The defiant one

Mexican investigative journalist Lydia Cacho, in Australia to speak at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, has taken on drug cartels and paedophile rings - and survived. Paul McGeough meets a fearless campaigner.
Mexican investigative journalist Lydia Cacho, in Australia to speak at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, has taken on drug cartels and paedophile rings - and survived. Paul McGeough meets a fearless campaigner.
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REINVENTING the R&D investment consultation model is the first priority for MLA in a restructure announced today. REINVENTING the R&D investment consultation model is the first priority for MLA in a restructure announced today.
MORE than half the guest list for the inaugural Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum in Melbourne next month are ­corporate or Chinese investors, but with the dismal level of dairy farm funds on offer they may miss out on deploying their capital. MORE than half the guest list for the inaugural Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum in Melbourne next month are ­corporate or Chinese investors, but with the dismal level of dairy farm funds on offer they may miss out on deploying their capital.
TAKE a look at the latest technology and innovation at the Mallee's premier field day with GREGOR HEARD. TAKE a look at the latest technology and innovation at the Mallee's premier field day with GREGOR HEARD.
FALLOUT continues to escalate over the Abbott government budget's potential to impact rural and regional Australians disproportionately. FALLOUT continues to escalate over the Abbott government budget's potential to impact rural and regional Australians disproportionately.
23 Aug 14 Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo has promised to build a presidential palace on the shores of West Papua's picturesque Lake Sentani as a sign he will pay more attention to the...
Weapons used in Iraq and Afghanistan are being made available to law enforcement with hardly any oversight.
23 Aug 14 Weapons used in Iraq and Afghanistan are being made available to law enforcement with hardly any oversight.
23 Aug 14 The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.
22 Aug 14 In case he had any lingering doubts, the Chinese foreign ministry has made clear their worsening opinion of Clive Palmer.
22 Aug 14 In voting for Joko Widodo, Indonesians rejected a flourishing speechmaker and chose a Mr Fixit instead.
We're about four weeks into Australia's Weirdest Date and the shenanigans just keep getting weirder. There are four ladies who are yet to go on a single date with the human Ken doll and they're not happy, Jan.
22 Aug 14 We're about four weeks into Australia's Weirdest Date and the shenanigans just keep getting weirder. There are four ladies who are yet to go on a single date with the human Ken doll and...
22 Aug 14 Indonesia’s next president will certainly be Joko Widodo after the country’s Constitutional Court made a “final and binding” decision that comprehensively rejected the appeal mounted by...
22 Aug 14 After the murder of the American journalist Jim Foley by militants there have been the expected calls for an increased US military engagement in Iraq, one that seeks to defeat Islamic...
In the months leading up to James Foley's horrific death at the hands of Islamic militants, the United States launched a failed rescue mission in Syria and refused to pay a multi-million dollar ransom for the 40-year-old journalist, it has been revealed.
22 Aug 14 In the months leading up to James Foley's horrific death at the hands of Islamic militants, the United States launched a failed rescue mission in Syria and refused to pay a multi-million...
It was a journey that started like so many others: the rush to the airport, the passport and security checks. It was never meant to end like this.
20 Aug 14 It was a journey that started like so many others: the rush to the airport, the passport and security checks. It was never meant to end like this.
20 Aug 14 The Texas Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to the Travis County Jail at 5pm on Tuesday local time to have his fingerprints done and a mug shot taken, which may not be the image the...
19 Aug 14 Sir Michael Parkinson says his former employer's approach to covering the raid on the entertainer's home was an “error of judgement”.
Steve and James, the biological parents of a three-week-old boy, say 20 Australian couples they know who are holed up in Bangkok hotels are having issues with their babies because they are so distressed.
19 Aug 14 Steve and James, the biological parents of a three-week-old boy, say 20 Australian couples they know who are holed up in Bangkok hotels are having issues with their babies because they...
19 Aug 14 Barack Obama took time out from his holiday to address the nation on two complex and violent crises – one in Iraq, one in Ferguson, in the suburbs of St Louis, Missouri, a town has...
19 Aug 14 Briefly, the world’s dullest game of hide and seek became the world’s most compelling news event.
19 Aug 14 The UK government has poured cold water on Julian Assange’s hopes he will soon be able to leave the Ecuador embassy behind Harrods where he has spent the last two years.
19 Aug 14 Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu mega-star Jackie Chan, has been arrested in Beijing on drug-related charges amid an anti-drug crackdown that has already netted thousands - including...
19 Aug 14 The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.
18 Aug 14 Tens of thousands of people have marched through central Hong Kong to protest a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists demanding electoral reform.
BASE jumping had previously been banned at a French mountain peak where an Australian man plunged to his death while participating in the adventure sport at the weekend.
18 Aug 14 BASE jumping had previously been banned at a French mountain peak where an Australian man plunged to his death while participating in the adventure sport at the weekend.
18 Aug 14 Thai medical authorities are moving to protect Thai surrogate mothers carrying an estimated 150 babies who have Australian biological parents, fearing some may decide to abort their...
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has a serious heart condition but risks arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London to seek hospital treatment.
18 Aug 14 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has a serious heart condition but risks arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London to seek hospital treatment.
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WTF, Thomas Jefferson said in 1802, "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to
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I am a Victorian John from Tamworth and I will not knock back Bunge's new Geelong export silo.
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Thanks to John Howard ,his Liberal colleagues and the Rudd Government we have lost our single
THE inaugural Northern Territory Field Days being held at the Katherine Research Station on September 18-19 continues to expand in scope with the 100 exhibitor mark firmly in sight.
03 Aug 14 THE inaugural Northern Territory Field Days being held at the Katherine Research Station on September 18-19...
BEING an international supplier and distributor of animal health products in Australia, Bayer HealthCare Animal Health projected a major presence at the World Buiatrics Conference (WBC) at the Cairns Convention Centre last week.02 Aug 14 BEING an international supplier and distributor of animal health products in Australia, Bayer HealthCare Animal...