Here's what the key players had to say...
The British government is taking a gamble with its welfare to work program.
The Coalition has seized on complaints by a key mining chief to warn that the Gillard government's controversial mining tax is in danger of unravelling.
Britain's government has been put on alert for a mass cyber attack on its websites following the court appearance of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Australia and Afghanistan have finalised an agreement that will pave the way for hundreds of failed asylum-seekers to be returned to Kabul.
On Friday we saw that thanks to state Labor government defeats in 2010 and 2011, NSW and Victoria are likely to be kind (relative to the other states) to the federal government at the next election.
A judge has described detaining a violent, mentally ill man for the past 10 months in virtual solitary confinement in Victoria's maximum security remand centre as one of the ''saddest and most depressing cases'' she has seen.
Microfinance was once hailed as the saviour of the poor, but in India these small loans are creating despair.
The Gillard government is under growing pressure to boost its support for equal pay, as thousands of workers prepare to take to the streets over the issue.
Punters lost almost $1 billion in the first four months of 2010-11 - more than $7.5 million a day.
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December 18, 2018
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