"According a few established international organizations observer status at the United Nations is no longer enough."Dr. Jennifer Clinton
President and CEO of Cultural Vistas
"What makes us ‘naturally’ better parents is not our sex, but the time we spend alone looking after our babies."David Freed
Author, Dads Don't Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting
"What if the liberal wave – no more than two-three decades old – has peaked? What if the Third Way of the 1990s is coming to its end (nothing lasts for ever) and Europe is entering a new era in which left-liberalism will be just one way of doing politics among many?"György Schöpflin
MEP for Hungary (Fidesz)
""Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable"."Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister
""The average life expectancy is 66 and a half, so we have 40 percent of men who won't survive until retirement.""Nikolai Levshitz
"The compact largely ignores refugees’ labour rights. The omission risks turning refugees into cheap and unprotected labour for private enterprises and large transnational corporations."Behzad Yaghmaian
Professor of political economy, Ramapo College of New Jersey
"It should become clear to all that the continuing, systemic and vicious attacks on Polish courts and their judges are bound to produce consequences beyond Polish borders and constitute a clear and present danger to the EU legal system as a whole. This is no time for further dialogue or half measures."Laurent Pech / Patryk Wachowiec
Laurent Pech is Professor of European Law, Patryk Wachowiec is Legal Analyst
"I do believe the solution to kids' obsessions with their phones starts with a look in the mirror. The problem is you and your addiction to your phone; it's not your kid. Your kid is simply doing what he or she has seen you do."Jamie Lee Curtis
Award-winning actress, author of 12 best-selling children's books
Firefighters in Australia are battling dozens of blazes near Melbourne in extreme conditions as heatwave temperatures exceed 40C
Witnesses describe what they saw and, in some cases, how they tried to help, as a sea plane crashed into water near Sydney, killing all six on board.
The company operating the seaplane said the weather on Sunday had been benign and the pilot "extremely experienced".
Bikini clad santa's hit beaches across the world to celebrate Christmas Day
Twelve people have been taken to hospital after a car ploughs into a busy Melbourne inter-section, packed with holiday shoppers.
Police have arrested a man in Melbourne, Australia after a vehicle collided with a number of pedestrians
A shower of "golf-ball" sized hailstones caused damage when they fell on Melbourne
Uncovering serious failings across institutions, an Australian inquiry into child abuse recommends the Catholic Church remove its requirement for celibacy
Under new laws, child sex offenders are no longer able to travel freely out of Australia.
The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has begun as the teams sail more than 6,000 nautical miles through the Southern Ocean to reach the Australian city of Melbourne
The Australian ambassador to France popped the question in a video posted on social media
Only four MPs voted against the move.
Thailand's police have arrested four members of the biker group Hells Angels Thailand in relation to drug offences.
Victorian MP Tim Wilson proposed to his partner, Ryan Bolger, during Question Time in Parliament
Australia's Senate passes same-sex marriage law, dismissing conservative efforts to let religious objectors refuse to provide wedding services to gay couples
CCTV footage has captured the moment a woman narrowly avoids being hit by a train in Melbourne thanks to three police officers pulling her off the tracks in time.
Papua New Guinea
Many refugees are hiding or refusing to leave the Australian-run camp on Manus Island
Belgium's Thierry Neuville clinched his fourth victory of the season in Australia to secure the runners-up position in the FIA World Rally Championship as torrential rain added drama to the last day of the last race.
The “driving force” behind rock band AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has died, aged 64 after suffering from dementia.
Australia has taken the first step towards recognising same-sex marriage.