The world's major meteorological agencies have declared 2016 to the hottest year on record - making it three new highs in as many years - as increases in greenhouse gases drove global warming.
Megan Levy A toddler has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after he was pulled from a backyard swimming pool in Sydney's west on Wednesday.
Craig Butt, Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks Securing a spot at university has become more difficult, with students needing a higher ATAR to get into most courses.
Georgina Mitchell One person is in a critical condition and seven others are injured after a serious crash involving multiple cars north of Sydney.
Ava Benny-Morrison An Assyrian gang associate shot dead at a family park was being investigated for links to a major Sydney underworld murder in the lead up to his execution.
Press Council: article about Senator Richard Di Natale breached standards
Rachel Olding Properties are under threat and students have taken shelter as several bushfires rage in the Hunter Valley on Wednesday afternoon.
Nick Miller Assange has in the past promised much more than he delivered to journalists.
Inga Ting, Eryk Bagshaw, Kelsey Munro University entrance standards have continued to slide as 44,000 students received offers to study at a NSW university on Wednesday.
Michael Koziol, Political reporter "Never said we were invited, just that we had 'invitations' and 'were gifted tickets'," Malcolm Roberts said. "'Received' an invite and 'invited' are very different things."