AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd described allegations he tried to hire a hitman as "ludicrous" and said he wanted to keep his job with the top-selling rock band.
The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder, police said.
Australian police said they had arrested the mother of most of eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns.
Eight children have been found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns, police said Friday, reportedly after a gruesome mass stabbing
Prime Minister Tony Abbott offered sympathy to Pakistan after a deadly Taliban raid on a school, as Australia deals with the fallout from a cafe siege.
Grieving Australians eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence.
It ended with gunfire and bloodshed.
Australians came out in solidarity with the Muslim community following a siege at a Sydney cafe, as tens of thousands tweeted the hashtag #illridewithyou.
A teenager was killed in a shark attack at a reef off Australia's northeast coast, with ambulance officials saying he was dead by the time he reached shore.
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was famously accused of misogyny by former leader Julia Gillard suggested sexism was behind criticism of his female chief-of-staff.
"Shirtfront", an aggressive Australian sports term used by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, was picked as the National Dictionary Centre's word of the year.
Australian film star Nicole Kidman has described 2014 as her toughest ever year, saying the sudden death of her father in Singapore had left her family in "so much pain".
The WHO introduced new cervical cancer guidelines, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases.
Four Russian navy ships that appeared off Australia's northern coast amid heightened tensions ahead of the G20 summit have now left.
Thousands of fans readied for a public address by Narendra Modi during the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Australia in 28 years.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted deeper defence ties with the United States and Australia to ensure peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The fall in oil prices to their lowest levels in more than three years should give a boost to the sagging world economy, the International Monetary Fund said.
Pope Francis has called on G20 leaders not to forget the poor, saying to do so would be "regrettable".
Leading world economies are spending $88 billion (71 billion euros) a year in fossil fuel exploration subsidies.
A global infrastructure hub proposed by G20 nations to help strengthen economic growth will be based in Sydney and funded by Australia.