The Great Mosque’s famous leaning minaret in 2013.
The Great Mosque of Mosul - with its iconic leaning minaret - appeared on one of Iraq's banknotes. Its destruction by the Islamic State is an act of great symbolic importance.
Whether such a verdict would be handed down in Australia remains to be seen, but there are a few things we do know about cases like this one.
The birds commonly seen in urban backyards of Australia are increasingly introduced species like this house sparrow, sharing a birdbath with a native red-browed finch.
We all know how vital it is for our native bird species to thrive. But what if the only birds that visit your garden are introduced "pest" species? Many people feel these birds deserve some love too.
In Australia, around 41% of students go to private secondary schools.
If we look at enrolment figures for public secondary schools, it's untrue to say the steady drift towards private schools has been reversed.
Many literary questions about smell are quite philosophical. Why do humans get pleasure from perfumes? Do rich bodies smell differently from poor ones?
Smell is the Cinderella of the senses in Anglophone literature, but James Joyce wrote an olfactory revolution. His treatment of the science of smell was astonishingly prescient.
Bob Dylan pictured in 2012: his long synopses of a seemingly random list of books made up the bulk of this week’s Nobel Prize speech.
This extraordinarily odd speech might well be the singer’s most Dylanesque performance.
Is it nearly the end of the road for coal?
The board of Indian mining firm Adani has approved its A$16 billion Carmichael coal mine. But has the Queensland government failed in its duty to be responsible with publicly owned resources such as coal?
Iraqi soldiers gather near the remains of wall panels and colossal statues of winged bulls that were destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, late last year.
Islamic State has destroyed globally-significant sites in Iraq and Syria, but not as wanton acts of destruction. Instead, they are calculated political and religious attacks.
Russia’s supposed influence on Donald Trump’s election victory did not reveal anything about American democracy that Russians did not already suspect.
Russian media both hint toward the Russian regime’s prowess in influencing the US election, while simultaneously treating the accusation as baseless Western propaganda.
Cybersecurity jargon can be intimidating, but it needn’t be.
To protect ourselves online, we should all understand a few key terms.
Federal political leaders attend an ecumenical church service to mark the start of the parliamentary year in February.
Christianity plays a relatively minor role in Australian politics. Instead, it takes the guise of a general cultural conservatism, as demonstrated by the same-sex marriage and school funding debates.
Your recycling doesn’t have to be sparkling clean.
Many people are confused about what they can and can't recycle, and whether they need to clean everything before it goes in the bin. The best plan is to check the details with your local council.
Why have successive federal governments not regulated junk food marketing to control obesity? The reasons aren’t as obvious as you might think.
No wonder obesity is a tough public health issue for governments to deal with. Our research has uncovered a range of barriers to tackling it, some more obvious than others.
Indigenous children depicted in an etching playing the game of marngrook, which some have claimed inspired the game of Australian rules.
The revival of the idea of Indigenous influence on the origins of Australian rules football diverts attention from another, much more uncomfortable story about Indigenous relationships to football.
Are our medical students and junior doctors overworking?
Doctors experience higher levels of suicide and mental distress than their non-medical peers. Why? And what can we do about it?
Will President Rouhani, who has spoken up for gender equality, give women a chance in his second term?
Dingoes can help manage devastating red fox and feral cat numbers, but only if we let enough of them live in key areas.
Dingoes and wolves can help control destructive smaller predators, new research shows, but only if we encourage them across wide areas.
Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem.
Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.
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Iran's economic recovery and reintegration into the global economy have become key electoral topics.
Roger Stone: for some the brain behind Trump and the star of a new documentary film.
Roger Stone, "the prince of darkness", has been called "Trump's brain". So what is going on in there? And what does it mean when ruthless cunning becomes the new morality?