THE US PRESIDENT SAYS WASHINGTON HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE SYRIAN ARMED FORCES DID CARRY OUT A LARGE-SCALE CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK THAT KILLED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE.

BUT BARACK OBAMA SAYS HE HASN'T YET MADE A DECISION ON MILITARY RETALIATION.

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MINISTER STEPHEN SMITH SAYS THE ISSUE OF SYRIA IS BEING DISCUSSED.. BUT THERE IS NO EXPECTATION AUSTRALIA WOULD HAVE ANY ROLE OTHER THAN A HUMANITARIAN ONE.

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KEVIN RUDD AND TONY ABBOTT HAVE FACED OFF FOR THE FINAL TIME .. IN THE THIRD OF THE LIVE LEADER'S DEBATES.

THE PRIME MINISTER CONTINUED TO PURSUE THE OPPOSITION LEADER OVER BUDGET CUTS, PARTICULARLY MR ABBOTT'S REFUSAL TO GUARANTEE NOT TO CLOSE MEDICARE LOCALS.

BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME MR ABBOTT INSISTED A COALITION GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT SHUT THEM DOWN.#READ ON#

QANTAS HAS REVEALED A RETURN TO PROFITABILITY.

THE AIRLINE TURNED RESULTS AROUND FROM A LOSS OF 245 MILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR TO A NET PROFIT OF FIVE MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR.

CEO ALAN JOYCE SAYS THE RESULT WAS HELPED BY A STEADY IMPROVEMENT IN ITS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER AIRLINES - BUT SAYS THE OUTLOOK REMAINS CHALLENGING AND VOLATILE.#READ ON#

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE GATHERED IN WASHINGTON TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING'S HISTORIC "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WAS JOINED BY PAST PRESIDENTS BILL CLINTON AND JIMMY CARTER AND MEMBERS OF THE KING FAMILY TO MARK THE OCCASION.

DR KING'S LANDMARK ADDRESS IN 1963 CAME TO SYMBOLISE THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN AMERICA.

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