet. And it exposes one of the biggest double standards in our society Read more

lettuce-edmSalad mix taken from shelves after salmonella outbreak

A spate of food poisoning cases leads to the national withdrawal of a specific brand of prepackaged lettuce at Coles and Woolies Read more

animal-edmWAP names 10 cruellest animal tourism adventures on the planet

More than half a million animals fall victim to ‘irresponsible’ wildlife tourism. Find out if your travel plans could be contributing to cruelty Read more

ufo-edm‘There’s something going on’: proof the CIA believed in UFOs

Documents show UFO hysteria crippled the Whitehouse’s phone systems, while the US considered their use in ‘psychological warfare’ Read more