The grandchildren of famed Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira have met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace and presented her with some of their paintings.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop denies the Government's opposition to China's newly declared air defence zone will affect trade talks between the two countries.
China has declared all aircraft must notify its authorities before entering the so-called air defence identification zone, which includes islands controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing.
Ms Bishop said earlier this week the timing of China's announcement was unhelpful and would not contribute to regional stability, prompting a stinging rebuke from Beijing overnight.
But the Foreign Minister reiterated Australia's stance this morning and denied there would be ramifications for free trade talks.
The latest diplomatic incident comes as the Government tries to mend ties with Indonesia over the spying scandal and faces further claims of espionage from East Timor.
Details about the violent criminal past of Simon Gittany have emerged, after he was found guilty yesterday of murdering his fiancée Lisa Harnum.
Gittany threw Ms Harnum to her death from their 15th floor inner Sydney apartment in July 2011.
The ABC has now confirmed convictions stretching back to 1991 for assaulting police and others and selling drugs.
In one incident Gittany bit off part of a detective's ear as police tried to arrest him at his family's western Sydney home.
Domestic violence support groups say murderer Simon Gittany's manipulative behaviour towards his fiancée Lisa Harnum before he killed her is all too typical.
Gittany was found guilty yesterday of throwing Ms Harnum to her death from their 15th floor inner Sydney apartment in July 2011.
"I do not think there can be any doubt that the accused was controlling, dominating and at times abusive," Justice Lucy McCallum said in passing judgement.
The 40-year-old will be sentenced in February.
Pop star Justin Bieber has been told to clean up his mess after he graffitied the wall of a hotel on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Bieber and his entourage spray-painted a wall at the QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise early yesterday morning and posted pictures of their exploits on the internet.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he wants the graffiti removed, but the hotel says it welcomes Bieber's artwork.
A man charged with throwing acid in the face of the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director said the dancer accused of ordering the attack only asked him to hit the victim and the use of acid was his own idea, a Russian court has heard.
Adam Scott has broken the Royal Sydney course record with a 10-under-par 62 in the first round of the Australian Open.
A new collaboration of film, technology and Indigenous knowledge is inviting travellers to explore one of the oldest cultures on Earth.
Manchester United thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 to advance to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.
The ACT Government will launch a $2.6 million campaign branding Canberra as "Confident, Bold and Ready".
A dinosaur skeleton believed to be more than 150 million years old sells at auction for nearly $720,000.
New research has found smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have declined.
Stuart Broad says England will rally around Jonathan Trott following the batsman's shock departure from the Ashes tour.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has welcomed renewed debate about international investment in the airline, but does not expect any changes to foreign ownership rules in parliament.
It comes after Treasurer Joe Hockey canvassed the idea of ditching ownership restrictions and even providing the national carrier with Government aid.
Mr Hockey has criticised the Qantas Sale Act, which says the airline must be at least 51 per cent Australian-owned.
In a letter to Qantas staff, Mr Joyce says the comments show the Federal Government acknowledges there is no longer a "level playing field" in the industry.
Two have been killed after a crane collapsed at the stadium which will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening match.