Construction of the powerful Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope, which is being built to look back through billions of years of the universe's history, is on the "home straight".
Three people are dead after gunmen with suspected drug gang links attacked the state prosecutor's office in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town.
Australia's wool growers are experiencing the best conditions in decades as prices surge towards record highs on the back of a solid increase in demand.
Firefighting aircraft are deployed to help battle several blazes burning near Kurri Kurri in the New South Wales Hunter region.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says US President-elect Donald Trump cannot unilaterally cancel the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers, including Washington, and that talk of renegotiating it was "meaningless".
West Australian Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt is the first Indigenous person to be promoted to Cabinet, as part of Malcolm Turnbull's frontbench reshuffle, in what fellow frontbencher Greg Hunt calls a "long overdue" move.