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Strong performance from KFC and increased contribution from burger outlet Carlâ s Jr has lifted Restaurant Brands half year profit to $11.5 million.
UPDATED 6.49am: The Government's off on a shopping trip to Australia - and hopes to come back with some talent.
UPDATED 10.10am: New Zealand's terror threat level could be raised, as a result of the siege at Canada's Parliament.
Antarctic-bound researchers face a tough challenge to reach the frozen continent amid record levels of sea ice.
Legendary former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down US president Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 93.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has confirmed a Canberra suburb will be named after Gough Whitlam, who died yesterday aged 98.
Canada has raised its terror threat level from low to medium.
An Italian lab has cooled a cubic metre of copper to within a tiny fraction of "absolute zero", setting a world record, the National Nuclear Physics Institute says.
Kurdish defenders of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane are awaiting reinforcements after weathering another onslaught by Islamic State jihadists.
Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the US-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue an air and ground campaign against rebels elsewhere in the country.
An American detainee has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after being taken into custody.