The Taliban in the Afghanistan province where Australians fought and died have forced the shutdown of dozens of health clinics.
Michael Koziol, Legal affairs reporter A train carriage was scrawled with obscene graffiti and rocks were thrown into a home flying rainbow flags.
Fergus Hunter The Equality Campaign says the text messages it blasted out across Australia over the weekend drove 170,000 people to click through and seek information on the same-sex marriage postal survey.
Megan Gorrey A Canberra man who caused an explosion outside the Australian Christian Lobby offices has died by suicide.
Nicole Hasham The looming gas crisis is three times worse than previously thought, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says, ordering gas giants and state governments to shore up gas supplies to east coast consumers or face strict export limits.
Mark Kenny, National Affairs Editor Malcolm Turnbull needs a lot to go right between now and the end of the year, if he is to maximise his slim chances of recovery through 2018.
Fergus Hunter The mayor of the newly formed Inner West council will move to have free weddings for all same-sex couples in the suburbs under his control should gay marriage be legalised later this year.
David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The Turnbull government has developed detailed plans to manage the return of as many as 70 children of Australian foreign fighters who may come home from the Middle East.
Mark Kenny National Affairs Editor Australia will fall dramatically short of its Paris carbon reduction targets signed under Tony Abbott, unless it vastly increases its renewable energy usage to levels even higher than Labor's plan for 50 per cent renewables by 2030.