The Taliban have executed or abducted more than 100 former government officials since they took control of Afghanistan in August according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
The last financial year has seen the biggest increase in fertility treatment in over a decade, according to the latest figures from the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more single people are choosing to freeze their eggs, freeze their sperm and explore surrogacy and sperm donations.
Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison on charges of incitement and breaching covid rules Dr Tun-Aung Shwe, the Australian representative of Myanmar's exiled alternative administration told RN Drive the trial has been a "repressive mechanism of the military junta".
The festive season is meant to be a time of celebration and goodwill but with many of us already feeling burnt out the prospect of extra social events, family gatherings and gift buying are a source of extra stress.
The faux election campaign is in full swing with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison taking to the Bathurst 1000 and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese announcing a $1.2bn commitment for 20,000 new university places.
The Prime Minister and senior Liberals are again urging former New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian to contest the next federal election, as the party's candidate for Warringah.
For the last five years, First Nations Australian composers have been working with Ensemble Offspring to create a new generation of music. This weekend at the Sydney Opera House, the ensemble will be showcasing the work in a concert titled Composing Songlines.
This week we're asking the tough questions on the Prime Minister's spelling challenge, what links Adelaide and Sir David Attenborough, plus how many times a New Zealand MP has cycled herself to hospital to give birth? Co-hosts of "Stop Everything!" Beverley Wang and Benjamin Law face off in this instalment of Let's Get Quizzical to see who knows more about the news, politics and popular culture that unfolded this week.
President of the New South Wales Liberal Women's Council Mary-Lou Jarvis wraps the last federal sitting week with Tory Shepherd, senior journalist for Guardian Australia who's just returned to Adelaide from Canberra.
The federal opposition says cutting emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 would create more than 600,000 jobs and see renewables account for 82 per cent of the National Electricity Market by 2030.
What happens when the details of our past are set aside and forgotten? And what does it mean to reclaim the traumas of history and find the stories and people that were left behind? In Luke Stegemann's book, Amnesia Road, he looks at the histories of Australia and Spain and the ways that their experiences talk to each other.
The disorderly scenes in parliament haven't been contained to the lower house on the final sitting day of the year with Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe criticised for making sexist and offensive comments towards a government backbencher.
French researchers have found a way to incentivise pregnant women to stop smoking and deliver better health outcomes for their children. Plus scientific communicator and broadcaster Lee Constable looks at the new predictions about the amount of arctic rain that's expected to fall by 2060, plus what's in the whiskers of a Tasmanian Devil?
The European Union says it will commit 300 billion euros into a massive international infrastructure plan which has been perceived by many as a direct attempt to counter China's Belt and Road initiative.
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has suspended tournaments in China over concerns for the welfare of champion player Peng Shuai. The decision will likely cost the organisation a significant amount of money, but it's a decision the WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon says had to be made.
Australian tv producers are claiming a win, after the government yesterday delivered a bill that will see millions of dollars flow to the industry. The government had earlier looked to increase tax cuts for the sector, while simultaneously trying to tighten the rules, but later agreed to Labor's demands, abandoning restrictions to get the bill through parliament.
This week the Sex Discrimination Commissioner's review into parliamentary workplace culture found one in three staffers who had responded had experienced some form of sexual harassment. Businesswoman and longtime Liberal Party member Kathryn Greiner told RN Drive change is needed, but it will take time for the government to get this right.
Here in the After is the the story of Anna and Nat, two broken souls, both with PTSD, struggling to find a place in a world they no longer fit. Anna is the sole survivor of a Sydney terrorist attack. She is stalked by flashbacks and can't relate to anyone anymore except her little grandson. Nat is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He is guilt-ridden and angry. They have so little in common, these two. And yet so much. It is the story of their friendship as they try to find a way to heal.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has again invoked the 'red line' over Ukraine, warning Moscow will act if NATO deploys certain weapons systems to the region. Former New Zealand Ambassador to Russia Ian Hill says President Putin has "escalation dominance". "He can dial up and dial down the pressure as he sees fit."
After some 400 years under the British crown, the island nation of Barbados has celebrated its first full day of independence. The new republic took a path avoiding a referendum, perhaps showing an example for other nations to follow.
The second last day of the parliamentary year has been dominated by the response to sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins' report into parliamentary workplace culture, but many Liberals are repeating their opposition to gender quotas.
Known best by a different surname, Yolŋgu actor David Dalaithngu has been an icon of Australian film for five decades, with roles in Storm Boy, Rabbit Proof Fence, and Crocodile Dundee. Last night the South Australian Premier Stephen Marshall announced David Dalaithngu had died, aged 68.
Everyone loves a bit of birthday cheer in the workplace - whether it be for themselves or to celebrate someone else's special day. But who's organising the party, baking the cake and doing the cleaning up - and how is that impacting burnout and promotion within the workplace?
An independent review of workplace culture in Commonwealth Parliamentary workplaces has found one in three employees have experienced some form of sexual harassment.
Australian filmmaker Eva Orner has turned her eye on a range of complicated topics in her documentaries: from asylum seekers to Bikram Choudhury. Her latest work, Burning, takes viewers into Australia's Black Summer and looks at both the fires themselves and the broader story of climate change in Australia.
Social media companies could be forced to reveal the identities of anonymous users as part of the government's plan to clamp down on internet trolls. The government says it will introduce new court powers which will force global social media giants to unmask anonymous online trolls which they say will better protect Australians online.
After years of consultation, the Federal Government has announced it plans to go ahead in building a national nuclear waste management facility at Napandee, west of Kimba on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. While many in Kimba are supportive, the native title holders, the Barngarla people, have signalled they're looking at launching a judicial review into the decision.
As Australia confirms a handful of infections and tests more returned travellers, the world is weighing up what a new variant could mean. So what do we know about the Omicron variant, the latest variant of concern.
The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran suicide has been told of a "clear disconnect" between policy and practice in the Defence Force, during its first day of public hearings in Brisbane.
Five cases of the latest COVID variant Omicron have now been confirmed in Australia, after a case was discovered in the Northern Territory earlier today and two more were picked up in New South Wales late Monday afternoon. The Health Minister Greg Hunt says the nation's vaccination rates puts Australia in a good position to respond to this variant.
Amos Roach is an award-winning musician, dancer and director. He's been working with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Australian Art Orchestra in their inaugural First Nations artist residency program. In the Drawing Room, he talks about the six seasons that influenced his new work and playing music with his family.
This week we're asking the tough questions on the final week in Parliament, Canadian Christmas decorations, grand plans in El Salvador, and who should have listened to Adele's new album. Comedians Gabbi Bolt and Laura Rose face off in this instalment of Let's Get Quizzical to see who knows more about the news, politics and popular culture that unfolded this week.
Rioters have looted and set alight the residence of the Solomons Prime Minister in a third day of violent anti-government protests. Dozens of Australian federal police touched down in the country overnight, with more expected to arrive today.