Plenty of people have been followed home by a stray dog - but the tale of Australian ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard and Gobi and a 125-kilometre journey across China has turned into quite something else.
Tom Cowie Police have swooped on two men who allegedly imported 154 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of timber.
Michael Koziol Pauline Hanson's One Nation party is now a major force in Australian politics, securing four Senate seats in an independent crossbench that has swelled to 11.
Nicole Hasham, Peter Hartcher New Science Minister Greg Hunt has ordered a major u-turn in the direction of the CSIRO, reviving climate research as a bedrock function just months after the national science agency slashed climate staff and programs.
Fergus Hunter Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has labelled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's response to the big banks' failure to pass on a full interest rate cut as empty, weak and pathetic, and again called for a royal commission into the financial services industry.
Latika Bourke "I think some kind of inquiry would be helpful," John Edwards said, noting that the ageing population was becoming more dependent than ever on financial advice and services.
Fergus Hunter Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has been bailed up by outraged members of a remote Northern Territory community over his response to the NT youth justice revelations that triggered a royal commission.
Tom Cowie Australia's pursuit of the perfect pecs, abs and biceps has led to an explosion in the number of arrests and seizures for illegal steroids.
Megan Gorrey Federal police will pioneer cutting edge technology to help crack down on cybercriminals and terrorists from a major new forensic centre in the ACT.
David Wroe Goldfinger, as the James Bond film's title song had it, was the man with the Midas touch.