For 16 hours, a TV cameraman and a police sniper did their best to track the siege gunman. What they saw shocked both of them.
The hostage-taker appeared unobstructed at the cafe window. Here's why marksmen didn't take the shot.
The hostages seized their chance. But as they made for the exit, their captor roused - and turned his fury on one man.
Police chief says Australia rebuffed attempts to have Man Haron Monis returned.
Australian quicks struggle to get an early breakthrough at the Gabba.
Lindt cafe siege victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson will be farewelled in separate memorial services in Sydney today.
An East Victoria Park barber shop is targeted in an arson attack, the third time a Perth hairdressing business has been set on fire in recent weeks.
A man has driven a van into a crowded Christmas market in France, injuring at least 10 people, before stabbing himself several times.
The Socceroos have unveiled their 23-man squad for the 2015 Asian Cup, with Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano making the cut.
A top aide of China's former president Hu Jintao is being investigated for corruption.
Wall Street saw a late surge to cap of a fourth straight day of gains, despite another drop in oil prices overnight.
The swimming sea of bouquets left in Martin Place as part of a tribute to Sydney siege victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson has been cleared by nearly 100 volunteers.
Three men have been arrested after a brawl in Sydney during which a witness said anti-Islamic taunts were made.
Volunteers and council workers will begin removing memorial flowers laid near the site of the fatal cafe siege as wet weather moves over Sydney.
Mitch Marsh has been ruled out of the Boxing Day Test due to injury and will be replaced in Australia's 13-man squad with Queenslander Joe Burns.
Five assaults, several of a sexual nature, on women in Brisbane's south side since February this year are believed to be linked.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the bodysuit Cathy Freeman wore when she lit the 2000 Sydney Olympic flame may have been solved, after a suit was anonymously dropped off at the MCG sports museum.