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Americans own nearly half of world's guns

Americans make up 4 per cent of the world's population but own about 46 per cent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey shows.

Sombre vigils for slain Eurydice Dixon

Thousands gathered to remember comedian Eurydice Dixon on the Melbourne field where she was found after being raped and murdered, with hundreds of others across the nation joining them in solidarity.

SA parents to face fines over truancy

Parents will face fines of up to $5000 if they fail to attend meetings about their child's school truancy, under new laws proposed in South Australia.

Man dies in Tasmania truck-car smash

A driver has died after a two-vehicle smash in Tasmania's north.The man, believed to be in his 50s, became trapped after a car and truck collided on the Bass Highway near Deloraine, 50km west of Launceston, on Monday morning.

Google invests in Chinese e-commerce giant

Google will invest $US550 million ($A740m) in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the US internet giant's efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals including Amazon.com.